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Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Friday Night

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You couldn't do anything more interesting than a Beans and a rabbit.

Robyn Johnston -- just now

This may, in fact, be true...

Rob Elshire

Science and innovation: Where is NZ's master plan? - NZ Herald

This is the Research Science and Innovation (RSI) strategy document that I have been poking at since last year. Thankfully, they have not released a final version. My research has clearly demonstrated that MBIE has not done a proper consultation, the process lacks a discoverable plan, there is no transparency and certainly no responsiveness.

I respect the Honorable Doctor Megan Woods and the hard yards she is doing on behalf of my fellow kiwis. I am completely sincere in this, but if she is correct that people are happier with the second go with in depth consultation for this strategy, the first effort must have been a dumpster fire. If that is the case, a bit of shuffling in MBIE's policy team might have been considered the proper thing to do.

Previously

Previously

Rob Elshire

Guidelines for human gene nomenclature | Nature Genetics

The above article came through via this news story: Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates.  The main issue here is that scientists are using the wrong tool. Just because Microsoft Excel works with data in tables does not mean it should be used for all data that comes in tables. It is bad enough that making manipulations via point-and-click software is inherently not reproducible, but on top of that Excel changes the data automatically to suit itself.

The solution to this problem is to change the way genes are named so that researchers can carry on using the wrong tool doing science that is not reproducible. The secondary issue is that the `Guidelines for human gene nomenclature' (the standard for naming human genes) is available only to those who can afford it -- either by being part of a large institution with a subsciption or renting / buying the article if you are not.

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Mini Terrarium Project

Mini Terrarium Project

I've been wanting to make one of these for some time. This week, I finally did. All the bits were already here. Very small terarrium out of a light bulb, cork, hot glue, soil, rocks and moss. There are plenty of instructions for this type of thing floating around on the internent.

This one is mine. :)

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Lunch!

Lunch!

Really nice mid-winter meal. Recipes below.

Rob Elshire

Recipe: Roast Brocolli (June 2016)

Ingredients

  • 1 small or 1/2 large head brocolli
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive Oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • Jane's (or my Jane's like) seasoned salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon juice (fresh)

Takes . Serves 2.

Robyn made this one up!

  • Preheat small oven to 220C with tall rack.
  • Cut brocolli into florets, spread out on oven tray (1 small or 1/2 large head).
  • Mix with olive oil, garlic, and light sprinkle of seasoned salt.
  • Roast 10 minutes
  • Sprinkle with parmesan, Roast 3-4 minute.
  • Squeeze on fresh lemon juice.

Rob Elshire

Recipe: Steak and Onion Pie


Ingredients

  • (Filling)
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 lb (500g) round steak, cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups diced raw potatoes
  • (Egg Crust)
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

Takes . Serves 4-6.

This comes from the Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook (1965).

Filling:

  • Fry onions slowly in melted shortening, until yellow; remove from fat
  • Roll meat in mixture of flour, spices, and seasonings. (Or shake all together in paper bag.) Brown in hot fat.
  • Add water; cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 45 mintues.
  • Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes longer. Pour into 8" greased casserole. Place cooked onions on top and cover with Egg Crust.

Egg Crust:

  • Mix flour and salt. Add half of shortening and cut in until fine as meal. Add remaining shortening and cut until particles are size of large peas.
  • Add egg, mixing thoroughly into a dough. Roll out slightly larger than top of casserole. Make dime-size openings for steam to escape and fit do over top of casserole; fold under pastry edge and flute.
  • Bake in very hot oven (450F/230C.) 30 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings

Rob Elshire

Recipe: Double Good Blueberry Pie


Ingredients

  • Baked 9" pie shell
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups blueberries (I use flash frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh)

Takes . Serves Eight.

This comes from the Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook (1965).

  • Combine sugar, cornstarch and ssalt in saucepan. Add water and 2 cups blueberries; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened and clear. (Mixture will be quite thick.)
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon juice. Cool.
  • Place remaining 2 cups raw (can be still frozen) blueberries in pie shell. Top with cooked berry mixture. Chill.

Rob Elshire

Data Harvest

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To the extent we do not add "value" to the data harvesters, we are invisible and outside their influence.