Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

hang em high

Just watched a video by bpearthwatch who went through the Annex. The executive order says that they can seize the assets of anyone connected with any of those people in the annex. There is one name that appears time and time again in the Annex. His name is Dan Gertler, he’s an Israeli, he runs various Diamond mines but he also has a foundation called Gertler Family Foundation. If you go to their website two of the many names connected with that Foundation are Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. I think Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and Microsoft may be on their way to prison... and they will be broke.... Maybe the US won’t have to pay for the wall after all, Trump can use these corrupt people’s assets to pay for it! The Greatest President in US History, Hillary was probably right when she said they would all hang, on election night....

Susan Douglas

All I have to say is MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THANK YOU TRUMP!




a new holiday os

Statistically, the majority of computer operating systems used by individuals are Windows based.  67% of the visitors to this blog use Windows, which is a fairly good representation of the operating systems used world-wide.  Linux systems come in second at 13% with the rest trickling in with single digits and ipad picking up the rear at 1%.

That said, I've been running Linux on my machines for years and in that time found my worst computer days at least equal to my best days using any of the Windows operating systems since Win 95.  Unlike old cars and radios, all Microsoft operating systems are engineered to become obsolete, unstable, and unusable only a few years after roll out.  They do this by cutting support of the OS, making it impossible to receive updates.  Like turning off the life support to a much loved friend, and there's nothing you can do about it.  Try installing Win 98 and see how far you get.

Anyway, because Microsoft Vista became obsolete and unsupported, I installed Linux systems in three laptops this month alone.  Two for friends and one for the laptop I picked up for a bargain, partially because a new MS OS would cost a few hundred.  Hell, you can get a damn good, used laptop for the cost of a Win 10 OS, doubling the cost of your investment.  Hardly worth it.

Aside from the laptops, I swapped out four Linux operating systems on my desktop this month on a whim.  Arch Linux, Solus, Mint KDE, and Manjaro all looked real good but I settled on Linux Mint 18.3 as my daily driver.  I guess I had to go through extremely complicated to extremely simple to realize the Linux system I used when I first switched from Microsoft was the best fit for me.  That's the beauty of Linux.  It takes more time looking over the thousands of free operating systems than it does to download and install an OS.  Installation takes about ten minutes.  It's like shopping for shoes.

But Microsoft... You're locked into a proprietary system with a pre-determined lifespan, designed to force you to buy bigger RAM, bigger CPU, bigger hard drive, and bigger headaches when it slows to a crawl after a couple years of use. 

Why would anyone buy a Toyota if it ran like shit and got .5mpg in five years when you can get a new car for free that gets you 100mpg with a lifetime of free maintenance?

I love this OS.
Take a look at this desktop. 
The minimalist look is clean and extremely functional.  From the desktop I can access personal files, system settings, and something like 33,000 programs for everything from Audacity to Wine.


It doesn't look like much but I can run this thing for weeks with 50 open tabs and multiple running programs without a hint of CPU overload.  It does everything I want it to do with extreme efficiency.  It's fully customizable for what you want to get out of your computer. 

I suppose the reason I went through so many operating systems this month was complacency.  I wanted something different, a challenge.  I wanted something simplified but not simple.  I wanted a challenge but not something with too steep a learning curve. 

I find it interesting that the system I love the most is an upgrade of the one I originally had.

Isn't that the way life is?  Maybe we should be thankful for what we have and know that this is what we really need, right now.

I never thought this would turn into a holiday philosophy, but so be it.

MERRY CHRISTMAS    









  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

a newly discovered liver tonic

It's no secret I'm very fond of rum.  It's my go to beverage of choice.  The virtual versatility of this beverage is astounding.  It goes with just about anything, especially if it's tropical fruits.  On it's own, in straight form, I find it more acceptable to my psyche than even Irish whiskey, my second favorite hard liquor beverage.

But here's a problem.  I know drinking rum every day could do some harm to my system, particularly my liver.  Although my most recent blood test shows my liver to be well functioning, it's still my third favorite organ and needs a little attention from time to time.  To counter the abuse I put to my third favorite organ, I've been drinking apple cyder vinegar on a regular basis.  Apple cider vinegar repairs my liver while rum tends to mess it up.  Basic physiology.

It's pretty much a forgone conclusion that sooner or later I'll come up with a concoction that includes both apple cider vinegar and alcohol, that is, if you've been paying any attention to this blog.  I mean, sooner or later every experiment I come up with combines good and evil to create something fabulous, right?  Tonight is no exception.

I took a small glass of rum and added a couple splashes of apple cider vinegar just to see what it tastes like.  The idea was to come up with a drink that the good and evil would cancel each other out.  I figured if it tasted like shit, it's a small glass and it'll be empty quick.  Let me tell ya... I'm on my second glass of this stuff.  I mean, the combination of rum and apple cider vinegar creates a total obliteration of both tastes.  It's not rum and it's not vinegar.  It's something completely different and I really like it.  It doesn't have the rum burn and it doesn't have the vinegar pucker.  It's the whole that's better than the sum of it's parts.

Granted, like I said, I like rum but vinegar is something I'll drink because it's good for me and nothing more. (typical type A)  But this stuff... It's indescribably interestingly good.

I should point out that adding too much vinegar will produce a drink that tastes more like vinegar than rum.  I caution you to add prudently.  This is still experimental.  You're looking for a balance in taste.  When you find it, you'll know it. 

I figure this combination should be no worse than neutral for my liver and if I continue to take apple cider vinegar, my liver will dramatically improve.  Hence, I've created a pleasurable, alcoholic drink that supports liver function while getting you totally shitfaced, guilt-free.

I should start a whole line of healthy alcohol related products.  What do ya think?

        

Thursday, December 07, 2017

when you say no to wine, you say no to life

After my foray with cheap home made wine, I decided to up my game a little and invest in some decent juice and do it the right way.  I got busy on some Petit Syrah juice from California, and at the same time, threw together a batch of apple/peanut butter wine, a batch of barley corn and rum ferments, another six gallons of frozen concentrated stuff, and to round it out, six gallons of hard cider.  I decided to call it quits when I came across a spare bucket of juice from Merlot grapes.

