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The Glenlivet 15 years

The Glenlivet 15 years

The 15 Year Old’s distinctive character is the result of selective maturation; a proportion of the spirit is matured in a selection of French Oak casks for a limited period, so as not to overpower the final result.The Glenlivet was one of the first distilleries to use French Oak in the whisky making process, a technique that has since been imitated by many others.

Limousin Oak, which is cut in the Dordogne region of France, is often used to mature fine wines and cognacs. In the case of The Glenlivet, its low density allows the spirit to penetrate deep into the wood, imparting the expression’s distinctive spiciness.

The French Oak also increases the intensity of the whisky, resulting in a richer and creamier finish.

Colour: Deep and intense gold.
Nose: Creamy and rich with buttery notes.
Taste: Fruity, nutty flavours
Finish: Lingering trace of sweet almonds and hints of spice

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Ray on December 20th 2013 in Whiskey

Programmer Anarchy

Programmer Anarchy is a concept that has been around for about the last year, is considered “post-Agile”, has so far been evangelised by Fred George and says that software development is more productive when programmers are “self organised”.

Agile is implemented in a wide variety of ways, from a kind of religious dogma, to a model that is fairly close to waterfall but with stand-ups and scrum masters through to the “Thoughtworks approved” approach. One thing I have found as a recruiter is that it takes a team of very high quality developers to make a truly Agile methodology work successfully.

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By Martin Jee

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Ray on December 18th 2013 in Articles, Tech

Lean from the Trenches

Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban   

Author: Henrik Kniberg
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Publish year: 2011
ISBN: 9781934356852
Pages: 157
Lean from the trenches

Henrik Kniberg once again was able to capture the essence of Lean with practical examples. Just like “Scrum from the Trenches” this book should be on your bookshelf if you’re into Agile and Lean software development.

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Ray on November 8th 2013 in Books

Kanban and Scrum

making the most of both   

Author: Henrik Kniberg, Mattias Skarin, Henri Kniberg
Publisher: C4media
Publish year: 2010
ISBN: 9780557138326
Pages: 104
Kanban and Scrum

Not remotely as good as “Scrum from the trenches”. Lacks clear focus and depth.

Then again it’s does not require a lot of time to read through it, and it is available as free download.

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Ray on October 30th 2013 in Books



Author: David Whitehouse
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publish year: 2012
ISBN: 9781847679826
Pages: 297

Every family has a story, Mal was ours.

Not bad for a first novel. Keep them coming…

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Ray on October 1st 2013 in Books

The Signal and The Noise

The art and science of prediction   

Author: Nate Silver
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish year: 2012
ISBN: 9781846147524
Pages: 544
The signal and the noise

The chances of me reading this book again are slim. The book really takes of in chapter 8 (at which point you’re already halfway through the book).
A bit less verbose would suit this book well. It would surely boost the relevance of the information.
If Nate was able to convey the same message, but using only half the volume, I definitely recommend reading it.

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Ray on September 5th 2013 in Books

Commerciële intelligentie

het geheim van winstgevend freelancen   

Author: Robert Elsing
Publisher: CocoBooks
Publish year: 2013
ISBN: 9789079142156
Pages: 127
Commerciële intelligentie

Simple, nice…

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Ray on August 8th 2013 in Books

Man’s search for meaning


Author: Viktor E. Frankl
Publisher: Rider
Publish year: 2004
ISBN: 9781844132393
Pages: 156
Man's Search for Meaning

Definitly worth reading.

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Ray on July 11th 2013 in Books


De kunst van het omdenken is de kunst van het reframing. Hoe een probleem als een oplossing doen laten lijken.

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Ray on May 17th 2013 in Miscellaneous

More and less

The more we know, the less seems possible.
Filling in the details usually increases the complexity and rules out options.

Contradictory to and a variation on the well known saying:
The more we know the less we understand

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Ray on May 17th 2013 in Miscellaneous