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01:48 pm: No Country For Old Men, which we saw Friday, didn't really do much for me. There were several elements I found odd - for a film about Tommy Lee Jones's character, he didn't seem to have much screentime, and some bits in the Moss/Chigurgh plot I found confusing and frankly the police seemed curiously passive about the entire thing - especially given the identity of the victim of the first on-screen killing. Glad I saw it, though. 6/10. Others in office rated it from 5/10 to 9/10.

busy weekend. I have decided to do more random things, and consequently went with shermarama to see Wigan play Quins RL at Twickenham on Saturday. The game was a little dull at first, but got more interesting in the second half as Wigan improved. Naturally, all this action was at the other end of the stadium from us, but eh. First League match I've ever been to see, first sporting event in maybe 5 years. aquarionical's party followed in the evening. Guitar Hero III was present, which I failed at.

on Sunday, having decided that my flat doesn't burn down nearly enough, i bought an immersion fryer and some potatoes and a potato peeler. resulting chips were not very good. need to play with timings and heat level and potato type to determine optimum chip-making conditions.

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Date:February 11th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
king edwards

fry at medium heat till cooked through and pale (i'll go find the temp)

take spuds out

turn heat up to 425F

fry chips to lovely golden brown.

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Date:February 11th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
The usual advice is to cook them twice: once at medium temperature, so they cook through, and then again more briefly at high temperature, to brown the outside. Trying to do it in one go doesn't work because they don't get properly cooked inside before browning on the outside.

Floury potatoes like King Edward or Maris Piper work well; avoid more waxy types, though -- the texture ends up wrong.

Heston Blumenthal has a typically thorough discussion of his version of the process here.
Date:February 11th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Er its not about Tommy Lee Jones's character. He's a small town sheriff who is out of his depth and ends up as a confused observer. The title just seems to be a quote from his character. Its not exactly about any individual as such
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Date:February 11th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
If the film is not about his character please explain the ending.
Date:February 11th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
There was an ending ?
It drifts off leaving things somewhat open.
It could have ended with one of the other characters except the hit man was a cypher and the others were unavailable.
In fact it's probably a series of endings with the Sheriff and the supposed main protagonists wife each having their own.
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