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DT #350, 16 December 2014 (New World IPA)   3 comments

New World IPA Red Lion Islip

Neither the fragrance
Nor the face of L’Oreal,
Because I’m worth it.

Name: New World IPA
Type: IPA
Venue: Red Lion, Islip

Review/notes: I ran to our lab Christmas Party from Oxford via Water Eaton because I haven’t done the Confessor’s Walk in months and if the trail wasn’t maintained it would be impossible to find an alternate path in the dark.  I knew I would hit some cow shit infused mud just before the boss’ house but there was a river to ford there as well so I should have been rinsed of odours and mud enough to change into some dry clothing I carried in my backpack.  What could go wrong?

She had a film crew there from L’Oreal doing a promotional video because she’s won an award from their foundation promoting women in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences…they’ve been around for a week and should finish in a few days.  The River Cherwell was deeper than I expected and soaked to my waist in its chilly waters and with shirts soaked from my sweat I couldn’t very well come into the house to change so I proceeded to get naked out by the driveway and was soon as presentable as I get.  But, what to do with the wet clothes?

I peeked in the front door and asked the nearest people I could find for a plastic bag as I knew the supplies had been brought up in several bin liners.  After three different people just giggled at this request, I caught the boss’ attention and she insisted I come in but I thought, as host, surely she would have something.  “Do you think anyone here would have a plastic bag or bin liner I could use?” I asked and explained as much as I could in the general din that I had a bunch of wet clothing outside.  “I wouldn’t think so,” she dismissed and went on to another conversation.

Fine.  Just grand.  So, I rearranged the backpack in a vain attempt to try to keep a bunch of papers dry and started to pack the wet running shoes, sweats, socks, shirts, sweatshirt, and hat into the bag which, as I expected, started to flow with fetid water.  Unwilling to abandon the pack outside and unwilling to bring this foul, manure-and-Cherwell scented teabag inside I jogged up to the Red Lion to see if I could get a bin liner from them, stepping into a shin-deep mud puddle along the way.

Fuck it.  I hate Christmas Parties anyway, and there was a train connection in less than an hour.  Beer fixes everything.

2014-12-16 run to Islip

 

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DT #348, 14 December 2014 (Jägermeister)   Leave a comment

Jaegermeister for Christmas decorating

 

Making it noisy
In the silent lab I found.
Then, beating retreat.

Name: Jägermeister
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: Yesterday we went poaching greenery in the Lawns Park and today (when we both were finally home from work — I had a Sunday thing in the lab) we put on some Christmas jazz and polished off a bottle of Jäger whilst some duck legs roasted and Jackie arranged the pine, laurel, holly, and cedar snips on the mantle.  This feels like Christmas should do, and I’ll savour the murderous hangover to come.

The lab had to be shut down on Friday for some planned diagnostic power outages so I went in to bring the mass spectrometers back to life in time for the kids to have at them Monday morning.  As soon as the vacuum systems were started I figured I had at least an hour to kill and headed out to do a loop around Marston, North Oxford, Wolvercote and the tow paths.  Not as nippy yesterday:

2014-12-14 pumpdown break at lab on sunday

 

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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 #282, 9 October 2014 (Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro)   Leave a comment

Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro

It was sloppy work.
Collision cell resistors,
Capacitors fixed.

Name: Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Exceptional variety here…like concentrated blueberries.  Better than I deserve for leaving this instrument in such poor condition, but an ample reward for setting things right.

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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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