Bit Bucket

Jul 29

iFixit is the best

I once again have a working iPad mini, thanks to the great gals and guys at iFixit who overnighted me a new digitizer to see if that would fix my issue.

I cannot say enough good stuff about them, who did an amazingly generous thing without so much as a prompt.

The replacement digitizer went in like a charm and has restored my iPad mini to working order. Woohoo!!

“So yes, for reasons that made sense to them, a handful of people living in the days when slavery was acceptable and women voting was not, set up a Federal enclave. This enclave had, in 1800, roughly the same number of people as the US Capitol Police has total officers in its force today. Why are we bound to it? Our Founding Fathers, whose views we seem to hold sacrosanct, weren’t in the least afraid of pragmatic solutions to problems or reviewing unworkable systems. I think they’d be disappointed in us if we are.” —

A little rebellion now and then - Krepp for Congress


(via tiffanyb)

Jul 28

“Any discussion of DC Statehood comes inevitably back to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. Try to explain the patently unjust status of 640,000 Americans without represenatation and you get Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 thrown back at you.” —

But…but…the Founders?! - Krepp for Congress

Really good summation of why Statehood is critical, and what to say to the Constitutionalists who believe in literal interpretation.

“As Stephen A. Smith says, “See, we keep talking about the guys, when we never talk about the elements of provocation.” See, some guys can sound so dumb you’d think they had a chair broken over their head, but the first element of provocation a woman should avoid is calling them on it, whether it’s an NFL official justifying a two-game penalty for a running back going all Flintstone on his wife, or an ESPN announcer who holds your cable subscription hostage while he tries to string two sentences together.” —

On Stephen A. Smith, provocation, and interpreting the NFL message - The Washington Post

The column basically boils down to…

so very stupid

Good Deed Alert: iFixit

Over the weekend, I tried to fix my iPad mini, and it didn’t go too well. iFixit saw my post, and they’re sending me a replacement digitizer.

They’re pretty awesome in my book now, too.




Is Supernatural just The Dukes of Hazzard but with Satan instead of Boss Hogg?

Well…there’s a car? And brothers?



You are all on my list. You know who you are.

This is beautiful.

“Templeton Rye, by contrast, has built its successful brand on being a product of Templeton, Iowa. They tell an elaborate story about how their recipe was used by the owner’s family to make illicit whiskey in Iowa during Prohibition, and how that rye had become Al Capone’s favorite hooch. They publish a description of their “Production Process” so detailed it lists the temperature (124 degrees) at which the “rye grain is added to the mash tank.” They brag that they focus their “complete attention on executing each step of the distillation process.” And yet, for all this detail, the official “Production Process” somehow fails to mention that Templeton doesn’t actually do the distilling.” —

Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana - The Daily Beast

Say it ain’t so…


Jul 27

Radler Research

This summer, when we visited Pittsburgh, I was reminded of the genius of the radler. Think of a radler like you’d think of a more awesome Arnold Palmer: half beer, half lemonade. It’s every bit as wonderful as it sounds.

After we got home, I went on a search for Stiegl’s bottled/canned radler, but largely struck out. It’s just not sold many places around here, so I settled on having to mix my own.

My testing methodology has been to settle on a beer that I can use as a base and then determine a good mixer to act as complement. I settled on New Belgium’s Summer Helles, which has a low IBU rating, and a low 5% ABV. A radler is a drink-all-day kind of thing, so you’re going to want to avoid the heavy beers, and the super hoppy beers.

Here are my first three tests:

Izze Grapefruit: Easily the best of the bunch. The nice thing about Izze is they have a pretty light hand with the sugar. You don’t want cloying, you want crisp. This pairs very, very well with the Helles.

Wegman’s Wedge: My least favorite. The wedge does an okay job, but it’s not nearly tart enough. Worthy, just not all that great. Disappointing, since I like it solo.

San Pellegrino Limonata: Not quite a match for the Izze, but very promising. The lemon is just sour enough to make the Helles’ grain notes stronger.

Next up:

San Pellegrino Blood Orange (in hand) Wegmans’ Frizzante Sicilian Lemon (in hand) San Pellegrino Grapefruit (need to find this one)

Jul 26

How terrible is your relationship on a scale of 1 to “we have a joint Facebook account?”

Sharing a Facebook account? Is that a thing that happens!? That’s like… sharing your email address. Or your underwear.


(Source: perpetualtoska, via jewlesthemagnificent)











people should just reply to anon hate with this


damn dude thats brutal


That’s even more brutal

It got better


You’re right.


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Jul 25

Yep. That’s how my week’s gone.

Yep. That’s how my week’s gone.