Day 329 – Do What You Don’t

37 – BEST 100 TRAVEL TIPS AND HACKS

There is a wealth of travel tips floating about the internet. I may have even indulged in a tip or two about local flights and how to improve the odds of a good seat for yourself.

The biggest secret to a great holiday experience though is…
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Day 48 – Podcasts

I was completely stuck for something to write about today. Nothing I had done seemed at all interesting and worthy of a post. I was almost resigned to the fact I was going to have to write the dullest post yet.

And then it occurred to me that I listen to my podcasts when I commute. I used to have a longer list of subscriptions in my DoubleTwist on my Android, but I found some although interesting enough were just not worth the time investment.

Currently my subscription-list consists of the following:

  • The Nerdist: Chris Hardwick’s podcast interviews Nerd icons across the spectrum. Often funny, sometimes rude, always worth listening to
  • 99% Invisible: a very recent addition on design; so far the signs are good for this being a keeper
  • Common Sense with Dan Carlin: an almost-weekly independent’s view on American and global politics
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: a ready-when-it-is-ready podcast using 4 hour episodes to dig deep into historical topics
  • Hanselminutes: a podcast by Scott Hanselman on a range of programming topics, very large back-catalogue of episodes to choose from
  • Savage Love Podcast: Dan Savage gives a broad mix of acerbic and insightful relationship advice to callers… warning to the intolerant or easily icked – he covers everything and anything
  • TEDTalks: often inspiring talks (video) on topics from architecture to nature and science to religion and anything and everything else
  • This American Life: long-running radio show where each episode has a theme, and consists of a variety of stories on that theme… both factual and fictional… touching and hard-hitting
  • This Developer’s Life: inspired by This American Life’s format, and created in collaboration by Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman on topics in software development
  • Writing Excuses: a weekly podcast that has run since early 2008 on topics surrounding writing by Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowal

If you have any other quality podcast recommendations, please feel free to leave me a comment!

Day 23 – Rips and Conflagrations

We had plans to go to dinner with the development managers tonight to a chef-teaching-institute, but due to a variety of reasons that ended up falling through. Instead a few of us went for a wander across and along the river. We compared the options along the riverbank; first stop was too pricy, second stop not too inspiring, third stop had three options and proved juuuuust right.

We walked up into the restaurant to get seating, and noticed the specials menu. We read the specials menu. We simply had to eat at this place. For one thing, we had to find out what “Pork Rips” taste like… and what part of the animal they actually might be.

Pork Rips
Pork Rips

And as it turns out the “Pork Rip” is the boniest part of the piggy. And the tastiest part in this case as well.

The ribs weren’t so well done that the meat fell off as soon as I looked at it, but it wasn’t very far off that mark. I had been given a fork and knife, but I don’t believe I did much by the way of cutting. Granted, the knife might not have been sharp enough for anything but mashing, but details, details…

We had some chips and salad for shared sides and that worked out very well.

As in, with room to spare for dessert.

Queue jokes from my friends with regards to my relationship to dessert… it’s okay… I’ll wait right here.

I ended up going for a straightforward tiramisu myself, and Stephen picked something that I don’t believe any of us could have pronounced. I trust it was good because it all disappeared. Hamish couldn’t make up his mind. Hamish opted to request an option that was not on the menu.

Daring move.

But a successful one in this case. He requested half of one dessert as the base with added butterscotch and ice cream from one of the other options. Had I realised that requesting customised desserts was an option at restaurants I would have long-since explored this option in-depth. I shall have to make it a standard part of my dining repertoire and see how far I can take it before the staff objects. I can see an entertaining series of escalating experiments in my future.

Torches along the River
Torches along the River

On a side-note, I have also figured out what’s been causing all this climate change we’ve been hearing so much about. As it turns out Melbourne has decided they have so much natural gas that just to show off they better burn blasts of it along the riverside.

There is a series of torches set up that every hour on the hour go through some random/pre-programmed pattern of fiery blasts. Starting with small gusts of flame to get warmed up…

Mid-summer Heat in Winter
Mid-summer Heat in Winter

Escalating to blasts that made me feel hot enough on my face that it could have been the middle of a summery day rather than the middle of a wintery night. It’s quite spectacular,… and also every-so-slightly indulgent.

Day 15 – Dominion Over All

I have only just pushed my friend out of the door, and I have a very small window to get a post up, so this’ll be a short first post followed by a longer photo-rapportage. (I just cannot photo-edit fast enough to integrate it all into a quick post… I can type pretty quickly though)

Tonight as almost all Wednesday nights, we had a friend over (usually there is a few more takers) for snacks, dinner and board games. Dinner was a bit light-on, but that’s because the snacks were heavy.

Abbey had to bake tonight, so it was a game for two. Dominion seemed like a good option because it involves relatively limited direct interaction between players and lends itself well to any number of players.

I won one, and Ken won one.

I enjoyed both though.

Now on to photos to share. Hold on for another post shortly!