Thoughts

Russian doll

Submitted by ormiret on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 23:05.

Brewdog have released a new experimental range exploring the differences between different styles of beer. Russian doll varies the strength of the beer between a pale ale and a 10.0% ABV barley wine.

I like the idea but unfortunately at every point I've tried Russian doll disappoints. The IPA can't hold a candle to punk. The double IPA is lousy compared to hardcore and the barley wine isn't a patch on clown king.

I don't know if this is a reflection of the effort put into the different beers (the ones I like are regularly produced so should have received more effort) or if this means the different styles require different approaches and Russian Doll was doomed to failure from the outset.

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Some cameras may be harmed

Submitted by ormiret on Sat, 07/06/2014 - 17:27.

CampGND is fast approaching so we've started to seriously look at what we can get up to over the weekend.

When I've been involved in running events before the running of the event has left little time for messing around with my own projects. I am hopeful that CampGND will be different - there is a pretty low ratio of visitors to organisers and the organising isn't much more than "Here's a field, have at it."

So, I am planning to work on some stuff.

First off I'm going to be pointing cameras at everyone else if they look like they're doing anything interesting. This should give a few short videos documenting what we get up to over the weekend.

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Immortal Memory

Submitted by ormiret on Tue, 01/03/2011 - 23:55.

Burns is unique among great writers in how widely he is celebrated. The only people with more statues of them than Burns are venerated by religions. And they all had at least a millennium of a head start, so Burns might yet catch them. No other writer is honoured with celebrations such as a Burns night, happening so widely.

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N900

Submitted by ormiret on Fri, 27/11/2009 - 15:43.

This is a post from my new N900.

I really like this shiny little beast, but do have a couple of gripes about the calendar:

  • The date picker doesn't fit the way I think about dates. It lets you pick day, month, and year from dials which works great if you know the date you want to enter, but I often want to enter events for things like "next Tuesday" and I don't know what date that is without doing some counting (and I shouldn't have to do any counting when using a computer). You can get around that by picking the date before creating the new event but it is still a pain for picking the end date for things that run for more than one day or if something gets rescheduled.
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Word to the wise

Submitted by ormiret on Mon, 24/12/2007 - 13:55.

Don't configure a firewall to block all incoming connections when your only way of changing that configuration is via the network.

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Campaign For Better Blogging

Submitted by ormiret on Thu, 15/11/2007 - 17:05.

The quality of writing on blogs has grated on me long enough that I have been pushed over the edge and become "That Guy": I have started complaining to the authors about it.

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Ideal Window Manager

Submitted by ormiret on Sat, 21/07/2007 - 03:21.

I have yet to find a window manager that doesn't in some way annoy me. I've decided to make a list of the things I want from a window manager. If anyone knows of WM that meets these requirements (or comes close and is easily hackable) I would be very interested, please tell me about it.

The requirements are:

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Jobs

Submitted by ormiret on Fri, 06/04/2007 - 00:30.

I will graduate in July so am currently doing the "looking for a job" thing. I'm a bit on the shy side so find this more than a little nerve wracking. It doesn't help much that I decided not to go for the big companies and their graduate training schemes. I didn't want to spend 2 (and in some cases more) years learning the organisational structure before I get to do anything actually useful. Such training is essential for people aiming for management positions in these companies but would be a waste of time for me since I don't want to do that.

I want a job where I get to play with interesting tech.

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