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18 September 2009

Aion Legion: Discord

So for those of you who are going to be playing Aion, I am starting a legion (Discord) for Elyos on the Nezekan server. Feel free to come join us =)

Update: We have changed to the Yustiel server due to Nezekan being changed to a GMT+10 server.

16 September 2009

Where were they when I was younger?

I saw this synopsis on Slashdot and couldn't resist sharing:

"In Manhattan this fall, a batch of lucky sixth-graders will start at Quest To Learn, the first public school in the US with a curriculum built around playing games. They'll play Spore and Civilization, board games such as Settlers of Catan, and learn 3D modeling in Maya and Google Earth as well. Each semester concludes with a two-week 'Boss Level.'"

08 September 2009


So yesterday, I went to buy a pack of cloves.  7-11 was out and said that they didn't get any in their shipment.  I went to Pauls' Cigars, and he said that they can't get them anymore; all they can get is the new clove cigars (see pic).  I bought a pack and halfway through the first one went over to Timber Valley Tobacco.  She said people have been calling for a couple days asking if they had any cloves left.  She's a clove smoker too, so asked me to step outside and try the two she still had in stock and let her know which one to buy.  She ended up giving me a pack of Splash (free) since they tasted a little better than the others.  She said that the are required (federal) to get rid of all their stock by the 22nd.  No more vanilla, cherry, clove, etc.  Well, except Menthol is allowed -- I mean come on, Phillip Morris isn't stupid enough to hurt their own revenue stream.

I have come to two conclusions from this... 1) The US Govt just created a brand new black market. Yay us.  2) As of the 22nd, marijuana is more legal than cloves.

Now, for those of you thinking "well good riddance smokers" let me show you why we like cloves so much.  This is from Djarum's website:
Djarum Kretek recipe

Casing Flavour compound:
(per 100 parts tobacco)

maple sweet: 0.2
chocolate: 0.2
licorice: 0.4
plum casing: 0.3
coffee: 0.35
dried nangka: 0.35
dried fruit: 0.15
total casing flavours: 1.95

the casing flavours are water-soluble and suspended in:
humectants: 0.7
invert sugar: 0.5
water: 5

Top Flavour Compound (Top Dressing):
Havana: 0.8
Manila: 0.4
Strawberry: 0.3
Pineapple: 0.35
Pisang ambon: 0.25
Clove enhancer: 0.25
Pruimen: 0.05
Aniseed oil: 0.3
Cassia extract: 0.3
Salak cider: 0.1
Vanilla: 0.2
Orange: 0.25
Total top flavours: 3.55

A top-secret sauce containing, among other things: 

02 September 2009

UPS: Ubiquitous Packaging Slayer

I have talked to all of my friends about these issues in the past, but I figure it is time to blog about it.  I mean, this has happened for *every single package* I have received from UPS for the last... what? 6 years?  Not, in most cases (and sometimes very surprisingly) the contents themselves survive the decimation of their containers...  Even the case of wine survived the fist-sized hole in the side of the box.  Sometimes, as with Autumn's shop, they refuse to ever deliver to the door and I always have to drive to BFE to pick up my package.

This time, I had ordered a box of Caffeinated Root Beer.  Take a look at the pics and tell me if you'd like to try drinking it.