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Roasting Panamanian

Roasting Panamanian

Yeah, there’s crappy news from around the world, but I’ll just keep trying to make lemonade. Or at least a really good cup of coffee. The bright spot in visiting CNN today was seeing a picture of the young Matthew Broderick, and thinking to myself, “SAVE FERRIS!”

On the coffee front, there’s Sweet Maria’s to help me with that. Tonight I roasted a pound of Panama Las Flores de Boquete using my Behmor 1600 roaster, profile P4, D mod. I let it run the full 23 minute roast cycle, and it took the coffee about a minute past first crack, which is right in the center of the recommended range for these beans. They’ll rest for the next day and a half, so my first pot from this batch is Friday morning.

While I could brew from this tomorrow, it’s generally been my experience (reinforced by the information from @sweetmarias) that the flavor of unburnt coffee really develops considerably when it’s rested for 24 hours or more after roasting. Yes, brewing from it tomorrow, it would taste like coffee. But on Friday, it’ll taste like really, really good super yummy coffee, and may stay on the upslope of flavor change for 3 or 4 days before starting on a slow decline. By then, I’ll be two days from roasting the next batch – I generally get 6 days or a week out of a roasted pound of coffee, depending on bean size and how much coffee Marcia wants me to brew. I can get a week of 10-cup pots from almost any pound of beans.

Be well.

June weather visits for a bit

Potatoes and zucchini

Potatoes and zucchini

When I go out into the back garden after work, it’s a good time to let Lexi roam back there for a bit.  We’re concerned that she’ll discover and widen a rabbit gap, and make her great escape. So she doesn’t get unmonitored play time in the back yard. I suppose I should do something about that one of these days. Not today, but maybe in the fall. Meantime, the garden is becoming productive. Frankly, those potatoes look yummy. Red potatoes have always been more visually appealing, but fresh out of the ground is a world of difference compared to the dirty brown/reddish color of the store-bought ones. Count me as super-pleased on this experiment.

Today: the second day of June weather. Previously, we’d been “enjoying” late July weather, with overnight lows in the mid-80’s. For this week, we’re barely breaking into those temps for highs! And better yet, this is supposed to last for the week. If only we’d get a couple of good soaking rains.

Tonight: Relational Algebra and Relational Calculus: I sure know how to party, eh?

In Harm’s Way

Our condolences to the families and units of these fallen warriors:

  • Cpl. Paul W. Zanowick II, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died June 3 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Sgt. Christopher R. Bell, 21, of Golden, Mississippi, died of wounds suffered June 4, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Sgt. Joshua D. Powell, 28, of Quitman, Texas, died of wounds suffered June 4, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Spc. Devin A. Snyder, 20, of Cohocton, New York, died of wounds suffered June 4, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Spc. Robert L. Voakes Jr., 21, of L’Anse, Michigan, died of wounds suffered June 4, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth R. White, 35, of Fort Collins, Colorado, died June 5, in Khost province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as the result of a helicopter crash.
  • Chief Warrant Officer Bradley J. Gaudet, 31, of Gladewater, Texas, died June 5, in Khost province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as the result of a helicopter crash.
  • Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison, 27, of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died June 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Cpl. William J. Woitowicz, 23, of Middlesex, Massachusetts, died June 7 while conducting combat operations in Badghis province, Afghanistan.
  • Spc. Emilio J. Campo Jr., 20, of Madelia, Minnesota, died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
  • Spc. Michael B. Cook Jr., 27, of Middletown, Ohio, died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
  • Spc. Christopher B. Fishbeck, 24, of Victorville, California, died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
  • Spc. Robert P. Hartwick, 20, of Rockbridge, Ohio, died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
  • Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri, 26, Chicago, Illinois, died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
  • Cpl. Matthew T. Richard, 21, of Acadia, Louisiana, died June 9 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Pfc. Matthew J. England, 22, of Gainesville, Missouri, died June 8, in An Najaf province, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. O’Brien, 21, of Stanley, North Carolina, died June 9 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

 

Garden rising

The garden, 12 June 2011

The garden, 12 June 2011

Yeah, yeah, the lawn is brown and grotty – that’s what comes of 3+ weeks of no rain. I’ve done about everything I can do to bring the rain: Today I watered in front for about 5 hours, and I washed my car. In a little bit I’ll be barbequeing, which might just tip the scales in our favor.

