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Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Williams Harvest Sun

Categories: [ Beer/Williams ]


Very nice flowery smell, but otherwise tastes just like any other pale ale. Contains malted barley and malted wheat.

Williams Bros Brewing Co., Alloa, Scotland. 3.9% alcohol.

[ Posted on April 9th, 2009 at 22:58 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

A Clash of Kings

Categories: [ Books/Song of Ice and Fire ]

ISBN: 9780006479895

© Amazon.fr

Multiple parallel story trails:

  • Renly and Stannis Baratheon both want to be king. Stannis is the eldest, but the people prefer Renly. Stannis has changed religion, now following the God of Light, whose priestess seems to be a sorceress; she manages to get Renly killed by a shadow. Most of Renly's followers join Stannis's ranks. They march to attak King's Landing.
  • Tyrion is asked to replace his father as Hand of the King. Cersei doesn't like it and does her best to make his life difficult. Tyrion tries to organize the defense of King's landing, waiting for the attack by Stannis Baratheon. Joffrey's little brother and sister are sent away to safety. Stannis loses the battle thanks the help of Tywin Lannister who arrives just in time. Tyrion is severly wounded during the battle by a knight probably following Cersei's orders.
  • Sansa saves a drunken knight from death by suggesting to make him a fool. He swears to help her escape King's Landing. When Joffrey breaks their betrothal to wed the widow of Renly Baratheon, the knight suggest they would escape the next month, during the wedding.
  • Theon Greyjoy, son of the king of the Iron islands, returns to his place after ten years as “hostage” of the Starks (who treated him well). He wants his revenge, especially since his father doesn't trust him anymore. When sent by his father to attack coastal cities (while his sister gets a much more interesting assigment), he decides to sail to Winterfell, the castle of the Starks, and take it. When Bran and Rickon escape and Theon is unable to recover them, he fakes their deaths. Later, the people he hoped would help him take control of the region betray him, kill him and burn Winterfell.
  • Arya: taken by a recruiter for the Wall who recognizes her as Ned Stark's daughter, she is travelling north with other recruits (and prisoners). During the journey they are almost all killed by soldiers who clean the country of opposants to the Lannisters. Only a handful escape, including Arya, some of them die of their wounds, and they end up at Harrenhal as servants. After learning that her brothers Bran and Rickon have been killed, she decides to escape with two of her companions.
  • Danerys is looking for ships to go back to the mainland and take back her kingdom. Everybody she meets is interesing in her dragons, but not really in giving her ships. Eventually she meets two envoys of an accointance of her who sems willing to give her ships.
  • Jon Snow and many other Black Brothers are ranging beyond the wall, to find out what happened to the rangers who disappeard, and also to understand where all the wildling villagers are gone. They discover that a renegade Brother, Mance Rayden plans to break the wall and invade the Seven Kingdoms. Snow and his companion are taken by a group of wildlings; Jon's superior orders him to pretend to want to defect in order to become a mole among the wildlings.

[ Posted on April 8th, 2009 at 23:08 | no comment | ]

Sunday, April 5th, 2009


Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Since his wife's murder, Leonard cannot form any new memory; if he doesn't write it down or shoot it with his instant camera, everything he does or happens to him fades from his memory quite quickly. His only goal in life is to get his revenge on the man who killed his wife, named John or James G. Because of his condition, he is abused by a cop (Teddy) who makes him kill people in different cities, but Leonard never remembers what he did. When Teddy tells him about this, that the he had already killed the real John G. a year ago, and that even he is a John G., Leonard decides to write down for himself that he must no trust Teddy's lies, writes down that Teddy's car's licence plate is yet another clue to whom killed his wife, and soon convinces himself that Teddy is the man he is looking for. He is helped by the girlfriend of the man he killed last; that woman also abuses his condition and makes him kill another person. Eventually, Leonard finds Teddy and kills him.

[ Posted on April 5th, 2009 at 23:15 | no comment | ]

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

L'Aiguille Creuse

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Books ]

