Category Archives: Dead Beat Guitarist Mugcast

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #13 – Crabbies Ginger Beer – Gateway Beer? Auphonic Goodness! Puppy Linux Rescues a Netbook.

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Brew of the cast:
Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer
This beer is awesome. I like it better than regular ginger ale for sure and of course it has the added benefit of a bit of alcohol to get your buzz on. Highly recommended.

Woohoo Tasty Brew!

Woohoo Tasty Brew!

Linux:
Puppy Linux rescues my harddriveless hp mini and breathes new life into it. After trying to install Ubuntu on a USB stick and even Crunchbang and turning off journaling on the filesystem, I checked Puppy Linux as a last resort before binning the netbook. Sure enough, Puppy Linux is as fast as ever and is a joy to use on USB. I highly recommend if you have an aging netbook that needs a boost to try out puppy.

Music:
Props to Auphonic for making such a great service to take audio content and get it podcast ready from tagging, encoding and uploading. I gather they may release their work as LV2 plugins which would be great news for those using Ardour and LV2 plugins.

Cheers and see you next time. :)

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #12 – Howe Sound Brewing – Pothole Filler Imperial Stout

I was digging through my audio files today and discovered this unposted episode.  Who knows what I was thinking at the time – I probably expected to discuss other topics but the way it is edited it sounds complete enough to post.  What you’ll find is a short beer review of Howe Sound Brewing – Pothole Filler Imperial Stout,  in audio form.  Apologies, I can’t seem to locate the accompanying photo of the brew.

 

 

Update – Site Changes

Hello All,

I’ve been thinking for a while on what to do with my 2 domain names and I’ve come to a decision.  deadbeatguitarist.com will now be exclusively for music and beer related topics and all technology related topics will move to stevebaer.com. My reasoning for this is twofold.

  1. It opens up deadbeatguitarist.com to people who might have stopped listening or reading due to the Linux content.
  2. It builds Google juice and makes me more visible on stevebaer.com as a technologist and acts a bit like a resume.

I also am going to be pragmatic and lose the ogg only feed which limits my audience to just fellow freedom loving geeks. At this point I’m not certain I will continue the mugcast but if I do I’d like to offer ogg and mp3 feeds.  This will likely cause me to lose my listing on oggcastplanet.org which makes me a bit sad but I feel strongly enough to do it anyways. The mugcast as we know it will change. Thanks for your patronage if you were a mugcast listener. Thank you for your support up until now.  New format coming soon.

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #11 – Testing Debian and the discomfort of Windows lessened

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #11 – Testing Debian and the discomfort of Windows lessened

Deadbeat Guitarist Mugcast #11 – Testing Debian and the pain of a windows box lessened.

 

LINUX:
Debian Stable vs Debian Testing Blog post

WordPress – and the Jetpack Plugin pack – is the special goodness.

Getting comfortable on Windows by bringing the Gnu/Linux feel

  1. Gnuwin32 tools (tar, diff, ls, du, df, grep etc).
  2. A proper terminal – brings the coolness of transparency , tabs etc… checkout the console project.  ctrl-f1 creates a tab, ctrl-1,ctrl-2 switches to it.
  3. Multiple Desktop – I really miss this under Windows and you can get them by installing VirtuaWin - ctrl-alt-left arrow or right arrow or up or down switches to that virtual desktop,  alt-windowkey left arrow or right arrow or up or down arrow moves a window from 1 virtual desktop to the one you specifcy with arrow key.

MUSIC:

Check out – Andy Rehfeldt on his personal site or his youtube channel:  Andy takes popular songs, builds around the original vocal only and re-tracks all the instruments either jazz, metal or funk and hilarity ensues.

BEER:
Dougie Dog Butterscotch Rootbeer – Tasty indeed.

DBGM #10 – Chimay Blue + Dolphin Mini

DBGM #10 – Chimay Blue + Dolphin Mini

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Brewery:
Chimay Peres Trappistes
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Dark Brown
Aroma: Belgian yeast mild spice and fruit flavour
Summary: A very carbonated strong Belgian ale – not as sweet or flavorful as some of its peers (gulden draak and mardesous) but its nice in that regard. A pleasant beer to pair with cheeses. A beer that’s always good to have in the fridge.

