Partagás Serie D No. 4

Brand: Partagás
Flavor: Serie D No. 4
Size: Robusto (50 × 5″)
Price: ??

A true Cuban cigar from Havana.

This was a hard cigar to smoke. I cut it twice, but it was wrapped so tightly that I could barely get smoke through it. My jaw is sore from trying over and over again to get a solid draw. I thought it would loosen up once it got hot, but that wasn’t the case. I suspected that maybe the wrapper had a hole in it, but I couldn’t find one. The wrapper was fully intact.

That said, it started mild and slightly sweet. It was smooth and almost buttery. The perfume coming off the lit end was delightful and not at all stinky. In the middle of the smoke, there were hints of vanilla. Still hard as fuck to get smoke through it.

At the end, it gets bolder. It’s meaty, yet still smooth. I wish it was easier to smoke, because I think with an easy draw, this would be a delightful cigar.

Buy again? I didn’t buy it, but I have another in the humidor. Will smoke again.

Play MP3 from OS X Terminal

[user:location]% afplay [name_of_file].mp3

Important b/c you can play from Terminal & audio output will be mixed w/ whatever is playing in iTunes. I will be using this to play various spooky voices randomly overtop a long-running audio soundtrack on Halloween. Here’s the help info:

afplay [option...] audio_file

Options: (may appear before or after arguments)
  {-v | --volume} VOLUME
    set the volume for playback of the file
  {-h | --help}
    print help
  { --leaks}
    run leaks analysis
  {-t | --time} TIME
    play for TIME seconds
  {-r | --rate} RATE
    play at playback rate
  {-q | --rQuality} QUALITY
    set the quality used for rate-scaled playback (default is 0 - low quality, 1 - high quality)
  {-d | --debug}
    debug print output

IRC Transcript

him: i wanna learn to ride.
him: but it takes effort and a lot of time and money
me: i have no desire to be within arm’s reach of a horse
him: but then how will you lead a cavalry charge
me: death from above
me: napalm-wielding drones
him: fair enough

Dumbest Software Interaction Yet

So I’m hardcore kicking out some awesome mockups in Adobe Illustrator, when I notice that my modifier keys aren’t working properly. When I click-drag something, holding down the option key should make a copy. It’s not. If I click-drag and hold down the shift key, it should constrain the angle of the drag. It’s not.

What sorcery is this?

The pat answer on the Adobe forums is that some other process or program is running which maintains a connection to the Internet, which in turn causes the Operating System to disable these modifier keys under the banner of security. Now that sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me.

But when I shut down Firefox & bounced Illustrator, everything returned to normal.


In Response to…

… those people who are upset that Captain Chesley Sullenberger III did not thank God or mention praying to God during his television interview with Katie Couric, here’s why:


Original quote: Gregg.

If you want this as a t-shirt, I may open a cafepress account.

I am Fucking Afraid

I just found out (for sure) on Monday that my uncle (one of my absolute favorites) is on the ground in Iraq right now. Not “right now” as I write this… but right now as you read this… even a year later than my “today”.

All other explanation, rationalization, political opinion aside: it fucking scares me.