June 2010

So, I finally did it. This blog is now hosted at larsan.net instead. So kindly update your bookmarks and your RSS feeds. This place is now dead, here’s where the action is:


Since someone asked, here’s a run down of the Internet applications I regularly use, and why. Enjoy!

  • Google (there’ll be some of these):
    • Gmail – Since I started GTD’ing I’ve come to realize how much an empty inbox is worth. But then, you need search capabilities to back it up. At the moment, I’m doing all my emails, private and business, via Google. Also, the Android Gmail application rocks.
    • Calendar – What can I say? It is simply the best. I currently have 2 calendars for myself, one for me and one for my business appointments, as well as one calendar for St Jacobs Chamber choir.
    • Reader – Again, the best of the bunch. The ability to stay in sync with your reading list is a must have. I kind of like the interface as well. And I use NewsRob on Android too.
    • Documents – Not so much, but it is convenient at times. Otherwise I’m very much off-line when it comes to document management and editing.
    • Picasa – This is where my public albums live. That’s right, you may be in there! Have a look, fungrim’s the name.
  • Remember the Milk – This is where my tasks and projects live. Live the simplicity, the Android application, and the name. I’m a paying user here.
  • Hootsuite – The geek weapon for managing you social presence. Good stuff, but not for the weak hearted. I currently use it for Facebook (daytime), 2 twitter accounts and my LinkedIn account.
  • Evernote – Together with WebClipper it’s the ultimate web reference tool. This is where I collect references and ideas. Good Android application too.
  • TripIt – Damn convenient! Just forward your booking email to it and you have it all sorted out. This saves you from receiving a booking confirmation for, say, a flight and then manually insert it to your calendar. Decent Android application.
  • Dropbox – Again, damn convenient! A shared storage that just works. Access the same folder from multiple computers. There’s all sorts of neat stuff you can do with this, and I have only started.
  • Xmarks – Bookmark synchronising over multiple browsers. What would I be without it?

All of the above with the exception of Xmarks and Hootsuite works very well with Android (xmarks doesn’t exist on Android and the Hootsuite application isn’t very good) which is perfect, I’m a very happy nerd!

And yes, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and LinkedIn as well. You’ll find links to my profiles below:

That’s about it. Not too addicted, eh?

Time to address the second batch. I have tasted it before, but was slightly disappointed. But my more experienced friends adviced me to wait a while longer. Some beers needs a little bit more than 2 weeks in bottle. It has now been 5 weeks in bottle, so let’s have a go!

  • Looks: Off white head. Descent retention. Hazy amber gold with a redish cast. Much like batch 1.
  • Nose: Some American hops alright. Citrus mixed with malt and… Banana?! WTF?!
  • Palate: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation
  • Taste: Light. Small body. A nice easy flowing bitterness. Some citrus. Well balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter.
  • Overall: A lightweight. Easy to drink and forget. Not bad though, even though the banana smell puts me off a bit.

If batch 1 was a 3 out of 5 (with some bonus for being the first try), this is a 2. I won’t be making it again. But very served very cold on my sunny balcony a late summer day? Hell yes!