ISBN: 9782010148132

Isidore Beautrelet, lycéen, déguisé en journaliste, enquête sur les lieux d'un cambriolage en Normandoe où semble-t-il rien n'a été volé. Beautrelet étant bien plus intelligent que les policiers, il découvre rapidement que des tableaux ont bien été volés, mais remplacés par des copies, et que l'auteur du vol est Arsène Lupin. Au moment du cambriolage, la nièce du propriétaire, Raymonde, a tiré un coup de feu sur un inconnu qui s'enfuyait, mais il est impossible de mettre la main sur le fuyard, pourtant gravement blessé. On découvre cependant un morceau de papier portant un message codé. Les seuls mots que Beautrelet parvient à décoder sont demoiselle, aiguille et creuse. Quelques temps plus tard, Beautrelet découvre que le blessé n'a pû se cacher que dans la crypte de l'ancienne chapelle, où l'on retrouve un cadavre en décomposition. À titre de représailles pour la mort de leur chef, la bande de Lupin enlève Raymonde, qui est plus tard retrouvée noyée. Ganimard et Herlock Sholmès, appelés à la rescousse, sont aussi enlevés avant d'avoir pû participer à l'enquête, et Beautrelet est blessé par un complice de Lupin qui lui reprend le message codé. Quelques temps plus tard, Lupin bien vivant, rencontre Beautrelet et le menace d'enlever son père s'il révèle les résultats de son enquête à la presse. Isidore cache son père, et révèle à la presse que Raymonde a en fait soigné Lupin, et que ce dernier est tombé amoureux de la jeune femme. Beautrelet se lance à la recherche de son père, et finit par retrouver sa trace dans le château de l'Aiguille. Avec l'aide du propriétaire, Valméras, (qui avait loué le château semble-t-il à Lupin) il s'y introduit de nuit, délivre son père et Raymonde (qui finalement n'était pas morte). Valméras et Raymonde partent dans le sud, et finissent par rapidement se marier. Beautrelet continue son enquête sur l'aiguille creuse et la trace de Lupin. Une lettre de ce dernier révèle que le secret de l'aiguille creuse a été transmis de roi de France en roi de France jusqu'à la révolution, où il a finalement été oublié. Mais un capitaine de Louis XIV avait publié un livre à ce sujet dont un seul exemplaire a survécu. Beautrelet finit par mettre la main sur cet exemplaire, mais Lupin est passé avant lui. À force de raisonnement, Beautrelet finit par arriver à la conclusion que le secret se trouve en Normandie, à Étretat. Il finit par trouver un passage secret qui mène à l'intérieur de l'aiguille d'Étretat en passant sous la mer, et confronte Lupin. L'aiguille avait servi de coffre et de refuge aux rois de France ; Lupin l'a aménagée pour en faire sa base d'opérations. Mais depuis qu'il est tombé amoureux de Raymonde et qu'il l'a épousée (Valméras et Lupin ne font qu'un), Lupin veut prendre sa retraite et vivre une vie paisible. Raymonde, Lupin et Beautrelet s'échappent de l'aiguille alors que Ganimard la prend d'assaut, mais au dernier moment, Sholmès réapparait, affronte Lupin, et tue Raymonde par accident.

[ Posted on April 2nd, 2009 at 21:46 | 2 comments | ]

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Elf Quest

Categories: [ Books/Comics ]

Fire & Flight

ISBN: 9780936861555

© Amazon.fr

Long time ago, elves arrived on this planet in a shiny flying palace. Humans attacked them and forced them to flee at random. Few elves survived. Nowadays, a small group of elves lives in the forest, surviving despite the neighbouring human tribe who considers them as demons. When the humans burn the forest, the elves first flee to the caves of the trolls, who don't like them either and lead them to a wasteland with no possibility to come back. They cross the desert and finally meet another group of elves living in an oasis at the bottom of a mountain. Their ways are not the same as the forest elves, but they finally manage to integrate. Cutter, the chief of the forest elves falls in love with Leetah, a mountain elf girl. But Leetah doesn't want to “recognize” him, since she has been courted for a long time by Rayek. Rayek defies Cutter to a trial of strength, wisdom and courage. Cutter wins, Rayek leaves the village, and after some time Leetah finally recognizes Cutter as her soulmate.

Hidden Years

ISBN: 9780936861302

© Amazon.fr

Five independant stories, sometimes hard to follow because they refer to some past stories I haven't read.

[ Posted on March 25th, 2009 at 08:22 | no comment | ]

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Glace à la Chartreuse

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking/Ice Cream ]


Même ingrédients et préparation que la glace au praliné, remplacer le pralin par de la chartreuse verte (j'ai utilise de la 1605) qu'on rajouter avant de passer à la sorbetière, selon goût (au pif 7 cL, je n'ai pas mesuré).


  • La glace reste très molle à cause de la présence d'alcool qui abaisse son point de fusion.

[ Posted on March 22nd, 2009 at 23:36 | no comment | ]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Anakin gets a padawan, Ahsoka, assigned to him by Yoda. With Obi-Wan, they have to go and retrieve Jabba the Hutt's son who has been abducted by an unknown party. An alliance with Jabba is of utmost importance, since he controls the routes in the Outer Rim, and therefore decides who will lead the war there. Anakin and Ahsoka lead a commando operation to retrieve the baby Hutt, while Count Dooku makes Jabba believe that the Jedis are the one who abducted his son. Anakin and Asoka manage to escape from the ancient monastery where the baby was held prisoner, while Obi-Wan fights Dooku's assassin who was supposed to retrieve the baby and return it to Jabba in order to prove they are on his side. Meanwhile, Padmé meets Jabba's uncle on Coruscant and discovers that he's an accomplice of Dooku, and had helped him kidnap the baby in exchange for the control of the Hutt clans. Ahsoka and Anakin finally manage to return the son to his father, and the treaty between the Republic and the Hutt is secured.

