Category Archives: General Musings

The Big Picture: beer; the world; the universe; beer. That sort of things.

Red Rover, Red Rover

I guess what we take from the new voluble Mars rover is this: when the Spirit is troubled, Opportunity is on the rise. Opportunity landed on Mars with less fanfare than Spirit had on its bouncedown – little siblings the … Continue reading

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Touch Me in the Morning Edition

Once in a while you get what you want (and if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need) – almost. The tiny gap between there and nearly-there is a tricky one. It’s a trompe l’oeil chasm. … Continue reading

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John Barley-Corn

As every homebrewer the world over knows, beer is the foundation of the civilization that arose in the Middle-East toward the end of the neolithic period. The demand for large, steady supplies of grain for a purpose that could not … Continue reading

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Macro vs. Mike Rowe

I don’t need new reasons to roll my eyes about Microsoft – I’m a thinking kind of guy, so the regular Microsoft reasons are reasons enough. (And if you think they’re bad now, just wait until they start buying into … Continue reading

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Hey Bulldog

Over at Dawn Patrol, the talk lately has been about Scripture, Rapture, and Enlightenment, so Monday it was a welcome respite (for us Peppery heathens) to find Ms. Dawn describing the nuts and bolts of her job as a copy … Continue reading

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Return of the King

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., murdered Apr 4 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee Today is the observed holiday commemoration of the birth of … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just A Theory, It’s A Good Idea!

“Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver an address on global warming at the Beacon Theater tonight Thursday, January 15.” – The Newspapers Observed at Central Park, New York 3:51 PM EST on January 15, 2004: Temperature 14 °F / … Continue reading

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Ice Ice Baby

Today, as New York creaks under a spell of record cold temperatures, our man in Los Angeles sends a spontaneous e-hail under the subject line “I’m Sorry…” which reads, in its entirety: I was sitting on my balcony in short … Continue reading

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Panem Et Discos Compactos

My old CD player is balking. More and more often it just sits there blinking, and pretends there’s no disk in its maw. Normally, I wouldn’t mind much since I hardly ever listen to recorded music these days –I don’t … Continue reading

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The Other Chicken Soup

My mind is still soap from my throat being sawdust (oh, the joys of illin’). The curative powers of chicken soup should never be underestimated, especially when there are Jews about. I had some this afternoon, and now I’m wanting … Continue reading

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