Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stream of Consciousness and Honouring the Veterans

Oh! Looking at the time, I'd better get a post in before the clock turns midnight. (However, I rather suspect I'll finish writing this post after midnight, but at least the post will be registered as Thursday, November 11. ;) )

First thing's first: for the last remaining moments of November 11, 2010, I'd like to take the time to thank those of you who have served or are now serving our country through the military. I've had a few relatives whose service to this country was through the United States Navy, and I have several friends who are serving through the other branches, such as the Army, Air Force, and Marines. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made so that we could live in freedom.

Secondly: Happy Birthday to my cousin, Lito Yalong! Hope you have many more to come.

Today, I had the chance to taste the phenomenon that is chicken and waffles. A place opened up around six blocks west of where I work in downtown Durham, and they specialise in chicken and waffles. If you're in the Triangle area, you should try Dame's Chicken and Waffles. I had their Red-Crested Rose Comb. Here is how they described it:

Destined for ATF stardom! We pair a crispy fried Chicken leg quarter w/ our crisp and fluffy Classic Waffle shmeared w/ sweet, fresh Strawberry Crème.

So what I got wasn't exactly a leg quarter; they had given me two chicken drumsticks, but they were flavoured quite nicely and had a strong hint of sage. They were fried perfectly, not greasy at all, and very tender. The waffle was very nice, and the schmear complemented the whole thing. I know, I know, I had that infamous Krispy Kreme cheeseburger at the NC State Fair. This one is different. It's not cloyingly sweet. There was the maple syrup, but I didn't use the whole container. There was even a small container of hot sauce, which I used for the chicken.

I'd be curious to try their other offerings. Click on the link above and check out their menu. Let me know what you think of it if you ever decide to give it a go.

I'm looking forward to a Hymn and Choir Festival that will take place at Grace Baptist Church this Sunday. I'm a bit disappointed that my group will be small, but for good reason; one of my choristers has a death in the family which will prevent him from joining us as originally planned. We're planning on performing an easy choral anthem: Dona Nobis Pacem, a traditional canon arranged by Hal Hopson. It was a piece I remembered singing in junior high school choir. I am cautiously optimistic that the choirs of First Presbyterian Church and St. Philip's Episcopal Church can join us.

Now for a little bit of geek talk. Usually, whenever I compose these blog posts, I am using the "Edit HTML" option. I've always done that whem composing posts here on Blogger or over on LiveJournal. I feel like I have more control over the formatting and such doing it that way as opposed to using the "Compose" feature.

Right now, I'm trying my level best to get an issue of the newsletter for the local chapter of the American Chemical Society published. It's taking me a while to do so. First of all, the articles were trickling in very slowly. Now that I have most of the articles that I would need (minus one that I'd have to write, introducing myself as the new Editor of the TarHelium), I settled in to figuring out how to lay out the newsletter for publication on the web. I was hoping to access the last issue published and merely edit out the old stories and put in the new.

It wasn't so simple. I couldn't even access the old issue. The thought had crossed my mind to look at how the old issue was coded, so I had a look at the source code. Yikes. I think it was generated by some sort of an editor not unlike that encountered in Blogger or LiveJournal. Since I couldn't figure out how to even access such an editor, I decided to just grin and bear it and check the code.

It'll be a bit more tedious doing it this way, but at least the issue will get published. Even though this will be a very busy weekend for me, I'm optimistic I'll have it ready for publication by Monday, November 15. Wish me luck!

At least once that's done, I'll be able to sit down and learn more about how the site which hosts the local ACS website works so hopefully, the next issue won't be as painful to produce.

Lest I go on and bore you to tears, I'll end right here. Before I go, however, I want to remember my uncle, Aurelio Yalong. Tomorrow would have been his 70th birthday. He had passed away March, 2001, a little over four months after his 60th birthday. Even though I didn't know him well (and that was just because I was born and grew up in a place that separated us by an entire ocean), he was always very kind to me, and I remember and cherish the times we did spend with each other. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.


John C. Fowler said...

Good luck with the newsletter! If you get to update the TarHelium web page you linked to as well, you might want to update the link, as that gets a page-not-found error.

I also wanted to note that if I access this blog post via RSS, it doesn't show up. I see it in the RSS feed, but if I go to the post, it's blank, except for the sidebars and everything. This is the only post that does that. The other posts work fine from RSS. This post's RSS link is

John C. Fowler said...

Update: The RSS feed for this post is working now. Must have been a glitch earlier.

Lyn F. said...

John, thanks so very much! I really appreciate your feedback! Did I mention that I decided to just deal with the HTML code as I put together the new newsletter, and it turns out that is what the previous Editor and Copy Editor had done all along?

I'll really get to exercise my html muscles now. :P

Have a great weekend! :)