405-pound tight end (!?!)

Baylor tight end LaQuan McGowan runs the 40-yard dash. (Hey Hey Hey.)

Video is from 2016.

Ditka gave Refrigerator Perry a rash of shit for weighing in at 308 during the Bears ’85 season.

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Bruce Lee lightsaber scene

Fan flick. Still looks good.

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A very special desk

Possibly the coolest hideaway device ever designed. In the 18th century, high end furniture often contained secret compartments with the concept of: if they can’t find it, they can’t steal it. This desk contains ample storage for documents, valuables, and firearms.

Okay, boys. Bring the dolly in here and cart this desk down to maintenance. You’ll never find this desk in a corporate environment. $1250.

More info.

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Apple’s saucer building is complete

Apple Park In Cupertino is open! Much of the large construction equipment has been removed from the campus as it is no longer needed. Landscaping gets a finishing touch.

If you’re at 90° in the building and have to go to meeting at 180° in the building, is there some sort of conveyance to get you there so that you don’t have to walk?! I hope so. Bicycles are so New Belgium-y. Love Apple or hate ’em… the building is impressive.

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The Buick Grand National

From 1982 to 1987, Buick (yes Buick) used the Grand National to rise from overlooked GM family sedans, to the maker of America’s fastest, most powerful Muscle Car. The 1987 Buick Grand National Experimental (GNX), took the G-body auto to new heights as one of the baddest, blackest automotive triumphs in history. This is everything you need to know, to get up to speed on the Buick Grand National.

Yes. Everything we need to know.

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Quickies

Too bad that these short videos don’t make the work week go by any faster.

The pirate of Montecito

Darth Penguin

Flash bang nut shot

What is Love rollercoaster – fave

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Old engines started up

Men vs. machines. It’s such a triumphant feeling when the old beast comes back to life.

[5:14]

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Highlights from Wipeout

Wipeout was a game show that originated in the U.S. in 2008 wherein contestants tried to navigate an obstacle course usually resulting in failure. Here are some very quick moments from the show.

[4:16]

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Smart useless machine – fave

A custom designed Ultimate Machine (also known as a Useless Machine) built using the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit. I call it the LuuMa EV3.

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Indoor rock climber

He could quite possibly be the missing link between apes and humans.

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Better than watching grass grow

Three weeks time lapse of an ear of corn in a dish of water. Survival of the fittest.

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Brick dominoes

Trying to get that perfect down-and-back domino effect with masonry stone. I really hate emojis.

Should go like this:

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FoldiMate

FoldiMate is a laundry folding machine. However, it only takes the concept of folding laundry so far. It’s manually fed. This one is a prototype.

“This is really cool, but I’m going to hold on to my $1000 until they make the model that I can dump a basket of wadded up laundry in and it can fold them sort them and match the socks.”

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Slinks

Here in Flatland we had our one day of 50+° weather. Now, everything has settled out to just under freezing. If the wind is blowing it will make one exceedingly unhappy if one goes outside. A pat on the backs of all those who must bear the brunt of this weather by working outside in it. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Odd Pics

Cosplayer Honeys

Aerial tour of Iceland [7:24]

Breathe – storm time lapse [4:13]

NASA’s images of Mars [10:37]

When the Soviets photographed Venus [2:52]

Should we make mosquitoes extinct?! [7:35]

Learn to play pool in ten minutes [9:52]

Matty Matheson reviews the Internet’s most popular food videos [10:07]

******

In the Box [6:18]

Gopher Broke [4:18]

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Marbles, Magnets, and Music (Synchronized) [3:44]

Medieval Tune. Hurdy-Gurdy with Organ [3:02]

Star Wars – Cantina Band on Barrel Organ [3:57]

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Sun halo over Sweden [0:25]

BBC reporter mobbed by lemurs [0:44]

A hank of hair in hockey [0:43]

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If we ever get to Mars, the beer might not be bad

