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  1. cowfields

    What is spinning on your turntable?

    I keep admiring this picture - it looks like Marvin is actually sat there, just reclining from across the Turntable. he's really into your grooves. I mean, his grooves.
  2. I suppose Steam could just end up like Netflix anyway. I find Netflix so difficult to navigate or discover content that I only ever watch stuff on there that I know about outside of the platform. I can see myself just buying keys elsewhere, activating on Steam and never bothering to visit the store again.
  3. To have absolutely no principles and to allow hateful content, eg sexist, transphobic, racist content, to run riot, is to be complicit in it. It's giving it a platform. Removing it would not be censorship. I wish people would stop attributing censorship to anyone who says "I'm not publishing your shit". So this whole statement just reads to me to be "I'm not marginalised, and I'm not affected by the hateful content, and I could make money from it". So, sure, it's not Valve's responsibility to police the internet, or games designers, but it just shows weak character and a lack of solidarity. It has put me right off the platform to be honest, but I guess Gamergater types ( that will love this statement ) make up a big amount of revenue, more so than people like me who aren't about to shut down their account over this.
  4. cowfields

    vinyl lovers

    Spent a silly amount of money. Went to sister Ray ace and everything I was interested in was gone. No worries I thought. We sauntered over to Rough trade and saw ridiculous queues. Told the girlfriend I couldn't be bothered but we had food in our bags that needed eating and it was a nice day so we got in the queue. Then they had a bunch of stuff so I bought Sparks, belly, pictish trail and Marvin gaye. Girlfriend got arcade fire, Madonna picture disc Fleet foxes and something else I can't remember. This is not counting a few other records I got that weren't part of RSD. anyway was fun to be part of it and we've got a bumper listening session planned tomorrow
  5. cowfields

    vinyl lovers

    This is what I was hoping for more - rather than officially designated RSD Exclusives (there's only a few I'd 'kinda like') I was wondering if people would be running any kind of promotions, bargains, etc. Who knows.
  6. cowfields

    vinyl lovers

    ahhh thanks for showing the tweet. Sister Ray Ace is easy to get to so it's useful to know what they have. I have actually been to the indie label market and it financially crippled me. I think I had owned a record player for about a week when I went, so I wanted everything... I get that RSD is a bit 'done' now, but as it's my first and me and the GF wanted to do something that day it seems like a good test.
  7. cowfields

    vinyl lovers

    I'm struggling to find who is stocking what on any website, but I could start sending a few tweets / emails. I'd kinda like the Belly 10" but IDK how much, since it's the new stuff (I've already got the album coming) so I think I'm quite happy to just wander down via the smaller shops and see what's happening. There's a sprinkling of others I'd kinda like, so I am happy to take my chances I suppose. I can't make it to Rough Trade in the afternoon sadly, because Shopping are playing. If anyone was thinking of going, check them out, they're really great live. I mean I saw them recently anyway so no big deal.
  8. cowfields

    vinyl lovers

    Possibly a stupid question about record store day, specifically in London: Do you have to particularly check record stores for which ones from the list they'll carry? Or do they have everything? Do they do more than just carry the listed records, or do they run other fun promotions and events? I'll Google anyway but I wonder if someone can suggest something fun that happens. The general plan was to head down towards the Dalston / Shoreditch / Hoxton areas where there are plenty of shops and just have a browse. I'm guessing rough trade will have a good selection due to its size. I'm just not sure how much of an event it is these days? Its my first since owning a record player. I might be late to the party. There's only a few on the list I particularly want, but I am glad it's not going to bankrupt me.
  9. cowfields

    What is spinning on your turntable?

    Whatever anyone says, it's a great album, sounds lovely on vinyl (and was a bargain at Flashback for £6). I've loved it since I was about 7.
  10. cowfields

    The Bread Thread.

    http://www.breadmatters.com/sourdough-country-bread If you feel like getting a sourdough started, here's another recipe. I know you said beginners but the only 'difficulty' for sourdough is just planning. As Bear says, a longer rise is better, but so it follows that even more time given by making a 'sponge' will make bread even better. The idea is that you start a yeast culture going with some flour, and water, and leave it to ferment. I'll screw it up if I try and explain how this helps, but you're getting a more developed flavour, and probably something about gluten development too. Anyway check it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge_and_dough Like I said, all this adds is time, it's still pretty just mixing things up but it's worth giving it a go.
  11. cowfields

    The Bread Thread.

    Oh that's a good idea. Perhaps less greasy than normal garlic bread? I was thinking of doing rosemary bread so I may incorporate that technique too.
  12. cowfields

    Making Pizzas

    If you are doing stovetop, basically yes. You just have to make sure the pan gets enough time to get really hot, so it properly shocks the dough into rising. Our grill is pretty naff, and a bit slow, and for a thin pizza you don't really need the grill to actually cook the top, you just need to melt down the mozarella and so on. So I just started using a blow torch, and that gets you that nice spotty charring.
  13. cowfields

    The Bread Thread.

    I'm thinking about it. The next step is probably desserty things, it's all yeast, so yeah it's more bready in that it's about a dough that ferments and rises.
  14. cowfields

    The Bread Thread.

    Thanks both! I had some fails, but the loaf above was something like the 3rd or so loaf that went really well, where I felt like things were getting consistent. I am really enjoying breadmaking because it is not some weird dark art where you use intuition and just 'know' or BS like that, when things have gone badly I've known exactly why, and all the parts are coming together to get consistent loafs. I'm making dough tonight! Got a sponge fermenting away in the cupboard. One big thing was being confident to make such a wet dough, and resist the temptation to add flour as you go, and baking in a dutch oven so it steams at first. It's hard to work with, but this kneading technique is super fun, which I affectionally rename to slap and tickle:
  15. cowfields

    The Bread Thread.

    We have a baking thread, and a really really old sourdough thread, but since the baking one is mixed in with cakes I wondered if we could have a new thread to focus on yeasty bread exploits. I've really gotten into it ever since trying out sourdough. I got given a starter which I have fed* and nurtured, and even started new starters. I've got a wheat starter and a rye starter on the go. I was given https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bread-Matters-Why-Make-Your/dp/0007298498 for Christmas and after initially thinking my parents had just gotten me another recipes book, it's actually been a really good read for the science of baking bread, and how different flours work. It's given me much more knowledge on how I might just adapt or vary loaves, and feel like it's becoming a lot more intuitive, but I'm far from an expert still. So yeah, I'm really into it. I've just bought a cloche which is yet to arrive, best results have been in a dutch oven which is a bit awkward to lower a shaped loaf into, so I'm hoping the cloche (plate-and-dome thing) will work. It's also coming with some red malt and diastatic malt, the former should add colour and flavour, the latter potentially adds rise, which might be good for when I'm adding rye. IDK, I'm still experimenting - and I love that aspect of it. Sourdough is actually quite easy, and while a lot of time passes to get a good final loaf, it doesn't take much time on my part, it's just a bit of planning. So i've been making a couple of loaves almost weekly now. I'm about to start trying different kinds of bread, rolls, stotties or whatever else, but now I feel like the overnight sponge is the way to go for most things now, the book has really hit hard the importance of time. Anyone else making regular bread? * Apparently it's "Bad" to call it 'feeding' your sourdough, as it's not like some demanding pet that needs feeding unless it'll die, so apparently refreshing is a better way to think of it, I have to admit, I've felt the guilt of forgetting to feed it, but it's really not that high maintenance at all, it's apparently really difficult to kill a starter entirely, and even if you do, I've already had a go at making one from scratch - leaving flour and water out is about the simplest recipe you can do.
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