Java 8 + Light Weight Threads

The last couple of days I’ve been playing around with Quasar from the fine folks at Parallel Universe. “What’s that then?” I hear you ask. It’s an API and a runtime library that promises light weight threads for the JVM, called Fibers, and all the stuff you can do with that, like light weight channels for message passing, and a nice agent system. The result? A mid-level API for NIO operations on top of XNIO which I’ve called Slick.

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Beer selfie: Fungrims APA batch 3

wpid-IMAG0159.jpgThis is the first impressions of my “house APA” in batch 3, now 3 weeks on bottle. Since I haven’t written any brew report for it, here’s a run-down: It’s a 5.4% ABV single- and dry hop Amarillo on pale ale malt, Münich I and Caraamber. I want to zoom in to a light, easy to drink, Amarillo for the summer months. And I do believe I’m, getting closer.

It pours hazy golden and starts with a massive 4-finger head that slowly dissipates without leaving anything on the sides. Nose is light and fresh Amarillo with hints of cookie-like Münich in the background. Light bodied and semi-dry mouth with a fresh and simple lingering bitterness. Continue reading

On Pitching Yeast

The last home brews I’ve done I’ve used yeast starters. If someone happens upon this and don’t know the theory it goes like this: if you’re brewing you want to make sure that 1) your yeast is alive, before the brew day when it is usually too late; and 2) you want to make sure you use enough yeast for your particular brew. Here’s a run down on why I always do starters now, even though I haven’t actually failed any brew without it. Continue reading

The Next Brew: Dale’s Pale Clone

Time to plan the next beer to brew, and I guess the title says it all really. Lately I’ve been experimenting with a single hop Amarillo as a “house ale”, however I’ve never really been satisfied with it: either it’s the dreaded “dish water amarillo” or simply a slightly too warm fermentation or perhaps a little bit much Munich malt or perhaps… You get the point.

Dale’s have become a favorite of mine over the summer and autumn. It’s been a while since I tried a clone of any beer now but with my annoyance of not hitting the house ale exactly where I want it, I thought I could at least google for a Dale clone. And ‘lo and behold on this thread on BrewBoard there’s a detailed clone, with input from the original brewer! Yay! Continue reading

Reading “A Guide to the Good Life”: Philosophy Takes an Interest in Life (Ch. 1)

This is a series of posts in which I read William B Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. The idea is to read and comment one chapter after another.

For the first chapter of a book on philosophy we should expect some kind of overview of early Greek thought. And that’s what we get here as well, although it is fairly short and to the point; after all this isn’t the main focus of the book. Later chapters will deal more in details with the Stoic philosophers. Continue reading