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Posted by Ed on February 1, 2008

In case there is any doubt about their true nature, here is a list of 557 reasons FARC is on international lists of terrorist groups.


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Born Again iPod

Posted by Ed on October 7, 2006

I’ve had my first generation iPod for about five years now. It still works fine, but the battery only lasts about an hour now. I was all set to replace it with a shiny new one, when I came across this site, which can supply me a battery that will last 18-20 hours between charges.

Besides not having to throw away a perfectly serviceable device, the thing is worth saving just for the kids’ reactions when I whip it out. “Dude! That’s, like, totally old-skool!” No it’s not. It’s, like, nearly brand new.

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September Recipe

Posted by Ed on September 24, 2006

Before it disappears from my calendar, here’s a good autumn fruit recipe:

Apple, Pear and Frangipan Tart


  • Pastry base
  • 75g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 ground almonds
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 2-3 drops almond essence
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • Icing sugar for dusting

To make the filling, beat the butter and sugar together, then stir in the eggs, almonds, flour and almond essence. Spread the mixture over the pastry base and add slices of apple and pear, pressing them into the mixture. Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes at 180C. Dust with icing sugar when cool.

Ok, so there’s nothing about how to make the pastry, but you can find that anywhere, or cheat a little and buy a pastry base. Also, I think reversing the apple/pear ratio is a good thing, as the pears seem to stay moister than the apples.

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Fresh Stop Bounty

Posted by Ed on July 20, 2006

Fresh stop bounty

This week’s bounty from the local fresh stop market – seasonal produce from local farmers. Click on the photo for details. Tonight: green tomato ratatouille with arborio rice and grated parmesan cheese. Mmmm…

Get your bag every Thursday between 3 and 7pm at Clark and W25th or three other locations. Go here or call ahead to reserve your share. $10 or $20 depending on your income. Go here to see what’s fresh this week. You might even get a round of applause or at least a recipe too.

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Posted by Ed on April 27, 2006

A joint birthday party for “the Castro-Hefner-Windsor triumvirate“?! Fantastic.

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Banksy Strikes Again

Posted by Ed on April 9, 2006

Red Phone BoxMurdered phone box, by Banksy.

“This is a stunning visual comment on BT’s transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.” BT PR guy.

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Ricky Gervais Podcast

Posted by Ed on December 8, 2005

This is great. Office-star Ricky Gervais and pals podcasting via The Guardian. 30 minutes of complete nonsense – what more could you want?

A half-hour of all-new drivel from Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. You can listen whenever and wherever you want as these weekly shows are offered as handy iPod-friendly digital files for up to four weeks after they’re first posted.

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Road (and rail) trip

Posted by Ed on July 17, 2005

Got back from a ~1500 mile trip earlier this week. The first leg was from here (Cleveland) to Montreal for IFESS05, in a van, starting at 3am the morning after July 4th. That makes it sound a lot worse than it was; the miles ticked by fairly quickly and the van was big enough for a snooze. The conference was a bit disappointing, but Montreal was great, and we had the International Jazz Festival to entertain us in the evenings. From there it was down to New York to stay with a friend, which was great. Spent a lot of time walking around the city, drinking coffee in Greenwich village, and Guinness in the Irish pubs.

Finally, I took the train back to Cleveland. This took a couple of hours longer than the advertised 12 hours due to track works, but was still enjoyable. The stretch from NYC to Albany along the Hudson River was very pretty, and the sun was setting just as we got into Albany. From there the train heads west across New York State to Buffalo, and along the Great Lakes to Cleveland. Everybody I spoke to before I left warned me that the train was absolutely not the way to go in the US, but I would certainly do it again and recommend it to anyone. Just don’t expect to get there quickly.

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Visitors from afar

Posted by Ed on May 29, 2005

country usage

Iran has been the highest listed non-US country in my server log for three of the last four months. I’m expecting a visit from the CIA at any minute.

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Meta Efficient

Posted by Ed on May 11, 2005

I came across this great site the other day: Meta Efficient – A Guide to the Most Efficient Things in the World. They consider something metaefficient if it is:

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Non-Polluting and Non-Toxic
  • Resource and Energy Effective
  • Portable (where possible)

The focus is on effective heating, cooling, electricity, drinking water production, and other essential topics. But they review lots of other stuff too, like this emissions-neutral motorbike, or these ultra-light hammocks. Also check out the logs made from coffee grounds and the earth-sheltered houses. That last one will have to wait a while I think.

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