Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Review - Escape Clause

"Escape Clause" is John Sandfords latest Virgil Flowers novel. Someone has kidnapped a mating pair of rare Amur tigers from the zoo and Virgil is assigned the case. He has very few clues to go on and is grabbing at any lead he can find. He surmises that the tigers have been taken so that their body pats can be used for Asian medicinal concoctions. The story alternates between Virgil's point of view and the point of view of the perp. Tension builds slowly as Virgil chases clues and then gets distracted by an attack on his latest gal friend.  Things escalate and the perp murders his accomplices. As the murders start to stack up Virgil has a strong suspicion who is responsible but can't get any proof.

The only weak part of the plot is that the ending is predictable but, that said, it was difficult to put this book down. It's a good read.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Voices of the RER

When I was working in Paris I commuted to an office in the suburbs on RER B. I became well aquanted with the voices of the women on this video and I learned proper pronunciation from them.

Subway Work

I am interested in large infrastructure projects and construction techniques. I also love Paris. The video below is a summary of some repair work on one of Paris' subway lines. It's in French but you can see what they are doing and the machines they use.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Head Count

Saudi Arabia added 8 more heads to their tally last month. One of these was a female convicted of murder. She was an Ethiopian house maid who slit the throat of the 6 year old daughter of her employer. Year to date head count is 118.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DMZ Rice

Bayou Renaissance Man had a recent post about Japanese rice farmers and their advertising techniques. South Korea entices farmers to work the DMZ between the north and south by giving them a tax exemption.  The rice they grow is marketed under the name "DMZ Rice". (Actually it's not grown in the DMZ but in the military exclusion zone just to the south.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Glenmorangie, The Original

This whisky is a classic example that pre-teen scotch can be very good. I found I had ignored this scotch thinking that it was too "common" But I was mistaken. The Original is their base scotch and is 10 years old. Glenmorangie is made by their famous "16 men of Tain", a fictional group of still masters. One of the unique things about Glenmorangie is that they have tallest stills in Scotland which they claim gives them a better product.

Color: Light amber
Nose Fruity, citrus
Palate: Light and clean, not harsh
Finish: Refreshing

This is a good "go to" scotch when you aren't sure what to order at a restaurant. They are sure to keep this one on the bar.