Wednesday, September 30, 2009

hey ! Roman was it worth it ?


Samantha Geimer, the 13 yo Roman Polanski admitted to having drugged, raped and sodomized in 1977, today at  age45.



"Polanski was arrested Saturday in Zurich. The U.S. has been seeking his extradition for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977." Tate said: "He was evaluated not to be a paedophile and there's rape and then there's rape. It was determined that Roman did not forcibly have sex with this young (13 yo child) "woman"..."

NO, he used champange and a qualude...... no "force" at all, very CONSENSUAL.


But if reference to Susan Atkins, very little kindness.

"Debra Tate, sister to the slain actress, commented, "Keeping the murderers in prison is the least we, as a society who values justice, can do."


Wonder if they'll put Polanski in with Phil Spector ?  Any takers on some action on who's going to be the pitcher or the catcher? Normally, I'd give 3 to 1 on Spector being the 'bottom', but pedophiles are such true pieces of human offal and extremely weak (which is why they exploit children and not adults) so even if Spector is a little fairy, I'll go 2-1 Spector-pitching and Polanski-catching....

Monday, September 28, 2009

T & A

Well my caustic wit and stupid cigar reviews don't seem to be garnering the attention I crave, SOOOOO....



Man, I really get a charge out of this cigar advertisement. Although, I wonder what this "sexy model" would really look like without all the mascara and makeup. Plus, I doubt she would actually know what to do with the cigar.

Anyway, I'll have to pay attention next time I'm smoking a dog rocket to see if I'm seriously deluded enough to think that cigar puffing is some kind of babe magnet. Or whether I am merely suffering some type of dementia and an infantile oral fixation.......or something.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

SAVE THE FREAKIN' CHILDREN, GOD DAMN IT...

Let's see the Government has saved and redeemed the millions of little boys and girls raped and molested by Priests, so now it's time to move onto the next scourge that's plauging the youngsters these days: FLAVORED CIGARETES.

"These flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Tuesday in a statement."

Yes, we must save the children. But, is there any evidence that this strategy will work ? Will the little tykes just start firing up Camels instead ?

First off, I don't smoke any of the horrid chemically laden cardboard crap anyway. But, then I don't drink Budweiser Beer or wine, and for the same reason. But is it my business that people actually buy and maybe read PLAYBOY or HUSTLER magazine ? Real women aren't that ugly and plastic...

"Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in this country, killing about 443,000 people a year, including 49,000 from secondhand exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Really, now. And of those 443,000 preventable deaths; alcohol, donuts and fried food wasn't a factor ? Water and Air pollution wasn't a factor ? (It is.)  And, 49,000 were killed off by second hand smoke, that's more people than killed by drunken drivers and handguns combined. So why aren't cigarettes illegal ? Why is Alcohol illegal ? Why aren't cars banned ? In fact, TV's and video games are going to kill more of those little fatties sitting around doing nothing for a 100 hours a week, not moving, not thinking.

What's the real deal ? Follow the MONEY ! "It's all about the economy, STUPID !"

"The three biggest U.S. tobacco companies say they do not produce any flavored cigarettes other than menthol varieties."

GOD BLESS AMERIKA, I LOVE BIG BROTHER

Monday, September 21, 2009

TCC Dog Rocket Roundup.....or, in search of a cheap cigar that doesn't bite you on the arse....


I'm not sure how I ended up with such a collection of the Thompson Cigar  house brands, but it did happen.

Now, I can say with a straight face that these are actually passable even if they are at the very low end of the 'premium' scale. Provided you take in to account that we are also including those mass produced packaged things sold in convience stores everywhere for comparison purposes.

Com'on all the big cigar outfits sell bundles of their 'house brands', and the sales pitch either varies from "something fell off the truck one night", to "we have 'seconds' of the high priced brand', to "why be a smuck and pay the long price when you can get a cheap smoke that sort of tastes like ______."  So to make it easy for you, I'll list them according to their ranking on the DOG ROCKET METER (TM) which goes from -1 to 2.

SOCORRO  this is a -1, nobody ever says anything good about these, except they might be on a par with Swisher Sweets. Can anybody be that desperate for a smoke ?

1898 another -1. The dead looking multicolor tobacco in these means they are made with crap leaf.

DON LUGO, another -1, bow wow  !  bow wow !

Dona Innes, Miraflor, Corojo Cubano, and Cordova. Big fat ZEROES. May do in a pinch, BUT !!!!!!!

Now we get to the ones that are worth smoking; whether there are better deals for the same money out there is another issue altogether. However, these earn the dubious distinction of rating a 1. Yes, an awesome one thumb up, in that you aren't getting ripped off if you buy some of these. Hopefully,  at distressed prices from a "friend" who's turning his nose up at them because they aren't getting puff pieces about them in CIGAR FOOL,  MODERN SMOKER, or HIP SUCKER.

Havana Nights (there goes the if it has "havana" in the name don't waste your money advice).
Chavon
TCC Uniques- green label
Manolete
Eros

So their you go, you could have wasted up to $350 finding out those duds, which you can now on some smokeable and less offensive dog rockets....

Monday, September 14, 2009

Corojo Cubano

Goodness, this is the last in collection of 'dog rockets of death'. A big batch of house brand robustos I have. Now I have to admit that this was another 'tastes like tobacco' cigar, although it's still going for over $2 a stick in bundles, while many many other no names and house brands are being closed out, sometimes for 99c.

Well, it started coming unraveled as soon as I trimed the cap. But, in all fairness, a good licking and the wrapper held till I smoked it to the end. (that is I read that in the old days some people would actually stick cigars in their mouth "to taste them" and give them a good slime job- while no admits to it or are their any written recollections the consensus was it was done to keep the far from perfect cigars of that time from falling apart...).

The big line up is next, and then the reviews will start all over again. same old same old.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

a night in a dog's ass......

This is a combo filler item from the Dominican Republic, ground zero for the cigar industry. And I imagine they call these smokes "a night in havana" trying to pawn these off as a 'cuban sandwich'.  But, I have to admit that this was the very first TCC house brand that cutting the head off wasn't an exertion. It just seemed that these were a cut above the daily dog rockets. Tasted fine. So I guess that puts it at 'zero' on "the dogrocket scale of delight" TM right at the serviceable and acceptable. In case you forget the scale goes from -1 to 2 !!! Of course, a 1 being a must have and a 2 being reserved for some brand I'll never be able to afford to smoke....

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TCC UNIQUES

 
Well, it seems TCC has a black label and a red label house brand, but for some reason their green label is called 'uniques'. Perhaps because the red and black bands are dirt dirt cheapos. Anyway, I fired one of these up while the dogs were running around the bog today.  This puppy started off with that earth tone that suggests dubious parentage, but then all I remember after that was looking at that tiny little leftover stub before I launched it into the drink. So it did grow on me and I'm looking forward to trying that one again.
I can't say that about some of the other Thompson House Brands, but then this one books in at well over $2 each in a bundle. Perhaps that might be a dead giveaway !!! Anyway, just one more to try: "a night in havana". Really, what a name to call a dog rocket. So after that, they'll be a big recap. That's about 2 out of 7 that I would even consider paying money for again, and a good 5 duds. Of course, a lot of that ought to be blamed on individual preference, but then again it should be interesting to get up a round one scorecard and see what transpires as I empty out the 'guest' humidor slowly over the coming winter.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

CORDOVA: is it a car or a is it a dog rocket ?

Okay, technically that was a Chrysler Cordoba... the car that is.



And if anybody can remember back that far, that was hawked by Ricardo Montalbán (aka Kahn) and "it's ze plane, boss, it's ze plane..."

Really ? this is suppose to be an "economy" version of a macanudo put out by Augusto Reyes...... And you might wonder what it tastes like ? You might not get the reference, but think "genuine synthetic Corinthian leather.." and you get the idea.

Of course, it's just a dog rocket, so in that respect it's serviceable, but think along the lines of 'earth tone' and someting like aroma of burnt charcoal...

cigar sizes reference

like real boring, i know...but !

