Monthly Archives: November 2017

A return to beer?

Misleading title…I’ve only stopped posting about beer here since I created my beer page (with the curious, started as a joke but I’ll stick with it name We Like Beers) almost four years ago. I still like beer. Okay…I have an ADD affectation for it – “Oooh! Another one!”

I had a Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo Pale Ale today. It is brewed with Pennsylvania spruce tips, measures 8.5% and is pretty good. I’m not much of a DFH fan, but now and then they surprise me. This one is a pretty orange amber color, good lacing, nice malts, and a sneaky ABV. The spruce comes in at the aftertaste and is quite welcome.

pennsylvania Tuxedo Plae Ale

I also had a Tröegs Independent Brewing JavaHead Stout today. It’s a milk stout brewed with coffee and unlike a lot of other coffee infused beers, and unlike a lot of milk stouts, it works. Milk stouts tend to be pretty thin as a rule, but this one isn’t as thin as others. And coffee in beer is a miss or hit…usually the former…and yet, again, it works in this one.

Tröegs Java Head Stout

Finally… for this post, anyway…Community Beer, Co. in Dallas makes a Legion Russian Imperial Stout that is pretty good on its own. They’ve aged a series in different barrels for the past few years which makes it even better (sort of). The first four were in highly unimaginative (and thoroughly wasteful of potentially good beer) bourbon barrels – hence the “sort of”. I unintentionally discovered that last year’s batch was aged in The Macallan barrels and went on a SAR mission to find some, coming away with two four packs, savoring one and spreading the love with the other. So…I watched for the details this year and they indulged in some sanity and aged the Legion in Jamaican Rum barrels, releasing it on October 29th (2017). I don’t have favorites, rather favored beers and this has become one of mine. I picked up a four pack for me and a four pack for my two oldest sons and their better partners. (Then I nabbed another four…while thinking I need to lay up a few more!) The beer is smooth and the rum is an excellent complement.

Favored.

Community Rum Legion

We’ll see if I can add to this blog more beer in the future.

Prost! (The German word…not Romanian {wink})

On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games by Gary Belsky & Neil Fine

On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite GamesOn the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games by Gary Belsky & Neil Fine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun, and oddly informative book! The research it must have taken to find the earliest rules sets for such a variety of sports, including nontraditional “sports”… labor of love…

With each sport, the authors introduce it with a little history, details on how the first rules were set down, and then in sidenotes, talk about how things have changed and the current rules.

The commentary weaves in acute observations (on American football: “The incremental, often-obtuse rule changes that have redefined the game for each succeeding generation of players and fans echo the complexities of the U.S. legal system.”), humor (“…pickle ball can best be described as table tennis with a Wiffle ball played on a badminton court.”), snark (on the rule of no hitting or kicking in wrestling: “Then there’s the third form of ‘wrestling’ that wouldn’t be anything at all if hitting and kicking weren’t allowed – pro wrestling.”), and trivia (“And today, while baseball mints its billions, Wiffle balls are still made in the Mullanys’ tiny fifteen-person factory in Shelton, Connecticut.”)

In between chapters, the authors describe the various incarnations of sports items…helmets, balls, sticks, field/court sizes…nice pieces of trivia. There’s bit on the “sport” of Poker (chuckling still), and even one on Rock-Paper-Scissors variations. Yes, the authors do talk about the variation popularized on The Big Bang Theory! Well, as attributed to Sam Kass, it is Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock-Lizard.

A fun read.

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Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams = a generous review…

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't MatterWin Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

(I had way  too much to say, apparently…) I chose this book because I thought the title humorous and the subtitle true. I had no idea that Scott Adams was anything other than a sometimes funny cartoonist. I had no idea that he let himself be persuaded. I had no idea he was irrational until I read this. Of course, as a trained hypnotist, he wants the reader to believe that he has insights no one else had, and that he might have even influenced an election. Interesting… given that he’s irrelevant, I still can’t fathom his chutzpah in that claim (oh, he deprecates, but …not really). I finished this last week and I just need to be done with this… There are too many problems here to enumerate: Form a hypothesis/thesis…find the evidence to support; near Dunning-Kruger Effect; Fundamental Attribution Fallacy; Identity Fallacy (“you’d understand if you knew what I know”); snark; Argumentum ad Baculum (he uses a narrative that intimates discussion, but is really one-sided); endorsement of the Pars pro Toto Fallacy; a little Post Hoc Fallacy; Third Person Effect; touch of Hindsight Bias, touch of Egocentric Bias; not inconsiderable Bias blind spot; and the big one… Fundamental Attribution Error. Among others… He says near the end of his book that “I had become hard to ignore.” I was pretty aware of a lot of the subject things in 2016 and I ignored, in ignorance to be sure, but the only analyst/pundit claiming Adams had any influence is Adams. Continue reading

Support and defend…Veterans Day 2017

wethepeopleWhen I enlisted on January 4th, 1984, I took an oath…
“I…do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

And when I later became an officer on May 8th, 1992, a slightly different oath…
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. ”

I didn’t always agree with the officers appointed over me…nor the presidents…and I feel that the Founders couldn’t predict the post-Enlightenment decline and made a few things too vague and not explicit enough, but I always obeyed the orders and always well and faithfully discharged the duties of my office.

The services have different Core Values and the People should see what we held each other to:

  • Navy and Marines – Honor, courage, commitment.
  • Army – Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage.
  • Air Force – Integrity, service and excellence.
  • Coast Guard – Honor, respect, devotion to duty.

And…I always supported and defended the Constitution. I read it. I understand it. I embraced it.

To all who have served, are serving, and will serve…

Happy Veterans Day, comrades!