Slinks

It’s Sunday and the many links to many interesting things are waiting. If you’re enjoying the nice weather, the Slinks will wait until you have time for them. That goes for all y’all. (All a yuz.)

Nice Pics

Nice Cars – 440 SixPack revisited

Veni Vidi Vatican [1:39] – tilt shift, time lapse

Wood Swimmer [1:40]

Electric planes are here! [5:25] – Cold Fusion

Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge [6:29]

Barrow, Alaska [5:49]

GPS is free [7:41]

The Batman Complex [3:00]
An expertly made trailer to a movie that doesn’t exist

Animation

Head-on Highway [7:50]

MUTO [7:26]

Music

Billy Jean on fingerstyle guitar [3:53]

David Lee Roth – California Girls [4:30]

Quickies

Holy water [0:13]

Don’t swim in this river [0:18]

News reporter and a pig [0:40] – fave

Beer

Craft Beer: A Hopumentary [14:13]

Tropical trend for summer: coconut IPAs

Czech beer train coming to US and China

Beer train [1:03]

* Jiffs *

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Firefighter helmet cam [4:29]

This round is way different [15:02]

Musings on radial arm saws [11:47]

Lights-out boxing moments [10:33]

1965 Shelby GT350R Racer [6:41] – Muscle Car of the Week

New football helmet design [3:33]

AR-15 Ninja Tactical Zombie Killer [4:09]

Rat Rod Rally 2017 [3:42]

Shake [0:34]

Billy Idol – White Wedding [3:29]

 

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Frankly speaking

I’m still trying to get all the links to automatically open in a new window. I’d post the question on the WordPress forums if I could suffer through the Forgot your password? scenario. Most of the time it’s late in the evening or I’m pressed for time (have to go to bed.) I’ll get it… one day.

The Tundra needs brakes. I have yet to arrange to get them replaced. I think this would be the third time since the truck was new. I remember the last time they were replaced that the guy who did it hurled curse words enough to topple an oak tree. We’ll see how it goes this time.

The truck is showing her age. The body in general looks very clean and undamaged except for a few scratches here and there. Underneath, it’s another story. Rust. Illinois winters can be harsh some years and the state throws megatons of salt on the roads.

There was a recall a couple of years ago for rust damage to Tundra frames. I brought my truck to get it taken care of. They kept the truck and gave me a Nissan Rogue as a loaner. Nice car but weird lookin’. Like the redheaded step brother of the Juke. Now there’s a piece of work, that Juke. And what the hell kind of name is Juke? Don’t get me started.

The Toyota dealer removed the bed of my truck, coated the frame with a thick black gunk and replaced the bed. They kinda messed up one of bolts and chipped the bed coating but what difference does it make now.

She has 168k miles on her now and she’s like me, still functional but old and wearing out. I had mentioned about getting a new truck and was met with nodding heads and “That’s nice.” I thought that the Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon would be nice choice for me. I thought about going back to a stick shift. Then I saw the prices.

Now, the phrase “At my age” really comes into play. I’ll stay with the Tundra. Hell, she’s probably as old as I am in truck years.

Thanks a lot for stopping by. This shit… you know the rest.

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Blue Collar Brew – Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale

I decided to take an early afternoon trek in the opposite direction from the bustle of Joliet and go west, old man to Ottawa. Less traffic, wider vistas(beans, corn, beans, corn, ad nauseam.) It was a cooler day, windows halfway down. The entire trip had me in good spirits. I smiled to myself as I entered Hermans Package store because I know they always have a great selection of beer.

I didn’t have to travel far down the aisle before spotting a target. The day before, I had read an article on tasting and ranking saison beers and one of the top rated (#6) was looking down at me from the top shelf. It was Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale brewed by Brasserie Dupont of Tourpes, Belgium. I had the requisite cash on hand and two 750s of Belgian saison beer accompanied me out the door.

Once home, I commenced scrutinizing the label on the bottle. “Cuvée Dry Hopping 2014” was down at the bottom. It appeared that I had a three-year-old bottle of beer in my hand. “Cuvée” is a term for an individual batch of wine. Therefore, we have a dry hopped batch from 2014. Up at the top was “Vieille Provision” which translated to Old Provision, probably dealing with the original recipe.

Each year that this beer is brewed, the brewmaster chooses a different hop. For this 2014 batch, he chose Challenger hops added late in the boil and for dry hopping. Low Alpha… it should be interesting. A homebrew clone recipe is here. Add the hops of your choice.

My go-to beer in this style is Ommegang Hennepin. On any given day you may find a four-pack in my fridge. BeerAdvocate has it at the top of their list for the style. Tonight we’ll see how well ol’ Henney stands up to Saison Dupont.

Let’s get started.

The beer poured with a hazy yellow color and brought up a super head of loose white bubbles on top that took their time to dissipate. Carbonation was vigorous. The aroma was barely there through the thick foam but I caught a slight whiff of something that just may be a little sweet.

The first sip was just great. All of the spicy zestiness was there but just a bit different than what I’m used to. A barely perceptible hint of hops came through. Sweet lemon zest or something like that was in every sip. Sweet but not too sweet. This is a classic saison beer.

