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(no subject) [Aug. 30th, 2010|04:01 am]
Holy Fuck. Chemical Brothers at Hollywood Bowl.
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Scott, I have found your new leader... [Jul. 9th, 2010|09:52 pm]
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How to Make a Yeast Starter for Your Homebrew [May. 19th, 2010|03:25 pm]
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Decided I'd change it up here and offer something reasonably informative. As many readers know I brew my own beer with friends. One of the more advanced techniques but something you can do pretty easily is create a yeast starter 18-24 hours before you brew. This has the added effect of introducing more live viable yeast cells into your wort (pronounced "wert", it's beer that hasn't finished the brewing process) when you cast your yeast. This usually results in a better overall fermentation and a little higher alcohol content.

The first thing you'll need is to get a clean work area and assemble your ingredients:

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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2010|01:27 pm]
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(no subject) [Mar. 25th, 2010|11:01 am]
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Michelle Obama is wrong.

Give me a pizza that I can load into a cannon and use to kill a man. None of this cardboard crap.
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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2010|07:30 pm]
In other news, this is science-fiction levels of AWESOME.
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(no subject) [Mar. 17th, 2010|10:34 am]
It's odd that the current healthcare bill can't get passed in the US for being too liberal. In the rest of the world it would never pass for being too conservative.
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(no subject) [Mar. 12th, 2010|01:41 pm]
The Coffee Party. An alternate ideal about how to conduct politics.
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Meg and I and the I <3 Bill Clinton Club [Feb. 11th, 2010|02:21 pm]
[feels |worriedworried]

The greatest president in my lifetime is in the hospital. Get better, Bill!
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(no subject) [Feb. 1st, 2010|02:27 pm]
Facebook, Twitter top security risk list for spam and malware in 2009.
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Добро пожаловать, вы стильный ублюдки! [Jan. 29th, 2010|03:23 pm]
Wow, just noticed that a number of people from around Russia have added me in the last several months (about how often I check up on these things).

'Sup y'all.

From a quick browsing of your journal interests (sorry, not so good at reading Russian... I'm assuming that's what it is...) most people were attracted here either by my music, my tech stuff or my politics. That's pretty cool actually. Of course being an American I know exactly one language, so I have no clue what you're saying in your livejournal. Still cool though. Most of my stuff is in friend's only posts as I'm trying to minimize my public online persona however if you're at all curious you can comment here and I'll put you on the list.

Honestly most of the content these days is me posting videos, pictures, comics, links to interesting news stories or quick rants.
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2010|09:53 am]
Supreme court makes it easier to buy an election.
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2010|10:29 pm]
"Wars are always accompanied by lies."
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2010|12:39 pm]
[feels |workingworking]
[sounds | - The Illuminoids] is responsible for me finding so much new music.
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(no subject) [Jan. 4th, 2010|09:32 am]
I won the super bowl in one of my fantasy leagues yesterday. I am the mastah!
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Math is hard [Nov. 24th, 2009|05:54 pm]
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2009|10:45 pm]
Lordy, there's nothing like a 2 hour 18 minute call for work on a Friday night. WHEE.
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2009|09:07 am]
This surprises nobody.
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2009|09:00 am]
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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2009|09:21 am]
Hey all, some of you may have seen the post in my wife's journal yesterday but I'm going to appeal to you as well.

I'm growing a moustache for the month of Movember (formerly called November). This is designed to raise awareness for mens health issues and the money raised goes to the LIVESTRONG foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. It's important as these two issues rarely get the attention they deserve.

I'm appealing to you all to donate (tax deductible) to this cause here at my MoSpace.

Anyone who donates will get access to a screened friends group of mine where I will be posting pictures of my manly stashe as it grows. Those of you who follow me that I haven't friended yet, I will (sorry my bad, I'm terrible at internets and social networking). It'll be good for a laugh and I'm planning on doing several moustache themed dress-up pictures that you can probably use to blackmail me later (donating more means you get to suggest what manly poses/costumes I put on). Those of you in the San Diego area or able to get to the San Diego area I'll incentivize with a bottle of my MoBroBrew (being started this weekend) if you donate $10 or more (additional bottles will be given for additional donations after the fact). We also have plans to make MoBeerBread that we will be distributing to those who donate.

You can find out more on the main page:

Together we can change the face of men's health.
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2009|07:55 am]
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25 days to go... [Oct. 7th, 2009|11:08 am]
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Teenagers build hybrid that does 0-60 in under 4 seconds [Oct. 5th, 2009|05:08 pm]
Smart kids
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2009|05:05 pm]
These guys prove they really don't get it.
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(no subject) [Sep. 9th, 2009|09:56 am]

Football season starts tomorrow.
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Oh facebook... [Sep. 4th, 2009|07:30 pm]
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(no subject) [Sep. 4th, 2009|12:32 pm]
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Those who send gifts will be eaten first when the great old ones rise... [Sep. 1st, 2009|07:32 pm]
[feels |woot!]

I don't know who you are, but you rule...
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A marriage made in... [Aug. 31st, 2009|12:27 pm]
Disney has announced that they will be buying Marvel for somewhere in the realm of eleventy-gajillion dollars. With Disney at the helm, I'd imagine Tony Stark is going to forego his alcoholic womanizing ways and instead spend afternoons teaching underprivileged kids to read about the benefits of proper dental hygiene down at the local community center. Also, his next suit will be fully recyclable! I'd also predict that skin-tight suits are out while full-length ballroom gowns and tiaras are the new fighting attire of choice for female superheroines (I'll still love you, Emma Frost).
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(no subject) [Aug. 26th, 2009|09:17 am]
Pizza Hut's 646-calorie per slice pizza.

