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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: September 22, 2022, 12:09:23 am »
Off to DC tomorrow to do important HistorianTM and ArchaeologistTM things.

No trip to DC is complete without making a pilgrimage to Woodrow Wilson's tomb, digging him up, and kicking his segregationist ass around a bit.

Apple Talk / Re: Banned on FB again.
« on: September 15, 2022, 10:25:34 pm »
Russia isn't feeling very well these days.   :lulz:

Apple Talk / Re: I'm back
« on: September 15, 2022, 03:30:57 pm »
Hey, hello, I'd like to give getting along with some of the people here another go,

Which people here, specifically, did you want to get along with?

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: September 15, 2022, 02:42:25 pm »
I have been brewing since 2008, and have had ONE successful batch of cider. Just one. The natural yeast one created bombs when bottled, and it took a full year cold crashing in the fridge to be drinkable. Made a hell of a pork marinade, though.

Oh yeah? Well, I have eight days of brewing experience, and have also consulted extensively with a distinguished Italian winemaker, who considered my cider-making aspirations to be highly dubious, and suggested I might be better off using sugar and yeast to grow vodka in a bucket.

Then he sold me a bucket with a hole in the lid, a rubber bung, an airlock, and some sodium metabisulphite for $15.

I guess I shouldn't be too optimistic.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: September 14, 2022, 11:53:15 pm »
The apple tree produced waaay too many apples this year, so I decided to try making cider.

Now I've got a bucket full of science bubbling in the basement, I'm worrying if I did an adequate job of decontamination, and the whole house smells of apple.

Did you add yeast, or are you rolling au naturale? The results of the latter can be very, very surprising and not always in the best way.

I started it au naturel, but after a couple days without any obvious fizzly noises, thought better of it, and added a packet of SafCider which I bought from Likor Shak. I didn't sterilize the existing solution, so, for good or ill, there's an indeterminate mixture of wild yeast and saccharomyces bayanus living in there now.

This is less a well-controlled experiment, and more the "let's try some things and see what happens" kind of science.

I kept back a good quantity of apples, in the anticipation that my first attempt might turn out badly.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: September 14, 2022, 01:14:27 am »
The apple tree produced waaay too many apples this year, so I decided to try making cider.

Now I've got a bucket full of science bubbling in the basement, I'm worrying if I did an adequate job of decontamination, and the whole house smells of apple.

Literate Chaotic / Friendship
« on: September 12, 2022, 04:26:02 am »
Trusting you
Doesn't mean believing you will catch me if I fall.

Trusting you
Means knowing you well enough
That I won't be surprised
When you don't.

Apple Talk / Re: More things I notice, as I notice them.
« on: September 08, 2022, 03:49:45 am »
1.  In Voyager, 7 of 9 is rescued from the Borg.  First they take off most of her cybernetics.  Then they make her wear a skin-tight bodysuit.  So she has gone from cyborg to fan-service cheesecake. 

2.  Also, the prime directive can be interpreted to mean, "Don't help victims of car accidents.  You have to let things develop on their own."

Conclusion:  Star Fleet aren't the good guys.

When I was a kid*, "The Omega Glory" confused the hell out of me.  A bunch of peaceful villagers are being attacked by hordes of savage cavemen, but it's wrong to protect them directive?  And it turns out that the ultra-violent savages are actually the good guys, because their holy words are a garbled version of the American Constitution that they don't even understand, and the peaceful villagers were descendants of communists, or something?

*It still confuses me.  It's should be satire, but it doesn't seem to be?  Am I a victim of Poe's Law?

Apple Talk / Re: I'm so sorry to hear about your cat's penis
« on: August 30, 2022, 09:43:06 pm »
Re-discovered and re-Attached: Cat_Penis.mp3

and let me tell you,

it's a banger

click or suffer

That needs a Hatsune Miku cover version.

Apple Talk / Re: Hamish Howl is dead on Facebook.
« on: August 18, 2022, 02:59:15 pm »
All my sock accounts evaporated, too.  Now they want a copy of my drivers license to get on a new account.

And we all know how much Zuck can be trusted with that sort of info.

Malevolent autocracy is my least favourite 'cracy.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:22:09 am »
Heard in a meeting the other day:

"...applying force to the chassis and seeing if it leaks goo afterward..."

"...I don't think the other labs set fire to our devices..."

"Have we accidentally constructed a doomsday device?"

Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: July 03, 2022, 05:47:42 pm »
Today, I was randomly assigned to the marketing group for "fresh ideas."

Clayton:  "Our new product is clearly superior to the existing products, but the market is saturated with older product.  We need ways to penetrate that market."

Doug:  "I wrote a new vision statement..."

Me:  "Shut up, Doug."

Clayton:  "Yes.  Shut up.  We are not here to write business plans or vision statements, we are here to come up with WAYS. TO MOVE. PRODUCT.  So instead of whatever Dilbert crap you have floating in your head, give me things that will actually get people to sit up and take notice."

Me:  "You can stab your enemies from 700 miles away."

I recently took up archery, and, almost three years after you wrote it, that line suddenly makes perfect sense.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: June 29, 2022, 11:39:44 pm »
I have a proper rant percolating for the first time since 2016 or so.

May your hate flow like water.

They'd built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.

On the roads it was a white line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of slurp juice. And in this maelstrom of decay, ordinary men were battered and smashed.

Except for one man armed with an AK-47, and a Honda full of tulip bulbs.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: June 21, 2022, 03:02:37 pm »
I figured you could sparge noodles.

Put it in a Pyrex sphere with water and no remaining air space, superheat the sphere with ether, and the water can't boil because of the pressure, so it just migrates into the ramen.  It worked, too.  15 second ramen.

Then the Pyrex went bang at about 15 atmospheres of pressure, squashed my face shield up against my googles, causing me to swallow most of my left front tooth.  Also some mild flash burns & concert ears.

I call it a partial success.  It would have been a complete success if I knew where the ramen wound up.  Not in my yard, anyway.

I am reasonably sure that the chlorine in the water came unglued into O2, adding vapor, which could expand and you'd only need the Pyrex to have uneven pressure for a fraction of a second.

That is, frankly, entirely awesome.

Are you going to try again, maybe with a sturdier pressure vessel?

Is it possible that outgassing from the ramen is part of the problem?  I'm not sure if that term applies to non-vacuum environments, but I'd think the ramen might have some air dissolved or trapped in it, and of course the ramen itself has dozens of little nucleation points.

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