I have officially concluded that my mother can never visit India.  During her rides through the narrow streets of Hoboken or wide avenues of Manhattan, there is an audible gasp when traveling under the speed limit with ample clearance – both of which are still uncomfortable to her.  Mother’s reaction to three motorcycles weaving in… Read More


That new aeroplane smell of my 777-200 seat with its ability to recline with stretched toes helped me to sleep a little. With bumps from each little fluffy cloud, I tend to wake up, so this transatlantic+transcontinental+transsemicontinental flight makes me a bit zombieish. This gives me ample opportunity to gaze out the window at some… Read More


In a few hours, it is time for another aeroplane ride. From the wonders of EWR, I strap myself to the side of a turbo prop and take a 25 hour flight – leave at 21:00 Saturday and land in DEL at 22:00 Sunday. Thankfully, the return trip is only 4 hours, leaving at 00:00… Read More


Beer, the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems — Homer Simpson (paraphrased) Saturday was the first day of Oktoberfest, the Munich fall festival celebrating the heritage of the city.  Or so they say, since a festival completely dedicated to beer would be a thoroughly irresponsible predicament.  We arrived at the Theresienwiese in… Read More


The last two times I flew to Europe, the journey took 7-8 hours. However, this time I flew into Dublin, slightly closer to the US if you look at a non-flat map. Nothing against this airport or the flight (both nice), but this flight doesn’t give you enough time to take a nap to get… Read More


So I broke down and ordered a few more shirts from Threadless (plus they’re having a nice fall sale right now).  If only we could wear these to work, but no, collars and button-down shirts.  I guess we’re lucky we have casual every-days, but an über-casual Friday would be nice.  Ah, to be in corporate America… Read More


A long track of events.  Recently, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Blackhat, Defcon, H.O.P.E., more beer, long busy events, and a busted ankle.  With the ankle being the depressing moment of the month.  Time to catch up, document my conferences, learn a bit more, and prepare presentations for work to teach others.  Plus more beer manufacturing.  … Read More


So, I passed off a bottle of beer batch two to a friend at a local cafe – he said it was the best beer he’s ever tasted. Me thinks he needs to get out more often, perhaps try a place that doesn’t serve big-named American beers. Batch three is ready but untested – need… Read More


So, I tried another brew – Weizenbier with my mini-beer kit.  Unfortunately, my assistant was not here!  Watching the birth of his child or some unlikely excuse.  Thus, I didn’t get the batch correctly made the first time.  About an hour later, I remembered that I forgot to mix in some boosters.  since it was… Read More


I recently acquired a system of brewing beer, something called Mr Beer. It’s a cheap kit and what the heck, I don’t have the enough room for a full-size adult kit. So, I’ll use my plastic children’s toy to make a brew. The first recipe is Vienna Lager. Baseball and hockey on the over-the-air HDTV, a few… Read More