Asshole cat broke my laptop key aord


One of our cats is a bit of an asshole sometimes. This morning I awoke to find he had crawled under the partially closed lid of my laptop to snuggle up for some heat, and then proceeded to rip two keys off it. Not what I needed this morning.

Update 30 minutes later: got it back together again. *sigh*

Marvel 2019 prediction


(contains spoilers for Avengers Infinity War and )
So, I've been thinking about this year's Marvel movies - Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home..

Something I've noticed is that Kevin Feige specifically said that the two new movies would shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come.. not just Endgame.

None of the people they've shown in the Spider-Man trailers were people we know survived the snap, and in fact there were several we knew did not inc Nick Fury and Spider-Man himself.

What if Spider-Man is set in a parallel universe where life continued on as normal after Infinity War? They don't know this calamity happened, but Fury's fury-sense is tingling and he wants Spider-Man to help him work out what's going on. Where if at the end they all come back to the original universe only to discover that they were missing for [amount of time] and there's a huge outcry against the Avengers for letting it happen, leading to the original Avengers leaving for good, maybe with Captain Marvel.

I guess we'll find out in a few weeks when Endgame comes out.

Tonight's weather..


We're looking to have about a foot of snow in total by this time tomorrow. When we get up in the morning we'll have 4+ inches to shovel off the driveway and back patio, the latter because otherwise Kodiak will urinate on it as he's old and silly. X-) After that we'll have 1.5-2" per hour until lunchtime.

Stay warm out there!

Tip for making all gluten-free baking recipes work better


Over the past few months my wife has been testing out some gluten-free recipes for baked goods - brownies, various breads, etc. Some of them have been boxed kits, others have been from scratch. Along the way one recipe recommended to let the prepared mix stand in their final baking dish for about 30 minutes prior to cooking, to give the ingredients time to rise. She did this for the one recipe that suggested it and it turned out to making a notable difference in how light and puffy the final result was. Based on that she started doing it on all gluten-free bakings and it has made a substantial difference - everything's lighter, puffier, less grainy and, ultimately, better tasting.

So, if you're baking something that's gluten-free, let it sit for about 30 minutes before baking it and the results will be much puffier and tastier than they would have been otherwise.


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