Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


The perfect corn bread recipe

Filed under: — adam @ 4:55 pm

I found this on the internet, but it’s gone now. Luckily, I printed out a copy, and supplemented it with my notes. I think this is the best corn bread I’ve ever had. Here it is:

3/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed)
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup soured milk (add 1 tbsp lemon juice to a measuring cup, fill
with milk to 1 cup, let stand for a few minutes)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lemon zest, finely minced
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 cups ap flour
1 cup corn meal

Preheat oven to 425F.

Oil a 10″ cast iron skillet (not the 3/4 cup, use a little extra). Line bottom with 2 layers of parchment. ( These are helpful: ).

Do the following with a mixer on low (I use a kitchenaid on 2-4):

Blend oil and sugar together. Mix in eggs, sour milk, vanilla, and lemon zest. Fold in salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour, and corn meal. Pour batter into skillet. Bake until edges are lightly browned and top is just firm (it may crack), and springs back when touched. In my experience, this is typically around 25 minutes. On occasion, I’ve missed the timer and let this go for longer and the outside burned a bit (dark brown, not black). This, surprisingly, didn’t ruin it.


NY Times officially endorses Kerry

Filed under: — adam @ 4:35 pm

I can’t do it justice with an excerpt. Go read the whole thing.

Farscape returns tonight!

Filed under: — adam @ 4:19 pm

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars airs part one tonight.

Farscape is easily the best SF show in a LONG time. The characters are great and interesting, the acting is generally solid, the plots are interesting, and the universe has state from episode to episode. For maximal enjoyment, watch the shows in order – things change, and they usually don’t go back to explain why. Characters change sides or grow, stuff is created, stuff is destroyed, and everything has consequences of some form or another.

If you’re not caught up, I suppose that the folks at FarWhat? can help you out, although this is a far cry from seeing the actual episodes.

Google Desktop Sharing could be really really bad

Filed under: — adam @ 1:45 pm

It’s possible that Google might want to network the various installations of Google Desktop into a P2P network. Google already has all of the pieces to make this work – the Hello software that’s part of Picasa already does it. It does raise the question of this – if they use Orkut to enable file sharing with Orkut friends, does the content you share then fall under the Orkut policies? Probably, which means that then, if this happens, and you use it, Google has silently acquired a “worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to copy, distribute, create derivative works of, publicly perform and display” any of your files. “Don’t be evil, my ass”.

The orkut terms of service is extremely one-sided (much more so than any of the other Google services), and any attempts by Google to incorporate orkut into any of its other services should be watched carefully. Or, even better, it should probably be stricken from this world.

Paolo Massa Blog: Enormous P2P Network by Google

The orkut Terms of Service

My earlier analysis on this.

Escher tomatoes!

Filed under: — adam @ 1:20 pm

This person bit into a tomato, to find that all of the seeds inside
had sprouted little tomato plants. Trippy!

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