My adventures in home brewing and other fermentation projects along with other usually related thoughts.
Thoughts On The LG G Watch
I admit it, I'm a geek. I love tech stuff for the sake of the tech stuff. In spite of that I've drawn a line at the smart watches. Not wearables, but specifically the smart watches. Why? I just can't see the value in the damn things. Do I really need a device on my wrist that rids me of the need to pull my phone all the way out of my pocket? No, not really...my phone probably isn't in my pocket. More likely it's already in my hand with me playing sudoku or checking email or watching a movie or something. If it does happen to be in my pocket, well, I'm just not so lazy that I can't reach in to my pocket and pull it out. I'm pretty damn lazy, but I'm not quite that bad. To take it a little further, the watch functionality just doesn't quite cut it. Yes, yes, the LG G Watch is really a very nice looking watch. Nice enough to get my attention, and this G Watch Urbane? Really, it's damn pretty. The problem is that reading about these things I'm told that I can get a full day out of one on a single charge. Really? Full day on a single charge. One more time, full day on a single charge. I'm required to charge my watch? Worse, I have to do that daily? No, I mean it. This is a real hang up for me. I've been wearing a Citizen Calibre 9000 for somewhere around 10 years. Not once have I ever had to charge it. Not once. Not even kinda. I haven't had to charge it, wind it, change its batteries, nothing. Nada. Zilch. 10 years and my watch hasn't asked me for even a little sip of power. It's got that part of things all figured out. In fact, the only thing I have to do besides read it is reset it for daylight savings time twice a year. That's it. Granted, it doesn't tell me about any alerts on my phone, but, well, I do have my phone for that.
Now, if we're being honest, if someone wants to send me one of these things I'll review it, I'll use it, and I'll show it off to every person I see. Will I buy one? No.
Looking for agile project tracking online A while back I was looking for a hosted solution for tracking some personal projects I'm working on, trying to get organized and all that. In the office I'm in a world of Jira, so I was looking for something that, at least superficially, worked in a similar manner...I believe in tool consistency so as to avoid getting confused... I also wanted something hosted because the less I have to maintain myself, the better (one of the reasons I'm sold on Chromebooks). I also wanted something free. Until I have to pay for something, I'm not willing to pay for something. I'm cheap. In my research one name that kept popping up was Trello . Check it out. It's totally awesome. It's totally simple. It totally didn't give me all the features I was looking for. It's great, but it's not what I was after. I also had the opportunity to try out Visual Studio online for project tracking, and loved it. The problem
Looping back to the helmet Now that I've had some time to ride around in the new helmet I thought I'd take some time to come back and share my impressions and experience in a little more detail than "hey, it showed up in a box!" So, here we go. What's to love Looks This thing looks good. I got the Alias Neon design. A flat finish, yellow and patterned black, this really is just a good looking helmet. It's a very cool design without getting too flashy, which works for be because up until recently I've just been a black leather rider and I don't really go in for the over the top designs. I prefer something a little more understated. This, this is clean, crisp, and gets right to the point. Comfort After wearing a much heavier helmet for several years, this is a new and exciting experience. It weighs in at right around 3 pounds, and almost feels like I'm riding with nothing on my head. I also hate to fall for the rear air foil over
Certified Organic Porter After the last porter I bought this was more than a pleasant surprise. It was a reminder that porter still is one of my favorite ales out there. The Goods So, what's good about it. Well, certified organic, but then again, shouldn't all beer be? The ingredients are so terribly simple that all beer should either be certified organic, or come from grains or hops that were produced on a farm that is too small to be able to afford the organic certification. This is just a nice beer to look at. Dark cola color, but crystal clear. Nothing but the deep dark brown to obstruct the light showing through. Maybe the head leaves a little bit to be desired as it dies down pretty quickly, but there are worse qualities in a beer. In my opinion this is one of those beers that most definitely gets better as it warms up. The flavors and smells are allowed to come out, and the smell just gets bigger. It's rich, malty, with an almost mocha flavor going on in ther