Daily Archives: September 2, 2009

Organizing Your Recipes: 8 Foolproof Methods from Real Simple

For anyone like myself who has lots of recipes and struggles to deal with them, consider this: Organizing Your Recipes: 8 Foolproof Methods. As for me, I am going towards getting rid of all but my favourite cookbooks. All the magazines and ho-hum cookbooks have been ripped up and the good recipes extracted. The remaining cookbooks are those that inspire me in one way or another.

P.S. Consider getting your recipes directly from sites like Real Simple or Marthastewart.com or Chatelaine or Canadian Living.

Deep Fried Butter

Deep Fried Butter?! I don’t know what else to say.

(Found via andrewSullivan.com)

Why do I think Wynton Marsalis is great?

Because as well as he can play The Very Thought of You or September Song, he can also play Handle and Bach like this.

However my day is, if I listen to this, my day is better.

The Very Thought of You from Standard Time, Vol.3: The Resolution Of Romance — Wynton Marsalis

One of my all time favourite albums is this:  Standard Time, Vol.3: The Resolution Of Romance by Wynton Marsalis.

One of my favourite songs from this album is this:


On the Gmail problem today (somewhat techie, depending on your background :))

Based on the post in the Official Gmail Blog on today’s Gmail issue, it appears that Google had a classic case of cascading server failure. Lots of companies with high web traffic volumes will have essentially many servers doing essentially the same thing in parallel. For example, rather than have 1 server trying to handle 100% of the traffic, they will have 5 servers each handling 20% of the traffic. You do this for a number of reasons, with one of the key reasons being that 1 server can’t handle 100% of the traffic. However, 5 can. The question is, can 4 handle it? Or 3? Or 2? IT people — like myself — ask themselves this, and try to manage it so that even if 1 or more servers go down, the remaining servers can handle the load. (For example, I once read of a stock exchange that ran their multiple servers at no more than 20% capacity, just to handle variable load or failure.)

The cascading server failure problem occurs when the servers suffer the simultaneous problem of failing servers and too much load. If you have 5 servers available and very busy and one goes down, the other servers can get too busy and also go down. Eventually they all can fall like dominoes. And getting them up is difficult because no sooner do you get one up than it can get swamped with traffic and go down again. Not much fun for the IT people, or the poor frustrated users.