Ok, some of this stuff I was just about to pitch because I had second thoughts on the combination of apples and peanut butter in a wine.  The result was sweeter than my taste buds could handle but everyone who tried it raved about it and wanted more, like I added something addictive to the mix.  Rather than pitch it, it's going to be Christmas presents, along with some business cards and cheap, plastic glasses.

In my opinion, the best of the bunch was the Merlot.  Man alive... This stuff came out better than expected and at least equal to the stuff that comes from Napa valley.  It took less than one bottle to convince me to not only give this stuff a decent label but to make an effort to produce this wine, and others like it, in bulk and establish a winery of my own.

It's a semi-dry wine with all the rich nuances that makes Merlot second only to Cabernet Sauvignon as the most popular grape since France learned how to make wine and it goes with everything.  It's also 20% of the blend used to produce the world renowned Rubicon, which can't be found in the liquor stores and wineries I frequent.  In my humble opinion, the Rubicon I had was the finest wine I ever tasted, which instigated my interlude with Irish whisky and Puerto Rican rum.  Hey, I had the best wine.  No sense pulling any more corks expecting anything close.

Now that I'm back on track, my next trick is producing the remaining 80% of the Rubicon blend in extreme bulk and offer it for sale, along with other choice wines for those with good taste and a passion for great wines.

So, ya like the new label?

    

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

why leftists always win

 If at age 20 you are not a Communist then you have no heart.  If at age 30 you are not a Capitalist then you have no brains. -George Bernard Shaw



You can sum up the left/right conflict by studying r/K selection theory.

r=rabbits  K=wolves
r=left        K=right
r=prey      K=hunter
r=not very bright  K=tactical killer
r=vegetarian  K=carnivore 

Rabbits exist because the wolves aren't hungry enough to bother with such easy prey.

r=food, unable to understand metaphor.

They'll never see it coming.      

Saturday, November 18, 2017

connect the dots

Something I got in the mail today.
  
If you are unaware or still think impeachment is imminent, you might scream helplessly at the sky before getting half way through this.  As for the rest of you, it's time to dust off that bottle of Dom you've been hoarding.

Strategic ambiguity.
 
That's how one observer defined Donald Trump's policies. To the observer outside his inner circle, he appears to flip flop, change policies, change directions, compromise or abandon some of his campaign promises. At least part of that can be attributed to the fact that he's a Gemini. I've had experience with Geminis! Chased one for months and every time I got one twin to say yes, the other twin would stop me. Then I married one and you might say, 'immersed myself in the experience'. Not a bad thing, really. Unique, I guess you would say.
 
Donald Trump is the man we need for the times we're in. Strategic ambiguity is his way of dealing when surrounded by hostile forces. It comes natural to a Gemini, I suppose. His actions are those of a person who has read Sun Tzu's book. Either that, or it comes naturally.
 
And yes, I know I've strayed from the listed topic. But this is important and I think you'll see that it's all connected to the other dots.
 
So let's connect some dots. There are lots of them to connect!
 
Let's start with cosmic influences. The famous astrologer, Carl Boudreau - he's on Facebook if you need to catch up - posted a few months ago that the stars had rearranged themselves into a configuration that favors the 99%. He didn't use the word "Yuge" but it fits his forecast. Big changes will come with this new alignment. It seems like everything is going to be affected. The world we've known will be turned inside out and upside down. I watched this all play out as the year 2016 moved along.
 
There were 17 Republicans who wanted to be nominated as a candidate for president. Donald Trump Humpty-Dumpty'd all of them and secured the nomination. Some of those contenders are still wondering what happened. This is a dot.
 
The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Granny Smith and I followed the last game and figuratively held our breaths. Cubs won! The Cubby Curse was broken. This was another dot.
 
There were other surprise wins and upsets in the sports world as 2016 flowed along. Those of you who follow sports will be able to see that there were several upsets that year and they all make for dots that connect.
 
Trump's win in November is a big dot. Hillary and her people have not gotten over it yet.
 
More recently, the big November 4 revolution financed by George Soros was a dismal flop. It failed so badly, so few people showed up, that it didn't even make the news. There's a lesson there for George, and a dot for us to connect.
 
The Houston Astros won the World Series this year. First time ever for that franchise. Remember the Astrodome and how radical it was? And Astroturf? Houston really needed that win. Another dot for us to connect.
 
Gotta include the NFL in this collection of dots.
 
 The NFL fans voted with their feet and the stadiums are nearly empty. It's like Yogi Berra said,

"If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them."

This is big. This is transformative. Cosmic forces at work have taken from the PTBs one of the circuses of the bread and circuses combination that they use to enslave us. Dot. Big dot.
 
The cosmic forces have a sense of humor if you're not a soccer fan. If you're an Italian soccer fan, you'll think that the cosmic forces are pitiless. Italy is out of the World Cup soccer playoffs for the first time since 1958. Big wake-up call for Italy. A dot for us.
 
As Duke Ellington observed, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". It seems that cosmic forces are cleaning house. The stars favor the 99% now, and the 99% can't express their full potential while under the influence of negative forces, cosmic and otherwise. So it is that there's a big flap in the media now about sexual misconduct of all sorts, including child porn. What is revealed only in the truthstream media is child ritual murder, sex slaves, organ harvesting and stolen babies. What you're hearing on TV and the radio is a limited hangout to distract from the real problem, but the real problem can't stay hidden. It's another dot.
 
The dots on the world scene are news reports that make you go hmm..... and wonder just what's going on. What Peter Parker calls "my spidey sense" is that there is a common thread to all the seemingly unrelated events on the world stage. Donald Trump went to Saudi Arabia. There's a new king, or soon to be king, in Saudi Arabia. A young kid, only 32 years old. He is intent on modernizing Saudi Arabia. The future is free energy and electricity and oil is all they've got now. He lets women drive. He arrested dozens of royal family members who were financing terrorism.
 
In the Alex Jones video I saw, Alex said that Trump gave the new king a choice. Stop terrorism or we'll blow your kingdom off the map. "A carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs" is the choice, Alex said. As time went on, we learned that there's a Saudi connection to the Las Vegas massacre. So that's a dot that connects to the terrorist financiers who are now in jail. Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia is a big dot because it ended major funding for ISIS.
 
