Dark Chocolate Ale

Today (4th Dec), I put on a new brew, intended for next Winter. It’s a Cooper’s Dark Ale, with Cooper’s Brew Enhancer Type 2, and most of a block of Lindt 85% dark chocolate melted in. (Jill thought this was a bit of a waste, and that I should have just thrown in some cocoa …

New Axim PDA

A couple of weeks ago I acquired a new PDA – a Dell Axim x51v, partly to replace an increasingly flaky Handspring Visor that never really recovered completely from a cracked case and an accidental soaking. The Axim is so much nicer – mainly due to its VGA screen and multimedia capabilities. Mobile WiFi is …

Bottling the Chilli and Lime Lager

Yesterday I bottled my Chilli and Lime Lager. Bottling is always a laborious and lengthy process of washing, sterilizing, filling, capping, and then cleaning up. But there’s a feeling of satisfaction when it’s over and you’ve created a few cases of beer. In a few months they might be drinkable. I tasted the brew before …

Reversible XSLT and the View Update Problem

I remember talking with Michael last year about how I thought reversible XSLT was an important but unsolved problem. I was particularly interested in the scenario where you have a complex XML document, you transform it to a simpler or more readable form (XML, HTML, CSV, or whatever), edit it, and then you want to …

New Brew

I’ve finally collected enough empty bottles to let me do a batch of homebrew. So last weekend I put one on – my first since I moved to Sydney. It’s a Cascade Lager kit, with a Coopers Brew Enhancer Type 2 instead of my usual cane sugar. I’m aiming to repeat an earlier successful brew …

Hello world!

This is my first entry – who knows how my blogging experience will work out! I was attracted to WordPress because it supported multiple categories, and had a simple non-blog page managment facility that meant it could be my home page as well as my blog. And of course it promised to work out of …