April 15th, 2005

Fishy Circumstances


While I'm all in favor of weblogs being given fair ranking for websearches, I find it highly disconcerting to do a Google search for a topic of interest to me... and find my own post on the subject among the top ranked links. If I'm doing a websearch for a topic, it's usually because I don't know much about it. If my work on the subject is highly ranked... well, no one ever said Search Engines of any type were able to analyze the quality of content.

Today's astonishment: finding my post on Splendido ranked in the top ten hits for "Splendido".

Bread Chronology

It's like a chicken-and-egg question. How on earth can grain be ground centuries before it was grown? (From here, via Mirabilis.)

Rotary querns were found in many excavated Iron Age sites (800BC-400AD), which would seem to indicate that bread-making was an integral part of daily life in many Irish homes, made with oats, barley, wheat and rye, which were grown since the early mediaeval period (5-11 Centuries).

While I'm on the subject of food, two of England's better restaurants are currently located in Leeds. I'll be spending a week in Leeds in mid-July - but I'm not sure I'll be spending it with anyone whose company I could impose upon to go with me to either of them. I would far rather enjoy an elegant dinner with good company than by myself. It's a dilemma.