Cum Chata

The white bottle at the bottle shops. Stay away from it at all costs. The one guy knows what it tastes like. Ridiculous. But funny.

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Sunday finds us on the upswing of the weather rollercoaster with temps nearing 70°. Mother Nature, bitch that she is, loves to tempt and tease us with a short stint of a warm day or two followed by a string of chilly ones. This ride will continue for about another month until sometime in late May, the summer switch will be turned on and we’ll have many days in the high 80s.

Nice Pics

Google Earth’s imagery explained [8:08]

What nuclear war would look like [5:18]

Desktop trebuchet kit [6:05] – Kickstarter project

The Nintendo Switch [6:44] – Cold Fusion

Why do Macs suck for gaming? [8:19]

The littlest shotgun [11:51]

The Y2K Crisis [7:28]

Curmudgeons [16:50] – short video


Benjamin Goes To A Swingers Party [5:49]

The D in David [2:06]


Radetzky March [1:39]

Clarinet Polka [3:49]

Luna Mezzo Mare [2:34]


Race fell apart real quick [0:15]

Point of view [0:06]

What the sun sounds like [0:29]


What city is the microbrew capital of the US?

Sam Adams loosing its shine?

* Jiffs *


Ultimate work truck – the Tool Tank [13:21]

World Rally Championship highlights [16:37]

Forging a Damascus chopper [6:05]

1967 Yenko 427 Camaro [5:04] – Muscle car of the Week

Overloaded shotgun [8:39]

It’s what’s her name [2:08]

Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son [5:23]

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Frankly speaking

I had been given (on loan) a small video camera called a Flip Mino by my son. Is it named “Flip My No” or “Flip Minnow?” I’ve often wanted one of these cameras but I couldn’t justify the cost at the time. I don’t get out enough to warrant a video device for sharing content on the Web. I have an old iPhone IV that has a camera, but I find that the stub of my abbreviated index finger on my right hand gets in the way more often than not.

I thought about using the Flip as a dash cam, but there’s no decent place to mount it without buying some gear for that purpose. And besides, nothing crazy happens from my house to the beer store.

Tonight, I thought I’d try it out on the first pour of the beer review and see how WordPress and HTML5 handles it. I was not going to get involved in uploading to YouTube.

I had the chance to put a deep ballpeen hammer dent in my credit card at the Homebrew store by buying all that I needed for a new batch of Skeeter Pee for the ladies in my life. What remains to get are the lemon juice and metric ton of sugar.

The family has made plans for the Memorial Day holiday to be spent at the Liberty Street Manor in honor of the old man’s birthday. It’ll be just like old times. We’ll crank classical rock out in the garage while we sit on the driveway. It will be this day that we will open and pour the Wesvleteren 12 beers that we bought about 4 years ago.

I’m looking into dumping the WP Super Cache plugin which I’m pretty sure, based on our site’s traffic, we don’t need. The plugin may just be another one of the stumbling blocks to quick site load.

Last week’s Sudden Poll had our movie preferences all over the place. We’ll skip this week’s poll and pick up again next week.

Jeezus I ran late this evening. So what. Life is good, spring has sprung, there are no crickets yet and I still love doing this shit.


Thanks for stopping by.

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Blue Collar Brew – Brickstone Hop Skip Double Pale Ale

I have been swayed over to a new IPA by my sons. Each one of them has this beer somewhere in their possession. The best part about the beer is that it’s locally brewed. The beer is Brickstone’s Hop Skip Double Pale Ale brewed about 36 miles down the road in Bourbonnaise, Illinois, which ironically is a hop, skip and a jump due north of Kankakee.

I had always be under the impression that Two Brothers in Warrenville was the only local brewery in our part of Flatland. Now we have another, in the exact opposite direction. We actually had Brickstone since 2006 but it took this long for their beer to get delivered out this way.

Brickstone’s APA and Hop Skip have been favorites around the villa for about a year or so since 3Fs Zombie Dust is rarely distributed this far. And those few bottle shops who get their hands on a case or two of ZD usually split ‘em up and inflate the price per bottle. With Hop Skip, we now have a reliable and cost saving substitute for our hop dependence.

Hop Skip is tagged as a Double APA. A double American pale ale. What the hell is that? Who gives a rat’s ass as long as we get some idea as to where along the barley/hop/yeast scale the beer is, and what the ABV is. All the crap about California IPAs vs. New England IPAs, Belgian wheat vs. German wheat, porters vs. stouts. Enough. Point me in the right direction and let me go where I want. To drink critically or to drink as an adventure. I shall decide what beer to drink.