* Almuerzos (5 1/8 x 50)
* Britanicas (5 3/8 x 46)
* Cadetes (4 1/2 x 36)
* Campanas (5 1/2 x 52)
* Carlotas (5 5/8 x 35)
* Carolinas (4 3/4 x 26)
* Cazadores (6 3/8 x 44)
* Cervantes (6 1/2 x 42)
* Coronas (5 1/2 x 42)
* Coronas Gordas (5 5/8 x 46)
* Coronas Grandes (6 1/8 x 42)
* Cosacos (5 3/8 x 42)
* Dalias (6 3/4 x 43)
* Delicados (7 1/2 x 38)
* Delicados Extra (7 1/4 x 36)
* Entreactos (4 x 30)
* Especiales (5 1/4 x 45)
* Exquisitos (5 3/4 x 46)
* Favoritos (4 3/4 x 41)
* Franciscanos (4 1/2 x 40)
* Franciscos (5 5/8 x 44)
* Generosos (5 1/4 x 41)
* Gran Corona (9 1/4 x 47)
* Hermosos No. 4 (5 x 48)
* Julieta 2 (7 x 47)
* Londres (5 x 40)
* Marevas (5 x 42)
* Minutos (4 3/8 x 42)
* Ninfas (7 x 33)
* Numero 1 (7 1/2 x 38)
* Numero 2 (6 x 38)
* Numero 3 (4 1/2 x 26)
* Palmas (6 3/4 x 33)
* Palmitas (6 x 32)
* Panetelas (4 5/8 x 34)
* Panetelas Largas (6 7/8 x 28)
* Parejos (6 1/2 x 38)
* Perlas (4 x 40)
* Petit Bouquets (4 x 42)
* Piramides (6 1/8 x 52)
* Placeras (4 7/8 x 34)
* Prominentes (7 5/8 x 49)
* Robustos (4 7/8 x 50)
* Seoane (4 7/8 x 36)
* Superiores (5 3/4 x 40)
* Tacos (6 1/4 x 47)
* Trabucos (4 3/8 x 38)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

what happens when you smoke too many cigars

Socorro

Basically, 'socorro' means help in spanish. Which pretty much sums up the situation.

And until today I had never smoked a lancero that I didn't like.

This is a TCC private brand and it seems to be one of the first casualties of the cigar industry free fall.

I hate to wave adios so quickly after trying just one. But I've got a feeling that the other four I have are going to taste just as crappy.

the real thing

PALMA REAL, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 6x44, MADURO,
LONG FILLER

I actually thought I might have seen these on sale for as low as $1 each somewhere. Otherwise consider it at the high end in the $2 dog rocket category. These are occasionally palmed off as premium cigars and mixed into those "big brand samplers".

But they really are quite good. Actually amazing. No advertising, packed in bundles ?

Well, anyway, I think you could make out in one of those "bands removed" cigar tasting routines with these best of breed dog rockets. Certainly, if "your not going to be a dumb smuck and buy the cheap knock-offs instead of the expensive puppies and save money..."

Forget the "might be seconds", or "alternative to", just get one of the best for less.

DON LUGO tastes more like DON LOOGIE




DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 5x50, Robusto, Natural Combo Filler.

bow wow, bow wow...

These things are serviceable. Some people even seem to like these. But, frankly there's better cigars than these for a bit less these days...

I took the dogs down for a walk and tried to sit back and smoke one of these. Maybe the dogs took exception to the smell of a burning dog turd, or whatever, and I ended up having to walk around the bog while one of them hunted for frogs. Needless to say, later when I got back to the house, I started tasting this sucker again.

Needless to say, just hope you don't get a Christmas present from me !!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

we're saved ! peace and prosperity just around the corner....

it's official, big brother said so...

"Bernanke declared Friday that the U.S. economy is on the verge of a long-awaited recovery"

how, many more times do we have to listen to the wack jobs claiming the USS TITANIC isn't sinking and that BRAND AMERIKA is now a quaint historical anomaly ?

"Bernanke stressed Friday that despite much progress in stabilizing financial markets and trying to bust through credit clogs, consumers and businesses are still having trouble getting loans..."

"We must work together to build on the gains already made to secure a sustained economic recovery."

hey! what's this "we" shit. during the good times "we" were "losers" if we weren't borrowing at 30% to buy stocks paying 2%. now that the scam has blown up, "we" have to help.... ha! somebody has to pay taxes to pay the interest so the bankers can make loans and do it again....

"Bernanke also said the U.S. needs a process to wind down big, globally interconnected companies, much like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. does for failing banks. "

now that sounds like a really good idea...hurrah ! time to bailout Zimbawbe, it's a good investment for the taxpayers... a win win really, the rascals can spend much much more money, and when the Zimbabwe dollar becomes worth as much as the paper it's printed on (btw, the Z$ has been "discontinued"- yet another government issued funny money joining the currency graveyard) the taxpayers will reap a huge return on the investment and there will be a source of affordable toilet paper...

perfect, absolutely fabulous.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cigar Box Recycling

It place of the usual tilting at windmills, another practical post about turning some cigarillo boxes into hazard boxes.These happen to be sliding style top and the part I like the best is the little plastic tops let you see inside.

I used everyday vinegar to dissolve the glue on the labels and then pealed and scrapped the residue with a putty knife. A touch of sanding for the heck of it and a coat of stain to seal the wood. Home Despot does have sheets of the window plastic and it cuts easily on a table saw.

It did take a couple of hours, but hey who's time is worth all that much these days.... And it cleaned up the junk of odds and ends as well as the half completed projects. But remember the vinegar, I'll try that next time on removing labels from containers I'd like to save and reuse.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

ME against the EBAY-WORLD


Well this pretty much sums up exactly what I think about EBAY.

In fact, now that I think of it, I'm considering trying to bring a suit against EBAY along the lines of the RICO statutes...

Well they have always pretty much blown you off when there's a problem. Which brings it to the crux. Sue them for all the fees that they've collected from me over the years, on the basis that they never provided any of the follow up services they contracted...

That hinges on what is called an "ongoing criminal enterprise". Anyway, I ran across this item about how EBAY is finagling it's finances to pump up it's stock price.

Hey! What the hell.... this is AMERICA the land of unlimited wealth and Obuma bucks. So it's a double scam, besides fudging the sales figures they've created a cost shifting onto the backs of small sellers, essentially allowing the favored big concerns to monopolize EBAY trade. That's why I noticed that you can buy it cheaper anywhere else than on EBAY...

"Essentially, Best Match enables eBay to manipulate search results and how they are presented to buyers.

"The manipulation allows eBay to favor it's preferred class of sellers over the smaller mom & pop sellers on the site, by utilizing a secret algorithm which makes behind the scenes manipulation simple and easy.

"In the meantime, Diamond Sellers which pay zero listing fees and receive discounts on Final Value Fees see their items visibility surreptitiously increased while small sellers that pay to list items and are subject to the outrageously high Final Value Fees see their items disadvantaged, buried if you will, in search results.

"Donahoe & Co have implemented incentives to cajole sellers into rolling the cost of shipping into the selling price of an item.

"A $10.00 widget with shipping of $4.75 now shows on eBay's books as a sale of $14.75 when it sells with "free" shipping. ebay is not selling more widgets, they have however managed to increase the Final Value fee they take on these items as they now collect that fee on shipping too.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2$ Cigar Box Humidor for 2$ Dog rockets


Well actually it was $2.50 plus $10 shipping... And it's a whopping 17 x 9. Perfect presentation to hold those dog rockets that I'll show off to my cheapskate cigar no nothing visitors. Anyway, a good way to keep them away from the special stock. It's not so bad that their bumming for a freebie, and they won't know if your pawning off a cigar turd as a primo dog rocket.

But they real reason to keep them away from the good ones, is that they want to play with them, which is an easy way to get a tear or a rip. That and invariably, they want to stick, not one, but every last one up their nose.

Really, do you like snot on a cigar ?

Anyway, I really like the wood and the inlay work, and the only thing I did was to pull out the old innards that smelt a little too much like aromatic red cedar and replaced it with mild spanish cedar dividers.

