I recently purchased a small pasta machine. I don't really know what the proper term for it is. I hesitate to call it a "pasta maker" because you still have to the bulk of the work yourself: making the dough, turning the handle, moving the handle between the different rolling and cutting mechanisms, feeding the dough through, etc. It uses no electricity and attaches to the counter or table top with a little vice. This really appeals to my "no school like the old school" side.
It's amazing how a little bit of flour, an egg and a bit of water can, in 5-10 minutes time, produce enough pasta (and then some!) for four people. Add some sauce, toppings and settle in beside a main course or a salad and voila .. great meal. The taste and texture of the pasta is unachievable with dry pasta or even the "fresh" pasta I can get from the grocery stores here. So instead of pulling out some dry pasta from a box (which takes about 10 seconds), I'm spending a whole extra 10 minutes or so to get something that tastes better and which is enjoyable and gets my hands moving. There's something about making food from raw ingredients that's very wholesome feeling. So that's 9:90 well spent. :)
Anyways, enough about the pasta machine. You probably want to see that Plasma screencast I teased you with in the title before spewing about the inconsequential kitchen activities of yours truly. Fair enough. First though, I'd like to kvetch about the weather: it snowed another 10cm or so again today before melting into great puddle of blah everywhere in the afternoon. It's staying light late into the evening and we're still getting snow. Seriously, what the hell?!
Oh, I'll be on the Linux Link Tech show next month. I'm tentatively scheduled to record with the crew on the 8th of April and the show should show up sometime shortly thereafter. I'll keep you posted when the time comes.
Ok, so .. Plasma screencast! I demonstrate a couple of cute little features we've put into 4.3: a nicer moving desktop toolbox that performs little tricks when you click on it, a KRunner that is self-documenting (huzzah for discoverability) and a new KRunner results layout. As you watch it, you may also want to marvel at the speed of it: KRunner is feeling a lot faster in current trunk/. Wilder, David Faure and I have the blisters to prove we earned it. ;)
So without further delay tactics, you can grab the screen cast in ogg vorbis glory by clicking on the screenshot below. Enjoy!