Well, what would *you* use to illustrate this?

I’ve started using Obsidian to organise my notes. For a few years now, while I’ve been building up my career as a beer writer, I’ve gathered all sorts of research: I’ve clipped web pages, marked extracts in books, transcribed hours upon hours of interviews with fascinating people, filled books with tasting notes…

I’ve used it to write my articles, and then… nothing. I’ve just filed it away. And I couldn’t escape the nagging feeling that if this material were better organised I’d get more out of it. What I wanted was some way to see it all together, and to…


Just look at it… bloody marvelous.

Imagine. You’ve got your hands on a beer at last. It’s been a long day. You’re tired, and you’re thirsty. There’s nothing you want more than to enjoy those first satisfying swallows of beer. But as you lift the glass to your mouth, what’s that you smell? Is it… is it butter!?

This is a sure-fire sign your beer is faulty. The problem is that it contains too much diacetyl. This is a malt-derived chemical that gives beer an aroma like butter. Some people also report aromas of butterscotch or movie-theatre popcorn. And it’s not just the smell. Diacetyl can…


If you chill your beer too much it won’t taste of anything.

If you drink it too warm, it won’t be at its best either.

Here’s a quick version of my guide to recommended serving temperatures.


The bot in ominous mode

When I last posted some six or seven months ago I was just taking my first steps with Python, having moved on from shell scripting in bash. Since those first attempts I’ve found that I really enjoy using Python to achieve things I’d never have thought possible a year ago.

Towards the end of last year, after completing an overhaul of some scripts I was using for work, I decided to cast the net a bit wider for my next project. …


Towards the end of last month I wrote a post about how I wanted to come up with something that would reformat a log file for me into a more readable format.

It’s taken a while, but today I have that solution. I moved on from shell scripts to python, and on the way to figuring out my solution I learned about git and version control, about logging and debugging, about opening and working with files, control flow, concatenation… all sorts of good stuff.

part of the python code that tidies things up for me

The code reformats my log into a readable text file, but my next step will be to have it put that information into an excel spreadsheet — then I can sort the columns into whatever order I want.

I’m really enjoying using python and will be on the lookout for more interesting projects that I can do with it.


Part of a shell script that automates searches on PDFs

I don’t work in IT, I work in book publishing. Nevertheless, I’m finding more and more that automating tasks can have real benefits for my job so I’m teaching myself to code. Sort of. My approach has been slightly haphazard, to be honest, dictated mainly by what I need to achieve in the real world rather than what it might be most sensible to learn next. But I’m enjoying it and saving my future self a lot of time and bother.

Here’s what I’m working on now: I have written a shell script that automates a group of searches that…

Anthony Gladman

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