Well it ain't exactly the Ritz...but it beats a brown paper bag.

Oh ! that's a tube of crystals in the middle; goodbye credos. And, that's a digital hydrometer, that I can move around from box to box... takes out the guess work and give a fast accurate reading.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dirty Nasty Smoker or EBAY $UCK$ THE BIG KAHUNA

In case anybody is wondering you can search PAYPAL STORES and get just about anything that's on EBAY or $5 or more less... Anyway, the scammers are out in full force on EBAY and I've had more shady characters causing problems recently than in 8 years previously.

Actually, I got quite a chuckle out of this turkey, but the real problem was with EBAY blowing me off and condoning mail and wire fraud, not to mention bad taste !

If you don't believe me, I can send you scan of the return packaged dated the 28th one day after this idiot accused me of theft !!!

From EBAY:

Jul. 27, 2009 - Buyer: Dispute filed


# 7/27/2009 18:27 PDT - Buyer: The item was listed as new but obviously was not and it was shipped back weeks ago and they deny receiving it back. It was sold knowing that it was not new and broken. I do plan on leaving negative feedback and 1 stars due to them not taking care of this matter. Also they do not return emails!

From the Feeback section:

"Product was USED & sold as NEW.Emails were few and rude. I had PAYPAL get refund

*
Reply by buzzykay (Aug-04-09 06:09):
wouldn't return item till after filing dispute, claimed i stole item...
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Follow-up by xxxxxx(Aug-11-09 11:23):
Seller lies and sells used items as new and the items smelled like nasty Smoker!

Well needless to say NO MORE EBAY...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2 Dollar Dog Rocket Delight

Manolete Petite Maduro Topedo

Philippines 5 x 52 mixed filler.

Well I had been looking at this cigar for a few weeks and thinking about giving it a go, as the loose band
kept crying: "smoke me, smoke me".

Well I'm glad to report that I discovered I have 4 more of them. Didn't taste like anything in particular, just plain old tobacco.

This came in one of those dog rockets of death deals... and frankly I would consider buying a bundle in the future.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Cigar Industry Implosion...

I had been wondering why most of the US internet cigar sellers essentially all have nearly the exact same inventory for sale. It's still not clear, even after a bit of investigating, but there's really only a few big player's that basically control all the brands and distribution.

It seemed odd that even with the 40 cent per stick SCHIP tax (that was suppose to cover all the uninsured- ha! those dirty rascals are up to it again) that I am getting bombarded with all sorts of 'discount deals' in the mail as well tempting offers filling up my e-mail box everyday.

How can that be ? It made no sense. Then I read that the owners of 'Hav-A-Tampa' are closing because cigar sales are falling: 10%, 15% 20% ??? People are cutting back on luxuries, big time. Who will survive and who will collapse ? Serious pain and panic ahead ?

Stay tuned, the cigar world will never be the same. BTW, It's as good as time as ever to stock up on those dog rockets.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dog Walk with a case and a 1989

1898 TORO SUMATRA
LONG LEAF FILLER
PHILLIPINES 6 X 52

That is a three cigar carrying case with a cutter and a lighter, which seemed ideal for transporting a dog rocket along with the needed tools to fire up while I watch the dogs play in the Cranberry bog.

Well it's sort of a good idea, I think. Had a bit of a problem with the single blade cutter, never used one before and it wasn't particuarly easy learning outside. It was a bit annoying, as I had what should be a well aged stick going by the sliding band, which indicates a certain maturing and shrinkage....
But it's from the Phillipines , as it turns out. Anyway, I'll check out the next one closer, as I couldn't tell if the head was composed of multicolor tobacco, or the distraction of the dogs looking at me like I was cracked, or the very hungry and annoying skeeters.

Then the lighter wasn't quite up to the task with a breeze. Not something you would think about till you try. However there is plenty of room in the case to stuff a triple jet lighter next time.

I'm not sure if I would call this either mild or medium. Definitely strong and a lot of kick. Certainly you could take the bands off these and give them to your annoying buddies and tell them it's a Havana. But these are dog rockets, no question about it.

With that said, it wasn't really all that bad: starting off a peppery feel, moving into an odd mild non-descript taste in the middle and transitioning to a leathery finish. Oddly, I don't think I've ever noticed that much difference before. But then that's because a decade plus ago the local gas station had carried cigars from the Phillipines and that earthy aura was my first exotic cigar experience.

At $1.80 in a box of 25 or $1.30 in the 2-fer that's getting darn cheap these days (considering the factories get 17c or less each) with all the taxes and handling, so you can't complain about not getting your monies worth.

Would I go out and buy a box or two to salt away ? NO WAY, but if you were the Social Co-ordinator at some Fraternity, and the herf party was coming up ? Why not, and pull a switcheroo with the labels... gee, some guys might still be remebering that night 80 years from now...

Monday, July 27, 2009

What is a JR. sized cigar ???

Dominica Grande Natural 5 x 30 combo filler @ 65c

Dominican Pequeno Natural 3 1/2 x 22 combo filler @ 45c

These are such cute little baby cigars and like the big guys you'll have to use a cutter !!!

Well these are such a decent smoke for the price that I am wondering if I should point out that these cigarillos don't come 'box pressed' or even look like they were. Of course, 'box pressing' is usually only a temporary process, the claim is that the pressing causes the mixture of long and short (trimmings) leaf fillers to mingle or whatever. I'm going to guess that it's to hold them together while the glue dries.

Also the boxes they do come in are some sort of stinky pine that you don't want to store these guys in either. So if you buy cigarillos in bulk a $20 travel travel will hold a large number and I think any real natural tobacco will keep from drying out and will taste better properly stored.

So what's a JR. Cigar ? Well, 'little cigar' has already been taken (or likely misappropriated) for those faux cigarettes that are sold cheaply, by slipping into a lower sales tax surcharge catagory. And, well maybe 'cigarillo' doesn't quite keep people from calling them funny looking cigarettes.

That's marketing...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cigar Paraphernalia : Jetline Triple Torch


Thankfully, I don't fish, but a few times sitting around herfing with a few of the guys that do, it's amazing the gizmos and must have dodads that they have.

Anyway, that comes to the issue of lighting a cigar. For years I have been sort of a wood match purist. Perhaps that's how I started out and was particularly conservative about it. Hard to imagine as the evening wore on and the Scotch started to make reality superfluous, how the argument over lighter or wood matches got started much less ended.

But, cut to the chase. After 2 months of rain here, (and nary a mention of how odd that is anywhere)... speaking of which, how come we have a Black Republican in the White House and nobody seems to notice ? Or for that matter, is the SURGE still working ? Really, now it's going on 9 years now and VICTORY looks even more remote than Afghanistan. ERRR... but it's so damp that matches don't always work !!!

But I did order a cheap cigar lighter from TCC, it arrived broken. I returned it and haven't heard a peep. But I did run across this &7.99 triple flame lighter, and it seems to do the trick. Haven't gotten to the part about refilling it or firing up some big stogies. But soon.

Some more paraphernalia reviews coming soon, and some little cigar reviews too. Promise. BTW, that's really cheap for a triple torch. Just do a Jetline search on EBAY.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

One of those things I did in my free time...

I remember first using a computer in High School in 1971. Actually a lot of people don't believe me when I tell them there wasn't any computer monitors/screens back then. It was just a keyboard, modem and printer. You used the modem to connect to the main frame computer which was on the other side of town.

Anyway, I only learned of tertiary computers from George Brandes and until last month actually thought it was his idea. Of course, it being the cold war and everything, the Russian's were just a bunch of "ignorant commies" that couldn't do anything except build nuclear bombs, put them on missles and point them at the US.

A wood base 3 calculator was built in 1840 by Dr. Thomas Fowler MD of "Fowler's Solution" fame, an arsenic based medicine known for it's documented side effects: cirrhosis of the liver, idiopathic portal hypertension, urinary bladder cancer, skin cancers. There really isn't much know about this, whether it actually existed, worked, or created more work converting between base 3 and base 10 than it eliminated in calculations.














