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Today I tripled the amount of RAM in my laptop, and already I can tell the difference. Now the real test is how my computer responds with several dozen web browser tabs being open for several days running. Unfortunately, I had to backorder (again) the replacement laptop battery. Maybe this time they really will call me when it comes in.

Half of the books I mail-ordered from Indigo arrived promptly this morning, a day and a half after I ordered them with free (theoretically slow) shipping. Usually when I order from them, it takes a few days and arrives by Canada Post. Maybe because my order was larger this time, they hand-delivered it themselves rather than pay for my free postage.

And what lovely books they are! I gave in to a fit of food-related web browsing this weekend, adding all sorts of foodie weblogs to those I follow, and ordering some of the highlights from the Julia Child cookbook awards from the last few years. I like cookbooks, but even more than cookbooks, I like reading about food, so I've enabled my first two forays into culinary non-fiction with award-winning recommendations. The cookbooks came from the bibliography at the end of How to Cook Everything. (Jane Grigson's Fruit Book; Zigerman's Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate; Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking; On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town; Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking from Al Forno; Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food; Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art)

This afternoon's IHPST talk was very well-attended, thanks to this weekend's Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, happening right here in town. It was also a reunion, a chance to see many people from out of town, and even from around town, that I don't see very often.

Also, if you read any Latin at all, however little, and don't know a poem called "Carmen Possum", you should read this entry posted by saffronjan.


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Oct. 27th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
** drool **
Some weekend, when I have time to make up elaborate nummies, I will want to graze upon your bookshelf. What wonderful food books!

I always force myself NOT to buy cookbooks, because so many lovely recipes are available on the web, and relying upon the Internet means no loss of space on my bookshelves. But I love cookbooks, and read them the way some people read fashion magazines.

I am going to make modern gingerbread and medieval gingerbread this Sunday-- we should work out some way for me to get some to you : )
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: ** drool **
My Indigo order approximately doubles the number of books I own about food, not counting a few I have on food in the Middle Ages, none of which are cookbooks. You are most welcome to look through them all, however.

I would love to have some gingerbread!
Oct. 28th, 2004 04:09 am (UTC)
Re: ** drool **
I plan to make the gingerbread Sunday, so I can take it to the Centre on Monday to share. I can easily set aside a portion for you, so that you're sure to get a piece no matter how hungrily greedy the Medievalists turn out to be.

The only cookbooks I own are ones that people gave me when I a.) got my apartment, or b.) got married. If I let myself buy them, I would soon be overrun : )
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:49 pm (UTC)
Very, very impressed at your tab usage. Used to think that I pushed my browser hard, but you're at a whole new level! How do you keep track of all the reading threads?
Oct. 28th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
I generally try to use one window per reading thread in order to keep everything sorted. I can easily open 30 tabs in one if it's been a day or two since I last read through LJ. I'll also leave open a tab of an LJ post that I've already read, but am particularly interested in what kinds of comments it subsequently receives, or one I think I might want to comment on, but havne't really formulated a decent response to. Researching any given topic can equally give me at least a dozen, if not two, tabs, each in its own window, on a given topic.

And then I'll leave them all open until I get around to reading them all, which can take a few days if I'm busy or am intersted in doing other things as well.

(I'm on MacOs 10.3.5) If I were using Opera or Firefox, then I could "Save All Tabs", quit, and walk away, secure in the knowledge that I could retrieve all that data in one fell swoop. I don't remember why I never downloaded Opera, but Firefox, even under the ver. 1 release, isn't as stable as it could be on my system, especially if I run much using java through it. If it were more stable, I mights switch to it entirely, and that would free me from feeling I needed to followup on all the tabs before closing them.

As is, I'm using Safari, which is lovely, sleek, and fast, but has no way of saving tabs (silly browser). At about the three day mark, with my previous quantity of RAM, the computer would run out of memory and crash, so I needed to account for any tabs I really cared about as soon as it started to slow down significantly. Oh, and since it's a laptop, I put it to sleep frequently too. I am not kind to memory.
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