Trump was gone for a long time and made a lot of trade and friendship agreements, including with China. China and Saudi Arabia treated him and Melania like royalty. Some kind of deal was made with China about N.Korea that has not been made public yet. My over-the-event-horizon radar tells me that N.Korea is or soon will be a non-problem. How this will play out, I don't know. It could be as radical as reunification with the south. If it happens, remember you saw it here first. The Chinese premier and Donald Trump have a close relationship now. Anything is possible. Let's put a dot for China.
 
Is it cosmic forces at work, or is it Chinese intrigue at work in Zimbabwe? The nominal leader of Zimbabwe is now under house arrest by the military, who are claiming that this is not a coup, though it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and you know how the rest of it goes. There's Chinese involvement somehow. I've only heard it referred to once on the radio. Let's put a dot on Zimbabwe.
 
On the day of the Antifa revolution, 4 November, the feds did a drill to handle a communications blackout that would happen if a coronal mass ejection from the sun took down our communications networks. There was some apprehension about whether it would go "live" and turn into the real thing. It didn't. And that's a clue. A coronal mass ejection is, I think, a cover story. When has the gov't EVER told us the truth? Let's call it a dot because I think it's preparation for a major event. There was some talk about activating the Emergency Broadcast Network, or whatever they call it when they warn us of a hurricane or some disruptive weather event.
 
The final dot is yet to be revealed. The president said when he returned, America would not be the same as when he left. He's also said a major announcement was coming soon. We're hoping to get some clarity about this "calm before the storm" he told us about. Is it strategic ambiguity at work? Or is he just being a Gemini. Stay tuned.
 
In sex and comedy, timing is everything. Politics, too. So it may be that Trump is waiting for the most auspicious time to make his major announcement. Some speculators say Thanksgiving week after congress has gone home.
 
I listened to a reverse speech video where the narrator was playing that "calm before the storm" remark. There were three words that came through loud and clear.
 
Hillary Clinton. California.
 
 Hillary Clinton's arrest won't create much of a storm. Or maybe a house will fall on her and she won't have to go to prison. California would create a storm if the feds swooped down on it and arrested those who needed to be arrested and deported enough of the leaders of the failed revolution to frighten the rest of the illegals into leaving.
 
Zimbabwe's martial law military takeover would serve as a template for a peaceful end to the PTBs hold on this country. The media would have to go.  That's why the Emergency Broadcast Network was tested. Some of them are guilty of treason anyway. The shortwave radio network was part of the November 4 test. Let's give them a dot.
 
About all I could do is identify the dots and point out that they are connected. There are more dots that I didn't mention; free energy, Antarctica, new financial system, UFO disclosure, health and longevity and other topics he mentioned in his inaugural speech. Right at the end. Look it up.
 
It's a tradition for the president to pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving.
 
 I hope he doesn't pardon this one.
 
 
Dragon

Sunday, November 05, 2017

a few good questions



1 - Since only 8 million people have Obama-Care, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed? Will 16 million people be randomly shot?
2 - If Donald Trump deleted all of his e-mails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all his phones with a hammer, as Hillary did, would the Mainstream Media lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent?
 3 - If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?
4 - If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdrawl?
5 - Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama's term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs.
6 - After the London 'Lone Wolf' terrorist attack government officials have arrested at least eight other 'Lone Wolves' who had conspired with the original 'Lone Wolf' in planning the 'Lone Wolf' attack. Even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the 'Lone Wolf; attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just like the other 1000 plus 'Lone Wolf' attacks by Muslims are completely unassociated with Islam.
7 - We should stop calling them all 'Entitlements'. Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn't be called entitlements at all,
Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
8 - If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they're Islamophobic?
9 - If Liberals don't believe in biological gender then why did they march for women's rights?
10 - How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders? How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?
11 - Why is it that Democrats think Superdelegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?
12 - If you don't want the FBI involved in elections, don't nominate someone who's being investigated by the FBI.
13 - If Hillary's speeches cost $250,000 an hour, how come no one shows up to her free ones?
14 - The DNC is mad at Russia because they 'think' they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election?
15 - Why is it that Liberals and the Media are upset about the words Trump used 11 years ago but they are alright with Adult men using the Ladies Room with your Wives and Daughters?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

does khizr even know about this?

My son died for this country.

And like you, I watched Donald Trump’s latest attack on Gold Star families in horror.

While Donald Trump’s words are devastating, they’re not surprising.

Donald Trump can’t comprehend the sacrifice from our service members and families like mine.

Tom, I know the only way to stop Trump is to win a Democratic House.

I’d walk barefoot to every district in the country if it means Democrats win.

But I can’t do it alone. I need you fighting with me.

Will you chip in $1 before midnight


 
Thank you,

Khizr Khan



Included in this letter is a link to a page with Obama's face and a bunch of options as to how much money I want to give for this most holy cause, to stop Trump by winning the Democratic house.

I don't know about you but I'd like to see Khizr Khan not only walk barefoot to every district in the country, I'd like him to walk barefoot on broken glass and lemonade and tell me how he really feels when I sic my dog on him.  

The best thing about being a registered democrat is finding crap like this in my mailbox every day.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

just a social observation


Has anyone noticed that antifa and SJWs have the most unappealing looking women?  I mean, woof...woof.  Unnatural colored hair and bad glasses are one thing but it's the soul that brings out the true ugliness of it all.

Back in the hippy days of free love, all you had to do was talk the talk and you got laid.  Nowadays, the best looking babes are lesbians.  Chicks look like guys and guys look like chicks and transgender is the new cool.  LGBTQ is adding new letters every day and, in many cases, being bi-sexual gives you the only chance of getting laid.  No wonder sexual ambivalence is on the upswing.  Sexual deviation Is the new norm.  It's all about "feelings" and common sense
has become politically incorrect.

When I look at these three specimens, all I can see is three things that have as much sex appeal as a ferret with a yeast infection.  SJWs seem to have a higher goal than an orgasmic moment, as it's all too apparent their plumage is screaming stay the fuck away.

It seems nature has a way of preventing the most undesirable of the species from reproduction.  Thank God for self inflicted grossosity. 


Saturday, October 07, 2017

yin yang dichotomy

I've given much thought about the political left-right schism we've endured for the last two years and I'm just as baffled now as ever before.  But I think I'm making a little headway.

If you stand back and look at this scenario, not as groups of individuals but as two separate organisms, it starts to make sense.

yin:  Negative, moon, female.

yang:  Positive, sun, male.

