So, I've moved from LJ to DW. I don't anticipate many public (or even friends-only) posts on here. I'm primarily going to use it for private journaling.
I'm closing up on LJ for good next month. Just an FYI, so folks won't be surprised.
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Also, please feel free to add your thoughts, comments, or other mockery in the comments.
This is my new favorite scam.



I am special agent Scot Ray; from the Intelligence Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). We just intercepted/confiscated two (2) Trunk Boxes at the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Georgia. We are on the verge of moving this consignment to the bureau headquarters. However, we scanned the said boxes and found out that it contained a total of USD4.7M and some back up documents which bears your name as the owner of the funds. Investigation carried out on the Diplomat who accompanied these boxes into the United States, revealed that he was to make the delivery of the funds to your residence as these funds are entitled to you, been Contract/Inheritance over due payments. The funds were from the office of the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Furthermore, after cross checking all the legal documents we found in the boxes backing you up as the beneficiary of the funds, it became known to us that one of the documents is missing. This document is very important and until we get the document, the boxes will be temporarily confiscated pending when you will provide it. The much needed document is the Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Delivery Certificate (DISDC). This document will protect you from going against the US Patriot Act Section 314a and Section 314b . This delivery will be tagged A Diplomatic Transit Payment (D.T.P) once you get the document.

You are therefore required to get back to me on this email ( 72 hours so that i will guide you on how to get the much needed document. Failure to comply to this directives may lead to the permanent confiscation of the funds and possible arrest. We may also get the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) involved if do not follow our instructions. You are also advised not to get in contact with any Bank in Africa, Europe or any other institution, as your funds are here now in the United States of America.


CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its attachments may contain non-public, confidential or legally privileged information. The unlawful interception, use or disclosure of such information is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, or have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply email and delete all copies of this communication and attachments without reading or saving them.

Gluten Free Homebrew
Gluten Free Homebrew
Bottled 6/11/2011 Fermented ~4 weeks. Made using 6lbs Sorghum Syrup and 2oz Cascade hop pellets. It's quite hoppy, but overall pretty awesome. I primed with 2/3 C table sugar. We should know how that turns out in a couple weeks.

Starting gravity: 1.028, final gravity: 1.008, approximate ABV 2.6%. Next time, use more syrup.

I ran out of bottles, so I drank the remaining bit flat.

Many props to Northern Brewer. I got their "Better Basic" starter kit (with glass carbouy). The price was excellent, and I can't believe how much fancy stuff you get. The first time I did this (over ten years ago, I think), bottle brushes, bottling wands, and buckets with taps were like semi-pro. This was SO much easier. Even the included DVD with step-by-step brewing instructions was awesome.

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