.50 cal pint glass

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* Jiffs *

******

Bizarre Trikes [5:23]

Calcio Storico  [10:59] – bare knuckle boxing meets MMA

Greatest NFL catches [6:03]

Best and worst of AFL 2017 [8:19]

1969 1/2 Plymouth Road Runner A12 Six Barrel [6:18] – Muscle Car of the Week

Mechanical problems compilation [20:04]

Open carry vs. concealed carry [14:06] – Jerry Miculek

DiResta Sign 4 The KILLERS [10:10]

Babe & beer photoshoot [1:30]

Spirit – I Got a Line On You [4:13] – they could use a few more guys

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Frankly speaking

I confess that I have a weakness for hidden object games. No WoW or GTA or SkyRim or PUBG for me. I’ll take a hidden object game over a match 3 game, but either/or/both would suffice. Sometimes Many times, my playing distracts me from doing something creative or necessary for the site. So I come with hat in hand (no one wears a hat anymore) and tail between my legs (that’s not a tail) to ask your indulgence and cut me some slack on my promises of late.

We’re mostly up to date on almost all things SPT with the exception of that Quiz/Survey plugin that’s been gathering dust. And the search for WP compatible code for the Interrobang. And the code to have all images, internal and external to open in a new window or tab. It’s the games, I tell you. The games!

My peeves still remain due to the fact that the websites I visit still auto run their videos which take forever to load. There are still many things “I need to know” about irrelevant shit in Africa or CES or some other isolated place or incident. I still don’t read articles because the author had a life changing experience or he/she/it/they adored/loved/despised it. People still don’t give a rat’s ass.

People don’t care unless it’s about them.

  • Toyota Tundra truck frames susceptible to rust-through. Here’s what you need to know.
  • My Tundra frame buckled at 70 mph and I thought I was going to die! My wife loved it!
  • I fixed my Tundra truck frame with Sugru and drove it for another 200,000 miles!
  • Toyota Tundra hit by RPGs. All that remained was the frame. “It was incredible!
  • I found a cat living in my rusted Tundra frame. Isn’t he/she/it/they adoribals?

I know I’ve said this before. When it comes time to post on the site, I reluctantly drag myself away from what I was rapt in and get to posting. Within a few minutes I’m back in that comfort place and nothing else matters but what I’m doing. I love doing this shit.

I posted all of the words this evening and I loved it! Is not i am adoribals?

 

 

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Blue Collar Brew – Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale

Last week, I picked up a sixer of an IPA to write about. I got to thinking (which usually gets me in trouble) that maybe another IPA was not a good choice coming off of DFH’s Liquid Truth Serum IPA from ancient history. I was on a mission to discover a beer with a unique style maybe perfectly suited for this blisteringly cold weather we’ve been experiencing. We’ll do the IPA maybe next time I decide to write about beer rather than just drink it.

I hightailed it to Plainfield to drop off a garbage bag full of Walmart style plastic bags at the Chicago Brew Werks homebrew store. They are always in need of donated bags in an effort to keep costs down. I had a tall kitchen can bag full of smaller plastic bags and I jammed them in there. It was quite the sizable package. The guys were very grateful when I heaved the sack up on the counter.

Next, it was off to Cardinal just down the road. There I’d commence the hunt for something completely different from an IPA. Not another Belgian dubbel or quad. Not another wee heavy. No porters or stouts. What was left?! Pilsner?! Doppelbock?! Dunkelweiss?! Miller Lite?! Pfft!

Halfway down the aisle I spotted a candidate. I had seen this beer for sale locally but never gave it much thought. I wasn’t familiar with the brewery. The four-pack had a horse’s head on the cover of a wooden barrel. In the bottles was Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale, brewed by Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. in Lexington, Kentucky.

