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It was only a matter of time before I got a Sikh Uber driver who immediately greeted me in Punjabi.
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That...looks like Seattle. Aren't all cab drivers there .... never mind. 
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I buy my friend a 15 year old Mortlach. Turns out he already has a 24 year old. #whisky 
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Older whisky doesn't necessarily taste better, just different.
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I walked across a pedestrian crossing on Rengstroff today and a driver (doing > 45mph on a 30mph street) nearly ran me over and then screamed "Do you want to die?" at me. I won't tell you what I screamed back at her.
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In china, they just try to run you over without screaming, since it is a socially accepted ceremony here (called Frogger?).
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When I retire I will become and Uber driver, collect stories, and use them to write blogs.
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#FPGA  technology in the heart of the machine?
Intel is in talks to buy Altera--a maker of processors used in phone networks and cars--in a deal that would be the chip-making giant’s largest takeover ever.
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socfpga with Atom instead of ARM cores in the future then, I expect.
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I took the BBC personality test at http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3g487h and it told me I should live in Oxford. Shame I own a house in Cambridge.
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I would be 4% more satisfied than Satnam would be in Oxford if I were in Carlisle―my worst location! Maybe I’m easily satisfied?
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I love being asked what my wife does.
The BBC's Geeta Pandey has a question for Indian men: What does your wife do?
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Confused by the Haskell tag. 
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I bought a nice bottle of whisky for a friend and as I walked to my car I dropped it and the bottle and its contents were splattered across the asphalt. I went inside to buy another one and as I offered my debit card the person at the checkout said "Oh, don't worry about it." Would not happen in Glasgow.
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'Cause in Glasgow people use cash?
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Feeling alone and left out? Here's how to become gluten intolerant just like your friends....
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Culture clash. Indian tabla music vs. celtic connections. Wonderful.
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Will be seeing this their performance at Somerville theater tonight. 
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    Computing Science, PhD
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Lost in code and cadence.
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Programmer.

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Pretty sure I have almost every pop CD sold in the 80s.
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Software engineer.
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  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • University of Birmingham
    Professor (part time), 2010 - present
  • Microsoft
    Principal Architect and Researcher, 2004 - 2011
  • XIlinx
    Prinicpal Engineer, 1997 - 2004
  • University of Glasgpw
    Lecturer, 1991 - 1997
  • VLSI Technology
    Engineer, 1992 - 1992
  • British Telecom
    Engineer (various projects), 1991 - 1995
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Glasgow - Bracknell - Ipswich - London - San Jose - Portland, Oregon - Seattle - Sophia Antipolis - Cambridge, England - Punjab, India - Palo Alto, California
I had an excellent coffee and a wonderful gluten-free lemon cake (thankfully they have a separate GF spatula). My daughter devoured a croissant which she declared "excellent" which makes a change from the usual croissants in the USA which taste like machine oil.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Ordered a takeout (carry out) from an Indian restaurant in Mountain View and I went to great pains to explain that I need the food to be gluten-free and I even called the restaurant back when there were a few fried potato-based chips on top of one of the chicken dishes (perhaps fried in the same oil as other gluten containing things like samosas). Despite the chef's assurances I am now in a great deal of pain and discomfort. This is not a gluten-free restaurant and although the food was very tasty I will have to cross it off the (very short) list of restaurants worth risking.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This turned out to be an excellent spot for lunch during our trip down the coast. I went with my wife and two young kids (ages 6 and 9). The kids had very good burgers and got free ice cream for finishing their plates (as advertised on the menu). My wife and I both the tomato bisque and BLT sandwich combo which was also very good. Service was also very good and the ambiance was nice.