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It's All In The Gene's...

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You have eye colour, for example, blue eyes like your mom and long legs like your dad. Things like this are incredible when you think about it: we inherited every physical attribute from our parents, from copies of their genes. But what other things came from our predecessors?  One thing I inherited from my mum was Hammertoes. 
So what are Hammertoes, you ask?
Hammertoe is typically a bending of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.
Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time.  Hammertoes are progressive – they don’t go away by themselves and usually they will get worse over time.
I elected to have my hammertoes corrected by surgery, starting with the left foot. This was performed by Dr G. Dracopolus and his great surgical team, on October 30.

For the skirmish, some of you may not wish to view some of these images -…

Montepulciano... an great alternative

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Besides being tricky to pronounce, Montepulciano is one of the more complicated grapes. You see, there's an Italian town called Montepulciano, which produces a wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. But, this wine is mostly made from Sangiovese, and doesn't actually include any of the Montepulciano grape!


The most famous examples of Montepulciano (the actual wine) come from the Italian region of Abruzzo, but it's planted throughout much of central and southern Italy, but nowhere near the town of the same name.
Thankfully, this grape is also grown in Australia, it's much more straightforward and in true Aussie style, we've taken away the pronunciation problem by shortening it to 'Monte'.


One that I tried very recently is Atze’s Corner Wines “The Mob” Montepulciano where it’s appeal lies in its beautifully generous fruit, including red plum, sour cherry and boysenberry, and moderate acidity, so I reckon if you love Shiraz you'll love “The Mob”, too

Life's Little Mysteries, Part 3... the story continues...

Way back in 2011, I was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma, titled, Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL). 

It was considered to be totally non-aggressive and is commonly known as "the Lazy Cancer".  As “it” was not causing me any concern or stress, it was decided that we would not interfere with it…

So we did and watch wait approach and go on with our lives...
Middle of this year, I started having "hip" issues and it turns it was a bursitis which was resolved very effectively with cortisone injection.  Shortly after that, started getting "back problems", nothing too much at first, then legs started to have "pins and needles".
Late October, I finally had some "free time" to get into my GP and get CT scan... unfortunately another large mass (5.1cm x 5.6cm x 2.2cm) was found, roughly in the middle of my back which was putting pressure on my spinal canal / nerves.
In I go for another biopsy... and again we start the waiting proce…

Autodesk Revit 2016 R2 Review

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Once again, Autodesk have provided a subscription only mid-year release.  For the full review, refer to Redstack's blog site, where it was first posted.

What is this "thing" called "Autodesk University"???

Autodesk University, or AU as its more commonly known by is an annual conference run by Autodesk each year, where all the biggest CAD geeks on the planet assemble and compare notes on best practices for their industries and try to outdo each other when squealing in glee over the latest updates to their favourite CAD package.   Whether you're interested in RevitAutoCADInventorBIMCivil 3D3D printing, point clouds or anything else CAD, design, architecture or engineering related, AU is a huge show with something for everyone. I've had the opportunity to attend AU for the past ten years and I must tell you: I have squealed with the best of them!  Seriously, AU is a fantastic event that gives you the opportunity to look at your everyday work processes in ways you’ve never even considered. Let me put that into perspective for you. I’ve been using CAD in excess for 30+ years now, I've been an architectural technician, building designer, and these days my focus is implementi…

Wine of the Week #4

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Something a bit different this time around, another alternative varietal favourite of mine in ... Trincadeira is one of a number of Portuguese red wine varieties which have been introduced into Australia. In early days it was used extensively used to make a port style wine.

Rich in colour, with good acidity and rarely an excess of alcohol, Trincadeira or Tinta Amarela (if you are speaking to a Portuguese Douro producer) makes wines of serious quality when ripe.

Properly ripened, it has vibrant raspberry fruit tempered by herby, peppery, spicy, floral complexity, and it can age well.

Typically, in Australia, it is used in a blended capacity, however there are now a number of wineries producing a single varietal wine.  One of which,as mentioned is a particular favourite of mine... Patritti Wines.  Patritti was the first Australian winery to release a Trincadeira red wine under its official Portuguese varietal name. Recently their 2012 Trincadeira wine was named in the Adelaide Advertiser’s…

Wine of the Week #3

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Torbreck 2007 Old Vines Shiraz
Another stunning Shiraz, (or as my US friends call it a "Syrah"), however this time it is from the famous Barossa Valley.  
I was pleasantly surprised with this wine as it had fantastic fruit-driven sweetness, reminiscent of a traditional home-styled Italian/European red wine. Not something that I expect from a wine from 100-year old vines.

Deep garnet red in colour with flickers of purple, the wine’s high-toned aromas of black cherries, five spice, crème de cassis and spring flowers are supported by a rich core of roasted earth, liquorice, and provençal herbs.

The palate offers a soft latent richness and silken-like texture with subtle notes of crushed cherries, plums and earth - all neatly wound by a taut spine of acidity and ripe supple tannins and fruity sweetness. Oh my god, it was Gorgeous!!!