The invention of morel

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I have recently studied the lists (there's a few out there) of books from lost. squidoo.com/lost-book-list.

One of them caught my eye: The invention or morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares. "Sawyer was reading this book about a fugitive on a deserted island while living at the Others' barracks in episode 4 of season 4 ("Eggtown")".



I don't remember the episode. Season 4 sometimes became a choir to watch. Is that a nasty thing to say? I love series 5. Finally its going somewhere.

Just from the description and the fact that sawyer was reading it, I had to read the book. Its quite short being about a hundred pages. That doesn't bother you when your reading war and peace at the same time. Mainly plot based with it written in the form of a diary by a fugitive. While escaping the police he is told about a deserted island. The only warning is that the temporary inhabitants died horribly. Living on the island, to the surprise of the narrator, people show up and strange events occur.

I wont spoil the plot. There are a lot of connections to lost. An island. Weird others. It is eerie and a mix of science fiction fantasy. Enjoyable little read. I may read more books from lost.

Screenlets

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Screenlets is a widget engine based on compositing window managers. It allows you to run python scripted widgets as well as web widgets like Google gadgets.



Right now with xfce4.6 I'm running a window list, weather updater (like I'm lazy to look outside), a simple calendar, a simple clock and a twitter updater. I'm also playing with a facebook one. It works well with xfce.

Ubuntu users can download the latest from www.getdeb.net/app/Screenlets. You may need to update or install new python libraries to run some of the widgets. An alternative to screenlets is gdesklets.

Wychwood WychCraft

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Pours a light amber colour, good lacing with a small white head. Aroma is lager-ish and bready with crisp citrus hops. Light body. Tastes of biscuity malts, light toffee hint, floral spicy hops and a citrus tang. After taste is a spicy-citrus tang. Dry finish. 4.5% strength.

Rating: Okay.
As you can see am a professional at rating beer
Overall: A refreshing blonde ale. Possibly my favourite from this brewery.

Poachers Black Crow Stout

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Pours a very dark colour with a medium frothy tanned head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Smooth body. Tastes of roasted malts, yeast, hop bitterness and a toffee note. After taste is a fruit like sourness. Quite dry. 4.5% strength.

Rating: Okay.
As you can see am a professional at rating beer
Overall: A drinkable light coffee stout.

Robinsons Old Tom

Pours a very dark brown colour with a medium tan head. Aroma is dominated by roasted chocolate malt with a pleasant oak note. Smooth rich body. Taste is complex with a combination of dried malt, burnt sugar and dark malts. Well hidden alcohol. After taste is a warming sweet malt, almost treacle like. 8.5% strength.

Rating: Good.
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Overall: Complex and strong.

Poachers Billy Boy

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This camra approved ale is named after a border collie named 'billy'. You cant miss the bottle it has a picture of the collie.

Pours a golden colour with a medium white head. My bottle was very active and frothy. Aroma is mostly malt, sweet tarty hints and a little sour note. Medium body. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, a little sourness and moderate bitterness. After taste has a sweet bitterness. 4.4% strength.

Rating: Not bad.
As you can see am a professional at rating beer
Overall: Nice English bitter.