The Daily Word: Bosque Closure, Sarah Palin Quits Something Else, TSA's Mobil Groping Teams
Rio Rancho police are cracking down on tailgaters.
Police arrest La Familia cartel boss.
UNM scientists prove that men are funnier than women.
Stephen Colbert finds the one Republican candidate who can beat Obama.
Sarah Palin quits her bus tour halfway through.
Watch out for the TSA Mobile Groping Squads.
The Supreme Court will review the patentability of medical diagnostic tests.
Man arrested after IRS accidently deposits $110,000 into his bank account.
Wimbledon officials wants female tennis players to stop grunting so loudly.
Iran wants to send a monkey into space.
Bronies are real, and they're in Albuquerque.
Coming soon to a restaurant near you: horse-semen shots.
This giant chicken-deboning machine is terrifying, awesome.
Man ships himself across country in a crate equipped to play a MMO as part of an art project.
Oh yeah, they remade Footloose.
New iPhone rumor #32.
Pray for a Destiny's Child reunion.
The seven types of friends everyone needs.
The Daily Word: Osama Bin Laden, Giant Fossil Ant Discovery, Happy Star Wars Day
Osama Bin Laden News Roundup:
The White House updates the narrative on how Osama Bin Laden was killed.
Federal prosecutors will seek to dismiss all charges against Bin Laden.
Bin Laden had 500 Euros sewn into his clothes for a quick escape.
Wikileaks reveals that in 2008, US troops were 1,800 yards from Bin Laden, training Pakistanis how to catch him.
Steven Colbert tracks the politicization of Bin Laden's death.
It's been 3 days since Bin Laden was killed, time for some conspiracy theories and memes.
A state health department administrator has been arrested for driving drunk in a government vehicle.
People are complaining about the low graduation rate among Lottery scholarship recipients.
John Ashcroft is Blackwater's new ethics chief. What's another word for irony?
Giant ant fossil discovered in Wyoming.
The top 10 Chinese tech moguls you need to know.
Don't get fooled by this Apple malware.
Ethically dubious ways to getting the perfect seat on your next flight.
How bacon can turn a vegetarian.
Watch the Insane Clown Posse review Water For Elephants.
Judge rules IP addresses aren't people, blocking subpoenas.
The unknown mysteries of the Mysteries of the Unknown commercial.
Rick Springfield arrested on DUI suspicion.
Top 10 evil lairs.
Today is Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you! GET IT?????
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, you'll need limes.
South Korean man found dead on a crucifix.
Delivery man shames bad tippers on his blog.
This exists: The internet's most comprehensive examination of the watches worn by Fox Mulder on TV's The X-Files.
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos and eight other celebrity-based cartoons from the 80s and 90s.
Soon, almost every Marvel cartoon show will be available to watch instantly on Netflix.
The Daily Word 02.09.11: Beer Marshmallows, Plastic Rice, Chicken Wyngz
The House fails to extend the Patriot Act.
President Obama is having lunch with the GOP leadership today.
Governor Martinez is blaming NM Gas for the gas shortage.
School bus accident in Mississippi leaves 3 dead, and 60 injured.
Sources say production has begun on Apple's next-generation iPad.
Ever wonder what would it look like if Disney made a Superman cartoon?
I have a feeling this guy is getting fired.
Astrology has been re-affirmed as a trusted science in India.
Why isn't the liberal media covering the boneless wyngz controversy?
CNN admits it has a Fox Problem.
No one knows the reason why all Wells Fargo ATMs went offline this week.
Police find drugs in a man's penis.
Fox News calls Bulletstorm the worst game in the world.
Nerdy website overthinkingit.com analyzes 10 years of Law & Order episode outcomes.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Mike, the Headless Chicken.
Most distant galaxy yet has been discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.
If I had ever successfully watched an episode of Dr. Who this flowchart may be more interesting.
Have a look at 14 of the most expensive meals in the world.
If you pirated a copy of The Expendables you should think about getting a lawyer.
Beer marshmallows? Beer marshmallows!
Family thinks they're buying a Dora the Explorer DVD, actually gets Bubble Butt Bonanza #17 instead.
400 Super Bowl ticket-holders who were screwed out of their seats are offered a pretty sweet deal.
10 things you you should know before you go furniture shopping.
The Daily Word 01.19.11: Backpack Bomb, Grave Robber, Stuxnet Worm
There is surveillance video of the Tuscon attack.
Governor Martinez gave her State of the State address yesterday.
Backpack bomb found on MLK Day Parade route.
Irish researchers uncover Vatican edict to hide crimes by pedophile priests.
Sellout Senator Joe Lieberman will not run for re-election.
