So, are all piglets this stupid, then?

6 August, 2008

Sometimes I wonder how I manage to get out of bed and navigate to my clothes in the morning.

I somehow missed out on microwaves. My father had a little one in the corner of the kitchen, but none of the rest of us really used it, and I’ve never caught up. A few years ago I thought I’d better get one, just in case. I thought it would be useful for defrosting home-made chicken stock. It seems it wasn’t, though. I think the stock is still in the bottom of the freezer.

Anyway… a couple of days ago I wanted to use some butter straight from the fridge. It was solid, and it occurred to me to shove it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. I did, and a few seconds later the microwave started making terrifying electrical flash things, and there was smoke, and loud noise and popping, sizzling noises. I was tempted to run, but I grabbed a tea towel and made a frantic poke at the Off button. Fortunately it stopped. It seems there must have been metal in the butter wrapper. How extremely scary it was! Shouldn’t butter wrappers come with some sort of warning?

And now today I realise that I’m too stupid to be able to work out how to use the zoom lens on my clever new D-SLR camera. With my little point-and-shoot I just pulled a lever thing that rested conveniently under one of my fingers, and the flower or insect dashed in close. There doesn’t seem to be such a lever on the new camera, though. I think perhaps I’m supposed to turn the housing on the lens, but in my Canon EOS 400D for Dummies book I was told that manually turning it might damage the lens, and now I’m terrified to touch it. And when I look up ‘Zoom’ in the Dummies index there’s nothing there 😦 I’m stuck…

Edited to add:
Okay, so I think I’ve sussed the zoom thing. It seems there’s a difference between the zoom barrel and the focusing ring, and it’s the focusing ring I’m not supposed to turn unless the camera is set to Manual Focus. Phew!

Can anyone tell me how to search for blogs and podcasts?

5 August, 2008

I’m almost totally ignorant when it comes to blogs and podcasts. I’ve been shown how to search for podcasts via iTunes (I think…) in the past but I can’t work out how to do it.

I’d like to find some nice food-related stuff, but I’ve really no idea how to go about it rather than typing food +blog in Google, which I’m sure can’t be the most effective way.

Anyway, if anyone can give me a couple of pointers I’d be very grateful.

Oh, and what’s this RSS Feed thing? (If that’s what it’s called… some sort of feed, anyway.)

1. I think I’ve sussed the blogs thing: a Google search seemed to work well. I’m still confused about how to find podcasts, though.

2. I’ve added a little Feed icon (see top right) but am I right to call it RSS?