[ Posted on March 22nd, 2009 at 23:16 | no comment | ]

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

No for, no if

Categories: [ IT ]

The mission: write a program that iterates over a list and asks the user, on every item, if he wants to change the current number, or quit (and keep the rest of the list unchanged).

Here's a possible python implementation.

def loop(data, index):
  return decide(index == len(data) - 1, 
                lambda: quit(data), 
                lambda: run(data, index+1)
def decide(condition, iftrue, iffalse):
  return (iffalse, iftrue)[condition]()
def choose(selector, choices, default):
  return choices.get(selector, default)()
def change(data, index, new_value):
  data[index] = new_value
  return loop(data, index)
def run(data, index):
  print data[index]," Change? [n/q/]",
  reply = raw_input()
  return choose(reply.lower(),
                  "n": lambda: loop(data, index),
                  "q": lambda: quit(data)
                lambda: decide(reply.isdigit(),
                               lambda: change(data, index, int(reply)),
                               lambda: run(data, index)
def quit(data):
  return data
data = range(10)
print run(data, 0)

[ Posted on March 21st, 2009 at 18:09 | 2 comments | ]

Friday, March 20th, 2009

BrewDog Rip Tide

Categories: [ Beer/Brewdog ]


Smells like bitter cocoa, tastes very sweet, roasted and something spicy. Made of barley malt.

BrewDog Ltd., Fraserburgh, Scotland. 8.0% alcohol

[ Posted on March 20th, 2009 at 23:38 | no comment | ]

BrewDog Punk IPA

Categories: [ Beer/Brewdog ]


Very bitter, and not very interesting. Contains malted barley.

BrewDog Ltd., Fraserburgh, Scotland. 6.1% alcohol

[ Posted on March 20th, 2009 at 23:37 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009


Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Grumbling ]

Pour la Saint Patrick, la Chartreuse (verte, évidemment) c'est plus adapté que la Guinness, non ? Donc, en attendant de me lancer dans la glace à la Chartreuse, un petit verre de Chartreuse.

[ Posted on March 17th, 2009 at 19:49 | no comment | ]

Monday, March 16th, 2009


Categories: [ DIY ]

Yesterday late evening I went to the kitchen, switched the light on and… nothing, except a slight buzzing from the switch. I ran to the fuse board and removed a couple of unlabeled fuses (until I found the one for the kitchen, which bore a label). Of course, the fridge is on the same circuit as the light, so I had to pull it out of its corner to grab its power cord, and connect it to one of the sockets in the kitchen (which are on a grounded circuit).

After that, I removed the cover, I took a look at the inside of the swith. It was full of cooked ants… We've been having ants in the kitchen (they came with the house, they visit us at the end of the winter, and should leave when the weather is warmer outside), but I never expects the buggers to walk into the electric switch. Damn stupid animals (which they are, of course, taken individually). So I vacuum-cleaned the switch, then used canned air to spray the last pieces of ant out. But the switch was still not conducting electricity.

The problem was that cooked ants don't conduct electricity very well (I measured about 60 Ω through the switch) and the switch was still buzzing. After a bit of thinking and scratching the contacts with a flat screwdriver (too big for the job), I thought of using a piece of sandpaper, stick it between the contacts, close the switch, and pull. After a couple of times, the switch was better than new (with a resistance of under an Ohm).

Lights are working fine now. But why does this always happen at night, when you have to work with a flashlight in your mouth?

[ Posted on March 16th, 2009 at 21:33 | 5 comments | ]

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]


© kraat.tistory.com

Senator Palpatine has been abducted by the separationists, and the Jedi Council has sent Obi-Wan and Anakin to retrieve him from General Grievous' flagship. During the operation, Palpatine convices Anakin to kill Count Dooku, the leader of the separationists. Grievous escapes. Back on Coruscant, Padmé tells Anakin she's pregnant. Anakin has promonitiry nightmares about Padmé dying in childbirth and is worried about how to prevent it. Meanwhile, the Jedi Council suspects Palpatine of being corrupt and orders Anakin to spy on him, while Palpatine asks Anakin to become his representative in the Council. The Jedi masters agree to let Anakin sit with them, but deny him the title of Master Jedi. Palpatine tempts Anakin to the Dark Side by telling him of a possibility to prevent death, and drives him to grow distrustful of the Jedi Council. Anakin reports Palpatine to be a Sith Lord, but Palpatine manages to kill the Jedis who came to arrest him. Anakin finally submits to the dark side and become Darth Sidious' apprentice, Darth Vader. Sidious then executes his plan to simultaneously exterminate all the Jedis fighting along the clones on various planets and gains even more power by turning the Republic into the firts Galactic Empire. Only Obi-Wan and Yoda survive. Anakin is sent to kill the leaders of the various federations that compose the separationists. He fights there Obi-Wan, who leaves him for dead. But Sidious recovers his body and reconstruct him with mechanical protheses. Padmé gives birth to twins, Luke and Leia, and dies of despair because of Anakin's treason. Luke is sent to Tatooine to the Lars, and Leia is adopted by Senator Organa of Alderaan.

