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No New Kings

No New Kings

It’s the Epiphany today, Feast of Kings, and at one point we thought we might be welcoming a few kings or queens into the family early. Turns out it was a false alarm. The top numbers are the heart beats and the strength of the contractions in Kpa

Montréal’s 15e Mondiale de la Bière: Beer Tastic!

So last night was the opening of Montreal 15th annual beer fest, la Mondiale de la Bière, and I manage to catch the train into town after work to do some serious sampling with a co-worker Nick.

First of all the train ride in is always pretty cool, you hop on and in less than 20 minutes you are smack in the middle on Montreal. The train pulls up right outside the Bell Centre which is literally sitting on top of the Old Windsor Station platforms. The mondial itself was being held inside the station and spilling out into La Place du Centenaire which is where I would stand everyday to board the train home as a school boy. All this to say that is make it the ideal location to taste the worlds finest Ales, Stouts, Porters, Bitters, IPAs and the odd Lager!

So here it the set list for the evening:

1) WIESEN EDEL WEISSE @ 6,2% from Le Petit Pub
2) LOULOU PORTER À L’ÉRABLE @ 8% from Hopfenstark
3) MCAUSLAN SCOTHCH ALE @ 8% from Les Brasseries McAuslan -Thanks Margo! ;)
4) FULLER’S ESB BITTER @ 5,9% from Société Commerciale Clément International
5) DOGFISH HEAD 90 MINUTE IPA @ 9% from Le Petit Pub
6) BORÉALE CUIVRÉE @ 6,9% from Les Brasseries du Nord
7) BIÈRE DU 15E ANNIVERSAIRE DOUBLE TRIPLE @ 10-12% from Les Brasseries Dieu du Ciel
8) STOUT IMPÉRIAL @ 7,5% from la Barberie
10) I bailed…

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No you only get 125ml (4 oz) or so of every beer unless the brew master thinks you are worthy of more or he is finishing off a bottle. But you the beer you are drinking is also a lot stronger, we were trying stuff between 6% and 12% which is fine for taste and the occasional pint. I don’t think I ever drink 90 Minute IPA all night. On the train ride home, I was thinking that if that had been drinking full pints of this stuff on an English Pub Crawl through the Dorset Coastal Paths between Christchurch and Swannage, we would have made it onto the Poole Chain Ferry.

The train ride was a very wise idea and if you decide to make it down to the Beer Fest make sure to get the Souvenir tasting mug!

And Yeah! I did label this as SCIENCE, after all I did take Chemistry of Beer Making in College, pretty much majored in beer tasting in University and did a Masters in Pub Crawl and Real Ales whilst living in England.

The Story Of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a great video and a fantastically well narrated tale of how our consumer needs are unsustainable and are not only putting our way of life at risk but are also irreversibly damaging our fragile little Blue Planet. Annie Leonard presence through out the whole video, chatting away in the bottom right hand side keeps the story flowing and not only draws you in to the story but make it feel that much more “REAL” as it’s coming form an actual live person.

From the site:

    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

I actually heard this story about a month ago at a conference in Ottawa that David Suzuki was giving from his home office in British Columbia through video conferencing. The conference itself was actually about how video-conferencing is a viably green and cost effective alternative to traveling by plane. Dr. Suzuki has actually reduced his flying in half over the last few years by clustering his talks, meetings, and CBC’s the Nature of Things production work. He’s now going one step further by hosting his conferences via VC if he can not justify the need for the flight. This use of Video Conferencing is actually geared to reducing carbon emissions or as some call it reducing your carbon footprint. As David often does while talking about the environment he side tracked into the impact of big box stores on Mother Nature and he brought up the Story of Stuff in his own special science meets spirituality way we have all learned to love and respect while growing up and seeing him on the Nature Things as kids.

Once see the video, take the time to visit David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge, sign up and reduce your carbon footprint on our little Blue Planet.

Surfers break wave record and speak out on global warming

Seventy-one surfers have set the new world record for riding one wave simultaneously in South Africa and speak out on global warming.

Newsround’s Ellie Crisell reports.

200 meter long spider web found in Texas

200 meter long spider web found in Texas

This is a cool story that Steve posted on Digg so I had to post here too. I like spiders for killing flies and squeeters and also for giving Peter Parker his powers and all that but this story has me more than a little creeped out.
Steve added “yeah, social spiders. what if they get really organised…”

This is just too much like the movie Arachnobia… I wonder if social spiders have subversive sub cultures or if younger spiders rebel and web-grafitti by up or doing tight donuts circle instead of across the patterns like the other spiders.