All entries for July 2004
July 26, 2004
You have heard of 'Extreme Programming' but now I have defined for myself 'Extreme Gardening'. This involves a great deal of speed, effort and ruthlessness and involves cutting, hacking, and digging with a disregard for nettles, brambles and the like. It is also an undefined process where the gardender doesn't actually know for sure where he or she is heading at the onset. Hence the gardener may develop a sudden dislike for certain plant or shrub and a brutal desire for its removal. The object in question was a well established rhubarb plant (nothing that requires that much sugar to be edible can be good for me). Suddenly the desire to eradicate it overcame the gardener. Two hours, 8000 calories, 2 blisters and 3 bags of huge woody tubers later, the plant and its remnants had gone. The newly defined bed lay woody and naked awaiting the more gentle process of extreme planting.
Come to think of it, its not dissimilar to the design process :)
July 22, 2004
I have been getting to grips with the SLR Canon 300D I have here at work which is an excellent camera. The trouble is that it isn't something I can slip in my pocket when out walking and don't want to take a heavy SLR with me. I have been researching the market for a digital compact with good manual features and am currently trying to chose between a Canon S60 and the Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 and the Sony Cybershot DSC-V1. I am looking to spend between £300-£400. The reviews for both the Sony's are excellent – various prosumer awards, Carl Zeiss lens etc and I know Sony products are always excellent. However, I have got used to the Canon auto settings and manual controls and have always been impressed with the results from my film Canon Sureshot in the past.
It will probably come down to my emotional response in handling the caneras at the end of the day, but if anyone has any experience of any of the cameras it would be great to get some opinions!
July 20, 2004
July 08, 2004
This is a superb book for anyone with any interest in what they eat!
Its a comprehensive A-Z compendium of foods and health problems/illnesses. It gives you a run down of all the benefits of all food, dispelling some myths, and suggests foods that may benefit/harm various conditions. It is well laid out, easy to read and the sort of great reference book you can dip into again and again. Some of the information I have not read before, and it is great to have it all in one volume. I was particularly interested to read more about the health properties of soy, especially of its benefits to young children.
July 05, 2004
Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/weblogs/story/0,14024,1254467,00.html
Jane Perrone meets the shy paramedic whose blog has readers hooked on tales of life and death in London.
Seems to be quite compelling reading.