Wednesday, March 26. 2008update
So lately we go to the gym a lot. I would say (based on my polar recorded numbers) I am averaging around 3000 calories burned per week for the past 8 weeks or so.
Early last week I had lost up to 13 pounds, but after some hearty Easter eating and a couple days of exercise I am standing at a 9 pound loss from 9 weeks ago. The Nokia internet tablet (N810) I got for Christmas is great. Finally accepted the 7 day free trial for the GPS navigation software that came with it. My review of the software is that it is pretty good. The streets are mostly accurate and the geocoded POI's are fairly good too. Compared to microsoft streets and trips 2007 it is ALOT better. I have not played with a new garmin or tomtom or anything so I cannot really offer much comparison there, but it works better than microsofts stuff. I bought a Neuros OSD tv recording device a couple months ago. The device works as advertised, but it is highly a product under development. The OSD part of the name is supposed to me Open Source Device or some thing like that. I have played with it a bit, root shell out of the box is nice. It integrated right into my home network and records TV right onto any of the windows network drives on my network. Quality of the recordings is good for SD TV. The company (link) has talk about a HDTV device that they plan to bring to market in the next couple years. That sounds nice too. I bought it to use for tivo like recording when I need to record some thing on TV, and it works for that... Works well. I slowed down on beer making a bit. A little bit time consuming  just a couple hours every week or two to set it up and bottle it, but my weekends have been focused on putting a roof on the garage. We decided on a metal roof in a charcoal gray color and we ordered it from lyon's roofing. At this point it seems I got exactly what I paid for, nothing less, nothing more. Some keys for putting up metal roofing as a DIY project: 1. Pre drill the holes for the screws. 2. Use a mechanical cutting tool like a air nibbler for any custom cuts to the panels. 3. Cautiously move and stack panels, the paint comes off easily. 4. Spend extra time to make sure the first panel up is as square to the roof as possible, makes all the rest of the panels come out good. 5. Buy some magnetic nut driver bits for your drill/driver. (incredibly helpful to have that screw stay in the bit as you reach over to put it in the pre drilled hole) I have pictures I need to put up eventually. Saturday, January 19. 2008Beer...
Bottled the witty monk beer today using real glass bottles that I got for Christmas from my sisterinlaw.
SG at bottling is 1.010. The aroma from the brew smells very similar to the wit beer I made from scratch a few weeks ago. Hope it tastes good!!! Saturday, January 12. 2008beer
bottled a regular cider sg was 0.994... lighter than water.
made a batch of witty monk (mr. beer premium mix) sg at start is 1.034 it looks like. With the power of my new Nokia N810 Internet Tablet I can just write this stuff straight from the kitchen. Monday, December 10. 2007Regular Cider in the Fermenter
First off there were several of the bottles of the cinnamon cider that were excessively bulging. The neck of the PET bottle was extremely cracked on one bottle, and very cracked on several others  the pressure was extreme.
Bottom line is: it tastes good to me. I put on a regular cider with 3 cups of sugar and a dash of vanilla (was trying to go for a caramel flavor in the result  like I got with the amber wheat batch of brew) OG is 1.038  seems low but thats what it measured out to be. Saturday, December 8. 2007Belgium Wit Beer
Ok started a Belgium Wit Beer last Thursday night. I had purchased some wheat extract from morebeer.com along with sterling hops and a hop sack and Belgium yeast. Ordered Saaz hops from mrbeer.com
mixed it all up putting in the zest from 1 naval orange 1/2 oz of the sterling hops and about 1/3 oz of coriander that I crushed in the mini food processor. boiled that with the 4 lbs of wheat extract. After 45 minutes I added 1/2 oz of Saaz hops to finish. Left those in there for about 7 or soo minutes and the took the hop sack out of the boiler. Poured the wort into the fermenter and added the yeast when the temp looked in the acceptable range. Friday afternoon the yeast activity seemed to be dismal so I added a pack of dry ale yeast that I had. By Friday night there was some activity going on in the fermenter. A very thick foam remained on the top of the wort until around Thursday evening when it dissipated a little. I bottled it on Saturday evening. SG = 1.012 OG = 1.062 If the starting gravity of the wort is 1.062, and after fermentation, the gravity is 1.012. Subtracting the second from the first gives us the weight of CO2 that left the vessel. That is equal to 0.05 kg/L. Then you multiply by 1.05 to get the weight of the alcohol in the container. That is 0.0525 kg/L. Now that you know both the mass of the solution (1.012 kg/L) and the mass of the alcohol (0.0525 kg/L) you can calculate the percentage of alcohol by mass by dividing the two. This gives 0.0525/ 1.012, which equals 0.0519, or 5.19 percent. So at this point when bottled the Wit Beer is 5.19 percent alcohol by mass /0.79 = 6.57 % alcohol by volume. The smell was not quite as I expected on the beer as I was bottling. I think maybe I should add the orange zest and coriander with the saaz hops at the end of the boiling process. I think I might try this procedure change on the next batch. I should have enough supplies to make 4 batches. Tuesday, November 27. 2007Distance conversions
1 Acre = 43,560 square feet
1 Acre = 160 square rods 1 Acre = 1.1834 square arpents 1 Acre = 10 square chains 1 Acre = 160 square rods 1 Acre = 160 perches 1 Acre = 160 poles 1 Acre = .4047 hectare 1 Acre = 4047 square meters 1 Acre = is about 208 3/4 feet square 1 Acre Square = 5645.376 square varas Arpen measurements vary by locality: 1 Arpent (in LA, MS, AL, FL) = .84625 of an acre 1 Arpent Square (in LA, MS, AL, FL) = 191.994 feet or 2.909 chains on each side 1 Arpent (AR and MO) = .8507 of an acre 1 Arpent Square (AR and MO) = 192.5 feet or 2.91667 chains on each side 1 Caballeria (TexasSpanish) = 108 acres 1 Centimeter = .3937 inches 1 Centimeter = .032808 feet 1 Chain = 66 feet 1 Chain = 4 rods 1 Chain = 4 perches 1 Chain = 4 poles 1 Chain = 100 links 1 Chain = 20.1168 meters 1 Foot = 12 inches 1 Foot = .36 varas 1 Furlong = 660 feet 1 Furlong = 40 rods 1 Foot = 0.3048006 meter 1 Hectare = 10,000 square meters 1 Hectare = 2.471 acres 1 Inch = .0254 meter 1 Kilometer = 3280.83 feet 1 Kilometer = .62 mile 1 Knot = 6080.2 feet 1 Labor (TexasSpanish)= 1,000,000 square varas 1 Labor = 177.136 acres 1 League (TexasSpanish) = 25,000,000 square varas 1 League = 4428.4 acres 1 Link = 7.92 inches 1 Link = .66 feet 1 Link = .2017 meter 1 Meter = 3.280833 feet 1 Meter = 39.37 inches 1 Meter Square = 10.764 square feet 1 Mile = 5,280 feet 1 Mile = 8 furlongs 1 Mile = 320 rods 1 Mile = 80 chains 1 Mile = 1.60935 kilometers 1 Mile = 320 perches 1 Mile = 320 poles 1 Mile = 8000 links 1 Mile = 1,609.2655 meters 1 Mile Square = a regular Section of land 1 Mile Square = 27,878,400 square feet 1 Mile Square = 640 acres 1 Mile Square = 259 hectares 1 Mile Square = 2.59 square hectares 1 Perch = 25 links 1 Perch = 1 pole 1 Perch = 1 rod 1 Perch = 16.5 feet 1 Pole = 16.5 feet 1 Pole = 1 perch 1 Pole = 1 Rod 1 Rod = 1 pole 1 Rod = 1 perch 1 Rod = 16.5 feet 1 Section = 1 mile long, by 1 mile wide 1 Section = 640 acres 1 Sitio (TexasSpanish)= 1 league 1 Township = 6 miles long, by 6 miles wide 1 Township = 36 sections 1 Township = 36 square miles Vara Measurements differ by locality: 1 Vara (TexasSpanish) = 33 1/3 inches 1 Vara (Southern Colorado) 32.993 inches 1 Vara (Florida) 33.372 inches 1 Yard = 36 inches 1 Yard = 3 feet 1 Yard Square = 9 square feet Sunday, November 25. 2007Bottled
Made it home again ... trip down took like 4.5 hours
trip back took like 3  it was a fun trip I guess... I like seeing everyone for a weekend... Some pictures should follow eventually I guess. So when I got back I bottled the cinnamon cider... (a little taste test was really good) SG = 1.026 OG = 1.058 If the starting gravity of the wort is 1.058, and after fermentation, the gravity is 1.026. Subtracting the second from the first gives us the weight of CO2 that left the vessel. That is equal to 0.032 kg/L. Then you multiply by 1.05 to get the weight of the alcohol in the container. That is 0.0336 kg/L. Now that you know both the mass of the solution (1.026 kg/L) and the mass of the alcohol (0.0336 kg/L) you can calculate the percentage of alcohol by mass by dividing the two. This gives 0.0336/ 1.026, which equals 0.0327, or 3.27 percent. So at this point cinnamon cider is 3.27 percent / 0.79 = 4.14 percent alcohol by volume  3 weeks curing maybe I should check the final SG and see if it changes any... Tuesday, November 20. 2007Brew
Ok so I brewed a batch of Canadian Draft that does not go with my pallet at all.... almost hurts to drink it... hah
Sunday I started a new batch of cider  cider extract + 4 cans of frozen apple juice (more specifically 3 cans of Food City brand + 1 can of seneca) and since it should be ready right around Christmas time I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the boil. Smelled just like spiced cider as I dumped it into the fermenter. OG = 1.0571.058 the hygrometer was bobbing a little no matter how I tried to stabilize it. It started out a little warm... I added the yeast anyway ... within a couple hours it had a good inch of foam on top, by the morning it had leaked a couple teaspoons out. Finally settled down by late Monday evening. I have always left the cider in for a week or more as it always seems to be actively fermenting for that long, but I think I will try bottling it as soon as I can (maybe Wed. or maybe Sunday... dunno) Also I have researched how to make a brew similar to blue moon, and ordered some supplies from morebeer.com 14lbs of wheat extract syrup 2 vials of belgium wit yeast some hops .... This will prove to be my first real beer without aide of a kit (tried cider back before  but now I will try to make a kitless beer) About the time I received part of the ingredients I ordered I realized that Mr. Beer had a kit that was already very similar to what I planned to make. The witty monk witbier  smack to the head... We shall see how things turn out. Tuesday, August 21. 2007Energy  calories
So, since I got my Polar F55 at Christmas (nearly 8 months ago) I have burned about 58,800 calories according to the counter. I missed several weeks here and there.
Turns out what we normal Americans know as calories is actually kilocalories. Which means I have burned 58800 kilocalories. 1 kilocalorie is equal to 4186.8 Joules. 1 Joule is equal to 2.777777777777777E7 Kwh (kilowatt hours). So that makes 1 kilowatt hour equal to 859.845 calories (kilocalories). My measily 58,800 calories is 68.4 kwh of power  not too bad I guess ..... I expended enough energy to burn a 100 watt light bulb for 684 hours or 28.5 days. Our house used like 2100 kwh more or less which means the house used up 1.8 million calories worth of energy in 29 days  what a fat burner. heh.... Just for reference there are about 3500 Calories in 1 pound of fat. So thats like 16.8 pounds worth of fat I burned in 8 months (too bad I am not nearly that much lighter than I was at Christmas heh) Interesting I thought... Sunday, July 22. 2007BEER...mmmm
Bottled the amber wheat beer.
Took the specific gravity measurement and it was 1.014 after fermenting so: If the starting gravity of the wort is 1.048, and after fermentation, the gravity is 1.014. Subtracting the second from the first gives us the weight of CO2 that left the vessel. That is equal to 0.034 kg/L. Then you multiply by 1.05 to get the weight of the alcohol in the container. That is 0.0357 kg/L. Now that you know both the mass of the solution (1.014 kg/L) and the mass of the alcohol (0.0357 kg/L) you can calculate the percentage of alcohol by mass by dividing the two. This gives 0.0357/ 1.014, which equals 0.0352, or 3.52 percent. So that makes the amber wheat 3.52 percent alcohol by mass. Most of the time we are used to Alcohol by volume so that would be: you get 3.52/0.79 or 4.5 percent alcohol by volume. A sample from the little extra left over after bottling taste a bit like caramel... interesting. Saturday, July 7. 2007Bottled the cider
Bottled the cider that had the seneca added to it.
Took the specific gravity measurement and it was 0.992 after fermenting so: If the starting gravity of the wort is 1.054, and after fermentation, the gravity is 0.992. Subtracting the second from the first gives us the weight of CO2 that left the vessel. That is equal to 0.062 kg/L. Then you multiply by 1.05 to get the weight of the alcohol in the container. That is 0.0651 kg/L. Now that you know both the mass of the solution (0.992 kg/L) and the mass of the alcohol (0.0651 kg/L) you can calculate the percentage of alcohol by mass by dividing the two. This gives 0.0651/ 0.992, which equals 0.065625, or 6.56 percent. So that makes the cider 6.56 percent alcohol by mass. Most of the time we are used to Alcohol by volume so that would be: you get 6.56/0.79 or 8.3 percent alcohol by volume. I put in a new batch of amber wheat beer and tried some thing new. I added 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to the wort before boiling was achieved. This new wort measured 1.048 for specific gravity. I am hoping that it comes out very flavorful and tasty. Wednesday, June 13. 2007world files
ok new version of Field Genius supports image files with world files. now how do you make a world file? good question!
First off the world file is in meters so if you are used to working in feet you have to convert your numbers to meters. like if you have a GIS program and you make a 8.5x11 image print at a scale of 1"=50' and your image is output at 150 dpi then your world file would look like: 0.102  x units per pixel since it was 50 feet per inch and 150 pixels per inch that means each pixel was 0.3333 feet or 0.1016 meters 0.0 0.0 0.102  assuming no scale factor (image is not squished) it should just be a negative of the thing in the first line (negative because images are stored from top to bottom in the file, but our coordinate system is positive going UP so negative makes it work right). 1397.86  upper left of image X coordinate in meters  just an example number 1597.39  upper left of image Y coordinate in meters  just an example number now name this file like if you had image.tif the world file would be image.tfw and if you had image.jpg then the world file would be image.jgw. You can make the file in note pad just make sure you put an extra blank line below the last line. That should pretty much cover the basics... I got my info from a wikipedia article and some playing around Saturday, June 9. 2007Banana Bread
1/2 cup shortening (butter)
1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 over ripe ones) 1 tsp lemon juice 2 cup flour 3 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped pecans  food processor shortening + sugar until creamy then add eggs and process then add lemon and bananas process then add flour, baking powder, salt process add nuts  if prechopped then just pulse them in .... other wise process them in until they are chopped a little and well mixed in... bake 325°F for 11:30 hours  check at 1 hour to see if it is getting too brown on top  if it is then cover with foil Wheat Beer
Well after a week of carbonating we tried the wheat beer. It is really good A LOT of flavor. I thought it drank really well.
down near the bottom of the glass the after taste started to be like a piece of whole wheat bread. It is good! Sunday, June 3. 2007Bottled the Wheat Beer
Yesterday I decided that the clarity of the wheat beer was good enough to bottle  it had been that way a couple days actually, but I needed a couple hours to get it bottled and a new batch started.
Took the specific gravity measurement and it was 1.016 after fermenting so: If the starting gravity of the wort is 1.044, and after fermentation, the gravity is 1.016. Subtracting the second from the first gives us the weight of CO2 that left the vessel. That is equal to 0.028 kg/L. Then you multiply by 1.05 to get the weight of the alcohol in the container. That is 0.0294 kg/L. Now that you know both the mass of the solution (1.016 kg/L) and the mass of the alcohol (0.0294 kg/L) you can calculate the percentage of alcohol by mass by dividing the two. This gives 0.0294 / 1.016, which equals 0.0289, or 2.9 percent. So that makes the wheat beer 2.9 percent alcohol by mass. Most of the time we are used to Alcohol by volume so that would be: you get 2.9/0.79 or 3.66 percent alcohol by volume (we shall call it 3.7% by volume). (seems low... but I assume this is accurate) I put in a new batch of cider and tried some thing new. I took the normal recipe, used 2.5 cups of sugar and then added two cans of Seneca apple juice concentrate. This seems to have had substantial effect on the specific gravity because the starting gravity was 1.054. I am hoping that the addition of the juice concentrate will help the flavor at the end  the cider seems to be a touch on the dry side, I would like it to be a little sweeter seeming, I figured more different flavor might help.
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