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James Clark
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Power outage.
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looks like the beer is still powering on...
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I'm having trouble identifying this one, about a 3 inch span.  I suspect it's a kind of orb weaver, but I can't find any comparable images.

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I'm pretty sure that when a spider is fuzzy it means "come hug me and I will make you into dinner".
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A facetious look into why babies cry.
 
Babies are annoying, because science.
This 7 minute talk is well done.
(Thanks +Johanna Neaderhouser !)
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+Justin Libby brought this to my attention.  Animated beer labels.
http://beerlabelsinmotion.tumblr.com/
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OK let's take turns forming the head.  I'll go first.
 
I'LL FORM THE HEAD. It is done. The video for it, I mean. Please spread the word.
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Crystal Malt, roasted at 350°F for 5 minutes.  This stuff smells great.  I want a little cupful of freshly roasted malt sitting on my desk at all times.  Look at those kernels; magic dwells there.
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There is much to love about this sign on display at a restaurant near my office.
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Alaus oculatus:  the eyed click beetle

When frightened, this bug does something crazy with its spine that makes a loud clicking sound and propels the bug several inches into the air.  Then it just lies there with its head and legs tucked in.  Unless it lands on its back, in which case it might snap its spine again in the hopes of flipping over.

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Many years ago we had one of these in our house inside of a plant.  It was clicking away and it drove us nuts until we found it.
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Some interesting bugs I've seen lately.
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I like big bugs and I cannot lie!
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I saw this critter on the deck today.  I thought it might be an Asian Longhorned Beetle (http://www.uvm.edu/albeetle/), but it didn't seem "shiny", so maybe it's just a look-alike.
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This is the sort of stuff you're likely to see on the whiteboard in my office.
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Is this a Mystery Hunt spoiler?
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A saison!  It's been a while since I last brewed.  So long that in the process of brewing this beer I discovered, like an archaeologist, beer and beer-like things I had brewed in the past and simply forgotten about.

For instance, I've still got a mead and a brett beer on tap.  Yes, I had forgotten what was in my kegerator.  I think they revoke your BJCP license for that sort of stuff, so let's just keep this between you and me.  Also, in the basement, a cyser from long ago which I'm pretty sure is terrible, and a cider from 2010 that I don't know if I've ever tasted.  Who knows what other wonders are yet to be discovered in kegs in my basement?

But, back to the saison.  A kit from Beer and Wine hobby.  The instructions on this kit were broken (if you're a brewer go in and read them to play spot-the-errors), so I had to go by the intent of the recipe rather than the letter.  Lots of spices in this one.  I had never tried "Paradise Grains" before, but they sure did smell good.  No big slip-ups this time, and I proved to myself that I can do a single extract brew in the time between when the kids go to bed and when I go to bed.

Also, I discovered the kitchen sink in the new house isn't compatible with my immersion chiller's hose adapter, so next time I'll be chilling in the bathroom.  Hmm, that didn't come out right.
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The 1 Hallertau boiled for 45 min, 1/2 Saaz for 15, and 1/2 Saaz for 0, all that plus the 15 minute post-boil "steep".

I usually prefer to go straight from boil to the immersion chiller, but I didn't know whether the spices needed the prolonged time at high temperatures so I kept to the instructions on that point.
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