Archive for July, 2006

There’s nothing funnier than a daschund with narcolepsy. Nothing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2006 12:46:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Man, I’m not sure what to make of this. First, the article states that the US plans to keep control of the root servers, which basically is the same thing as having control. The biggest point being made was that more countries would have a vote as to what direction ICANN would take. This isn’t the best thing in the world. I’m all about democracy, but I’m not about giving non-democratic countries votes. Period. This is part of the reason I want the US to stop funding and remove itself from the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/29/2006 8:48:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Soundgarden – Superunknown. Best SG album by far. Oh, and Audioslave sucks.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/26/2006 2:26:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Which I can only assume that means someone finally told him. Because, I mean, was there anyone besides Lance who didn’t think everyone knew already? Hat tip The Superficial 
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/26/2006 1:21:00 PM | Feedback (2)
As a father of two small children, when birthdays roll around the question of “What should I get your kid?” is inevitable. Usually the parents have a list of what to get their rugrats handy. Of course, if you’re (a) forgetful, (b) a procrastinator or (c) male, it’s usually the day before the party when it hits you that you’ll need to buy a gift. If you are at a loss or completely out of ideas, here’s something that every child needs, regardless of gender or age – A pack of batteries....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/26/2006 10:37:00 AM | Feedback (2)
My brother in law sent me a list of terrible URLs for businesses. Everyone knows that if you are going to operate a business in today’s world you need a domain name. It is advisable to look at the domain name selected as other see it and not just as you think it looks. Failure to do this may result in situations such as the following (legitimate) companies who deal in everyday humdrum products and services but clearly didn’t give their domain names enough consideration: 1. A site called...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/25/2006 10:59:00 AM | Feedback (1)
A penguin is driving through the Arizona desert when his car breaks down. He steps out into the oppressive, 108° heat and notices oil pouring out of the engine. He has the car towed to the nearest town and waits at the mechanic’s. Unfortunately, the mechanic’s waiting room is not well air conditioned and the penguin, not acclimated to the hot weather, starts to get uncomfortable. He sees an ice cream stand down the road and thinks “Being a penguin, I really could go for something ice cold” and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/25/2006 10:51:00 AM | Feedback (3)
Specifically for this post. I warn you not to try to contain any form of liquid within your mouth. Especially if you have small children. Hat Tip – My wife, who doesn’t even read my @!^&% blog.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/23/2006 10:57:00 PM | Feedback (0)
At work, we’ve got on each floor an area for coffee, a sink, fridge, microwave, etc. Facilities purchases the cheapest crap they can to fill the are up. I understand the logic as to why. When there’s only 1/4 pot of coffee, I’d think nothing of dumping it out to make a new pot. I’m not the one paying for the coffee. At home, I lick the coffee flavored condensation on the lid of the maker to ensure I get ever last bit of caffeine I can. So I see where people will tend to abuse conservation when...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2006 1:32:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Just haven’t had the time to blog it, but last Tuesday in the SaaM household saw a little girl celebrate her first birthday. With the emergence of her second tooth, nonetheless.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2006 12:24:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Over at Goldstein’s where a free form comment thread seems to be emerging I had one of those hummingbird feeders in my back yard. One time as a joke I laced it with methamphetemines. Did you ever see those pictures of a jet fighter with condensation clouds around the wings? Imagine 7 or 8 of those in miniature. Really cool. One little fellow got scared by a cat. Broke the sound barrier. Posted by N. O'Brain on 07/21 at 08:06 AM
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2006 12:06:00 PM | Feedback (2)
from the Perry Bible Fellowship.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2006 9:12:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Well, Bueller made it home yesterday. The doctor said he’d be fine and that they’d like to check on him in 2 weeks. They unblocked his urinary tract, loaded him up on antibiotics, flushed his bladder out, and sent him home. The only thing we have to show for it is one pissed off kitten and a swanky looking new hairdo (where they had to put in the IV) (click to enlarge) The doc gave us a few weeks worth of antibiotics, something to help his bladder constrict to assist him in peeing and to get...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2006 8:29:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Sure, you can try to hit them with your car, but they’ll just land on their feet. That lady in the car was lucky he wasn’t carrying any throwing stars.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2006 1:47:00 PM | Feedback (1)
