I went for a walk on Thursday, following a Saturday Walkers Club route from Effingham Junction to Westhumble. It was mild and cloudy, so quite pleasant weather for a walk, but I came to regret my choice to wear shorts when navigating some of the nettle-overgrown parts of the route.
The latter part of the walk goes through the largest vineyard in England. It’s a strange feeling to see such a continental sight on this cursed island. I bought a small bottle of sparkling wine at the visitor centre. I’m intrigued to find out how it tastes.
The visitor centre is also home to the Surrey Hills brewery where they sell the cheapest pint I’ve seen this decade at £3.50. I took my beer outside and sat down in a chair that I quickly, but not quickly enough, discovered was full of water. At least it only took me half an hour to dry off in the breeze. And the beer was nice.
I’ve updated my MIDI footswitch project to use a Raspberry Pi Pico instead of the no-longer-available Teensy 2.0. As well as being easy to obtain, the Pico is much cheaper, so it’s a better solution all round. There will be more on that to come in a separate post soon.
I made udon from scratch for the first time in many years. You can buy packaged ones in the shops, so I don’t usually bother, but I didn’t have any in. It’s not hard, and the results are excellent. It really makes a difference compared to the commercial ones. I’m definitely going to do it more often. Home-made udon are also extremely cheap as the only ingredients are plain flour, water, salt, and a dusting of cornflour to prevent sticking.
Interesting things I’ve bookmarked:
- Legal drunk drivers being interviewed in 1967 just before the introduction of the first breathalyser laws. It’s illuminating to compare it with, for example, the current opposition to the ULEZ.
- Pointing the Way is a thoughtful discussion about signposts and what they are actually for.
- A new electronic soundtrack for Metropolis (1927) by Tomer Baruch & Alex Brajkovic.
- Dinoctopus is an RP2040-based multi-port MIDI and USB router. I was working on something similar, so this will save me much effort.
- HS2 is making Britain an international laughing stock. To be fair, it’s not the only thing making Britain an international laughing stock, but it’s a particularly concentrated flavour.
- Gender Criticism Versus Gender Abolition: On Three Recent Books About Gender, a brilliant and scathing piece by Grace Lavery.