Neither yin nor yang can exist without the other any more than you can hear the sound of one hand clapping.  Humanity is no exception.

yin:  Democrat.

yang:  Republican.

It seems something is out of whack with the social order.  If your tomatoes are rotting on the vine, consult a botanist.  If your car has an engine miss, see a mechanic.  If you can't get along with your spouse, see a marriage counselor.  If your best friend suddenly shows signs of progressive character distortion, take her to a psychiatrist.

I purposely used the pronoun "her" because the irrational social disruption, we're all witness to, seems to have all the earmarks of a menstruating female having a real bad day.  At the very least, an off-her-meds female with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Logic and reason doesn't work with this type of character and only feeds her already amplified anger.  She's bitching and ranting for reasons she can barely comprehend, let alone articulate.  By "she" I mean the politically left who choose to fight like a girl rather than negotiate like a man.  This dichotomy is punctuated by the fighting style of both groups.  One yells and screams and throws fits and breaks things while the other tries to figure out what's wrong and try to negotiate a settlement.  Even their hatred of white privilege extends to include only males... a telling clue that this whole leftist movement is essentially a gender war brought into focus by the only tools hysterical female character types can employ... lots of yelling, blaming, and zero accountability for their actions.     

Let me make this perfectly clear.  I'm not blaming women for our social ills.  I'm just pointing out the yin yang imbalance we're all going through.  Hollywood, the mainstream media, democrats, and the deep state have been on the rag for a year and a half bitching about how their queen bitch should be the president instead of the alpha male that got elected.
Can you imagine what life would be like if the queen of the harpies had her hands on the controls?  I imagine the US would eventually resemble Sweden with a large percentage of her population made up of middle eastern men with no-go zones, sanctuary cities, a stratospheric rape rate, and an over burdened welfare system.  Priority number one, ya gotta take care of the kids.  

17 of the 28 countries in the EU have had female presidents or heads of state.  Three of those had female secretaries of defense.  Hungary has the least amount of females in the government and it's the only country in the EU with a hurricane fence toped with razor wire around its perimeter to keep out the Middle Eastern migration.  Eastern Europe, with their collective female mindset of blind nurturing, are all too eager to bring in millions of brown skin men to replace the males that have been emasculated for decades and are no longer looked at as desirable.  It's no different from your girlfriend or wife bringing home a new guy to replace you because you just don't do it for her anymore.

Take a good look at antifa, BLM, and the hoard of Social Justice Warriors and the way they fight.  They yell, scream obscenities, throw piss bottles, get their friends to write letters to your boss to get you fired, set cars on fire, and file a PFA when you defend yourself.  Guys, if you ever had a fight with your psychotic ex-girlfriend, you know what I'm talking about.

I barely scratched the surface on this imbalanced yin yang dynamic but I think you catch my drift.  If not, I'll leave you with a thought that encapsulates my whole argument.

Imagine Hillary and Trump as your recently divorced parents fighting for the custody of the children.  The kids choose to go with dad, the judge gave the father full custody, and mom's blaming the kids, the judge, and her lawyer for losing the case.

Now, get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich.

             

      

Monday, October 02, 2017

the nazi cat in the hat

I just had to share this. 


Friday, September 22, 2017

wine crystals

Back when we used to drink a lot of wine, the first thing we'd do after uncorking a bottle was look at the cork for crystals.  To us, that meant the wine was of a higher quality and worthy of our imbibing pleasures.  When we found crystals on the cork we'd always rinse the glasses before pouring and savor the nuances.  We were purists when it came to such things. 

For the past decade or so, the crowds I've been drinking with prefer their wine cold and sweet.  Something akin to Mogan David extra heavy Malaga wine on ice.  May as well buy Boons Farm, Night Train Express, or grape juice and vodka and save the good stuff for me.

I was clearing out bottles from my wine supply to make room for some good stuff.  I chose to ignore the syrupy, fruity, pear and blueberry flavored crap clogging up my wine rack and stick with the grape based stuff.  I figured I could distill that other stuff, if need be.

Last night, I uncorked a bottle of Ergo rioja and was pleasantly surprised to find the nicest cork crystals I've ever seen.
 

These tartrate crystals are formed when a method called cold stabilization is performed on a wine. Cold stabilization is often done in white wines to remove excess potassium bitartrate, a natural substance found in grapes also known as "cream of tartar."  White grapes contain fairly large amounts of potassium bitartrate. If most of it is not removed, the wine will form crystals when placed in the refrigerator. These tartrate crystals will either cling to the underside of the cork, if the bottle is on its side, or fall to the bottom of the bottle, if it's standing up, where they appear to be ground glass to the uneducated eye.

To remove excess potassium bitartrate before bottling, the wine is placed in a stainless steel tank and its temperature dropped to about 30 degrees F. The wine is held at that temperature for a period of approximately 2-3 weeks. Excess potassium bitartrate will then crystallize and drop to the bottom of the tank where it is removed either by filtration or by pumping the wine out of the tank until the hose is just above the bottom where the crystals have formed. The "cold stabilized" wine is then bottled. Some wineries prefer to skip this step, feeling that the process detracts from the wine's flavor and nuance. Having the tartaric crystals appear in the wine means nothing more than it was not cold treated and, thus, may be of higher quality.

I find it interesting that the best quality wine was disliked the most by everyone who much preferred the cheap chardonnay with an ice cube.  Everyone but me, that is.  I loved it.

I'll have to keep this brand in mind when I restock.

        

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

goolag

I'm in the process of de-googleizing myself for my own piece of mind.  With the plethora of search engines and browsers available, it's lazy insanity to continue using Firefox and Google as my only choices, especially in light of the Orwellian methods these companies use to track my every internet movement.  In case you're interested, I'm using Pale Moon for my browser and anything but Google for my search engine.  

A simple search for "socks" on Amazon, for example, could get you tons of sock ads on every page you go to, including your mailbox.  On the surface it looks like Google is going out of their way to assist you in finding exactly what you're looking for.  The reality is, YOU ARE THE PRODUCT.  You can use ad blocker to get rid of the ads but that only makes you less aware, like not seeing the stalker following you home.

Listen to Black Pigeon Speaks.  This guy knows what he's talking about.   


