Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat
Quite the opposite happened to me: We were crossing at the Thousand Islands Bridge to do some sight-seeing on the Canadian side and were detained for 2 hours while the Canadians tore the back seat out of the car, pulled the spare tire, grilled us about our criminal records (none), demanded to know about any sealed juvenile records (we told them to ask the Attorney General if they wanted to know about that). When we finally got our car back, we were escorted to it by armed guards wearing bullet-proof vests, to find that nothing had been put back the way it belonged.
When we returned to the US side, the agent asked us to pop the trunk, didn't even look in it, but shut it for us and said to have a nice day.
All of our paperwork was in order--the only reason we can come up with is that I'm brown-skinned and have a beard. Except that my ancestry is English, Irish and Native American.
Self-Destructing Bacteria Create Better Biofuels
Yes, they do in fact grow in saltwater. Ask anyone who keeps a marine aquarium about how hard the shit is to get rid of, too. If you're not careful, it can overtake your tank pretty quickly.
New Left 4 Dead DLC Coming Next Month
The last DLC for L4D was sponsored by, if I recall correctly, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell or whatever it was called. The funding for the DLC was provided that way.
Games That Design Themselves
I could actually hear it in a perfect valley girl voice.
Well, isn't that what the Valley Girl tags were for?
Pirate Bay Day 5 — Prosecution Tries To Sneak In Evidence
In your example, Mr. Y is offering testimony regarding his own actions, but is not, presumably, offering testimony to incriminate Mr. X. Also, I think you've slightly misunderstood the GPs intent. In your example, Mr. Y has directly heard Mr. X say "your mother is a whore," making his testimony admissible. If, however, Mr. Y were to offer that "Mr. Z told me he was calling my mother a whore," the testimony becomes hearsay. IANAL, etc
Ultrasound Machine Ages Wine
Aging in the bottle, in relation to wine, and, presumably, the rest, has to do with micro-oxidation that takes place in the bottle. It has nothing to do with what was used to produce the wine or spirit in the first place. For an alcohol to be safe from oxidation and able to age more or less without harm, it needs to have an alcohol content of 18% or more (by volume); see Port, Sherry, Marsala or Madeira for examples of non-distilled wines capable of extended aging. Less than 18% and there IS a finite limit as to how long the offering in question can age, dependent on other factors, of course, such as tannin and acidity levels in the wine, as well as the amount of oxygen that the wine comes into contact with. Thus, the reason most wine spends not more than 2 or 3 years in barrel before being transferred to bottles. In bottles, there is less room for oxygen to intrude into the wine. (see above post regarding storing bottles sealed with a cork on their sides) In fact, if you truly want to buy wine that you intend to age yourself, you're better off buying magnums or larger, as the wine/oxygen ratio is smaller, meaning that the wine will age more gracefully than it does in a standard fifth/750.
Distilled spirits, as has been covered by several other posters, age in the barrel because of the interactions between the barrel and the spirit. Climate, in particular, has an effect on the process, as does the barrel itself. As the spirit sits in the barrel, the wood (a porous material) absorbs some of the liquid; during changes of temperature, the barrel absorbs more or less. As the spirit is absorbed, it passes through outer layers of charcoal (as most barrels are charred on the inside), providing a certain amount of filtration, but once it gets a chance to seep into the wood, the alcohol also absorbs some of the compounds that exist in the wood. Vanillan is one, and the flavo(u)r of the various essential oils are change by how hot they got during the charring process. Moreover, if the barrel has been previously used, there may well be trace amounts of the previous "occupant" still stored in the wood that will co-mingle with the new addition, lending their own character to the spirit. Finally, alcohol does, in fact, tend to evaporate at a fairly low temperature, and so the longer that a spirit is in the barrel, the more of the raw alcohol that seeps out of the spirit, helping to gently mellow the character. Most, are, however, cut with water before bottling, since even after 6 or 8 years a spirit that was put into barrel at 180 proof (90% alcohol) will have only reduced to about 130 proof (65% alcohol).