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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: Today at 03:23:58 AM
You got a story about drinking warm piss?!? O_o ...Was this during a trip to Brazil by chance??

Nope. Just an average weekend in Canada. tongue

I soooooo do not want to hear this story! tongue

Oh, you know you do! tongue

Ren, PM me the story please.

Hahaha! I'll post it in a spoiler later when I have a chance.




But... what I came here for...

I used this yeast for my ginger ale batch:

http://www.lalvinyeast.com/strains.asp

I also used some natural honey, dark brown sugar, and regular sugar. Lots of lemon as well - 5 lemons total. 250 g of ginger finely pureed (not liquified). Total volume was about 7 L.

Today I measured the alcohol and it was clocking in around 7~10%, which is lots. I also had a tiny taste...

But first... the commercial ginger beer/ale I bought the other day:

http://www.ratebeer.com/b...c-ginger-beer-ale/260694/

Super sweet to the point of being almost disgusting. It's drinkable though. Not a huge amount of flavour. Typical commercial mass market stuff.

I was pretty much blown away by the small sample I had. It was beautiful. I'm now wondering what the finished product will be like. The only thing is that I may have made it a bit sweeter than I'd anticipated -- my last batches were VERY dry. But, so far so good.

They're capped now, and just waiting to carbonate for a couple days or so.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: Today at 12:30:11 AM
See this thread! smiley

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=38518.0
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Coming up for a breath... on: July 23, 2014, 11:04:50 PM
That was hauntingly beautiful. I really like the entire concept there. The visuals really reflect the music.  Thmbsup
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 23, 2014, 02:40:36 AM
Here's a quiet heads up - Ethereum is now available for sale:

https://www.ethereum.org/

1 BTC = 2,000 ETH

Ethereum is basically for smart contracts. It costs ETH to maintain a contract. The uses are insanely broad. If Ethereum catches on (which it probably will - it's well funded and has some of the smartest people around working on it), it will revolutionise how we do business.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / iiNET fights data retention down under on: July 23, 2014, 12:55:17 AM
The iiNET ISP is fighting data retention laws in Australia:

http://blog.iinet.net.au/protecting-your-privacy/

A few excerpts:

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One of the features of the iiNet Copyright Trial was our strong stand against monitoring our customers. The Hollywood Studios believed we should data-match information provided by third parties who were monitoring our customers, and then send warning notices to alleged copyright infringers, all without lawful warrants – the High Court agreed with us.

In iiNet’s view, we should not be forced to collect, store or match personal information on behalf of third parties – our only obligation is to retain the information necessary to provide, maintain and bill for services. iiNet does not keep any web browsing history or download records, for example.

Last week the Attorney General, George Brandis said the government is now actively considering a data retention regime that could impact on anyone who uses the Internet in this country.

...

We don’t think this ‘police state’ approach is a good idea, so we’re fighting moves by the Australian Government to introduce legislation that would force us to collect and store your personal information.

...

Police say “If you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn’t be worried”. Personally I think that if you follow that dubious logic, we’d all be walking around naked. It’s not about being worried, or wanting to ‘hide’ anything. It’s about the right to decide what you keep private and what you allow to be shared. YOU should be the one to make that call, and that decision should stick until a warrant or something similar is issued to law enforcement agencies to seize your information.

...

It is hard to measure exactly what this will all cost, but we expect that collecting and keeping every customer’s ‘metadata’ would require the construction of many new data centres, each storing petabytes (that’s 1 billion megabytes!) of information at a cost of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. There is no suggestion that the government would pay these costs, so our customers will be expected to pick up these costs in the form of a new surveillance tax.

More at the link.

Anyone up for a bet?

In 10 years this will all be looked at with nostalgia as people debate whether or not the government has the right to chip everyone and monitor their movements... Because safety, terrorism, and think of the children!
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 22, 2014, 08:37:37 PM
Lengthy article on TOR & Snowden, etc.

http://pando.com/2014/07/16/tor-spooks/

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Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

It goes into history and quite a bit of depth on the topic.

tl;dr - Tor isn't the ultimate answer and the NSA & GCHQ aren't opposed to it.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 22, 2014, 06:00:17 PM
...a case of 24 bottles of beer was $3.00

A case! The cheapest beer here is $3.00 a bottle on sale! A bottle of Chimay is $25.00 for 1 bottle. 1. One. A single.  ohmy

But, the vintners here are very good, and much better priced, so, I primarily drink wine when I pick up something at the store.