Monday, September 11, 2017

fighting irma

When I saw Irma had begun to quickly dissipate after trashing Florida, I wondered how many other people were training their cloudbusters, sky cleaners, and radionic devices on this storm in order to neutralize it.  I can name three in Florida alone. 

As I mentioned earlier, Florida is designed to handle weather like this but states farther north aren't.  My intention was to disintegrate Irma before she turned the eastern seaboard into Houston.

I figured a little extra might be needed so I set the PVC CB to south south-west.  This was around noon.  By 6 pm I saw some interesting changes to the rain mass as it headed north.


The screenshot to the left shows what's left of Irma as it approaches Pennsylvania.  Note how the storm seems to go around Harrisburg as it heads north east.

I've seen this pattern before when hurricane Sandy stopped by for a visit and did an end run around this area and hit NYC.
 
That valley in the storm is in a direct line where my PVC CB is pointed from my Poconos perch.  I expect we won't get any more than a gentle rain, if anything at all.
Coincidence?  If it happened once or twice I might agree but this sort of interference happens every time I fire up the PVC CB.  I think that kind of average goes along with repeating the experiment with positive conclusions. 

Just like Sandy, Harvey, and Katrina, Irma was a man made storm.  The US government has hundreds of patents on controlling the weather, not to make life more pleasant but to weaponize the weather to lay waste to areas on the globe that annoy the powers that be, using plausible deniability as their defense.    

What makes you think the government can't or won't control the weather just to mix things up a bit?  I do and I don't know near as much as those guys.  Only I won't flatten a state just for shits and grins.


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

orgonite irma

Looks like Irma just got to cat 5 stage and it's going to make a mess out of things.  Hitting Florida is no big deal.  It's like Florida is designed for hurricanes but farther north, it isn't.  All those mountains funnel the rain into the valleys where towns are located, magnifying the destruction.  New York City and New Jersey... That's a different scenario altogether.  Remember Sandy?  This one coming is way lots bigger.

That's why I thought it would be a good idea to fire up the mofo and see if a good intention could steer Irma away from populated areas.

 Inside the mofo is a modified orgone accumulator cone with a 3" double terminated citrine crystal in the pipe.  The pyramid is made of copper rods a half sacred cubit in length with a tensor generator in the PVC, toped with a half sacred cubit tensor ring.  The frequency is set at 432Hz., square wave.

No amplification on this device but it's still putting out a nice energy.  We'll see how it goes and switch frequencies to 8Hz if I don't see anything dramatic in the next few days.

The intent is for Irma to go back to where it came from and fizzle out.

I'll be keeping an eye on this one.   

Monday, August 28, 2017

the wine with no name

I just wanted to make a basic table wine.  Nothing fancy.  Just a low key red wine made from the cheapest ingredients I could acquire.  I found what I needed at the supermarket in the frozen concentrated grape juice section at a cost of five cans for four dollars.  Eight dollars got me enough juice to ferment six gallons of wine and two bucks more got me the EC-1118 yeast.

I added a couple lbs of sugar to get things going which brings the initial cost up to a whopping 14 bucks for two cases of wine.  Not bad.

To my way of thinking, if this stuff turns out to be crap I'll just run it through the still for some cheap brandy.  Two cases of wine or a gallon and a half of brandy is all the same to me.  I changed my attitude when I tasted the finished product. 

I wanted to make something with relatively low alcohol that didn't require distilling or a huge amount of work.  Not being much of a beer drinker and hard liquor was beginning to lose its luster, my appetites were becoming increasingly whetted with thoughts of drinking regional Italian wines on the shores of Lake Garda.  I wanted wine made by generations of indigenous Italian winemakers who take pride in producing the best wines, with no intentions to export.  You know... the stuff you'll never find in a liquor store because they keep it for themselves.

Ordinarily, making wine from frozen concentrated grape juice would produce something that tastes like Welch's grape juice with a little vodka.  To avoid this, I added some heavy toast Hungarian oak for a month after it stopped fermenting.  That made all the difference.  It actually tastes like it was aging in an oak barrel for a few years, completely eliminating that disgusting kids drink flavor and imparting some rather complex flavor notes.     

Much to my surprise, everyone who tasted this wine loved it.  Even the die hard beer drinkers who won't drink anything but their brand of beer, no matter how free it is, quaffed tumblers of this stuff. 

I have to admit, for a no name wine that I never considered worthy of a seal or label, I found myself wanting to give this wine some kind of identification.

Ok, so I gave it a label but I refused to include any pictures, illustrations, or pastels to indicate anything more than what it is and what I intended it to be.  A simple no name wine.

Ya like it?    

   

Monday, August 21, 2017

solar eclipse orgonite

A solar eclipse is believed to unleash demons.  I thought it would be a nice thing to build a device to repel such an apocalyptic invasion.  Witness the act of creation.  


Friday, August 11, 2017

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

kombucha scoby

I don't know how much you know about kombucha tea but I'll bet it's as much as I knew about it last month.  Before that, I thought it was something that had to do with a mushroom.  I was just as wrong about kombucha then as I am about most things now and I'm proud to tell you I made my first batch of kombucha tea.

From the first taste, I was hooked.  Doubly so when I learned how good this was for you.  I had to make it.

Long story short.  I made it.  If you want the details, just ask.  I won't bore you with details and pictures of the various stages, like I was showing you pictures of my kids cutting their first teeth.

Oh, what the hell.  I'll show you a pic of my first SCOBY.  It;s hard to believe you can get such wonderful kombucha from such an alien looking thing.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

a new column

I've been collecting parts for a new still column for a while.  Most parts came from my box of copper scraps but it was the 3/4" union, NPT adapter, and thermometer that I needed to turn my spare parts into what you see on the left.

The plan called for a 2" by 12" column pipe but I saw no need to keep a 4 inch piece of 2" copper pipe in my scrap box so it's a little taller than planed.  The 12" was just a guideline, anyway.  The important part is the 3/4" union that allows adjustment of the lyne arm coming from the column.  With this design I can include an eight foot horizontal lyne arm going to the condenser, or a vertical connection to the thumper, like the one pictured.  The angle of the lyne arm is crucial for flavor.  Horizontal will give you higher proof and less flavor, vertical will give more flavor and less proof.  Most rigs on the market have the lyne arm at a 45 degree angle for the best of both worlds.  This system is fully adjustable and for this application I chose vertical to include the thumper for maximum effect.