The Russian Setun was a balanced ternary computer developed in 1958. This might explain how the Russians put a satellite into space before the Americans.





Which gets me to this design I put together in 2000. Essentially, that was about 30 years between learning of ternary logic and concieving a physical model. It was another 6 years before I was able to correct the math and determine that a circuit MIGHT be made with four inputs: low, zero, high and ground. Or -1,0, 1 and ground. What escaped me for six years is that it also would have 16 outputs, which means such a circuit would be compatible with hexadecimal right down at the lowest circuit level.


The interesting thing is that this type of design would be hundreds of times faster and hundreds of times more efficient, in terms of lightning fast speeds and mere fractions of memory. Thankfully, so far I've just been met with total stone deaf silence, not a peep of derision or scorn.

So that's probably the future, you won't see it though. Frankly, I don't know if this is practical or will even work, nor do I know the next step to take. But, from my 20 years in solar energy I do know there's zero interest unless you can or will say 'yes' to the first question out of every bodies mouth: "Can I get rich...?"

First off I know the answer is NO, because even if there was a working model, patent laws are such in the United States, that only those owned by certain Delaware Holding Companies are ever upheld in the US Courts. I always find that sick, when various big wheels complain about "intellectual property" rights in China or Pakistan or the Sudan... What goes around comes around.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

THE WESTIES by T.J. English

"The most savage organization in the long history of NYC gangs..." Rudolph Giuliani

To cut to the chase, I'm not sure who's more full of BS: English or Giulani. The book centers around Mickey Featherstone of the "hell's kitchen" section of NYC, circa the 1970's and early 80's.

Anyway, the book is badly written, the people involved basically do drugs and drink a lot. In fact, nearly all their 'violence' centers around blowing each others head off in a bar while extremely intoxicated. Very boring story with very boring protagonists. In fact, I'm not certain how accurate anything in the book is. Much mention is made of drugs, mostly cocaine, but nothing about pills, which suggests that most of the book is a fabrication of the NYC police department. And, all the "action" revolves around numerous instances of somebody pulling out a gun and passing it around the bar until somebody doesn't realize "the gun is loaded" or somebody decides to settle some personal dispute.

Other than that, the book does fairly well detail the deranged drunken exploits of some fairly anti-social individuals. But on the whole the book pretty much dispels the myth of organized crime that it pretends to expose. And it pretty much paints a picture of the NYC police as either inept or stupid (perhaps we ought to use the 'c' word, as in corrupt).

We are suppose to believe that it took Goohliani 20 years to get these drunken morons off the streets ??? I'm really not sure who the real criminals are.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

TOO MANY PEOPLE

I sort of cringe when someone says "too many people". but it's probably true. that the 2% elite ruling class owns and consumes 80%, that puts it in a different perspective. there's only one guy i know who says: "we're all going to die..." and in his mind the only question is how ? nukes, starvation, epidemic, social collapse......


Ran across this: although my gramps always claimed if they sent a train going around for free, most people would leave small towns and go to big cities.... but who knows, and how is exurbia defined ? are they part of the sprawling metropolis? or are they just the amerikan equivalent of upscale shanty towns.....

"In 1800 only 3% of the world's population lived in cities. By the 20th century's close, 47% did so. In 1950, there were 83 cities with populations exceeding one million; but by 2007, this had risen to 468 agglomerations of more than one million.[126] If the trend continues, the world's urban population will double every 38 years, say researchers. The UN forecasts that today's urban population of 3.2 billion will rise to nearly 5 billion by 2030, when three out of five people will live in cities."


"One billion people, one-sixth of the world's population, or one-third of urban population, now live in shanty towns,[129] which are seen as "breeding grounds" for social problems such as crime, drug addiction, alcoholism, poverty and unemployment. In many poor countries, slums exhibit high rates of disease due to unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, and lack of basic health care.[130]"

Let's see: shanty towns are a breeding place of poverty and unemployment. okay, i buy that, and the poor and unemployed don't end up in shanty towns except because their unemployed, criminals and drug addicts, plus they drink too much wine and scotch at night after a couple of rounds of golf.....


"UN Habitat states in its reports that urbanization may be the best compromise in the face of global population growth.[135] Cities concentrate human activity within limited areas, limiting the breadth of environmental damage. [136] But this mitigating influence can only be achieved if urban planning is significantly improved[137] and city services are properly maintained."

Okay that makes sense. we don't want any more communist agrarian land reformers taking land away from the rich and big corporations, because the poor will cause environmental damage but the corporat farms, mining and timber companies will protect the environment by clear cutting and strip mining......BTW, the mining cartels just eliminated the 500th mountain in the Appalachians.... that's right up their with 'cancer alley' in Mississippi. i think the Mississippi river pollution is killing more people than swine flu did.

And in other news, I see Hawaii is the eighth state to start a space port. I'm wondering if their going to issue space bonds to pay for them ??? Great, while the rest of us are biking down to the ration center for our cup of gruel; hairy read, blarney flunky and the board of the new improved brand new GM can take the space ship to work in the morning, check on their swiss bank accounts at lunch and pick up some good smack in Indonesia in the afternoon to get them thru the evening and night......

So we shall see how obammy does in the next 2 weeks with his health reform proposals... obviously, i only expect reform that's not just the same old shit, but even more expensive. so if something responsible happens I'll probably drop dead....

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Yeah! that's what I do with my spare time. Don't like it ? Then move to Baghdad.

I don't get it.  Other people sit around watching TV, drinking beer, or smoking dope and they chastise me for spending my time building instruments and recording music.

Of course, now that I'm fat, old, and jaded and really don't even give a rat's ass about what most people have to say in the first place (usually because it's all BS and their story  follows the plot of some crappy movie)...

But check out some of my recent tunes, please. And, BTW, it costs nothing to listen.

On that note, that's why the book reviews haven't started, yet. Be paitent.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Rain Check


I just haven't gotten around to smokin some of these. But there are a couple that seem ready to go, thats the 1888 and the REAL PALMA. So those are on the firing line next.

Being an avid reader I'm going to share a review of the book I just read and the one I am currently reading. But not tonight.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Double Dog Rocket Delight

Well for whatever it's worth here's a photo of what I got in the Thompson Powerpack 25.

So I'm going to create a special ranking system that I'm going to copyright and trademark. Anyway the DOG ROCKET METER (TM) is a scale based on -1 to 2.

Very simple actually. A minus one, means it tasted something like rat shit or cow dung. Now I've never actually smoked any cow dung, but I'm sure everyone has had to sweep up somewhere, an atic or a basement and has the basic idea of what -1 tastes like.

Now a zero means that it tastes like tobbacco. Very pure and simple. However, that doesn't mean that "ZERO" is bad, it just means that it tastes like tobbacco. When we get to a 'ONE', now that means, it's something special. Maybe a heavenly flavor or a good kick, or something. Not many things will get a "TWO", because that means I can't afford it or justify the expense, and so am not very likely to review it.

How would I rate the TCC POWERPACK 25 ?

I really had to try the DONNA INNES again first. That and the MIRAFLOR but were mild and non-descript, so that get's them both a 0. As in tastes like tobacco. Probably mild enough to fire up at breakfast if a certain overnight guess isn't leaving.

Now the EROS, does earn a 1 for tasting a little like cream. Now, I'm going to give the CHAVON a 1 also, it might have actually earned a 2, but that might be because I smoked it with some beers, so I don't remember much except that it was good or a good combination.

So that's phase one of the powerpack 25 saga. There will be more eventually, as I plan on sitting around on my fat ass and smoking them all up eventually and seeing if there's any truth to the aging rumour.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

BRAND AMERIKA DOA

FINAL PROOF AMERICA IS INSANE AND NEEDS TO BE INSTITUTIONALIZED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

"Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the “King of Pop” and the biggest celebrity in the world.."


"He was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation, known for his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves and his high-pitched voice punctuated with squeals and titters."


"Jackson ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time."


"Jackson was preparing for what was to be his greatest comeback.."


“It’s like when Kennedy was assassinated. I will always remember being in Times Square when Michael Jackson died.”


