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Link dump [Jul. 6th, 2014|01:13 am]
Haha, my triumphant return to LJ posting! It's only been 4+ years...

Datamancer makes some ridiculously expensive (yet remarkably pretty) computer peripheral modifications, largely in the steampunk genre. Most are keyboards, but they also do monitors and at least one laptop case.

An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey. Just what it says on the label. I keep looking at this, and wondering if I should get it. Then again, I keep looking at ancient Roman recipes and wondering if I should get a cookbook of those too. (What puts me off the Roman cookbook is that what I'd want to make is garum, which I suspect would get me hated for blocks around.)

15 Lessons from 20 Years of the French Laundry. Former and current employees of one of the fanciest restaurants in the US look back at what they learned. A fair bit of it is even applicable to home cooks.

The Facebook likes you should dislike. A link I want to keep around, for waving at people clicking "Like" indiscriminately. The consequences of having a big central social web site is parasites; this deals with how one of the variants operates.

[User Picture]From: sauergeek
2014-07-06 02:08 pm (UTC)
I have An Early Meal, and it's quite good, though it might not be what you're expecting.

From the subtitle and the description, that's pretty much what I was expecting. I'm generally willing to experiment with how things get cooked, so trying to convert from over-fire to my kitchen is fine. Hrm. Still tempting...

As for making garum, there are less-stinky ways to do it, but you can also just use Thai fish sauce, which is functionally ideintical.

But where's the fun in that? I know I'd probably need multiple acres, or to set up downwind of a paper manufacturer (or a sewage treatment plant). The idea of making something like garum appeals.

Edited at 2014-07-06 02:08 pm (UTC)
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