Saturday, 28 May 2011

Portrait of Georgia

While up at Byron Bay we had found an artist that does dog portraits!

This is a scan of the portrait that she did of Georgia.

Saturday, 21 May 2011


My First iPhone App rejection!

The horror!! Well this is a pain, I did have a feeling that this App may have trouble getting approved by Apple.

The problem is that it is basically an eBook albeit with narration done by yours truly.

Luckily I was using some standard free eBook code so I only wasted a couple of weeks tweaking this and formatting the story in HTML. Still...

The answer is to submit the story directly to the iBookStore. I will probably do this at some stage but you have to setup a separate iTunes account, financials, tax info, etc. which is time consuming.

If you want to have a look at what might have been and hear a sample page you can check it out at the Reefwing Software web site.

This is what rejection looks like:

Hello David,

Thank you for submitting Blood Bath to the App Store.

We've completed the review of your app, but cannot post this version to the App Store because it did not comply with the App Store Review Guidelines, as detailed below:

  • 2.21: Apps that are simply a song or movie should be submitted to the iTunes store. Apps that are simply a book should be submitted to the iBookstore

To reply to this message or to get more information, visit the Resolution Center in iTunes Connect. Do not reply directly to this email.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

The 2011 White vintage

The 2011 white vintage has finished fermenting and will be bottled at the end of May.

We crushed 2.5 tonne of Verdelho which converted to 1,500 litres. Assuming no wastage that will convert into 2,000 bottles or about 166 cases. A conversion ratio of 600 litres per tonne. The 2011 vintage is 100% our fruit.

It is interesting to compare this to the 2010 Verdelho vintage. In 2010 we picked 1.5 tonne of our own fruit and bought another 1.5 tonne of fruit from our neighbours. This 3.0 tonne converted to 1,587 litres. A conversion ratio of 529 litres per tonne.

For the Semillon, we crushed 4.0 tonne which converted into 2,200 litres (2,933 bottles or approximately 244 cases). A conversion ratio of 550 litres per tonne. We only used the first press for the Semillon which explains the lower conversion ratio. To add a bit more complexity to the Verdelho we blended some of the 2nd press Semillon into this. This is our first Semillon vintage.