Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

— Mary Schmich (though attributed as Kurt Vonnegut’s MIT commencement speech, 1997), also known asThe Sunscreen Song.

I love los angeles and I don’t think I will ever grow tired of california, but I know there’s an entire world out there to experience and every day is a new opportunity to do just that.  Postscript, I hate the Beach Boys. Sorry.

via //Comme des Fuckdown.

beer list: week ending 11/16


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Mission Carrack Ale -H Sweetwater HopHash
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down IPA -H
Stone Crime -H
Red Brick Matcha Super Green IPA -H
Thomas Creek Up the Creek -H
Ballast Point Calico Red -TM
Founders Dark Penance Black IPA -TM
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA -TM
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout -TM
Samuel Adams Gingerbread Stout -Home
O’Dempsey Inukshuk IPA -TM
Founders Double Trouble -TM
Southern Tier 2X Stout -TM
Stone IPA -TM
Stone RuinTen -TM

When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in late October, the company attributed the loss to an unidentified "serious anomaly." Now, thanks to the ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, we finally have a clearer picture of what happened 9 miles up in the air that day. According to surviving pilot Peter Siebold, the spacecraft disintegrated around his seat while it was flying at 50,000 feet, almost twice the height of Mt. Everest. The temperature at that altitude is usually below freezing point, around minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and any human without an oxygen mask would pass out due to loss of pressure. Since Siebold wasn’t wearing a spacesuit at the time, that’s exactly what happened to him, though he managed to unbuckle his seatbelt at some point before his parachute automatically opened.

A previous NTSB investigation points to the premature unlocking of SpaceShipTwo’s feather re-entry system as one of the possible causes of the crash. Siebold told authorities he wasn’t aware that co-pilot Michael Alsbury, who sadly didn’t survive, unlocked SpaceShipTwo’s feather braking system earlier than intended. This braking/re-entry method turns the spacecraft’s tail upward in order to slow and stabilize its descent. According to the investigation, Alsbury only unlocked the first lever and left the second one untouched, but the winds tore the spacecraft apart anyway.

As for Siebold, an aerospace physiologist called his survival "extremely remarkable." People don’t usually survive such harsh temperature and pressure conditions, and they usually come out of the ordeal permanently damaged when they do.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

via Virgin Galactic pilot recounts how he survived being ejected at 50,000 feet.

beer list: week ending 11/09


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Diamond Knot IPA -H Abita Imperial Stout , bourbon aged
Clown Shoes Space Cake -H Stone Stochtisoty
Leinenkugel Big Eddy IPA -H Stone Lukcy Basartd
Bells Java Stout -TM
Starr Hill Double Platinum IPA -TM
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout -TM
Ballast Point Calico Red -TM
Left Hand Black Jack Porter -TM
Jekyll Cooter Brown -TM
Goose Island Honkers Ale -TM
Red Hare Equinox IPA -TM
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout -TM

Wreckage of SpaceShipTwo 10-31-2014lVirgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the vehicle’s tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Friday’s crash killed co-pilot Michael Asbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown, and acting NTSB Chair Christopher A. Hart cautioned against drawing conclusions from the initial findings.
Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo’s third powered flight

This promotional video from Virgin Galactic shows the third powered flight of SpaceShipTwo, which took place Jan. 10, 2014. The vehicle’s feathering system can be seen in action at 1:46.

via SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup | The Planetary Society.

Rogue Brewing kicked off the Voodoo Doughnut Series with Voodoo Maple Bacon Porter. The beer honored Portland, Oregon based Voodoo Donuts achievement of setting the world record for the largest box of donuts.

The series has grown to include new offerings from Voodoo Donuts lineup, including Voodoo Donut Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana, and Pretzel, Raspberry, Chocolate. Now prepare for Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale.

Voodoo Doughnut makes cruellers, however, they don’t specifically have a lemon flavor.

Like the other releases in this series, Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale will be available in 750ml pink bottles.


