lunch at JY’s …

Our 3rd visit to JY’s and the subtle change of tack towards fusion Asian was confirmed by chef himself during his walkabout afterwards. Hats off to the sommelier who did an exceptional job on the wine flight, particularly on the Chasselas from Savoie which was the perfect pairing for the pan-fried foie gras. Too many photos to label so I’ve included the menu of our 6 course formule. [*** WARNING *** A set of explicit food porn photos follows]

alsace again …

Our Alsatian adventures begin as usual in Colmar where we’re based for the next 3 nights … which also happens to be the birthplace of one Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the Statue of Liberty gifted to the good people of the USA. But not before we bumped into JY himself (and his dog) to confirm our lunch booking tomorrow at his relocated 2* restaurant on the Champ de Mars. And finally, nothing beats a tarte flambée (or three) at Le Krustenau to stay nourished, dry and warm from the inclement May showers 😉

gumbo italiano …

And we’re back in Italy tonight … starting with artichoke and assorted roast veg, fritto misto (again) followed by squid-ink seafood linguine with a basil and sun-dried tomato pesto, then a carne course of veal with mushrooms and finally the obligatory tiramisu with Willie’s yummy Venezuelan cacao, grated on as topping.

hydroponics …

Another bank holiday, another project 🙂 This time, I’m tackling hydroponics. The kit/frame and EC/TDS & pH sensors have been ordered for the Pi which is what I’m planning to use to monitor water quality. If anyone is interested in doing this to a high and consistent standard (i.e. removing luck from the equation), the article below describes the science behind monitoring and controlling nutrient solution and what the sensors are telling you …

https://www.trees.com/gardening-and-landscaping/tds-ec-ppm

carcam test …

Quite pleased with the GPS positioning and live streaming I’ve added to the dride dashcam – still need to tune performance to get that sweet spot between quality and encoding/buffering delays (currently 10s) but considering there’s only a humble Pi Zero processing the workload, it’s still pretty impressive!

And now, with status and live feeds fully integrated into my Home Assistant dashboard, I see that she doesn’t use the fast lane on the toll even though she has a tag 🙂

COVID (french) …

This post from Feb, ’21 … and now this fool wants to open up the country when infections are still 4th highest in the world (over 25k new cases daily) and the vaccination programme (1st dose) has only hit 21.87% of the population, woefully behind her neighbours. If this is the price France must pay for him to win the popularity vote, it kinda makes Boris’ alleged comment about “[Rather seeing] bodies piled high than going into lockdown” pale into callous insignificance.
https://unherd.com/2021/02/emmanuel-macrons-coronavirus-gamble/?=frbottom

cyber tracking …

Jez nailed the ‘wake-up’ call in his talk at IC in this article … especially when I look at the tech landscape today with my CISSP lens and witness the silos that still exist among hardware, software and security engineers when they should be working together to ensure that we keep our options open, and backdoors closed.. Shame the UK doesn’t make things anymore – still, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad 🙂

“The conversation about 5G was really lost a decade ago, when Western nations decided that they weren’t going to invest in the underpinning infrastructures… and the result was we just didn’t have the choices,” he said.

P.S. Nearly forgot why I posted this – AirTags go on sale today and are a great way to track kids and pets (even though Apple denies this use case!). Here’s a great example of how h/w, s/w and security came together to produce something that can be trusted and puts the choice of privacy in the hands of the data owner.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56851558

wine study …

Wine discovery of the week: an Italian Riesling from Langhe, which my wine app rated at a 58% match to my preference. Well, I actually liked the citrusy-petrol notes but maybe it lacked the flintiness I’m looking for. And on a separate geeky ‘note’, I’m seeking a crowd sourced but hopefully fun engagement to complete a viticultural study on which soil & climatic conditions are favoured by international varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinto Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rielsing etc … but it seems my study partners have deserted me 🙂 Anyway, initial research have been plotted as shown. Ping me if interested and I talk you through the ‘thesis’.

brexit folly …

The price of sovereignty … was it worth it?! Oh and Brexit wasn’t just for Christmas … the City will continue rue the day when assets (and the accompanying talent that managed them) were lost to Frankfurt and Dublin … forever! Then again, what’s $1.2T between friends?! Not even 50%of UK’s GDP in 2020 and $800B short of Apple Inc.’s net worth 😉
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-finance-idUKKBN2C22ZB

DIY KFC …

When passed a great recipe for KFC, it would have been rude not to unbox the air fryer I bought a while back and give it a go. Pretty happy with result with the learning point that the rotating cage needs to be manually turned otherwise you get a problem with adhesion – the lovely coating falls off due excessive movement. Anyone interested in recipe, ping me!

project carcam …

My Raspberry Pi-based dashcam. Done!

Had lots of fun with the 3D printer and acquired new technical vocabulary which I’m pretty sure I won’t need again. As for reverse engineering the drideOS software on which my cam is based to add additional features such as GPS tracking and 4G to live stream video to my RTMP server, I don’t think Mei has ever heard such colourful vocabulary coming from my sweet mouth 🙂