Gratuitous beer shot:

Chimay Blue

Chimay Blue


Android Pick: Dolphin Mini (web browser)

DBGM #09 – Surgenor Red House Ale, Williams Bros Brewing, KXStudio, Traverso, Protrekkr, Chordbot, Winamp.

DBGM #09 – Surgenor Red House Ale, Chordbot, Beer for Dogs!

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Surgenor Red House Ale compliments of Paul and Penny Vroom of Aquatec Seafoods in Comox BC.

BEER:
Brewery:
Surgenor Brewing Company
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Dark amber
Aroma: Toasty malty – minimal hops
Summary: The pour yields a good amount of head that discipates quickly. Nice roasty malt flavour with minimal presence of hops and an easy drinking level of carbonation.
Letter grade: B+ Tasty indeed.

Gratuitous beer shot:

Sergenor Red House Ale

Sergenor Red House Ale

BEER #2:
Freenode IRC user rowinggolfer sent in this fantastic review of a ginger beer made by williambros brewing. rowinggolfer is an active member of the linux and free and open source software world including some podcasts and producing dental software called openmolar.

BEER UPDATE: Call out for beer reviews from the community!

Beer for Dogs?? You bet – irc user Anchakor provides us with this comedic link of the cast.

MUSIC:
KXStudio adds TAL VST plugins – tested the reverb – sounded and looked good.

Traverso DAW – coming along, interesting keyboard shortcuts

For those interested in a free and open source Tracker style music app that runs on Windows, Linux, Amiga OS4, AROS and Mac OSX,
check out Protrekkr. It’s based off of the same original codebase Renoise was based on – which is from a app called NoiseTrekker.
To get it running under KXStudio Linux 10.04:
1. Install libjackasyn0
2. Download and unzip source unzip modules.zip file into modules dir
3. Open a terminal window in that location and issue: jacklaunch ./ptk_linux
4. Have fun. :)

LINUX:
Android pick: Comes from [lsd] in #opensourcemusicians Chordbot. Chordbot is a slick application that lets you build chord progressions and decide on styles and time signatures to play it back

Android pick: Winamp (beta) media player. Yes, the much loved player on Windows that many of us got familiar with back on Windows 98 and was the defacto player for many years is now on Android. Unlike the current Windows version, the Android version is very fast. Although it’s a ‘beta’ app, it has yet to crash on me.

DBGM #08 – St Peter’s Honey Porter, Beer Wars, Air Guitar Nation, Qtractor.

DBGM #08 – St Peter’s Honey Porter, Beer Wars, Air Guitar Nation, Qtractor.

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BEER:
Brewery:
St Peter’s Brewery

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Dark brown – bordering black
Aroma: Woah! That’s different. Floral, sweet, perfumy.
Summary: Wow – that is so different… Lavender? Rose Pedal? Some kind of floral action going on here. Comes in a cool and funky bottle, but don’t let this fool you – the styling is all upscale and so are the ingredients but woah what a weird tasting beer – and not in a good way.
Letter grade: C – This is weird stuff.

Gratuitous beer shot:

St Peter’s Honey Porter

St Peter’s Honey Porter

Movie: Beer Wars (2009) Documentary
Cool documentary on the craft brewers movement and the (at the time) big 3 American brewing companies trying to squash it. Good film – very upsetting to see yet again how large corporations are evil but you can’t keep a good craft brewer down – thankfully.

MUSIC:
Movie: Air Guitar Nation:
Make Air not War – Follow American Air Guitar champions to the Finnish world finals. Great movie – exciting and fun – check it out. I found myself surprised by how much performance art their is in Air Guitar.

