01 August 2006

The Toys of Summer

Summer is a great time to play. Even though I've been involved with Summer Seminar, I've still found several things with which to amuse myself.

One is Mozilla. Why on Earth did I use Internet Explorer for so long? I love the "open in new tab" feature and am enjoying exploring the various add-ons. I'm much happier with my websurfing these days.

219/147 Days by rogerstryker CC-BY-NC
This is my new outdoor toy: an alligator lopper. It's a little chainsaw enclosed in shears and is one heckuva lot of fun. You can saw through all sorts of things in a heartbeat, which hopefully does not include body parts. Considering that you have to apply pressure to both handles for it to run, there's not as great of a possibility as with a regular (and very open) chainsaw. Go get one and make your neighbours jealous!

As for the great indoors, I've really enjoyed making tarts. Considering all of the yummy raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries in the yard, I just had to do something. Since I hadn't tried my hand at tarts, this seemed like the year to get a new pan or two and have at it. Do yourself a favour and try out the raspberry tart recipe in this month's Gourmet magazine. My twist? Mix in a little cocoa in place of the flour to give the dough an infusion of chocolate.

Raspberry Frangipane Tart by Three Points Kitchen CC-BY-NC-SA

Have you found some fun of your own this summer to share?


Anonymous said...

Now that you've ventured out by trying another browser, you might want to test-drive Flock. I've been using it for the last month and I love it. It integrates an RSS aggregator, Flickr, and a blog posting tool, for starters. Also, since it's based on Firefox, many Firefox add-ons will also work (my favorite is FireFTP, which turns your browser into an FTP client).

The Science Goddess said...

Hmmm---I may have to look into that.

I just decided to switch to Vonage for my phone service. I'm slowly getting pulled into the 21st century.

Kasia said...

Hello! Can you post the link to the raspberry tart recipe? I looked on Groumet.com, but realized I'm a few years late! HA! Thanks!

The Science Goddess said...

Alas, I don't seem to have it anymore! I looked through my stash for you---and didn't find it. Sorry I can't be more help.