Monday, October 31, 2011

Dead Zach Day 2

Midterms are fun! Also attempting to get into graduate school is fun but I know that you guys NEED your ToZ(Taste of Zach).

So here are some cool links to keep you from starving.

Scientists Reconstruct Brains’ Visions Into Digital Video In Historic Experiment

Two chatbots

Justin Bieber 800% Slower
Feeling stressed? Try listening to this. I don't like Justin Bieber but this slowed down version is pretty cool.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Applebee's Bahama Mama

This mix drink is pretty sweet in a good way. The banana liqueur adds quite a smooth taste. This was a recommendation from a fellow Phi Sigma Pi member Marjolyn Varano. I think that most people will not want more than one of these since that may be a bit too much sweetness for one night but I think everyone should try one if you don't mind mix drinks. So if you end up at Applebee's during Sunday's happy hour give it a shot.

How it was tasted:At Applebee's with some Phi Sig brothers in a glass as seen in the picture

Rating: 7/10 Good

1 oz (28 grm). rum - light or dark
1/2 oz (14 grm). banana liqueur OR melon liqueur
1/2 oz (14 grm). coconut rum
1/2 cup (125 ml) orange juice
1/2 cup (125 ml) pineapple juice
1 tbsp (15 ml) grenadine
fruit for garnish

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fat Tire New Belgium

There is nothing like the copper color of this Colorado amber ale. This is one of my favorite Thursday night beers thanks to the specials at Greenhouse in Denton. $2 for a Fat Tire and free jazz music sounds about right to me.

Fat tire has a sweet after taste that makes you want more. I partook in this beverage while enjoying jazz music and writing short stories, and poems. It is hard to deny a high rating of a beer when you have such a great combo but the beer can not be judge on the atmosphere alone. Else one could rank Keystone way too high just because they had a good time. Yes the ambiance of a bar should serve only as an accent or the proverbial icing on the cake.

The website declares that this beer was inspired after a bike tour to all the brewery's in Belgium. I have yet to make such an alcoholic adventure but the drink seems to honor the taste of the few amber Belgium beers I have had.

I know I shouldn't rank a beer so high but with the combo of the price, atmosphere and the simple yet satisfying taste, and the fact it is fairly easy to find makes this a great beer. This is one of my favorite beers in the USA. It is a beer that one can love early in their beer drinking days and a beer that a veteran beer snob wouldn't turn away.

How it was tasted: in a pint glass, from the tap at Greenhouse while listening to jazz music.

Rating: 9/10 on my list of favorite beers.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dead Zach Day 1

Named after some of the posts of a webcomic I use to follow religiously when I was younger. Every so often the creator will just have too much to do or will get sick or for what ever reason could not post his comic on the regular upload days. So I decided to do some filler here due to midterms.

Also here is a small ode to Dennis Ritchie. He was the man who created the C programming language and the UNIX operating system. This man is a legend to all Computer scientist and should be remembered as much as Steve Jobs was. As many have tweeted on the day of his death "His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0." I regret never getting to meet the guy.

Here is the most relaxing song in the world according to scientist: 

Here is the article about it:

Here is a song by The Kooks I have heard recently. It is pretty cool.

See yall soon I hope.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Brett Fowler reviews Terra Nova

THE HYPE: Out of all of the fall shows, I have to say, this one had my “Welcome to Caprica City” panties moist at the mere mention of Jason O’ Mara, dinosaurs, time travel, that one dude from “Avatar,” and freaking Declan from “Degrassi” in the same sentence. Buzz for the pilot was strong, some even going so far as to claim this would be the next “Lost….” I’m not sure if they meant that as a compliment or an insult though… On second thought…
This device helps alleviate the smell of shit.

THE D.L.: It was probably an insult. If you’re a fan of watching old people try to take a shit before they've taken their Metamucil, listening to Dakota Fanning scream at Tom Cruise about aliens for two whole hours, and/or just happen to hold a fond appreciation for sticking firecrackers up kitten’s anuses, then this might just be the show for you. Because honestly, chances are quite good that you’re either painting portraits of clowns in a jail cell right now or the inspiration behind Shia LeBeouf’s riveting portrayal of a mentally retarded kid in that one obscure Disney movie (holla at ya boi, Tru Confessions fans!). This ain’t rocket science Terra Nova writers. Really. How can you possibly fuck up a show about dinosaurs and time travel so royally? I’m not sure what third grader you were consulting for that whole plot line about pterodactyls swooping down and pecking the Terra Novans to death (obviously one who had stayed up late to watch Pterodactyls starring Coolio on SyFy), but did you really have to pull out the amnesia card by your third episode? The pilot had potential, I’ll give credit where credit’s due, but this show jumped so bat-shittingly crazy over a shark by its second episode that Spielberg is gonna need a much bigger boat if he wants to save this one big pile of shit. Loaded references ya’ll!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Binding of Isaac game

From the creator of Super Meat Boy and Braid comes an odd interpretation of an old bible story and a Zelda dungeon crawler.