[ Posted on March 15th, 2009 at 11:02 | no comment | ]

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Wild Hare

Categories: [ Beer/Bath Ales ]


“a fresh-citrus, hoppy aroma and a dry, bitter finish. Brewed using organically grown Pale Ale malts and organically farmed English hops”

Orangey taste, very bitter (and quite an unpleasant bitterness). Contains wheat and barley malt.

Bath Ales, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, England. 5.0% alcohol.

[ Posted on March 13th, 2009 at 19:33 | no comment | ]

Sunday, March 8th, 2009


Categories: [ Beer/Cobra ]


Smells like a lager, tastes like a lager. Contains malted barley, maize and rice.

Cobra Beer Ltd., London, England. 5% alcohol.

[ Posted on March 8th, 2009 at 18:45 | no comment | ]

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Traquair Jacobite Ale

Categories: [ Beer ]


Smells like some kind of vegetable or herb. Quite sweet and “vegetably”. Contains barley malt and coriander.

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peebleshire, Scotland. 8% alcohol.

[ Posted on March 6th, 2009 at 18:53 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Last.fm Datamining

Categories: [ IT ]

Interesting article about how personal profiles on different systems can be linked together by datamining:

“If your username isn't your real name, your Last.fm account may seem to be anonymous, but the facts it contains probably tell the world who you are.”

“even a small amount of information about other pseudonyms you've friended on Last.fm has a high probability of allowing a data miner to match you based on the friendship graphs from other sites”

“There are only 7 billion people on the planet, and only about a billion on the Internet. Every fact about a person (are they male or female? Where they live? Do they listen to Brian Eno?) slices that number down by a significant fraction. If you have enough facts about a person, (33 bits of independent facts, it turns out, because log2 7,000,000,000 = 32.7) you can determine who they are.”

[ Posted on March 4th, 2009 at 14:05 | 2 comments | ]

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

St Peter's Winter Ale

Categories: [ Beer/St Peters ]


Quite sweet and dark, not bitter, smells like honey and flowers. Good, but yet another dark ale.

St. Peter's Brewery, Bungay, Suffolk, England. 6.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on March 1st, 2009 at 23:12 | no comment | ]


Categories: [ Beer/FAVOURITES | Beer/Fuller's ]


“marmalade and fruitiness… blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops”

Smells of red fruits, sweet. Very good. Contains malted barley.

Fuller, Smith & Turner, London, England. 5.9% alcohol.

[ Posted on March 1st, 2009 at 23:11 | no comment | ]

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Dark Hare

Categories: [ Beer/Bath Ales ]


“We brew Dark Hare using a blend of dark roasted malts and old fashioned (and rather famous) English hops called Fuggles.”

Just another stout, not sweet, quite bitter. Contains wheat and barley malt.

Bath Ales, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, England. 4.0% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 28th, 2009 at 23:44 | no comment | ]


Categories: [ Beer/Bath Ales ]


“We brew Gen using floor-malted Maris Otter barley and Goldings hops. … Fine filtered…”

Just another ale with a strong malt taste. Made of wheat and barley malt.

Bath Ales, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, England. 4.7% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 28th, 2009 at 23:44 | no comment | ]

Foreign Export Stout

Categories: [ Beer/Ridgeway ]


“Ridgeway FES bottle matures in a similar way to vintage port. Roasted malts and leaf hops initially provide an aroma of breakfast coffee and fresh spices that gradually fades to reveal licoricem caramel and raisin notes that are products of the aging process. Beneath all this change sits a solid and resilient backbone of bitter English hops.”

Smells of fresh dark bread. Tastes maybe of coffee, but definitely of caramel. Very sweet and strong. Made of barley (Marris Otter malt) and oats.

Ridgeway Brewing, South Stokes, Oxfordshire, England. 8% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 28th, 2009 at 23:42 | no comment | ]


Categories: [ Beer/Ridgeway ]


“Roast malts, whole English aroma hops and bottling with live yeast…”

The first sip tastes strongly of fresh white bread. It is slightly bitter. Otherwise, it's just another ale. Made of malted barley and wheat.