When was the last time you were Hannitized?
Holy crap! Apple earned $26 billion (!) last quarter.
Probably not a good idea to record a video of your two-year-old getting high.
Grave robber uncovers the lost tomb of Caligula.
Regis Philbin announces his retirement.
Jerk college student pays $14,000 tuition bill in singles. That'll show the old ladies who work in the finance office!
Three guesses who created the Stuxnet Worm.
Two of the largest porn BitTorrent trackers are shut down.
The five most annoying types of email signatures.
Cider and Cyser
Coincidence or Conspiracy?
Hard cider was mentioned in today's Daily Word and the email quoted below appeared in all the Alibi mailboxes this morning, almost simultaneously.
If it’s a conspiracy, I say give into it. This is the day for drinking and discussing the fruits of the fruit.
The cyser mentioned below is very dry; all my ciders and meads are dry except for one gimmicky cyser/braggot hybrid I've got maturing. If you're feeling like something sweet, my favorite is the one we just call “Scrumpy's,” and I just can’t figure out how they do it.
Cyser is a variant of mead, where the water is replaced by apple squeezin's, thereby adding even more sugar to feed the yeasties (and of course some flavor).
I made this one in February 2010, as a cheap and experimental batch to evaluate Wyeast's 4632 "Dry Mead" Yeast strain, to see if I would want to use that yeast later in the fall when it would be time to make the "real" stuff.
I am very pleased with 4632 and will use it again (though perversely, I ended up not using it in my fall 2010 batches which you'll be tasting another 3-9 months from now, but that's another story). It matured rapidly, and I thought this stuff was good enough to drink within 3 months, all the more exciting because of its mundane ingredients. (It just blows me away that more people don't make meads, hard ciders and cysers; it's so damn easy compared to beer, and can be so yummy.)
The base cider was 6 half-gallon jugs of Trader Joe's Gala apple juice mixed with 2 half-gallon jugs of Trader Joe's McIntosh apple juice. The honey was 9 pounds of "Mrs. Crocket's" honey from CostCo. Nothing exotic here at all.
Came out smooooooth and mellow and dangerous; a sip of this and you'd never guess it's somewhere in the mid teens % ABV, unlike my 2008 cyser which still tastes like rocket fuel (which is why I haven't brought it in). A 12 oz bottle is a good two servings, and your old Swirl, Swish and Swallow glass is the perfect thing to drink from. As usual for my stuff, this is unfiltered so may have some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. You might want to handle and pour the bottle carefully and leave it behind, though for this batch I have just been drinking the whole thing.
It would be really nice if you could rinse and return the empty bottles to the sixpack holders at my desk. I sorta expect people to take these home rather than drink 'em here (AHEM, Adam), so if that's too inconvenient, don't sweat it. But if it's not a lot of trouble, please give 'em back.
Oh, and if you're under 21 then please forget everything you just read. These bottles contain something very bad and gross.
This Week In Games 8.15.10
The Big News - Irrational Games unveils its new project, Bioshock Infinite, but is it more than more Bioshock?
Cyberpunks, commence hyperventilating: Deus Ex: Human Revolution gameplay trailer.
Stalker 2 will be out sometime in 2012, so there should be plenty of time to buy a new video card.
ID software's Rage, which looks like a more Road Warrior oriented version of Fallout 3, finally got a release date, but it's still a ways off.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will use Steamworks rather that Games For Windows. Even more interesting, though, is that Ubisoft's Ruse will do the same.
After having been burned in their last Big Game outing (Brutal Legend), Tim Shafer's Doublefine Productions is opting to make several downloadable games. Costume Quest is the first, and will be out in time for Halloween 2010.
Webgame Wednesday: Looming
Looming transports you to a whole other world. In this mysterious and moody puzzle/exploration game, you must traverse the simple, black-and-white terrain of an alien planet. By gathering archeological remnants, you piece together the story of what happened to this once peaceful realm. The game is arty and contemplative, and you can drop in and out using the glowing portals on the playing field. So you don't have to solve it all at once. Bonus points for the old-school graphics, which look like they were programmed on an Apple IIe. (All that's missing is the sickly green hue.)
The iPhone/iPod Touch Apps Announced At WWDC
The iPhone/iPod Touch Netflix player that was revealed in April headlined the software demonstrations, and now has a semi-solid release date of "this Summer." It looks to boast the same functionality you get with both the home and iPad versions; you'll be able to see your instant queue, browse for titles, pick up movies where you left off etc. It works on both Wi-Fi and 3G, though now that ATT has removed the option of an unlimited data plan, that could be a bit of trouble.
