It's so beautifully arranged on the plate — you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

— Julia Childs on nouvelle cuisine

October 24, 2005


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October 4, 2005


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I keep a special WordPress installation which I use as a basis for future WP installs. This installation contains a large number of reasonable WP themes for me to choose from, and my canonical set of plugins which I rely on. What follows are mostly notes to myself regarding the main steps I need to follow for each new installation. Over time I may get around to elaborating more on each step as needed to make it more useful for other people. Continue reading →

September 24, 2005


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I live on the edge of the old Borscht Belt region of the Catskills in New York. While Googling for some history of those earlier times today, I came across a nice description, partially included below. (also see Catskill Great Hotels

Borscht Belt

The area of the New York Catskills called the Borscht Belt came into being at the turn of the twentieth century and grew in popularity through the 1970s. During summers and holidays, Jews–primarily of Eastern European descent, from working to upper-middle class, and frequently first generation Americans–flocked to the Borscht Belt, where they enjoyed mainstream American leisure activities and entertainment in a place where they knew they’d be welcomed as Jews. Many people also came to the Borscht Belt to work–as waiters, owners, chefs, musicians, comics, and busboys. Not only did many students earn money for college by working summers in the Borscht Belt resorts, but many nationally known entertainers, especially comedians, got their start there. The Jewish culture that flourished in the Borscht Belt gradually overflowed into the mainstream, where it significantly influenced American popular culture.
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