I always thought of home-brewing as being about making a bottled beer (but maybe I'm wrong). Good Guinness on draught is a drink I grew up with and love, but bottled beer is simply a different world - there's such an incredible world of variety out there.

I've seen a few vids on kegging homebrew, so making your own draught beer is an option. I don't have a keg - just bottles, so I won't be trying that out for a while yet. But, draught beer really is a lot nicer than bottled. And whoever thought that putting beer in cans was a good idea... well, maybe for a few specific purposes, but cans just suck... Even for regular soda cans suck. Glass has a neutral flavour.

http://food-hacks.wonderh...pour-isnt-enough-0156372/

There's a couple of posts about beer at wonderhowto written by a "girl"!
Do girls know anything about beer???

From the article:

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However, if you're serving bad beer, you might want to get it as cold as possible—almost like a slushy. That way you're less likely to get complaints because no one will be able to tell.

If you can drink it at room temperature, it's goooood. smiley

When I was a kid, the father of a close friend of mine was a senior grand master wine maker, and we spent a good deal of time with him getting an education on the finer points of wine and the like. He completely spoiled my pallet for wine - his wine's were simply so good that there was no point in trying to buy a wine in the store any longer unless you wanted to be disappointed. But... backstory aside... I remember him once talking about how coldness masks low quality in beer. It's true - try drinking Bud warm... it's like drinking warm piss. Oh... got a story about that, but, maybe later. tongue
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 22, 2014, 04:41:03 AM
This is kind of old news, but I suppose it's "official" now:

http://www.theguardian.co...ed-us-terror-plots-report

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Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots

• Human Rights Watch documents 'sting' operations
• Report raises questions about post-9/11 civil rights

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

More at the link.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2014, 04:28:34 AM
Very clever educational and amusing music video. The video and the soundtrack are intended to go together.
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc</a>

That was excellent!

I can tolerate typos in forum posts, and I don't mind people taking some liberties in writing, but there's a limit that beyond I figure someone is simply an idiot. How difficult is it to learn your own language? For some people, it's nigh unto impossible.

One of my pet peeves is numerical agreement. It drives me nuts.

From the video, I am a fan of the Oxford comma except in some particular circumstances. I've seen too many times where people drop it and the sentence becomes unintelligible/ambiguous.

Jury's out on "whom".

Weird Al really does do some good stuff.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 22, 2014, 03:44:24 AM
Eric Nakagawa is the co-founder of I Can Has Cheezburger.

Chase is closing his bank account on him. Apparently he bought some Bitcoins/Dogecoins. Therefore, go nuclear & close his account. Makes sense.

https://twitter.com/ericn...91441392372047873/photo/1

Another apparently deleted post:

http://www.reddit.com/r/B...e_bank_shuts_down/cj45r7r

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@ericnakagawa:
2014-07-22 04:36:55 UTC
Chase is closing all my bank accounts after I buy Bitcoin on @coinbase /cc @pmarca pic.twitter.com [Imgur]

Thread:

http://www.reddit.com/r/B...no_chase_bank_shuts_down/

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ericnakagawa 24 points 3 hours ago
It's funny, because they kept my credit card account open. But "real" money accounts are getting shut down. Sad

I hope that Chase & the boys keep going and continue to shut down people's banks accounts... en masse... all of them... Force people to use either cash or Bitcoin. tongue Keep going boys! I'm cheering for you! Keep it up! Keep. It. Up...

This isn't new though. Banks have been on a spree closing accounts of all kinds of people. So far it seems to be mostly targeted industries/activities, e.g. bitcoin & porn.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 22, 2014, 03:01:45 AM
Already posted on January 15, 2014 by me.  cheesy

Ooops. Oh well, again can't hurt! smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 22, 2014, 02:55:07 AM
Another fellow blowing the whistle:

http://www.theatlantic.co...tleblower-emerges/374722/

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New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution

A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.

More at the link.

