Archive for June, 2007

Bot Race

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

The bots have been indexing the Recipe Archive, and it’s kind of fun to watch. Google started out strong, grabbing 487 pages on the first day, while Yahoo picked up only 140. The 2nd day, they were almost tied with 473 and 437. Yahoo picked up the pace on day 3 with 1081 pages to […]


Monday, June 11th, 2007

My plan was (and still is) to allow you to tell the site what stuff you have on hand, and then the site could tell you what you can prepare. I have about 133,000 recipes, each averaging 6 or so ingredients.  The most common ingredient is salt, referenced in 58,856 recipes, followed by Sugar in 33,315, […]

Uh oh.

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Looks like Google Reader is having a hiccup. From your 0 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 2,319 items, starred 47 items, and shared 1 items. I have zero feeds now. Hope they fix this.

Safari on Windows

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Safari on Windows feels like a fish out of water. I wonder if this is revenge for Windows apps running on the Mac desktop via Parallels or VMWare Fusion?

Does Console Emulation Have a Future?

Monday, June 11th, 2007

CPU emulation is built on the fact that new CPUs are simply faster than old CPUs, and once a CPU is a certain amount faster, it’s able to interpret the instructions of the older CPU faster than the old CPU could run natively. For example, it’s awfully easy for a 2.2ghz processor to interpret and […]

Recipes Changelog

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

This is my first “real” Rails project, so I’m writing about every little thing.  Today’s new features:  Paging of the category list, and caching. Rails’s page caching is very straightforward.  You enable config.action_controller.perform_caching in config/environments/development.rb, and add a directive to the page controller to tell it which actions it can cache. So in my case, […]

Recipes by Category

Friday, June 8th, 2007

It’s only been a few days since I had the idea for this site, and already Google has indexed it, and is sending search traffic to it.  Wow. Anyway, today’s new feature is there’s a Categories page now, tag-soup style (more common categories are larger). A few items on the todo list:  Paging of the […]

Recipe Site Feature of the Day

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Today’s feature is Full-Text Search (of the title, not the entire recipe body – turns out that generated too many false hits).  So if you’re looking for something in particular (and don’t want to use the dozens of currently-better restaurant databases out there for some reason), check out This feature brought to you by […]

Recipes that Start With…

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Without putting a ton of time into it, I wanted to create a page that would give quick access to the recipes in the database, so search engines could crawl them and interested folks could explore them… the result is this simple Recipes that Start With page. It’s the most cryptic recipe search page ever!

Baloney Cheese Dogs, Part 2

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Well, it’s a start: Baloney Cheese Dogs The format will certainly change, but I massaged the recipe titles into meaningful URL-compatible strings that should be permanent.  No navigation yet, so you’ll have to press Next or Prev a few thousand times to find anything.  Here’s links into a few different points in the database:  Far […]