Ridgeway Brewing, South Stoke, Oxfordshire, England. 5.2% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 28th, 2009 at 23:41 | no comment | ]

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Glace sans cuisson

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking/Ice Cream ]

Recette trouvée sur healthy Cooking recipes.


  • 2 œufs entiers
  • 14 cL sucre en poudre
  • 50 cL crème fluide
  • 25 cL lait entier
  • 2 c. à café sucre vanillé


Fouetter les oeufs jusqu'à ce qu'ils moussent. Ajouter le sucre et le sucre vanillé peu à peu tout en fouettant, puis ajouter la crème, puis le lait tout en fouettant. Passer immédiatement à la sorbetière.


  • La préparation est très mousseuse, et la glace reste molle même après 24h au congélateur (à -18 °C).
  • C'est trop sucré.
  • La consistance en bouche n'est pas assez crémeuse (malgré la quantité de crème), j'ai l'impression qu'il y a trop de cristaux de glace (ou des bulles d'air gelées ?)

[ Posted on February 27th, 2009 at 21:32 | no comment | ]

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

En Garde

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ DIY | Games ]


Knizia a publié en 1993 En Garde, un jeu de cartes qui simule un duel d'escrime. Il a été réimplémenté en 2004 sous le nom de Duell avec quelques cartes supplémentaires, puis réédité en 2008, mais payer 30 EUR (ou 20 pour l'édition de voyage) pour 25 cartes numérotées de 1 à 5, un plateau de 23 cases et 2 pions, ça me paraît de l'abus. Je ne suis pas un artiste, mais pour essayer si le jeu est bien je me suis dit que je pourrais bien fabriquer les composants moi-même.


Les dessins sur les cartes viennent des cartes de l'édition 2008, d'où j'ai simplement relevé la position des deux bretteurs sous forme de bonshommes « bâtons ». Les cartes ont été imprimées à grand'peine sur des feuilles microperforées.


Le texte des cartes spéciales est une traduction de l'espagnol vers l'anglais à partir de d'une autre version faite maison.


Le plateau est collé à la colle en aérosol sur du carton gris de 2 mm. Les deux moitiés sont assemblées par du gaffer's tape. Il est un peu raté, les deux moitiées ne s'assemblent pas correctement. La prochaine fois, je devrai couper la surface du plateau après collage seulement.


Les pions sont fabriqués à partir de fil de fer zingué de 0,9 mm de diamètre. La tête et les bras sont d'une partie, le tronc une deuxième et les jambes une troisième, et ont été soudées ensemble avec un fer à souder. Le socle est en carton colorié au feutre. J'ai d'abord collé les bonshommes à la cyanoacrylate sur le carton, mais ils n'ont pas tenu, je les ai recollés à la colle universelle transparente (sans eau).

En_Garde-pions_sur_boite En_Garde-pions_sur_plateau


La boite est en carton gris d'1,5 mm. Les coins sont assemblés avec de la bande adhésive transparente de base (qui ne tient pas bien), et la couverture est collée encore une fois à la colle en aérosol.


Les règles sont copiées de la version de Chris Lawson publiée sur le web.

[ Posted on February 26th, 2009 at 10:22 | no comment | ]

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Mettre un visage sur une voix

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Grumbling ]

Lorsque j'écoute mes podcasts préférés, je ne peux m'empêcher de me demander à quoi ressemblent les présentateurs et à les imaginer. Dans l'ensemble, je suis plutôt mauvais à ce jeu, puisque je les imagine tous vaguement comme moi (jeunes et bruns).


Matthieu Vidard (La tête au carré, France Inter) est un peu plus en chair (ça se voyait mieux sur une video récente) et moins rasé que ce que j'imaginais.


Jean-Marie Pelt (invité régulier de CO2, mon amour!, France Inter) ressemble à l'image que je me fais de lui (plus très jeune, mais ça il l'admet lui-même à l'antenne, et bien en chair), mais Denis Cheissoux (présentateur officiel de l'émission) est beaucoup plus vieux et grisonnant :)

Stephane_Deligeorges Stephane_Deligeorges_2

Stéphane Deligeorges (Continent Science, France Culture) est un peu comme l'Arlésienne, on a du mal à le voir (à gauche sur la photo de gauche), mais c'est peut-être lui à droite sur la photo de droite. Ou pas.


Gareth Mitchell (Digital Planet, BBC) est roux, quelle surprise !

Bill_Thompson Quant à Bill Thompson (commentateur régulier dans Digital Planet), je ne l'imaginais pas vraiment, mais la barbe et les cheveux longs sont néanmoins une surprise.

[ Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 17:04 | 2 comments | ]

Ricoh Aficio MP 4500: Taming the Beast

Categories: [ IT ]

I tried to use one of these wild devices to print a Letter landscape document on microperforated Letter sheets… in an A4 world.