Qtractor the other big Linux daw.. . Cool beans – this episode is done in it. Some features I like are the ability to track in ogg or flac codecs as opposed to straight wav file – audio purists be damned. This allows you to save hard disk space if you aren’t tracking on very good equipment. Another cool feature is the ability to archive a session to a zip file from within Qtractor itself. It creates a qtz file which has all the raw audio files and the xml file of changes to them. This feature is in the current svn repository as of November 7/2010. The main use case for this feature is that it allows you to move an entire session from 1 computer to another with ease.

For tutorials on using Qtractor, check this out:

Android Pick : Jamendo streaming music app. Check out the top 100 songs on Jamendo – some great material in there.

DBGM #07 – Duvel Moortgat Brewing – Maredsous Brune 8

DBGM #07 – Duvel Moortgat Brewing – Maredsous Brune 8

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Brewery:
Duvel Moortgat Brewing website

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Halfway between black and brown.
Aroma: fruity, concentrated liquor like.
Summary: Colour beseached the weight on the tongue I expected. Full flavored, sweet and tangy Belgian brew. Letter grade: A

Gratuitous beer shot:

Maredsous - Brune 8

Maredsous - Brune 8

Tree Brewing Co - Hop Head Double IPA

DBGM #06 – Tree Brewing Co – Hop Head Double IPA

DBGM #06 – Tree Brewing Co – Hop Head Double IPA

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Brewery:
Tree Brewing Co
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Coppery – slightly cloudy.
Aroma: Intoxicating mix of sweet roasty malt and hops
Summary: Provides a big beer in the mouth – more weight then most IPA’s – I like that its less citrus like and has more roasty malt goodness then I was expecting.
Letter grade: A – Hard to beat!

Gratuitous beer shot:

Tree Brewing Co - Hop Head Double IPA

Tree Brewing Co - Hop Head Double IPA

The Old Yale Brewing Co - Sergeant's IPA

DBGM #05 – The Old Yale Brewing Co – Sergeant’s IPA

DBGM #05 – The Old Yale Brewing Co – Sergeant’s IPA

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Brewery:
The Old Yale Brewing Co Website
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer advocate findings on the beer

Personal findings:
Colour: Pours a copperish colour with very little head.
Aroma: Hops and pineapple.
Summary: A delicious IPA with big hops and a hint of pineapple, this has got to be one of my favorite local IPA’s – it’s not overly citrusy or sweet and the hops provide a nice bitterness. Very nice balance.
Letter grade: A – Hard to beat!

Gratuitous beer shot:

The Old Yale Brewing Co - Sergeant's IPA

The Old Yale Brewing Co - Sergeant's IPA

DBGM Episode #04 – Driftwood Brewery – Farmhand Ale

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Brewery:
Driftwood Brewery Website
Direct link to the beer itself

Beer Advocate:
Beer Advocate findings on the beer

Personal Findings:
Belgian style beer with a twist – this saison has a interesting hint of black peppercorn making it slightly spicy and completely delicious.
Letter grade: A+ It doesn’t get much better than this.

Gratuitous beer shot:

Driftwood Brewery - Farmhand Ale

Driftwood Brewery - Farmhand Ale

DBGM Episode #03 – Android – Network Discovery. Beer Reviews: HSB Heffy and Driftwood Ale

Deadbeat Guitarist Monologues Episode #03 – Android App – Network Discovery. Beer Reviews: Howe Sound Brewing – King Heffy and Driftwood Brewing – Driftwood Ale.

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Info:

Android App:
Network Discovery
http://rorist.github.com/android-network-discovery/

Beer #1:
Howe Sound Brewing – King Heffy
Brewery web site: http://www.howesound.com

Unfiltered – As far as Hefeweizen goes – you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than this. BC Craft Brewed in Squamish.

Howe Sound Brewing - King Heffy

Howe Sound Brewing - King Heffy

Beer #2:
Driftwood Brewing – Driftwood Ale
Brewery web site: http://driftwoodbeer.com/

Pours a lager-ish color, seems a cross between a pale ale and an IPA with the citrus aroma and extra hops. Decent beer – doesn’t take a lot of chances but a solid outing.

Driftwood Brewing - Driftwood Ale

Driftwood Brewing - Driftwood Ale