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Episode 386: The Apache Helicopter of Toaster Ovens

March 13th, 2020 | Robin

In the Gaming Hut, beloved Patreon backer Trung Bui asks us for tips and tricks on running open-ended games without interfering with player agency.

The Food Hut remains just as crispy, with a fraction of the calories, as Robin discovers air fryer cooking by way of the Breville Smart Oven with Air Fry.

Our tour of the Belle Epoque setting featured in The Yellow King Roleplaying Game moves to the Crime Blotter and a look at troubling forensics pioneer Alphonse Bertillon.

Finally the Eliptony Hut listens to signals from esteemed backer Jamie Twine, who needs to know about numbers stations.

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2 Responses to “Episode 386: The Apache Helicopter of Toaster Ovens”

  1. Andrew Raphael says:

    I think Ken got his code book and one time pad mixed up. The code book is where numbers represent words. The one time pad is the cipher key. Code your message into numbers, encrypt it with the OTP, transmit it. The recipient decrypts with the OTP, then decode into words.

  2. malkav11 says:

    I’ve owned a non-air fryer Breville Smart Oven for many years now (air fryer was not an option at the time) and swear by it. In my case, I originally purchased it because I was living in the basement of what was the family home before my mom got a job in another country. They remodelled somewhat to make it into a viable apartment for me, including converting the wet bar into something closer to a kitchen, but I didn’t have an oven. The Smart Oven actually makes a very viable oven substitute as long as the thing you want to cook fits – it’s great for 12″ frozen pizzas, for example, but a 14″ take and bake would be too big. Even after I moved into an apartment with a real oven I’ve used it semi-regularly because it produces much less ambient heat than the full size oven, delivers more even and reliable results (it’s especially preferable for frozen pizza), is easier to clean, and turns off automatically when the timer goes off. It’s finally about time to replace it, though, because it’s developed an issue (after 15-odd years, to be clear) where the settings dials are extremely unreliable, going up when you’re turning down, jumping around sometimes as much as 10-15 minutes at once, and so on. With some fiddling it’s still possible to get to the desired time etc and it does hold to them. Given that my original need for it has fallen by the wayside, it’s been a bit difficult to justify the expense even though it’s still been a convenient tool, but adding air frying capability seems like just the extra incentive I need.

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