August, 2016

You don’t own anything

You don’t own anything

Coming to Thailand has been a trans-formative process for me. Fate? I believe I was meant to come here and meet the people that I have and marry the woman that is now my wife. I accept this as an absolute truth, without being able to explain it. Less is more ties in (pun intended) with where I know find myself. You don’t need materialistic things to be happy. They pull you down. Year by year I have whittled my possessions down and I now own only the ‘things’ that generally serve some useful or essential purpose. Must have picked…

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WordPress Hackfest ’16

WordPress Hackfest ’16

When looking around for a WordPress theme to use one of my main criteria was ‘ease of hackability’. Don’t tell me to create a child theme or warn me against editing style.css, because that’s exactly what I’m going to do! That’s how I’ll learn how this thing works. If I have to do a deep dive into the code, I want to minimise the number of abstract items floating around my head. I looked at a number of themes which were overly complex for what I needed – then I stumbled across ‘Thoughts’ from WPExlorer. The theme demo can be…

The Paleo Challenge

The Paleo Challenge

Background I first stumbled across the Paleo (Primal) diet 5 years ago when I found MDA, and purchased his book ‘The Primal Blueprint’. IMO a high protein diet allows one to feel satiated more quickly (and for longer) and hence eat less food. This typically results is weight loss. It can be a real challenge to embrace a Paleo style diet in Thailand. After all, this is a country where rice plays a central part of every meal, and cooking at home comes with its own set of challenges. Ironically, it is more expensive to shop & cook for yourself…

Legacy Systems

Legacy Systems

Like I said before my motto is “Do the best you can, with what you have, wherever you find yourself.”(Stolen from my mentor, Ian Thompson) Here are some other roles that I have undertaken. Support Specialist, Asia Pacific Notes Admin Team, IBM Global Services Australia, 1999-2000 A 12 month contract position, I worked as part of a 12 person team that was tasked with remotely managing over 100 Lotus Notes Servers running across the Asia Pacific region. Skills acquired: • AIX scripting • Notes Admin blackbelt • LotusScript. Notes Admin and Desktop Support, Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan), 1992…

Case Study – MEAA Membership Central

Case Study – MEAA Membership Central

Organisation: Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Role: Software Architect & DBA Date: 2003 – 2014 Key Deliverable: Design and deploy a billing system to maximise available income. “His initiative and understanding of our requirements has made our organisation unique in that our membership services, professional programs, account reporting and distribution of our Equity residuals income work as a complimentary system saving us time and money. On a personal level, I’ve always found Craig to be a constant source of support and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our working relationship. I regard his dedication and resourcefulness as two of his greatest strengths and…

Boeuf Bourguignon à la Stephanie Alexander

Boeuf Bourguignon à la Stephanie Alexander

Unfortunately, wife 1.0 retained ownership of that massive tome in the divorce settlement. Praise the Inter-webs! Beef bourguignon from Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion Ingredients 1tbs olive oil100g streaky bacon cut into 1cm cubes5 shallots700g blade steak, 5cm cubesground black pepper2tbs plain flour1tbs Brandy1 cup red wine1 bay leaf1 sprig thyme2 stalks parsleysmall piece of blood orange peel1 cloves garlic, minced1 cup beef stock5 large flat mushrooms sliced thickly25g softened butter Method In non-stick fry pan heat oil and brown bacon gently. Remove with slotted spoon and brown shallots then set aside with bacon.Season beef with pepper and brown in…

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