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  1. I hope this isn't too OT. Just curious. Anybody remember what that secret MUD was? Does Dave still own this site?   It started with a T... Tarbetha? Tibeta? I must know!
  2. [size="2"]Slightly OT, but I just checked this site for the first time in two years and noticed that nes8bit became unbanned. When did this happen??[/size]
  3. yeah! Although, I've never felt pain while writing and I can communicate very effectively with both type and handwriting. I'd like to think that the reason my handwriting is so awful is that I type much more often. But who knows.. =\
  4. yeah I guess I'm still kinda here. formerly known as xtremehobo.
  5. Looks much better! The colors are more pleasing and I like the medieval theme. I'd suggest changing the button text to white. Black text on dark backgrounds is a bit hard on the eyes.
  6. http://www.workrave.org/welcome/ This nifty little program forces you to take periodic breaks and keep you focused.
  7. Write Facebook apps and monetize off the traffic using advertisements. I've written a few applications since their API was reliced, but the most successful was "Pee on your friends". The concept was very simple (I came up with it while taking a shower one day). You add the app to your profile, then you "pick" which friends you wish to "pee" on. "Peeing" on your friends consisted of sending an application invite that said, "So-and-so just peed on you! Pee back!". Clicking the invitation link would prompt them to add the application. After someone completed a peeing action, it would take them to a confirmation page that displayed an advertisement for Zwinkies (Online avatar/doll customization thing.) Every time someone clicked the link and installed their software, I got $3. Made over $1600 in a month or two. That was a year ago and I haven't written any facebook apps since. I don't know if it's still that easy to make a successful app like that.
  8. Quote:Original post by Bregma Quote:Original post by Matt Maybe it's just because the expectation that family and close friends must exchange gifts causes the very act of giving to lose meaning and actually become stressful. Have you not seen anything broadcast on TV every December since its invention? Were you not paying attention? Thay all, each and every one of them in their own maudlin, cheezy, pulchritudinous way (ooh, nice word) drone on and on and on about the "true spirit oc Christmas." Because they're right. For an excellent in-depth philosphical analysis, I would recommend either "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (mostly because of the hot jazz, but that tree is a cultural meme) or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," because no one does philosphy better than Theo Geisel. Then, smile, do the traditional Christmas potlatch, eat, drink, be merry. Be Fezziwig and not Scrooge. Give people what they want (which is mostly your being pleasant and happy), and don't expect anything in return. Don't worry about the crass commercialization. You are right, there is still a "christmas spirit." I still love "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and those seasonal type things. I'm just wondering whether or not people should try to find some actual meaning in the celebration, rather than look for other things (Christmas music and snowflake decorated starbucks cups) to make them happy.
  9. Quote:Original post by d000hg Quote:Original post by Matt Today I received a Christmas card in the mail from a friend of a friend, whom I've only spoken to two or three times in my life. She wrote me a handwritten paragraph or two (Not the typical "Happy Holidays! Love so-and-so".) Is she after a date? Nah, she's already in a relationship. I don't think I could ever convince my family to give up the gift-giving tradition. It really would simplify things though...
  10. Today I received a Christmas card in the mail from a friend of a friend, whom I've only spoken to two or three times in my life. She wrote me a handwritten paragraph or two (Not the typical "Happy Holidays! Love so-and-so".) Ironically, I think this card is the most honest gesture of goodwill I will receive from anyone, family included, this season. Maybe it's just because the expectation that family and close friends must exchange gifts causes the very act of giving to lose meaning and actually become stressful. By no means am I against presents... I won't say no to new toys, but I think people would generally be happier around this time of year if they exchanged simpler, more meaningful gestures to show they care. I work in customer service and I can defiantly tell that people are on edge during this time of year. They're stressed out, frustrated, impatient, and expect that our store has a deal for exactly what they want. Nobody is happy like the characters in the Christmas movies I used to watch as a kid. This year I am going to use the holiday season as a reminder to chill out, be more empathetic towards others, and remind my self that happiness is not about receiving a brand new graphics card (or anything material, for that matter.) Does anyone else have any strong opinions related to this subject matter? Am I just crazy? Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.. now get out of my way so I can buy that new 60" HDTV.
