17 02 2008

Just got done bottling my first batch of beer. It feels good, but damn, that’s a lot of work. There’s something to be said for economy of scale (and for beer that’s immediately drinkable). I’m going to aim to cut down on some of the time in some steps during my future brewing endeavors, especially the whole “cleaning the bottles” thing. That sucked. Beyond that, I’m hoping to develop a sense for what alters the flavor in each batch or recipe.

 This batch was a clone of Newcastle called Oldcastle, purchased from Midwest Homebrewing Supplies. Up next for home brewing is going to be Edwort’s Apfelwein.

lessons, headfirst, on February first

2 02 2008

I had a number of thoughts after leaving the bars tonight. They all kind of mishmashed for me, and what I convey next in my writings is what I best recollect.  These are my thoughts on such subjects:

humility – No matter what you do and how caring you are, there will always be someone who is more so. On top of that, the more you think you think of yourself, the less others (probably) think of you.

caring – I was walking down the street with a group of people leaving the bar tonight. It was two guys, two dolls and me. I felt kind of outcast because one of the two girls was my ex-girlfriend, ad I didn’t know the men. I kept getting ahead of the other four because they were having a snowball fight and laughing. I felt kind of shitty and not at all like laughing, but the other non-gf girl said it seemed like I needed a face full of snow. I smiled and said I thought I did, so she grabbed a handful and whitewashed me! I laughed, then told her I was really good at snowbanking and tossed her in. That was all I really needed to feel happy, and I was grateful for her thoughtfulness.

relationships – So I saw my ex and had a minor conversation with her. It was fine. I’m not angry, but I do finally see what dumpees mean when they don’t see eye-to-eye when the “let’s stay friends” statement is made.

self-esteem – A friend I hadn’t talked to for years said hi to me and admitted she had a crush on me all freshman year. She said that every time she saw me her sophomore year, it brought her spirits up. I was really happy to hear that someone felt that way about me. It kind of made my night! -)

love – I realized that love is so tough to attain. God knows I’ve tried to convince myself that I was in love so many times, and really, I only feel like it’s been about three times (out of three times as many relationships). I don’t enjoy looking for love, since looking seems to lead to dead ends. Instead, I’ll adopt the idea of going with the flow, and hopefully that will lead me in a more positive direction.

I do say that I have more than one model of the type of woman I’ll be keeping my eye out for. These women probably have no idea that I admire them, but I have mini crushes that I know won’t go anywhere, and I keep an eye on them to appreciate the way they handle themselves and their lives. They range in age from 19 to their 50s, and they’re all very cool women.

drunkenness – It’s fun and awful at the same time.

responsibility – I’m horrible at it. I wish I had more of it.

Sylar Out on the Town

8 12 2007

For: my friend Nate
From: Josh @

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto, the guy who plays Sylar on Heroes, was at the Radar party last night. I love Heroes and hate Sylar. He’s such a dick and he totally screws over that cute South American girl with the eyes that cry blood or whatever. Plus he’s annoying. So when I saw Quinto, I wanted to punch him, naturally. It could have been because I ran into him just as the upstairs bar was shutting down and wouldn’t serve us and he’s like (to his friends), “I just talked to the Skyy Vodka® people downstairs, they’ll totally hook us up.” So I was clenching my fist and cocking my arm, when I realized he was wearing kind of emo black rimmed glasses, chucks and a pea coat. He had spiky hair too. He even had a scarf. And then it dawned on me. Zachary Quinto looks like a nice gay boy. (Is he gay? I think so but I don’t know.) And my rage subsided because Sylar is totes not gay. Cognitive dissonance is such a more deadly foe when you are filled with vodka.

Mason Jennings

18 04 2006

Mason’s new album Boneclouds is coming out on May 16. If you’re a fan, check out the video for the new single Be Here Now at The song is amazing (at least for a big fan), but if you’re not a fan and you don’t like it, try the video for Sorry Signs on Cash Machines. That’s more reflective of what he’s done up until now.

ALSO, if you pre-order the album, you get a free signed 7″ vinyl with an unreleased B-side. Thanks, Mason.

Once again…

11 09 2005

Internetless. The bitches at Charter never fail to disappoint. Anyhow,
things are looking up, both on the “social” scene and on the homework
front. With no o-chem to bug me, I might end up actually… GASP,
“enjoying” the semester? I thought that strange concept “enjoying
classes” had left my head, particularly after last summer.


  • Entomology ### – Biological control of insects – Sweet. How to use bugs to stop bugs? That’s my thing!
  • Psych 202 – I need to do well in this if for nothing else than my self-esteem since I’m a senior in a sea of Fresh-puppies
  • Biochem 501 – Intro biochem. This one could be cool or nasty… and not the good nasty.
  • LSC ### – Radio – How to record radio shows and use sound editing software?!?! I’ve always wanted to know this stuff.
  • Physics 104 – Let’s get this crap over ASAP. 😛

That makes 3 labs (ent, physics and radio.) They’re Tues., Weds. and Thurs., too. Yikes.


  • Life of Pi – True or not, this book is an amazing story that
    makes you think about life in a new way. Essentially, a boy was lost
    for 237 days at sea with a tiger in his lifeboat. The story is the one
    he told (in real life), and I believe it.
  • Ishmael – A philosophical book that takes an interesting approach
    to teaching something that a lot of people need to consider. It’s a
    fast and great read. Take the message to heart.
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 – I like this so far,
    though I’ve only read a little. It’s edited by Dave Eggers and contains
    lot of fiction and non-fiction. I saw Dave Sedaris as a contributor.

I helped with the Ironman triathlon today. Those men and women are an
inspiration to say the least. They’ve inspired me to get back in shape.

Life’s looking up, and for once, I can’t find a depressing news piece
to throw in here. I think I’ll pray tonight for the survivors of 9/11
and Hurricane Katrina. I hope you all do something to help out.


Went out

5 09 2005

… with the lovely ladies Lori, Liah, Kelly and Chloe. Was a blast. Now I’m dead tired.


4 09 2005

It’s nice to see that people in the world still care for each other: Qatar offers $100m to relief fund