Also, why does having extra water beyond that needed for the pasta to comfortably fit affect how the dish comes out when boiling pasta?**
*: For those following at home: I was the recipient, and I did not share the cookies, following my "not-sharing-targeted-gift-cookies" tradition which dates back to VSRI and I've begun to consider dumb. Speaking of VSRI, I had an interesting conversation with Mattt yesterday.
**: This one has no usefulness in real life.