When the printer is set to use A4 paper, it won't pay attention to the PostScript file telling it that the paper format is Letter. The result is that the print would be correctly positioned on an A4 sheet, but is shifted up the actual Letter sheet, because the letter sheet is aligned with the bottom of the would-be A4 sheet.

The solution is to feed the beast only portrait documents, centered on an A4 page, then shift the document 2.5mm to the left to compensate for the fact that it aligns the page's right border with the sheet's right border. This gets it really centered on the Letter sheet (it should be 3mm to account for the width difference between Letter and A4, but even A4 pages are shifted by 0.5mm; it would be too easy otherwise).

Finally, the bottom edge of the printed document is on the side of the back of the beast (the one that is against the wall, opposite of the control panel). This is important for the microperforated paper which has a smaller bottom margin than the top margin.

[ Posted on February 20th, 2009 at 17:04 | 4 comments | ]

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Victory Ale

Categories: [ Beer ]


“brewed to celebrate the courage of Admiral Nelson and his crew… brewed with Maris Otter pale and crystal malts and hopped with English Goldings and American Liberty hops… peppery hops and bitter orange aromas, balanced by fresh bread maltiness. Ideal accompaniment to stew and gravy”

Quite bitter, maybe orangey, and a definite fresh bread flavour. Contains malted barley.

Batemans, Wainfleet, Lincolshire, England. 6.0% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 14th, 2009 at 11:10 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Marketing multilingue

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Grumbling ]


Certains noms et marques n'ont l'air de rien dans une langue, et prennent un sens tout différent dans une autre. Je connaissais déjà l'exemple de la Honda MR2, renommée Honda MR pour le marché francophone. Voilà les Pätkis Mini Bites de Fazer dont le nom aurait besoin d'être repensé si Fazer avait l'intention de les vendre à des francophones.

[ Posted on February 11th, 2009 at 18:42 | no comment | ]

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Williams Red

Categories: [ Beer/Williams ]


“rich ruby malt ale, medium dry, with hints of toffee and banana… fresh spicy hops to give a zesty peppery backdrop”

Rather hints of red fruits than toffee, I'd say. But that's just me.

Williams Bros Brewing Co., Alloa, Scotland. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 6th, 2009 at 18:51 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Yaourt 2

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking ]

Deuxième expérience de yaourt.


  • 7,5 dL lait entier
  • 2,5 dL yaourt turc 10% matière grasse


Remplir le pot de yaourt et le verre doseur d'eau bouillante pour éliminer de potentielles levures parasites (?). Battre le yaourt dans un verre doseur d'un litre. Ajouter le lait peu à peu en mélangeant. Faire chauffer le mélange à 44 °C. Verser dans le pot. Placer le pot dans la yaourtière et laisser reposer pendant 4 heures.


  • Le yaourt a épaissi un peu mais reste très fluide. Il n'est pas granuleux comme l'expérience précédente. Le passage au réfrigérateur semble avoir eu une influence positive sur la gélification du yaourt
  • J'aurais dû passer la casserole à l'eau bouillante aussi, mais ça a marché sans.
  • Après réflexion, la yaourtière SEB semble ne rester allumée que pendant une heure et laisse ensuite le yaourt refroidir lentement. C'est une voie à explorer

[ Posted on February 4th, 2009 at 23:25 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Chocolats 10

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking/Chocolats ]

Dammenberg Tummasuklaa 55% : très sucré

Anthon Berg Ecuador, 72% : amer, fleuri, astringent, darjeeling ?

Marabou Premium 86% : amer, pâteux

Fazer Thin Dark 70% : doux, biscuit, pâteux, truffé ?

[ Posted on February 3rd, 2009 at 23:28 | no comment | ]

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Chocolats 9

Categories: [ Cooking/Chocolats ]

Riss Abinao, assemblage, Afrique, 86% : amer, cerise, amande amère

Riss Criollo, Cuba, 86% : amer et doux, très légèrement fruité (fruits séchés)

Riss Guanaja, assemblage de Criollo et Trinitario, 70% : piquant, légèrement fleuri

Riss Cuba, 70% : doux, vaguement caramel

Riss Alpaco, Equateur : jasmin, orange, doux, thé vert

[ Posted on February 2nd, 2009 at 22:54 | no comment | ]

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Paladin of Souls

Categories: [ Books/World of the 5 Gods ]

Sequel to Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, published in 2003.

