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Mike Elgan
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Brewing beer #throughglass.

Turns out wearing glass while brewing beer is a great idea, according to my son, +Kevin Elgan (who did it over the weekend). 
Had a fantastic day breaking in the new Brewing Equipment in my man cave

I brewed my first batch of Session IPA today. Had some bumps but overall the brew went well. 

Thanks to +Nadia Ghanmeh for being my lovely brewmaster assistant. 

Thank you +Mike Elgan and +Amira Elgan for the incredible birthday present.
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Don't get too addicted to the amber liquid !
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'Wheelmen' sounds like a great book about Lance Armstrong's mastery of doping.

A must-read review in +The New York Times Book Review section looks at two books that tackle Lance Armstrong's doping (among other things).

The better book sounds like Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever, which was co-authored by frequent +Tech News Today guest +Reed Albergotti.

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It was a good book. Lays it out pretty clearly.
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Microsoft Mobile Oy is the name of Microsoft's future handset division.

When the acquisition of Nokia's business is complete, the group will remain in Finland and be called Microsoft Mobile Oy, according to leaked documents. The word "Oy" is Finnish that mean something like "LLC." or "Corp."

It's also Yiddish for "ouch," but it's likely Microsoft has the Finnish one in mind.

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Something I don't understand about beer.

Every knowledgeable person will tell you that brewing beer involves sterilization, precise temperature control and isolated brewer's yeast. 

These are considered necessary to create beer, and yet my belief or assumption is that for most of the history of beer brewing, these elements weren't present. For most of this history, people didn't even know that bacteria existed or that yeast were microscopic organisms. Yet mediaeval households in Europe, for example, churned out beer like it was no big deal -- all without (I assume) sterilization, thermometers and packets of brewer's yeast. 

Recreations of mediaeval beer I've found online still call for isolated yeast, sterilization and precise temperatures. 

As I understand it, these elements are necessary to remove bacteria from the fermentation process. 

Yet traditional bread baking (essentially the solid version of beer) used a combination of yeast and bacteria for fermentation, and I assume pre-industrial revolution beer also involved both bacteria and yeast for fermentation. 

So how do you do that? How do you brew beer the way people in, say, Germany in 1,000 A.D. might have? 

The Egyptians are supposed to have made been on a massive scale using bread somehow to trigger the fermentation. How do you do that? 

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+Russell Davison Thx! That was nice information (regarding bitter ;) )
+Tommy Kronholm +Mike Elgan The sterilization is important in todays brewing process. In older times, they didn't care much. The beer turned out bitter/sour (+Russell Davison ;) ) Today we call that infected, unless it's intentional... But anyway: beer tastes really, really bad before it gets dangerous... I've had a lot of BAD beers during my time and I'm still here! ;)
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Photosphere from my hike today.

Love the new Google Camera app. The best feature isn't blur. It's Photosphere! (Click on the photo to see it in full glory.)
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Happy Easter, from +Danielle Tunstall!
Happy Easter
For Selfie Sunday :) 

Hosted by ( +Jeff Smith and +Levi Moore ) )
#happyeaster   #happyeaster2014   #happyeasterweekend   #gasmask   #bunny  #pink   #gun   #selfie   #photoshop  
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Did I run into this bunny in Titanfall yesterday?
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Experimental question system now live on TWiT.

Created by +Alex Lindsay's company. 

Here's the live show:

Here's the question system:

How cool is this? Jump in with your questions!
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I like it because, unlike like, I can actually view it on my tablet. Besides that, doesn't Google Hangouts have a Q&A feature that links the written questions to the appropriate answer in the video?
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Auto Awesome results in endless squirrels!

Auto-Awesome inadvertently created an endless series of squirrels, patiently queueing for sunflower seeds.
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+Jim Kopps sorry to have offended you Jim. Happy Easter.
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California poppies!
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When it is not zoomed in it looks amazing.
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16 Google Easter eggs.

I didn't know about some of these:
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Not so creative 
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After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

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I write about technology and innovation for a living. My work appears all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, Datamation, Cult of Mac, Houzz, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The CMO Site.

I don't do reporting or reviews anymore. I'm all opinion, all the time. And I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
This is literally the best food thing in Santa Barbara by far. (Note that this McConnell's has a different owner and is very different from the other McConnell's in the area.) The best part are the baked goods, such as cookies (which you can order as part of your ice cream sandwich), hand pies and other incredible pastries. All of these are made from scratch by hand -- very home-made tasting and delicious. This place is a MUST VISIT.
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reviewed 6 months ago
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Great place. Very good coffee, tea and food. Great atmosphere and very friendly people.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Best place for a treat in California. Amazing!!
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reviewed 6 months ago