| Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next

C[omp]ute

Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

Last 100 entries

Calling C From Fortran 95; Bjork DJ Set; Z3 Example With Python; Week 1; Useful Guide To Starting With IJulia; UK Election + Media; Review: Reinventing Organizations; Inline Assembly With Julia / LLVM; Against the definition of types; Dumb Crypto Paper; The Search For Quasi-Periodicity...; Is There An Alternative To Processing?; CARDIAC (CARDboard Illustrative Aid to Computation); The Bolivian Case Against Chile At The Hague; Clear, Cogent Economic Arguments For Immigration; A Program To Say If I Am Working; Decent Cards For Ill People; New Photo; Luksic And Barrick Gold; President Bachelet's Speech; Baltimore Primer; libxml2 Parsing Stream; configure.ac Recipe For Library Path; The Davalos Affair For Idiots; Not The Onion: Google Fireside Chat w Kissinger; Bicycle Wheels, Inertia, and Energy; Another Tax Fraud; Google's Borg; A Verion That Redirects To Local HTTP Server; Spanish Accents For Idiots; Aluminium Cans; Advice on Spray Painting; Female View of Online Chat From a Male; UX Reading List; S4 Subgroups - Geometric Interpretation; Fucking Email; The SQM Affair For Idiots; Using Kolmogorov Complexity; Oblique Strategies in bash; Curses Tools; Markov Chain Monte Carlo Without all the Bullshit; Email Para Matias Godoy Mercado; The Penta Affair For Idiots; Example Code To Create numpy Array in C; Good Article on Bias in Graphic Design (NYTimes); Do You Backup github?; Data Mining Books; SimpleDateFormat should be synchronized; British Words; Chinese Govt Intercepts External Web To DDOS github; Numbering Permutations; Teenage Engineering - Low Price Synths; GCHQ Can Do Whatever It Wants; Dublinesque; A Cryptographic SAT Solver; Security Challenges; Word Lists for Crosswords; 3D Printing and Speaker Design; Searchable Snowden Archive; XCode Backdoored; Derived Apps Have Malware (CIA); Rowhammer - Hacking Software Via Hardware (DRAM) Bugs; Immutable SQL Database (Kinda); Tor GPS Tracker; That PyCon Dongle Mess...; ASCII Fluid Dynamics; Brandalism; Table of Shifter, Cassette and Derailleur Compatability; Lenovo Demonstrates How Bad HTTPS Is; Telegraph Owned by HSBC; Smaptop - Sunrise (Music); Equation Group (NSA); UK Torture in NI; And - A Natural Extension To Regexps; This Is The Future Of Religion; The Shazam (Music Matching) Algorithm; Tributes To Lesbian Community From AIDS Survivors; Nice Rust Summary; List of Good Fiction Books; Constructing JSON From Postgres (Part 2); Constructing JSON From Postgres (Part 1); Postgres in Docker; Why Poor Places Are More Diverse; Smart Writing on Graceland; Satire in France; Free Speech in France; MTB Cornering - Where Should We Point Our Thrusters?; Secure Secure Shell; Java Generics over Primitives; 2014 (Charlie Brooker); How I am 7; Neural Nets Applied to Go; Programming, Business, Social Contracts; Distributed Systems for Fun and Profit; XML and Scheme; Internet Radio Stations (Curated List); Solid Data About Placebos; Half of Americans Think Climate Change Is a Sign of the Apocalypse; Saturday Surf Sessions With Juvenile Delinquents; Ssh, tty, stdout and stderr; Feathers falling in a vacuum; Santiago 30m Bike Route

© 2006-2015 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

Post-Hoc Wine Tasting and General Good Day

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 15:42:00 -0400 (CLT)

I was at the supermarket looking for a wine to have with lunch (bacon
sandwiches).  Wanted something with a bit more body than the cheap Shiraz
I had at home, so bought Cousiņo Macul's Don Luis - their cheapest, and
perhaps not the best value at that price bracket, but it was on offer,
it's reliable, and after visiting their winery a couple of times I think
they're one of the places I'd rather send my money (Chilean wine is
notorious for being run by rich families on the right - I have no idea
what CM's politics are, but I've not heard anything bad about them and
they seem to be aiming more for good quality small production than world
domination).

Anyway, getting sidetracked.  Paid (without thinking much), came home,
opened the bottle, poured myself a glass, started to cook, took a sip, and
several bunches of grapes came in my mouth.

Well, not literally, but it was like "my God".  My first thought was "I
must go back and buy the remaining bottles".  My next was "hang on, how
much did I pay at the checkout?".

It helps at this point to know that Cousiņo Macul use similar labelling
across all their wines.  It helps, because then it doesn't seem quite so
stupid of me to have bought the Don Matias, at about twice the price.  Now
this is still less than 4 pounds (8 dollars), but at this price range it's
"common knowledge" that you Get What You Pay For.  A doubling of price
comes with a commensurate increase in quality (the curve flattens out soon
afterwards).

So, apart from me screwing up, what is interesting here?

Well, I stopped drinking $4000 level wine because (1) I'm cheap and (2) I
wasn't convinced it was worth it.  I have maybe a dozen bottles, still,
from my subscription to the CAV wine club at around this price point, and
I am disillusioned every time I open one.  Most of the time I buy cheaper
wine at the supermarket - the CAV bottles I save for when we have visitors
(so we don't look as cheap as we are).

So what's happening?  There are two explanations I think.  One is that the
2006 CM Don Matias may just rock.  This is probably partly true.  CM have,
as I said, got their act together.  And I tend to prefer younger wines
(boy, it was fruity!).  The other is that it's *so* difficult to separate
experience from expectations.  My negative vibes associated with the CAV
(a bunch of elitist wankers whose monthly magazine makes any sane
inhabitant of Chile want to bomb Las Condes et al flat) are clearly
ruining my wine.  When I approach this level of wine without prejudice it
really is worth the money.

Hmmm.


Anyway, today has been a good day.  Spent the morning doing what I should
do more often - walking through Santiago with a big pair o'cans on my
head, feeling completely alien, and not giving a fuck.  There were a
couple of very neat by-chance segues (a word that was cool until nerds
built that two wheel POS) from Gianluca Petrella (who has a "cover" of
Groove Armada's Lazy Moon which I would kill several small cute furry
animals for) to Mexican Institute of Sound (or possibly Nortec
Collective).  Even Jorge Drexler sounded good (he is good - especially if
you listen to the lyrics - I wish more latin american "male singer with
guitar"s would push the envelope like he does).

And I even did the whole capitalist thing and bought some crap (couple of
shirts and an acid green sweater).

Yay for life,
Andrew

Comment on this post