Dear Michael,

Actually, I am sorry to hear of your passing, not so much that I won't be able to make fun of your freaky crap anymore, or that your KARMA caught up with you, but that your life was cut short and you never had the opportunity to do something useful and productive.

Light and Love, God Loves you and your in his embrace now.
PEACE to you Brother.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What's in your cigarette ?

The reader's digest version answer: "homogenized tobacco product" aka "sheet tobacco".

"What it's not a mix of assorted fix premium tobaccos like it says on the package ?" as some geniuses like to ask.

No Virginia it ain't ! It's a combination of:

* Blended leaf (BL) sheet is a thin, dry sheet cast from a paste made with tobacco.

* Expanded (ES) are rolled, flattened, and shredded leaf stems that are expanded by being soaked in water and rapidly heated. Improved stems (IS) follow the same process but are simply steamed after shredding.

* Reconstituted leaf (RL) sheet: a cardboard plywood-like material made from recycled tobacco , tobacco stems and "class tobacco", that are collected at any stage of tobacco processing. RL is made by extracting the soluble chemicals in the tobacco by-products, processing the leftover tobacco fibres from the extraction into a paper.

A combination of sheet tobacco will be mixed with humectants such as propylene glycol or glycerol, as well as flavoring products and enhancers such as cocoa, licorice, tobacco extracts, and various sugars...

The sheet will then be shredded, along with a specified amount of small laminate, expanded tobacco, BL, RL, ES and IS. A chemical(s) flavor/fragrance, called the "topping" , will then be blended into the tobacco mixture, which replaces lost flavors due to the repeated wetting and drying used in processing the tobacco.

Actually, it's probably the burnt carmel sugars that cause much of the addiction associated with cigarette depravity. And the added ammonia and anti-freeze chemicals that amplify the health hazards of ingesting particulate dust matter.

So the next time you light up a cigarette remember that it's almost the same stuff they use to use for siding those McMansions...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pequenos Puros


Havana Classico Pequenos (5.5" x 38), Dom. Rep., Cut Filler-Puro.

Generally, the rule of thumb is if any cigar isn't a CUBAN but has "Havana" in it's name your not suppose to waste your money on it. Basically, it's an advertising gimmick.

Turns out that these actually are all Dominican puros, with the old traditional sloppy foot and are light and loosely rolled.

But, wow, pepper and then something else and then it was all gone. yummy. A little light and scrawny for a 75 cent little cigar, and the loose roll means that they burn fast, but I'm looking forward to these again and again.




Thursday, June 18, 2009

Improvised Humidors for Ciagarillos and Cigars

Since pictures are much easier than a long winded explanation, this is how I'm dealing with waiting on two smallish humidors, one for my lanceroos and one for cigarillos.



The first is a cigar box with a piece of glass to replace the warped wooden sliding top, it includes an old analog hydrometer and a home made 'credo', which is essentially, a piece of moist sponge in a little plastic container.



Next is the same deal, but with a plastic cover. That plastic window material might be easier for some people to work with. In this case just a little piece of sponge in a plastic cup.



The last are a bit on the temporary side. Just some LOCK & LOCK containers holding packages of cigarillos and some lancero cigars till something better comes along or they get burned up in a series of small fires.....

Anyway, beats keeping them in a draw or a shoe box.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Double Dog Rocket of Death

Thompson (TCC) EROS ROBUSTO, Dom. Rep., 5x52, Long Filler, Sumatra Wrapper.

Grin and bear it, I just can't help trashing these TCC House Brand Cigars; but, to be honest these are $1 cigars with LONG FILLER. So that's as much of a free plug Thompson will get out of me...

Because, I ended up with 10 of these mofos because of the old switcheroo, I felt obligated to try one of these first. Of course, I really should have waited another month as these have only been "resting" for 3 weeks and are still as hard as a spike, so it will be another month before I bother seeing if they are able to be "reconstituted" or if they earn a proper burial at sea.

It must have been something about the dual bands. One with 'Hecho a mano', which translates from the spanish as 'handmade' but really means, 'feed into the conveyor belt by hand, with a hand finished wrapper'. Hey, that's okay, because that can actually be better than a real handrolled or 'Totalmente a mano'. But, what's that second band: "Reserva Especiale' all about ?

The point I'm trying to make is that a dry cigar is a hot tasteless cigar. So make sure to age those dog rockets first.

Anyway, this actually did relax me that particular afternoon. The draw was fine, the burn was just a touch irregular but not a problem. And I got a huge 2 inch ash, which contradicts what someone else experienced.

I'm not sure what a 'regular' burn and a 'big long ash' has to do with whether the damn thing tastes like tobbaco or not. Actually, I did notice a nice mild taste which I guess I might be so snutty to pronounce as 'cream'. But that does describe it.

However, I did abandon the thing with 2 inches left.

When I went back 2 hours laters just to get a couple of puffs from the old butt... well eye of newt and tounge of frog...

That was one big mistake. Plenty more of them to try out in time, and if worse comes to worse, I may be able to use them as either spikes or paperweights.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A brief look at the future

After spending, at least $200,000 to "educate these kids"..

"About 42 percent couldn't calculate 8 percent sales tax on a $10 purchase, but that figure is better than last year, when nearly 50 percent could not make that computation. In 2007, nearly 75 percent of those surveyed couldn't compute it."

What's more alarming is the educators and their explanations... these people have PHD's and probably are being paid $150k/yr.

"It's obvious that the students are not comprehending the education they have been taught over the years." hum, blame the victims...

"It's troubling that the students couldn't answer, but it's not surprising. Our students don't know a lot," and no wonder they fear merit pay !!!

"Nearly a quarter of graduating seniors surveyed couldn't name one right guaranteed by the First Amendment." That's a bright spot, because, obviously 25% of the students know better !!!

Okay, "Nearly a quarter of students couldn't compute one-half plus one-fourth." Well I'll grant some people haven't a knack for numbers, but an allegedly competent educator states: "adding fractions is a middle school thing. ... They haven't done that kind of math in so long."

There you go, final indisputable proof that the world is flat and ritalin doesn't work.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Health Care Reform Charade

Well first off if your looking to the Government or the Big Corporations to 'protect' your health, your looking in the wrong place. And you better start developing a PLAN B and take responsibility for your own well-being.

So what does "REFORMING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM" involve ? First off, the US Gov't is the largest purchaser of health care, actually paying for over 70% of it. So in fact, we do have defacto universal health care. And it already sucks, and will decline further.

Well, the one "CHANGE" you can count on: CUTS and TAX INCREASES.

Frankly, until the rascals do something about air and water pollution, your children are going to suffer irreversible neurological brain damage. It's something that vaccines, ritalin, and asthma medications won't protect them from.

So ask for, fresh air and clean water, not witch doctors and vodoo pills....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cleopatra

Well this is another 2-fer day. The politically incorrect story of Cleopatra, as well as a rant and rave about the absolutely divine $1 Thompson (TCC) Cleopatra Needle Lancero.

6 1/2 x 34, Candela leaf wrapper, Short Filler.

I was actually introduced to this extraordinary smoke by sheer luck. There were some of these delightful strumpets in an otherwise ordinary sampler. But, I remember these and discovered that there a bit hard to find. You actually have to run a search on the Thompson website. Odd this is the one house brand the establishment doesn't promote. Of course, the lancero is currently 'hot' for some reason, the flavor of the season in cigar groupie land. But maybe they have plenty of dog rockets to get rid of instead.

It might be too presumptuous to expect you to run out and plunk down the $55 for a box based on my recommendation. But, I really get transported when I smoke one of these.

Okay, well it's non-descript short filler from who knows where in 'central america'. But, this is the first Thompson House brand cigar that I swear by. And as a real bonus these come a little green and sort of box pressed. Actually, I'm going to call these green instead of fresh, not because they are in a green wrapper, but rather because they seemed to have firmed up a touch aging in my humidor and aren't quite as soft now.

Now for the other half of the story. That is the Anthony and Cleopatra story. Actually, it's a real story of chemical warfare, revenge, and the real truth behind the fall of the Roman Empire. And, yes, it all revolves around a tragic love story.

