The Data Pack Dilemma

Data packs, I’ve explained what they are in a previous post about Android: Netrunner but basically they are small expansion packs to the game.

With data packs you seem to have two options:

  • Buy all the data packs to get up to date with the meta. Your local meta or the netdeck meta.
  • Don’t buy the data packs just yet and play with what you have.

I’m torn because I already love Netrunner and want to play as much as possible but I don’t want to drop all the cash straight away. I feel that if I were to go to my local game stores I’d need all the data packs to stay current yet I also feel that one could play with the core set for weeks or months before needing to get data packs if I stick with playing house-mates and friends.

I may have already made my decision by picking up the first three packs but I’m still torn as to when I pick up more.


Bread: Episode III – Revenge of the Bloomer


Since my last post I’ve made three plain white bloomers. The recipe is super simple:

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 40ml olive oil
  • 10g salt
  • 7g instant yeast

Mix the ingredients, I’ve started to put salt and yeast on opposite sides of the bowl to start with on the advice of Paul Hollywood. Knead for about 10 minutes and then let that rise for about 2 hours. Take the dough and knock it back. Shape it and place it onto your baking tray to prove for 40 minutes. Then dust with some more flour, make some diagonal cuts and whack it in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes at about 230 centigrade. Take it out, the bottom should sound hollow when tapped. Leave it to cool on a wire rack.

Very easy! I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here. I’ll probably flick through some more pages of Paul’s book for inspiration.

Podcast QR Codes


I don’t normally go in for QR codes. I find that people put them in inappropriate places where using your phone to scan them would just be plain silly. I think the best example of this is QR Codes are placed on car/vans, impractical whilst driving and a little bit weird when walking past one.

Today I had a nice idea. One could use QR codes to easily distribute the URLs for RSS feeds of podcasts. I think this only works on Android but when I scan and open an RSS URL on my phone I have the option to open it with my feed reader and add it. I find it less cumbersome than copy & pasting or typing the URL.

Angels of Death Episode 24

Screenshot from 2014-03-05 21:58:34

Fab and I just finished recording episode 24 of Angels of Death. It’s been a long time coming but we made it. I managed to get a stable connection from Virgin Media long enough for us to record the mammoth two hour podcast.

We covered pretty much everything that’s been happening since episode 23 which was in December 2013. We may get more regular but I wouldn’t count on it. The episode should be on YouTube for you to watch soonish and the file should hit the RSS feeds once Fab has worked his editing magic.

Fortran in Sublime Text 2

Screenshot from 2014-02-27 18:14:57

I use Sublime Text 2 for all my text editing and coding, I’ve started using Fortran but ST2 doesn’t have a package for Fortran built in but it’s super easy to get one. You can use the TextMate package which is available on GitHub. Download and extract it to a directory called “Fortran” and chuck that in the following directory:


Super easy.

Bread: Episode II – Attack of the Cloned Loaf

IMG_20140227_132444718With some free time today I baked another bloomer, I used the same recipe as last time but this time I did a few things differently:

  • used 3 teaspoons of fennel seeds rather than 2 and put them all in the mix rather than half in and half on top.
  • used twice as many olives, last time I eyeballed them and I felt it wasn’t enough. I also kneaded them in far more consistently so hopefully they’ll be distributed better.

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Fortran Impressions


I’ve been using Fortran (90/95) for a few days. I have been using it for a University project in which I’ll be writing some n-body simulations. Just thought I’d say I think it’s nicer than C and it’s trivial to get Sublime Text 2 to do syntax highlighting (even if I can crash ST2 if I have two consecutive lines of comments). Starting counting at 1 is natural and the syntax seems a little less backwards compared with C (which I’ve used in previous projects). Long live Fortran.