Archive for December, 2011

GoDaddy sucks – and it’s not just because of SOPA

December 28, 2011 - 6:19 pm Comments Off on GoDaddy sucks – and it’s not just because of SOPA

I’ve had a bajillion domains registered at GoDaddy for years, not because I particularly liked them, but more because it was easy. After my friend Dave died, I inherited all his domain names, and they were all on GoDaddy, so for ease I just transferred them to my account there.

But given their recent support of SOPA, plus their half-hearted retraction of same when they realized their posturing was not winning them any friends, was pretty disgusting. They backed down, but they won’t actively denounce SOPA. And they should.

So I started the process today to move all 46(!) of my domains to another registrar. (I inherited a LOT of domains from Dave!) But you can’t transfer a domain if it’s set to expire in the next seven days, so I had to renew six of them through GoDaddy before I could move them off. Here’s what happens when you renew domains on GoDaddy:

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The first upsell. Notice all the disclaimer marks at the bottom.

The second upsell. This is just the part above the fold; about one third of all the “Special Offers” I had to scroll through before finding the “No Thanks” link.

LOLWUT??? I tried to renew ONE domain – – for $8.99, and it tacked on 32 extra domains for a total of $293.44. Neato! All six domain names I tried to renew had at least one extra one tacked on that I didn’t want. This is, at the very least, highly immoral.

Last, but not least, the final upsell, after I winnowed out the chaff and bought the renewals for the six domains I wanted.

So, there you have it. Why GoDaddy sucks – and it’s not just because of SOPA.

Food Detective: The Old Family Eggnog

December 27, 2011 - 12:34 pm Comments Off on Food Detective: The Old Family Eggnog

I’ve been trying for some time to find the origins of our family eggnog recipe. My grandmother, who started the tradition within our family, and my mother, who took it over for her, are both gone, and I never thought to ask either of them while I had them.

If I had a dime for all the questions I have to ask the people who are gone, I’d be pretty rich.

Anyway, after my grandmother died 15 years ago, I came into possession of her recipe box. It occurred to me to look in there to see if I could find any clues as to the recipe’s provenance. Well, I found the recipe all right, and it was written in the same hand that my aunts told me was a cousin of ours who was known for their cooking. It was labeled “Mother’s Eggnog.”

So I looked up his mother. She was my great-great-great aunt, born in 1868, and she was the granddaughter of the last messenger from the Alamo.

This is some serious Old Family Eggnog, y’all.

Weekly Tweets

December 25, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • Nutcracker with my girls- a yearly tradition. Front row center, woo! #
  • Close enough to see the rub marks on the waist of the Sugar Plum Fairy's costume. #
  • Sopranos singing the descant and handbell choir ringing and Advent hymns. Lovely! #
  • There was a QR code on the church program yesterday. #
  • First day of school vacation. I am ready for this to be the last day of school vacation. #
  • Three pounds of peppermint bark so far (the good kind): #
  • In the midst of all the squabbling yesterday, my younger daughter wandered downstairs with a poetry book reading "Gunga Din." #heartthaw #
  • Christmas traditions in other parts of the world: the crapping log! #
  • Recommendation for registrar other than godaddy? #
  • "Christmas at Sea," a beautiful, melancholy poem by Robert Louis Stevenson: #
  • Because I love arguing with the child until nearly midnight about the fact that she can't leave her boots downstairs. #whendoesschoolstart #
  • A 60 year old unsolved mystery has me fascinated this evening – Australia's Taman Shud case: #
  • cleverly waited EIGHT DAYS to ship my order (the day after the Priority Mail shipping deadline for Christmas). Avoid!! #
  • Here's the best part: DIDN'T EVEN SEND THE RIGHT THING!! #
  • Nog made, house clean, presents wrapped, hair and toes done, kids currently getting along. Merry Christmas! #
  • "He looks like a pink nightmare." #
  • About to have the prettiest cup of Christmas Eve tea thanks to my Secret Santa! /cc @Pixieyelsraek #

Christmas Recipe: The Old Family Eggnog

December 23, 2011 - 6:10 pm 1 Comment

Dear friends,

For Christmas this year, I’m sharing with you a recipe that has never, to my knowledge, been shared publicly outside my family. I checked with my aunts several months ago and got their blessing to share it.

This is our eggnog recipe. Our family has been making it for at least 50 years. I have never been able to find anything like it anywhere at all. It’s decadent, it’s boozy, and it’s amazing. Enjoy!

14 Eggs
2 cups sugar
3 ½ cups bourbon (good quality)
1 pint whipping cream
1 pinch nutmeg

Beat yolks in sugar until smooth and lemon colored. Add whiskey. Beat whites to soft peaks. Whip cream. Fold all together and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Note: It’s important to fold the ingredients together rather than blend vigorously so that the character of the egg whites and the cream remains in the final product. You want to be able to taste little bits of all of the parts when you take a sip.