The addition of a thermometer is a luxury and a much needed tool.  In my previous setup I had to guess what the column temperature was by the sound of the marbles in the kettle.  Now I know the marbles start making noise around 105 degrees.  Since different alcohols vaporize at different temps, a thermometer comes in handy for making the cuts.  I should have a thermometer on the thumper, as well, to regulate the final product.  All in good time.

Before this run, I distilled a few gallons of water as a trial run and to clean out the pipes, I managed to bring down the total dissolved solids of the well water from 37 to 2.  Not bad.  Even better, it showed the system is tight and leak-proof and ready for anything.

I ran a rum wash to compare to previous runs, to see if any of these improvements would make any difference.  In my humble opinion, they sure as hell did.  After the first 150ml, which I tossed, the first jar came out 156 proof with a distinct molasses flavor.  Ordinarily, I would set this jar aside because of high alcohol and lack of flavor.  In this case, the flavor came through, as did the rest of the run.  As the temp rose close to 210F and the proof slowly dropped, I stopped collecting the good stuff at 110 proof and saved the last bit for recycling.  I managed to get a gallon of the tastiest 136 proof rum I ever made.  All it needs now is proofing it to 80 and whatever flavor I desire.

Analysis:  The shorter column hight and vertical drop to the thumper reduced any reflux that a taller column would produce, trading off proof for flavor.

The thumper acted as a secondary distill, eliminating potential off flavors and maintaining a consistent run.

The thermometer placed at the top of the column allowed me to maintain a consistent 195 - 200 degrees for the outgoing vapor.  Since ethanol vaporizes at 174 degrees, keeping it hotter carried more impurities in the form of flavor.

Once the temp reached 205 I detected a faint smell of tails, indicating I was reaching the end of the run.  The accuracy was spot on and the only unusable stuff was the very last jar that developed a slightly opaque look, indicating the presence of water and fusals.  This will go in the thumper on the next run.  A few gallons of dunder left in the boiler will be added to the next rum wash to improve flavor.

Now that the rum is out of the way, I can run that barley corn mash I've been sitting on.

I'll keep ya posted.

       

      

        

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

staff update

After working with the orgone staff for a few days, I kept thinking how I can prove this unit works.  Granted, the staff has to acclimate itself to me and the Earth but I thought three days was enough so I went on the back porch and tried a few things.

In the dim light of the back porch, I held the top orb of the staff to the dark ceiling with the bottom tip grounded, as I stared at the orb in a meditative state.

I trained my eyes on the staff orb and saw what I thought was hundreds of gnats in the background, followed by wisps of what looked like smoke oozing from the orb in all directions.  There was also this discharge from between the paracord wrap, about one inch below the base of the orb.  This was the exact place on the staff where a crystal was inserted.  According to all data I have on shapes in relation to energy discharge from orgonite, an orgone orb emits energy omni-directional and what I saw proves it.

A little background.  Back at the farm, I would meditate as I looked out over the meadow and focused on a spot in the woods. When I reached "the state" I could see a mist over the meadow, drifting left, toward the pond.  I could feel a breeze drifting to the right, away from the pond, as this was happening.  Whatever I was seeing wasn't obeying the laws of physics.  It was drifting against the wind like it wasn't there.  I taught this technique to a half dozen people who saw the same thing.  Being skeptical, I viewed this meadow from several different locations and all of them showed this invisible mist drifting against the breeze. 

There's a reality that runs parallel to this that doesn't obey the laws of physics.  You can see it if you train your eyes to see it.  I saw this mist enveloping the staff orb on July 10th, no matter how much I told myself it was more illusion than reality.

What I want to know is, what's the relationship between the meadow and the staff?

 

        

Monday, July 10, 2017

mobius coil wand

Not satisfied with the orgone mini-wand, I set out to build something a little more traditional looking but as effective as I could get, without going too organic.  What I came up with is the amethyst wand you see to your left.  The half inch copper pipe is stuffed with nine amethyst crystals in a simple matrix of resin, brass dust, and lots of catalyst to set up fast.  The end has a copper 3/4"x1/2" reducer to accommodate the larger amethyst crystal and smaller DT quarts crystal.

After building this unit, I noticed the balance was all wrong and needed something like a pommel to center the balance of gravity.  I suppose it would've been too easy to fill a capped, larger pipe with resin and shove in the back end.  Fact is, the thought never entered my head until now.  In hindsight, that would have been the preferred method I should have taken.  As we all know, hindsight is always 20/20.

Instead of simplicity, I was pre-occupied with graduated copper cylinders that fit inside each other, ala Joe Cell.  I had all the parts in raw form.  It was just a matter of putting it all together.  I found there was just enough room around each pipe to accommodate a single wrap mobius coil from a strand of cat 5 wire.  If I wrapped a coil around the end of the wand and another around a 3/4" copper pipe, I could fit one over the other and a 1" copper pipe over that.  The result would be three copper pipes inside each other separated by insulated copper mobius cable in a zero point energy fashion, similar to a Joe Cell.

Oh Hell yeah!  That was so much easier than filling a tube with resin... NOT.  Let me tell you, it was a giant pain in my ass to build this thing.  It's not just fitting mobius cabled tubes inside each other.  There's connecting the wires that make it work.  Somehow, I had to complete the Joe Cell circuit by connecting the two mobius coils and the inner and outer pipes to the mobius leads to complete the circuit.  The mass is too great to use a soldering iron and a torch will incinerate the insulation on the wire.  Soldering the two coil wires together was easy but copper pipes are just heat sinks.  It seems aluminum tape is conductive, so I made a conductive ribbon to make an electrical contact with aluminum tape to secure it without heat.  Pure genius! 

The only place to ground the 1" tube was the cap.  I hot glued a heddeka on the end to cover the aluminum tape.  Not really happy with it, I might swap it out for a suitable stone to complete the pommel.

How does it work?  This is all theory but the coils and tubes at the end are a reasonably closed circuit, meaning there is no direct connection between the first and third tubes but the gap allows a zero point jump, accelerated by the coils.  It's the same principle I use on the PVC CB where there's a gap between cone and pipe.  Or, in automotive terms, the gap on a spark plug that makes it fire.  The separation of the tubes, with the mobius cable as insulation, makes it happen.  This pommel stimulates the rest of the wand, packed with metal, resin, and crystals, to a higher degree than just the wand alone. 

