Winter food

What is it about winter that forces very strong desires for specific kinds of food?

There's something about snow on the ground, a bitter bite in the air, darkness, the smell of woodsmoke and wet bark that makes me crave food from my childhood. And not necessarily food that I LIKED in my childhood. (What's that about?)


Who are you talking to? Part 1

I just stopped reading an editorial provocatively entitled, "You will lose your private health insurance." ( I thought it might help clarify what precisely is being debated in the House and Senate these days on health care.

But I stopped when I hit this line, "Of course the left will accept restrictions on funding for abortion, because they want to keep moderate Democrats on board for the goal they know is really important: giving the government a dominant role in health care."


OS X update saga: 10.4.11 to 10.6.2, plus hardware upgrades

After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade my laptop (MacBook Pro 2.2 ghz) to the current version of OS X.

Having read a few horror stories online, I decided to do a clean install, and, while at it, replace my hard drive and upgrade my RAM.

I ordered a 500 GB drive and 4GB RAM from Other World Computing, ( and they arrived when they said they would. One really cool thing about OWC is that they have installation videos right on their website.