Thursday 22 May 2008

Is this the end to Death by Powerpoint

Having sat through too many dull as dishwater PowerPoint presentations and software demos, I found the following presentation fascinating. Its by Dr John Medina, the author of Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School.

Thanks to the always excellent FutureNow site for pointing this out

Meetings - An Excuse to waste time?

Meetings either seem to go very well or are a complete waste of time.

Seth Godin posted this image to his blog which sums up what a lot of people think about meetings.

Sunday 18 May 2008

The Strange World of Dr Who and Knitting

Those of us in the mid 30's age range can probably recall with fond memories, the Tom Baker years of Dr Who. While they will always be those who claim that Pertwee, Davidson or even David Tennant is the best, Tom Baker for most of us is the best Dr.

Part of the charm, was the ridiculous long scarf that he wore at all time and which seemed to serve no purpose.

According to Lucy Mangan in Thursdays Guardian, there is a whole new sub culture around Dr Who and knitting. Its all come to light after the BBC threaten to sue a knitter who was giving awayknitting patterns for the Ood and Adipose aliens. While she was charging for them, someone else was selling them on Ebay and the poor old BBC felt threatened.

Read The Guardian story - Hands off the Doctor Who knitting circle

Read the BBC's version - Dr Who fan in knitted puppet row

Carrot and Orange Soup Recipe

Our organic box delivery has landed us with a surplus of carrots recently, so I decided to convert most of them into a soup.

The soups inspiration came from A Celebration of Soup and make 8 portions.

The ingredients are

  • 500g of peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 peeled and chopped onion
  • 1 large orange
  • 1.5 litres of vegetable or chicken stock
  • Sprig of thyme
To make the soup

  1. Melt the butter and a glug of olive oil in a saucepan
  2. Add the onion and carrots and sweat for ten minutes on a low heat making sure they don't brown
  3. Remove the zest from the orange and add it to the carrots and onions while they are sweating
  4. Add the stock and bring to the boil
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes
  6. Using a hand blender, puree under you have a good thick consistency
  7. Juice the orange and add to the puree just before serving
If you want to make the soup in advance, add the orange juice just before you serve the soup.