Brewing Thoughts

September 13, 2007

Weren’t They The Bad Guys in Star Trek 27?

Filed under: General — jidd @ 7:42 am

I’m not talking about the Klingon or Ferengi. No, this is someone far more stealthy and menacing. Often times, nobody even knows when one is in the room. I’m talking about dirty frank the fearsome Ganglion Cyst!

Well, a couple of weeks ago I had my own Ganglion excised from the underside of my right wrist. Now I just look like some emo-tard, (remember kids, down the road). Anyhow, sorry for the lack of posting. Been sore for a bit and have avoided typing whenever possible.

Maybe I should have done a before & after, but since it’s too late for that, here’s what’s left of my little friend:


This was the first time I’ve had surgery. I can’t believe they actually put me totally under for this. I think the anesthesiologist was just looking for a few extra bucks.


August 21, 2007

So Good, Even Jules Couldn’t Argue With The Idea

Filed under: Food — jidd @ 7:21 am

bacon.jpg Bacon Salt

I gotta git me some of this!  While it is no iPod, my birthday is coming up….  =P

August 20, 2007

Cat in the Box

Filed under: General,Humor — jidd @ 8:22 am

For all you crazy cat people out there, I bring you

Cats in Boxes

Not to be confused with whats in this box:

August 15, 2007

There is nothing wrong with your television set.

Filed under: General,Technology — jidd @ 11:58 am

Do not attempt to adjust the picture.

I’m doing some server migration/reconfiguring, so you may experience some weirdness.

There is no gremlin on the wing, err.. in the server.
(I know, tsk tsk for mixing references to classic sci-fi shows.)

August 13, 2007

Comfort Food – For Better or Worse (long)

Filed under: Food,General — jidd @ 12:21 pm

So, Courtney has been out of town since Thursday for a convention, and I’m home sick with the dogs (and the retarded cat). Other than some projects around the house, I didn’t have any real plans. On her way out, Courtney had offhandedly mentioned that I might try doing something with all the fruit in the house.

Lets see, pears, nectarines, and plums. I’m sick, so I’m not feeling like anything fussy that involves rolling out dough, as that seem entirely too strenuous. So clafouti it is. I found a recipe for an almond-pear clafouti that sounded pretty good. Peel, core and slice up the pears. Toss them in a bit of lemon juice. Whip up a batter of eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, etc… Throw the fruit in a pan, pour in the batter, throw some almonds on top and….


Almond Pear Clafouti

It’s tasty, but not my favorite. It turned out a bit too almondy for my liking. Oh well. That was Sunday.

Monday, home sick again. Courtney’s still gone. I’m lying in bed wondering what’s in the house for breakfast when it dawns of me: biscuits and gravy. What can possibly be more comforting for a sick boy with southern roots like me than homemade biscuits and gravy. I even have buttermilk in the house for once.

I know there isn’t any sausage for the gravy, but surely I can get by with bacon, no? And thus began the most non-comforting biscuits & gravy expedition ever. Okay, so get the bacon on the griddle while I start to work on the biscuits.

Flour, buttermilk, salt, shortening, baking soda, baking powder. Baking powder? Where is the flipping baking powder? Crap, still at my mother-in-laws house. Some quick thinking and I remember that baking powder is nothing more than baking soda, corn starch, and, and… and?! Google kindly informs me that it is Cream of Tartar, which I have. Whew, that was close.

I get the biscuits mixed and ready to roll out, when I reach for the flour to dust out my rolling area. Double crap, I’ve been using the self-rising flour all this time instead of the regular. Hmm.. I’m either going to have super-fluffy cake biscuits, or something will go terribly wrong. Oh well, no turning back now. Roll them, cut them out with my finest biscuit cutter, and throw them in the oven.

Time to get back to the gravy. The bacon is done, crumbled, and goes into a skillet, with the fat and some flour. Regular flour this time. I reach for the milk. Wha?? Buttermilk!! Where’s the… Crappity crap crap crapping crappyton. I realize at this point that I’m just not having biscuits & gravy this morning. I know it won’t work, but I go ahead and add the buttermilk to the bacon and flour simmering away in my skillet. It bubbles away for a few minutes and, as disgusting as it looks, I give it a taste. There is an underlying hint of gravy, but it is masked by greasy tartness. This is not at all like grandma used to make.

Meanwhile, the biscuits come out of the oven, and while not spectacular, they are passable. For breakfast, I have flat biscuits and honey, with a side of bacon. Oh, and one helluva mess to clean up. Why am I not feeling comforted by this?

August 3, 2007

Only 7 Years Late

Filed under: Humor,Politics — jidd @ 8:39 am

George Dubya consults with his doctor about a possible cure:


July 30, 2007

Monday Politics

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Politics — jidd @ 1:32 pm

Old People Are Expensive
What’s wrong with this picture:

“Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—programs that serve older people—already exceed 40 percent of the $2.7 trillion federal budget. By 2030, their share could hit 75 percent of the present budget, projects the Congressional Budget Office. “

Can anyone say “unsustainable?”

Sex for the Motherland
This would be amusing if it were just a story about a bunch of horny Russians, but unfortunately the Kremlin’s current parallels to the path of Nazi Germany are quite striking.

Army Offering $20,000 Bonus For ‘Quick’ Recruits
Brilliant, we already have a problem with gangs utilizing our military for free training, now we’re going to pay an extra $20k bonus for the accelerated program.

July 23, 2007

I Bet Gargamel is Behind This

Filed under: Civil Liberties,General — jidd @ 9:03 pm


Dutch shops call for ‘magic mushrooms’ ban for minors

Mmmmmm…. Coffee…..

Filed under: Food — jidd @ 8:28 pm

27675 I’ve officially acquired another vice. Thanks to Courtney’s cousin’s husband Chris who planted this bug in my ear around Christmas, I’ve been pondering roasting coffee for half a year now. Tonight I fired up yee ole air popper and roasted my first batch of green coffee beans; a high-grown bean from the Placeras Estate in Nicaragua. It is described by the vendor as, “Medium intensity / Malty, honeyed, low acid, balanced.”
As for my first roast, it went pretty well. It is roasted about to what is called “City+”, which is towards the lighter side and lets more of the character of the coffee’s origin show through than your darker roasts. I maybe should have gone a tad darker, but we’ll see in the morning how it tastes.

So far, this is much more approachable than brewing beer. It is a lot quicker, there is substantiall less equipment involved, it doesn’t require special temperature control for weeks of fermenting… But then, there isn’t any alcohol either. 😦

July 18, 2007

Sorry, my water crashed…

Filed under: General — jidd @ 10:10 am


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Taken from: Random Good Stuff – The Entertainment Blog

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