The brewery’s website’s description is as follows:

It’s a copper-colored brew that plays off the beloved taste of a bourbon Old Fashioned – the most iconic of Southern cocktails. This seasonal is brewed with tart cherries and orange peel, then aged in fresh bourbon barrels as well as bourbon barrels used to age bitters. Kindly donated Cherry Bitters barrels, originally used by Kentucky’s finest distillers, impart their wonderful character on this beer. Subtly sweet, it’s balanced by bitter hints of hops and bitters, as well citrusy notes of orange.

That sounded real nice. Just what I didn’t know I was looking for. I snatched the four-pack and paid the man.

It makes perfect sense that a brewery/distillery would recycle barrels between the two processes but I wonder if that’s strictly one way (distillery to brewery) and not the other way around. There’d be a lot of inventory just sitting around waiting for the beer’s required 6 weeks of aging to end.

Altech Lexington has an impressive portfolio of beers and spirits. Please check out their website from the link below.

On hand we had Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale and I can honestly say that I have never had an Old Fashioned cocktail to drink. I drank a lot of weird and crazy shit in my day, but never an Old Fashioned.

Some doubt set in. Did I buy a stout or a porter?! Another wee heavy?! Or was this a super score and it was and old ale like North Coast’s Old Stock Ale?!

Too many questions with no answers. Let’s dive into some Kentucky beer.

The beer poured with a copper color. I was expecting something closer to black, but I got a nice, clear effervescent beer the color of a shiny penny. The head was not much to talk about; 3/8″ or so before it dwindled down to just a white film.The aroma was slight buy did have hints of malt with a trace of bourbon.

The fist sip was nice with a full mouthfeel and a pleasant surprise at the swallow. The flavors ranged from dark maltiness through a sweet cherry-like fruitiness to a crisp finish at the swallow. It was a bit difficult to pigeonhole what other beer this Kentucky gentleman tasted like.

Nowhere near the roasted malt stouts and porters nor was it close to a Belgian dubbel or quad. It somewhat resembled an old ale in style but the taste is not so much in your face. It’s pulled back a bit.

Somewhere in the middle was just a hint of cherries. It’d come and go as the sips progressed. The bourbon was present in the nose at the beginning of the sip and a wee bit in the middle. The swallow has a bit of bitterness but it could just be the carbonation. The sipping experience seemed to peter out in the end which is a bit disappointing. That maltiness with cherries and bourbon should be carried all the way through to the end. But I kept coming back for another sip wanting the odd taste experience again.

The blend of the malts et al make this beer taste like a much lesser ABV beer than what it is. Maybe that was the secret behind this beer, making a 10% taste like a 7%.

I wish this beer had a more blatant taste than it had. The bourbon flavor could be ratcheted up a notch or two as well as the cherry flavor. The orange peel taste is, for me, nonexistent. What this beer has going for it is exactly what it’s lacking. The unique taste like no other beer of the style will have the sipper tilting his head from side to side like a puppy listening to the ambulance siren after the first sip.

The American Strong Ale style has a lot of wiggle room in it. Other beers that are of the same style are Arrogant Bastard and Sam Adams Utopias. There’s the wiggle room right there. More like a ball room.

Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale is a very good beer that tastes just like it says on the label. But it doesn’t taste like it’s 10%. Pick up a four-pack if you have the cash and taste it for yourself. Try too consider what other beer it tastes like. None. No other beer tastes like this beer. It is unique unto itself and worthy of your taste buds.

The SixPackTech summary for Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale:

Style: American Strong Ale
Taste: Unique and tasty. Like no other beer.
Smoothness: Quite nice all the way down.
Bang for the buck: A bit on the high end.
Amount paid: $13.99 for a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles.
Get it again? Maybe next winter.
ABV: 10%
Brewer’s website
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: Looks amber. I can’t pick any particular thing out it. Almost like there’s too much or it’s too evenly blended. It’s not bad… just kinda different. (I was expecting her to say something completely different.)

Untapped rates.

Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company Profile [5:12]

Beer aging in bourbon barrels

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