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The best Norwegian breweries

I did another post on this subject back in May 2006, but since then I have done lots more ratings of Norwegian beer, and a number of new breweries have appeared, and so it seems about high time to revisit the subject. The basis of this overview is 320 ratings of Norwegian beers, starting in September 2005 and ending yesterday. ...

Read | 2008-08-02 15:52 | 2 comment(s)

Topic Maps, RDF, semantics, merging ...

Michael Sperberg-McQueen wrote a blog post on RDF and Topic Maps where he brought up some interesting questions. I started trying to reply in a comment on his blog, but after writing two full pages I decided to instead turn it into a blog posting here. ...

Read | 2008-07-29 16:54 | 1 comment(s)

Polarization filter

After buying my DSLR camera I've developed symptoms of beginning camera-geekiness, and have on and off looked at all kinds of camera-related equipment, without actually buying anything. I was, however, given a polarization filter as a get well present by colleagues at work, and in return promised to write a blog entry about it. I actually find this an interesting subject to write about, and as I've now spent a few months playing with it, here we are. ...

Read | 2008-07-27 11:05 | 2 comment(s)

Burnt out

I never thought it would happen to me, but I guess they all say that. I knew I was pushing my luck, but I thought I always stayed on the right side of the line and that I'd be able to stop in time. What I didn't realize is that long-term stress wears you down gradually, and that if the effects don't get you while you're going at full speed they'll strike when you slow down. ...

Read | 2008-07-19 21:10 | 13 comment(s)

Finally solving the performance problem

I wrote about the performance problems the tmphoto application had suffered from, and my failed attempts to fix them. I decided that the problem was that I'd set out to solve the problems without really knowing what the cause was, since reducing traffic by 55% obviously wasn't going to rescue the site. So the solution must be to do some proper research first, and then try to solve it. ...

Read | 2008-07-06 14:49 | 1 comment(s)

A beer heater

I've written before about the importance of beer temperature, and creative ways of getting it right, such as using my laptop or a digital thermometer. I've been frustrated with the temperature at which beer is served in many places, and so dreamed of some kind of micro-wave based heater that would solve the problem for me. ...

Read | 2008-07-02 20:56 | 3 comment(s)

2K: The worst beers

Now that I've passed 2000 beers I figured it would be interesting to go back and look at which of these beers were the absolute worst beers. Many craft beer lovers think the worst possible beers are the mass market brands like Budweiser or the local national giant, and pour scorn on any industrial beer that is low on taste. I'm no fan of these beers myself, but there are things that are worse than having no taste, or some hints of off-tastes. ...

Read | 2008-07-01 18:41 | 8 comment(s)

On robots, URL design, and bad optimization

Over the last few weeks my photo collection application has been struggling seriously with its performance. The Tomcat server would sometimes crash, which isn't so serious, as my monitoring script would restart it at most 30 minutes later. What's worse is that often it would get stuck and also make Apache freeze, and this would kill the entire site (including this blog), and the monitor script doesn't detect that. Or, load on the server would soar into the double digits, and just stay there, basically making the server unusable until I did a manual restart. ...

Read | 2008-06-25 15:14 | 16 comment(s)

2000 beers!

On Saturday I finally passed a milestone I've been looking forward to for a while: beer rating number 2000. That's right. I've now tasted 2000 different beers. Or, to be more precise, I've written ratings of 2000 different beers on RateBeer, which is how I can be sure of the exact number. I tasted lots of beers before I started rating which I've never seen again since, so these are not counted. ...

Read | 2008-06-04 23:17 | 0 comment(s)

Goslar

When I discovered that besides being the birthplace of the beer style Gose Goslar was also a medieval town so well-preserved it's been UNESCO-listed it was clear that our German Interrail holiday would have to include a stop there. In retrospect I can say that this was definitely one of the high points of the holiday. ...

Read | 2008-06-03 16:25 | 3 comment(s)

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