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Day 10/183: Pickling news and Some 366 meme questions

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In pickling news, I have made my first attempt at gherkins/American pickles. My recipe* involved the following:

  • Tiny cucumbers, sliced
  • Garlic granules
  • Two bay leaves
  • Enough coarse sea salt to form a thick layer on the bottom of the jar
  • Tablespoon of peppercorns
  • Water
  • Fermenting jar (1.4 litres)
  • Time (1 week)


I tried them after seven days and they weren’t quite right, so I dumped in more salt and waited three more days. They taste almost exactly like the gherkins you would buy from the supermarket, even without the mustard seeds, but I feel as if something else is missing. Could it be sugar? If you have a favourite gherkin/American pickle recipe, please share it in the comments.

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* recipe does not contain any actual merkin. Please do not google with tea in your mouth.

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lolcat: science

Day 8/183: Mechanical Drawings from Ye Olden Times

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I dug out this mechanical drawing of one of the Cluster spacecraft the other day, because I needed to know how long the deployed magnetometer boom is. The reason is not so important. Things that are important:

  • The drawing has been taken in and out of the folder so many times that the inner set of holes has been destroyed.
  • Holy tatty edges, Batman.
  • The version of the document it's part of was issued in June 1993. That's over 26 years ago.
  • Printing stuff in A3 is so good for detail in drawings.
  • How is it that my old work colleague, Patrick, never spilled his tea on this? Truly a mystery for the ages.


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me: abby

Day 7/183: Slay Duggee + Some 366 meme Q&A

A couple of months ago, BBC 6 Music played a heavy metal version of The Stick Song that is quite possibly the least favourite earworm of every adult in the UK with at least one child under the age of six. It’s from a now-infamous episode of a CBeebies show calledHey Duggee. Duggee is a cartoon dog/scout leader who for some reason always says "Woof", while his scout troupe consisting of a variety of tiny animals can all speak English. The troupe earn improbably titled badges* over the course of each seven minute episode.

I looked up the song on Spotify and discovered that this band, Slay Duggee, has made an entire album of heavy metal versions of CBeebies show theme songs. It is wonderful. I must particularly commend their rendition of “Baby Shark”. Do check out Kids Love Metal here.

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* My favourite was the Brave Banana Badge.

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