Tuesday, May 31, 2005

You Would Make a Valuable Asset to the Dark Side

It's 20 questions with heavy breathing.

Containing such memorable lines as:

"You're mind is closed to the force"
"You are giving me a headache"

and the best of the lot

"I suggest you surrender"

whilst shaking and strangling my browser window with the Force

The Honourable Member for the Sith, Darth Vader, couldn't even guess a cactus. I suppose it's because, in his own words;

"(I) am as powerful as the Emperor has foreseen"

Make Anakin whine like the little bitch that he is.

(via metafilter)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Not Enough Time

Disappointed, but not disheartened.

Myself, the Wife and a few friends disappeared up to the Woolwich Pier Hotel last night to watch the Super 12 Final. Unfortunately the Waratahs went down to the Cursaders 35 to 25. We just ran out of time. If the game had gone on for another 10 minutes, the result could have been very different.

I thought the Waratahs kicking game was one of the biggest problems. They couldn’t get it to where they wanted it, too many kicks and Peter Hewat kicking donkeys out down the sidelines. Peter Hewat persistence with the little chip kicks smacked of someone who was out for personal glory rather than a win. At times I just wanted to scream at him to stop being a typical back and take it to ground to let the forward pack back him up. As expected, the Crusaders scored off mistakes. We knew they were going to be able to do it and we were punished for it.

All in all though, it was one of the best years for NSW Rugby. The entire squad played as hard as I’ve ever seen them and it all looks good for next year. We are going to miss the likes of Cannon, MacKay and in particular, Grey, but I think the acquisition of Sam Norton-Knight is a good one. The likes of Rocky Elsom, Morgan Tirinui and Phil Waugh are going to around for a long time yet, and this can’t be a bad thing.

It doesn’t hurt to lose one either as it only makes you more hungry for revenge.

Bring on the Super 14!


Saturday, May 28, 2005

Stone House Stout

It appears as if the Stone House Stout is finally starting to come around. I've been worried about his beer as it was the first brew after having to discard the previous two Pale Ales due to a bacterial infection. I've got a new secondary fermenter which I think was where the problem was. The recipe was as follows:

3kg Liquid Malt Extract
500g (60L) Crystal Malt Grain
500g Black Roasted Grain
45g Ringwood Hops (9% alpha acid) added as bittering hops
Safale S-04 Yeast

The bottling caused a problem as well as I stupidly bulk primed with corn syrup instead of corn sugar. This meant pretty much zero carbonation after three weeks, although the taste was great. I opened all the bottles up and added dextrose monohydrate and recapped. After another three weeks in the bottle the carbonation levels are much better.

Tasting Notes and Pictures to follow.

Friday, May 27, 2005

First Post

Only three words (technically two and a bit) are required for my first post...


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