runcible spoon, camperdown

Golden Cobra Coffee. 27 Barr St, Camperdown. Hiding around the corner from Deus Ex Machina is this fun place with a straightforward menu and seating for about 30 between indoor and outdoor. It’s order and pay at the counter, and there’s eftpos.

runcible spoon, camperdown

We arrive too late in the day to see the full menu offering in the cake window, but there are still plenty of tasty choices. There’s a good all-day breakfast menu with a range of eggs-and-bacon options. For more menu coverage, see this review, which is how I heard of the cafe in the first place.

where the magic happens, runcible spoon, camperdown

Coffee (a decaf latte) looks fantastic – great milk work and good flavour to start with. The finish is a little disappointing, but in general it’s a solid cup.

decaf latte, runcible spoon, camperdown

If you’re looking for a cheery place to have a meal in an underexplored part of Sydney that’s not too far from Newtown or Glebe it’s worth a look.


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improving your workflow

I know this Seth Godin blogpost will launch a hundred blogposts around the internet, but I’d like to say that I’ve tried this out for a colleague, and I think it was well worth it. For me, to better understand the way non-geeks do their day-to-day work, and for her, so finally feel on top of how to work with email.

Next step is working out how to roll this out more widely at work.

should I forward that email?

Should you forward that email?

I spent some time last week going over the slides I use to train people how to be better at email. This diagram is a new addition to the slides. I’m not trying to say that you should never forward an email. I have been known to – very sparingly – send emails on to a small group, or even an individual who I thought would appreciate it.

What I am getting at, though, is that the emails that you send around, be they funny, or serious, or work-related will all build up in the mind of your recipient. Every time we receive a new message, there’s some kind of notification associated with the message.

If you check your email infrequently, that might be that you have, say, ten new emails to check. The person who reads your email will then scan through their inbox, look at the subject line and the sender, and make a decision as to which email they’re going to read first.

What I’m trying to say with the diagram is that you should send the kinds of email that makes your reader open your email first. This has an impact for every message that you send.

  • have a subject line that means something, and relates to the email
  • use the same name with the “from” address every time
  • get to the point
  • make sure every message is useful to the sender

If you can improve your skills at communicating by email, you make your own life easier (as people will process your requests faster, and get back to you sooner) and will help out the people you’re sending messages to. Plus, when it comes time to write for other digital channels (facebook, twitter, job cover letters), your skills will transfer well.

movie: the tree of life

Movie: The Tree of Life

I saw another film by director Terrence Malick years ago – Thin Red Line, and it made enough of an impression that when I heard about this film, I decided to do what I could to go and see it. Fortune smiled on me and I won a couple of free tickets to the film, and so a couple of days ago I caught a late session.

It’s easily the best performance I’ve ever seen from Brad Pitt – he disappears (for the most part) into the role, and is surprisingly un-distracting as a middle-class Catholic man in 1950’s Texas.

The movie is not for everyone. There are lots of long vignettes with no people onscreen, and it was during some of these that a number of people walked out of the cinema – it wasn’t clear where the film was going, and these people obviously weren’t prepared to put the time in to find out.

If you stick around, though, you’ll get a great story of faith and doubt, of the challenges faced by fathers, and by sons. There are insights into authentic family life that you won’t see in most movies that come out of the Hollywood sausage factory – there’s no hamming it up for the camera.

Watching this film was a chance to think through my own take on a wide variety of challenges that come up in family life. If you can cope with an approach that is quite unusual for US films, it will repay the investment.

You might like to read this summary of critical interaction with the film before you read other reviews.