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I found myself in Ballarat last weekend, so I dropped in to Red Duck brewery. It was hard not to buy a bit of everything on the shelves, but here's a few I indulged in.

The Tigercino was a very smooth ale with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Very drinkable, and rated by my drinking companion as the best of the three.

Hakuna Mutata amped up the coffee flavour with some additional African inspired adjuncts. I really liked this one, possibly because I'd been a bit coffee deprived while on holiday!

But easily my winner of the three beers here was the Hodor Porter. Again, Red Duck have made a high alcohol beer (like the Dr F) that doesn't taste like it. The light coffee notes really top off a porter that leans towards the stout end of the dark beer spectrum. Lovely!

I think these are all limited release beers, so you might want to jump on the Red Duck website shortly if any of these take your fancy.
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Uh. This makes the vertical panorama I shared last week look pretty lame.
 
Have you ever taken a vertical panorama with your smartphone? I was forced to in 2014 in order to have any chance of capturing the vehicle assembly bay at NASA where the Apollo and shuttle spaceships were prepared for launch before they were (slowly) driven vertically out to the launch pads. #astrophotography   
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This is a fascinating companion piece to all the Panama Papers details. The murky world of shelf companies isn't limited to the Caribbean.

A quick Google search for "Australia Shelf Company" turns up plenty of operators here too.
The long read: On a central London street renowned for high-class healthcare sits a property that houses 2,159 companies. Why has this prestigious address been used so many times as a centre for elaborate international fraud?
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Dallas Crane at the Caravan Club last night. A great show, my ears are still ringing...
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Do you have a Google Cardboard viewer? This 360 degree video is awesome.
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I often bag Fairfax for the increasing click-bait on their websites, but I guess if the clickbait is subsidising important costly journalism like this, then maybe it's worth it.
 
Pretty important story. Sadly it doesn't seem very surprising.
A global bribery scheme that implicates leading Western multinationals and government officials has been exposed by the leak of confidential files in the oil industry.
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A new Lush EP appears! Playing this sounds like it's 1998 all over again, in a good way.
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Stone sculpture in Lerderderg State Park.





(with almost-perfect Lens Blur from Google Camera...)
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Beth and Angus did it.
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A vertical panorama from Lerderderg State Park.
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So Microsoft have released Visual Studio Code. It's basically Sublime Text, but Microsofty - it even has the Monokai colour scheme and the same key bindings. 

Now Visual Studio proper is the best IDE I've ever used, so I thought I'd see if this could dethrone Sublime as my lightweight IDE of choice. And it got pretty close - some of the good things:

* Tight git integration is nice, compared to the plugins I have to use with Sublime (I only use Sublime 2 by the way, I haven't used Sublime 3)
* Integrated debugging looks good, with xdebug support for PHP.
* There's plenty of plugins already for almost all the stuff I need (linters for Javascript and PHP, PHP code formatting etc)
* It's got the very solid feel of Visual Studio.

And some of the bad:
* No git blame?! That's my favourite command. :)
* I couldn't find a way to wire in a "build" command as in Sublime. There are probably plugins for that, though.
* Weirdly the interface isn't quite tabbed. Instead your open files go into a list with the project browser. And then there's a single tab on the code editor area? Weird. Again, maybe there's plugins for it.
* No code preview thumbnail down the side. Initially I thought that was pretty gimmicky in Sublime, but I do find myself using it a bit now.

So, very close, Microsoft, but I'm not quite ready to switch yet.
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My only regret is that, as a non-US-citizen, I cannot vote for Mr Andrew D. Basiago. At least not until he establishes a One World Government free from Chemtrails.
 
Thanks to the deep, rational insights of Ms. Sean Young, I have discovered the candidate that our country truly deserves: Andrew D. Basiago.

Please take a moment to read some of his proposals to make our country great again. They're truly remarkable.
The Presidential platform of Andrew D. Basiago is found in his 100 Proposals – A New Agenda For A New America.
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There are some interesting nuggets of sanity mixed in there.
I had 3 eggs this morning so I'm ahead of of the 1 egg per person per day rule.
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Could the FBI decrypt your (Android) phone like they did to the iPhone?

This article is an interesting analysis of the options to decrypt newer Android devices. Offline decryption is unlikely, and the best option with the device is to crack the user's passcode. By default, if the phone is on, this is still likely to take weeks at best. If the phone is turned off, it'll be factory wiped before they get close. Remote Management apps (which the iOS device had installed) could allow a remote passcode change, though.

tl;dr: Probably not.
The FBI has accessed the data on a shooter's iPhone. What if the device had been running Android?
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Hop Temple could easily be dropped into Fitzroy or Brunswick and it wouldn't be out of place. An alleyway entrance into a grungy converted garage leads you to a bar with a big focus on beers, and the range is impressive. We also had some great value burgers and pizzas which arrived impressively quickly and were very tasty. A great little Ballarat spot.
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Uncle is another of the buzzy, hipster, no-reservation-policy restaurants around town, but this one is a bit less hectic since it's in suburbia (well, East St Kilda). They do a mean cocktail, have some great craft beers (as they need to, being located next to The Local Taphouse) and the food is great. Modern touches on mainly Vietnamese cuisine, with touches of Chinese and Thai. There's a great outdoor roof space too. Well worth your time and money.
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