French cities at night

French cities at night
Lyon, a few weeks ago...

During this time of the year, when the sky is grey all over the country, French cities actually look best at night. And it's a good thing 'coz I wouldn't have gotten a chance to take those pictures at daytime anyway! ;)

French cities at night
Blois, a couple of days ago...

It's funny how many cities I've been to lately... I just wish I had my camera handy more often... I really gotta get one of those camera phones... But they make crappy pictures anyway, so I'm not sure they'd really fit the purpose here... ahh whatever

Video conferencing: future is now!

Okay now, sometimes I really feel stuck in south of France when I need to be working with people in Paris! Phone + email was cool until my phone bills rocketed in the past few months... :-/

Recently, I decided, with a couple of business partners, to give internet video conferencing a shot! Guess what my biggest surprise was?

It actually works! And pretty well!

Not only could we see each other while talking but it was even better than the real thing: sound quality outstrips mobile phones! Especially when compared to SFR (the crappiest - but very common - network we have in France).

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Patent pending: My personal "Cookie Tenderizer"

Today we had a healthy lunch: a friend of mine brought us home baked cookies! Don't question about the dietetics, she's gotta be knowing what she's doing, she's an engineer in the food processing industry! :> Well, anyway, those were excellent and I even got one left to take home... :)

Then, I spent the whole afternoon with the smooth thought of treating myself to this cookie... Guess my disappointment when I opened the wrapping tonight and discovered the cookie had turned to rock? What a shame these cookies harden so fast! Not even 24 hours after baking!

Then comes the geeky bloggy rush of blood to the head where I remember Russell commenting about the ephemeral chewy state of the cookies... And while I'm in a webby state of mind I decide to go google for a solution to bring my cookie fossil back to life! (I know I could have eaten it like that and it'd still have tasted good, but I decided it just wouldn't be no fun that way!)

Now, believe it or not, it seems that no one ever documented a cookie tenderizing process on the web!

Next thing I know, I was standing in the kitchen with a grin on my face, starting some weird experiment... and, against all odds, it only took me about 15 minutes to revive my cookie!

"How did I achieve that?" you wonder...

Let me introduce you to my home brewed cookie tenderizer:

My home brew cookie tenderizer

It's a simple machine actually: stove / pan (with water) / steam / grid (originally for pizza) / dead cookie.

Just let the steam go through the cookie for a few minutes... and enjoy! Your cookie is now tender, chewy and hot, just as if it came right out of the oven. Warning: it can get *really* hot!

So? Who's the man??!! :D

Anyone thinking I'm delirious here? Check it out! Still not convinced? Okay look at it from another angle: the cookie gets back to the state it was in when it came out of the oven! This is what is commonly called a working time machine! :b (except it only works for cookies, please don't sit on the stove!)

Yeah I know, I need some rest! XX( And maybe next time I'll learn how to bake fresh cookies myself...

Sending mail with Outlook 2002

I have been using outlook 2002 since... errr... 2002 ? (Yeah I know there are better email clients avialable... this one just integrates with nearly everything! And you can't beat that! :P)

I have always had it configured in a way were any message I wrote stood in the outbox until I click on Send/Receive.

Now I reinstalled the same Outlook 2002 (with the same CD!) on my laptop, I cannot seem to find how to achieve the same config! I went through the options a thousand times and really feel stupid! :roll: Any mail I compose gets sent out right after I'm done with it.

That's such a pain in the ass, since my MTA needs me to check mail before I can send some (yet another crappy anti spam measure! :( )

Can anyone help me out here and tell me how I get Outlook to not automatically send emails before I ask it to?

Quote of the day - insanity

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.