Friday, June 15, 2012
1. On a recent visit to the beer emporium, I
was intrigued by a four-pack of an unfamiliar beer, Kentucky Bourbon
Barrel Ale. Here is an excerpt from the description at the brewer's web site:
... a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky's finest distilleries.This was such an unusual-tasting beer that I didn't really know what I thought of it until I had a second bottle a few days after I tried it the first time. I like it, although it is sweeter than I normally prefer a beer to be. It's one I'll have to be in the right mood for, but on those rare occasions I don't want a strong hops presence, I'll definitely think of it.
Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after dinner drink.
2. Phil Johnson provides an interesting example of intuition and speculation being widely off the mark:
Intuition and speculation have always suggested that if you sell someone a watch, you create a lifetime customer who will grow in value and buy more expensive watches as they move up in their career. You sell a young person a $200 watch when they start out. Then, after the first big promotion they graduate to a better watch, and at the pinnacle of their career, they purchase an expensive luxury watch. Hopefully.Not.
3. William Deresiewicz on television:
Boredom is not a necessary consequence of having nothing to do, it is only the negative experience of that state. Television, by obviating the need to learn how to make use of one's lack of occupation, precludes one from ever discovering how to enjoy it. In fact, it renders that condition fearsome, its prospect intolerable. You are terrified of being bored -- so you turn on the television.He offers a similar insight regarding the Internet.
4. Game theory to the rescue? "[T]his analysis should settle the toilet seat controversey for once and for all - if John and Marsha are mathematicians."