Month: September 2012

September 28, 2012

Although not a great user of twitter, I have used it as a way of conveniently getting messages from devices like my Kindle through to my blog. Yes, I was doing it to post to the blog, but twitter gained the traffic as well. Except…

September 26, 2012

Earlier I mentioned I’d ordered this book, which the film Countdown was based on. It arrived a couple of days ago, and I’ve just finished it. The book tells the (fictional) story of a more perilous alternative to the Apollo mission, evolved from the fear…

September 23, 2012

For most of my guitar-playing life, I have played acoustic rhythm, with occasional use of an odd thumb and index fingerpick I developed out of nowhere – it is distinctive and works quite well, but I used to yearn for a bit of variation. Over…

September 23, 2012

Had fun last night attending a house concert hosted by Tricky Pixie were stopping by briefly on their way to perform at FilkCONtinental, in Germany. They gave a great performance. I was unfamiliar with their material, but really enjoyed it, and came away with a…

September 22, 2012

On my Kindle today, I finished Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and gave it 5 stars http://t.co/TjhTawP

September 19, 2012

There is a film I saw, when I was young (turns out I must have been about 8 or 9 years old), that I remember vividly, but I could never remember the title. The exciting (to a 9-year-old) climax involves a stranded astronaut, with limited…

September 17, 2012

I’m currently reading this book, and was just struck by what I felt was a terrific descriptive passage, about the Ford Motor Company.

It’s a lengthy passage (a couple of pages), but I didn’t want to cut it short.

September 17, 2012

My attempt at making Salt Beef (Corned Beef) didn’t work out as I’d hoped. After rinsing the brined brisket, I decided to cook it in my slow cooker overnight. The resulting meat definitely has the right consistency – it falls apart, and is moist with…

September 12, 2012

On my Kindle today, I finished The Ware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker and gave it 4 stars http://t.co/PBB7WF9

September 5, 2012

So I finished cooking the pulled pork last night, and it pulled fine. However, I soon ran into a problem. On first taste, it seemed ok, but then I was reaching for a drink. Somehow, I had managed to overseason it – not hot, but…

September 4, 2012

I am not making this up – Jeremy Hunt, the new Minister for Health, has a history of supporting homeopathy. According to the Guardian: “In 2007 Hunt signed a Commons early day motion supporting it and also argued that it was worthwhile in correspondence with…

September 4, 2012

I haven’t done much recreational cooking recently. A mixture of being busy, bad weather and not having a working fridge-freezer. I finally got my act together last week and made some pulled pork, using a couple of inexpensive rolled pork shoulders from Tescos, rather than…