...And just like that and I have a little brewery in my apartment.

This weekend I rented a car and loaded up on all my supplies. I planned on brewing when I had some time this week, but I have no patience when it comes to new projects and I started only hours after unpacking the car.

The process took about four and a half hours from heating up my water to getting it in the glass carboy. The next morning I woke up to find an eruption of activity that smelled...well, not so great at 7am, but when I come home from work I sit with it for a few minutes with a bottle of store bought beer and watch the little bubbles percolate.

Now that the blow off has subsided (it foams up and over the top) the smell has gone away. I have five more days of it like this, then I transfer to another container to get the beer off the sediment (hops/used yeast) that's collected at the bottom. After several days in the new container I bottle it, and let it age a bit and build up some carbonation.

This was something of a test run. It had been so long since I brewed anything I was more interested in going through the motions and remembering what I needed to do and when. I have no idea if this beer will be any good—I assume it will be drinkable—but once I get a good rythym going I can start focusing on all the things you have to pay attention to to brew excellent beer.

Also, some links:

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So, my friend Sean reminded me that it's humanly possible to brew your own beer. I used to brew it when I lived in LA but you could only do it in the wintery months, and even then a couple of warm days would screw your batch and you'd end up with banana smelling malt liquor. (back then I was pretty poor, so the trick to disposing of this mistake was pinch your nose closed with one hand while you drank with the other)

But now I live in San Francisco! I drink much more beer! It's always fricken cold! Wish me luck!


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Picture 3.png While trying to register on Translink's site, the iPhone conveniently sensed the field was named with "phone" and replaced my keyboard with a number keypad. A number keypad with no dash. A dash that the Translink required on their end to know it was a "real" number.

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Today it occurred to me that the Spanish word for "and" ("y") is much more symbolic than the plain old english word "and". The "y" describes two lines converging into one line, the joining of two things is the perfect way to say "and".

This is also the day I ate Miracle Fruit. I forgot to find out if there was any sort of hallucinogenic properties associated with it, because that "y" thing I wrote about above is total stoner thinking.

  • Tessa's Braces: When I was ten. - When I was around 10 I decided that if I slept with my left arm across my stomach and my right arm at my side then the Zombies that lived in my closet wouldn't bother me. It worked. I still find myself sleeping like that.
  • THE HELLO EXPERIMENT - This won't make sense unless you've seen the video. link from <a href="http://www.fresharrival.com/">Fresh Arrival</a>.
  • Rands In Repose: Ninety Days - "Your job interview isn’t over until you’ve changed to become part of a new team." via <a href="http://43folders.com/">Merlin</a>. I am in the middle of Michael's book. It's excellent.

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The Results of The Miracle Fruit
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Today in Tech we sampled Miracle Fruit. It was very interesting, at times completely weird, but it's not quite a "miracle".

Click the photo to see how Miracle Fruit converted some of these items.

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I spend a very large amount of time catching up with sites on my commute into work. Since I haven't developed a good workflow for del.icio.us bookmarking while on the device, I'm seeing the rate of my bookmark collection fall.

Apple iPhone update is desperately needed! OMG this iPhone is so outdated!

:)

So on with the links:

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You'll notice I have a slight advertising/marketing bent in things I link. I like companies, their brands, and how companies use their brands to interact with their customers or potential customers. I hate advertising without focus. I am not a fan of pretty much any contextual or behavioral schemes I see day-to-day.

There are two advertising campaigns right now that I keep running into on the web. The "Cloverfield" viral marketing campaign, and the fun and far-reaching campaign revolving around the Simpsons' movie. Below I have a link to a story about the Simpsons appearing in Harper's Bazaar, and no doubt you've heard of the Simpons/7-11 Kwik-E-Mart project in which 7-11 stores were converted to Kwik-E-Marts as seen on the Simpsons' TV Show.

I like both of these because they took effort and it shows (though the jury is still out on whether Cloverfield is masterfully architected or entirely botched. Paramount goons are throwing around C+Ds everywhere I look).

Everyone lauds the death of print media, traditional publishing paradigms, the music industry, DRM...but I'm most happy to see the death of rewarding advertisers for shitty, thoughtless campaigns. I think it's something we've all known for a while: treat your customers to something engaging and they'll reward you with an appearance in their link list and possibly a ticket to your movie.