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I picked Robin's because of the high overall score and some of the positive reviews. I dined with my wife and two young children (ages 6 and 9). Things got off to a rocky start when they seated us in the patio area rather than inside the nice and lovely and warm restaurant (most of the pictures on the restaurant website are of the actual inside). Normally I would not mind too much, but this is November and it was quite cold outside and the table we were given was in quite a cold and drafty spot. We expressed our concern and we were offered a couple of undesirable sounding tables inside but I sensed they preferred us to ghettoized in the patio area because we have kids (all the interior diners were kid free). I can't say I appreciate this kind of apartheid. I've dined with my daughter in multi-Michelin-starred restaurants and she typically behaves better than many of the adults. After having put our jackets back on we finally ordered and found the food to be quite good although quite expensive for what it is. We had spicy minced lamb spring rolls [7/10] and chicken satay [8/10] for starters and rogan josh [7/10] and a 5-spice duck dish [5/10] as mains and the kids had pasta [8/10] and pizza [7/10] and they also wolfed down the remaining duck that we gave up on. We all had dessert (all items very good) and a $50 bottle of wine (which was rather good, Heretic I think, from Paso Robles).Service was quite good. I feel the tables were packed too close together. My 6 year old son moves around a little bit in his seat (overall he is quite well behaved) but occasionally he bangs against the seat behind him (just a few mm away) so we had to injure the ire and stares or a fellow diner who would not even acknowledge our accept our apology which left a bad taste in our mouth (of course, not the restaurant's fault, but a few more mm of separation would help). Although the food was good, I am not sure the price vs. performance ratio was right so I am not sure if I would return.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Excellent food with many gluten-free items. Very good service and nice ambiance. Everything we ordered was at least very good: mussels with a spicy broth, dates wrapped in bacon, lamb sliders, marinated lamb skewers, seafood and chorizo paella and garlic bread. There were even two excellent gluten-free desserts. The fries were marked on the menu as being gluten-free -- but they are not since they are fried in the same oil as other items containing gluten.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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reviewed a year ago
We had a wonderful meal at Commonwealth restaurant in November 2012. We started off with an amuse bouche which comprised a few small cubes of some tuna-esque fish in some preparation I can't recall although I do remember my rvery positive eaction and it was served with a fairly dry Cava [9/10]. The first course of the tasting menu was venison tartare, huckleberry horseradish, arugula, juniper cracker served with a glass of frappato (Tami, '11, Sicily, Italy). The horseradish was dotted on the venison as small spheres and it gave a lovely spicy bite to the venison which was well match with the peppery wine [10/10]. The second course was perhaps the weakest (relatively speaking): octopus, almond gazpacho, bone marrow, saffron-preserved lemon emulsion served with a disgusting glass of chenin blanc (Domaine Deletang, dem-secm '07 Montlouis-Sur-Loire, France). It looked fabulous on the plate and the octopus was very nicely charred and fairly tender. The octopus was too cold for my liking (lukewarm is perfectly for charred octopus but I think cold is wrong) and the other bis and bites on the plate did not come together to make a coherent dish. The wine was too sour for my taste and the food. [6/10]. The third course was beets, fromage blanc, pumpernickel, watercress, sorrel, smokey hay oil (really, I am not making this up) with a glass of tempranillo (JC Vizcarra, '09 RIbera del Duero, Spain). The beets were cooked in several different ways and the combination with soft fromage blance and the bite of the pumpernickel worked very well and the temperanillio was an excellent accompaniment. Susan does not usually like beets (beetroot) but even she cleaned her plate. Each course had a convincing explanation of why the matching wine was chosen. [8/10]. Another highlight of the evening were the sweetbreads, asian pear, brussel sprout, celery root-chestnut veloute servered with a glass of pinot noir (Alghren Vineyards, '09 Santa Cruz Mountains, California). These were by far the best sweetbreads I have ever eaten: they were very soft and delicately flavored and they had a gorgeous light crust which gave them a very satisfying crunch. Utterly devine. The match with the root-chestnut veloute was inspired and the small hard balls of asian pear added a wonderful sweet touch to the soft sweetbreads. The pinot noir had a wonderful slightly musky aroma and was very well matched to the dish. [10/10]. The fifth dish was carrot-orange sorbet served with ginger soda. The carrot favor was very intense (and I suspect the carrots were not peeled which lead to a nice earthy taste). The ginger soda was also very good but I am sure it was also 0% ABV. [7/10]. The last dish was a spectacular dessert: peanut butter semifreddo, chocolate ganache, frozen popcorn served with a glass of tawny port (Niepoort, Duro, Portugal). It tasted like a head on collision between an ice-choc and a snickers bar with stunning results. I often find that even in fancy restaurants desserts are not made to the same quality as the preceding dishes but this is absolutely not the case at Commonwealth. It is worth coming here just to eat this dessert. The tawny port was a nice match but this dish was so outstanding that you could have it without wine and not loose much. [10/10].
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago