Attrition Game: Bahrain Grand Prix


I feel a bit like crags does…that we really should not be racing in Bahrain. However, Mr. E runs that show (not me, obviously!) and I don’t get to call the shots. I just hope for a clean, fast, safe race for all parties involved.

With that said, what a race!

WINNERS: For the first time this season, we have a winner! Actually, two winners! With four cars retiring before the checkers flew, @renee__french and @LargeEddie scored the first Attrition Game points for the year.

UPDATE: @mihalis68, I missed your name. We have THREE winners. (go kimi) Very, very sorry for the oversight. Won’t happen again, I promise.

Well done, you! Well done.


Infinite Repeat

I’ve had this song in heavy rotation for about a week…and I have a feeling it’ll continue for a while.

Bon Iver – “Blood Bank” (video by sklyrovka)

(this version cuts off at the end, but supports embedding)



Attrition Game: China Grand Prix


Final count: one. ONE. At least it was a great race…and Eustice/Nice Lady finally got to watch a race broadcast. Worth it.


Coconut Macaroons

For @lvp1955

(Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook…you know, the one with the red-and-white checkered cover.)

  • 1 package (5 1/3 cups) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar (I may eventually cut this down, but this is how the recipe scaled)
  • 1 tablespoon good Mexican vanilla extract

Preheat over to 325 degrees. Make sure your oven rack is in the center of your oven. Lightly spray a baking sheet (I use Air Bake sheets) with cooking spray.

Using a stand mixer or other comparable implement of whipping destruction, beat the egg whites and vanilla at high speed until soft peaks form. Slowly add the sugar, beating constantly, until stiff peaks form and the mixture starts looking glossy and wonderful. Fold in the entire package of coconut.

Use a small scoop (mine holds probably about a tablespoon of dough, maybe less) to portion out cookies on the greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes on the center rack of your oven, or until cookies are lightly browned.

Remove from oven, cool for about a minute, move to rack to cool completely.

I usually rotate two sheets, and let the baking sheet cool between batches.

Makes about 40 cookies (I don’t know; I end up eating some of the broken ones, so it is hard to get an accurate count).

Warning! Cookies are incredibly fragile.

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Tying Up Loose Ends

I post too much on Twitter. I don’t update here like I should if I really want this to take off.

Continuous incremental improvement, as my Boss would say.

In case you missed it, my sister’s health scare was a bit of a false alarm. She’s still got some sort of growth, but it’s not cancerous. With (new! updated! accurate!) information, it now sounds more like a ganglion cyst.

It’s complicated. I’ll leave it at that.

Today was a Good Day. I took a vacation day. Spent the morning talking with a good friend, making plans and discussing various topics. Sometimes the best conversations have no real point or purpose. They just happen.

Finished planting impatiens in the front flowerbeds today. Weeded the front herb garden, too. What a mess! I was going to mulch the asparagus in the garden (flowering already! strange spring!), but I ran out of time and momentum. With any luck, I won’t have to do any real work in the flowerbeds for the rest of the season.

I also made coconut macaroons today. If you have a stand mixer, these are the easiest cookies in the world to make. They’re sticky, though. Very, very sticky. They’re currently cooling in the kitchen while I watch the live stream of FP1. Limited running on track right now…the rain’s keeping the cars tucked away in their garages. Visibility (always dodgy in Shanghai) appears close to nonexistent with the ongoing drizzle and low clouds.

Final thoughts for today, at least on here: how on Earth will Circuit of the Americas fill those grandstands? Maybe I just hang in the poorer circles, but I’m not seeing a lot of folks biting on the PSL/season ticket options for the Austin track. I desperately want this race to work – there’s nothing quite like race weekends, for sure – but it just seems as though this plan isn’t going to help build momentum for the track…or for F1 in the US in general. I hope I’m wrong, and the grandstands are a total sellout.

(I still miss my $85 paddock box seats, though, right on start/finish. Oh, Indy.)