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Various life updates...

Still really busy, but I figured I'd take a few minutes to give some updates, since I know you're all dying for the latest.

Pulled Pork, take two:
It came out much better, this time. The flavor was good - even better, I'd argue, probably in part due to the fact that I marinated it overnight, then let it sit in the rub overnight, so both sets of flavors were more ingrained (not the word I'm looking for, but whatever, I'm tired) in the meat. Since I smoked it this time, instead of mostly-baking it and then just smoking it at the end, there was a much better smoky flavor, a better crust (for lack of a better term) and the texture was much better - much more tender, delicate, and falling apart in some places. I was able to use my (washed) hands to just rip it apart into chunks for serving. I also made smoked (yes - smoked) garlic cheese grits. Good combo.

Pictured here are the results (and this is from tonight, so after it's been in the fridge and reheated a couple of times, i.e., suboptimal):
Dinner - pulled pork
(You may also notice the white stuff to the side - that's not mashed potatoes, it's congee aka juk, a Chinese porridge, which my dad made from the bones and some of the meat.)

Keyboard and Mousin'
My new new keyboard and mouse came in, and this time they worked, and Good Lord it is glorious having a real keyboard and mouse again - and a really, really nice set. It's a Logitech wireless keyboard and wireless optical mouse combo set, and the mouse is so silky and the key response is just... buttery, I can't describe it. Plus - no wires! It kicks ass. I'm so happy. *sniff* I'm just so happy.

Work Distractions
Read an article tonight on our attention spans at work, how we're constantly distracted in the modern day and age, and how on average people only spend 20 seconds consecutively on any task on average - which is crazy. But if you think about it, how often you (assuming you work in an office) probably alt-tab between different applications, checking email and web and IM and everything else... it's crazy, but probably true. The thing that made me happy? One of the conclusions a Microsoft researcher came to was that the larger the display, the more productive the person was. Perfect justification for a huge new monitor at work, I think. Right? Right.
(Read the article here. Stolen from Jeremy Zawodny.)

Pat Tillman, Liberal Hero
Read an article in The Nation today, in which I learned that Pat Tillman thought that the war in Iraq was "f***ing illegal" (I still want to know how you pronounce an asterisk) and was a big fan of Noam Chomsky. At least, that's what his mother, and sister, and Noam Chomsky all say. But how can you believe them? They're a bunch of pansy liberals.
(Check out the article. Thanks to karmakazesal for the linkage.)

Transparent aluminum exists
What the hell? That was in Star Trek. But apparently - it's for real.
(Read it here! Thanks to jynxyjoe for the story.)

Work work
Oh yeah, the actual job part of working... well, it's going well. Things are really busy, but we're in the home stretch - the first site relaunch is on October 31st, and I'm looking forward to it.

(Of course, today, our two T1 lines alternated between failing, which is always lots of fun. One minute, no internet access. The next minute, no access to our data center. Pfft. Who needs network connectivity to work at an Internet company?)

Everything else
There are probably a million things I'm neglecting, but oh well, such is life. I'm off to bed, g'nite all.
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