Stoics' Selection

Posted by Ed Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

A new compilation of songs suitable for stoics is available to listen online at Mixcloud:

Download the flac here if you want.

  1. Susan Cadogan: Hurt So Good (Feat. Milton Henry)
  2. Debashish Bhattacharya + Bob Brozman: Bahu Dur Dur
  3. Fisner Augustin: Simbi Dlo
  4. Can: Dizzy Dizzy
  5. L'Arpeggiata: Merula: Hor Ch'e Tempo Di Dormire
  6. Shelagh Mcdonald: Peacock Lady
  7. Pentangle: In Your Mind
  8. Sound Of Rum: Icarus
  9. Ghetto Priest: Come Now
  10. Johnny Clarke: Every Knee Shall Bow
  11. Mad Professor & Jah Shaka: Wig Wam
  12. Frank Hutchison: Back In My Home Town
  13. Malcolm Holcombe: Comes The Blues
  14. Spider John Koerner: Acres Of Clams
  15. Lead Belly: We're In The Same Boat, Brother
  16. Hector Zazou: Visur Vatnsenda-Rosa (Feat. Bjork)
  17. Osvaldo GolijovLua Descolorida (Sop. Dawn Upshaw)

Pilaf, pilau or ‘seasoned rice’

Posted by Ed Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:56:00 GMT

A pilaf or pilau (or ‘seasoned rice’ as my Mum calls it) is made by first coating rice with oil or fat before cooking it with seasonings and / or added ingredients.

As an example, here's a recipe for a ‘seasoned rice’ with prawns, fish and peas (serves 4 people as a main course).

Mind you crisp up the dead baby's ears, lest you be scolded

Posted by Ed Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:45:00 GMT

When an old friend sent a cry for help in dealing with the unexpected gift of a suckling pig, which he described unpoetically as "a dead baby in a cardboard box", the right thing to do was clear. I reached for Jane Grigson's Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery.

Tafelmusik for a Bar Mitzvah feast

Posted by Ed Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:17:00 GMT

Get it here

  1. Thomas Phale: Big Daddy
  2. Aaron Neville: Hercules
  3. Althea & Donna: Uptown Top Ranking
  4. Prince Jazzbo: Ital Corner
  5. Cimarron: La Tonada
  6. Djalimady Tounkara: Mande Djeliou
  7. Boubacar Traore: Santa Mariya
  8. Rokia Traore: M'Bifo
  9. Talking Heads: Listening Wind
  10. Art of Noise: Moments I
  11. Chosen Few: People Make the World Go Round
  12. Mose 'Fan-Fan': Sikulu (Congo)
  13. Scientist: Plague of Zombies
  14. Smith and Mighty: Evolve
  15. Dana Bryant: Religion
  16. Nat King Cole: Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)

Fake iPod 4th Generation 2

Posted by Ed Sun, 07 Feb 2010 23:10:00 GMT

In December I bought a fake iPod on Ebay. It was advertised as an ipod 4th Generation in mint condition. Its physical appearance is extremely like that of the genuine article as you can see from these pictures.

Good for the heart

Posted by Ed Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:54:00 GMT

Kidney bean casserole


A thick creamy bean stew. Eat with rice and, for example, avocado salad.


  • 500g dried kidney (red) beans
  • 2 large onions
  • head of garlic
  • chillies or harissa to taste
  • spices (e.g. cumin, coriander seeds etc)
  • 50 - 100g cured pork product e.g. bacon, pancetta or chorizo etc if you like to eat pork
  • green herbs (e.g parsley, thyme, bay leaf or bouquet garni)

printing from Textmate

Posted by Ed Tue, 07 Apr 2009 19:02:00 GMT

Textmate is a great lightweight text editor but printing functionality is very poor. Here’s a way suggested by Jeremy Wilkins to print out the current file or selection in small font size with line numbering. Put this command into a “Command” in the “Bundle Editor” and assign it to the keystroke ⌘P if you like:

a2ps --center-title=`basename "$TM_FILEPATH"` --font-size 8 -C --pretty-print --columns 1 -M A4 -R --tabsize=2 --line-numbers 5 -o - - | ps2pdf14 -sPAPERSIZE=a4 - /Users/fred/misc/tm_print/textmate_print.pdf && open -a /Applications/ /Users/fred/misc/tm_print/textmate_print.pdf

You will need a2ps and ps2pdf14 also. The latter you should have but the former is available through macports:

sudo port install a2ps


Another good solution which I use is to print from TextMate via vim which gives you a syntax-highlighted and line-numbered result (or however you choose to configure it.) In addition to vim it requires ps2pdf but these are easy to install with macports etc.

The only limitation is that the file needs to be saved first.

See this page which shows how to set up the macro as a TextMate ‘command’:

audio resources incl. lame compression switches (mainly for PC)

Posted by Ed Mon, 06 Apr 2009 13:48:00 GMT

Here are some notes I made a couple of years ago and which were useful when I had to re-install a windows machine which I use for music.

talking about failure

Posted by Ed Sun, 11 Nov 2007 10:47:00 GMT

Here’s an uncompromising speech given in 1983 to graduates of Mills College by the great science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin.

An extract:

Success is somebody else’s failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty. No, I do not wish you success. I don’t even want to talk about it. I want to talk about failure.

Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you’re weak where you thought yourself strong. You’ll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself – as I know you already have – in dark places, alone, and afraid.

What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign.

blue jeans for Generation Apple?

Posted by Ed Sun, 11 Nov 2007 10:00:00 GMT

A stimulating article by the extraordinary Reg Braithwaite reminds us how Levi Strauss cashed in on the San Francisco gold rush by selling jeans to miners rather than by looking for gold.

The article then challenges us to find analogies for the blue jean in today’s scramble to re-invent the distribution of the music and entertainment industry, a scramble in which Apple continues to get the better of the industry dinosaurs.

Any bright blue jean ideas, let me know.

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