We'll skip over 'The Cleo' as a sex act as you can't prove it by me, but it is suppose to be named after that Queen. Anyway, the Roman General Mark Anthony ended up in Egypt inspecting the empire, and it was a things like that happen but it's bit more than a fling.

Now here the reality starts to differ from the official history, and so I imagine it's more a matter of who's writing the history and what you choose to believe. But then here is where it gets interesting, the first recorded case of chemical warfare and the end of an empire. Eventually, Anthony get's recalled to Rome and unknowingly walks into a succession power play and gets assassinated after his Uncle Julius. Thereafter, Cleopatra disastrously ends up marrying her brother after the death of her husband in an attempt to keep her empire intact. It goes badly and she commits suicide.

Now you might think, that's the end of the story: another inbred ruling class twit meets a bad end. Although, Cleopatra may not have been much to look at, apparently, she was a rather intelligent and rather level headed ruler for the time. So after her death, her slaves looked into the matter and decided a little vengeance was in order. The peculiar thing was that they mixed up a lot of cosmetics and heavily laced them with arsenic. And they did know what they were doing since they turned around and offered it up as tribute to the Romans. The rest is history, albeit forgotten or unmentioned, first off, both men and women of the Roman ruling elite wore copious amounts of makeup including whatever passed for lipstick at the time.

Now the reason that you don't know the truth behind the fall of the Roman Empire is that slaves don't create history, that's for the elite, the leaders the ruling class... so it never happened, officially.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NATURAL CIGARILLOS from TCC

4 ½-in. x 30, 100% Cuban-seed tobaccos with a Sumatra wrapper, Philippines.

First off these have shot up in price $20 since I bought them, so their hardly in the bargin category anymore. I was pleasantly surprised to see these came from the Phillippines. Years ago, during the cigar boom, the local convenience store carried Phillipino cigars.

The first one I lit up had that distinctive earthy taste. I think a little taste of fungus.

Actually, after a couple of weeks in the homemade glass top cigar box crap-a-dor, which hovers around 60% humidity, these little babies gave up their parentage and turned into a decent smoke.

I know I'm going to be enjoying these little dog rockets for months to come, and they are good, but at the new price and the TLC involved, I'm sure to be looking elsewhere for replacements.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

DIY Mouthwash

Part of DIY Saturday and part what to do about tobacco breath, so today's post is a 2-fer deal.

Outside of the fact that the commercial mouthwashes from the Big Corporations are little more than water, something sugary sweet and an amalgam of noxious chemical waste, it turns out that our old standby favorites, baking soda and salt, not only can make up a cheaper and healthier alternative. But these ingredients are also useful in treating gum disease.

I use an old empty quart mouthwash bottle, and make up an excellent and healthier wash by putting a Tablespoon of salt and a Tablespoon of baking soda and filling with water.

Either, or... if your short on ingredients. Or both as I prefer.

Because I had some, I also add a few drops of Thyme Oil, which is a natural antibiotic. Of course, this is the key ingredient in LAVORIS. However, I also add about 15 drops of Peppermint Oil to give it a normal taste.

I put this in my water pick all the time now. So far none of my teeth have fallen out, and nobody really seems to make comments about tobacco breath. However, I should point out it also depends on what you've been smoking, so your mileage may vary.

Friday, June 5, 2009

DONA INES Lost Lady

DONA INES: robusto, long leaf Dominican filler, Connecticut wrapper.

Well I put these rock hard TCC house brand turds in the humidor a couple of weeks ago, and took off the cellophane last week to speed up softening of the caps. Needless to say, I had a bit of time to kill and decided something besides a cigarillo was in order.

Time will tell if aging and a little TLC will improve the rest of the lot.

Of course, I cut one and, gee it sure looks like short leaf, but, then I'm no EXPERT.

It does have a good draw, and I didn't start out with the best foot. So there was a touch of uneven burning which only required turning the extrusion down. This sort of goes contrary to thinking, but this puts it down where there is more oxygen and increases the burn rate.

The first thing I noticed was a build up of tar and goo. I can't say that as a fact, but it's and indicator of some leaf being rapid cured with sugar. That ain't good; but, I suspect it's all a matter of how many corners the big cigar makers are actually cutting in their cigar making.

With that said, I would have expected it to be hot as this one was still on the dry side, but it wasn't. Not sure what the white, grey and black ash means except possibly a mix of a little of this and a little of that.

And, it did taste like tobacco and nothing else. Mild and some body but nothing else. What can I really say about a $1 cigar (okay, that's a dried out turd in a sampler, it's $2 by the box), other than it was worth a dollar.

Offhand, I guess I got my moneys worth. But I suspect replacing them at $2 a pop might be silly as there are some other name banded stuff available in the price vicinity.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Emperor Has No Class

“One would have hoped that the Obama administration would have taken a different stance than the Bush administration..."

and,

"The 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism charged that recent actions by his administration would enable five of the king's closest relatives to escape accountability for their role in financing and materially supporting the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

and,

"Threw out the lawsuit on grounds that members of the royal family are exempt from liability in American courts because the Saudi royal family is the sovereign nation of Saudi Arabia."

How did that song go ? "MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND..."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Where the Stimulus Money really went.....

Today's NY POST had this:

"NYC Prep," which premieres on Bravo June 23, follows five students from prestigious private schools and one from an elite public high school as they groan at length about their riches -- while trying to edge each other out in the social standings."

I don't watch much TV. No way I'm going to sit around and watch stupid "free entertainment" and moronic commercials. Did you know that the average American will spend 2 years of their life watching commercials ? What is 2 years of your life really worth ?

Not that I am against 'escapism' or it's many variants. But, this smacks of: LET THEM EAT CAKE thinking. There's a lot of 'feeling pain' out there on the streets of America: loss of life savings, collapsing home prices, escalating unemployment, skyrocketing taxation....

No doubt this show might have done well in the 'boom years', and it may or may not be a hit here during the 'long recession' . But, American's have long been weaned from ideas of community and have been turned into the uber-capitalist's dream of 'economic-man'. But when the bucks are gone what's to replace: "allegiance to the almighty buck".

It just rubs me the wrong way, and it sounds dangerous. Well, at least dangerous to the elite. I don't think this is really a good time for the ruling class to be doing 'show and tell', or is this going to be a 'kiss and tell' ?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The experts all agree....

Everything that can be invented has been invented.»
Charles H. Duell, an official at the US patent office, 1899.

«Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.»
Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison's light bulb, 1880.

«That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.»
Scientific American, Jan. 2 edition, 1909.

«Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.»
Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.

«Radio has no future.»
Lord Kelvin, Scottish mathematician and physicist, former president of the Royal Society, 1897.

«Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years.» -– Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company Lewyt Corp., in the New York Times in 1955

«There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.»
Albert Einstein, 1932.

«The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage." -– Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director, and studio founder, 1916.

«It's a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?»
Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President, after a demonstration of Alexander Bell's telephone, 1876.

«While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.»
Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, 1926.

As you may well know, Mr. President, 'railroad' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by 'engines' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.»
Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1830.

«Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.»
Dr Dionysys Larder (1793-1859), professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University College London.

«Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition.»
Dennis Gabor, British physicist and author of Inventing the Future, 1962.

«X-rays will prove to be a hoax.»
Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

«The phonograph has no commercial value at all.»
Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s.

«Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.»
Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1889

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Something Practical Day

Yes sirree indeed... Something useful today, if your so inclined.

I ran across a DIY formula for an appliance cleaner. Well I had tried a variety of the usual household sprays and nothing helped. Actually, my grain grinder was desperately in need of a cleanup.

So I put some baking soda in the bottom of a cup and poured on a bit of vinegar. Egads only to remember some childhood chemistry as it foamed over. Thankfully I was near the sink. But the resulting paste worked.

Worked great. Cleaned up the grain grinder superbly.

Then I used some on one of those fish grills for a gas barbecue grill. While it didn't get everything off, it was a heck of a lot cleaner. Apparently, vinegar is a good grease cutter.