The Facebook phenom Farmville is coming at the end of June. The integration with Facebook is all there, so you'll have the same farm, same friends, etc. Is this exciting? If you play it, you already know what it is. If you don't play it, you still know what it is from getting spammed in Facebook about it. Also, I'm not sure if it's such a great idea to have bent-necked Farmville junkies out wandering the streets, though that touch control tractor does look pretty awesome! Yikes.
Finally, the Guitar Hero iPhone was announced during the WWDC keynote for immediate release that same day. To my untrained eyes, it looks nearly impossible, though seeing the Activision guy 5 star "Death By Diamonds and Pearls" by Band of Skulls was completely impressive. The packed in track list includes: Queen - "We Are The Champions", Rise Against - "Savior", The Rolling Stones - "Paint it Black", The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army", Weezer - "Say It Ain’t So", and Vampire Weekend - "Cousins". Currently, 15 more tracks are available from the in-game store.
iPhone 4 Announced
Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off yesterday with the traditional packed-
Here's the rundown:
The shell is a complete redesign, and now acts as part of the antenna to improve reception. The newer, faster, and substantially smaller A4 chip leaves room for a much needed larger battery.
The new camera is 5 megapixels, and now sports an LED flash. HD (720p) video recording is available, as well as the ability to edit the video directly on the iPhone. At 960 by 640 pixels, the Retina Display is double the resolution of previous iPhones. This won't, of course, make the most of your 720p video, but the iPhone can display 720p via the dock with VGA adapter (not included).
A forward-facing camera allows for true face to face chat, and Apple has packed in their own video chat application (kind of nauseatingly) dubbed FaceTime. One wonders how this will compare to Skype? The iPhone 4 hasn't forgotten gaming, and significant improvements have been made to the motion-sensing/tilt control as well.
As usual, Apple never reveals something until they're ready to sell it, so pre-ordering through ATT begins in about a week.
The Daily Word 5.03.10: Time Travel, Skunk Ape, Taliban.
Stephen Hawking predicts time travel.
A Taliban leader, presumed dead, is now threatening U.S. cities.
The latest Noah’s Ark claim was a hoax.
There are good leads in investigating the failed Times Square car bomb.
The Enquirer reports on an alleged Obama affair.
The Skunk Ape has been spotted in South Georgia.
Apple sold a million iPads in one month.
Polanski insinuates that his 1977 guilty plea was coerced through judicial impropriety.
Spiderman and Jedi foiled the heist of a valuable X-Men comic.
Vandals tagged several Bank of America locations with the Number of the Beast.
The Astorga trial begins today.
Nakeisha Barnes hit a pedestrian at Menaul and San Mateo.
Oh, dear. It’s Christopher Cross’ birthday.
Leaked: Gizmodo Gleefully Exploits Unreleased Next-Generation iPhone Found in Bar Near Apple Headquarters
Technology blog Gizmodo published photos and a video of the unreleased next-generation iPhone, exposing new features and a new design for one of Apple’s signature products.
The phone now boasts two camera lenses, and the presence of a front-facing camera indicates that video calling will be a feature on upcoming iPhones. Gizmodo wrote that other new features include a higher-resolution screen, a larger battery and a glass back that should improve cellular reception. In early April, Apple demonstrated the upcoming version of its iPhone OS, announcing that it will include sought-after features like the ability to run multiple applications at the same time. With the hardware and software of the new iPhone now public knowledge, a clear picture of the upcoming device is beginning to form.
The iPhone was given to Gizmodo by a man who found the device in a Redwood City, Calif. bar close to Apple headquarters The blog’s editors thoroughly examined the phone, pointing out on video that it now has not one, but two volume buttons. Trivial details aside, they also cracked open the case to uncover several “Apple”-labeled parts, and essentially proved the legitimacy of the device when Apple sent a letter requesting that the blog return “a device that belongs to Apple.”
For those seeking more information, Gizmodo is treating this leak as the biggest tech story in history and has published multiple features about the new iPhone, ranging from a play-by-play account of how the Apple employee in charge of the phone lost it and how it ended up at Gizmodo to a rebuttal of “conspiracy theorists” who alleged that Apple had staged the leak to ensure that the phone received plenty of pre-release hype and media coverage.
Steam Your Apples
Any PC gamer who's been around the block lately knows at least two things about Valve's digital distribution service, Steam: 1) it's awesome, and 2) Apple users who want it are dual booting into Windows. Well, the awesome part is about to get awesomer, because the Apple barrier is about to fall. Valve recently announced it would extend the Steam platform and the Source engine to Intel based Apple OS X systems starting in April of this year. Even better, games purchased on one platform can be downloaded/played for free on the other, and save games for those titles will persist across environments. At the time of the announcement only Valve titles (Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, Half-Life 2, etc.) were included in the games list, but since Steam is such a large distribution channel we should see other publishers begin to follow suit in the near future.