The nog may be made the day before.

Merry Christmas!

Weekly Tweets

December 18, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • My cats polished off 2 slices of almond pound cake last night. Thought it was the dogs, but 1 of the cats just went back for a stashed bit. #
  • Hey Mike Noonan: My life for you! Bumpty bumpty bump! #bagofbones #geekout #
  • Bag of Bones part one verdict: I liked it! #
  • I need a swig of some strong dwarrrven ale. #
  • Had a lucid dream last night where I knew I was dreaming and was consciously trying to change things. V. strange. #
  • Dear Words With Friends: Thanks for updating 90 files when I'm not on a wifi network. That's good for my cell bill! #
  • Let this 1986 performance of The Cure – Forest melt your face off: #
  • Holy Whomping Willow! #bagofbones #
  • Am sore from two days of shopping. Too old for this. Online shopping from now on! #
  • This rented Nissan has some bizarrely improbable iPod cable connector. Bet the cable costs $50. Have they not heard of USB? #
  • I can't watch Tron Legacy without wanting to do lots of work RIGHT NOW. /cc @andrhia #
  • Now it can be told: I was the Puzzle Master for and thrilled to work on a Stephen King property! #
  • 7th Guest for iPhone! Woo! Here I come, Stauf! #
  • 130 kids in the 6th grade. 38 of them had Uggs on. Wow. #
  • Remember the "Snow White" email virus? Good times, good times. #
  • Why games need real writers, part 2: "I've never admitted this, but I've killed more people than I care to admit." #
  • I have officially dropped four dress sizes this year. W00t! #
  • So Pinterest… it's like Twitter with pictures? #
  • 30 things to stop doing to yourself: #
  • Alternatives to water for your Neti pot liquid: #
  • Curved. Swords. #
  • Peppermint bark making time. Nom. #
  • I am really confused by this Amazon product picture. #
  • Peppermint bark update: Apparently cocoa butter can go rancid. If your white chocolate says "Best by 2008," believe it. #yuck #

Weekly Tweets

December 11, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • Loved the new Muppet movie. *maniacal laugh* #
  • But boo on ABC for including a real phone # in the movie (877-504-8423) and not doing something with it. This is 2011, people! #transmedia #
  • Cleaning out old boxes, part 1 #infocom #
  • Part 2: Old games. Remember any of these? #
  • My first home computer floppy. Dated 1984. #
  • Sigh, Dexter featured a phone number in tonight's episode that doesn't do anything, either. Missing the boat, people! #transmedia #
  • Wow, it's really raining out there. That's awesome! #
  • "I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee." RIP Mr. Guard: #skyrim #
  • R.I.P Colonel Potter. #mash #
  • Dear Twitter: If you're going to force all links to go through, at least keep the service running well. #
  • The Xbox progress bars annoy me. They're 3D until they start to fill up, then they turn flat and green? What designer came up with that? #
  • I just figured out why all the homes in Skyrim have cast iron pots in the end tables next to the beds. Ew. #
  • My #transmedia experience level is 'Transmedia Practitioner'. I am 58% transmedia pure! #transmediapuritytest #
  • I still miss the 2008 intense blueberry Haraar. #
  • Baby can you dig your man? (He's a righteous man.) #
  • Experience the existential despair of Peanuts without their last panel: 3eanuts! #
  • Nine Inch Noels: /via @baconator #

Weekly Tweets

December 4, 2011 - 4:48 am Comments Off on Weekly Tweets
  • Just because I sent you one email in 2007 doesn't mean we need to be connected on LinkedIn now. #
  • Just started playing Skyrim, and was welcomed with the dulcet tones of Saul Frakking Tigh. Neat! #
  • I'm eating a turkey sandwich, because I NEVER get tired of turkey. Send me all your leftovers! #
  • Amazon accidentally sent me an autographed book. Told me to keep it. I love them. #
  • It's funny how much time I spend creating a video game character avatar that I NEVER see again. #
  • Klout says I'm influential about garlic and beer. So, how about garlic-flavored beer, huh? #
  • Sara Tidwell's lost album from Bag of Bones available for pre-order: #transmedia #bagofbones #
  • Stuff you might not have known about mercury poisoning (I love random factoids!): #
  • Today's Letter from the Principal features a run-on sentence followed by a homonym misspelling. Heavy sigh. #
  • Because it's 3 in the morning and I have to quit playing this stupid game. #
  • Lazy is checking the internet to see if that's rain I hear outside. #
  • Enos the chimp's space adventure: #
  • The Edinburgh library paper crafter has left her last creations: #
  • "Sounds like you've seen you for share of hardship." <– This is why games need proofreaders. #
  • I hereby denounce unsalted butter. I say BRING ON THE SALT!! #