Shows how far back some of the "rules" go - 1981 in this case.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 22, 2014, 01:30:24 AM
Here's a subreddit that specialises in short films:

http://www.reddit.com/r/FullLengthShortFilms

This one is pretty nifty. If you like explorations in AI, you might like it. Sci-fi/horror.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pibge7dXYN8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pibge7dXYN8</a>

The site & script for it is here:

http://www.abemovie.com/script.html

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What song are you addicted to at the moment? on: July 21, 2014, 11:04:20 AM
If you're a complete and total audio freak like me, that "Running" song is a special treat through headphones. The stereo there is just incredible. The audio engineers did a brilliant job there. You can feel the piano run through your head in places.
15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Audio Record Wizard 7.1 free on: July 21, 2014, 10:09:53 AM
Any benefit over Total Recorder?
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What song are you addicted to at the moment? on: July 21, 2014, 09:44:46 AM
A few...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBF-_ZMkuH8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBF-_ZMkuH8</a>

Yes... when you have a toddler that loves alphabet & counting songs and nursery rhymes, that's actually a pretty damn good rockin' tune to mix it up.

But, a few others I've been listening to a lot lately:

WARNING - NSFW AND POSSIBLE NSFL: Call the Cops - Rob Hustle ft. Liv

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlY9C6pzxKc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlY9C6pzxKc</a>

"This is what happens when you call the cops..." - Great stuff!

NSFW: Futuristic Sex Robotz - F*** the MPAA

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOB_5KkEuI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOB_5KkEuI</a>

I challenge anyone to listen to that and not find yourself bobbing your head along. Cool

More relaxed, but deeply moving if you understand the underlying issues...

Zhou Tonged - Cyprus Anthem (Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6Hp_Zq3rU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6Hp_Zq3rU</a>

"Satoshi said!" - It's so well done.


On the chill side...

Lebanese Blonde (very, very chill) by Thievery Corporation:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq0ESlJhvBM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq0ESlJhvBM</a>

Simply brilliant stuff from some bad ass artists.

Anchorless (again, very, very chill) by De Phazz:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3VEyCz0u7M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3VEyCz0u7M</a>

De Phazz is just mind blowingly smoooooooooth.

Thievery Corporation & De Phazz are just fantastic chill.

And "Running" - a remix by DJ Strobe that you'll be very hard pressed to find anywhere. I forget how I got it, but it's simply beautiful. Very relaxing. I had it playing on a loop for like 2 hours the other day while I was brewing a batch of beer. It's that good.

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I can listen to that over and over and over and over and never get tired of it.

This is the original:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVmee326WWE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVmee326WWE</a>

A very chill samba groove.

But not all music speaks to all people at the same time.

The range of music that I listen to now is far, far larger than ever, but that's what I'm listening to at the moment. (And also using for testing my audio software.)
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 21, 2014, 08:47:26 AM
...you show me how to brew a beer better than a pint of Guinness poured from a bar tap and I'll eat my hat.
Tricky. Home-brewers don't have ready access to what would (for them) probably be a relatively expensive nitrogen infusion process.

Well, you learn something every day! I did wonder how Guinness got that rich head, and I did wonder a bit about widgets, but never really enough to bother looking it up when I could simply taste it. smiley

But it appears that it's not really all that expensive. Yes - more than pocket change, and certainly an investment, but not unaffordable.

Looks like they can be had relatively cheaply (under $300):

http://www.kegoutlet.com/...mebrew-nitrogen-kits.html
http://www.homebrewing.or...en-Keg-Systems_c_413.html

But, there is other equipment that you need to use with those. So, doable if you're into it that much.

I won't be trying it out for a while though. We'll be moving, and I'm avoiding buying anything that I'll have to transport that I don't have to have 110%. I would love to give it a spin though. Sounds like fun!

...you show me how to brew a beer better than a pint of Guinness poured from a bar tap and I'll eat my hat.

Does that include home bar taps? Grin
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3D Printing Under Attack on: July 21, 2014, 02:35:05 AM
NSFW news report...

Tokyo Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTOUqoHK-bs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTOUqoHK-bs</a>

 huh

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 20, 2014, 10:50:48 PM
I tripped across this a few days ago and it's popping up everywhere.

Rob sent in a press release for it to Cop Block, and I think it spread from there.

NSFW - The video contains extreme, graphic violence. But it's a darn good tune! smiley


Although I'm not a fan of rap, especially when the artist(s) only have 1 syllable words in their vocabulary, this actually sounds ok and addresses something. The video that comes with it is really disturbing though (at least to me).

I know what you mean. I'm not one to go out of my way for rap. Most of it seems like complete garbage to me. But it's not the music so much as the content. I actually like rap when it has some kind of decent message, like that one.

