Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Boys? Boys! Got any food?


My mate Andrew from way back works as an oenologist at Molly Dooker wines in McLaren Vale, SA. Thanks for the delivery, mate.

Some of the wine labels.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Interesting view from a few days ago

From the always smart and lucid

This year’s AFL grand final sees the benchmark team of the past three seasons – the Geelong Cats – up against the long-time glamorous losers of the competition, the Saint Kilda Saints. Though it’s doubtful such things matter anymore. It seems that internal club culture is the creation of a fairly homogeneous bunch of coaching professionals who circulate around the clubs in a far more mercenary manner than the players do. With equal salary caps and AFL-allocted revenue, success in this competition seems to be on a bit of a draft-inspired merry-go-round. Be that as it may, tomorrow’s game should see what both the statistician in me (Robert Merkel, a guy who writes for Larvatus Prodeo), the home-and-away ladder, and the final series to date have shown to be the two best sides. This doesn’t necessarily guarantee a close match, but possibility of miserable weather in combination with two relatively evenly-matched teams just might.

Both teams seem to be heading into the match at nearly full strength, at least nominally. A number of Geelong players have just recently returned from injury, and their endurance will be tested. St. Kilda star Nick Riewoldt is nursing a dodgy knee.

From the Age

Moorabool St:

Grand Final

We were much more animated than this.. No-one was thinking about taking photos while the game was on.

Dave, yeah, the Saints have it.

Huh. How about that.

Moreland, North Melbourne

Friday, September 25, 2009

into the filter bag

Steve has a gig up in Albury on saturday. He'll need to filter a few litres of veggie oil to get there.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's good to ride to work

from the bike lane:

Old Valiant. Awesome.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Grand Final, Jim, Alien, Julia Gillard

People do talk a lot about coffee here.

Labour minister Julia Gough-Gillard on expecting Saints to win: 'It's time.' Ha! Do people from Altona not like Geelong? Seems odd. It's time?

Morning, Jim.

Something I picked up while watching Alien for the nineteenth time: Ash starts to explain to the rest of the crew that they are obliged to investigate the source of the signal. When Parker protests about not going home, Dallas cuts him off with 'Parker, will you just listen to the man?' Because no-one knows that Ash isn't a man, he's robot.

St Kilda is on the bay, Geelong is on the bay. If I were a journalist I'd frame the grand final as some kind of 'sea battle'. Water Polo, perhaps. Put in some cheese like 'sank', 'crashing waves of (offence, pressure).

Sister and niece




Phil fixing up some mess that probably I made.

Yeah, I would have got my head bitten off for even suggesting something like this in England. Getting a brain scan done by wrapping the intubated patient's head in single-channel limb coils. Awesome, Rob and John.

Friday, September 18, 2009

That's no moon!

Tarkin: 'Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this canteloupe'.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

from Lavartus Prodeo

Borlaug remained an unapologetic advocate for industrial agriculture, as shown in this 2000 interview, making a point that is often neglected in discussions of the environmental impact of organic compared to high-tech agriculture:

Reason: Environmentalists say agricultural biotech will harm biodiversity.

Borlaug: I don’t believe that. If we grow our food and fiber on the land best suited to farming with the technology that we have and what’s coming, including proper use of genetic engineering and biotechnology, we will leave untouched vast tracts of land, with all of their plant and animal diversity. It is because we use farmland so effectively now that President Clinton was recently able to set aside another 50 or 60 million acres of land as wilderness areas. That would not have been possible had it not been for the efficiency of modern agriculture.

Monday, September 14, 2009