It’s just the end of September but this Sunday evening was downright cold in my apartment. The temperature read 20 degrees Celsius in my bedroom but it sure felt a lot colder than that. More importantly, the humidity had dropped to 30%. It was double that on Friday and still 50% yesterday. My skin feels a bit drier now. I actually brought out the humidifier out tonight and turned it on. It’s probably the earliest I’ve taken that out since I bought it.
This week, the lows will get down to 6 degrees Celsius. That’s pretty chilly for a Vancouver fall. Yes, I know the forecast is for snow this week in Calgary but that’s totally different.
Well, I gotta go back to work tomorrow. I better bundle up.
I just bought shoes using an online store for the first time. Buying clothes or shoes online can be a terrible way of buying things since you can’t try on the items beforehand. In my case, I bought a pair of Converse shoes. I have several pairs of Converse at home, which made me somewhat confident that I know what size will fit me. Still, you never know as every different model might be slightly different.
I salute every brave person who buys a shirt or a pair of pants without trying them on first. Those people must know exactly what they’re doing.
I’m waking up “early” tomorrow because I’m having lunch with a friend. This outing requires me to be in Vancouver proper by 12:30pm. So far this week, I’m usually still in bed at that time. It’s great. I will make an exception tomorrow but that means I’m going to bed before 2am tonight. Early!
With my alarm off, I woke up well after 12pm today. I got up after I felt like I had enough sleep. I didn’t plan on doing anything crazy for my first day off. I went and got lunch, consisting of Thai chicken wings and fried cauliflower. I also got a coffee. I did two loads of laundry. I vacuumed my apartment. I deposited a cheque. I organized some things. I took out the garbage. I did some dishes.
It was a pretty rainy, wet, and grey day outside, so I was more than willing to stay indoors for the most part. Since Sunday, I’ve seen two movies that I missed out earlier this year: Dark Phoenix and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Both were not critical successes but I didn’t think they were as bad as the review said they were. I just enjoyed having the time to watch them.
For tomorrow, I have nothing planned other than having dinner with my parents. We’ll see what else the day brings.
Tomorrow is the start of my week off. I have turned off my alarm and I’m going to sleep until I don’t feel like sleeping anymore. That’s the way every human being should approach sleep. It’s unfortunate that not everyone can do that.
The Area 51 raid is supposedly happening today, in just a few hours if you are to believe the original start time. I think social media is mostly stupid but if this dumb viral event even causes one newsworthy thing to occur, it will have been worth it. I don’t expect them to actually get far enough into the facility to find aliens but if the whole thing exposes one just one thing about Area 51 that we didn’t know about before, that will be awesome.
Come on millennials, this is your world stage to show you’re capable of great things! I do not want to wake up and find out the government was forced to shoot at some kids.
Despite having the week off next week, I’m actually on-call this weekend. We’re trying to finish up the first major patch to our game and we’ve found many more bugs than anticipated. We’re guessing that QA will continue to find bugs on the weekend and since the patch needs to be finished by Monday, any fixes need to be done as soon as QA finds them.
It’s anyone’s guess what QA will find and who will need to be called in to fix the problem. Will it be me? We’ll find out!
I have three more days at work before I have a week off. I was hoping to slip into that week quietly but I’m not sure if that will pan out. The week had been going smoothly so far but near the end of the day, things got interesting. Our quality assurance team found a particularly nasty bug late in the day and while it was initially assigned to some other engineers to look at, I realize the root cause was in some areas that I’m responsible for.
Since our game is already out, I’m fairly certain this bug is also out in the wild, which sucks. The bug causes the game to hang but not crash in a particular situation if you’re in split-screen mode with two players. It has to do with a complex set of steps that gets out of order. Why the sequence of events gets out of order is something I’m still investigating.
I’m fairly certain tomorrow is going to be a stressful day at work.
I had a bit of free time this evening and as an experiment, I tried using the “air fry” feature of my new toaster oven for the first time. A few days earlier, I purchased a bag of frozen french fries from the supermarket. The instructions on it stated that for a conventional oven, I should bake it in a preheated oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes. I knew my air frying would take less time but I didn’t know how much less exactly.
I began by laying out a single layer of french fries on the air frying basket. It’s essentially just a wire tray that goes on a drip tray. I was careful not to put down too many fries because I didn’t want to make too many and also, it would cook better if it was just a single layer. I then brushed a layer of vegetable oil over the fries, enough to cover the fries.
It was then time to put the fries into the oven. I used the same temperature as suggested above and turned on the oven. The fan in the oven started spinning and it was relatively quiet. I set the timer for 10 minutes, as just a first guess. The plan was to basically monitor the fries continuously as I had no idea how long it would take to fully air fry these fries. Within the first three minutes or so, I began hearing the oil start heating up, with a few pops here and there. I could see the oil bubbling and the fries starting to get brown. Just before the ten minute mark, they got golden brown very quickly and I had to move fast to turn the oven off and get remove the fries.
The basket was quite hot, I was amazed at how potent and fast the oven got up to temperature. The fries looked a tad overcooked. I was concerned. It had been less than ten minutes since I put the fries in the oven. I wondered if I had burned the outside of the fries and insides were still frozen cold. I had to try them. I emptied the fries out of the basket and onto some paper towels on a plate. Since I didn’t use a lot of oil, the fries weren’t too greasy. I cautiously picked up a fry to sample one. It was still a bit hot to the touch. I took my first bite and I was pleasantly surprised. The fry was crispy on the outside and warm on in the side. These fries were fully cooked. Amazing.
Overall, they were pretty tasty, not soggy at all. Oven baked fries can be sometimes a bit soggy and mushy on the inside but these weren’t. If I had to do it over again, I’d take them out earlier because they were a bit too browned. I’m very impressed how at quick they cooked. In a regular oven, I’d have to wait at least ten minutes for the oven to preheat and then another 20-25 minutes for the fries to cook after that. In this case, I had fries ready to eat in less than ten minutes.