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Wow, lots of links to get through today. Be sure and check out the Youtube video "zZz is playing: Grip" for a pretty cool, uncut video with no special effects. If you're an iPhone fan there's some bugs you can re-create if you like that sort of thing (I like that sort of thing).

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I think all timers—kitchen timers as well as software timers in software—should be able to do math. I find I am routinely going over to the oven to enter the time left on the clothes washer which gives me the time in wash and rinse amounts, so I find myself adding time in my head and then entering into the panel.

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My little experiment in tossing links out of the main blog didn't work out so hot. I like linking things, but I don't like the lazy feeling of stuff just showing up here at some point in the day.

If I could just edit and format my links for the day in a nice way I'd be much happier with them appearing inline.

So that's what I'm going to do. I built myself a little script in JavaScript that uses the JSON feed to generate a page where I can select which links I want to publish and then have them populate a simple unordered list which I can copy and paste into a new post:

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Produces this (which I was able to edit a bit):

You can download the source here. Feel free to mess with it, it's a little messy and I haven't tested it on anything but Firefox. If you want to add to it and do cooler stuff with it, feel free. Public domain and stuff.

Trust me, the last thing you want is a blog all about how they should add calculators to kitchen timers (wtf?).

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This is my dad cutting my hair. He's a barber and a damn good one. I need to find a local barber that is half as good as him. The $20 haircut I keep getting is a disaster compared to what my dad does.

We spent the weekend with my parents. It was 100º. I forgot how draining 100º weather can be.

And that was my weekend.

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Dear Alison from 2007,

You're right. I'm guilty. I will do better. This is the 1,000th post to notes since I moved over to TypePad and I really let this thing lapse into a linkfeed. While I love the ease of del.icio.us popping links I bookmark over there, it's no replacement for the weblog I want this to be, so I'm going to shut that off for a bit and see how it goes.

If anyone is at all interested in subscribing to my del.icio.us links, you can do so here.

Update: I made this Yahoo! pipe of everything.

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While discussing our pending Germany trip:

Amber: Guten abend!
Me: It's not "guten nacht"?
Amber: Close, "nacht" is only for when you're really going to bed. And it's "gute".
Me: Ahh "gute nacht".
Amber: Yup. (Surprised) How did you know the word for "night"? Are you listening to tapes too?
Me: No, uh, "Kristallnacht" was this horrific event in Jewish German history where there was a concerted effort by Goebbels to terrorize and imprison thousands of Jews. It translates to "Crystal Night" in reference to the windows being smashed of shops and the mayhem in general.
Amber: Oh...

Me: Sorry. All the German I know comes from the History Channel and beer labels.

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How is it nobody made this until now? Buy! Buy! Buy!

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Here's a neat trick you can do to type periods and commas and anything else in the alternate keyboard page.

The short of it is: when you want to type something from that alternate keyboard, touch the alternate key but don't lift your finger, instead slide it over to the key you want to insert and then let go.

The alternate key doesn't receive the "key up" message so it flips back to normal key layout, and the key you wanted does receive the "key up" message so it inserts that character.

I'm getting pretty fast with the keyboard. I had a bet with someone who said the iPhone would have a normal keypad in the next iteration and these phones would be sitting on the clearance shelf in six months. I think I'm going to win.

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I got an iPhone. Well...Amber went early this morning and picked up two 8 gig iPhones for us, so technically I don't have it yet. But I pretty much decided I was going to cave eventually, so why not just get it over with?

I hate buying 1st generation Apple products, but after reading reviews, and hearing friends talk highly of it I decided the 1st gen curse might not apply to this one.

My current phone (for the next hour or so) is the k790a. It's the best phone I've ever owned. The 3.2 megapixel camera is reason enough to own it, and Cabel's review is the reason I bought it unlocked for $400.

Oddly enough Cabel referred to the unannounced iPhone in his review way back in November 2006, three months before it was revealed: "And, of course, now that I bought this phone, Apple should be releasing the iPhone any minute now. Thank me later." Thanks, Cabel.

I'm excited to try out two todo lists: dopointoh.com and tadalist.com. Until they open up the platform for development, there's going to be a fun little burst of web apps like what David Cann is doing.

So in conclusion: fun times, fancy phone, and I like to think there's a bathroom or storage closet in Steve's house I've completely paid for (except he draws a salary of $1 so maybe that episode of Ugly Betty I grabbed a couple weeks ago took care of that).

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