New Post on SGT: Great Grains – Quinoa

New Post on SGT: Great Grains – Quinoa

 

Somedays the technology world just plain stinks.

For most of the month of June I’ve been navigating a steady river of “This email is notify you, your site has been down for 19h 26m.” Worse yet, the trigger for the outages happened every time I’d click to save a draft of my posts. I watched my newly written content vaporize, not once. Not twice. But 4 times before I figured out this was the problem. By the middle of last week things were so bad, the site was down more than it was up.

I take a huge amount of pride in being a “self-taught” kinda gal. Knitting, canning, wine making. These are all things I picked up from a book at the library or a YouTube clip. But when it comes to web development, self-taught isn’t so useful. I’d get emails back from my hosting service written in a completely foreign language: “Are you sure you’ve pointed the IP address to the new server.” “We’ll have to address the RAM overage with a VPS.”  Sure. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Now let me Google every word in your email.

What I can’t figure out (and neither can Jerry, Johnathan N, Gracie, Jooho and Randall–the hosting service tech folks who have all tried to fix it!) is what causes the outages to occur sometimes but not others. But thankfully yesterday it appeared to resolve itself. For now. Please knock on something wood for me. I need all the karmic tech love I can get.

New Post on Simple Good and Tasty 

While there was plenty of tech drama here, I did have time to put together my latest installment of the Great Grains series over at Simple, Good and Tasty. This time I reviewed quinoa, a whole grain that’s received lots of attention in the food world lately. Click on over there and join the discussion on whether or not this superfood is also ethically responsible.

http://simplegoodandtasty.com/2013/06/24/great-grains-quinoa-and-the-problem-of-popularity

Then follow it up with a trip to the farmers’ market this week. Rumor has it the strawberries are set to make an appearance…

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