Archive for March, 2007

George Orwell’s Five Rules for Effective Writing

Monday, March 26th, 2007

A very useful list. 1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. This sounds easy, but in practice is incredibly difficult. Phrases such as toe the line, ride roughshod over, stand shoulder to shoulder with, play into the hands of, an ...

Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Today we tried Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale by Baron's Brewing Company. Brewed in Australia, with roasted barley and wattle seeds, this has a fragrant, floral scent, with undertones of chocolate and roasted grain. It pours a deep, reddish brown, with a white head that rapidly disappears. The taste ...


Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Activated Akismet, a comments spam plugin, on this blog. So far, it's deleted 26 spam. I'm pretty pleased so far, though it was a bit annoying having to sign up at for an API. I don't like giving out my details - even if they're mostly faked! ;-)

WordPress Upgrade

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Had an alarming moment while upgrading Wordpress just then. I clicked on the upgrade link and got an error message. I replaced the file where the error message was, and after that, the upgrade went without a hitch. My FTP program was very slow and kept timing out during the ...

Drowned world

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Here's a fascinating site which shows how the world will look if sea levels rise. Kinda puts the cost of lowering carbon emissions into perspective, doesn't it? All those multi-million dollar seaside properties - underwater.

Tolkien Tree – Most found geocache in Australia for 2006

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Brian drew my attention to the Geotalk podcast, episode 5. Apparently, my geocache, Tolkien Tree, was the most found geocache in Australia for 2006!

Blanche de Namur

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Got my hands on some Blanche de Namur, a beer from Belgium, brewed with orange peel and coriander. A nice drop - cloudy, with a light, fragrant taste and very little fizz. Despite the orange peel, this beer has very little bitterness. It's a refreshing beer for a hot (34 ...