Jumbo Shrimp

Posted 2009.07.22 19.21 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I usually like shrimp. Cold with cocktail sauce is fine, or splayed out neatly atop a little bundle of sushi rice is nice, but cooked is even better; stir-fried with teriaki and hot sauce, bundled up in a little har gow dumpling, sauteed with oil and garlic, deepfried with batter, bbq’d on skewers… there’s countless ways to make shrimp yummy.

At home I typically stir-fry them, or in summer I bbq them on skewers with some pineapple and a sweet-and-spicey sauce. Though if I’m feeling particularily lazy, I’ll just eat them cold a la shrimp cocktail. I usually get them in about the 25-count size. (This means, 25 to the pound.) It’s a good size, they’re not so tiny you have to deal with a million of them to make one meal, and not too expensive. The biggest ones, the 15-count, usually cost over a dollar each.

Recently I accidentally grabbed the wrong bag, and picked up the 15-count ones. The usual ones cost me about $10 / pound, these ones were about $17. But I wasn’t paying close attention and didn’t notice till I got home. I’d bought the dreaded…. Jumbo Shrimp.

“Jumbo Shrimp”. It is an oxymoron. Shrimp means tiny, jumbo means big. Big tiny. It doesn’t work.

Worse – jumbo shrimp are too big.. they’re just wrong.  Cooked, peeled, deveined and with no heads and tails, they are just sort whitish pinkish things about 5 inches long, an inch across at the big end and just under 1/2 inch across at the small end.

Last time I had Jumbo Shrimp, it actually put me off shrimp for a year or two.

It’s not the taste – they taste like shrimp. It’s everything else. The size. The shape. The appearance.

I just can’t shake the impression that they are skinned, boned, deveined fingers from some big guy with fat fingers. Fat man fingers. Fat man finger cocktail.

So I had my Jumbo Shrimp last night.. and once more I have the fat man finger cocktail in my head and an uneasy feeling about all shrimps.

Playing with Fire

Posted 2009.07.22 15.15 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

I found this great post at Lorelle’s blog about how to do terrifying scary dangerous stuff to your WordPress database.

Like if you want to do a massive search and replace on stuff. Or bulk-change all the posts’ comment status. Or rename the database. Lorelle makes this comment at the start of the post:

There are times when you must enter the WordPress MySQL database to search and replace some content. If you don’t have to do this, then DO NOT DO THIS. If you have to do this, then your head should be examined carefully, opened up and inspected for programming errors, and then you may proceed with due and dilligent care.

It sort of sets the tone, but really, tinkering with the internal workings of your blog while it’s live and running, isn’t so big a deal. Just don’t sneeze or spill pizza into its brain, and things should be ok. Do make a backup or two though, before you begin…


Posted 2009.07.22 9.13 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Things continue to get slowly consolidated, old sites merging with this, my main site.

Just recently, my artwork website was assimilated: www.artsteph.com has been merged into the PlanetStephanie domain and site. My artwork gallery etc are all available here in WordPress.

It was a lot of aggravating work to get everything in there, but now that it’s in, maintaining it should be fairly simple. It’s not as complete or comprehensive as the old site was, but on the other hand, I’m not that heavily into art / painting at the moment. I might get back into photography again, as I just got a new digital camera that has more functions and power than a Mars lander…