22 February 2011

"Building OCD" sufferer has nerdgasm

Mark elements of the UMass campus you do and don't like. I've already had a crack at it. You can only mark three of each per session, but you can just go at it as many times as you want.

http://www.umass.edu/cp/sites/cp/apps/places/index.html

16 February 2011

First brew log

Brown porter. I'm making this from this kit.  I'm not sure what standing kits have in the "home brewing community", but my dad has been using them for years and people seem to like his beer (myself included) so we'll see.

15 January
13:00 First problem: can't get cover off of fermenting bucket. Holy fucking shit!
13:40 Cover is off, everything sanitized, grains steeping. I need to go back to the gym.
15:05 Malt and bittering hops in and boiling away. 40 minutes until yeast hydration.
My dad has been skyping in during this process to offer advice and has told me that this morning he put his underwear on the dog's head just to see what she would do. Dog didn't care.
15: 55 Boil almost done, pretty uneventful. But it turns out that steam was condensing on the fume hood about my stove and dripping back in. Is my beer being to taste like grease?
Check out this brew.
16:11 This stuff looks pretty nasty. Waiting for it to cool.
16:37 Stuff is all mixed up, sealed, and put away in the closet. Autopsy of the pot looks like maybe the mixing wasn't that great, a fair amount of malty looking shit looking like it didn't fully go into solution. Maybe more water next time around; the pot could have handled it.
19 January
00:42: No yeast activity. Not good. Probably going to give it another shot of yeast tomorrow if I remember to swing over to Noho.
30 January
Everything is in bottles and I have nothing to say. 
16 February
So I've tried the beer. Actually I tried it last Friday too, but that was maybe a little early. Today's bottle had a decent amount of carbonation. Pouring it fast resulted in a decent, if ephemeral head. The taste seems good, maybe with a little too much of a 'bite'. I wonder how much alcohol is in it though: I regret not taking any measurements during the process. I think it's time to round up some victims!!

14 February 2011

Come on take a little walk with me baby, and tell me _whom_ do you love

Valentine's Day. Named after St. Valentine the crusader, noted destroyer of heliocentrists. In our modern times, this holiday is mainly celebrated by mothers mailing their grown children boxes of candy (right?).

Here at fuckityo.com, whether you're chronically single or happily married or anywhere in between, we have a long tradition of celebrating Valentine's Day. Last year, we looked at the parallels between an old relationship and a weird vague happenstance. This year, though the situation is equally grim, I'm fresh out of parallels and not really in the mood for making a concerted effort towards any great thoughts.

So we're going to do the next best thing.

We're going to correct George Thorogood. It's whom, dude. It's an object.

Happy Valentine's Day, you fucks!

08 February 2011

"Computers are useless. They can only give answers" - Pablo Picasso

Size letters are meaningless in "print" command.

???
(emphasis added)

05 February 2011

Required reading if you want to be my friend

When I was a freshman, there was ZooMassDrunks.com. It was a website to post stories of the drunken escapades that it was the moral and legal obligation of every UMass student to engage in. There was one in particular that was particularly awesome about a man drunk on love, life, and perhaps Busch Lite.

But there was so much going on that year, eventually the site was forgotten about. And then disaster struck, someone remembered the story but the site was long gone.

And then Ilya found it in a folder of images! And did the memories ever flow back.


Now I share it with you. Is behavior like this truly to be celebrated? That is not for us mortals to decide.

Sometimes I think: the drinking age

One of the things I've realized about UMass after 6 years is that the university has claimed to clean up its drinking image, but has largely pushed it off campus. Sometimes I work late on Friday nights (boo) or even come into the lab on an occasional Saturday (boo). Driving home on those nights, the crowds of people coming and going from parties at off-campus apartment complex are nothing short of incredible. It's obvious that they are going to parties to drink. Then they're walking on fairly busy streets, sometimes extremely drunk, to get back to campus.

It's not hard to drink on campus either. If you can acquire alcohol, it's easy to get a small group of people together and drink in a dorm room. That's what I would do. And at times my drinking was downright ridiculous.

I think that both of these scenarios are problematic. Typically I'm wont to favor scenarios with minimal regulation of anything (because I turned out all right of course), but at the same time I think it's favorable, in general, for people to drink, initially at least, in public rather than in private. Furthermore, taking the uncompromising libertarian attitude towards alcohol seems so impractical for getting anything done.

The Graduated Drinking Age
  • At 21 the rules are exactly as they are now.
  • At 18 you can be served alcohol at a licensed bar or restaurant.
  • At 16 you can be served alcohol at a bar or restaurant, but only with a sponsor who is over 21 and has some responsibly for the actions of the person whom they sponsor.
The idea is to slowly cultivate an attitude towards drinking. By forcing drinking to occur in public first and be explicitly served, the idea is established to learn one's limits and avoid getting into a dangerous situation.

Universities would love this, because they could establish on campus bars and make a good amount of money. College towns would love this because droves of students wouldn't be driven into off-campus parties, taking strain off of their police forces. Plus its would stop the people from walking in the road road when I'm trying to fucking drive home!

The main problem here is that I think that 21 as the drinking age is tied to federal highway money which states are loathe to give up. So I don't expect much.