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May 26, 2019

The breakdown of civilization

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:18 am
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Big cities governed by politicians who are unwilling to enforce laws lead to societal breakdownThis is another indication of such a breakdown.  A similar thing happened in 1970s New York.  People living in close proximity to each other require a more strict adherence to agreed societal norms backed by law enforcement.  See also.

And this is how you go about these things.

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May 23, 2019

Movie review: Harper (1966)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:13 am
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This is why I don’t get more modeling done.  Last night, exhausted after work, kids care, etc. I should have modeled.  Instead I turned on the TV and on TCM found Cool Hand Luke running.  It was a third of the way in, but it is a compelling film and I sat and watched it, though I had seen it many times before.  After it ended, it turns out that it is Paul Newman month on TCM.

The next film they were showing was this one, Harper.  It was shot in 1966, but was based on a late 1940s noir novel called The Moving Target.  It is a typical PI story, with a down and out PI getting hired for a case with a bunch of twists and turns.  I won’t spoil the plot, because it is worth watching.  It isn’t the best film ever, or the best Newman film, but it is good.  There are a number of good performances, starting with Newman.  Also, since it is set in LA/Southern California in the mid-60s, you get some great shots that make you realize how wonderful California was in the 60s, before the sprawl, the crime, the corruption, etc.  If you had to pick a time and place in the past to live, a top contender would be LA from 1940 to 1965.

Like many films in the 60s, this one has an ambiguous ending.  I suspect you could get 5 people to watch it, and no two would agree on what the ending meant.  It is a good film, well worth watching.  A solid 3 out of 5 stars.

 

May 18, 2019

States tax policy

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:35 am
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I expect that we will see states with high income taxes get even more aggressive in attempting to claim residents really haven’t left the state for income tax purposes.  Ultimately they won’t be successful which will lead to tax increases and an ever more vicious cycle of rich people leaving.

February 9, 2019

As California slides back into the middle ages

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Story here.  May I suggest lots of cats?

January 27, 2017

A big hole under L.A.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:35 pm
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I wouldn’t put anything past Elon Musk.

January 23, 2017

Beer review: Alpine Beer’s Willy Vanilly

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 8:25 pm
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Alpine Beer Willy Vanilly

I’d never heard of Alpine Beer Co.  A little research reveals they are a small brewery in California.  This beer, Willy Vanilly, isn’t’ listed on their website and appears to be a short run brew.  Their regular wheat beer is called Willy, so this beer appears to just be a variation on it.

A very nice beer, all in all.  A good wheat.  Not hoppy.  Very smooth with a whisper of vanilla taste, but not much.

December 2, 2016

Crazy California

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:38 am
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A pretty place, but this is crazy for any number of reasons.

August 22, 2015

More on the LA water system

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:02 am
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I previously blogged about this, and now it looks like the bureaucrats may have chosen poorly.

August 18, 2015

A neat solution

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:28 pm
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A neat solution to a problem.

July 9, 2015

Beer review: The Pitchfork Pear Cider

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 11:47 pm
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The Pitchfork Pear Cider

The Pitchfork Pear Cider

The Pitchfork Pear Cider
Sonoma Beverage Co., Healdsburg, CA

I am a fan of ciders.  I particularly love pear ciders.  Ever since the 2003 IPMS Nationals in Oklahoma City where I tasted the most perfect of beverages, Ace Pear Cider, I’ve been a fan.  Unfortunately, Ace isn’t available in Kentucky, though it is available at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati OH.  (I stop by every time I pass thru.)

So, since I can’t get Ace Pear Cider, I am always on the lookout for something that comes close to that perfection.  Our latest entry comes close.  Out of California, it is 6% ABV.  It is slightly on the dry side.  It reminds you a bit of Strongbow or Smith & Forge.

Like most ciders it has little or no bite or aftertaste.  It is very smooth and enjoyable.  This firm also makes an Apple Cider and an Apple Cider blended with bourbon.  I will say based on this drink I will try the others if I get an opportunity.

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