Monday, August 21, 2017

Freckles, they are good

Chemists confirm that whiskey really does taste better with a splash of water

Hey, it's science!

The reason is guaiacol, an aromatic oil that gives the liquor its signature smoky flavor. Guaiacol is present in guaiacum, a kind of slow-growing shrub with pretty purple flowers, and, as relates to whiskey, the compound is also present in something called wood creosote.
To make whiskey, distillers create a mash, or fermented alcohol solution from a mixture of grains, yeast and water. If you’ve ever wondered what, besides spelling, separates American whiskey from Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky, the answer is (at least in part) the ingredients. Broadly speaking, American whiskey (also called bourbon) is usually made from corn; Irish whiskey from a blend of malted and regular barley; Scottish whiskey (Scotch) from only malted barley. After the mash is made with its respective grain, whiskey makers pour it in distillers, or special containers that boil off the methanol—alcohol that famously makes humans go blind. That leaves behind ethanol, the alcohol that we think of as, well, alcohol, along with the flavors of the original mash. The remaining liquid is put to age in charred oak barrels, which is where scotch gains it’s guaiacol. Charring wood creates wood creosote, so as the liquid interacts with the barrel’s walls, guaiacol migrates into the liquor.

Unless you're drinking your whiskey through a bendy straw, you're sipping from what's known as the liquid-air interface—the top. But when whiskey is more than 50 percent alcohol, as is the case with some of the finer varieties, guaiacol tends to hang out deep in the glass. Adding a bit of water moves guaiacol closer to the surface, where you can better smell and taste it, creating a more satisfactory flavor.

So there it is!   Splash some water into the dram,and enjoy your medicine!

Ready for the eclipse

Or, just wait a few hours, and the whole country will be plunged into darkness, an event we call night time.

I'd like some of this weather where I live, thanks.

Wonder how much that thing weighed, and how front heavy it was.

Late in 1903 John Walter Christie, an American mechanic, engineer and inventor, started designing extraordinary vehicles with the most unusual engines and transmissions. His point of view wasn’t as common as others. He aimed at designing a concept that pulled (like a train or carriage), instead of pushing (like a boat). That is how he came to front wheel drive. But he went a step further placing the engine transversely between the front wheels, just like Alec Issigonis did some 50 years later when he designed the Mini. Christie was the first serious proponent of front wheel drive cars in the US.

These are fun to play with

But, matches are better.

And yet, a flameless lighter is probably best of all.

Tools, kit and gear

Looks like a character from GOT

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mondays, they're like that

Can't let go of the weekend, but can't make the jump to the work week.

Avenger on the deck of the USS Anzio, Typhoon Cobra, December 1944

Again! Another high tech warship knocks heads with a freighter

USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca.  Come on, how hard is it to keep from running into another ship, even in a crowed sea lane, where one would think you'd be hyper vigilant?

Beautiful boat.

The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.
Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft.

Update: Not good.  

Ten US sailors were missing after a US destroyer collided with a merchant vessel in southeast Asia, the second serious accident involving American Navy ships in the region in little more than two months.
Search and rescue efforts were launched  after the USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with the Alnic MC east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement.
The destroyer was currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.

F4F Wildca,t Sgt. R.W.Greenwood in cockpit at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

Dave sees the issue

Maybe that's because the DNC have no time to raise funds. They are all out instigating rioting a in cities, burning USA flags, plotting sedition & race wars.

He ran away because he couldn't stand his name

Cats prefer names like 'Ranger' or 'Whiskers.'  And don't call them a "Fluffy Rag Doll."  They have their pride.

The boy thinks I should buy this for movies and photo editing

Background: our current TV is about 15 years old, and is only the third TV the wife and I have ever owned as adults.  We usually stream content over the internet through our computers nowadays, and rarely turn the tube on. We literally never watch regular TV channels.  He thinks we could do all that we do do with this big screen, in 4G.


