Weeknotes 71 - Perfect New York-style everything bagels
- Apparently Boris Johnson sent everyone a letter about lockdown… but neither me nor my partner got one?
- Today I gave myself a second lockdown haircut. It’s not bad given the circumstances, but it ain’t good either. I guess all that practice back when I was a teen and couldn’t afford to get haircuts wasn’t entirely for nothing.
- Did you know you can make perfect New York-style everything bagels in the evening without having to stay up late? I didn’t until I tried. I roughly followed the Guardian’s recipe with some major tweaks: used fresh yeast instead of dry (that’s all I had), shaped by making a ball and poking a hole in the middle, added baking soda to the water bath, and skipped the second rise/prove — they suggest 18-24hrs in the fridge, but I asked myself, who’s got the time for that? They were perfect. Proof no second prove needed. Made them the same way a second time and bam. Perfect again.
- I also made my own carrot lox and vegan cream cheese. Served on a bagel with dill and capers. That’s right baby. I went all out.
- “Exercise – This is a good arrow to have pointed up. Start by averaging at least 73 Exercise minutes this week. Make steady progress and your arrow should take about 7 weeks to flip.” — if anyone can tell me what Apple means by this “insight” I’m all ears!
- I’m starting to play some songs in Beat Saber on the highest difficulty setting. I got efficient enough for my heart rate to no longer go up above 120, even when I speed some songs up. It’s getting harder and harder to get a really challenging cardio workout at home without having to do something the downstairs neighbours would not approve of.
- I got two new VR rhythm games: punching ghosts (Box VR) and walk into the club like (Dance Central). Punching ghosts to music is fun, but sadly the only soundtrack available was developed by artists you’ve never heard of. It’s a pretty annoying snag in an otherwise really good workout. The makers of Dance Central instead chose to go with some almost-forgotten dance classics among a few recent tunes, which is presumably still a cost efficient strategy. I can even buy six more (that’s right! six!) songs through in-app purchases. I get it, rights are complicated, yadda yadda, but look, in these kinds of games the fun is in trying new stuff that you like. I would pay good subscription money just to get some Doja Cat, Rihanna and Mabel in fitness games. Or to sync up with my Spotify.