A few little projects

Recently I’ve made available two little mini-projects…

If you find either of these useful and would like more motorways or rivers added, please let me know!

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Twitter Wordle for 2011

This morning I published (two) Wordles based on the content of my Twitter timeline for 2011 which I’ve been archiving to a SQLite database since July 2010.

Basic method:

  1. Export tweets
  2. Process into words
  3. Count word frequency
  4. Upload to Wordle

Wordle accepts data input in the form:

word1:55
word2:23
...

First output was:

Raw Wordle for 2011

This was a little skewed towards the various travel and weather related feeds I follow (@SEtrafficnews, @nationalrailenq, @NRE_SEastern, @SEplaying, @KentWeatherObs) so I then excluded them…

Much better...

And finally… a Wordle of my TwitteringsRamblings:

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Pork and Apple Casserole

Another “let’s just cook something and see what happens” moment occurred so I thought I’d better document it for future reference πŸ™‚

  • Red onion, diced
  • A soft apple (Braeburn or alike), diced
  • Carrots
  • Pork steak
  • Rosemary (fresh)
  • Pork Stock
  • New Potatoes

There are two options with cooking method, eat now (well, in a few hours) or eat later … for the former, I’d do the whole thing in a La Creuset-esque casserole dish and stick it in the oven but this time I’m doing it the night before to put in our slow cooker tomorrow morning so I’ve just used a deep, wide pan with a lid.

Fry the onion to get that going (5 minutes on medium heat) then add the rosemary, apple and carrots and fry for a few more minutes.

Place the steaks in the dish and cover with stock and top up with water so everything is (mostly) covered.

Cook for a few more minutes on the hob either transfer to the oven (at a guess, 180C for 60-90 minutes) or to the slow cooker for as long as you like πŸ™‚

I plan to serve with new potatoes but it could go equally well with rice or plain cous-cous.

Will hopefully be able to update tomorrow with some idea of how it turned out……….

Camera Update

Ok, so after much dribbling… they went and took away the decent 350D deal I was looking at (350D+18-55mm+55-200mm+grip). So, instead, I’ve gone and got myself a Canon 400D with standard 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and dmc‘s 75-300mm f4-5.6 to go with it… along with a rather swish looking backpack to keep it all in.

Oh, and “yay for Jessops” for price matching. Shame the only black 400d in Kent appears to have been in Maidstone… oh well, it’s in Whitstable now πŸ™‚

In search of…

I’ve been umming and arrings (and drooling) over getting a new camera for some time now (seriously thinking since about March).

Most of this time, I’ve had my eyes on a Canon 350D with some combination of lenses. [1]

What I’m after is a low-end, but extensible DSLR which I can experiment with, have fun with and, hopefully, take some nice pictures. I have borrowed a number of FD lenses from my dad which I’d like to be able to use (there are converters around), at least to start with.

I currently own a Fujifilm 2850Z which I’ve had for just over 4 years now and, although it’s a great camera, it’s showing its age [2]. I’m going to keep it, if anything, for Sarah πŸ™‚

I suppose what I’m asking is: Any advice?

Footnotes

  1. Probably either the kit Canon 18-55,55-200 lenses or the Sigma equivilant.
  2. 3 cyan pixles, only 2 mega-pixels…