The iPad is Here
Hey look! It's some gadget my husband will insist he needs!
The iPad, unveiled today (read a live blog here) is apparently like a giant iPhone, for old people, I'm guessing. Those little numbers are hard to push.
Also, this is a terrible name. Like Apple just came out with its own line of sanitary napkins. Which makes me wonder what kind of apps would come with that.
The Daily Word 11.19.09: Breast checks, hair pulling, sexy men
Ladies aren't loving new mammogram guidelines.
One West Mesa victim was 15-year-old from Denver.
Afghanistan's Karzai sworn in again. Hmm.
UNM hair puller says she's not an animal.
Irish kept out of World Cup by cheating French.
The myth of the Apple tablet.
Is a line-cutting incident at Wal-Mart about race? Sure.
A People Sexiest Men list without "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm? Here's a list rating those men according to how many Jon Hamms they're worth.
Texas AG candidate says a law passed to ban gay marriage may have banned all marriage.
McDonald's gets a new look. An IKEA disco look.
It's Jodie Foster's birthday.
Maple Bacon Cider
It’s not just for breakfast
Late at night, at last year's New Mexico Brewer's campout in the Pecos, a legendary cider-maker voiced an opinion that I think most people share, deep down: everything is better with bacon.
Would even apple cider benefit from bacon? And if you're going to do that, why not make it a full breakfast drink? That exquisite essence of pancakes, maple, could play a part as well.
Thus was born the Maple Bacon Cider competition.
A year has passed, and last weekend the entrants reunited to submit their entries for judgment. I am pleased to announce that my sweetie and I won in the categories of Best Appearance and Presentation, Best Bacon Expression, and Best Overall. We didn't win the Best Maple Expression or Best Apple Cider, but I think we did fairly well in those aspects too.
Would you like to recreate our winning Maple Bacon Cider? Well, you can't. Even I can't, because I didn't take good notes on the final ratios of everything. But here's how to go about it.
You’ll need a hard cider as your foundation. Cider making is a whole topic on its own, so I'm not going to go into depth on that here. Look around. Apple harvest time is coming up in a few weeks, so now's a good time to think about sources. We used a blend, approximately a third consisting of store-bought Scrumpy's, a little over half being my 2008 cider (which I think isn't all that great, but I sure drain those bottles quickly whenever I open one), and the balance being my 2008 cyser (which is very sweet, suffering from a stuck fermentation at about 1.050 -- dunno what I'm going to do about that, yet) plus the bacon extract (see below). Really, any good cider base will do, although its dryness or sweetness might be influenced by your maple tactic.
For maple, there are a few approaches. I can tell you the one that does not work: putting maple syrup in your cider prior to fermentation. Oh, the sugar will ferment, but for some reason, the maple flavor doesn't really come through. You'll want to add maple syrup after fermentation, which means you're going to be sweetening, so means you might want to have a pretty dry cider to start with. Or save yourself some trouble and just use maple extract. I believe that the Best Maple Expression winner used an extract.
The hard part is the bacon. This is the true challenge and the real reason the competition happened. The president of the Dukes of Ale is going to blackmail me with a video of me drunkenly expounding my team's "two pronged approach" to baconating our cider, but really, it was a three pronged approach.
First, make a bacon extract. Fry up some bacon and eat it. Pour the grease into a jar, and add a distilled spirit. We used vodka, but bourbon is a great choice too. Swirl the grease and vodka together every once in a while for a few days. Then put it into the refrigerator. The fat will congeal, and you can skim most of it off. Pour the vodka through a coffee filter to separate the rest. Your vodka ought to now have some bacon aroma and flavor. Don’t bother trying to extract flavor from the meaty, non-fat part of the bacon. That doesn’t work.
Second, liquid smoke. Part of what we think of as bacon flavor, is really just the curing. If you smell hickory smoke, you can't help but think you smell bacon. (Go easy with the stuff, though. In a half-gallon batch, half a teaspoon is enough, possibly even too much.)
Third, and this is part of why we also won Best Presentation and Appearance, is to fry up some bacon immediately prior to serving. Each taster gets a stick of bacon dropped right into their glass. C'mon, you're looking at a piece of bacon, and it's putting a grease slick on top of your cider. Don't tell me you don't taste bacon, even if it's just psychological.
I was surprised and almost disappointed that all entries were drinkable. None of the submissions were gross. Fortunately, next year’s competition raises the difficulty and is more open to interpretation, so maybe some adventurous soul will go too far: barbecue beer.