You’ve probably noticed that my posting rate has slowed down a bit. It’s not that I’ve not been traveling or eating, I’ve just been involved in another project. Specifically, GnomeLand! As part of a very elaborate prank, we made and installed over 500 handpainted concrete lawn gnomes in and around my coworker’s house.
I had to do some major retooling of the website (the perfect activity when stuck home with a kidney stone). This site makes intensive use of the Google Maps API, and until recently used version 2 of the API, which is getting deprecated in May. In order to keep your Offbeat Eats coming to you without interruption, I had to migrate the site to use the newer Version 3 API. And it’s not simple, since I’m often mapping hundreds of points, with use of bounding boxes, autoscaling, and map clustering. Mostly, this will be an improvement. Mapping should be faster, with more options. But a few things will work a little differently. And I’m sure a few things will need tweaking. But please let me know if you find anything that’s not working how you think it should.
Subtitled: Kidney Stones Are Rather A Nuisance. You’ve probably noticed by now that my normal at-least-weekly posting rate has dwindled to nearly nothing. The reason is two fold. The minor reason is that I haven’t been traveling much (aside from a bunch of repeat trips to Boxborough, MA), so I haven’t encountered my usual number of new places to try. But that’s not much of an excuse, since I’ve still got a good half dozen local places that are still overdue for a review. The other is that three weeks ago I was diagnosed with a kidney stone. It started as a minor inconvenience, but then as the weeks of discomfort, pain, and nausea (especially the nausea), last Tuesday the docs took one look at my x-ray and decided that action was required: in this case a stent (to stabilize the kidney, the stone is still in there). I’ve discovered that while kidney stones are a huge amount of, well, un-fun, the stent isn’t much better. So until this situation rides itself out and I’m given a clean bill of health, I’m on a regimen of bed rest, painkillers, and non-confrontational food. So, in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the blog, stay healthy yourselves (drink lots of water!), and I hope to talk with you soon.