You are Isaac a child who runs away from his mother since she is trying to kill him, because you know, God told her so.

Isaac has to explore his basement in order to find items to help him fight off bosses, enemies and finally his own mother. Now this sounds like it can get boring fast but the amount of items that you can get combined with the fact that each level is randomly generated makes this game infinitely playable. After going through it a few times new items are unlocked as well as new characters which makes you come back for more.

The game does slow down if there are too many enemies on the screen at once but the over all game play is solid. Over all, for $5 this game is a steal and everyone who has ever played a Zelda game should give it a shot.

How it was taste: On my gaming PC.

Rating: 8/10 Great

Super Meat Boy Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an
animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend
(who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux.

Braid Braid
Braid treats your time and attention as precious; there is no
filler in this game. Every puzzle shows you something new
and interesting about the game world.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ode to Steve Jobs

I know you have seen news about Steve Jobs everywhere but as a computer scientist and a nerd in general I have to pour one out for my homie. To the left is a picture of an iPod I have had for about 4 years and it still works great.

I am a PC. I am not one of those fat stupid people that the Mac guy makes fun of. That Mac guy was sort of a douche.

Even though I am a PC I have always appreciated the simplicity of Steve's products. People think Albert Einstein said the following but E.F. Schumacher, who was another smart man, said

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

I think Steve was able to do this in spades. He knew what the customer wanted without asking them and made the format so easy that even your grandmother could use the product. For an example see the iPad.

Steve Jobs was a visionary and changed the world with the little time he had here.

Don't get me wrong, he did lock down his OS in order to keep this simplicity and to make the Customer Service the number one in the world (who know what your problem is when you install random jailbroken apps). Steve Jobs was very strict with people and made sure everything happened his way but he had these products he wanted to get to the world and he wanted to make sure they were flawless.

Well good on ya Steve. I am still a PC but you helped connected a generation who didn't even want to look at a computer.

If you still miss Steve Jobs go to and e-mail him something nice. Don't worry there is an app for that.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pilsner Urquell

I didn't know that the Czechs could make a good beer. I have been drinking mostly Bavarian beers since I frequent the Bavarian Grill in Plano but like the many tasty beers of the states I have learned good beer knows no bounds. 

Pilsen (Plzeƈ), Bohemia, in the Czech Republic was where the first Pilsner was made. It was developed in 1842, and was the first bottom-fermented beer.

Pilsner Urquell has a smooth texture and has a slight crisp taste. While reading "The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything" I learned that Pilsners are one of the best summer beers and I definitely agree. They don't have a strong taste and they don't fill you up. Pilsners are very refreshing during the Texas summers. I just wished I discovered this beer earlier. 

Rating: 9 on of my favorites list.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Irish Car Bomb with Maker's Mark

Picture is from
I claim no rights to it. It is pretty pimp though.
An Irish Car Bomb is the American name for Guinness, Jameson, and Bailey's Irish Cream.  Please DO NOT order this drink by name in Ireland. It is like ordering a 9/11 shot or a Pearl Harbor drink.

FYI don't order a 'Black and Tan' in Ireland either. Those were the colors that the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force wore. Aren't you glad you read Taste of Zach? Else you might be spitting out your own teeth in Ireland. So let us call this drink a Taste of Ireland. Seriously spread it around. Forget calling a drink after the IRA.

Now for this review I must admit that I am cheating. I used Makers Mark besides Jameson and I used too much Baileys on the shot. I know this is blasphemy and St. Patrick couldn't save me now but I had all the materials besides Jameson so I took the leap in the name of science and Irish-American relations!

The amount of Bailey's in this drink is important. If you have too little Bailey's it will taste like straight liqueur, yet if you have too much the drink is too sweet. I played it safe and did the ladder. When you find the perfect medium you can hear the angels cheering you on while you finish your pint of deliciousness .

The Taste of Ireland goes straight to your head due to the fact that you just chugged a beer and a shot in quick succession, which is a good thing. If you have the money and the ingredients I highly recommend to start at least one party night a month this way(depending on how many party nights you actually can have in a month).

I know this is the correct way to celebrate the Irish on St. Patrick's day. Turning a Bud Light green is just a smack in the face to the Saint himself. I will have to review this mixed drink again but I must say that I enjoyed it.

How it was tasted: Maker's Mark Whiskey, Bailey's, and Guinness poured in a British glass and a plain shot glass.

Rating: 9 on my favorite's list