2013 deux
Monday, December 31, 2012 | Author: Dav
Enjoy 2013 everyone
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | Author: Dav
I'm going away for a bit. A hiatus of sorts.

Watch this space.

Dav out

I'm at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone, baby it's all wrong
Where are the plans we made for two?
Starbu...wait what?
Friday, April 20, 2012 | Author: Dav

I caught this on the news today:

"Starbucks to phase out coloring from crushed beetles"

I'm like, yeah, so maybe its on their logo or on cups or something. Turns out I'm wrong. Oh. So. Wrong.

"Starbucks Corp said on its blog on Thursday that it will stop using a natural, government-approved coloring made from crushed beetles in its strawberry flavoring by late June, bowing to pressure from some vegetarian customers."

Wow. Crushed bugs? Seems like Starbucks has been using the extract in its strawberry frappuccinos and smoothies, as well as some deserts like raspberry swirl cake.

  1. Lucky I'm not a strawberry frapp kinda guy
  2. I'm more of a cheese cake person
Turns out that this isn't a new thing. Wikipedia says that the dye has been in use since the 15th century to dye material a deep crimson colour.

Now, FYI, this is what goes into your drink (ground up of course):

Shaken, not stirred please

Once you get over the whole "There's BUGS IN MY COFFEE?" it seems like this is pretty much a normal thing, the US FDA says its ok with them.

Uh, mom, why's that barista crushing something to a bloody pulp and adding it to my drink?
Well veterinarians vegetarians all around the world should be able to breathe a sigh of releif as Starbucks will be amending their recipes to make use of lycopene, a natural, tomato-based extract.

Next we'll have this happen and give up on that as well.

We should have used beetles instead!

Dav out

I like it like that!
Hey windows down, chillin’ with the radio on
I like it like that!
Damn, the sun’s so hot, make the girls take it all off
I like it like that!
Yeah, one more time, I can never get enough of everybody
Sing it right back, I like it like that!
Sunday, April 01, 2012 | Author: Dav

So yeah, that's pretty much it. Wrote up a resignation letter, and have some stuff packed for my move to Estonia, flight and train ticket booked (but have not paid the full sum till the house rental agreement is written up!).

Pretty excited, the role I've taken up is something completely out of my normal range of skills, I've been given the opportunity to work as a junior tradesman for a local Viru Valge brewing company. Pretty wild, pretty out there kind of job but this is something I've been thinking about my whole life.

Estonia's Coat of Arms

For the past 3 weeks everyone I know has practical given me the riot act on why I shouldn't move. Well, I've weighed my options, and in the worst case scenario, I can always go back to IT if I need to.

Read more on the amazing country here:



Gives you an idea where Estonia is

My first concern is the weather (never really been a cold weather guy) and second would be the language. Food, I think I can resolve.

I may have to change the blog title soon to something more appropriate, and I might be posting in Estonian or Finnish soon.

Wish me luck!

Dav out.

Bulid something for 2012 - Recipe holder
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | Author: Dav

Well I spent the weekend thinking of how I could execute a plan I had in my head on building a note / recipe holder that could double up as a sign or marker board (that I could clean easily). "Clean" being the key word here.

I've been toying around with the general idea and design in my head for a few weeks, and since I wasn't getting any work done just thinking of it, I thought lets just jump in and get this done.

Pictured are recipe's stuck on my new holder / marker board. Behind it is a doorway to hell. So uh, stay away

Generally I wanted to get rid of some spare scrap aluminum I had lying around. I really wish i had some more ferrous material instead so this little hack could have turned into something I could use magnets with as well. *shrug* next time I guess.

No use re-writing it, click on the link below to get sucked into a detailed run through:



Dav out

Skies are crying, I am watching
Catching teardrops in my hands
Only silence, as it's ending, like we never had a chance

A different kind of pop
Friday, February 03, 2012 | Author: Dav

Recently I've been peppered by a different kind of pop, namely K-Pop. I blame MTV (MTV Asia to be precise) because they tend to lace their normal music video programms with K-Pop music videos.

From what I've seen so far Korean Pop (K-Pop) comprises of a special formula:
  1. Male artist - androgynous
  2. Female artist - as many as you can pack into a bus
  3. Female artist - legs, as many as you can pack into a bus
  4. Any artist - must be able to say these words in English - "Yeah. Oh baby. Yes. OK etc"
  5. Not afraid of glitter and makeup
Seriously, some of these Korean bands have up to 13 members.


Hi, can we just have the band in here please? Oh, you ARE the band?

Its not surprising that many of the female bands dress the way they do, its a multi million dollar (Won or Won, you pick) industry. Being sexy translates into more album sales, and more work.

For the Korean won before the North–South division, see Korean won.

I'm not going to throw around K Pop band names, that's what Google is there for. Super Junior, Wonder Girls, 4 Minutes by the way are just to name a few. Band shelf life goes from anywhere between 6 months to 10 years, depending on the Scoville scale of how hot you are.

One bit of news I found a little amazing while reading up on K Pop is that there have been plans by South Korea to weaponize it, just to annoy the hell out of North Korea. Just imagine playing Avicii - Levels, over and over again just because your idiot neighbor does home improvement work on a Sunday morning.

These aren't cute girls, they're actually Voltron in disguise.
You just need to know how to assemble them the right way

I think the boots market should be doing very well in Korea.

Dav out

Sunday, January 29, 2012 | Author: Dav

2012 has been a blur. Happy New Year. Happy Chinese New Year.

I can't seem to sort things out to make some breathing room, but I'm working on it. 2012 started out rough, its been a challenge but its not going to be too difficult to pull through.

Dav out

I can taste the tension like a cloud of smoke in the air
Now I'm breathing like I'm running cause you're taking me there
Don't you know...you spin me out of control

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