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Will It Be Yes or Will It Be Sorry?

Spent the weekend in Ottawa at Can-Con. Nicely balanced small con. Most of the panels did not overreach or underwhelm, which makes the overall experience more pleasant than it could be. The only salient advice is that I remain a fool for thinking Twitter is a flash-in-the-pan which will be over by the end of 2009. Which is not to say I'm going to necessarily re-invigorate past accounts, but that I may use it more in the way I used to use Reuters et al services when I had a job that was relevant to such activity.

Was also good to briefly get together with other CZP folk and get some planning done that would never have been settled by email.

But I'm tired this morning and getting ready to take Cara Sposa over to the hospital for tests, so I'll just chew this meme fromaliettedb as mental bubble gum.

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation’s cupboards.

Hmmm... Looks like I don't have room for things that I don't use. Most of these I use at least once a week, except for the seasonal ones like the ice cream maker and the fondue set. I poach eggs in a pan with a spoon, do deep frying on the stovetop, bake bread on the pizza stone, and do slow cookery in a warm oven in a casserole, so why clutter up the kitchen with gadgetry?