Saturday, May 15, 2010

On Cognitive Bias.

Or, you aren't as rational as you think you are. Digging around on Schneier on Security (you'll note that he made the blogroll...), I found a depressing fascinating essay on perception of risk. Elsewhere on his site, he seems to be an outspoken critic of TSA-style Security Theater. Mostly.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

On Laphroaig 10 Year.

It's like Lapsang Souchong - with alcohol!

Or: oh, so Scotch is awesome.

My first attempt at scotch (inspired by Art of Manliness) was a bottle of Glenfiddich 12-year. While certainly not distasteful (I did finish it, after all), it lacked the one thing that people mention whenever you say "scotch" - smokiness! If anything, it had an intense pear overtone that subsided as I worked my way through the bottle. Wharrgarbl, indeed. I suppose switching to Laphroaig would be like complaining about the lack of strong flavors in Trumer Pils and trying Arrogant Bastard instead.