May 6th, 2004


Almost 80 degrees... the basement. I may go get one of those portable space air conditioners. This is really driving me nuts, and I can't think, much less get productive work done, when it's like this.
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Cask strength

"Macallan" would have been a great idea, except that was the name of a hard drive a couple of machines ago.

But, thanks to ruffian_wind's comment about the cask strength Macallan on my whisky shelf, I was reminded of one of the other cask strength whiskies in my collection.

The new 60 GB laptop hard drive is named Talisker!

("Cask strength" whisky is bottled at the full strength at which it comes out of the cask after aging. Most of the time, whisky is combined with purified water when it's bottled, to bring it to a specific percentage of alcohol-by-volume, so each bottle is the same no matter which cask it came out of. So, cask strength whisky is often much stronger than most whiskies, and it's often incredibly good.)

Accidental Finale

NBC had the gall to run "Friends" past its normal time slot, starting "ER" at 10:05 instead of its usual 9:59 (another rant for another time). I was going to gripe that they did this without telling anyone; they at least failed to tell the schedule service that TiVo subscribes to. Anyone who was trying to record "ER" automatically would have missed the last six minutes or so. (The show actually ran from about 10:05:30 until about 11:08, including credits.)

So, yes, I ended up seeing about the last six minutes of the "Friends" finale. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that the ending was done in a very classy manner. I wonder if they fought over who got the last line.

Good, if difficult, "ER."