Aww yeah . . . Top Chef Masters is back

I can now relax back in my chair, loosen the rubber tube from around my arm, and drift in a narcotic sea of food porn. The Top Chef franchise is back with a second season of Top Chef Masters, accomplished chefs competing against each other for glory and donations to a favored charity. Top Chef at its best is a perfect combination of low-impact suspense, creativity, knowledge, craft, and hard work. That becomes even more true when the competitors are already successful; at worst, they’ll lose just go back to their well-reviewed restaurants with stories to tell the staff. (At the show’s worst it devolves into ridiculous product placement and fussy competition twists that add nothing to the enjoyment, but the Masters show has far less of those elements.)

One of tonight’s competitors was one of the very first stars on Food Network–Susan Feniger, owner of Border Grill and a host of Too Hot Tamales. That’s one of the first food shows I remember really loving back in the 90s. Feniger’s older now and it was hard to see her in that face I remembered, but the voice and enthusiasm was the same. And one of tonight’s chefs runs a restaurant in Cambridge, MA called Oleana. I sense a trip to Boston in my future . . .

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New job, quick summary

1) The person who was supposed to take me on an initial walkthrough for the software called in sick, so I was sort of left to poke around it on my own. It was still a rewarding day.

2) So far I like the folks I’m working with, the shorter commute, and especially the fact that I’ll be given the time needed to do this manual up right. If they’d wanted it done slapdash, they could have been randomly updating their documentation the whole time.

3) The software I’m working with is called Trash Flow, in case any of you want to download the demo for a fantasy garbage hauling business league. It was originally a DOS program and it shows in some of the layout, but it certainly covers a lot of aspects of that industry.

4) Something I wasn’t expecting, but is kinda cool: the main outlet for my documentation will be a Microsoft Help file, so I got to teach myself how to create a .chm file today. It’s dead easy.

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