A few tasters at Ballast Point / Home Brew Mart. From the left, Nitro Red Velvet (3 of 4), R&D Table Beer (2 of 4), and Watermelon Dorado DIPA (2 of 4). The Red Velvet has chocolate and beets and tastes of it - there is a fruity/starchy sweetness throughout, and quite a lot of chocolate in the nose. Great nitro body and quite nice to sip. The R&D table beer has some really faint belgian yeast character to it, but is otherwise quite unremarkable. Refreshing, but not a lot going on. Finally, Watermelon Dorado. I was warned I wouldn’t like this by a friend, and while I don’t particularly love it, it is ok. The watermelon is over the top, and there’s a ton of candy sweetness in the body, without nearly enough bitterness to balance.


SERIE: Top 5 green roofs worldwide

The City Hall rooftop garden

Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden sits atop City Hall, an 11-story office building in the Loop. First planted in 2000, the City Hall rooftop garden was conceived as a demonstration project - part of the City’s Urban Heat Island Initiative - to test the benefits of green roofs and how they affect temperature and air quality. The garden consists of 20,000 plants of more than 150 species, including shrubs, vines and two trees. The plants were selected for their ability to thrive in the conditions on the roof, which is exposed to the sun and can be windy and arid. Most are prairie plants native to the Chicago region.

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Unlike conventional Roman portraits carved in Greek or Italian marble, these heads are made of North African stone and may have been made by an apprentice. The group of 5 heads, on display in our Storms, War & Shipwrecks exhibition, have unusual, almost grotesque, expressions with wide eyes and open mouths.

Found on the seabed off the coast of Sicily, battered and with signs of damage from their time underwater, the heads may have been taken on board a ship as ballast. Typically, rocks and other heavy items were used to balance a boat after the hull was emptied.

Ballast Point Barmy
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Our Barmy is a strong golden ale that lives up to its name…in a way. Some know “barmy” as slang for crazy or wacky. But historically it’s referred to the froth coming from fermenting fruit or beer, a definition that suits this brew made with apricots and orange blossom honey. With a tart fruitiness and a sweet, but not too sugary, finish, the only thing crazy about this Barmy is the amount of flavor.

Limited in:
12 oz. Bottles & Draft
25 IBUs
Caprese Salad with Balsamic
Lamb Chops
Rice Pudding


Yard by Plonq
Via Flickr:
Vancouver towers above the old N yard.

Good morning! How is everyone’s week going so far? I’ll be honest. I’m feeling slightly elated that my longtime coveted Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule fountain pen (back in stock at has finally made its way home to me. I’ve been smitten with this handsome piece since its release last year but missed out because it completely sold out. Now it is *finally* back and I was not going to miss a minute on the opportunity to welcome it into my collection. It is the dapper, distinguished and rustic gentleman in the repertoire and inspires me to get out of my norm and create fun detours in between the routines of the day. This morning we found our way to a new coffee shop filled with warmth, character and walls clad with the eclectic work of local artisans. And while we may be in the thick of summer, I’m feeling newness and unchartered horizons around the corner and inspiration is stirring. It’s the perfect time to fill the pages of my Midori passport traveler’s notebook with musings and fresh ideas and the Copper Mule just the pen for the occasion. I hope everyone is having an invigorating week with pleasant surprises finding each of you throughout the days. Saluti! ☕️✒️


Shark Brakevan by surfacestock
Via Flickr:
At Middleton Towers.

Unit based on a color scheme from a random palette generator. This does not replace anything and is separate from any setting. 

A heavy enforcer suit used to quell riots, its colors representing the local law forces. The suit is unique in that it has a nuclear accelerator ballast system. This system accelerates mercury using a compartmentalized nuclear generator through bands in the suit. The mercury travels so fast in alternating directions that the exoskeleton generates its own anti gravity, rooting it in place. A computer regulates the generator allowing the user to walk on any surface regardless of the planets gravity, in theory allowing the user to walk upside down or work in zero gravity. Around 197(200 short) tons of force is required to move the suit meaning that the user is safe from crowd trampling or attempts at vehicular manslaughter. For transport the suit is effectively weightless when the generator is active and only 1 ton when shut down.

Displacing the ground beneath the suit will not cause it to move as the computer has a failsafe system designed to prevent sudden movements that could injure the wearer. This allows the suit to be transported in any vehicle with enough space. 

The exoskeleton is plated with Titanium and Ceramic composites giving it a STANAG level 5 protection level against ballistic weaponry. The suit is also protected against emp, chemical, and microwave attack with microwave insulation and fiber stuffing.

The exoskeleton also has a built in charger for portable Directed energy weapons. This particular model uses focused microwave lasers to cause intense pain to disperse large crowds. In extreme situations it can be switched over to a lethal mode that can boil organics and synthetics from the inside and cause mechanical failure. Its use against heavy armor is limited and it is not comparable to something like a Nuclear Maser or Neutron saturator. 

Polish Literature: The City Where I Want To Live by Adam Zagajewski

The city is quiet at dusk,
when pale stars waken from their swoon,
and resounds at noon with the voices
of ambitious philosophers and merchants
bearing velvet from the East.
The flames of conversation burn there,
but not pyres.
Old churches, the mossy stones
of ancient prayer, are both its ballast
and its rocket ship.
It is a just city
where foreigners aren’t punished,
a city quick to remember
and slow to forget,
tolerating poets, forgiving prophets
for their hopeless lack of humor.
The city was based
on Chopin’s preludes,
taking from them only joy and sorrow.
Small hills circle it
in a wide collar; ash trees
grow there, and the slim poplar,
chief justice in the state of trees.
The swift river flowing through the city’s heart
murmurs cryptic gre(e)tings
day and night
from the springs, the mountains, and the sky.

Adam Zagajewski wrote this poem for Warsaw. Adam Zagajewski was born in Lwów (January 1, 1946, now; Lyiv, Ukraine & Then; Lvov, Ukrainian SSR). The Zagajewski family (just like many other Poles) was expelled from Lwów by the Ukrainians to central Poland the same year (1946) during the Polish population transfers in 1944 - 1946, following the World War II.