  11. I can't speak to vpslink since I've never used them before, but I have been with Dreamhost for two years now and I'm very pleased. Every host will have bouts of downtime, Dream included, but Dreamhost's support is very communicative and their feature-to-price ratio is quite favorable to the customer.
  12. Quote:Original post by curtmax_0 You are all made of fail. HTML With Variables is the bestest! Obviously. I'm making a hockey game in it.
  13. Just taste tested the cider today. Not nearly as bad as I had expected. The gases started smelling pretty bad the past few days, but the cider still tastes apple-ish with a little residual sugar. I don't have a hydrometer so I am unable to calculate the alcohol content, but it seems to be pretty similar to beer so i'm guessing it's about 6% ABV. Slightly carbonated too! I wasn't expecting that...
  14. Quote:Original post by extralongpants Sweet! I'm going to have to try this. questions: 2 lbs of sugar sounds like a lot! Especially since apple juice is already so sweet. Why so much? From what I have gathered, adding sugar to the cider is 'non-traditional', as the sugars in the "soft" cider are enough for the yeast to metabolize into ethanol and CO2. This is also assuming you're using natural apple yeast though. Because the apple juice I purchased had been pasteurized, I had to add my own yeast. As Bregma had mentioned, the champagne yeast thrives in the acidic apple juice and will rapidly ferment the sugars in the juice. I'm hoping that the added brown sugar increases the alcohol content and leave a little residual sugar in the cider so that it's not so bitter. Quote: How long do you plan to let it sit? I'll let it sit in the primary fermentation container until the bubbles in the airlock reduce to less than 1 per minute (This seems to be the recommended frequency.) It should take about a week or two. I'll rack (siphon) it into another container and let it sit there for a few days to clear up then i'll bottle it. This is a quick experiment - if I am at all pleased with the results, I may consider making up another batch and doing it the right way. Quote: Would unpasteurized apple juice work? For instance, could I crush my own apples, and use the unpasteurized juice to make the cider, or would I have to pasteurize it first? Ideally, you want to use unpasteurized apple juice. It tastes better and still has natural yeast inside it. Most sites I've read say that cider fermented using the natural yeast are more authentic. It can be a gamble though - depending on the strains living in it, you could also end up with a really nasty end product. Or perhaps no fermentation at all. Adding yeast will produce a more consistent product but some say it tastes too "wine-ish". [/quote]
  15. Quote:Original post by Bregma Quote:Original post by Matt Ingredients: 2 gallons Organic, flash-pasteurized apple juice (No preservatives!!), $15 2 pounds brown sugar, $1.99 1 packet champagne yeast, $0.99 Stop. Do not add cane sugar. Not only is that blasphemy but you will destroy any chance you have of success. I wouldn't use a plastic water bottle, either. It might work for one batch, but if you're serious you will invest in a good glass carboy. You need to make double-sure your source cider has no preservatives. Often when a commercial supplier says "no preservatives" they mean "no preservatives added except for the sodium sulphite to kill yeast." The only way to be sure you have the good stuff is to personally know your supplier and/or be there when the cider is pressed. You would improve your result by preparing the yeast in advance: dissovle it in a weak (sterlized) cider solution (say, 50/50 cider and water, boiled and cooled) and allow it to begin fermentation. Pitch it when it's good and foamy. My experience with using champagne yeast (which will withstand the acidic cider environment well, unlike beer yeasts) is that it tends to overferment and produces a rather tart and flavourless end product. Ideally you would use a yeast strain specially developed exclusively for cider. Experimenting with the natural yeast found on apple skins (ie. in the unpasteurized apple must) might yield good results, but be prepared for negative results and be prepared to invest in agar slants and microscopes and all that fun geeky stuff. Oh, and get yourself a hygrometer so you can measure the before-and-after specific gravity so you can calculate percentage alcohol. I appreciate the input. I did make sure the apple juice contained no preservatives. A couple brands said they did contain ascorbic acid, but this one did not. The airlock is happily bubbling away so the yeast is still alive :) If I find this project was worth my time, I might just do as you said and invest in a larger carboy and try to find some cider fresh from an orchard so I can ferment it using the natural yeasts from the apples. As far as sugar goes, should I rely solely on the sugars in the cider, or use honey?