Thursday, October 3, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mixed Drinks for Medics: DIY Gin


As an emergency services professional you need two things to be successful: 

1) Lots of alcohol off duty.
2) Distractions. Non-work related self improvement activities so that it doesn't feel like you're working in your own grave (even though you really are).

My wonderful wife figured this out for me long before I did, and bought me a reloading setup a few years back. Then, this last Christmas she gave me a gin making kit. This is perfect because it satisfies both of the above listed categories for success. 

Gin is simply ethanol infused with various botanicals, with the main ingredient being juniper berries. It's settled science that gin is the best liquor for mixed drinks. You can make your own compound gin by starting with your favorite vodka (Old Boise), adding juniper berries, and then whatever else you prefer. 

Through intensive alcohol research I have settled upon a simple and delicious gin recipe, which I will now share with the world.

Per 375 ml of vodka:
- 2 or 3 tsp juniper berries depending on preference
- 2 tsp cacao nibs
- 1/8 tsp coriander
- 1/8 tsp grains of paradise
- 1/8 tsp rosemary

Crush the ingredients in a mortar & pestle, then infuse into the vodka for 24 hours. The compound gin should be hay color to amber color when done. Coarse filter out the solid ingredients, and sip it straight or use to mix any gin cocktail. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

At first I thought...

Is this part of the show?

“At first we thought it was part of the show... People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”

"I knew there was an issue -- well it started, there were explosions behind, but I thought it was just a normal practical joke, fireworks or something, but then I see people starting to leave the theater, smoke behind me."

"At first, I didn't think it was anything serious, I thought it was a joke or part of the show..."

“I thought it was just like loud boxes being dropped or something, until they got closer and closer,” she said. “That’s when I looked at my co-worker, and we looked at each other like shocked and scared.” 

Tom Cassidy, 60, of Calabasas saw somebody step on something, maybe a plastic bottle, and thought: Wow, that thing is loud. Others guessed it was fireworks, but there no fireworks were to be seen.

Then Cassidy saw a woman next to him. She had a hole in her face.

My thoughts today are on the "at first I thought..." phenomenon. Dr. Ivan Pupulidy describes that when people encounter something dumb, dangerous, or different, our reaction is to make sense of it. 

We base our evaluation of new experiences on past experiences. I have never stood in a super Wal-Mart while an incel lunatic began wasting human beings with a rifle. I have been surprised by boxes and other objects accidentally dropped within the same venue. Boxes are a more comfortable conclusion to arrive at than bullets, despite cardboard boxes sounding exactly nothing like supersonic indoor rifle fire. 

But there is no such thing as a spontaneous halftime show wherein actors hurl fire crackers into the audience and blow people's heads off. Never ever have any of us seen a flash mob street performance involving a truck plowing through a crowd and hurling dead bodies into the sky. It's just not a thing. Is it really reasonable for this to be the initial conclusion we reach in these situations?

This has to be another unfortunate example of our superior human intelligence making us too smart to live. Animals don't have this problem: you may simply want to pet that cute baby deer, but it's not sticking around to verify your pure intentions and neither is its mama. You are presumed a threat, and they respond accordingly. 

Similarly, we can improve our chances for survival by dispensing with the delusional bullshit. I give myself permission today to see what presents in front of me. I pledge to assume the worst and respond as such until proven otherwise. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019


This piece of human shit walked into a Texas Wal-Mart today and murdered  around 19 people, wounding twice as many more. 

The murderer walked into a Wal-Mart looking like this, and no one chose to shoot him.

"Officials said more than 1,000 shoppers were in the Walmart, as well 100 workers."

Out of 1100 people in the store, apparently zero had the opportunity, equipment, or will to fight back. I encourage everyone reading this to make the choice to equip and prepare themselves to fight this evil.

Friday, July 12, 2019


Google has a $800 billion market cap but can't afford to hire me for free to look at their stupid heart rhythm graphics. 7.12.19

Don't be like Google. Email your EKG graphics to before publishing to have them reviewed for free by someone who can read books.

And use DuckDuckGo.
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