Noob version of Nagasaki-style icecream roses!

I stared creepily at the video, watching it over and over.

First attempt on back of a mug with a pie slicer... could see possibilities, but the icecream kept trying to slide off the mug back.

Second attempt on an icecream cone, with softened icecream and cake slicer - icecream was too soft, would not hold structural integrity, though the intentions could be seen.

This is my third attempt! Where the thing, while obviously crafted by an incompetent nugget, definitely has hints of where it COULD go...

Moohaha. ONWARDS! FOR SCIENCE!

Also has the interesting side-effect of giving the icecream a 'fluffier' mouthfeel. And, enthusiastically related by Nuggetboy (I prefer making icecream to eating it, so he has eating duties), 'Ooh this is great it goes all the way to the bottom of the cone!'

Never let them see that Skynet is behind it!

From a white paper by Endeavour Partners on the Future of Retail.

It's pretty good, but (as mentioned above), I've yet to see a white paper that addresses this point.

I think maybe it’s because when it’s in person, it devalues the whole, ‘I feel like a special snowflake cause she remembers me’, because it becomes, ‘I feel like a number in a list cause she just very obviously looked me up to try to sell to me’. XD


Proudly a craftsnugget!

Read an interesting post by Mark Boulton - Not a craftsman.

I usually like what he's written, but in this case, I have to disagree. He's defining it wrong. ;)

But wai nugget?

Well see...

"If my uncle was restoring traction engines for a living, he would’ve been out of business. Craft is love. And love takes time. And time is scarce and probably best spent elsewhere."

That statement immediately made me think of the story where Picasso does a little sketch in 5 min. A potential buyer goes 'Omg! How can you charge <whatever ridiculous sum> for something that took you 5 min to do?!?!' Picasso looks down his nose regally, and replies, 'That, ma'am, took me my whole life.' (Or something similar.)

I disagree that craft has to be slow. Yes, love takes time. Expertise takes time. But that doesn't mean you bill your 10k hours to your clients directly. The 10k hours you have under your belt are what affects the asking price you give to clients! The 10k hours are the love.

The 10k hours are your craftperson's gift to the leanan sidhe that you can never get back. ;)

Also, because everything is always about food, anyone who thinks craft has to be slow has never watched a real sushi chef at work. XD

Slutty brownie with almond-coffee, crispy chocolate swirl with chopped nuts icecream

Someday, I really need to:

  1. Come up with better names for my icecreams
  2. Overcome my laziness and start documenting the insane number of different icecream flavours I make

...but today is not that day.

Today's lazy 'recipe' is instead, a bunch of links!

I got the idea from these two places…

http://www.thelondoner.me/2011/06/slutty-brownies.html

and

http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/

…but of course, being me, I changed stuff a bit…

I didn’t use a brownie base, I used my own flourless chocolate cake base here
http://nugget.posthaven.com/flourless-triple-chocolate-cake-of-lazy-doom

I was lazy for the cookie dough and used a Betty Crocker mix. You can of course, use your own nummy version!

I baked the thing for 40-50 minutes at 180C, non-fan-forced. Check on it often towards the last 10 minutes, because you don't want the cookie bits to overcook/burn.

LICEcap by Cockos Inc, a free, GIF screencast app that's as awesome as its name is awful.

Sample GIF from Mars - a web business intelligence tool for community pharmacies - that we recently launched at Minfos.

I recorded this as a PoC to show my colleagues, but it's had the fortunate effect of making me realise that the way we've implemented that checkbox is pretty bad right now. It shouldn't dismiss the dropdown menu the moment the checkbox is checked, but only upon the user clicking 'Apply Settings'. Otherwise (as you can see), it's quite horridly disorienting.

Get this wonderful, shiny LICEcap tool.