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Apple Pie

February 23rd, 2010 6

It’s been a busy few months. A lot has happened. Also, I decided to make apple pie.

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I haven’t tried to make a sweet pie since I [left Seattle](http://uwmike.com/articles/2008/10/13/the-piemaker/). I had enthusiastically bought a pie plate upon my return, but some mixed results with quiches left me a bit discouraged. Pie is a lot of work, and it can be hard to find the motivation if it’s not a 100% sure thing. A few weeks ago, though, I tried again, and found success making the [cauliflower cheese pie](http://www.recipesource.com/main-dishes/dinner-pies/cauliflower-cheese1.html) from Moosewood, and practiced doing a pastry crust rather than the healthier shredded potato shell that is recommended.

This success inspired me to try another dessert pie, and as apples are the fruit of winter, why not an apple pie? Read on…

Safety Shaving

October 27th, 2009 5

I [talked previously](http://uwmike.com/articles/2009/09/04/classic-shaving/) about my thought process in moving from cartridges to an adjustable “safety” razor. But having said all that, and discussed the not-insignificant financial incentive, what’s it like to actually use the thing on a day-to-day basis? Read on…

Classic Shaving

September 4th, 2009 6

A few months ago, I picked up a 1960s-era [Gillette Slim](http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/index.php/Gillette_Slim) “safety” razor off eBay. It was only about $30, and I thought it would be fun to give it a shot.

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Up until using the Slim, my only previous experience had been with cartridge-based razors (and an electric, briefly), but I’d been reading about the alternatives, and had been curious to try them out. Read on…

T9 Words

June 6th, 2009 2

Somewhere, a Telus rep is congratulating himself.

Four months ago, I was completely ready to ditch Telus and switch my phone service to an [MVNO](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_virtual_network_operator). Indeed, if Zehrs hadn’t been repeatedly sold out of the handset I wanted, I’d probably be on the President’s Choice pay-as-you-go service. For light usage such as mine, it really is—by far—the most sensible and economical option.

In doing some soul-searching and bill-examination, however, it became apparent that my usage level really wasn’t light enough to realise a savings from switching to prepaid. So I called Telus and made a deal. Read on…

Flash of Genius

February 25th, 2009 2

sat-logo I had an opportunity recently to do some design work for a now-just-released app for iPhone.

Although visual design is not something I have ever studied in a formal setting, it’s an area of interest to me, and something I believe is as much a matter of inherent taste as it is of formally stated rules. As with good writing, there are guiding principles and empirically derived standards, but ultimately, you become a good writer by reading good writing, and by practicing it.

So I’m always up for more design, as the opportunity presents itself. Read on…

Dancing Feet

January 5th, 2009 3

As with many things in my life, I view clothing and footwear as practical matters of necessity more than as vehicles for much personal expression. I wear the occasional funny t-shirt, and I’ll dress up for a dance now and then, but those are the exception. As items wear out, they are tossed with little thought; a dwindling wardrobe is replenished as necessary.

But this pair of shoes is different. They will be retained as backup for some time, I expect, but here and now at the end of their useful life, they deserve a modest eulogy. In their two years of service, they’ve seen a lot of floors in a lot of cities—it’s time for a few shout-outs.

Traveling has become a way of life for me now. I enjoy seeing different places and people; the variety and adventure is thrilling. But this is not something of my upbringing—indeed, perhaps it was the stability of having lived in the same house my entire childhood and youth that mentally prepared me for moving about later on. That *later*, though, has a very specific starting point, and the shoes have been with me since exactly that date. Read on…

Seattle

December 1st, 2008 3

I’ve been in beautiful Seattle nearly three months—in just a few short weeks, it will be time to head back home again! It’s been good to be away; it’ll be good to be home.

In the [spirit](http://uwmike.com/articles/2007/11/03/sydney-adventures/) of [tradition](http://uwmike.com/articles/2007/02/27/nyc-cheatsheet/), here are a few notes on life and times in the Northwest.

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Read on…

The Piemaker

October 13th, 2008 5

This weekend was Thanksgiving for my Canadian friends and family. I thought I’d challenge myself a little and spent Sunday afternoon attempting to bake a pumpkin pie. How were the results? I was pleased, especially for a first attempt.

Pie Pumpkin

The [recipes I followed for both filling and crust](http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/pumpkinpie.php) are easy to read and pretty straightforward. I still ran into a few gotchas, though; I’ll be noting those as I can. Read on…

Just saw this guy in the grass this morning, on my way to campus.

Who says you can’t get shallow depth of field out of a pocket camera?3

For those who are interested, WP-Cats now [works with Wordpress 2.5.1](http://uwmike.com/wordpress/wp-cats/).

Update: Wordpress 2.6 is now out; WP-Cats works fine with it as well.

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