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Rotherhithe Historic Remnants Project

I live in Surrey Quays in South East London. I've lived here for three years before I decided to investigate some of the local history, which it turns out is incredibly rich and vibrant. I knew that only 30 years ago Surrey Quays as we know it didn't exist but I did not know what came before it. To give some perspective, the Greenwich Visitor Center has a painting on display that is part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (one of my top 2 museums in London along with the British Museum) by Hendrick Danckerts from around 1670. It looks like this:

Image credit Royal Museums Greenwich collection.


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Getting Emacs to email me my agenda

Emacs and org-mode are taking over my life. I've been using emacs for schedule and agenda management for a while and one of the annoyances was getting a quick heads up of today's tasks while on the go. Well.. why not get emacs to make me one?

It turns out that this is trivial. Emacs has a batch mode that allows you to evaluate scripts without starting the editor. You can pass it files to run or emacs lisp commands as string parameters. I have a server with all my dotfiles on it already so I set up a simple cron job on my laptop that simply tells Emacs to export my agenda with the org-batch-agenda command and emails me the output.


Getting started with homebrew

I grew up with stories of weird and wonderful wines and beers that my mum had made - stuff exploding and clothes stained purple from picking wild hedgerow blackberries for wine making. It sounded like fun so recently I decided to try it myself. Since then I've made somewhere in the region of 6-8 batches each of beers and wines and I can confirm that it's both fun and satisfying. It doesn't require a whole lot of kit, it doesn't take long, and it saves you money compared to buying from the shops.

If you're interested in getting into homebrew and don't know what equipment you'll need or how complicated it is, this post is for you. It's worth noting that I haven't tried cider yet but it's on my to do list. I expect a lot of what I'm saying here also applies to cider making but I can't be certain until I've tried it.


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