Vandaag was het clubmatch op de hondenschool, een jaarlijks evenement waar per (hogere) klas de rangschikking bepaald wordt van de honden. Onze Berner Sennen Hayke werd er tot onze grote verbazing club kampioen in de C-klas !
We hadden het helemaal niet verwacht, en hadden dan ook de prijsuitreiking niet afgewacht om naar huis te gaan. De beker moeten we dus nog afhalen op devolgende les. We zijn benieuwd !

Very close encounters

Asteroid 2011 CQ1 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on February 4 and made a record close Earth approach 14 hours later on February 4 at 19:39 UT. It passed to within 0.85 Earth radii (only 5480 km !) of the Earth's surface over a region in the mid-Pacific. This object, only about one meter in diameter, is the closest non-impacting object in our asteroid catalog to date !

Prior to the Earth close approach, this object was in a so-called Apollo-class orbit that was mostly outside the Earth's orbit. Following the close approach, the Earth's gravitational attraction modified the object's orbit to an Aten-class orbit where the asteroid spends almost all of its time inside the Earth's orbit.

Vintage synth explorer

In the ol'e days, everything was better, even synthesizers, apparently. The Vintage Synth Explorer was established back in 1996 in order to provide a fast and easy way to learn about vintage synthesizers. It has grown to include modern digital and analog emulators, software synths, plug-ins, and other new types of synthesizers and samplers, now containing over more than 600 instruments, such as the famous Korg Radias or the Roland Juno-160.

Highland Park, 16yo

One of the drawbacks of the gaining popularity of whisky, is the increasing amount of wannabe-connoisseurs. How to recognize them ? Simply, they're the ones sending back a perfectly good single malt because there's a tiny ice block in it. Because "it's diluted with water" ! Dude, just go back to your bottles of Chivas or Jameson, shees !

That issue been vented, time for another tasting of one of my favorites : Highland Park, this time the 16yo variant. This Highland Park was created exclusively for global travel retail and duty free markets and was first released in October 2005, it was withdrawn in April 2010. I found this one liter treat while waiting for my plane in Budapest. One of the advantages of duty-free shops, is that they provide a more cheaper provisioning as whisky gets more and more expensive.

The color : amber
The nose : a wealth of floral bouquet, a speck of peat, layered with a thick honey aroma. This is gonna be a real treat !
The taste : oily, then some malt and full of pepper; and after that, spices and flowers. A loooong gentle aftertaste that keeps caressing your taste buds with marvelous caramelized fruit and honey.

Again a clear winner, but that's no surprise from a Highland Park.

Wouter Verhelst Wed, 12/29/2010 - 12:18

I'd brought a 12yo highland park with me from scotland, and got this one when I returned from my recent trip to the states. It's even better than the 12yo, with a rich aroma, very nice.