Brewing the Belgian Strong

Cleb and I brewed this one (and another two) for Bradley’s wedding.

Accoutrements.
Notice the large bag of aged Czech Saaz hops from the old Celis brewery, and the two bears of honey.

That Nalgene bottle contains Cleb’s lunatic Belgian yeast culture.

During the boil we pulled long, ropey chunks of carmalized malt from the bottom of the kettle.

Wow. Look how high that hydrometer floats. Off the scale.

A week later, Scout gives her winning one-legged smile at the carboy. The top popped off this one during fermentation.

Published in: on June 26, 2007 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brewing the Belgian Strong

Cleb and I brewed this one (and another two) for Bradley’s wedding.

Accoutrements.
Notice the large bag of aged Czech Saaz hops from the old Celis brewery, and the two bears of honey.

That Nalgene bottle contains Cleb’s lunatic Belgian yeast culture.

During the boil we pulled long, ropey chunks of carmalized malt from the bottom of the kettle.

Wow. Look how high that hydrometer floats. Off the scale.

A week later, Scout gives her winning one-legged smile at the carboy. The top popped off this one during fermentation.

Published in: on June 26, 2007 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Baby Makes My Lunch

I eat breakfast and lunch at my desk. Somehow working at the Dot Bombs I got used to working straight through the day, and never shook it.

This is what I found in my Whole Foods lunch bag today:

– Flour tortilla with refrieds and cheese. At 9:25 am, this induces Pavlovian mouth scream.
– Orange Playtex sippy cup full of pomegranate juice, on the rocks.
– Sandwich bag of Saltines, with a snack bag of mozzarella slices snuggled within.
– Tupperware container of Zatarain’s Rice and Beans, made with veggie crumbles. Salty, savory and comforting.
– Snack bag of mini carrots.
– Snack bag of grapes.
-Trail Mix bar.
– String cheese.
-Cold pack, with a paper towel wrapped around to absorb condensation, so as to not sog anything within.
-Banana.

Wow. If you don’t already, I recommend doing the Sisyphean task necessary to attract (and keep happy) someone to take care of you like this.
Seriously – I win.

Published in: on June 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Baby Makes My Lunch

I eat breakfast and lunch at my desk. Somehow working at the Dot Bombs I got used to working straight through the day, and never shook it.

This is what I found in my Whole Foods lunch bag today:

– Flour tortilla with refrieds and cheese. At 9:25 am, this induces Pavlovian mouth scream.
– Orange Playtex sippy cup full of pomegranate juice, on the rocks.
– Sandwich bag of Saltines, with a snack bag of mozzarella slices snuggled within.
– Tupperware container of Zatarain’s Rice and Beans, made with veggie crumbles. Salty, savory and comforting.
– Snack bag of mini carrots.
– Snack bag of grapes.
-Trail Mix bar.
– String cheese.
-Cold pack, with a paper towel wrapped around to absorb condensation, so as to not sog anything within.
-Banana.

Wow. If you don’t already, I recommend doing the Sisyphean task necessary to attract (and keep happy) someone to take care of you like this.
Seriously – I win.

Published in: on June 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

My New Favorites Jackie & Julie

I know I’m not the only one who thinks these two are funny.
(Clip contains strong language, adult situations and Carol Channing)

Need more? I do.

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

My New Favorites Jackie & Julie

I know I’m not the only one who thinks these two are funny.
(Clip contains strong language, adult situations and Carol Channing)

Need more? I do.

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Contractually Obligatory LOLcat Entry

On how many geeked-up levels is this funny? Let me count the ways.

Ah, nontechnical Geekdom. I will never set you free.

Published in: on June 19, 2007 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Contractually Obligatory LOLcat Entry

On how many geeked-up levels is this funny? Let me count the ways.

Ah, nontechnical Geekdom. I will never set you free.

Published in: on June 19, 2007 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

In Lubbock, Natalie Maines May As Well Wear the Burqa

Natalie Maines got hooked up with the Dixie Chicks after their singer quit. I think her dad Lloyd asked them to try her out. Anyway, she was always precocious and hardheaded, and obviously hated in Lubbock (but loved by me) for it.

This debuted on Mad TV last October – I have no idea how I missed it. “C’mon, people – we can’t help it if the little one has a big mouth!” Ahhhh!

For the actual, extraordinary vid of this Grammy-winning song, check their MySpace page (be sure to pause their audio player, then click the video “play” button on the left). Then read Oges’ Natalie page. Then you’re free.

Published in: on June 18, 2007 at 5:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

In Lubbock, Natalie Maines May As Well Wear the Burqa

Natalie Maines got hooked up with the Dixie Chicks after their singer quit. I think her dad Lloyd asked them to try her out. Anyway, she was always precocious and hardheaded, and obviously hated in Lubbock (but loved by me) for it.

This debuted on Mad TV last October – I have no idea how I missed it. “C’mon, people – we can’t help it if the little one has a big mouth!” Ahhhh!

For the actual, extraordinary vid of this Grammy-winning song, check their MySpace page (be sure to pause their audio player, then click the video “play” button on the left). Then read Oges’ Natalie page. Then you’re free.

Published in: on June 18, 2007 at 5:38 pm  Leave a Comment