About the only place this book hasn't been is in my hands, open and upright, with my eyes pointed at it. But that's about to change. Because I'm going to read this book in 20-minute bursts over the next eight hours. Why 20-minute bursts? Because that's how long it takes for a batch of my mother's Slog-famous Christmas Snowball cookies to bake. I'm going to put a tray in the oven, read, swap trays out, read some more. And I think it's fair to say that by the end of the day today—after all my Christmas cookies are baked—I will have read more of this book than Sarah Palin wrote.
- Dan Savage reviews Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
posted by Artw
on Dec 22, 2013 -
The EU has just rolled out a new law
requiring websites to request permission before installing any cookies in a user's web browser. In the UK, businesses have been given a one year deferral on implementation
by the Information Commissioner's Office. The ICO have brought their own website into compliance with the law though, showing other websites the way forward. There's a notice at the top of the page
requesting permission to set a cookie, as legally required. Click "continue" without agreeing
posted by crayz
on May 27, 2011 -
April 26, 1979, Andy Kaufman performed for a sold-out crowd in Carnegie Hall, who were welcomed to their seat by a "press kit" containing a bag of jelly beans, a program and flier for the show, and other copied material
, supposedly put together by Andy's mother. The show starting off with an impersonation of Tony Clifton
and ending by taking the audience of 2,800 out for milk and cookies
. About 10 months later on February 20, 1981, Kaufman hosted an episode of Fridays
, ABC's attempt to duplicate the success of NBC's Saturday Night Live
. Instead of performing the show as rehearsed, he took the entire cast and crew, the studio audience and a nation of television viewers hostage
. Video links and more details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 1, 2010 -
Ahh, the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
stands as the benchmark: but are there better? Many think so: Sherry Yard
, David Lebovitz
, the folks at Cooking Illustrated
, Martha Stewart
, Hillary Clinton
, beloved New York bakeries
, intrepid webloggers
. Alton Brown
in an episode
of Good Eats
shows how to get them thin
, or chewy
try to ferret out the best
of this american icon. Web recipe sites have their own favorites
Some people swear by secret ingredients: cornstarch
(which has cornstarch in it), oats
, great chocolate
. Two thirds of Americans prefer their chocolate chip cookies "nutless."
Others find technique
of greatest importance. Is there any end to this quest
for one of baking's holy grails
posted by shivohum
on Feb 20, 2007 -
GMail not-so-safe Mail.
So apparentley GMail has a major exploit that's been discovered by an Israeli hacker. "Using a hex-encoded XSS link, the victim's cookie file can be stolen by a hacker, who can later use it to identify himself to Gmail as the original owner of an email account, regardless of whether or not the password is subsequently changed."
And so the fun with GMail begins..
posted by mrplab
on Oct 29, 2004 -
Daniel Brandt, described by Salon yesterday as Mr. Anti-Google
, says Google "has inadequate justification for planting a cookie that expires in 2038 on every user, and also recording that user's search terms, IP number, and time-date." Brandt is the man behind the NameBase
conspiracy database (previously discussed here
posted by mediareport
on Aug 30, 2002 -
Follow the link to a post at the beloved-by-all-metafilterians Jason Levine
read the fourth paragraph: it seems that i'm not the only one highly ticked off by the recent slew of x10 pop-under ads.
Jason has kindly provided links that will set cookies to prevent them from appearing for 30 days, 1 year or 10 years.
I modified the url yet again to keep it from popping up ever again within my lifetime
posted by o2b
on Jun 2, 2001 -
NYTimes.com has low security
Even me, the casual passerby, could access secret documents about the mysterious "partners," while trying to avoid downloading a cookie. Heh, "channel", "partners", the number 10. They're all related somehow?
PS: "channel.nytimes.com" doesn't give access to pages without logging in. Any ideas?
posted by rschram
on Oct 13, 2000 -