Going to get a coffee

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fun with boats

John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, was a severe looking fellow

A daguerreotype portrait of John Quincy Adams taken in March of 1843 by Philip Haas, the earliest surviving original photographic image of a US president, has been rediscovered after more than a century and a half of languishing in obscurity. It is going up for auction at Sotheby’s Photographs sale on October 5th in New York. This silver plate portrait has been in the family of Horace Everett, a congressman from Vermont who served in the House of Representatives from 1829 to 1843, since Adams gifted it to him in 1843, but the seller, a descendant who wishes to remain unnamed, thought it was a portrait of Horace Everett and had no idea that an object of national significance was stashed amidst his attic clutter.

A patchwork of labels on the back of the newly discovered daguerreotype, which is in a simple ebonized wood frame, attests to that personal connection. There’s a piece of brown paper, apparently clipped from an envelope, with “J.Q. Adams” in the return address space, in what appears to be the former president’s handwriting. “He had a distinctive way of making his H’s,” Ms. Bierman said.
There’s also a bookplate with the Everett family crest, on which someone else wrote “Presented by J.Q.A. to his Kinsman H.E. 1843,” and noted that it was said to be “one of the earliest daguerreotypes.”
The daguerreotype is estimated to sell for $150,000–250,000, but it’s likely to go for much more than that due its illustrious subject, uniqueness and historical significance.

A-10 Warthogs Drop Bunker Buster Bombs in Combat for the First Time

That'll put an ouch in your pouch.

First introduced in the 1990s, the BLU-109 warhead has a one inch thick hardened steel case that can break through four to six feet of reinforced concrete. Despite its overall weight, the bomb has less than 600 pounds of explosive inside. The Air Force is in the process of purchasing a new, more reliable version of the weapon, known as the BLU-137/B.
As of August 2017, A-10s assigned to the 447th were averaging 750 strikes against ISIS every month, according to the Air Force. This makes the Warthogs “one of the most feared and combat effective aircraft in the fight,” U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Walck explained in the official news segment.
 It seems likely that the A-10s have already been flying from Incrilik in support of the Raqqa operation.
“It’s nice to see the bombs get loaded and the jets come back without them,” Senior Airman Joshua Coll, who leads one of the teams that loads weapons onto the Warthogs at the base in Turkey, told the service’s reporters. “That means that hostile targets died. That means we got the mission done. We either took out a high value target or we’re saving our troops on the ground.”
With the GBU-31(V)3/Bs added to their arsenal, the A-10s look set to keep flying increasingly diverse missions, and more of them, against ISIS.

From the edge of the Solar System, Voyager probes are still talking to Australia after 40 years

CSIRO operates NASA’s tracking station in Canberra, a set of four radio telescopes, or dishes, known as the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC).
It’s one of three tracking stations spaced around the globe, which form the Deep Space Network. The other two are at Goldstone, in California, and Madrid, in Spain.
I love the name: The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.  

The Canberra tracking station continues to receive signals from both Voyager spacecraft every day, and is currently the only tracking station capable of exchanging signals with Voyager 2, owing to the spacecraft’s position as it heads on its southward path out of the Solar System.
By 2030, both Voyagers will be out of power, their scientific instruments deactivated, no longer able to exchange signals with Earth. They will continue on at their current speeds of more than 17 kilometres per second, carrying their golden records like messages in bottles across the vast ocean of interstellar space. 
Heading in opposite directions, southward and northward out of the Solar System, it will be 40,000 years before Voyager 2 passes within a handful of light years of the closest star system along its flight path, and 296,000 years before Voyager 1 passes by the bright star Sirius.
Beyond that, we may imagine them surviving for billions of years as the only traces of a civilisation of human explorers in the far reaches of our galaxy.

Freckles, they are good

Not sure what they are putting up here.

But it's a group effort

A lot less lumber than what originally appeared to be there.

Garden Tool

Cabin Porn