Fermenting Revolution Talk at JHU

For some reason or other, my alma mater decided it would not advertise this on-campus event.

Cristopher O’Brien, the author of Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World will be reading and signing books. This will take place on Saturday, 10 November 2007 from 18:00 to 19:00 EST at the Sherwood Room of Levering Hall. So if you’re in Baltimore, check it out.

This was brought to my attention by Nick Nichols, who teaches the Beer History and Appreciation course at Johns Hopkins University. For more information, see this flyer.

Gmail Supports IMAP

I don’t know when it happened, but Google finally lets you access your Gmail account using IMAP. In addition, you can configure your client to send e-mail through Google’s smtp server.

Front Porch Journal

A review of Michael Earl Craig’s “Yes, Master” by Estella Ramirez.

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Polynesian Wedding Tattoos

Estella and I want to get tattoos when we get married as permanent celebrations of our love for each other.

Right now, we are thinking of getting coordinating Polynesian tattoos. We would like something personalised for us that is also not offensive to any Polynesian culture.

We have found some limited information online, but we still have a lot of research to do.

See more progress on: Choose Wedding Tattoos

xkcd – Exploits of a Mom



I started experimenting with OpenID. I am using phpMyID as my identity provider and the WordPress OpenID Plugin to authenticate other OpenID users.

It does not appear to be working. I’m not able to log into all OpenID supported sites using phpMyID and when I try to log into my own site using my open id, I get “OpenID Authentication Failed: Bad signature.” from the plugin.

I seem to be able to log into http://openid.verselogic.net/ but it is running 2.2, while I am running 2.3.

I got it working. On the OpenID Options page, where it says, “Include the trailing slash” under “Trust root”… be sure to do that.

Also, I had to make a small modification to support 2.3. I changed the reference to wp-admin/admin-db.php in openid-registration.php to wp-admin/includes/user.php, an idea I got from blog.bittube.com.

Of course, now I am just worried about spam.


On Friday, 15 June 2007, I took Estella to the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin to celebrate our two-year anniversary. There, in room 506, I sat her on the bed and proposed. With tears in her eyes, she nodded. I pulled her into me and we kissed for the first time as fiancés. Elated, I put the ring on her finger.

Car Problems

This is a summary of the car issues I have had recently.

Last month, I totalled my Honda Accord. It was raining and I think my tires may have been low on pressure. I was driving along a downhill curve that I drive everyday at a speed that is normally safe for my car in the rain (probably around the 35 mph speed limit) when I started to slide to the outside. I wasn’t able to control the slide and I hit a parked car.

Anyway, over Thanksgiving, my dad visited and helped me get a new car, a silver 2006 Mazda RX-8. It’s a fun car and I’m finally driving a manual transmission. Four days after getting the car, I was driving Estella and my dad to brunch when a green Buick ahead of me pulls into the inclined driveway of a gas station. As I drive forward, I notice the car backing out of the driveway, so I stop. But the car keeps backing up until he hits me. Apparently his car had stalled while he was on the incline and he lost his power assisted brakes. The damage to the RX-8 was minor, but it was causing the front passenger side wheel to scrape against the wheel well. So I have been without a car for an additional week and it looks like it will be at the body shop for about another week.


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Domain Name Expiration

For those of you who have this site linked or bookmarked as L0s.net or www.L0s.net, please update the links to point to carlos-m.net. L0s.net will expire on 17 April 2006. It was too confusing anyway. The “0″ kept getting confused for an “o”.

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