The garden, though, is loving the hot sunny weather. The fastest-growing tomatoes are about walnut size now, and I’ve got some 6″ zucchini on those vines. The onions are doing well, and some of the peppers are starting to become fecund, as well. I think we’re going to have a bumper crop out of the garden this year. But only time will tell. Back later.

 

Hey! Potatoes!

First harvest - red potatoes

First harvest - red potatoes

Yep, first out of the garden, just a few weeks after going into the ground, I’ve got fresh red new potatoes. These were literally hanging out at the surface of the soil – I spotted them when doing a bit of supplementary watering. And joy of joys, it appears we might get a small smattering of rain tonight – I hear the thunder bearing down on us. The radar confirms that rain is nearly here … but often it seems to split north and south, and miss us altogether. We haven’t had any rain to speak of in perhaps three weeks. All the lawns are brown. Anyway, I’m pleased about the potatoes. Now, back to Oracle database work for school.

More Zoë

Zoë Keating, last night. Two items of interest: First, Wil Wheaton introduced me to Zoë’s music with this blog post. Second, listen to Zoë talk about her music and play in Musicians@Google: WNYC’s Radiolab + Zoë Keating. In the latter, Zoë describes how the version of each composition gets selected for an album, and how that relates to what gets played live. When she loops and layers music so intricately, there are infinite variations for every work. I could recognize the bones of nearly every piece she played last night, but deeply appreciated the nuance and freshness of each piece. I’m so, so happy she added Annapolis to her tour, and I can but hope she returns to our area someday soon.

Zoë

Just back from Ram’s Head Live, where we saw the amazing Zoë Keating. Did I mention amazing? There’s more to say, but I’m whacked and it’s a school night. We had great seats, at a table abutting the stage. I cannot recommend enough seeing Zoe live – she rocks!

Zoe Keating at Ram's Head On Stage

Zoe Keating at Ram's Head On Stage

Sacrifices on our behalf

The day winds down, and I have my obligation to fulfill. Our condolences to these fallen warriors:

  • Lance Cpl. Peter J. Clore, 23, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, died May 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Pfc. Anthony M. Nunn, 19, of Burnet, Texas, died May 30, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
  • Capt. Joseph W. Schultz, 36, of Port Angeles, Washington, died May 29, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Staff Sgt. Martin R. Apolinar, 28, of Glendale, Arizona, died May 29, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo, 25, of Riverside, California, died May 29, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • Spc. Richard C. Emmons III, 22, of North Granby, Connecticut, died May, 31, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
  • Sgt. Jeffrey C. S. Sherer, 29, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, died June 2, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

There be tomatoes here

First tomatoes

First tomatoes

It makes me happy to find the first tomatoes set in the garden. The basil is going like gangbusters, too. Just thought I’d share that snap. Back later.

Not insane after all

At least, I’m not insane for any of the usual reasons. A few times over the last couple of weeks, my Linux system here would be dark. When I got home from work … when I woke up in the morning. That’s not normal, because as the home storage, DNS, and mail server, off is a bad state to be in. I figured it was the system, though, and was waiting for some logged evidence of the sub-system I need to replace.

Last night, I left the Windows box running, too, mostly out of laziness. This morning, both systems were dark. Ah-HA! It’s the APC. This is a Back-UPS XS 1500, and manages power for the monitor and two systems. Time for a replacement.

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I’ve had one negative review of me going to WordPress, and not even addressed to me, but on another site altogether. I suppose that I could maintain these in parallel, by posting in one place, then pasting in another. Do enough people feel strongly enough that I should add that work back into my schedule? Drop me a line and let me know. This change was for me, because it makes life easy, easy, easy. This is triple-true (that’s easy*9) of pictures, which I plan to do more of, but not if I have to also cross-post them into the static site.

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On tap for today:

  • Feed and water the front flowers
  • New UPS
  • Roast coffee
  • Cleaning up further in basement
  • Keep an eye on work email – big project going on
  • Get another project ahead in classes

I think that’s enough to occupy my day.