the Sweet Smell of Burning Fur (plonq) wrote,
the Sweet Smell of Burning Fur

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So much to say

I keep promising myself that I will stop neglecting LJ/DW, and when I am out, or at work, I am constantly having those "I should post about this when I get home" moments.

Then when I get home, I post a cryptic tweet about it, or do a tepid, watered-down FB entry about it and move on.

I guess part of the problem is that nothing particularly interesting or newsworthy has been happening lately - at least nothing noteworthy enough to warrant a long-form post here. Sometimes I forget that short posts here can work too.

In seven days I will be in a position to give six-months notice on my intent to retire. I guess I had better start doing some research into that, since there are a lot of things I need to start getting in order. Since I am in the employee share-purchase program, I need to arrange for those shares to be transferred out of the program. I need to figure out how to extend my medical insurance when I retire, and find out what packages are available and how much they cost.

Before anyone asks, our universal coverage up here does not include vision, dental or prescriptions (though it should in my opinion). I'll still be covered under [personal profile] atara's insurance, but there is a benefit to having both of us insured. We can claim against one or the other if we start approaching caps, and each covers the other's deductible. Plus, as morbid as it sounds, we need to consider our long-term coverage if something happens to the other.

[scene change]

Is it just my perception, or have on-line recipe sites become really crappy? I can remember when finding a recipe on-line consisted of entering your search criteria, clicking on a promising-looking result, and finding the recipe. There were often brief introductions, such as, "I modified this from my grandmother's recipe, since pickled horse bladders can be hard to buy these days. I have substituted pork bungs, but just about any unappetizing meat product would probably work for this. Hope you and your family 'enjoy' this recipe as much as mine does." Following this would be, well, the recipe.

Now when you click on the results, it takes you to a blog with 5-7 pages of preamble that includes a full biography of everybody in the author's family tree, as well as a treatise on the science and socio-economics of pickled horse bladders, and an ontological justification for using pork bungs as a substitute. We get to read about the author's childhood ambitions, the inner demons s/he are fighting every day, the origins of the dish, its history as it was passed down through the family, and his/her debilitating guilt over modifying the recipe simply because pickled horse bladders are no longer sold rather than, say, raising a horse from a foal with the end goal of harvesting its bladder.

This would not bother me as much if it was interesting reading, but in almost every case, the rambling preamble is just a way to force visitors through several pages of revenue-generating ads before they get to the recipe.

Fortunately, there is a Chrome add-on for this. Somebody posted a link to it in the Instant Pot sub-Reddit after another user bemoaned this trend in recipe sites. The add-on detects when you have visited a recipe site, and it scrapes it for the ingredients and instructions. It pops up a concise summary of the recipe in 1-2 printable pages.

It's not that I don't care about the poster's life history, and the messy side-effects of their botched operation last year, but sometimes I just want the recipe.
Tags: beans, retirement
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