Here's another (NSFW) - F*** the MPAA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOB_5KkEuI

It's pretty darn good. Very catchy.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 20, 2014, 10:47:26 PM
Washington's Blog comes out swinging hard (as usual):

http://www.washingtonsblo...a-blackmailing-world.html

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Exclusive: High-Level NSA Whistleblower Says Blackmail Is a Huge – Unreported – Part of Mass Surveillance

The Untold Story In the NSA Spying Scandal: Blackmail

It is well-documented that governments use information to blackmail and control people.

More at the link.

If government can't be bought & paid for, it can be blackmailed...

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 20, 2014, 10:33:09 PM
you show me how to brew a beer better than a pint of Guinness poured from a bar tap and I'll eat my hat.

Oh... 1 other angle... The current batch that I'm brewing will cost about 1/10th as much as it would cost in the store. So, there's that angle. How good is it compared to how much it costs?

When comparing costs, I think you have a much stronger case for homebrewing rather than store-bought beer.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Queens Guards Surprise The Crowd During "The Changing of The Guard" on: July 20, 2014, 10:26:21 PM
Are they trying to say that the Queen will die:

  • By the sword of her royal guard
  • By having molten gold poured over her face
  • In a hunting accident
  • By beheading
  • In an ambush at a wedding
  • By falling a thousand yards to her death
  • By poisoning
  • Something else?

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 20, 2014, 10:21:37 PM
I want to tell you a story about my early days of homebrewing.

This was back in about 1986-1988, that range.

I was walking around the house distracted and not looking where i was going, and our cat ran in front of me and i stepped on the cat.

A cat owner's worst nightmare then occurred -- I heard the cat's bones break under my feet.   I looked down to see blood on my foot and my stomach tightened up and I felt physically ill and started to panic about what had just happened.
Then I saw the cat out of the corner of my eye, and it was just sitting there looking at me, in no apparent pain.
Then I looked down again at my foot, and I saw what had happened.  That damn cat had finally figured out a way to get the glass fermentation lock+stopper off the 5-gallon beer fermenting in the pantry, and had been dragging it around with her and she dragged it right under my foot.  Sure enough I had cut myself on the fermentation lock.

So learn from me: Do not let your cats go near your brewing containers!

That kind of stuff just makes me cringe.

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I have to say that the mead was the most satisfying -- only because as good as the beer was, and as fun as it was to make, it didn't rival the best store bought beer.

>Really? I'm pretty shocked.


you show me how to brew a beer better than a pint of Guinness poured from a bar tap and I'll eat my hat.

Guinness is tough to compete against. Kilkenny as well. There are a few store-bought beers that are really, really good. But the majority just don't compare to what you can do at home.

I certainly would love to know how to brew something better than Guinness...

But it's not hard to brew a beer that you can drink warm. That's really a solid test of a great beer - can you drink it warm? Guinness is fine warm. Bud Light? Not so much. smiley
24  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 20, 2014, 09:04:10 PM
I suppose everyone will have their own take on Cthulhu and Lovecraft, but what I see as the bedrock is "hopelessness".

Everything else springs from that. There is no hope. Now... what horrors and insanity will grow in that fertile bed of despair?

Discovery and learning are merely the beginnings of the downward spiral into insanity where at the bottom, there is nothing but an abyss of despair in which any flickering idea of salvation is quickly extinguished.

But, that's just my own take on it.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 20, 2014, 08:54:48 PM
If you have a good store in your area, it's smart to ask their advice. I do at mine. They haven't steered me wrong yet. And why reinvent the wheel if you don't have to?  Cool

I'm an info-leech. smiley They know a heck of a lot more than I do, so, might as well pick their brains!

There's one good store relatively nearby... not close, but... driveable.

http://www.liquorcraft.com.au/

There may be more, but Brewcraft seems good. They've got all kinds of goodies there! smiley

However, if you're really into it, at least keep a notebook. It's a big help. Trust me.

Once we finally move, I'll start keeping track better.

It's ok by me too. I'll just leave half an inch in the bottom of my glass - and dump it if it's too sludgy. I can always get another glass if I want more.

When I bottle, I try to get a variety of different amounts of sediment in the bottles. Makes life a bit more interesting. e.g. Oooh! I wonder what this will be like! smiley
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