Ista, the mother of the royina of Chalion-Ibra, can't stand her too quiet life in her castle. She decides to start a pilgrimage and get away from the place. During the journey, she has strange dreams about a man lying on a bed with a stream of light coming out of his chest and leaving through the door. On the way Ista and her party are attacked by Jokonan soldiers who take her prisoner for ransom. She is saved by a mysterious knight, Arhys, lord of the nearby castle of Porifors. Ista quickly notices that Arhys never eats and never sleeps at night. At the same time, Arhys' half brother Ilvin is near death, and has been so for the last three months, only waking up briefly, on some days. In a dream, the Bastard, god of demons gives her again the gift of second sight she had in the previous story. Ista then discovers that Arhys is actually dead, killed three months earlier by a Jokonan princess who stayed at the castle on a diplomatic mission. The princess was inhabited by a demon, and when she was killed the demon went into Arhys' wife, Cattilara, who was the closest person. Cattilara's will was strong enough to force the demon to keep Arhys' soul bound to his body, giving the illusion of life, while draining the life from his half brother. Ista manages to get Arhys to talk to Ilvin (Cattilara was preventing this to happen) and Arhys agrees he has to die for good. But Ista notices that Arhys' soul cannot be taken by a god, condemning him to damnation. Soon after, the Jokonans attack the castle, helped by Queen Joen who appears to be a powerful sorceress, and controlling eighteen other sorcerers. She demands Ista to be brought to her, as a first step to conquer Chalion and Ibra. Her sorcerers make the siege of the castle impossible to resist. During the night, Ista is visted again by the Father of Winter who gives her the power to link her soul to Arhys and thus allow him to be taken by his god when dying for good. Additionaly, the Bastard gives her the power to eat demons and return them to hell. Arhys, immune to demons' magic, leaves the castle at night in order to kill as many sorceres as possible and die gloriously, while Cattilara and Ilvin give him their life energy and absorb his wounds. After that, Ista and Ilvin go and surrender to the Jokonans. When taken to Joen, Ista absorbs her demon and the ones of her other sorceres. The Jokonans are then swept away.

[ Posted on February 1st, 2009 at 23:25 | no comment | ]

Yaourt 1

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking ]

Premières expériences de yaourt en suivant les instructions de l'INRA.



Battre le yaourt dans le pot d'un litre. Faire chauffer le lait à une température telle que le mélange lait plus yaourt est aussi proche que possible de 45 °C, mais inférieur à cette température (T = (45 - 0,2 x température du yaourt) / 0,8 ). Verser un peu de lait chaud sur le yaourt et battre, puis verser encore un peu de lait, etc. Ceci devrait permettre de mélanger le yaourt au lait sans « cuire » le yaourt (et tuer les ferments). Placer le pot dans la yaourtière et laisser reposer pendant 3 – 4 heures.


  • La température initiale était de 43 °C et la température finale de 44 °C, le système de chauffage de la yaourtière est donc suffisant.
  • La texture du yaourt, en revanche, est très fluide et granuleuse. Quelqu'un a mentioné la présence de levures (non désirées) qui ont donné cet effet. Sinon il peut s'agir du temps de préparation qui n'était pas assez long (3h30)
  • On pourrait ajouter du lait en poudre dans le yaourt (mais je trouve que c'est de la triche, après tout Valio arrive à faire son yaourt sans lait en poudre), sinon on peut faire réduire le lait pour diminuer sa teneur en eau. Faire bouillir le lait un certain temps est la méthode classique, mais elle consomme beaucoup d'énergie. Faire bouillir à basse pression devrait permettre de réduire la température d'ébullition et économiser beaucoup d'énergie, mais je n'ai pas le matériel nécessaire.

[ Posted on February 1st, 2009 at 22:53 | no comment | ]

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Golden Pride

Categories: [ Beer/Fuller's ]


“brewed from pale ale and crystal malts… northdown, challenger and target hops”

Very sweet and very strong. Contains malted barley.

Fuller, Smith & Turner, London, England. 8.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 31st, 2009 at 20:48 | no comment | ]


Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Science ]

La préparation du yaourt est, en théorie, très simple: on mélange du lait et du yaourt, on maintient à une température comprise entre 40 et 45 °C pendant 3 – 4 heures, et le tour est joué. Donc en théorie, une yaourtière est une boite qui maintient la préparation à une température donnée.


Pour des raisons pratiques, j'ai décidé de préparer mon yaourt en pot d'un litre récupéré de yaourt industriels. J'ai toute une collection de pots vides dans la cuisine, ça peut toujours servir.


Ma première idée a été de fabriquer une boite isotherme (en polystyrène extrudé de 30 mm d'épaisseur et collée) afin de conserver le lait chauffé à 45 °C à cette température assez longtemps pour que le lait se transforme. Malheureusement, l'expérience a montré que la boite n'est pas suffisamment isotherme pour ça. Des mesures ont montré qu'un litre d'eau à 43 °C perdait approximativement 3 °C par heure les deux premières heures. Un rapide calcul a montré que la boite émettait une puissance de 3 W.