It certainly improved the performance of this wand.  Without the pommel, you could feel a slight something.  More than orgonite and less than a field generator.  The complete unit, by comparison, is night and day.  I can feel the tingle a good five inches from the crystal.  For me, that's damn good for a passive device.  There doesn't seem to be any energy discharge other than the crystal on the end, making this unit perfectly directional.  The discharge all comes thorough the end crystal.  You point it and it works.  A tool like this would be excellent to organize an aura.  It's uses may be limited to what the amethyst is capable of.  Among other things, amethyst protects it's owner from drunkenness.  It also brings forth the highest aspirations of human kind, so I guess it's not all bad.

The world is full of different stones and crystals.  Pick one you resonate with for the purpose you want.  Maybe an all purpose wand with detachable ends could be an option.

As far as the feel... There's some weight to it but not too much.  Perfectly balanced and with a paracord wrap it feels real good in my hand.  I might make a few more of these, if the spirit moves me.  The length is exactly elbow to fingertip, proper dimensions for a traditional wand.  This won't make you fly but it could let you soar.

I'll keep ya posted on this one.

                      

Saturday, July 08, 2017

staff building 3, 6, 9

Unlike most of the sites out there, showing a stick with some crystals jammed in the cracks, there are a few people out there that take pride in what they do.  I am one of those people.

I started this project because my neighbor had a staff and, after some coaxing on my part, demonstrated what a staff was and how to use it.  I now understood the whole Gandolf thing and decided to build my own staff.

We took off first thing in the morning to Fire Tower Road to look for a suitable piece of oak to turn into a staff.  What I got was a rather large piece of maple.  Close but no cigar.  Later in the day we went to a local park, where I found a standing dead piece of hawthorn that caught my eye.  This turned out to be the one.

Let me tell you a little about hawthorn.  It's a craggy tree that doesn't give up easily.  It's tough and it's main use was axles in wagons.  Standing dead, this tree wasn't giving up without a fight.  By the time I got it in the car it had sustained multiple splits but still held it's shape.  If this was oak I would've left it on the trail but being hawthorn gave it dispensation worthy of attention.

I had an idea what I wanted but felt compelled to let the wood speak to me.  I cut off the splintered ends and bark and allowed this piece of wood to take shape.  I fitted a copper ring in the base to keep it from splitting and to provide a good ground.  I filled the ring with resin and a double terminated quartz crystal.  I used shellac as an outside cover to protect it and add an extra layer of organic material.  I inserted another DT crystal in the top with an orgone orb I made years ago as a dispersing unit for my first field generator.  This was held in place by a tensor ring, 1/4 cubit, with three copper wires to secure it.  I used paracord to finish it off.

The result is a staff with an orb at the top with more hidden goodies inside to make it functional, more than a prop.  The grounding of the staff while holding it turns it into a personal spiritual battery that you can use for expression when needed.  Like a battery, it takes time to charge, to acclimate itself to you.  In the short time I worked with this staff, I could feel the energy increase.  I calculate it will be three days before I conduct my first test of this unit.

Let's recap.  I conceived the idea and secured the wood on July 4, 2017.  Using numerology, that date is reduced to 3.  I built it three days later, 6.  I plan to implement it on July 10, 2017.  That's 9.  3,6,9.

Ya think Tesla knew something we didn't?

        

Thursday, July 06, 2017

orgone mini-wand

The inspiration came to me to make a small power device.  I wouldn't call it a wand but it's a rather powerful device, just the same.

The construction is simple... A 5" copper pipe with a citrine in one end and a quartz in the other.  The inside has two SP crystals pointing out, sand, key dust, and resin.  That's it.  Almost too basic to work.

Later that night, we got to playing with this cylinder with different combinations of pyramids, tensor generators, and crystals.  Some worked better than others but none of these combinations impressed me.  Even wrapping it in a mobius coil and feeding it frequency left me flat.  I got better results from the simple orgonite I made, so I treated it like a piece of orgonite and put it under my bed to see if it would affect my dreams.

That night was the best sleep I've had in months and I woke the next morning fully awake at 5am with thoughts of a new pipe design that included lapis in the center.  For three nights I slept with this pipe under the bed giving me the most outrageous orgone enhanced dreams about aliens and men in black and endlessly discussing something that would repeat a hundred times a night.  My deep REM sleep was starting to get exhausting from all the night time activity.  I removed the cylinder before bed last night and my sleep returned to normal.  At least I know this thing has some wicked, hidden power behind it.

I keep going back to that first time and the idea for a larger one with lapis.  Maybe this unit is just a primer for the wand I haven't made yet.  If this small pipe has such dramatic effects, what do you suppose a larger one with five times the volume would do?

I'll keep ya posted.     

Thursday, June 22, 2017

naturharmoniestation part 2

Well, hells bells, that was easy.
When I modified the PCV CB to fit a 4" stovepipe, I totally forgot I left all the hardware for the original 2" exhaust pipe in the PVC housing.  No major surgery needed.  It was just a matter of swapping pipes and adding a PVC cap to accommodate the NHS pipe.

Looks like a shotgun with a big ass silencer.

Hopefully, it's more than just good looks.  The field generator base might add some balls to the passive orgone accumulator NHS pipe, making it better than before.  Or not.  I added this modification when the weather was picture perfect.  How can you improve on perfect?  Um... how bout continued perfect weather?  We're supposed to have a dry day for the 22nd and rain for the 23rd.  I'll let it go for a few days to see if there's any demonstrable changes.  Either way, I'll end up setting this unit in a grounded bucket of water, the way it was designed, and note the observations.

About this setup...  The NHS pipe terminates about six inches from the base of the PVC pipe by nesting in a pipe connector in a ring of medium density orgonite.  The field generator at the base is connected to a solar powered frequency generator set at 14Hz.  I removed the three foot, insulated orgonite stuffed copper pipe, used as a central core, to fit the new pipe.  Without it, there's nothing in the center of the ring generator to resonate with, and this thing has little chance to take off properly.
 
I forgot to put the core back in, ok?  We all make mistakes but the beauty of this design is any mistake can be easily corrected.  Any part on this device can be swapped out easily and even a complete breakdown and rebuild can be performed in a matter of minutes.  Also, any off-the-wall modification can be installed just as quickly.

