All entries for October 2004

October 31, 2004

November 9th

The campaign marches on a pace. The launch date for 1.0 comes ever closer, and the community is actively and innovatively spreading (and planning to spread) the word.
The drive to raise money to sponsor a full page ad in the New York Times has exceeded expectations (see here ) raising $250,000 ($200,00 more than was needed). I got my donation in. Did you?

A handy website has been set up to clearly explain why you should be using Firefox - if you don't know why, visit it now.

October 30, 2004

Microwave Golden Syrup Sponge Pudding

  • 100 g self raising flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 30 ml milk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • few vanilla essence
  • grated zest of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup

Cream the butter and sugar together. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla essence. Add the flour, milk and lemon zest.
Put the golden syrup in the bottom of a two pint bowl. Spoon the mixture on top. Place in microwave (with a plate on top). Cook for 3.5 minutes on high. Serve with custard or ice cream.
(N.B. if doubling quantitites, cook for 5.5 minutes on high).

October 22, 2004

In Dulci Jubilo

Follow-up to In Dulci Jubilo for Brass Quintet from Wilby's blog

Had a run through of this on Wednesday night.
Need to :

  • mark non-chord bits down from f to mf.
  • where possible fill in the start of the beats in the triplet patterns
  • mark in the G#'s for Gilbert :-)

October 14, 2004

Good Beer

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I commented on the above post from Max's blog, mentioning my appreciation of decent beer; something which at sometimes can be quite hard to find.

However, if you missed the article in The Register last week, you won't know that finding decent beer is now easier, thanks to the people at The Good Pub Guide. I quote from El Reg:

"Step forward the Good Pub Guide, which as of right now is offering to point you in the direction of the nearest approved hostelry for a mere 50p plus network charges. That's right – you simply text GOODPUB to 85130 and in a jiffy you'll receive the location of the most proximate public house as recommended by The Good Pub Guide 2005. What's more, if you've got a WAPtastic colour display mobe, you can access street maps which will lead you to liquid salvation."
"And it gets better. Reply to the original message within two hours with the word NEXT and you'll be sent details of another nearby inn – thus enabling the SMS pubcrawl.

October 13, 2004


Follow-up to DHP from Wilby's blog

The french journal was lying. Just lying.

I've spent ages on the damn thing. First of all, the reaction didn't only take '30 minutes', it was definitly an over-nighter. Then there was no mention of any work-up necessary, however an excess of one reagent didn't totally consume the other, and I was left with a mess at the end of the reaction.
I fiddled and farted around with the damn thing for ages trying to get it clean. You do fractional distillations in the teaching labs and come to think of them as a magic procedure that renders all liquid products totally pure. No. Not this time. Even despite the beautifully narrow boiling point range of the relevant fraction.
Anyway, I've decided (on the advice of our post-doc) to abandon the damn thing. Going to try a different tactic and a different molecule to achive the same result. This one's really easy to synthesise. Step 1: Order final product direct from Sigma-Aldrich…......

October 11, 2004

Firefox Factsheet

Writing about web page

A handy full-colour factsheet for when you're trying to 'sell' Firefox to your mates.

Visions of Science

Writing about web page

The winners of the 2004 Visions of Science photography competition have been announced. See the web site for the winning photographs. I rather like the winner in the 'Concepts' catagory, even if it has been coloured using photoshop.

October 03, 2004

Mitch Benn

Just seen Mitch Benn and 'The Distractions' at the Arts Centre.

Very entertaining – in his own words he "fills the gap between Bruce Forsythe and Busted".

Some of the stuff I'd heard before from his appearances in Radio 4, but a lot of it was new to me. I think that the more you know about music in general the more you got out of his routine. His backing band 'The Distractions' lived up to their name; it reminds me of the old Terry Wogan – Charlie Dimmock campaign "Free The Puppies"!.

October 01, 2004


Follow-up to Bike Troubles from Wilby's blog

And to make today even worse, I'm currently reading a paper from a journal written in French, which I don't speak, in order that I can do an organic synthesis (shudder).

Bike Troubles

Yes, this happened last night on the way out from work. Running late, down to the racks, the dawning realisation that I hadn't actually cycled in that morning, and that I'd have to get a lousy *&^%ing bus back home. I was not inconsiderably annoyed.

Then. I knew I hit something between rehearsal and the pub last night. And yay, I come out of the pub at 11:15 and find I've got a flat tyre. It was damn cold out as well, but on the way to the chip shop (chips only for late night warming purposes, honestly; but thank goodness theres a chip shop that's still open at 23:40), the front break decided to completely lock on. I've no idea how, but the damn bike wouldn't go anywhere. Had to completly disconnect that.

I hate my bike. It's probably the reason I'm so completely damn miserable today.

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