Archive for April, 2006

So my wife likes to keep the Guideposts magazines in the holder by the toilet. I dunno about you, but when I'm on the can, I'm not usually in the mood for divine inspiration. A little divine mercy maybe, but not inspiration.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/29/2006 7:13:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Just racked my Ithurtzwhen IPA onto an ounce each of Cascade and Amarillo hops into the secondary. Took a gravity reading to see how much work the yeast did. For you non-brewers out there, a hydrometer is used to determine how much sugar is suspended in the wort (unfermented beer) and again after fermentation is complete. Pure water will read 1.000. A normal beer would start around 1.030 to 1.050 and end around 1.010 to 1.020. Bigger beers are higher. My original gravity (OG) for the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/29/2006 5:01:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Hey all. I'm really sorry about the dearth of posting lately but... Yes? I'm sorry? Can I help you? I don't know, you called me. No I didn't. Yes you did. Right up there. You said 'DARTH' No, I said DEARTH. D-E-A-R-T-H, not D-A-R-T-H! Don't get mad at me, buddy. It's not my fault you've got nothing interesting to talk about and instead have to resort to cheesy homophones with fictional...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/28/2006 7:18:00 PM | Feedback (6)
And I realize that it’s “Bring your little rug-rat to work” day. My girls are waaaaay too young for it (Georgia would be bored in 15 minutes and Irelyn would be trying to put everything she could find into her mouth). But hearing all the little voices all day long has made me miss them terribly.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/27/2006 3:49:00 PM | Feedback (0)
A few days ago I bitched about a problem with my computer and certain applications locking up on me for minutes on end. Well, I finally found the culprit. Turns out, something is screwy with mdm.exe. Every application that hung. when launched, the Microsoft Debug Manager kicked in. If I killed the mdm.exe, within a few seconds the sticky application became responsive. So I went into C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug and renamed mdm.exe. Now everything zings! I’ve...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/24/2006 9:53:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Tonight's the night! I'm heading to see the guitar god himself, Joe Satriani, in concert. In highschool, he was my guitar idol. I wanted to be able to play like him so bad. Alas, I never did reach that level, but it'll be cool to actually see the man on stage. Yeah, not deathly interesting to the masses, I'm sure, but it's my blog....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/24/2006 7:21:00 AM | Feedback (5)
<p>An exclusive Sharp as a Marble interview with the very talented Paula Abdul's Mole.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.robballen.com/archive/2006/04/23/Exclusive_Interview__Paula_Abduls_Mole.aspx">Click here for more</a></p>
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2006 4:52:00 PM | Feedback (2)
Dunno what happened, but some update ran a few days ago and ever since then, many of my applications take up to 5 minutes to load. I run Sysinternal’s Process Explorer and Filemon, and whatever application I’m looking at just sits there. Performance once up is unbearable as well but still 0% CPU utilization and no file activity can be seen. All the apps are 32 bit (BlogJet, Visual Studio 2003, RSS Bandit) so the WoW64 is in play, but I can’t tell why other 32 bit apps run just fine. It’s...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2006 7:23:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Roasted Dell Laptop. Bake at 300 degrees for 5 minutes. Serve warm with a nice Chianti and rice pilaf.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2006 4:03:00 PM | Feedback (0)
A very happy birthday to Six Meat Buffet. Party hats for all!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/19/2006 9:59:00 AM | Feedback (1)
So I’ve had to take some online courses at work regarding happy horse-shit things like Diversity in the Workplace*, SOX Whistle-blower protection, Sexual Harassment, etc. It takes hours to do these, but if you can pass the pre-test, you don’t have to sit through them. On the sexual harassment one, I looked at all the answers, figured out which ones I felt were correct, then selected the others instead. I aced it. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I’m still a happy camper! *Don’t...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/18/2006 9:13:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Just upgraded my Subtext to a developer's build. No smoke from the server. Must not have gone too bad. Update: Looks like I did break it. But not for too long. Helps when you move over the correct directory. Seriously, though, does the new code make me look fat?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/17/2006 8:48:00 PM | Feedback (3)
It’s BREW DAY!!! Today I’m making my Ithurtzwhen IPA, a asininely hoppy, alcoholic beer. Here’s the recipe Ithurtzwhen IPA Grain & Sugars % Amount Name Origin Potential SRM 4.8 1.00 lbs.  Crystal 10L America 1.035 10 7.1 1.50 lbs.  Victory Malt America 1.034 25 81.0 17.00 lbs.  Pilsener Malt(2-Row) Continental Europe 1.035 1 7.1 1.50 lbs.  Turbinado Sugar Generic 1.046 0 Hops Amount Name Form Alpha...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/14/2006 11:45:00 AM | Feedback (7)
So, I’m getting prepped to make my Ithurtzwhen IPA – Ridiculously Hopped Imperial India Pale Ale tomorrow. This is my most ambitious brew yet – if I hit my marks it could be between 11 and 13% ABV (your standard Bud is about 5.5%) Most 5 gallon brews use around 1 to 1.5 oz. of hops. This sucker uses 8.5!! So here I was this evening, sorting through 12 ounces of leafy green hops, measuring them out on a small digital scale and putting them into little plastic baggies so all I have to do...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2006 9:46:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Seriously. That’s all I have. Sorry.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/11/2006 9:48:00 AM | Feedback (2)
So, I hurt my neck last week. Then, this weekend I hurt my back. The Mrs. finally broke my will and I went to the doctor yesterday. Turns out, I really did injure something pretty good and it didn’t take the Nurse Practitioner 30 seconds to figure that out. What my problem was was that no medicine was helping ease the pain. So she prescribed me a muscle relaxer and 600mg Motrin horse pills. Now, my Dr’s office is high tech. There are no more folders of charts – instead the whole office uses...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/4/2006 4:03:00 PM | Feedback (8)
Woo hoo! It's finally brew day here at the Sharp as a Marble compound. Mrs. Marble is still sick, so it's a little on the hectic side, but she seems to have control of the girls so this should be fine.Now, the whole reason I am making a simple, extract based beer is because my next beer is going to be a behemoth and is going to need lots and lots of healthy yeast to help it on its way. The best way to get lots of yeast is to make a starter, which is nothing more than a mini-beer. Well, to get...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/1/2006 12:43:00 PM | Feedback (2)