Reading Log – Project Hail Mary

Reading Log – Project Hail Mary

My lovely friend Nick recommended this Andy Weir novel to me. I'd read The Martian previously, so jumped PHM immediately. I was in the depths of being frustrated with Shantaram at the time, so jumping onto something fun and interesting was an easy decision to make. I...

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Reading Slog – Shantaram

Reading Slog – Shantaram

I couldn't do it. I don't give up on many books. But with Shantaram I just couldn't make it all the way through. I've never read a more unbelievable self-aggrandising autobiography. I got to when he's in Afghanistan, and I completely lost interest. I think there are...

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Rocket.Chat – Wrong URI in emails

Rocket.Chat – Wrong URI in emails

I recently spun up a Rocket.Chat server using Linode/Akamai's pre-rolled scripts, and it mostly worked well. The main issue being that the URI included in all the emails was stuck as the host name of the server rather than the site-url as set in the settings. The fix...

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Reading Log – Shantaram

Reading Log – Shantaram

I'm about a third of the way through Shantaram. Lots of people have told me that I need to read it, and that it'll change my life. I'm always sceptical about bold claims. Especially life-changing ones. But now that I'm a third of the way through, I think that it will...

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Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

No, not like that. 6 years (and 4 days) ago, my eldest son went into the operating theatre, where the doctors were going to extract about a pint (imperial pint, not a fake South Australian pint) of bone-marrow. They do this with individual five millilitre syringes,...

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My Desert Island Discs

My Desert Island Discs

I'd heard of Desert Island Discs before, but the most recent episode of No Such Thing As A Fish piqued my interest. Not so much about the programme, but about what eight tracks I would choose to bring along to my unplanned deserted island getaway. And what would be...

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Cookbooks

Cookbooks

I don't own a lot of cookbooks compared to some. Some dozens, I guess. They're tucked away, in a little Ikea cupboard and they rarely see the light of day. If I want a recipe these days, I tend to reach for my phone rather than casting my eyes over my cookbooks...

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Booze

Booze

It's coming up to two years since I decided to break up with booze. I remember my last drink very clearly. I was in Apollo Bay, in the Otways in Victoria. Staying at the hostel together with neighbours, old friends, and new friends. We were there for a big birthday...

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Street Portrait Cards

Street Portrait Cards

With the Fringe starting in Adelaide again, I decided to try my hand at some Street Portraits. I approach a random stranger, and ask if I can take their portrait. Simple, really. I've written a bit about it over on my other blog here. I decided I wanted a way for...

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It broke. The ultimate tourer broke.

It broke. The ultimate tourer broke.

I was devastated when I realised that my Unit has a crack in the drive-side rear dropout. I was at the beach when it was spotted. I called half a dozen or so frame builders and welders, and so far only one has been willing to have a proper look at it, inside of 5-6...

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Kona Unit 2-9, the ultimate tourer?

Kona Unit 2-9, the ultimate tourer?

I've reached D-1. Most people omit half of the answer to the question "how many bikes do I need?", only saying that you need N+1 bikes, where N is the number of bikes you currently have. But the full answer is that you need N+1 bikes until N = D-1 where D is the...

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Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester

I really enjoyed the book, but I don't think I understood what was going on while I was reading it, and probably not after I finished it either. But maybe now, a few weeks after, is it starting to congeal into something resembling an "aah...so that's what was going...

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