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"Iles Flottantes", or, "Floating Eels"...

Last night Dan was going to make Iles Flottantes, which sounded tasty and decadent, but the eggs wouldn't separate, which meant he was either going to waste a bunch of eggs, or change plans. So he made pound cake, which is indeed quite tasty.

I woke up this morning hearing Monty Python-esque voices saying "Iles Flottantes", or in English, "Floating Eels..." Sadly, that's all of the skit that came to my waking mind. But someone else should run with it, shouldn't they?


This weekend has been a bit of a crapshoot. I have had a terrible backache, which has gotten better and worse in turns, but today I didn't need Tylenol with codeine, just regular Tylenol and Advil, which is an improvement.

This weekend I've gotten lots of walking in, just around downtown. I saw a twitter post yesterday that amused and amazed me: there are still apparently a bunch of people in town who are terrified of Downtown as being scary and crime-ridden. Perhaps 15 years ago it was? But I'm certain it's much less worrying than, say, Ball Square or other Boston-area neighbo(u)rhoods. A friend made a comment to the effect that such people form a distinct set of folks she is displeased to run into, in the OTHER (ritzier) end of town. And there is some truth to that for me too.

...I'd say eat the rich, but I'm not really into capitalism cannibalism.


We have an offer on our house! The inspection is tomorrow morning, after which we'll hear if they have any problems. The realtors had a showing today "just in case" and there was a lot of interest, if Party the First falls through. Getting this close-to-finished is such a load off my mind. And for Dan, too. There's a difference between knowing in theory that it will sell, and actually having it finally happen.


I've been trying to not think about work at home, but failed yesterday, when I decided I would just email the author of some code I'm using. His reply was both immediate and very useful, and at the same time I realized I: 1) had a bug in my alteration to his code and 2) knew the fix could be tested in about ten minutes. ...So I did that. And it worked!

So then I had to tell him I fixed the deficiency he had told me he'd never gotten around to fixing (but wanted to fix). And since he had a github account to share his code, and *I* have a github account I've never used, it made the most sense to figure out how to share it with him publicly, with all the public open-source accountability.

I expect you can see where this went (and so could I, even while I was doing it).

It took me about an hour to figure out the next part, since I've never actually used git before. But the end product looks pretty awesome to me, because something like 3 lines of code (and 1 line of documentation) means I don't have to spend at least a day writing a workaround for the (nonexistent) deficiency in the underlying system API.

Or, said another way, I made it so I can programmatically rename hosts in the campus DNS system, instead of having to delete the old host and re-creating all of its information in a new record.


So yah. Life is pretty good, and will be even better next week when the provisional house sale becomes final!

How's by you?


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Aug. 27th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
As long as they're just floating and not shrieking....
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
"She doesn't get eaten by the eels, you know."
Aug. 27th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Yay for offers on the house! I will cross my fingers that the inspection goes well and all proceeds smoothly from here.
Aug. 30th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for fingers-crossing. Seems to have worked. ;)

So far. Gulp.

No, it is bound to; they even removed the condition they had added, which was that we remove the rental hot-water heater before closing date. Anybody who's lived in this area (or talked to anybody about advice for living here) knows that the water is so hard that water-heaters will only last 5 years, so renting is the only economical choice. We had a laugh about that condition with our agent.

So, I guess I will be additionally pleased when closing date passes, but at least that's only 20 days away!
Aug. 27th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Good luck with selling the house!

Today was Declan's birthday party. Fun, yes, but also tiring. It's been a really social weekend and I'm glad that it's done, since I've been overpeopled.
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yes- Happy Birthday to Declan! I wasn't in good shape to go, but did consider it.

Hope you get to have quiet time now that the weekend's over. :)
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, echoing da_lj, I'm sorry we missed it, but hope it was a great time!
Aug. 27th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
I am always puzzled when you write Dan rather than dan. I thought you weren't supposed to do that?

I have been going to meeting.
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
You can't expect me to be consistent, especially when he isn't himself?...

(Hm, maybe you could.)
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
I am not inconsistent. I use lowercase except when I have no choice.
Aug. 27th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
OK, mostly you're consistent. But your email-client 'From' name is caps, and your footer is lowercase- and the 'From' is what gets copied into the quoted part.

Clearly the answer is forcing Apple Mail to have two 'From' accounts for you, with the same email address, but different case name.


Love you. :)
Aug. 27th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to not think about work at home, but failed yesterday

I have that problem too, as well as dreaming about being at work. It is exhausting to pseudo-work all night and then have to go into work in the morning.
Aug. 30th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I wonder if you could induce your brain to spice up the dream-workplace a bit; maybe with movie characters and historical figures?

That way you could have conversations at work that start, "Yeah, I was working on that report with Bruce Wayne yesterday, and he thought it needed more bats."
Aug. 30th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Sadly I have not had cool dreams like that since I was about seven. More sadly when drifting off I keep thinking of manual things and actually doing them with my hands. There's nothing more disappointing than holding onto a bowl of mango chunks, picking one up to eat, discovering there was nothing, then waking up in shock.
Aug. 28th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Eels? I love eels!
That's a Moray!

As for your code, does this mean you could finally "git er done!"

Hopefully you've heard about the house selling.

I still have no porta-spines, and oh yes, we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

People that think downtown Kitchener is scary and crime-ridden have probably turned a blind eye to their own toxicity. I'm pretty sure there's an element of "those people" (homeless, panhandlers) in such a claim, but their accusers' white collar crime is far more insidious and damaging.
Aug. 28th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Perhaps 15 years ago it was?

No, it was just slightly seedier. People who think it's dangerous have just never lived anywhere denser than KW's suburbs.

Also: I'm still learning git myself, but I know enough to know I like it.
Aug. 30th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
just never lived anywhere denser than KW's suburbs.

I should ask one guy I know about that. He was the first (10 years ago) who said to me, "what, the LUG is downtown?" and I was puzzled. Dave has gone on to doing mission work in Haiti and I *think* he's lived in cities. Perhaps his opinions have changed in the last decade.

I like git OK, but I prefer mercurial, which I've been using for a few years, and seems more intuitive to me. I'll keep using both, of course! github is pretty damn spiffy.

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