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    Humidor DIY

    I had been having some trouble keeping the humidity at the proper level of 70%. I bought an extra sponge, but I was having trouble keeping mold out of it. The local cigar store sells a glycerol mixture that is supposed to prevent this, but I found the stuff rather expensive.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was smoking cigars with my friend Fintan, and he showed me his DIY humidor. Fintan made a giant humidor out of a 30-gallon cooler by screwing cedar planks into the sides, and he made an equally large humidifier out of a tupperware and a sponge.

    What I brilliant idea! I decided to copy him, so here is my much, much smaller example.

    Ben's Humidor


    The bottle you see in front of the humidor is a mixture of 30% IPA and 70% filtered water. I needed something to keep the mold and whatnot out of the sponge, and that is what Fintan uses. The sponge is sitting in the bottom of a $1 first aid kit from Target. I had to trim the sponge a bit, but it fits nicely, and it holds much more liquid than my previous humidifer. I hope for better results.


    Exactly what I was thinking

    Immediately after my off the cuff comment about SWPL children in public schools causing problems, comes this gem.

    John Taylor Gatto writes:

    I’ve yet to meet a parent in public school who ever stopped to calculate the heavy, sometimes lifelong price their children pay for the privilege of being rude and ill-mannered at school. I haven’t met a public school parent yet who was properly suspicious of the state’s endless forgiveness of bad behavior for which the future will be merciless.

    h/t Steve Sailer


    The Crazies Movie Review

    My friend Echo has a review of The Crazies which we saw together last weekend. Go check it out.


    CrossFit 2010-03-06

    I did Thursday's workout

    Deadlifts 7-7-5-5-3-3-1

    Dessert lunge lap with 35# plate

    Max weight on single rep: 95 kg


    Sunshine Cleaning Movie Review


    Directed by Christine Jeffs
    Written by Megan Holley
    Starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, and Steve Zahn

    We watched this on Instant Netflix, my first experience. The Magistra has used it before, but I had not yet. I was pretty impressed, the picture quality is good, there is no loading time, and it is really easy to use. Pretty much the best invention ever.

    This is a pretty standard indie movie, spunky white people with a hard-knock life. I liked it for all that, it was darkly humorous, and a little sweet. I could predict just about everything that happened, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The movie was just true enough to life to be funny instead of sad. I really liked the expensive revelation Amy Adam's character had when she realized that you can't just throw away biohazards in the trash.

    I also enjoyed the plot point at the expense of public schools, even though the people who watch indie movies are probably part of the problem with public schools rather than the solution. I liked that it had a happy ending. It seems like a lot of indie movies just can't abide a happy ending. It was not a trite, syrupy ending, but a satisfying one. What I really want to know, is what do all those rich idle women's husbands do in Albuquerque?

    My other movie reviews


    CrossFit 2010-03-03

    First real CrossFit ever. I'm having a little trouble typing, because we did a lot of things that require grip.


    • Hang power clean [21-15-9-15-21] 75#
    • 15 pushups
    • 10 pullups [or 20 jumping or assisted pullups, which I did on the weight assist machine with 140# of counterweight]


    Time 29:47 and and instructions to take the day off CrossFit tomorrow.


    Boondock Saints II


    CrossFit 2010-03-02

    It's on now.


    CrossFit 2010-03-01

    I was stood up for my appointment tonight, so I did a quick variation on last weekend's Summit CrossFit workout.

    4 rounds

    • 500m row
    • 10 burpees

    Time 17 minutes



    ....I'm allergic to bullshit.

    I link to Satoshi Kanazawa because I find him thought-provoking, but this is just too much. I think Kanazawa must have written this post on auto-pilot, because it barely even makes sense. Conversations with other people in your car aren't distracting because we evolved to talk to other people? Hardly. I've had a number of close calls while driving because of conversations I've been having with passengers. I know that I am very single-minded as opposed to multi-tasking, so I don't find this particularly surprising. I had just been thinking about this same issue the other day, because the Coconino County Board of Supervisors had considered a ban on radios, cellphones, and other electronic devices while driving

    The problem is, I doubt that using a cellphone, or having a conversation is really the root of the problem here. I suspect the problem is just people who are bad drivers? Don't believe me? Look at Kanazawa's graphs and think about this: if you are willing to do things other than pay attention to the road, how conscientious of a driver are you? Especially if those things prevent you from controlling your car. If you keep people who are not careful, or even skilled, from using cellphones, they still suck at driving. They are still going to be distracted by putting on their makeup, or eating, or butterflies outside the window. The cellphones are a symptom.

    Is it possible that cell-phone conversations in a car (no matter what the device) are qualitatively and significantly different from conversations with fellow passengers because they are evolutionarily novel?  Is it possible that talking on a cell phone while driving is distracting and likely to cause an accident, not because the driver has to manipulate the device, but because telephone conversations are inherently cognitively taxing for their evolutionary novelty?  Is it possible that telephone conversations in the past century have always been cognitively taxing and distracting, but we never realized just how much because we never had to drive a car (another evolutionarily novel task) at the same time until the invention of the cell phone?  Is it possible that switching to hands-free devices while driving is not going to reduce the number of auto accidents at all, at least until we develop a new technology which can project a realistic holographic image of the person on the line in the passenger seat?

    It occurs to me that it would be a simple matter to test these conjectures in an experiment.

    I'd like to see that test done too, because I'm sure that the problem is that not paying attention to what you are doing is the real problem. I see that I'm not the only one to suspect that Kanazawa is a bit off. That makes me feel better for singling him out.