Looks nasty.
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Too much poison, come undone... [Aug. 20th, 2009|02:05 pm]
I had tentative plans with a friend to see Placebo on September 21st. They're probably one of my favorite rock bands of all time and their new album is pretty damn good. However it looks like after Brian Molko collapsed on stage due to exhaustion (drugs) and some sort of asian flu (drugs) in Japan they're postponing the US-leg of their tour.

Ah well, they'll reschedule. I was wondering why I couldn't buy tickets yet.
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(no subject) [Aug. 18th, 2009|02:36 pm]
So lately friends and I, being the raucous bunch we are, have taken to playing more games. This is fun, in fact I'm having more fun playing games in groups than I've had in a long time.

What have we been playing and enjoying (those that I own are in bold):

  • Yahtzee
  • Uno
  • Catan
  • Caracassone
  • Nuclear War
  • Gloom
  • Lunch Money
  • Illuminati
  • Munchkin
  • Flux
  • Apples to Apples
  • Give Me the Brain! - Just played this for the first time this weekend and it was great.

In general what we like are clever (Rio Grande Games), easy to play and frequently tongue-in-cheek (Steve Jackson) games for 2-10 people. No 12-hour Axis & Allies marathons or what have you. Also if it has Parker Brothers listed anywhere on it we're probably not that interested.

Any suggestions from the intertubes about other games we should consider giving a look-see?
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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2009|09:19 am]
I've installed and have been playing around with Google Chrome on my laptop. It's come a long way since the last time I used it. I'm using the beta which has support for themes so you aren't stuck with that god-awful light blue theme that it used to have.

It's pretty quick. Java, AJAX, Flash, basic page rendering... they're all pretty speedy. I even logged onto our SAP portal and have been able to work with that pretty easily. It doesn't render some things quite right though that may be that everyone writes their webapps with IE in mind.

I've been having some trouble with Firefox recently so I'm somewhat inclined to try this out for a while to see if it works for me. It seems that while Firefox likes to spawn a single process and gobble up a bunch of memory, Chrome takes the same amount of memory only spreading it between multiple processes.

But damn the thing is fast.
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(no subject) [Aug. 9th, 2009|10:59 pm]
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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2009|12:24 pm]
[feels |crappycrappy]

Ugh, today and yesterday have been "those days".
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(no subject) [Jul. 18th, 2009|12:30 am]
Holy shit, Dash Snow died...

(Google it, but... not at work. I mean, unless your work doesn't mind graphic images of people taking drugs and having sex. In which case, are you hiring?)
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(no subject) [Jul. 17th, 2009|02:50 pm]
Do want.
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Detroit fans... you can relive it! [Jul. 16th, 2009|10:40 pm]
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(no subject) [Jul. 15th, 2009|10:31 am]
Sometimes I wonder if I take too much pride in my humility.
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(no subject) [Jul. 8th, 2009|02:57 am]
Seriously, what the hell am I doing still working?
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2009|05:14 pm]
Man, I'm going to be so dead tired tomorrow. Late night working tonight and then extended hours tomorrow.

Whee ha!
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Hahahahahahaha [Jun. 29th, 2009|03:19 pm]
Cut to hide the awesomeness...Collapse )
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(no subject) [Jun. 27th, 2009|07:30 pm]
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2009|04:21 pm]

Would be a good way for me to finally get high-speed around the house without cutting holes in the walls and running cable (which I'm fine with, but not thrilled about).

Price is a little steep though.
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2009|10:25 am]
Moving cubes at work means you have to go through a lot of crap. I don't like to think of myself as a hoarder but I'm finding a few things that say otherwise here.
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(no subject) [Jun. 18th, 2009|04:50 pm]
So Donte Stallworth got 30 days for driving under the influence and killing a pedestrian. Michael Vick got what... like 18 months for running a dogfighting ring.

Something seems off here.

Granted, one was a one-time (hopefully) mistake while the other was a long-running criminal enterprise but still. I kind of think that if we're looking at it on the basis of which caused the more damage I'll put a human life above that of a dog any day.
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(no subject) [Jun. 11th, 2009|04:39 pm]
[feels |shockedshocked]

Epic FAIL.

This is by far my favorite thing of today. I mean, I know people are stupid, but really? "We demolished a house based on some GPS coordinates." Say it out loud. If it doesn't sound all that stupid to you, please place your reproductive organs in the nearest microwave and set it to "Hiroshima".
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(no subject) [Jun. 10th, 2009|09:30 am]
So there's some thought that the Twitpocalypse is coming. I think twitter is fucking retarded, but this interests me.

There is a problem related to the number 2147483647. This is the greatest number a standard signed integer can hold in 32-bit operating systems. As such, unless coded cleverly, that's the greatest integer number most programs can recognize.

The problem is that Twitter stores all of its 140 characters in a database with a key value that's identity-based (meaning it's an incrementing number). I don't doubt that the architects behind twitter have already handled this on their side, so it's not likely that everything will grind to a halt. But twitter-based applications on 32-bit systems which are mostly 3rd party, freeware apps... well let's just say they might not be coded quite so cleverly.

So as you are all informing the world of your inside jokes, meal plans, or vacation plans... you're filling up this database and each one is generating a new number there. Pushing those 32-bit clients that haven't been coded to fix for that into confusion when they try to pull up any twitter messages with keys greater than 2147483647.

I highly doubt it will be much going on other than a couple of people annoyed when the internet noise stops who then have to go update their software. But it's interesting to think about.
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First we take Manhattan... [Jun. 9th, 2009|04:53 am]
[feels |impressedimpressed]

So some people might ask, "A, how could you spend the last hour folding laundry and watching a live Leonard Cohen performance?"

The answer: "Easily."
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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2009|07:22 pm]
Zonked today from too much bachelor party last night. So here's teh funnay for you today:

This is the reason the internet was created.

Cheers LiveJournal.

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