Archive for May, 2006
Had Korean BBQ with Clare and Hazel at Charcoal Mine Barbeque House — a cosy restaurant in Parramatta. Fresh food, good service and positive vibes: highly recommended. Most notably: their shoyu button mushroom (absolutely umami when barbequed!), squid (I’ve never tasted the natural flavour of squid like this), beef ribs, and the chilli sauce with a free flow of coriander leaves was simply heavenly!
After dinner we went back to the Coffee Alchemy roastery, I did not miss the chance to get a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans, which means I can dump the almost-stale batch that I bought before I left for my US trip. If you’re in Australia, you owe it to yourself to try one of her blends, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
The downer of the day had to be getting a parking fine right in front of my place, which used to be a free-parking zone until two days ago when they decided to put the 2P restrictions in place. Thanks a lot, I do not remember being notified of this by post or otherwise. I’ll be sending a letter of appeal tomorrow, they will not get a dime from me.
When I first saw the news about the newly released Google’s Web Toolkit:
I thought to myself, since when is Google so into Java anyway? Friends of mine know that I’ve never been a big fan of Java mainly due to its There’s Only One Way To Do It philosophy that so starkly contrasts the motto of my favourite language – Perl. As much as I try to avoid it, I often find myself needing to use it (with non-trivial involvement) throughout the years (10!) Even in my current job at NeuStar, I would say Java has 80% mindshare in the company. These days, with advanced tools like Eclipse (not to mention age – mine, that is), my view on the language has certainly improved by heaps and bounds.
Until now, I’ve been wary about going Ajax with anything I program mainly because I have to learn about browser quirks and inject ugly hacks. Moreover, it will invariably reverse the 80-20 rule; unless you are Ajax God, you will spend 80% of your time achieving 20% core functionality.
So, this is very good news and gives me the reason to incorporate some snazzy Ajax in my existing apps wherever it makes sense. Once I get some spare cycles, this will be the first I play with.
Received this in the letter box yesterday – a packet of seeds from NeuStar for the May Diversity Inclusion Celebration… so nonchalantly sneaking past AQIS.