Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

Hotel Chocolat make this device called a Velvetiser. It's some where between a kettle and a blender. You put some milk and chocolate in and it heats up the milk while mixing it quickly to make it frothy (Velvetised). It makes one cup, in a short amount of time, very…

Tinners' Trail: A Second Play

I wrote about Tinners' Trail previously. I thought it was great but had some questions around how it changes with more than 2 players. Over the weekend I played the game with 4 players. I think it still holds up. That's it, review over... Victory for Dave!There are two…

Split Album Art

There's a style of album art that sticks in my mind. A cover which is a scene, probably nature, that's split ~50/50 by element, season, or concept. When I find a new one I add it to the mental list. This is a dump of that list. It's not always metal.…

Tinners' Trail: First Impressions

The cover art is so lush. The steam train & boats in the background. A lad waggling a pasty. ART.Tinners' Trail is a very Dave boardgame. You build and run mines in Cornwall during the industrial revolution in a fairly abstract way but with really luxurious art. It's an…

Friday Night is Steak Night

I am not a chef. I just watch a lot of YouTube videos. If you make yourself ill, you're the clown not me. Blue steak with aubergine and brocolliI cook steak every Friday night. Like a monster. It's a ritual that marks the beginning of The Weekend. I do it…

Apple TV

I bought a 64GB 4K Apple TV recently and it's magic. It replaces a combination of Fire and NowTV sticks. Both of which are old and were cheap at the time. Their UIs are slow, remtoes feels cheap, and clutter up the place. My immedate reaction is that tvOS is…

Clojure REPL in VS Code

I'm tinkering around with Clojure at the moment and have found the tooling to be quite nice. My setup is: VS Code running on my Windows 10 machineWSL 2 running Ubuntu 20.04Installed leiningen on UbuntuOpen VS Code and connect to the Ubuntu machine with the Remote - WSL plugin…

Realm of Battle Board

It's that time again: Dave builds some terrain for speculative wargames games. I managed to buy a set of Realm of Battle boards, years after they stopped being sold. For less than retail including shipping! Praise be. In my excitement I spent my lunch break attacking the first 3 panels…

Signal Getting Crypto-ed?

I successfully moved nearly all my WhatsApp based chat to Signal and then they try to do crypto nonsense? Signal is getting a crypto-based payments system, screenshot.Why can we not just have nice things?…

The Warm Embrace of Apple

I recently dropped my Pixel 3a perfectly flat on the bathroom floor and utterly shattered the screen. This broke the OLED too. I tried to repair but it failed[0]. I took this opportunity to shake up my tech stack and buy an iPhone. Here are my observations so far:…