There is also a formula for baking soda, salt and vinegar....

Friday, May 29, 2009

Climb Aboard the USS Titanic

"Why are the Ancient Eight increasingly irrelevant in the most competitive arena of all?" asks Darren Everson in today's WSJ. Actually, he answers his own question: "the Ivy’s 1981 expulsion from Division I-A, college football’s premier classification, which occurred because larger-conference schools desired greater control over TV-contract negotiations."

EH ? squeezed out by the Big Boys were they ?

Everson continues; "The Ivy League is home to some of the country’s oldest colleges, which once played the best football... Harvard was so good in the early days that when it defeated Oregon, 7-6, in 1920 in what is now known as the Rose Bowl game, the Los Angeles Times called the outcome a “triumph” for the underdog loser."

Hurrah! the Blue Bloods showed them damn Oakies what happens for escaping from the mines and debts at the company store. But wait, isn't that like 85 years ago ? Is this Harvard's contribution to humanity ?

Obviously, single malt scotch is out of reach for the 'wizzards of wall street' and they have gone back to good old reliable cocaine... enjoy it while you can, since after 75 years, Washington will finally win the drug war this year and make Mexico safe for Wall Mart and Spring Break. Snort it up boys and girls...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why the rich should be taxed at 1,000%

First off, I should mention that I'm neither a socialist or a communist. And actually had a grandfather who was a card carrying conservative. As a youngster I was mildly attracted to libertarianism but after subscribing to individualist anarchism pretty much lost interest in anything relating to politics.

And I should mention that I own a copy of Ludwig Von Mises' HUMAN ACTION, and I actually sat down and read the entire bloody 900 pages. Anyway, I'm fairly certain that's hardly true of virtually everybody who quotes Von Miser.

But then I'm neither a believer in FINANCE CRAPITALISM or an apologist for the factory system. If you want a refutation of the myths of industrial progress and innane anti-human theories of the 'division of labor' and 'economies of mass production', read Ralph Borsodi's THIS UGLY CIVILIZATION.

To put it in perspective, during Von Mises time there wasn't any understanding of pollution and there seemed unlimited resources to exploit for the taking. And secondly, Von Mises didn't quite come out and call people assholes and lemmings, nor did he think capitalism was a particuarly good system (ah! the heresies...). But the gist is, that the State and any type of centralized decision making was the worst system and was a disaster just waiting to happen.

So the TAX THE RICH @ 1,000% proposal, isn't some socialist soak the rich fantasy. It's really basically a sound financial proposition and good business.... The problem being is that politicians seem to solve every problem, real or imaginary, by spending money. In fact, the Leadership of this "greatest and freest country" found so many problems to solve, that as of 2006 every individual owed $250,000 each as their share of the existing government debt, and thats not even including the the future liabilities of social insecurity and medifraud programs.

Now if per capita individual income (not household income) is $25,000 a year and they owe 10 times that as their share of government debt. I think it's only fitting that the rich pay 10 times their income in taxes, at least until the debt is paid off.

Of course, We all know that's not going to happen, because let's face it: who owns amerika and who owns the politicians ?

So to make economic history simple and in one sentence: eventually all governments start spending more than they can tax, and then after a crack up boom comes the inevitable: the Leadership tries to paper their way out of a hole...

Raising the cigarette tax 80 cents isn't going to raise the quadrillions needed. I doubt even a 1,000% income tax for the rich would be enough. But that's the point.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bad Brew and Happy Screw-Ups

I was wondering what happened with the coffee. Raw nasty s*** as of late. But it was the same old same old GREEN MOUNTAIN beans. Turns out it was the 1% milk.

Basically, that means I'm not a real coffee drinker, or a real cigar aficionado. Maybe, I don't even exist... EGADS! I forgot existentialism is like so sixties and seventies !

OH! "I AM THEREFORE I CONSUME"... But then like that's so old fashioned now. You know, POVERTY is the new chic.

Anyway, as I've filled up the humidor with dog rockets, I was running out of room for the cigarillos and running out of money. I had sprung for an electronic humidity gauge which set me back $30. I don't think it's really necessary, but it did affirm my suspicions that the stock analog humidity gauge was off a bit, about within the 10% engineering tolerances.

After a second attempt I came up with a simple mounting clip and a bit of fiddling around and adjustments I started getting even more active and creative. There were a few odds and ends of a couple of cigar boxes lying around, and a sawed up some of it to make flat rectangular spacers to go in between the small piles of cigars. Somewhat to protect them from fingers, my own mostly, as well as from resin from the humidor liner. Anyway, it's something to do with junk cedar cigar boxes.

But I did have one nice box bottom left. I cut a piece of glass for the top [well, I had bought a glass cutting tool, and had some stray pieces of glass lying around]. But the point is, now it's a nice little glass top crap-a-dor for the cigarillos. BTW, I glued on a wood knob and stuck the old analog hydrometer in a corner. Will give me something to experiment with, also, can't imagine it being any worse than one of those 'desktop' humidors that go for $30 bucks on EBAY although sometimes the catalog places unload them in bundle deals for an extra $10 or $20.

HEY! but this has a glass top and so it's special....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Cigar BOOM and BUST

HEY ! BOOM AND BUST. Sound familiar ?

Let's see, once upon a time folk bit off the end of their cigar, smoked them with beer and while playing cards. You know, working class, ordinary folk.

I still wonder if it had anything to do with MONICA and BILL ?

It seems around 1992, the Madison Avenue stuff started to kick in... And the cigar boom was unleashed. Okay, once it was either smoking an el premo or an el cheapo; either it tasted like tobacco or it didn't.

"Hint of leather", "wisp of walnut", "touch of spice...". It's not that the REVIEWERS are delusional, because people did swallow that bull puckey, because, you know, this is Amerika. And in Amerika the politicians don't lie, the media doesn't lie, and the big corporations don't cook the books... But if you look closely it's just the CIGAR SNOBS selling with their thinly disguised advertising copy...

Well, next thing celebrities are being photographed with cigars. Then women with unsightly silicon breasts ( I've never seen a woman buy or smoke a cigar) start to appear in the adverts. I'd really like to see that video GIRLS WITH GUNS, remade. Maybe, a direct to DVD release: SURGICALLY & COSMETICALLY ENHANCED GIRLS WITH GUNS SMOKE CIGARS AND DESCRIBE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO TO YOUR GENITALS WHILE DRIVING BIG EXPENSIVE CARS.

And BANG, the BOOM is over and the BUST began. Well a lot of makers went bankrupt, there was a bit of consolidation and well it's just a few big corporations left. I suspect this is what the global economy has left to look forward to: 1 or 2 giant corporations controlling just about everything...

Currently, there's about 350 million cigars sold in the US a year. Maybe, 40 million of them might be described as 'premium'. So, yes 90% of the time the SNOBS are smoking an "alternative". Yes the CIGAR GODS smoke alternatives, and you smuck, smoke dog rockets.

So remember, does it taste like tobacco or not ?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I HAVE A HAVANA

People might think this a bit odd of a posting during the memorial day weekend, but I'm sure that would be the same people who think that it's okay for poor people's children to go off and die stealing oil for the big corporations so that they can pick up their children from school in an SUV.

Well, I was talking on the phone with an old acquaintance. I won't call him a friend anymore since he turned into a bit of a snob and social climber, so I generally do not bother with him and his delusional world of late.

It wasn't long till I hear this monotone voice: "I have a Havana". "That's nice", I responded, and I suspect I asked him "how's the weather ?" Next; "No, er........I have a Havana," in the same irritating monotone.

"What brand is it ?" I asked. "I got it from a friend, er...ah...he got it from a friend, I don't know." "What brand is it", I asked again. ugh! "I have a Havana..."

I really don't know what brand it is either !!!

Well, the claim is that the Cuban soil is so played out that the Dominicans and now the Hondurans are much better. Then as it's Castro's only source of revenue, the quality of AUTHENTIC cubanos is considered to be rather deplorable as of late. And on top of it about 85% of the Cubans sold "legally" in Canada are FAKES.

