I learned new stuff this weekend. Yesterday's project: spare ribs. I've never made them before, but I've been craving them, so, why not take a relatively cool Sunday and spend the day smelling them cook? Based on Dad's recommendation, I used the Tyler Florence method to cook them - bake them at 250 degrees for a long long time. I used this sauce from epicurious, if only because it had vinegar, a whole lemon, and 5 tablespoons of tabasco sauce besides the usual ketchup and brown sugar. The sauce is easy, and fabulous, and clears out the sinuses, even at 9 pm when they were finally ready. Yum.
While the spare ribs were good, they weren't my masterpiece. Saturday, I spent hours and hours installing an ipod attachment to the back of my car radio. Then, I took that apart and installed it where it was supposed to be, behind the car cd-player. I had lots of practice in splicing ground wires and finding out where I can get crimp caps (Loews, not Radio Shack). Now I also know that I needed a different tool to crimp them, but I'm going to ignore that for now and revel in the fact that it WORKS. The CD player won't go back in all the way, but you can't tell that from the photo, so it's fine.
I seem to do something electronic, involving splicing and caps, every, oh, ten years or so. I like doing these kinds of projects, and I approach them with an amazing naivety. Luckily, I usually purchase gadgets from Crutchfield, who provides excellent tech support: "In your car, with your radio, the ground wire is the brown one that goes into the black plug."
Someday I'll buy a soldering iron, and a whole new world is going to open up to me.
Oh, and here's a during photo: