Archive for February, 2007



February 28, 2007

Pictures from the Sky again

February 28, 2007

If you’re having trouble loading the pages from Pictures in the Sky, try reloading the page a few times, apparently they’re getting hit with a ton of traffic.


Manny’s Red Ale

February 28, 2007

I came in this evening after work to the wondrous smell of grains steeping on the stove.

Yes! Manny was making beer.

With the Porter safely bottled away, it was time to start on the next batch.

Manny had made a trip back to the Cellar over the weekend and brought back the ingredients for a red ale. Today was his day off so he was able to get an early afternoon start on the brew.

One thing you quickly learn, unless you’re brewing with kegs or doing big batches, you’re still going to have to buy beer.

For the sake of argument, let’s say the three of us combined drink a six pack of beer a night on average. That’s 72 ounces a night, 504 ounces a week. A five gallon batch of beer is only 640 ounces and that’s a lot of work for less than ten days worth of beer.

Actually though, that’s OK with me. I don’t want to give up all of great beers we have up here in the Northwest.

Here, Manny is in the midst of steeping the grains:

Steeping the Beer



February 27, 2007

I was watching TV this evening when someone made an offhanded remark that reminded me of the fact that fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 terrorists were from our ‘ally’ Saudi Arabia. Not Iraq, not Afghanistan, not Iran, nor Syria. Not even North Korea. Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, Egypt (ally), United Arab Emirates (ally) and Lebanon.

I already knew this but I guess I bury it in my brain because it’s so damned disturbing.

What in the hell is going on?


Pictures from the Sky

February 26, 2007

Some amazing pictures. My favorites are the Kamtchatka Volcano and the island/glacier in Maelifell, Iceland.

There are a lot of large pictures on the page so it may take a bit for all of them to load but it’s worth it.


And you didn’t think juggling was cool

February 25, 2007

Turn up your sound.


Barack Obama

February 25, 2007

Clips like this have to haunt the Hillary Clinton campaign. (Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan)

In truth, I know little about Mr Obama. His oratorical skills and intelligence have been very apparent from the first time I heard him speak but beyond that, I have to confess ignorance.

That said, from what I have seen, I am impressed. I have no idea if I would support him in a run for the presidency but at the minimum, I am happy he is running, if only to advance the quality of the debate.