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I think I found a spruce! In the nearby community garden there's a very small Christmas tree, very triangular, very dense, and spiky with short stiff needles.

Fish balls survive being boiled in soup just fine, or if they don't then I don't what they should taste like to know better. Shrimp and scallops do not; I added some frozen ones late to tonight's soup, and they still came out rubbery.

I've never cooked with ginger much; was always put off by the fibrous-seeming mass or something. I did have ginger powder for a while, I'm not sure I noticed much. Recently I'd bought a little jar of minced ginger and used it in stir-fries; I've since moved on to actual root. A lot easier that I thought! The ugly grey skin hides a softer and somewhat juicy interior. It doesn't grate all that well, though I've tried; I get better results (and more ginger) from slicing.

Python is a very nice language to write code in but maintenance looks like it'd be a real pain. Possibly worse than Perl; less line noise, but also less checking of basic lexical errors. I don't know how people do it... though from what I hear, PHP's even worse, and it still spread like weeds.

Job hunt still continues, depressingly. But at the last interview I was told that people are jumping away from Ruby on Rails, just as Ruby itself finally starts to get faster. Sort of amusing.

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