Not a Waffle Iron

Press 1 for perfect sandwiches:

A panini press, or panini machine, is like a waffle iron, but the plates that get hot are flat or, more likely, ribbed, like a grill pan. You can buy one for as little as $40 or as much as $100.

The press is usually quite heavy for its size, as the top plate presses down on the sandwich, flattening it a bit and causing the sandwich contents to squish together and become one glorious, warm, melded interior.

Because both the top and bottom plates of the press get hot, the sandwich requires no turning and cooks evenly on both sides.

I use my panini machine to make every kind of sandwich, including good old-fashioned grilled cheese, but if you aren’t interested in cluttering up your counter with one more device, you can use a George Foreman-type grill to great effect in making hot sandwiches. Or you can use the method that short-order cooks have used for decades: Set the sandwich in an ordinary skillet to cook, but put a heavy pan or cast-iron skillet on top of it to press it down.

Yet Another Reason to Dump Windows

(via The Laporte Report)

Image virus spreads via chat:

According to the Internet Storm Center, the victims received AOL Instant Messenger messages that directed them to Web sites that hosted the dangerous JPEG images.

The instant messages read: “Check out my profile, click GET INFO!” When visited, the Web site automatically sends malicious code embedded in the JPEG image to the computer, Ullrich said. Once infected with the code, the computer sends the same message to other contacts in the instant-messenger list.

The code also installs a back door that can give hackers remote control over the infected computer.

Can anyone give me a compelling reason for using Windows?

Some Debate Questions for George W. Bush

I’d like to see Dubya try to answer these…

Of God and War (soul stealing registration required):

  • Do you really believe that there are fewer terrorists plotting against America today than there were before you began the invasion of Iraq?

  • Your version of Christianity supports and blesses preventive war. What relation is this to the Christianity preached by the pope and by mainstream Protestants who oppose preventive war?

  • Since you obviously did not anticipate the troubles in Iraq, what do you plan to do to the incompetent advisers who misled you and are responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 American G.I.’s and 20,000 Iraqi civilians? Or do you not see an accountability problem? President John F. Kennedy fired the people who led him into the Bay of Pigs. Why do you not do likewise?

— Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr