Monday, June 27, 2011

Hi All,

This weekend my wife's family had a tragic event. Her Uncle Phet, his wife Holly and his son Eric passed away after a terrible auto accident on Hwy 101 in California. Also a family friend named Monica passed away. Their 12 year old son Patrick survived the collision and has been released from the hospital.
Above is a link to help the family out with a donation. Anything would help! Thank you so much.

Below is the video news story:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sad Lawsuit by ACLU

If you haven't heard about the lawsuit brought about by the ACLU, please take a look at this video. I'm a veteran and this makes me sad for our country. The lawsuit was upheld by CA 9th circuit court (gee, who would of thought) *end sarcasm*. It's nothing but a simple memorial placed there by war veterans in the middle of the desert, but the ACLU doesn't want it there. I'm not a very religious person, but when the courts allow things like this to happen, it's a sad day for the people of our nation.
The case is to be heard the United States Supreme Court. Hopefully, they will have more sense then the 9th circuit court. Click here to "See the Video".

Friday, May 22, 2009

CEIC and Kolsch

Just got back from CEIC 2009 in Orlando, FL. Jan and I had a great time. Our keynote speaker at the conference was none other than Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy has a great sense of humor and was very entertaining to listen to. I enjoyed it very much.
The conference itself was first rate. I did a presentation during the conference, but I also sat in on various others. I was impressed by all the labs I sat in on.
The food and drink was great, and the hotel, Loew's Royal Pacific, made it that much better.
Before we left to Orlando, I brewed and bottled a Kolsch bier. When I got back, I opened a week old bottle of it and was very happy. After a few more weeks conditioning it should be fantastic.
The Kolsch used Glacier and Vanguard hops. The bier has a slight yeasty smell, but isn't offensive, it's actually pleasant.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Xmas In Europe

Well, Age and I made a Holiday Ale with a grated orange peels, grated ginger, honey and a cinnamon stick add to the brew. Turned out great! Really hoppy after the conditioning in the bottle the first week, then it mellowed out. Good stuff.
During xmas, I took Jan and the family to Belgium. I found out we have lot's of family there. Every family member we met was so hospitable and took great care of us. Everyone fed me and Age great Belgium beers, like Chimay! Lots of Chimay.
We rented a minivan so all six of us could fit. That was a challenge to drive around. The streets in Europe were definitely designed before the invention of the family van. Wow. Tight streets and parking places. We drove through Paris, Koln, Mainz, Rotenburg o der Taber, Amsterdam. Amsterdam was the worst. Small streets next to the water ways, but I passed the test. Next time I'm renting a tiny smart car.
Right now, we have a stout conditioning in the bottle and a Belgium Triple up next.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

eDiscovery and Lager Yeast

Well, that Wiezenbock turned out nicely. Even after it's noisy fermentation, it has a roasted and slight chocolate flavor. I find that it tastes better at a warmer serving temp. Very smooth. My son, Age and I brewed a Belgium Dubbel that has already fermented out. We bottled it last week, so now we are waiting. When tasting it out of the fermenter while we were bottling it was good. Strong and good. Age thought it almost tasted like a mixed drink because of the alcohol content.
Right now I'm going to brew a California Common beer. This uses a Lager yeast, but ferments at Ale temp. I'm using the White labs San Francisco Lager Yeast. I've made a yeast starter (in the pic), and its a good strong yeast. The starter won't quit. But I've got to get it boiled and into the fermenter before I leave to DC this week to attend an eDiscovery class. When I get back we'll give the Belgium Dubbel a taste test.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

NTFS and Homebrewing

Ok, I'm back. I just finished teaching an NTFS class. It's a week of examining MFT records and interpreting hexadecimal. The students really seemed to enjoy it. It can be mentally exhausting, so by the end of the week everyone is spent, including me. But I do enjoy teaching that class.

I just started home brewing a few months ago. My good friend Matt got me started, and now I can't stop. Its fun! Last weekend, Matt and I brewed 10 gallons of English IPA. I brewed the same recipe about 2 1/2 weeks ago and today I bottled it. I have my son Brandon and my nephew Adrian help cap the bottles. Last weekend my oldest son, Age, helped me brew 5 gallons of Weizenbock. It's in the fermenter for a couple of weeks, until it's ready to bottle. It uses a really active yeast that actually woke me up at 3:30am. I have it fermenting in my walk in closet. It's looking good!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Vista Thumbnail Cache

I've been trying to breakdown the database structure of the new centralized thumbnail database files. Mainly, the "thumbcache_nnnn.db" and "thumbcache_idx.db" files. If anyone has any resources or can help, let me know.
There are a few programs that can display the contents, but I want to know were the data is coming from, how it works.
The databases have an identifier of "CMMM" and "IMMM", respectively.
I've found some great info from Ben Vanik's website/blog.
Hopefully this mystery will be solved, someday. :)