What's with the Cuban thing ? The mystic ? The criminality ?

Nah! it's about showing off... "he he, I got connections and you don't, he he..."

Obviously, MOST if not ALL the fools are running out and paying $40-$50 a stick for a Honduran with a fake Cuban label on it.

What fools these Gringos Be... fake cigars, fake boobs, fake kulture....

Saturday, May 23, 2009

HABANITOS

DON LINO HABANITOS 3-1/2-in. x 24

This is an excellent cigarillo from a premium cigar maker; just in case you wonder where all the 'trimmings' from cigars go to. Well sometimes they go into the "short" and "medium" filler cigars. Depending on the marketing guy or the "independent" reviewer, it can be described as "floor sweepings", "trimmings", or "short leaf filler".

Anyway, these floor sweepings taste wonderful and are an exceptional bargain, running at $20 for a tin of 50, or so. I'm wondering if the price has something to do with the tab on the cellophane. You just can't open one of these with your fingernail, and so I'm having to remember to keep a pocket knife handy...

Well, the very first one I tried and well, I was quite amused it really did taste like HAVANA; with that distinctive kick. Yeah ! here's the advertising copy:

"You can imagine yourself walking down Havana harbor’s beautiful Malec├│n, smiling and waving at the beautiful muchachitas and puffing on a perfect gem of a cigar –"

I suspect you would need something a little harder, like cocaine to sprinkle on it to get that imaginary feeling of being 20 again in 1950's pre-castro Cuba and still not being able to get any.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Inside New Hampshire

From three decades living in New Hampshire I can sum up the state in one word: ALCOHOLISM. This former Republican Party stronghold, AKA "Liechtenstein of the Northeast", enjoys the highest per capita consumption of alcohol and the highest rate of alcoholism in the nation.

Of the 10,000 incarcerated citizens, over 2,500 were imprisoned for child rape. And that's probably only the tip of the iceberg. Over the years I have been befriended by a number of incest survivors, and frankly the male victims don't rate much consideration or mention.

New Hampshire also is fairly undeveloped. About 1/3 of the state economy is tourism, the rest of the economy is literally built around WHITE FLIGHT. Essentially, what has happened is that a very large state and local government infrastructure has developed around housing developments and balloning schools, police/fire departments and other ' essential amenities' for the big city escapees. And there isn't any businesses or economic activity to support it, not even in the best of times.

Well, as i remember it. During the early Eighties when I was just starting to adjust to the 'rural' character, well the Reagen BOOM started to kick in. " Hey, we is going to get rich.. ya' know PROGRESS...". The first real estate crash hit in 1990. It took out all the builders and developers as well as most of the Banks.

But still they came. That is white folks with children looking for 'safe schools' and a 'safe place' to raise their spawn. And housing prices started going up 20% a year... "I made a $100,000 on my house this year" a friend once said to me. "I'm going to be a millionaire before i retire".

Of course, the North Country is much different. Besides not being a suburb of Boston. The people there are honest and they don't have those faggy limp wrist handshakes either. But they drink. But that's New Hampshire. And they have good reason for it, at least now.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PETIT sumatra

Was in the big city the end of last week because of a special trip to Home Despot. Don't know why it always seems that even though I buy extra material for a project I usually end up a piece short ! So on the way home I swung by a local tobacco shop to pick up some real cigarillos. It had been a good year since my last visit and I was looking in the display case, and it was just loaded with all the available brands of the cheap homogenized junk... well it was a good selection of the cheap shit. But anyway, I heard a voice: "Can I help you find something ?" And I turned around and looked and egads it's MORTIMER. Very creepy, now I know why I hadn't returned. Looking at the selection, I probably should have said: "You couldn't pay me to smoke this crap much less steal it."

But, hey, I found a pack of the PETIT sumatra small cigars for $16.95. Later I checked and they go for $14.95 on the internet, so this guy actually was reasonable.

Anyway a delightful little smoke from Denmark, but for 85 cents a stick, and the accompanied indignity I guess you could say: THAT'S ALL FOLKS.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DOG ROCKETS

Well that's the other exciting news this week, my order from Thompson's TCC (10 days)arrived. And over all I can't complain, but the POWER25 sampler turned out to be a bunch of robustos. I went back and they were advertising a nice looking selection with Torpedoes, Churchills, and Longsdales. Disappointing or deceptive, not sure. Hey, but at a buck a piece I really didn't expect anything but dog rockets.

All this started again with the SCHIP tax. I had put away my humidor last year and had just been buying the occasional pack of Garcia-Vega Whiffs at $1.99; but they went up overnight to $2.79. At which point I figured why smoke the cardboard shit anymore when I can get better for less.

So after placing my order, I took out the humidor and went to set it up. The first thing I noticed was cedar wood resin. Hey, like it's a $100 crap-a-dor, so now I understand why the CIGAR GODS/ CIGAR SNOBS insist on $500 and up ones. Anyway, I scraped and sanded out the resin, because I mostly smoke cigarillos and I'm not going to be buying any boutique stoggies.

If I remember correctly I didn't start smoking cigarettes until after I had become a pot smoker. Gee, the great things you learn in College: doping and binge drinking for instance. Though, my first introduction to cigars might have been from some former 60's antiwar bigwig I met in So. Cal. during the 1980's.

I eventually turned to handrolling cigarettes, and even experimenting with adding herbs like coltsfolt to pipe tobacco. Then I started in with the real imported cigarillos and the occasional cigar. Some of it was economics and some of it was a search for the 'real' tobacco experience.

And when I say 'real' I mean just plain old tobacco. A lot of people don't know what "homogenized tobacco product" really means. That's also called "sheet tobacco" in the trade. That's where tobacco leaves ( and I assume stems, pieces and roots) are thrown in a vat with water, sugar and who knows what else and is pressed into 4' x 8' sheets like plywood. This is then shredded and put into cigarettes and little cigars. Just look for "homogenized" and say: "BARF ! No thank you..."

Spend a little extra for real tobacco products and you'll save money in the long run because you won't be getting the additive 'addictive' chemicals either.

So anyway, I did find my ice pick which will work as an improvised draw-poke, so you'll be hearing about the dog rockets eventually.

Guitars and American Monoculture

Just a quick note about my music activities. Most of the time after describing what microtonality is to people and their increasing looks of disdain and derision inevitably I get asked: "Well do you make any money at it ?"

I pretty much guess that sums up what Americans are all about. God forbid that you would have the nerve to actually utilize your "freedoms" and do something different and be "individualistic".

"Got Money ?"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What no Grinder ?

Well it's a nice day today, the rain has stopped and the sun has come out. It's afternoon and I decided to replace the getting real old afternoon cup of coffee with an old standby: cayenne pepper tea. And yes it's 'spicy hot' as well as having those old herbal manuals claiming that it's good for the heart.

Of course, use just 1/8 teaspoon in a cup of hot water. I had to use either cayenne pepper in capsules from the health food store until I sent off for 1/4 lb. of organic. The stuff in a tin from the supermarket may taste okay in a bean dish, but apparently the big corporate brands cut it with sawdust, and it really makes a lousy tea.

This week has started out much better than last week. The first thing last Monday morning I remember loading up the coffee maker, pushing the ON button and nothing happening. BLAH ! It was resupply day so the first place I looked was at SAM'S CLUB, and well they seemed to have dozens of combo cappuccino/coffee makers, which I doubt even PT BARNUM could sell in New Hampshire. However, there was exactly one type of coffee maker on the shelf. I don't know if all the SAM'S CLUB REPUBLICANS love their freedoms and all use the exact same model of coffee makers, but then they must all use the same canned cattle dung coffee, because there wasn't any automatic bean grinder. Really what respectable social climber is going to drink shit coffee ?

So next stop was TARGET. Well there was an aisle full of coffee makers, but alas no attached bean grinder. DOUBLE BLAH! Now we are talking PANIC !

Next stop was BED BATH AND BEYOND and well there was a passable CUISINART that seemed worth buying. A bit more than I had expected to pay even with the 20% discount coupon. So that crisis did pass too.

Buzz