Dupont comes close to Ommegang’s Hennepin but the differences are minute. Hennepin comes on a little bolder and maybe a hair sweeter, but this Dupont had that one flavor that I can only ascribe to yellow European beers. It’s a bit of what you’d taste in a Paulaner or Hofbrau beer… not the style, but rather that one particular Euro taste note. It may be Munich malt or perhaps the Challenger hops in this case. Just don’t know.

I have no qualms about the beer being three years old. The Dupont website assures that the beer will be good for a very long time. The beer is fermenting in the bootle. Here’s where my knowledge of beer brewing breaks down:

Adding priming sugar to the fermented wort at the time of bottling will cause another tiny fermentation used to carbonate the beer. Isn’t that the same as refermenting in the bottle? Is this market speak or am I missing something here/

John Palmer has a little blurb on the subject here but what I gather is that bottle conditioning becomes refermentation after more than a couple of weeks. Or it’s something different. I’ll bring this up at the next homebrew club meeting. But I digress…

I retrieved the second 750 from the fridge and discovered that it was vintage 2015 according to the cork. The taste was lightly different. No more Euro flavor. It was more along the lines of what I’m used to in a saison style beer. I discovered that this 2015 version used Minstrel hops.

Back to the beer. Although Saison Dupont is held in high esteem by many, I don’t think it will enter my list of go-to beers. It just doesn’t stand up to the fuller, rounder Hennepin. I’ll stick with Hennepin for quite a while until something new comes along and trips my trigger and is readily available for a comparable price.

But if you’d like to please the ladies and impress your friends, uncork a giant bottle of Saison Dupont for your next warm weather gathering. It will disappear quickly. Slightly fruity and zesty, it’d be a taste treat for all who partake.

The SixPackTech summary for Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale:

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Taste: A bit sweet with a fruity zest and a nice finish.
Smoothness: This is an easy drinker.
Bang for the buck: On the high end for the quantity.
Amount paid: $10.99 per 750ml bottle.
Get it again? Probably not. I have Hennepin. Twice as much for the same price.
ABV: 6.5%
Brewer’s website
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: Cloudy. (sniff) Beery. (sip) I was expecting more citrus. (sip) It’s not bad, a little tang from citrus. (sip)Actually that’s quite nice. (sip) I could certainly have a few sips of that. (I bet she’d sit down to share if it wasn’t for her ‘show’ on the DVR.)

Untappd rates.

Simple and True: The story of Brasserie Dupont [4:55]

Paul Cézanne

Dew

Punt

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The World in 2050

By mid-century there will likely be 9 billion people on the planet, consuming ever more resources and leading ever more technologically complex lives. What will our cities be like? How will we eat in the future of Earth? Will global warming trigger catastrophic changes, or will we be able to engineer our way out of the world climate crisis?

In the future world demographic changes will certainly be dramatic. Rockefeller University mathematical biologist Joel Cohen says it’s likely that by 2050 the majority of the people in the world will live in urban areas of the earth, and will have a significantly higher average age than people today.

[38:15]

Video link.

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Photoshop Phonies

This week we are featuring 100% phonies. Next week we’ll try for all fakes. Maybe.

Hit it.

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Quickies

Ah, the work week is over and the Quickies return to prime us for the weekend. Or not. They usually don’t last that long. Kinda like… forget it.

Road rage crash

Loudest homemade motorbike

iOS 11 featureThis is CoreML (a new system library developed by Apple for iOS), on iOS11. The software is running on device — no server calls made.

Video link. – Streamable’s embed code sucks.

Sailing trouble

Japanese bullet train flyby

Cleavage

World’s best pool shit shot

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Rat rod Ford truck

Ridiculous and sublime all at the same time. Hmm. A rhyme. Pfft!

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Freeze plate

Mad scientist Colin Furze has built a “reverse hob,” a super cold metal plate to chill beverages and eggs and beans. A hob is a metal plate or shelf used in conjunction with a stove. A stove’s cooktop is called a hob in the UK.

[5:19]

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Climeworks

Climeworks is capturing CO2 from air with the world’s first commercial carbon removal technology. Our direct air capture plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere to supply to customers and to unlock a negative emissions future.

We built and operate the world’s first commercial direct air capture plant in Hinwil (Switzerland), removing 900 tonnes of CO2 from ambient air per year (as seen in the video). Our plants capture atmospheric carbon with a filter, using mainly low-grade heat as an energy source.

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Race bike crash – fave

At Magny-Cours, during a round of the promosport championship: two riders crash and their bikes lock wheel bars and continue to pirouette on the ground.

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Juice a watermelon

Do it the Alton Brown way. (Don’t know what became of the seeds.)

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Deleted Wikipedia articles

What it says on the tin. All of these are from Wikipedia’s “Deleted articles with freaky titles” page, found here: https://en.wikipedia.org

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Indian kitchen

40,000 people eat here for free, every day. Amazing.

[Streamable]

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Jiffs

Those short, repeating, sometimes clever files-of-whatever are back for another Thursday.

Hit it.

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Ford GT-40 vs. Hellcat

The Ford GT-40 is a TIMELESS piece of automotive excellence that you really don’t get to see all that often, especially ripping down an airstrip! This BEAUTIFUL display of aero and design really caught our attention as soon as it rolled off the trailer. We we’re glad to see it pull out to the starting line to stretch its legs down the airstrip of Rantoul Aviation Center for Omega Motorsport’s NoFlyZone Midwest!

[4:47]

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