July 27th, 2003

Loon

food ...

Today was my Mom's birthday, and we had her over for dinner. I cooked one of Jamie Oliver's (The Naked Chef on Food Network) menus ... the one from the "Chef's Night Out" show.

- Broth of Steaming Scallops, Prawns and Clams with Noodles, Black Beans, Coriander and Lime
- Roast Leg of Lamb with Pancetta, Sage and Rosemary
- Roasted Red Onion with Thyme and Butter

We opted to go for birthday cake instead of the Vanilla Baked Fruit from the menu. It was quite a bit of work, but there were no disasters ... although if I were to do this again, I'd change the approach to the lamb, not bothering to "tunnel" down the bone and just putting all the herb mixture into slits around the roast.

My brother and his wife had sent my mom some nice Dean & Deluca caviar, and she brought that over for appetizers, and I cracked open the tin of foi gras that my wife had given me for our anniversary (that I'd been waiting for a "special occasion" to get into).

The Girls were reasonably well behaved (after a day of not being very cooperative with cleaning up the house to make it presentable to their grandmother!) and my Mom was pleased. We also got her a new printer and some videos.

I managed to finish up the re-decoration on The Girls' rooms in time for tonight (got the last bits done on #1's room this afternoon), and will post before-and-after pics when I get them.


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Loon

Whew!

I've probably bitched about V3 in this space before ... they're the Dutch re-direct service that took over the Taiwan-based easy.to/remember re-direct service a few years back. Easy.to was wonderful, they had a dozen or so (primarily Tongan ".to") domains and they would let you sign up for as many permutations as you'd like, just as long as you didn't exceed five a day! However, the fellow who built easy.to was moving on to other things and he sold that to V3, which had other re-direct domains. V3, however, demanded that you had a one-to-one relationship of the re-directs to a unique e-mail. Of course, this was a hassle rather than a problem, as all it required was getting a free e-mail somewhere and then using that to snag the re-direct (being that I had dozens of these, trying to keep track of them all proved to be a farcical juggling act!). I used so many because I was always looking for a "thematic" URL to put in little classified ads for various products and projects (such as http://hello.to/retirement or http://w3.to/befree or http://back.to/control or http://pagina.de/rexall or http://go.to/rsi or http://welcome.to/rexall ... all of which are still working ... or http://i.am/liberated and various other "i.am" domains that are not). It was a nightmare, though, when V3 took over the easy.to accounts, and there were many that just disappeared on me, and many, while still functional are not listed in their records (and so can't be edited)! Then V3 went to a paid system ... you could have X number of free accounts for every paid one, I really tried to sign up for a lot of these, but between the e-mail issues and the non-transferral issues I wasn't able to "get to" a number of them, and then there were those (oh, like i.am/theprinceof darkness) that, while fun, were hard to justify spending money on!

Anyway ... I've been using http://hello.to/btripp (which was one of those "functioning but unlisted" URLs, that I ended up re-registering as a paid account to be able to use again) to link to my on-line resume for nearly ALL of my current job search materials, including a zillion cards I've had printerd up ... and suddenly, a week or two ago, "hello.to" (in all its permutations) just up and quit functioning! I guess the guys at V3 had let slip something with the Tongan NIC (http://www.tonic.to) and that had drifted into the void for a while ... needless to say, I was VERY relieved to find it back up today!

So, if you do encounter any job opportunities for "a fabulously talented Publicist / Publisher / Editor / Meeting Planner / Writer / Marketer / or Programmer in various languages" you can once again point folks to http://hello.to/btripp to get my resume in front of the appropriate hiring person!

By the way ... a few years ago I bought some Tongan domains of my own ... but never got around to doing anything with them (in fact, they don't even have DNS entries ... I really should at least hook them up to a cheap hosting company and put up "you wanna buy this?" pages for them). They are revealed.to (the perfect site to host newage/religious cult pages!), damned.to (wouldn't your fave gothboi want to have an e-mail @damned.to?), and whackoff.to (the perfect porn star home). If anybody out there wants to buy/lease these ... do let me know!


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