Fruit Wines

This is harvest time for all the stone fruits as well as wine grapes. If you ever wanted to experiment with fruit wines or regular wines, now is the time. This year’s growing season was perfect, and the horn of plenty is overflowing with all kinds of sweet goodness.

Pick one (or two or ten) of your favorite fruits and ferment them out and see what happens. You will more than likely be very happy with the result. It’s easier than you think.

Published in: on September 20, 2007 at 12:59 am  Leave a Comment  

The Jints

Went to see the Giants tonight. They have it all figured out. In between batters and innings there is always a song appropriate for the moment, mostly songs from the rock world. If you polled the general public to see how many AC/DC fans there were, what do you think the percentage would be? Go to a Giants game and they are blaring out the AC/DC at everybody.

What is AC/DC’s favorite beer? Do they really drink Foster’s at home or do they drink Young’s Ales from England? 300 days on the road for 20 years, maybe they don’t even drink anymore.

Somebody knows the answer to this question. Joey D, the Human Trivia Machine? Joe O’Keefe? Joey Oey? Someone somewhere is playing Van Halen right now! Believe it.

Yea to the Giants. Beer is $8.25 per plastic cup. Sorry Walter. At that rate, you could buy the recommended half glass kit to brew your own beer at home for the cost of 12 cups, not counting tips for the beer or tax on the kit. Barry Bonds! I need the ball breaking record breaking ball.

Please support your local baseball team, futbol team, hockey team, basketball, badminton, brewers, all the b sports. Please support your local musicians, dancers, theatres, artists, merchants.

Published in: on September 15, 2007 at 1:09 am  Comments (1)  

Delusions of Greendeur

One more example of trying to feel good without making any changes whatsoever. A desk chair today with an oversized glossy tag stating how the chair was constructed with “green” foam. The quotation marks are there on the green-colored tag. “Green” foam, the tag explains, is foam made from recycled materials that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill.

No mention of the pleather used to upholster the chair, or the source of the metal frame, or the plastic caster rolling wheels, or the screws used to keep it all together. Just the “Grren” foam, and an oversized tag providing all this information and a little bit more. How the manufacturer, along with the purchasers of the chair, are greening the world, “one chair at a time.”

Oh doesn’t this make you feel good about your new purchase? For about one second until your brain wakes up and you question any of this nonsense. How long do you suppose these chairs will last? Will our grandchildren be recycling them into new “green” products? The quotes once again because if it was beyond question the quotes would be unnecessary. Where do the boxes the chairs were shipped in go? To the landfill or to be recycled again and again?

This barely even qualifies as critical thinking. No piece of brand new furniture purchased for $59 can be realistically expected to last very long. So this rolly “green” foam swivel chair will not find its way into the landfill for a few years beyond when the foam padding alone would have been dumped, presumably. Way to go Earth People!

Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Here and Now

Quote for the Week:

“The stage is now set for direct competition for grain between the 800 million people who own automobiles, and the world’s 2 billion poorest people.”

Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute speaking at a briefing to the US Senate two weeks ago.

Feed The Hungry At The Gas Pump

* Automakers roughly doubled the fuel economy of cars between the 1970s and the late 1980s. In other words, the “know-how” has been here for a long time.
* Over the past 20 years, automakers have used advancements in technology to add more than 800 pounds to the average vehicle and nearly double horsepower, while fuel economy has declined. Be smart about what you drive.
* The grain required to fill a 25 gallon gas tank with ethanol would feed one person for a year. Every time you fill your tank, think about biking, walking, mass transit or just relaxing at home.
* Next year, 30% of U.S. corn will be used for ethanol. Instead, the same amount of fuel could be saved by increasing average fuel efficiency by just three miles per gallon. Let your Representatives and Senators know that you support strong fuel efficiency standards and a wholesale conversion of U.S. transportation, utilities, and agriculture to renewable sources of energy.

Remember, printed letters currently count as 10,000 voters who feel the same way and don’t write, phone calls count for less, and emails count for about 10 disenfranchised voters. Print some letters today!

Published in: on September 5, 2007 at 1:33 am  Leave a Comment