I was going to take my new brew keg on her maiden voyage with a nice, easy drinking wheat beer when a coworker mentioned he was making mango wine and I thought “Hmmm. How about a mango wheat?”. So that’s what I’m doing. Here’s the specs 4# Pale Malt 2 row3# Wheat Malt1/2# Crystal 10L 1/4 oz. Simcoe @ 60 minutes1/4 oz. Simcoe @ 5 minutes WYeast 3068 (Weihenstephan Weizen) 5# mangoes, sliced, smushed and frozen to be added to secondary for 7 days. I plan on doing a decoction for this one...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2006 2:31:00 PM | Feedback (1)
In a lot of Sci-Fi that I either read or listen to, there is this underlying thought that there are an infinite number of time lines with infinite possible outcomes (of course, somehow they all say each time line is based on decisions that a human makes, but hey…). Many stories make the age old mathematical faux pas that Infinite Probability = All Possible Outcomes. This just ain’t true. For example, take the following set of even numbers 2…4…6…8…10…12…∞ This set contains an infinite...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2006 2:03:00 PM | Feedback (7)
So, yesterday I missed coming into work because my Jeep Wrangler had a mysterious loss of engine power. Turns out, the catalytic converter had busted and clogged the exhaust system. A couple of hundred dollars later, she’s back to the ‘Super Jeep’ status she was when I had the engine rebuilt and enhanced. Actually, the garage tuned her a bit better and she’s even faster / more powerful. Thus ends the good news. Later in the evening, I heard my cat Bueller doing a strange, loud, yodeling...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2006 8:58:00 AM | Feedback (1)
<p>A little how-to on building your own mash paddle from wood. A great tool for all homebrewers. Includes pictures, step by step instructions, and a little thing I call "snark"</p> <p><a href="http://blog.robballen.com/archive/2006/07/10/Someone_here_needs_a_good_paddling.aspx">Click here to read the whole article</a></p>
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2006 8:59:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Someone lent me Shinedown - Leave a Whisper. Damn! Now that's a good album. Granted it's hard to tell one song from another, I'm quite enamoured of the sound and like this style of music.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2006 1:21:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Refined incest videos Riiiiiight. I mean, I can't stand those rednecky, uncultured incest videos so I'm assuming the refined ones have to make for much better viewing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2006 10:13:00 AM | Feedback (1)
My PC is dead. Again. The hard drive just makes a loud click and then stops spinning. After a few seconds it spins back up, then randomly stops again. Gut reaction would be that the drive is bad. But here's the kicker - it's an IDE drive and the same basic thing was happening when I had a SATA drive as the main drive. So it looks more like the drive controller on the mother board.The damndest thing is that the BSOD can't write out the error so I don't get much information from the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2006 9:12:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Amazon’s review of Joe Satriani’s latest album, Super Colossal Amazon.comOne of the most innovative voices in contemporary American music, guitarist Joe Satriani celebrates two decades as a recording artist by releasing yet another consistently strong and refreshing platter of soulful goodness. Like his former student and sometime sparring partner Steve Vai, Satriani shows his virtuosity rests not only in his command over his instrument but also in his command of composition. "It's So Good,"...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2006 1:40:00 PM | Feedback (0)
How can you get any cuter than a picture of a baby standing next to your new keg?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2006 9:41:00 AM | Feedback (0)
YouTube will destroy us all.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2006 3:29:00 PM | Feedback (0)
 My new brewing kettle from Sabco! Gonna do a nice wheat beer next. Unfortunately won’t be finished in time for the little one’s 1st birthday party (Guess I’ll just have to buy her a 6 pack of Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA instead), but shouldn’t take more than a week in the fermenter so it should be ready soon. I want a nice, light, crisp wheat that is thirst quenching. I’ve made some heavier beers lately so I need something a bit more suited to summer. As a side note, my Ithurtzwhen IPA is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2006 2:57:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I just did it again. I’ve simply got to believe it has something to do with the quality of my clothing and not with me having a fat ass (which I don’t. No… really!)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2006 1:57:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I read this post by Mary Madigan over at Deans’ World, and  I couldn’t help but rehash my comments here. At one time in my life, not so long ago, I was a proponent of unlimited, legal, immigration. I’ve always felt that America is great because of those who came here to make a better life for themselves. But I learned that immigrants must be given time, as well as a reason, to assimilate. Look at what has happened in Europe with their unassimilated cultures. So, I’ve backed off and realized...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2006 11:10:00 AM | Feedback (0)