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As a reminder, you can comment for 30 days after a post is made.  All of the comments on this blog have to be reviewed before they appear on this site.  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.

Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

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New Category Added

Last week, as many of my sharp-eyed readers pointed out to me, I added a new category to this website.  The latest addition is Random Thoughts.  Due to the fact that I was talking about beer, and it didn’t seem to fit into photography, novels, motorcycling, administrative, flying, or any other category I already had, I added a new one.

The danger is that with the addition of the new category, I’ll be tempted to write more posts because I can now dash off anything that comes to mind and put it into Random Thoughts.

I will try to be mindful of the fact that the readers of my site have their own lives and I won’t write non-stop just to inundate you with emails announcing that another post is available.  Not to mention clogging up the site with largely irrelevant items that bounce around in my head for reasons known only to them.

I’m sure that some of you suffer the same affliction.  If so, please contact me with how you mange to keep it under control.  Left unchecked, I’d have more posts about whatever was going on in my head at the time than anything else.

If you could see inside my head, you’d realize that it’s a dark and scary place in there.  The fewer things that escape, the better.  For everyone!

If you’d like to comment on this, or something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Home Brewing

One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do was to brew some beer at home.  I’m not a heavy-duty beer drinker, but I wanted to learn more about the chemistry behind that age-old process of making beer.  After my recent efforts, I can now scratch that off my bucket list.

I brewed two different beers, from the same family.  The first one was an American lager.  The second one was a hardier Oktoberfest lager.  (For my next batch, I’m leaning toward a Czech pilsner, but haven’t yet made up my mind.)  I’m pleased to report that both of the lagers came out fine.  If I go ahead with the pilsner, I can say the Czech’s in the mail!

I relied on the skilled taste buds of friends in order to ascertain the success of my efforts.  Based on the comments I received, not to mention the urging of several to make a much larger batch, I can say they enjoyed the brews.  Some of my friends said they would happily provide me with all of the tasting services required in the days ahead.  How thoughtful was that?

I’m still learning about brewing, but I have to say that it’s not mentally taxing.  I never felt the urge to pound my head into pixie dust due to the issues I faced in the course of making the beer.

As strange as it sounds, the most important ingredient is patience.  (Several friends noted how surprised they were that I had the patience required to brew a batch or two of suds.)  Patience is necessary in order to give the ingredients the time to ferment properly.  Because yeast provides the fermentation, I was unable to convince them to work on my more frenetic timetable.  I had to adjust to their less-stressful work schedule.  In other words, yeast aren’t in much of a hurry.  But, if you give them the time they need, they’ll do a very good job.

If you’d like to share your experiences in home brewing, or learn any more details, contact me.  I’ll be happy to tell you what I did and the lessons I learned.

To share your thoughts on this or something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Thoughts on Podcasts

A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your thoughts about adding a podcast to this site.  I’ve heard from many of you, but I’d like to hear from more so that I have a larger sample size on which to make a decision.

The fact that I haven’t gotten a large number of responses is probably the answer to my query.  Be that as it may, if you’d like to share your thoughts this topic, please contact me.

Just so that everyone’s on the same page, I’m not going to tabulate your thoughts as if I were counting votes.  I want to hear why you think a podcast would be a good addition to this site.  Conversely, I want to know why you think your time, and mine, would be better spent in other pursuits.  I’m looking for things that I haven’t thought of before we make a decision.

If you’d like to comment on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Rearranging Flickr Photos

In the recent past, I rearranged some of the photos in my Flickr account.  I made the changes because I inadvertently posted some pictures on the public side that were supposed to be on private webpages.  Obviously, I made the changes to keep the public side images family-friendly.

I received quite a number of questions, comments, and even threats after the changes.  I appreciate your remarks, but the changes are going to remain in place.

I also need to make an observation on the sharp-eyed followers of this blog.  I’m still amazed that every change I make, no matter how large or small, is noticed and inevitably provides the wellspring for a host of opinions and questions.  Although, I am a bit curious as to why none of you let me know that some of the public side images weren’t appropriate for all ages.

If you’d like to comment on this, or share your thoughts on something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Interest in Podcasts

Several of you have asked what I thought about the idea of having a podcast on this site.  The short answer is, “I haven’t given it much thought.”  The longer answer is, “I don’t know what I would talk about.”  I don’t want to waste your time or mine.

If you’d send me your thoughts on podcasting, I’d appreciate it.  You can contact me and then let me know what you think on this subject.  I promise that I’ll listen to what you have to say before making a decision.

You can send your thoughts, opinions, or comments to me by clicking on contact me.  I don’t reply to every comment I receive, but I read all of them.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

9-11

Please take a moment out of your busy day today to remember, in your own way, the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001.

Like most Americans, I was stunned, saddened, and angered after United Flight 11 smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  I can remember exactly what I was doing when the second plane, American Airlines Flight 175, slammed into the South Tower.  Then American Airlines Flight 77 sliced through the western side of the Pentagon.  Finally United Airline Flight 93 crashed in a field by Stoneycreek Township in Somerset County, outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

More Americans lost their lives on 9-11-2001 than died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Think about that for a moment.

No matter what your color, creed, religion, political affiliation, race, or any of the other artificial barriers that seemingly divide us, we should stand united when it comes to the events of 9-11-2001.  We were, and remain, all Americans.

No New Computer Tech Specs

After last week’s post, I received more requests for the technical specifications of my new computer than I anticipated.  I also received a number of thoughtful comments from people in the computer security business urging me not to post or send out the specs for my new computer.

I was so concerned by some of the comments I received urging me to keep the specs to myself, I contacted several people and spoke with them.  The consensus of my conversations was that a few people would use the technical information to try to hack into my system.  (This is similar to the requests I receive all the time wanting to know the platform used to host this website.  Many of the questions are innocuous, but there are always those who would use that information for less-than-benign purposes.)

The security people informed me that I would do myself a disservice if I released any information on my new computer build.  I’m still shaking my head over the fact that a (very) few people can set the tone and agenda for a conversation between the rest of us.  Live and learn.

I apologize for saying that I’d release the specs.  I wasn’t aware of some of the information I recently learned.  After the discussions I’ve had, I need to review a number of the things that I do online.

If you’d like to share your thought or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!