As Requested….

The results of a stupid online test:

Your brain: 40% interpersonal, 140% visual, 100% verbal, and 120% mathematical!

Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy
doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than
average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing
about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don’t date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don’t be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don’t have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

  • You scored higher than 63% on interpersonal
  • You scored higher than 90% on visual
  • You scored higher than 85% on verbal
  • You scored higher than 75% on mathematical

Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne on Ok Cupid

A soda brewing mailing list!

Back in January I was playing around with the updated Google Groups and had created a group just to see what the management options were like. Well, one thing led to another and I never got back to playing with it for whatever reason.

Fast forward almost 3 months and there are actually people subscribed to the group! Who’d of thunk it, eh? :-)

Anyway, if you want to participate in the very beginning of what I hope can be come yet another resource for soda brewers on the net, please take a look at Google Groups Soda-Brewing

Alcohol content in soda

This post is actually something that I just sent out to a mailing list (more on that later) that I thought I should probably put here for future reference. If anyone does have solid numbers to share as far as alcohol content in soda, I would love to see them!

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While I don’t have any hard numbers to share for an answer, I’ve
always been told that the actual alcohol content from naturally
carbonated sodas is very, very small. A fairly simple way to look at
it is that when you brew beer, you let the fermentation run for weeks.
With soda you let the fermentation run for days and then slow or stop
the fermentation to keep your bottles from exploding.

I usually let me batches of soda run for about 3 days (60 hours
actually) at between 65F and 70F to get the carbonation level that I
like. After refrigeration (I have a separate bar fridge that I use
that is set to 45F) fermentation does continue, but at only a small
fraction of the pace.

Fairly normal beer brewing instructions say to run your first
fermentation cycle for 3 to 7 days and then to do secondary
fermentation (for carbonation) for 2-4 weeks, all at 65F to 75F. Even
if fermentation is a fairly constant process (which it isn’t quite)
the comparison between 3 days to 28 days of fermentation should tell
you a LOT about the comparative alcohol content of your soda.

A quick google search turned up a really good article on how to
calculate the alcohol content yourself:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/question532.htm

The article in particular is talking about beer but the actual
measurements are certainly valid for soda. You do have to take some
measurements at the beginning of a batch in order to make the
calculations work, but that’s just a good excuse to get another one
going isn’t it?

Maybe I’ll get around to doing a real test with various sugars to get
some real numbers for the next time somebody asks.

Transit(ion)

I finally got around to taking Transit to work this morning rather than driving. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve admittedly been just really damn lazy about it. It was a beautiful morning for it. A nice few blocks walk to the train platform in the rising sun and nicely crisp air and a nice ride on both the train and the bus. The only big downside? Everyone else who was waiting for the bus at MOA was smoking. Gr.

Still, total transit time was just about 1.5 hours, which certainly isn’t quick (~3-4 times what it takes me to drive at the same time of day) but it did allow for quite a bit of thinking and reading time which is something I don’t necessarily get if I’m driving.

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