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DT #343, 9 December 2014 (Two Ravens Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional)   Leave a comment

Two Ravens Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional

 

Mass spectrometrists:
They’re creepy and they’re kooky.
Well, mostly creepy.

Name: Two Ravens Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional
Type: red wine
Menu: Chicken covered in a pesto of turmeric, garlic, and cilantro, roasted sweet potatoes, and a Thai style slaw.
Venue: house

Review/notes: An impulse buy because it was on deep discount, this held up well against the heavily spiced and sweet and sour dishes.

Synapt G2Si flying home

1/2 million £ flying to the second floor

 

A new mass spectrometer delivered to Physical and Theoretical Chemistry was flown into place via a crane, today.  But the real Oxford Mass Spectrometry news has to be the roll out of @michaeltmarty ‘s hash tag ( #UniDec ) for some spectral deconvolution software — help make this trend by Tweeting rude-to-obscene photos (like this or this or even the pic below) with the hashtag #UniDec (go on, you know you want to). [UPDATE 12 December 2014: #UniDec got me blocked.]

Blockage in my UniDec

Oh, yeah…the haiku: Pugsley died.

instrument cock

 

After the stress of this delivery, I did a short run around the University Parks:

2014-12-09 PTCL crane run

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DT #315, 11 November 2014 (Summerskills Ninja Beer)   Leave a comment

Summerskills Ninja Beer

 

Cleaned last in July
Mass spec users argue for
Fortnightly cleaning.

Name: Summerskills Ninja Beer
Type: bitter
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: Spent largest part of the day dismantling ion optics and removing insulating build-up from electrodes (and conducting sputtered gold from insulators).  Had one of the D.Phil. students do the same to the source optics which were about 2 months overdue for this, but the part I worked on was quite a surprise (albeit almost two years since it was last out of the instrument).  Tedium, but detailed tedium…closest thing to watch making I’m likely to approach.

The beer was flowery and tart and worthy of a repeat visit although unless I visit Plymouth (pubs near the brewery are the only ones to regularly stock this) I’ll probably never see it again.

Summerskills Ninja Beer pump

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DT #288, 15 October 2014 (Villa Garducci Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)   Leave a comment

Villa Garducci Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

 

It’s good to be home.
Was rushed off my ass today.
Accomplished fuck-all.

Name: Villa Garducci Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Type: red wine
Recipe: bought some stew bones at the Halal butcher, cut the meat away and minced it coarsely in the sausage maker…sublime
Venue: house

Review/notes: Double- and  triple-booked all day and sometimes had outcalls following me around.  This is why I make the big bucks.

The burgers done this way (with just a smidge of sea salt and quite a bit more than a smidge of garlic run through the grinder with the meat) are truly fantastic.

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Posted 2014/10/15 by Drunken Bunny in Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple, food, wine, work

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DT #273, 30 September 2014 (Zalze Shiraz Grenache Viognier)   Leave a comment

Zalze Shiraz Grenache Viognier

Fix SpeedVac pumping.
Charge state manipulation.
Native conditions.

Name: Zalze Shiraz Grenache Viognier
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Another day at work, and the Haiku is made up of phrases cu-and-pasted from my daily to do list, the last of which was to go home and find a corkscrew.

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Posted 2014/09/30 by Drunken Bunny in Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple, wine, work

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Goujon Monkey, Oxford, Chippy Challenge #96   1 comment

Goujon Monkey Oxford cod

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation:  Recommended by one of the professors at our group meeting today, it was worth visiting just to see the old Citroën van they use as a chippy.  And, really, only for that.  Still hungry after getting mugged by The Bear, I went by the van and ordered a batch of goujons which were light and perfectly cooked, granted, but entirely without flavour.
Days since last: 0 (The Bear, Oxford)

Goujon Monkey Oxford Citroen van
Map link.

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Two Weeks As The Voice of Swindon on Twitter!   2 comments

denis of swindon icon

There is a Twitter project called “People of Swindon” that gives control of their account to a new local tweeter for one week every week.  They were recruiting new voices and I applied as I am going to be mostly anchored in Swindon for the next couple of weeks (burning off residual vacation time before the end-of-month deadline).

Yeah, we want people from Swindon to talk up the town...just not YOU.

Yeah, we want people from Swindon to talk up the town…just not YOU.

By way of a vetting process, they must have read my Twitter account or this blog because they never even bothered to reply to my email, despite giving some previous “[name] of Swindon” tweeters a second go.

No matter…for those of you that enjoy Twitter (and who doesn’t?), I shall do the job in spite of their misgivings starting when I leave work Friday (12 September 2014).  Do tune in.

DT #247, 4 September 2014 (Hope Bay Shiraz)   Leave a comment

Hope Bay at the chinese ayce place

 

With eyesight blurred I
Gingerly approached steam trays,
But, multiple times.

Name: Hope BayShiraz
Type: red wine
Venue: Ban Quet, the chinese all you can eat place that used to be the Plum Tree

Review/notes: I don’t know what happened with the photo…it looked fine on the cell phone.  We haven’t ventured into this place in 6 months but it is always good (not salty and there is usually a good variety of non-standard fare), and with both of us getting off work a bit later than usual it was the thought-free choice.  The wine can be a bit of an adventure, but this one wasn’t too soft and stood up to the variety of sauces I insulted it with.

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