Beer Review: Left Hand Juju Ginger Ale

Beer: Left Hand Juju Ginger Ale
Brewer: Left Hand Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz. bomber
Rating: * (5.5 of 10)

Comments: This beer is appropriately named because ginger overwhelms what otherwise tastes like an ordinary lager.  This beer is cloudy with no head and little carbonation and a musty aroma. It’s an ok beer but it seems to try to be exotic without covering the basics.

Beer Review: Long Trail Harvest Ale

Beer: Long Trail Harvest Ale
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)

Comments: This beer pours a lovely copper color and has hints of pumpkin with spice.  The head deflates quickly with no lacing.  A nice beer for the autumn season.


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36 years ago today I entered into the world.  I celebrated last night by staying up late working on an assignment for a course that was due last week.  Now that really made me feel like I was 18 again!  Of course, I’m really again 18 and shouldn’t be doing things like that as a responsible adult who lacks the resiliency to recover from all-nighters.  Especially with a two-year old who likes to shout “Wake up Daddy!”

Anyhow, 35 was a good year.  36 is looking exciting already.  Happy birthday to me!



Book Review: Time Traveller by Dr. Ronald L. Mallett

Author: Dr. Ronald L. Mallett
Title: Time Traveller: A Scientist’s Personal Mission To Make Time Travel A Reality
Publication Info:  New York : Thunder’s Mouth Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9781560258698


Young Ronald Mallett was devastated when he was a ten-year old having to deal with his beloved father’s death.  Discovering the concept of time travel in science fiction and later in scientific works dealing with general relativity, Mallett commits himself to learning mathematics and physics so that he can invent a time machine and go back in time to prevent his father’s early demise.  This motivation carries Mallett through school, military service, teaching and research until at last his theories are being tested in research lab.  Sadly, there’s no time machine yet.  Mallett’s story is all the more interesting that as an African-American he had to face racial discrimination in his quest as well as being the only black man in the room at many gatherings of physicists. Mallett writes an engaging autobiography and is also good at explaining scientific concepts in layman’s language.

Related Works: Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life by Leonard Mlodinow

Rating: ***

Book Review: Reason For Hope by Jane Goodall

Author: Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman
Title: Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey
Publication Info: New York, NY : Warner Books, 1999.

Previously Read By Same Author: Through a Window by Jane Goodall


Goodall’s autobiography focuses on her life and her faith journey and why she finds reasons for hope even in a world full of cruelty, violence, and environmental destruction.  The first part of the book tells her life story and is a good compliment to Dale Peterson’s biography as it is both more intimate and less detailed.  In the latter chapters Goodall comments on various issues such as animals in medical research, the environment, and remarkable people she’s met through her work.  These parts can get didactic and cliched but overall this is a good book by a remarkable woman.  Through a Window is better if you wish to learn more about Goodall and the chimpanzees of Gombe.

Recommended books: Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson and Quarks Chaos & Christianity: Questions to Science and Religion by John Polkinghorne.
Rating: ***1/2

Things I Learned This Week

I learn a lot everyday and probably forget as much each day as well. As a new feature on Panorama of the Mountains, I’m going to write down some things I’ve learned. Like many things on this blog, I am my own primary audience, but if you find it interesting as well, all the better.

1.  I was unable to open files on the USB drive on my work PC and after several frustrating tries I did a “Hail Mary” Google search of “why can’t I open my usb drive?”  This lead me to this site, which offered the following instructions:

  • Right-click on My Computer and choose Manage
  • Click on Disk Management
  • Right-click on your Thumbdrive and select “Change drive letter and paths”

This was a quick and easy solution that worked for me.  Yay for the internet that rewards lazy web searches.

2. Ring shout – this is a feature of the upcoming Revels performance I will participate in. A ringshout is a religious practice of African-American communities where there’s call & response and circular movements to accompany the singing. Crossing one’s feet and legs or even lifting one’s feet are to be avoided since that would be dancing and inappropriate for worship.

3. The Triborough Bridge in New York City is now called the Robert F. Kennedy(RFK) Bridge. This is odd to me both because this very appropriate name for the interlocking bridges connection three boroughs had been in use since it opened in 1936 and because the renaming took place long after Kennedy’s assassination.


Sesame Street A-to-Z

For my final post in my series of tributes to Sesame Street on its 40th anniversary, I challenged myself to find a Sesame Street song for every letter of the alphabet.

Of course you always sing the entire alphabet at once:

Or this way:

And you can even dance it out:

Thanks to the Muppet Wiki for helping me find some of these songs.