Friday, May 22, 2009

Goodbye, Bevatron.


The Bevatron is being destroyed. It's been sitting idle for 16 years, so I suppose it's about time, but it still makes me a little sad.

I worked there in 1992 and had a grand old time playing with radioactive doohickies and programming computers to control enormous superconducting magnets. I can't imagine a cooler job for a college student. There were so many amazing things like the huge crane on rails that could go anywhere around the accelerator ring, enormous power supplies, and motor generators that looked like they could have powered an aircraft carrier.

Spend some time walking through the photos tagged with bevatron on flickr - there are some amazing shots there. Telstar Logistics has some nice ones, including this shot of the radiation safety key board. The notion is that they can't turn on the beam unless all the keys are in, so if you're going inside the accelerator you take a key with you.

Goodbye, Bevatron!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Strawberry Margaritas

4 oz pureed strawberries
2 oz tequila
2 oz Grand Marnier
1 tbsp fresh lime juice (about half a lime)
1 tbsp sugar

Blend with ice.

This worked out a little sweeter than I'd like, but Laurie really appreciated it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Kiwi Margaritas

These turned out OK, but I noticed as I blended the kiwis that at low speeds the seeds stayed intact, and at higher speeds they started to blend. So, it started off as a bright green mix with dark black seeds but ended up a light brown mix with darker brown flecks in it. I also think this gave the drink a slightly woody flavor. Next time I'll try just blending on low speed the entire time.

4 ounces pureed kiwis (about 2 kiwis)
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces grand marnier
2 tsp Rose's lime juice

Next time, try less lime juice. Zero is definitely the wrong amount, but I think maybe 1 tsp would be right.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Peach Margaritas

Here's a recipe I fudged together:

4 oz. peach puree (from fresh peeled & pitted peaches, about 1.5 peaches)
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1 tbsp. Rose's Lime Juice
1 tbsp. peach schnapps
1/2 tbsp. grenadine

Mix in a blender, then add sufficient ice and blend - makes two. I didn't try saving the ice-free mix in the fridge like I have with strawberry margaritas, I don't know if it would keep.

This was pretty awesome. In the future I will try some with fresh lime juice as well.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Wicked

Last night Laurie & I went to the opening night of Wicked in San Francisco. Very fun. It did feel a bit like the lead actress was an Orion slave girl, however.

To complete the Star Trek theme, we ran into Zachary Quinto outside - he had flown up to the opening night show to support some friends of his in the show. Really down to earth guy.

We ended the night with drinks at a club in SF, then spent the night at the Hotel Whitcomb.

Overall a success, if we did learn one valuable lesson: It's a bit too hectic to start off at work, then take the kids somewhere, then try to be at a theater on time for a play - next time, we do it on a weekend or a day off.

American Cargo Cult

Ouch.

Your opinion matters as much as anyone else's

  • When a person has studied a topic, he has no more real knowledge than you do, just a hidden agenda.

The herd should be followed

  • The contemplative lemming gets trampled

Conservatives against Republican Government

Somehow I failed to post this two years ago. Much less relevant now, but still stunning.
But compare Clinton’s 3.4 percent growth rate to the spending orgy that has dominated Washington since Bush moved into town. With Republicans in charge of both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, spending growth has averaged 10.4 percent per year. And the GOP’s reckless record goes well beyond runaway defense costs. The federal education bureaucracy has exploded by 101 percent since Republicans started running Congress. Spending in the Justice Department over the same period has shot up 131 percent, the Commerce Department 82 percent, the Department of Health and Human Services 81 percent, the State Department 80 percent, the Department of Transportation 65 percent, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development 59 percent. Incredibly, the four bureaucracies once targeted for elimination by the GOP Congress—Commerce, Energy, Education, and Housing and Urban Development—have enjoyed spending increases of an average of 85 percent.