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A little less than a happy high
Diversions for a troubled mind.
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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 19th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
there is no inahandbasket, only ZUL!!!

a) Perdido Street Station, China Mieville (here), and any of his other stuff. (king rat is his weakest, don't start with that.)

b) Man, I read so little non-fiction offline... oo! Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams.

c) No idea what you've seen, so I'll list a few.
-Delicatesen (french, crazy movie)
-Donnie Darko (very good coming-of-age type thing with a twist)
-Hudson Hawk (bad Bruce Willis comedy. I love it.) (here)
-Delicatessen and City of Lost Children (Delicatessen isn't on DVD in the states yet, both french movies. Earlier, edgier stuff from the guys who did Amelie.)

d) again, no idea your taste here, so I'll give a selection.
-Django Reinhardt (Gypsy guitar, phenomenal)
-Aphex Twin (edgy electronica, soundtrack to Pi)
-Gomez (british garage band/experimental rock. I'll have to burn you a copy of the CD i have, some of their stuff sucks but this album is sweet. I can't find it on Amazon, was a promo copy sent to my radio station in college.)
-Franz Ferdinand (pop rock but done well, perfect for the early aughts.)

e) I browse very little visual art, sadly. Can't help you here.

f) Bawls. The ultimate energy drink. If you ever need to not sleep for a few hours, find one of these little blue bottles and drink it. (Tastes good too!)
I'd recommend a beer, but you're already more knowledgable in that realm than I am. Although I had a really good double wheat the other day. I'll try to locate the bottle in my pile of brew stuff.

g) Licorice. Good licorice, from that little euro-store in harvard square.

h) The Canon Digital Rebel D300, because I'm freakin obsessed with it lately.
Oh! you meant media. heh.
www.boingboing.net, the source of much amusement in a day's time for me. Also has an LJ feed, http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=boingboing_net

hope I was helpful! or at least amusing!
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 19th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I appear to have listed Delicatessen twice, once before I looked it up, and once after. ^_^
Replace the first instance of it with a TV show, Mythbusters on the discovery channel. Very worth watching. (Did I just advocate a TV show? the world is ending!)
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 19th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
last comment, I promise!
Transmetropolitan, a graphic novel/comic (10 parts) by Warren Ellis.
I have all 10, you can borrow them if we ever manage to get together again. heh.
komos From: komos Date: November 22nd, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I confess a tinge of jealousy for your new hardware. Still, I'm just starting to get the hang of the G3, so I think I'm good for now.

Hit me with your beer rec. (I don't know nearly so much as you think.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 22nd, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
used that bottle to bottle my latest batch, so I pulled the label off and saved it.
It's a shiny purple label, really stands out on the shelf/rack.
Aventinus, Weizen Eisbock.
I'll even type up the qote from the back:
"Aventinus, the wheat doppelbock of Bavaria, has been known to be the most intense and complex wheat beer in the world. This was the case in the past, but not any more...
Recently, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster at G. Schneider & Sohn, heard stories about some extra special aventinus resulting from partial freezing during a cold winter transport in the 1930's. He decided to recreate this classic "mistake" to further concentrate Aventinux in a modern controlled facillity. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock was reborn.

It's an awesome and complex belgian-tasting weizenbock.
good luck finding it, let me know if you do! I want more...
komos From: komos Date: November 23rd, 2004 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that the one that tastes a great deal like root beer? I believe they carry Aventinus at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis (which is where I had a taste), but I've only seen the Eisbock on rare occasions. The good news is that you can talk to Allan and he'll find a way to get it for you. He might even have some in the collection in the basement.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 23rd, 2004 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
We walked by that place the other day, looked like it had a good selection. I'll have to check it out again.
I wouldn't say root beer, no. More fruity/acidy belgian flavor.
komos From: komos Date: November 23rd, 2004 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's the one. I may just have odd tastes because it reminded me of an old-style sasparilla or something. I can definitely see the Belgian link, though.

Incidentally, Alan is the tall guy with the long goatee. He also runs tastings for them.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 23rd, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
nice! I'll have to hit that place up soon.

On a side note, I'm worried about the beer I just brewed. Tasted kinda burnt. wondering if I shouldn't have had the heat on so high? but I've had the heat on full for both my other batches, and neither of them got burnt tasting... perhaps didn't stir well enough when adding LME?
any thoughts?
komos From: komos Date: November 23rd, 2004 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you take the wort off the heat when you were adding the LME?
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 23rd, 2004 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
nope, never did in the past either...
I take it I should do that next time?
komos From: komos Date: November 23rd, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, you may have scorched the extract as it sank to the bottom of the pot. Alternatively, if you were using grains initially, you may have done them. I try to make sure that my grain bag doesn't settle on the bottom during the initial boil and then remove the pot from the heat when I add extract or sugars. Once they're dissolved, it's usually safe to crank the heat up again.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 23rd, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't boil the grains, I steep at 160f for a half hour. ^_^
damn. I probably scorched the LME. so much for a red ale... *sigh*

hopefully it'll mellow out in the bottle and at least be drinkable.
komos From: komos Date: November 23rd, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh... I almost never keep track of temps. Technically speaking, I don't boil them either. They're in the pot as the water heats to boiling. It probably means that I've got them in the water longer than 1/2 hour, but I'm probably not getting the most efficient extraction of deliciousness from them.

I've been meaning to do a partial mash. Just need to pick up a candy thermometer or something.

Give it a try. Sometimes beer that tastes awful at first changes significantly after a few weeks or months of sitting.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 23rd, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah. I thought the whitbier was a goner at first, but it's probably my best beer now that it's mellowed. ^_^
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