Maciek’s Notepad

Travel :: SW Essex Pub Quest: The Old Doge Inn in Herongate Tye

Me, in the absence of a clear favourite I usually default to a burger, and more often than not am disappointed by its lack of juiciness. Say what you want about Byron, but they know how to make a tasty burger. The Olde Dog tries to address the problem of dry patty in an unusual way: by drowning the contents of the bun in melted cheese and tartar sauce. I honestly don’t think I’ve before encountered a burger with tartar sauce, and that’s perhaps for the better. All in all, however, it was one of the better burgers I have so far eaten on this quest, but not quite justifying the price tag of over £12. Also, I would prefer for the beef patty to stand out on its own, so to speak, and to be the focal point; here it seemed somewhat lost among the other fillings.

Technology :: Creating slide decks in Jupyter notebook

The great thing about using Jupyter for creating slide decks is that I could easily access all the data in the environment, in the way I am used to. For example, I wanted to make a plot of how the progress subject matter experts made on labelling the data over time. I could use pyspark SQL to query the relevant data and then matplotlib to output the plot. In theory tables are also easy to render with the use of Pandas, but I found that less useful in practice: in most cases I wanted to highlight particular cells to draw attention to certain aspects or better explain the data, which meant that I had to include the table in the static content and style it by hand.

Cooking :: Flooded Queensland Penne

January 2011 found us in eastern Australia, desperately trying to get to from Cairns to Sydney in time for our flight back home. Despite having a few weeks at our disposal, us reaching Sydney on time was far from certain, due to epic floods that affected much of coastal Queensland. So, we drove around trying to find a passable way South, coming across what looked like deserted towns, with empty shelves at grocery stores and rationed bread, as supplies could not be delivered due to flooded roads. Cooking on the road restricts one’s creativity in the best of times, and in crisis circumstances is positively challenging. It helps to have a few recipes ready that call for ingredients that are generally available.