One such modification, that comes to mind, is the addition of a water core, housed in the PVC base and connected to ground.  This can satisfy the NHS pipe requirements as well as provide a neutral core for the field generator to resonate with.  Three inch PVC pipe should do nicely for this mod.

I'll keep ya posted.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

naturharmoniestation

The Naturharmoniestation, or NHS, is a device built by a company in Germany that claims it will clear electro-smog and chemtrails from the air in a radius of 14km and an altitude as high as 17km. That means it would take three of these units to clean the air in lower Manhattan. You know I had to try and build one.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVfNLLCTdAY
The video is in German without subtitles, but the materials and methods were fairly easy to understand.  It's basically an orgone accumulator wrapped around a pipe using layers of felt and steel wool with heavy paper as a layering medium.  An orgone accumulator functions through layers of steel wool and an organic material in separate layers.  Separation of the layers is critical and even a single steel wool hair making contact with another layer can short the system and drastically reduce it's effectiveness.  By folding the steel wool and organic material in an envelope of heavy paper and wrapping it around the pipe eliminates that risk entirely.  Multiple wrappings in construction grade plastic produces a very effective three layer orgone accumulator that looks like the resonator on a car, and just as weatherproof.

The NHS website will sell you a unit, just like the pic, for about $550.  That got my attention!  I'll bet I could build one just as good for a fraction of that cost.  An online search got me all the parts I needed for less than fifty bucks but building the damn thing was a different story.  Unless you have a helper or two and a large working area, this project could get the better of you.  If you choose to do it outside, in the wind, pray you have the patience and eye-hand coordination to successfully put it together. 

I managed to build this one solo but there were times during this project I nearly lost my shit.  Building that IKEA home work station/gym is falling off a log simple, by comparison.  Working with steel wool, cutting felt to fit, and measuring and cutting paper envelopes in the wind made me wish I had three arms.  The first layer took an hour to assemble and 45min into it I was ready to throw the whole thing in the ditch. 

There's a layer of paper over the pipe, followed by felt, then a layer of steel wool, both wrapped in an envelope of brown paper exactly 60cm wide.  This is then tied up like a salami before the next set of layers.  There's three sets of layers making this a three frequency orgone accumulator.

I had to take a few liberties with the design.  Finding 2" shrink tube can only be found online and the steel pipe has a tendency to rust.  Packing tape will have to do to seal it, for now, and a coat of shellac on the exposed metal parts should retard oxidation.  This thing is designed to stand in grounded water, exposed to the elements for an extended period of time and I want this unit to last.  Since this unit is closely associated with water, I included a triskelion on the pipe before the first layer.

The method NHS uses to activate these pipes is mounted to a grounded bucket of water, which I intend to do, but I can't help wondering how this device would react with a cranked up field generator at it's base.  Like maybe as the pipe on the PVC CB or with a submerged field generator in the bucket of grounded water. 

I'll keep ya posted.


 
  

            

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

structured rum

I've been sitting on this rum wash for a few months and finally decided to run it.  Not so much because I needed rum or because I wanted to try out a new column but more like I wanted the fast fermenter for other projects and this stuff had to be dealt with.  Procrastination is one thing but sloth is a whole nuther level of ugly inefficiency and I ran out of excuses for not doing the distill.  That, and I wanted more rum to play with.

I'm glad I did because it turned out to be the best rum I ever made, demoting Captain Morgan to cabin boy.

I ran this batch in the usual way with a short column and thumper.  Past experience told me after the first 100ml, that I threw out, came a pint of high potency stuff with little flavor, which I set aside.  I used a gallon jar for collecting the hearts with close monitoring after the third quart.  When the tails started to make it's ugly appearance, I collected that in a separate jar, effectively segregating it from the primo stuff.  The result was short of a gallon of 150 proof rum with a clean taste and smell that's perfect for working with.

I started with a half pint and reduced the proof to 80 with reverse osmosis, magnetized vortex, structured water.  I tried samples using just the reverse osmosis water as well as well water and the difference was clear.  Where the spring water and reverse osmosis water gave the rum a decent taste, it was the structured water that gave the rum a clean, refreshing flavor without a bit of harshness.  The spring water has a total dissolved solids of 38 but the other two are chemically identical.  There should be no difference between the structured water and the unstructured... but there is.

The naturalist Viktor Schauberger called water a living organism, insisting that in its various forms, as blood, sap or biological water, it is the basis of all life.
In order to maintain its quality, water needs to behave like it does in a natural stream, dancing and cavorting in spirals and vortices, or in the ground, constantly moving sinuously in capillaries or circulating within its storage chambers. In a youthful stream, water is most active, producing vortices down the stream length, which act like the river’s immune system.

The system I used for making the structured water is similar to the vortices below the surface of any stream or river.  The only difference is the placement of four rare earth magnets where the vortex reaches the narrowest point.  I can only assume the pure, dead water structured in this way turns it into what the old moonshiners called branch water, natural stream water from the boonies, where they used to set up their operations.  I read somewhere that moonshiners insisted on branch water over any other water, including the stuff from a well, no matter how clean it was.  They knew it was the difference between so so corn liker and the real good stuff you save for company.  Now I know why.

Not terribly satisfied with making only real good rum, I decided to try some flavor to fill in the gap and make something truly dynamic.
I added orange and lime zest to a pint of rum and let it sit for a couple days and then added some almond extract.  Holy crap!  This shit is damn good but it's missing something I couldn't quite put my finger on.

As I sat on the patio in a state of rum contemplation, the Sound of Music ran through my memory banks in the form of "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down."  That's it!  I put a teaspoon of white sugar in my mason jar of spiced rum and shook it til it dissolved and took a taste.  This is it!  A perfect balance of flavor on a pallet of deliciousness.  The orange and lime merged beautifully with the almond that complemented the delicate rum background with just enough sweet to bring it all together.

That night my neighbor came by to visit and the two of us drained a fifth, neat, one small glass at a time.  No shot shooting, no mixing with Coke.  Just sipping with the conversation revolving around how wonderful this stuff is.

To be sure, I'll be repeating this experiment in future distillations.  Do you think structured water will have a positive effect on plants or coffee?  I intend to find out.