I have a very busy work life but I like to take time out to relax. My hobbies? Surf around my pages and you'll figure it out. Here is a collection of links that was originally a page where I just put my bookmarks. Feel free to surf around as an introduction to the wider world of the World Wide Web... you might find something you like.
My ICE Page; my page covering in car entertainment.
If you want to make a proper cup of coffee, remember that 1 shot of espresso is made from about 7.5g of coffee and (brewed with a 25% ratio) equals 30ml ≈ 6 teaspoons by volume. 1 ristretto (short pour) = ½ this amount (15ml) by volume and 1 lungo (long pour) = ½ more (45ml) by volume. Also, coffee should be brewed at about 90℃ with 9bar water pressure pulled for about 25-30sec. Note that milk is steamed at 100℃ so sometimes coffee shop bought drinks taste "burnt" because the barista hasn't let the machine cool down after steaming the milk before making the espresso shot.
Also note that many modern recipes are bastardised shop versions (like those incorrectly described in Wikipaedia), not the original Italian recipes as shown below (so for instance, if you ask for a Latte in a coffee chain, they will serve you a drink with the top portion made of froth, which is actually not a Latte but is in fact a Latte Macchiato):
cappuccino: ⅓ espresso & ⅔ frothed milk. latte macchiato: ⅓ espresso & ⅓ steamed milk & ⅓ frothed milk. latte: ⅓ espresso & ⅔ steamed milk. café au lait: espresso & steamed milk in a 1:1 ratio. espresso macchiato: espresso & thin layer of frothed milk. flat white: espresso & frothed milk in a 1:1 ratio. mocha: ⅓ espresso & ⅓ chocolate milk & ⅓ steamed milk. americano: espresso & water in a 1:1 ratio. ice coffee: ¼ ice & ⅕ espresso & ½ - ⅔ milk (± 1 tblspn syrup).
One of my new acquisitions is my tropical freshwater fish tank, detailed on my Aquarium Page.
was the best combat flight sim (my favourite genre) ever made. I'm currently on X-Plane.
Visit my PSP Page to find out about my (ex-) gadget.
I now have a far better portable gaming device...my DS™lite.
PrimaLuna make my Prologue 2 Valve Amplifier using a matched quad of Tung-SolKT120 tubes (deeper bass & midrange c.f. the original KT88s - you can even use EL34s if you want sweeter treble & midrange with less bass). The pre-amp valves are coupled with Duende Criatura Valve Dampers to reduce microphonics.
Tannoy make my Prestige Turnberry SE 10" Dual Concentric Speakers coupled to a BK Electronics XLS200 10" sealed Active SubWoofer being fed by my DSPeaker 8033 Anti-Mode Processor via a homemadeSubwoofer Interconnect.
Chord Company make my Chameleon Silver Plus Interconnects and my Carnival & Carnival Silver Plus Speaker Wire.
Pro-Ject make my 2 Xperience 'Acrylic' Turntable with a Speed Box S Digital Drive Controller & 9c Carbon-Fibre Tonearm coupled to a Benz Micro Gold (l.o.MC) Cartridge. The audio signal then goes to my Pro-Ject Phono Box DS+ Dual Mono Phono Stage via some Van Damme Pro Grade Classic XKE Earthed Interconnects and then on to my amp via Kelvin Audio K2 Interconnects. SRM Tech make my Felt TT mat whilst Amari Acoustics make my Automatic Tonearm Lifter and Pro-Ject also make my VC-S mkII Record Cleaning Machine.
Arcam make my irDAC 24/192 DAC which is used to natively "pull" the digital data stream from my iPhone via the Lightning Connector port (or asynchronously via USB from the MBP) and sending analogue via IXOS 1002 Gamma Encore Interconnects to the Amp. I have a Uyesee SoundMate M2 AirPlay Receiver independently providing digital data input for wireless streaming.
Technics made my ST-3500 AM/FM vintage Analogue Tuner connected via QED Qunex 1 Interconnects.
I have customPlinths for my floorstanding Speakers and Ikea make my Corras and Lack Equipment Racks.
Finally, I have an Isotek IsoPlug GII Mains Filter (C parallel type for differential noise) with most of my SMPSs (irDAC, DSPeaker, PhonoBox & SpeedBox) having been replaced by Weiliang/Breeze Audio low noise Linear Power Supplies.
My 2nd System: This consists of a FlatCapped Naim CD5i CD player going via homemadeIntrcncts to an AVC/VAL EL34 Valve Amplifier wired via some ChordCo Carnival Spkr Wire going to my Tannoy Precision 6.1 Speakers.
I have now got a new gizmo which you can see over on my Raspberry Pi Page. I find it very useful when acting as either a media server, an arcade machine or a very effective DNS level ad-blocker (which is what I currently use it for).
Landmarks; this is a relatively old page of mine that lists some of my favourite inventions.