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Today I.... [Dec. 5th, 2002|11:46 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Cooked twice. Chicken tacos, and then later brownies. Learning how to cook is one of my new goals.

Went to the gym twice. Ran about 4 miles altogether, faster the second time. Gym membership expires tomorrow or the next day... not sure if expiration date is inclusive or exclusive.

Put new batteries in my MP3 player and found my headphones back. Good for running. But sadly, my MP3 player can't play OGG files, so I couldn't listen to some things. (maybe there's a firmware update? or maybe that company's out of business.)

Watched CSI in HDTV. I don't even care what's playing... if it's in HDTV I'll just sit and drool, not caring. (well, actually, didn't sit... cooked and drooled, but not in the food. all my TV watching today was during cooking, so I feel good not wasting much time)

Signed up for more German classes at a local community college. Well, registered for the college actually. I have to wait a couple days to get approved before I can sign up online. I'm taking the 202 level (which is the highest level currently offered), even though I haven't taken 201 (since 201 was last term). But after talking to the teacher, it seems that even 202 will be pretty easy. I'd rather it be easy and let myself catch up, though.

(bold is for eli)
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[User Picture]From: rahaeli
2002-12-06 12:04 am (UTC)

Cooking

One of the best books on cooking-for-the-beginner that I've ever found is called "Help! My apartment has a kitchen!" It's got useful recipes, but more than that, it's also got reasonsing behind things -- tips, tricks, and other useful hints for people who are new to cooking. A variety of recipes, and once you understand the usual cooking terms, you can pick up recipes from other places and not have them die horribly while simmering.

Author's name escapes me at the moment, but it should be relatively easy to find.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-06 12:10 am (UTC)

Re: Cooking

Rad. A second reason to get to the bookstore. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: rahaeli
2002-12-06 12:14 am (UTC)

Re: Cooking

Let me know if/when you make your way through that one, and I'll dig up some of the other good cookbooks I have and give you links/ISBNs.

Any particular cuisine you'd like to learn? :)
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[User Picture]From: rivulet
2002-12-06 07:13 am (UTC)

Re: Cooking

My fiance has that - it's a nice little book. I also like that red and white plaid 3-ring book (Betty Crocker maybe? I forget) that has recipes for boiled eggs. Hehe
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-12-06 06:35 am (UTC)
Not out of business.

But the newest update doesn't say anything about OGG. I'm just hoping they'll make the navigation not suck.
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[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2002-12-06 07:05 am (UTC)
What school are you taking German at? I need to work on my Spanish, though I could also stand to work on German again too.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-06 09:47 am (UTC)
PCC. Are there other community colleges around here? If so, PCC won just because they bombard me with the most catalogs.

I was considering brushing up on Spanish also, but I figured I'd start light, just taking one course.
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[User Picture]From: gregw
2002-12-06 09:59 am (UTC)

FoodTV is your friend

I don't know if it's in HDTV down there, but FoodTV has a lot of good stuff for beginning cooks (like me). I especially like Good Eats with Alton Brown, and whatever Jamie Oliver is doing this week.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-06 10:33 am (UTC)

Re: FoodTV is your friend

Interesting. (When something's not in HDTV, it's still on HDTV, but just in normal quality. But I can just have Tivo record it.)

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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-12-06 02:30 pm (UTC)
I don't believe any hardware MP3 players play OGG just yet, apparently an integer-only decoder was released pretty recently. (www.vorbis.org - "Tremor") From what I understand this is what was holding back alot of devices from being able to support OGG. (No FPUs) So the software is there, they just have to impliment it...
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[User Picture]From: algeh
2002-12-06 03:12 pm (UTC)
For cooking, if you don't already have it, The Joy of Cooking is actually a pretty useful book. The recipes tend to be fussier than I actually want to deal with sometimes (their meatloaf recipe is a good example of more information than I ever wanted to know and more choices than I want to make), but it has information on things like how to peel shrimp that you never realize that you need until you're sitting there with food that you bought and have no idea how to convert into edible form from purchased form.
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[User Picture]From: erictragedy
2002-12-06 03:21 pm (UTC)
How many stations in your area broadcast exclusively in HD?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-12-06 03:27 pm (UTC)
Your question would make a ton more sense if you dropped the word exclusively.

The word exclusive implies that they don't also transmit a traditional NTSC signal, which would be stupid, given the relatively small percentage of HDTV-capable consumers.

If your question is how many stations also broadcast in HDTV, the answer is all but one (WB) of the major networks. Portland is one of the leading cities as far as HDTV-capable stations.
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