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DT #357, 23 December 2014 (Fair Exchange Cab Sav – Shiraz)   1 comment

Fair Exchange Cab Sav - Shiraz

 

No more work is done
But Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the sun.
…… an edit of Noel Coward in memory of Joe Cocker …..

Name: Fair Exchange Cab Sav – Shiraz
Type: red wine
Recipe: Lasagne-esque chillies rellenos
Venue: house

Review/notes: This is the last bottle of the backpack full of Fair Exchange CS-S I bought as back-up wine at Thanksgiving and it has been a pleasant surprise, pairing well with just about anything we threw at it.

It was also the last day the Chemistry Research Lab would be staffed until New Year and by the time I returned from my lunch run to the Six Bells I found the lab was more-or-less abandoned.  I’ll be in at least once during the closure this year, always the most pleasant time since things are largely quiet.

2014-12-23 Six Bells lunch run

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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 #307, 3 November 2014 (Castelliere Pinot Grigio)   1 comment

Castelliere Pinot Grigio

 

Tom Magliozzi.
Are there convertibles there?
That’s today’s puzzler.

Name: Castelliere Pinot Grigio
Type: white wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Grand to have my life back!  Awoke at 3 a.m. with my sinuses draining (some in a form similar to small, desiccated amphibians down my throat, others as a viscous, polymerising liquid via my tear ducts), and could not open my eyes (due to the polymerising phlegm that had encrusted them).  Seriously, I had a quarter-inch thick rusk over the entire area and had to feel my way down to the bathroom to rinse my face just to loosen the mask.

It’s not entirely over but I can live with the coughing and sore throat.  There’s an appetite! I should apologise about my assessment of the Nigella recipe…it was actually lovely (I can taste again!).

The wine was dry and fruity and a bargain.

While I’m back from the dead I have just read the sad news that Tom Magliozzi is gone for good. I started listening to Car Talk in the mid-1980s and have even occasionally chased down podcasts of the shows whilst living here and in Holland.  Tom and Ray were like big, goofy, middle-aged uncles or cousins to the folks of my generation…condolences to Ray and the rest of Tommy’s clan.  I do have a couple of questions, though…what color is your casket? Have you tried smacking it with a broom handle?  Can you make the noise of the crypt?  Okay, I done…I’ll be down at the Horseshoe Road Inn if you want more of this.

don't die like my brother

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DT #223, 11 August 2014 (Percheron Cinsault)   Leave a comment

Percheron Cinsault

 

Oh, insomnia.
Or, “Oh Captain! My Captain!”
Not, “Nanu Nanu.”

Name: Percheron Cinsault
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Picked up the bottle on the way home and we listened to the rain hit the porch roof while we drank it.  Evening gave way to night and the rain had the unusual effect of keeping me awake for a change so I read online newspapers from the States.

When I was stationed at DINFOS (the Defence Information School), Adrian Cronauer was everyone’s hero in the broadcasting cadre.  This was 4 years before “Good Morning, Vietnam” showcased that Robin Williams was worth taking seriously…it took a few years longer for yours truly to do similar.  So it came to pass that a little after midnight I found the first announcement of Williams’ death.  I KNEW I should have picked up two bottles. RIP.

young-robin-williams

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DT #156, 5 June 2014 (Mary Jane) and Farewell Fredo   Leave a comment

Mary Jane at the Britannia

“I’m a free born man…”
He was often heard to say,
“…Of the USA.”

Name: Mary Jane
Type: bitter
Venue: The Britannia, Oxford

Review/notes: Very hoppy and citric ale to go with a fish and chips lunch at the turnaround point of a run.

A hasher from Tucson, Fredophile, passed away yesterday.  Lumbering and obnoxious it was always a joy to see him on his rare visits during my tenure with the jHavelina’s and Mr Happy’s.  If his funeral cortege takes a direct route without veering off into a stand of jumping cholla or a strip club or into a bar you can be sure his soul has already left the corpse.  On-on, buddy…regards to BusJob and Prof (late of the Bicester Hash).

Thoughts with Jilldo and co, as well as the jHavelinas and Huachucans for whom this is a sad loss.  Apologies to all for forcing the Pogues into Haiku structure for this entry, but a great song for a wake.

Mary Jane at the Britannia pump clip

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Harold Ramis   Leave a comment

harold-ramis-as-dr-egon-spengler-in-ghostbusters

Harold Ramis died.  I only bring it up because I use “That would be bad,” so frequently in training.  “That would be bad,” might mean, “You just bought a £700,000 instrument,” or “You just forced me to remember some of my first aid,” or “Give me about thirty minutes while I clean up this mess you just created,” or “I wonder if their next of kin will be very surprised,” or all four at once.  RIP, Egon:

Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.

Dr. Peter Venkman: What?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?

Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.

Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

Posted 2014/02/24 by Drunken Bunny in obits, work

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DT #029, 29 Jan 2014 (Kourtaki Retsina)   1 comment

kourtaki retsina

If an afterlife
Exists, Woody and Pete are
Drinking cheap wine now.

Name: Kourtaki Retsina
Type: white wine
Venue: house with butter/wine braised pheasant breasts and winter veg stir fried in lemon and soy sauce

Review/notes: Big fan of retsina and this was an ideal meal for it.  Opa.  Oh, right, Pete Seeger died yesterday, but it was a goooood run he had.  Opa!

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