Availability: 750ml Bottles

Arrival: TBA

6.9% ABV

via Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale.

sunnySunny and cooler again today, into the 30’s actually and it didn’t break the 60’s by much.

Hard @ work today, finally got the Test Fixture done for the API changes and then found out one of them wasn’t even in the HF06 build. Worked until after 4pm, almost @ 5pm I left. Brian didn’t get home until after about 9pm at least. Nicki got home and just talked on the phone for the entire time cooking dinner. I fixed some fish, I think it was halibut and mixed it up with some pasta, rather good.

Watched a few of the last episodes of the Walking Dead and then the end of a weird show with Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon, then I watched most of Fight Club, can’t stop watching that one.
I also received the green dot sight from Amazon today, only after one day. I had ordered it over the weekend on Saturday and it arrived on Monday from Kentucky. The other item, the weather temperature deal that I’m planning on putting either in the garage or possibly out front.

I’d still like to get a real weather station and not only this temperature and humidity deal, wind and rain measurements would be cool.

“Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout was a fun project. Experimenting with natural ingredients is an essential part of Starr Hill’s DNA. With Shakedown, the use of cherry puree and cocoa powder made the brewing process a real challenge,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Cherries)
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. Late Fall seasonal.
Distribution: VA, DE, GA, MD, NJ, NC, PA, TN, Washington D.C.

Arrival: 10/31/14

8% ABV

via Starr Hill Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout.

beer list: week ending 11/02


mmmmmmm beer

Consumed: Cellared:
Leinenkugel Big Eddy Imperial IPA -H Widmer Raspberry Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout -H Ommegang GoT
Widmer Reserve Galaxy Hopped B-wine -H
Sweetwater 420 -TM
Wild Heaven Civilization B-wine -TM
Jailhouse Restraining Order Porter -TM
Stone Arrogant Bastard -TM
Bells Java Stout -TM
Dogfish Head Burton Baton -TM
Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego -H
Terrapin So Fresh So Green -TM
Stone Quadrotriticale -H

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff Tuesday night, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle and damaged its launch pad. The private spaceflight company confirmed all personnel were accounted for, and no one was injured in the mishap.

via [UPDATED] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff | The Planetary Society.

Today, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) unleashes a special box set to retailers.

The Arrogant Bastard Box Set features four different Bastards, starting with the original Arrogant Bastard that got it all started. In addition, you can build up to the worlds worst hangover by drinking Double Bastard, Lukcy Basartd Ale (a blend of Arrogant, Double, and Oaked Arrogant), and a new addition – Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale.

The Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard (the one you’re geeking out over right now), is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Only available in the Arrogant Bastard Box for a limited time.

Style: American Strong Ale, American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)

Availability: 22oz Bombers. Box Set release

Arrival: 10/27/14

via Stone Unleashes the Bastards in New Box Set – Beer Street Journal.

For the lover of all-things-pumpkin, we’ve taste tested and approved The Great Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe, designed to incorporate your favorite pumpkin beer. We tried the recipe with a traditional ale with spices, but would also highly recommend a pumpkin porter or stout if one is available, as the darker beers provide an extra layer of roasty richness.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (we like Trader Joe’s Bourbon Vanilla Extract)

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

15 oz canned pumpkin (for more bready, less dense/chewy bread use 1/2 a can)

2 large eggs

12 oz bottle of pumpkin ale

(For a list of some of our favorites, check out The Great Pumpkin Beer Challenge article).

via Hail To The Ale: The Great Pumpkin Beer Bread Recipe.

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas mashed
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
very generous 1/2 cup Nutella
half bag of chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the banana and then beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl and stir in the Nutella.

Alternate layers of regular batter and Nutella batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips generously on the top.  Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into bread comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool 10 minutes in the pan before moving to a wire rack. Let cool completely before slicing.

nutella swirled banana bread | The Dainty Squid.