Je me suis donc décidé à construire un système de chauffage d'approximativement 3 W. Après avoir étudié la possibilité d'utiliser du fil de nichrome (il aurait fallu une trop grande longueur de fil très fin, donc difficile à manipuler), je me suis rabattu sur l'utilisation d'une ampoule électrique classique. Une ampoule de 100 W (sous 230 V) a une résistance à froid d'environ 40 Ω, et devrait donc fournir environ 4 W sous 12 V.

Les premières expériences ont montré que l'ampoule chauffe en surface à environ 60 °C du coté du filament, et nettement moins de l'autre coté. Le pot de yaourt est en polypropylène qui fond à 140 °C, donc le pot ne risque rien.


L'ampoule est placée au fond de la boite, sous un support destiné à recevoir le pot de yaourt. Le support est constitué du fond d'un autre pot de yaourt d'un litre, renversé et découpé pour en faire un trépied. Le fond de ces pots est convexe, j'ai donc dû découper le centre afin que l'ampoule ne touche pas le fond.


La boite avait été conçue à l'origine pour contenir le pot d'un litre plus une boite de mascarpone de 2 dL qui devait contenir l'amorce de yaourt pour la prochaine fournée. En fait, il ne faut pas fermer les pots, donc impossible d'empiler simplement la petite boite sur le pot. Mais ça a laissé presque suffisamment d'espace pour placer l'ampoule sous le pot et fermer le couvercle à moitié.

[ Posted on January 31st, 2009 at 12:02 | 18 comments | ]

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Williams Black

Categories: [ Beer/Williams ]


“A rich dark ale, dominated by the strong flavours of blended roast malts… Smooth coffee and chocolate undertones… late harvest cone hops, giving a blackcurrant aroma.”

Definitely coffee-ish taste, not too bitter. Didn't notice the blackcurrant aroma, though. Contains malted barley and malted wheat.

Williams Bros Brewing Co., Alloa, Scotland. 4.2% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 30th, 2009 at 18:40 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Glace au praliné 2

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking/Ice Cream ]


  • 500 mL lait
  • 6 jaunes d'œufs
  • 100 g sucre
  • 10 g fécule d'orge
  • 50 mg (+/- 50 %) k-carraghénanes
  • 100g pralin mou


Faire une crème anglaise: mélanger les k-carrhaghénanes avec 20g de sucre. Faire bouillir le lait, y délayer le sucre et les k-carraghénanes. Mélanger les jaunes d'œufs et 80g de sucre, verser le lait chaud par dessus, faire épaissir à feu doux en remuant sans arrêt. Délayer la fécule dans un peu d'eau, ajouter dans la crème à la fin de la cuisson.

Delayer le pralin avec la crème anglaise chaude (verser la crème anglaise peu à peu sur le pralin et mélanger à chaque fois avant de rajouter de la crème).

Laisser reposer au réfrigérateur pendant 12h, puis passer à la sorbetière.


  • J'ai mal compté les k-carraghénanes, elles sont censées avoir une efficacité à partir de 0,015 %, mais ma préparation en contient moins de la moitié. 200 mg seraient plus plus proche de cette proportion.
  • La glace n'est pas très dure, mais pas particulièrement molle non plus. Il semblerait que le glucose (dont ma réserve est vide) soit plus important que l'amidon en ce qui concerne la molesse. Ou pas, j'étais déjà arrivé à la conclusion contraire

[ Posted on January 27th, 2009 at 22:49 | 1 comment | ]

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Rebel planets try to leave the Republic, risking its political stability. At the same time, someone tries to assassinate Queen Amidala on Coruscant. Obi-Wan and Anakin are assigned to her security. After one attempt, Obi-Wan finds a lead to a planet that doesn't show in the Jedi archives' maps. Finding its location by approximation, he goes there and learns that someone unknown had ordered 10 years before an army of clones for the Republic. The model for the clones is Jango Fett, a bounty hunter, that Obi-Wan follows secretely to planet Geonosis. Meanwhile, Anakin takes Amidala back to Naboo where she would be in less danger. But Anakin keeps dreaming about his mother being in danger, and he and Padme leave for Tatooine. There he finds that his mother was sold to Cliegg Lars who soon after married her. She had been taken a month ago by Tusken raiders, and Anakine goes and rescues her after slaughtering the Tuskens. On Geonosi, Obi-Wan discovers that Jango works for the mysterious Count Dooku and the separatists, made of, among other, the Trade Federation (whose leader wanted Amidala dead as a revenge for his defeat in the previous episode). He sends a message to the Jedi Council, and Anakin and Padme arrive first. On Geonosis, the separatists are building an army of droids. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padme are taken prisoner, but manage to escape during their public execution thanks to the Jedis who brought with them the clones' army. Palpatine is given the full powers by the Senate. After the battler, Dooku manages to escape and meats his master, Darth Sidious. The Clone Wars have just begun. In the end, Anakin and Padme get married.

[ Posted on January 22nd, 2009 at 23:07 | no comment | ]