My adventures in home brewing and other fermentation projects along with other usually related thoughts.
Google Bought Timely
So, this isn't news anymore. Somewhere around a year ago Google bought the makers of the Timely app. When I stumbled across Timely app I was happily surprised. It's a nice looking app with decent widgets. It
has an easy to use alarm clock (I use this for tracking meat on the grill), a stop-watch, and my most used feature, alarm clocks. But, not just any alarm clocks. Alarm clocks that are attached to my account, stored in the cloud, and stay happy and running when I install Timely on a tablet, or a new phone, or any other Android device. Try it, you'll like it. With that out of the way, why am I bothering to bring this up today? Google put out an update to the default system Google Clock. This Google Clock is not Timely. This Google Clock cannot be replaced by Timely. When I click on the time that is displayed in my weather app widget the Google Clock opens up. Knock it the hell off. If Google wants to buy a neato clock app, at the very least allow me to replace the system clock with the one I prefer. At the most, integrate the full features of the better clock in to the system clock. Ok, I'm done.
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
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
Your belief that I'm a rabbit doesn't concern me If one day I were to go see a Hypnotist put on a show and I became part of the performance. And if the Hypnotist were to convince me to declare myself A Rabbit in front of all of the people, how would that be? And if later than night I were to reflect with a friend on the absurdity of thinking myself a rabbit... Would the thought of composing a letter to the hypnotist to declare my removal from the book of rabbits ever enter the conversation, or would we react like rational human beings and laugh at the joke?