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The Birds
Posted June 29, 2007 at 06:29:03 AM by Bean
Well, it's open season on birds once again. At least, our cats seem to think so. They like to hide out on the deck and wait for birds to land on the rail, then snatch 'em and bring 'em inside to show off / torture / kill / eat.

Yesterday when I got home from work, a pile of feathers awaited me directly inside the front door. I coudln't find the bird that they came from, but the air was thick with tension. Stef found the bird sitting above a window on the curtian rail, mainly by following the laserbeam-esque cat stares. We managed to get the cats distracted and contained, and shoo'd the little birdy out the front door. Score one for the birds!

Then, at 6:30 this morning, Kate deposited a crippled, bloody, flopping bird at the foot of our bed. Once again, we had to get the cats under control and out of the room. I dropped the bird out of the window. He glided a bit and had a somewhat-controlled crash landing down in the flower beds. I doubt he'll make it. Score one for the cats :(.

FYI, the cats got 5 birds last year. We only found 4 of them.

Needless to say, the cat door has been temporarily decommissioned.
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Corn
Posted June 25, 2007 at 07:12:33 AM by Bean
Sometimes I wonder why I even bother eating corn on the cob at all.
Fest of Ale and Brew-B-Q!
Posted June 12, 2007 at 09:03:29 AM by Bean in the Beer category
Stef and I have filled our last two weekend with beer festivals. Here's the run down:

Fest of Ale
This was the second annual Fest of Ale and it was put on by The Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN. 10 local breweries and 2 major distributors were there doing one of my favorite things: serving free beer. Okay, so it cost $30 to get in... but still. We got hit by some rain, but that didn't stop the fun. The rain brought cooler weather with it and forced us to mingle and meet new people under the tents. My favorite beer from the event was Barley Island's Sheet Metal Blonde. It just seemed to hit the spot for me that day - I love Wits in the summer. Good times!

Brew-B-Q
Stef, m1, and I all represented IBADS at the first annual gathering of Indiana homebrewing clubs. We got to meet people from all over the state, talk brewing, enjoy an unending variety of craft and homebrewed beer, and eat free smoked meat. I took a random sampling of bottles and 5 gallons of a simple, tea-infused ale (6-row and 2-row grain bill, Danstar Windsor yeast [read: fruity], single infusion @ 150F and light on the hops). I took it in a 5-gallon cooler (same cooler as the margarita pump, different lid) with a picnic tap on it and bought a little CO2 charging system when we got there. I was able to get rid of about 4 of the 5 gallons. not too bad considering the amount of beer available!

Here's a pic of me drooling over a sweet stainless conical fermentor brought by Blichmann Engineering. Also, check out IndianaBeer.com for some m1/bean/stef cameo's, and this pic taken during a big toast. Special thanks to Anita at Great Fermentations for allowing the event to happen in her parking lot, and to Ron Smith and the FBI for taking the initiative and getting this event going. I'm looking forward to next year already! Also, a wide wide world of web shout-out to the Bloomington HopJockeys, of whom I met 3, and who's website posting allowed us to find out about this event!

PROST!
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Bird Flu?
Posted June 11, 2007 at 02:32:18 PM by Bean
I've heard of it, but never really researched it much. Today, when I heard a government-sponsored commercial on the radio for pandemicflu.gov, I decided to check it out.

So far, a few bits of information have concerned me:

"The need for vaccine is likely to outstrip supply and the supply of antiviral drugs is also likely to be inadequate early in a pandemic. Difficult decisions will need to be made regarding who gets antiviral drugs and vaccines." (link)

and

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is addressing the problem in a number of ways. These include: The development of pre-pandemic vaccines based on current lethal strains of H5N1 (The Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine based on an early strain of the H5N1 virus that is not commercially available, but is being added to the Strategic National Stockpile.)" (link)

And this: Indiana Posters

Thoughts? General discussion?
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Cat Tower
Posted June 08, 2007 at 11:58:17 AM by Bean
So I decided to make my cats a new tower play thingy. I have a bunch of 2x4's and 2x6's I got from Big Willis, some plywood, and a large amount of scrap carpet [BigD: insert wet-carpet beer joke here]. I've made a few in the past... my latest one was about 2 years ago, but it's been relegated to the bedroom corner.

My first pass at the new tower turned out pretty good. It lets them sit high and kind of over the couch, plus it has a hole in the top platform, a step, and the impotent parts of two common cat toys that our cats enjoy. The catnip was added to the step after I realized that the cats did not use the hole for passage, thus eliminating the need for a step and providing a handy spot for the catnip plant (I grew it from seeds). They seem to love it. Especially Pete. Here's the shot from the couch.

I'm planning a second pass to fix a few things, and I've got a new place to put it, but that'll be another blog.
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Meat on Meat Meatscuit
Posted June 08, 2007 at 06:11:16 AM by Bean
I had some spare time and an empty stomach last night... until I made this. I didn't get a very good picture of it because I only had my camera phone.

The "Meat on Meat" part is bacon and pan-fried smoked sausage. The "Meatscuit" is a Bisquick-based biscuit with a healthy amount of cooked breakfast sausage mixed into it. Oh yeah, and with the leftover pork fat, I made some sausage gravy to put over another meatscuit.

In the end, I had a meat on meat meatscuit with a small side of meatscuits and gravy. That's right... it's no longer a myth. It's real. I made it. It's currently in my lower intestines.

Update: I made a meat-gravy-covered meat on meat meatscuit for lunch today and snapped a better pic. Enjoy! I did.
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Indycool Canoe Trip 2007
Posted June 01, 2007 at 03:44:08 PM by Bean
As Rushing recently blogged, The Annual Indycool and Friends Memorial Day Canoe Trip, or, whatever, has come and gone once again. This was it's 5th year, and although we were originally pushing for 15 miles, we ended up with a 5 miler (no rain = low creek). As far as I can tell, good times were had by all. Margarita's were all the rage, thanks in part to Rushing's gas powered blender and my margarita pump, but also due to the fact that MARGARITA'S TASTE GOOD WHILE CANOEING. It's a known fact. Anyway, without further adieu:

Indycool Canoe 2007 Pictures and Movies.
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