Black Friday Bullshit

[…] the one thing we did know is that there’s no protesting capitalism. There’s nothing you can say about capitalism that it won’t subsume and sell back to you.


Happy World Standards Day (except in the US, of course).

Of course this is the case:

14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date [of] World Standards Day. […] The United States will be holding a U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on 23 October.

Champlain Valley Water Quality, 2009

I missed putting up the water quality numbers from this spring, but in the mean time it turns out the Champlain Water District has the Water Quality Reports up on the web. Unfortunately, they’re huge PDFs since they seem to be simply bitmap scans of the paper report. :(

In any case, here’s the relevant homebrewer water quality details:

Aluminum0.056 mg/L
Alkalinity57-74 ppm as CaCO3
Calcium Hardness45-56 ppm as CaCO3
Total Hardness61 ppm as CaCO3 (3.6 grains/gal)
Chloride17 ppm
Foaming Agentsless than 0.1ppm
Total Organic Carbon (TOC)2.10 ppm (1.49-2.74)
Conductivity182 µS/cm (158-202)
pH7.66 (7.4-7.94)
Total Dissolved Solids113 ppm
Ironless than 0.01ppm
Manganese.006 mg/L (0 – 0.023)
Potassium1.31 ppm
Sulfate15 ppm
Silverless than 0.005 ppm
Silica1.4 ppm
Silicon0.67 ppm
Bromideless tahn 0.010 ppm
Iodideless than 1 ppm
Flouride0.96 mg/L (0.71 – 1.19)
Ammonium Ion0.12 ppm (0.02-0.23)

mysql[-bin]-5.1.40 ebuild

I had a pressing need for mysql-5.1.40 to be installed for work reasons a couple of weeks ago, and found the state of mysql releases in gentoo to be lacking. I cobbled together the following ebuild using the binary RPM distribution from It should probably be called “mysql-bin”, but whatever.

inherit eutils rpm
src_install() {
    dobin usr/bin/*
    dosbin usr/sbin/*
    dolib usr/lib64/*
    insinto /usr/include/mysql
    doins usr/include/mysql/*
    insinto /usr/share/aclocal/mysql
    doins usr/share/aclocal/mysql.m4
    dodoc usr/share/doc/MySQL-server-5.1.40/*
    doman usr/share/man/man1/*
    doman usr/share/man/man8/*
    insinto /usr/share/mysql
    doins usr/share/mysql/*
    insinto /usr/share/mysql/charsets
    doins usr/share/mysql/charsets/*
    insinto /usr/share/mysql/english
    doins usr/share/mysql/english/*

Champlain Valley water analysis, Spring 2008

As a South Burlington homeowner (water-bill-payer, really), the Champlain Water District sends me a report about how their water is the best water. Of note to me as a homebrewer is the analysis of certain chemical properties of the water. Since a few google searches for this information basically turned up my previous post and not the actual source of the data, here’s the data:

  • aluminum: < 0.06ppm
  • color: 2 units
  • alkalinity: 57-74 ppm as CaCO3
  • calcium hardness: 45-56 ppm as CaCO3
  • total hardness: 61 ppm as CaCO3
  • chloride: 17ppm
  • foaming agents: < 0.1 ppm
  • total organic carbon: 2.04 pm (1.49-2.61)
  • conductivity: 192 micro-S/cm (156-194)
  • pH: 7.62 (7.39-7.79)

  • total disolved solids: 113 ppm

  • iron: < 0.01ppm
  • manganese: .007ppm
  • sodium: 7.5ppm
  • potassium: 1.31 ppm
  • sulfate: 15 ppm
  • silver: < 0.05ppm
  • silica: 1.4ppm
  • silicon: 0.67 ppm
  • bromide: < 0.010 ppm
  • iodide: < 1 ppm
  • flouride: 1.01 ppm (0.74 – 1.28)
  • ammonium ion: 0.15 ppm (0.01 – 0.32)