Therefore, tonight we are tasting and writing about an adequately named beer with a nonstandard style, but we know, kinda, what it’ll taste like. And besides, I’ve had this beer before. I liked it so much that I thought I’d share my thoughts.

(Something new. Thought I’d try it. )

The beer poured as expected, with a nice white head and an orange-yellow color. It wasn’t long before the foam dissipated to next to nothing. Carbonation was minimal to nonexistent. That may be my glass though.

The first sip was delicious. Medium mouthfeel and a nice sweetness with hardly a rasp at the back. The main overall flavor was of fruit, sort of pineapple and mango. This is my favorite taste for a hoppy beer. No grass, no hay, no dank dirt. Just fruity and sweet, one that keeps me guessing on the hops use.

I had originally thought that Brickstone had jumped on the New Zealand hop bandwagon when deciding which hops to use. But according to their website:

A strong style american pale ale (double apa). Loaded with citra, amarillo, and centennial hops for a strong citrus flavor.

I find it refreshing that brewers are starting to work magic with the “usual” hop varieties. It’s a bit disheartening when they forget to capitalize words in a marketing statement.  Many times a beer will taste really hoppy and fruity, but then wear on the palate by the third beer. Hop Skip is not one of those beers. It settles into the cracks and fissures of your tongue and keeps you happy for as long as there’s a sip available.

The males in the family all love Hop Skip as their go-to beer. Each time one of them takes the first sip the exclamation follows, “Man, that’s good.” The beer has become a fixture refreshment in all of our fridges.

It seems that we have been drinking so much Hop Skip over the last few months that we have forgotten about Zombie Dust, at least for the time being. Brickstone’s APA is a good beer as well is usually found in the back of the fridge as a stash for when the Hop Skip runs out.

Brickstone’s Hop Skip is a hidden gem that surfaced and should be tried by everyone. Slightly sweet with hints of tropical fruit and yellow citrus will make this beer a favorite in many homes and garages. Drinking this beer is a necessity. You must try it. You’ll love it.

The SixPackTech summary for Brickstone Hop Skip Double Pale Ale:

Style: India Pale Ale
Taste: Delicious from sip #1 to the end.
Smoothness: They go right down.
Bang for the buck: Excellent taste for the price.
Amount paid: $9.99 for a sixpack of 12-ounce cans.
Get it again? Oh, hell yeah. And over again.
ABV: 7.75%
Brewer’s website
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: (Sniff) Grapefruity. (sip) … (odd look) I don’t know. (sip) It’s sort of dry but it goes away real quick. (sip) It’s almost medicinal tasting like they added the grapefruit to cover up the taste. (sip) It doesn’t linger. When it’s gone, it’s gone. (She had it until the ‘medicinal’ thing. Sheesh!)

BA rates.

Hoppy & Gabby


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The Cars of Cuba

A couple of Aussie guys are in Havana to explore the culture, meet the locals, visit some mechanics and drive some cars!


Video link.

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Photoshop Phonies

Some are real but actually fake, while some are really fake but actually real actual fake. This must stop.

Hit it.

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Finishing off with a handful of short video crumbs.

Say hi to Jibo

Hotdog monkeys

Power Wheels paint shaker

Dick’s Pizza

Nailgun bullseyes

Clearing high voltage lines – fave


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’32 Ford kisses the guardrail

It was sure hard watching this sweet Blown 32 Ford get into the guardrail at the Kansas International Dragway ‘No Prep Mayhem’ event. Luckily the damage was minimal and the car should be back out soon.

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2016 Tesla Model S crash test

Teslas are put through crash tests leaving a ton of debris behind.

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Rather short but amazing video of a rodeo rider atop a bucking bull.

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Knocking down a wall – fave

Using a sledgehammer. What could go wrong?

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Vintage Reuge automaton musical pocket watch

Guy exhibits a genuine vintage Reuge pocket watch with a surprise around back.

I think it should be viewed under the curtain.

Continue reading

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92 unpredictable days of spring

I have never known Carhartt to advertise in this timely manner.

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Crash and bee attack

It don’t get more country than this.

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The never ending always looping vid-type files return for another Thursday, which itself will return again next week.

Hit it.

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RZR airborne

RZR XP1K4:five minutes of full throttle, turbo powered, mind bending off-road action!

[6:59] – action ends at 4:39

(I must confess that, the engine, in a few scenes, sounds like a leaf blower motor to me.)

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