Blood, Sweat and Tea on the radio

I’ve just finished listening to the broadcast of a radio play based on Blood, Sweat and Tea a collection of posts from by favourite blog Random Acts of Reality. Random Acts is written by “Tom Reynolds” (a pseudonym) an EMT with the London Ambulance service. I guess I enjoy reading this blog so much because it shows an insight into the lives of members of an essential but very much unappreciated occupation. Well worth adding to your daily blog intake.

Direct listen again link. Playing in the browser is all garbled :-/

I guess i'm boring but…

I still can’t get the hang of RSS feed aggregators. There is something about the Google reader’s uniformity that I find unsettling. Block after block of text all neatly laid out. But… it is really useful to keep track of those feeds that aren’t listed on the the planets like Random Acts of Reality, MySociety and Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once.

So, I was cheered up no end to discover they have a “Next” bookmarklet. Once added to your toolbar or whatever this lets you go to your next unread post in the page where the post comes from. Yay, no more uniformity, yay, personal expression. Oh, but everyone is using Kubrick.

Cunning tip

Shoes get caught when trying to put on waterproofs? Simply place a carrier bag over your shoe. Your foot will then glide smoothly through without getting snagged.

Essential advice for anyone braving the elements in the UK tonight.


So. I bought some fennel from Borough Market and couldn’t really decide what to do with it. Since I needed to make flapjack I thought i’d maximise the use of the oven and make a spicy roast vegetable soup. So here is the recipe:

Take some carrots, peel them (despite them being the sort you don’t need to peel but they’ve since gone a bit ick in the fridge) and slice in half. Then chop fennel and two medium onions into the same size chunks. Place them in a deepish tray and drizzle with lots of olive oil. Then sprinkle over salt, sage and black pepper. Place in a lowish oven (~120) for half an hour or so. Shaking in the middle.

Just before you are going to take the veg out of the oven melt around 50g of butter in a largeish saucepan and put the kettle on. Dump the veg into the butter and sweat for a little bit. Use some of the hot water from the kettle to scrub off any tasty bits from the roasting tray (not going to be much if it’s non-stick). Next, put two heaped teaspoons of boullion powder (or a stock cube or two) in with the vegetables and add water until they are reasonably covered. Add chilli flakes and some black pepper. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.

Next is the messy part. Take off the heat and use a blender to blend until the texture is thick with the odd interesting bit. Put back onto the heat. Bring back to the boil and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season to taste, adding a bit of fresh parsley at the last minute.

New toy

Today I got a new toy from Ross, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. He was one of my first victims.

Inspired by Luis i’ve made all my photos CC BY-SA-NC. It seems like the next logical step since the main rreason I take photos and upload them to Flickr is to share with everyone else.


Meet the Beaver

So, Ross went ahead and spoilt my fun by announcing the funky new Poky site with the awesomely cute Beaver mascot.

I’ve been spending the last few weeks getting the release together and testing on some of our new hardware platforms. My main contribution to this release however was the awesome new Anjuta plugin that does lots of cool stuff to help you develop with Poky. Enough babbling, go for the screencast (OGG version).

Thanks to the nice guys at iRex Technologies for sponsoring this work. As usual, packages are available at the OH repository.

Awesomeness. Thanks to Jeff for organising it.

My talks went really well, thanks to everyone who attended, asked questions and gave feedback. Huge kudos to the other participants. Some great things were shown off and discussed.

I’d also like to use this opportunity to promote Josh Stewart’s Gloss. It’s a replacement MythTV frontend using Clutter. He’d love to get some more MythTV users to test it.

Snowman in Melbourne
A Snowman in Melbourne