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Sherv

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    Pasha - Majestrate of Mu'ussel
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  1. Nice work so far, dude! A few very preliminary comments... *Will a vote of 0 count at all or is it the same as N/A? The reason I ask is because suppose someone can't really judge how much of a buzz a given shisha gives or similarly they can't gauge how to rate the clouds, etc. I'd like an N/A option that wouldn't detract from the overall score, if possible *It'd be great to have some descriptors per category....but I'm not sure what one should use. As this is all very subjective and there is no way of calibrating everyone on the same level, perhaps this is a moot point. *A breakdown of the votes would be sweet to see, as well *Lastly, it may just be my slow-as-poops internet connection, but if one were to start rating many different shisha in one sitting, the loading post-vote may get annoying. Maybe later on there can be a "bulk voting" option? I don't think we really have to worry about it here, but is there a prevention for vote-spamming? Great work man, this will be exciting to follow!
  2. Beer

    QUOTE (jezter6 @ Jun 5 2009, 03:41 PM) Make your own - much cheaper. Only that it takes like 9-12 months from brew to drinking. I have about 2.5 gallons of barley wine in my basement aging...going on about 4-5 months now. Yeah, the aging/conditioning is a PITA to wait out. I usually get impatient and start drinking within a month, find that it tastes rather bad and then give up on it for another month...and then try again, over and over and over, until 6 or 7 months elapse and I find that the taste has improved. One time, and I have no idea how it happened, I made a batch of scotch ale that ended up tasting like liquid rasin bran. It was difficult to drink as a first brew, but once you're drunk it didn't really matter anymore
  3. Orange Soda Lucid!

    QUOTE (Kapten Kanel @ Jun 5 2009, 03:04 PM) Smoking while gaming is impossible, like: "Noo dont shoot, im rotating the coals" I have had some HILARIOUS gaming experiences while smoking. I was playing the best zombie game to date, Left 4 Dead, in versus mode on my 360 and talking to my buddies over LIVE as we were planning our run through one of the levels. As we get ready to go I say "One massive pull for courage!" and I take a giant puff. They open the door and I still have the damn hose in my mouth, zombies come pouring out and we start to get pummeled...in my excitement I do something wrong and start coughing my lungs out, I can't see the screen clearly, people are all yelling at me on my headset, I still refuse to drop the hose from my mouth (or the controller from my hands), it's a damn mess. (we lost that round pretty badly)
  4. Does It Really Matter?

    QUOTE (hookahandhockey @ Jun 5 2009, 03:39 PM) i am convinced that it doesn't matter which side of the foil goes down but i am finding it hard to find anyone else i know that agrees with me. i have a solid ten to fifteen people that i smoke with and most everyone says "shiny side down". it has been a long debate and i am deciding to end the war. i either need backup or for someone to prove to me it does matter. I don't think it will make a significant difference, the only logic I've heard is thjat the shiny side will reflect the heat back into the bowl. If heat management's an issue (in both directions) then that may help, but I can't imagine it's terribly significant.
  5. QUOTE (thecyrax @ Jun 5 2009, 03:40 PM) QUOTE (Balthazar @ Jun 5 2009, 05:31 AM) Great thread. I'm going to Iran next summer, and Esfahan is on my list of places to visit. Will be looking for that teahouse for sure! Might be a bit difficult to find if you aren't combing the bazaar closely. There are 4-5 hookah bars in the area of the square, but only 2 in close vicinity of the actual inside of the bazaar (if that makes sense). One is on a second floor outside of one of the mosques and this one is on a side alley about 30 ft from the actual bazaar. Ask around for the old hookah bar with all the crazy crap on the walls and ceiling, I'm sure you'll find it If you're going get the Dough and Gooshvil!! Holy shit, the doogh was SO good! And HUGE glasses too! It's funny, before this trip I couldn't stand yogurt...an obvious detriment! Same with eggplant...now I can't get enough of either, and I'm constantly craving kashk-e bademjan!
  6. Religion And Relationships

    Ahhhhh, now I see what you mean! Gotcha, good points
  7. Religion And Relationships

    QUOTE (Sherwood @ Jun 5 2009, 10:35 AM) QUOTE (Sherv @ Jun 5 2009, 07:08 AM) QUOTE (Sonthert @ Jun 4 2009, 09:00 PM) A true atheist would never allow their child to be corrupted by religious superstition Hmm, I don't really agree with that, although I suppose it depends what you mean by "true atheist". I'm a scientist and found my draw to atheism through logic and observation of the world around me. Were I to have kids I wouldn't influence them one way or the other regarding their beliefs, but rather do what my father did with me: let them discover their own (lack of) spirituality on their own. While I have very strong personal feelings regarding religion, I still feel it's a very personal thing and thus I have no right telling anyone what to believe and what not to follow. I wonder if you would feel differently when it was your responsibility to tell someone what to believe and what not to follow -- i.e. raise them. I agree that there is a point where you need to give a child independence, but that point is not when they're born. Part of a parent's duties are to try to make their kids into at least the outline of a beneficial member of society. It surprises me that more people don't feel like Eric does here -- there's no way in hell he's letting his kid be kowtowed by religion. Isn't their some contract for parents to impart some of their beliefs to their children? I fully intend to -- it's the way I process the world around me, and the underlying harmony to all of it. That falls somewhere between "learn how to throw a football" and "learn how to tell someone bad news" on my childrearin' to-do's. But I feel that dictating faith in god and belief in religious doctrine are NOT my responsibility as a parent. I believe that morality exists outside of religion and that a perfectly decent, compassionate, helpful, and constructive member of any given society can be formed without any religious input. Choice is the most important option you can give a child...I'm not vegetarian but if my child wants to explore that path then I will be supportive; likewise with religion: if my child feels the need to subscribe to a certain doctrine then so be it. I'll entertain discussion and debate but when it comes to faith there's no way of convincing one person one way or the other, that's the nature of faith!
  8. Religion And Relationships

    QUOTE (Sonthert @ Jun 4 2009, 09:00 PM) A true atheist would never allow their child to be corrupted by religious superstition Hmm, I don't really agree with that, although I suppose it depends what you mean by "true atheist". I'm a scientist and found my draw to atheism through logic and observation of the world around me. Were I to have kids I wouldn't influence them one way or the other regarding their beliefs, but rather do what my father did with me: let them discover their own (lack of) spirituality on their own. While I have very strong personal feelings regarding religion, I still feel it's a very personal thing and thus I have no right telling anyone what to believe and what not to follow.
  9. Religion And Relationships

    I'm an atheist (though born shiite muslim) and I dated a girl who came from a suni muslim family. I feel faith is completely personal and gave her the liberty to do whatever she wanted with her own views; about 20 months into the relationship she became more and more interested in pursuing the religion and began going to a mosque, and a few weeks later she broke up with me over the phone. ... I'm not quite sure what the point of my post was (yeah, I'm still bitter)
  10. I had a chance to pick up a tombac bowl, now that I think about it....yeah, the bowl was huge and cylindrical. The merchant also had a giantass wad of tobacco wrapped up to sell with it, but I opted not to go for it. Have you smoked that before? If so, how is it?
  11. Beer

    Holy shit, Bells is AMAZING! I die for their Oberon, but sadly the closest place to MA that carries Bells is PA, which is a bit of a hike I adore Belgian beers. I used to be straightedge for 7 years, but when my lifestyle changed my boss at the time, a Belgian, sat me down after work and said that it was time to for my beer education. Needless to say, the next morning was brutal I'm also a huge hop head...Mojo IPA by Boulder Brewing Co. CO is one of my favorites, along with Stone Ruination IPA. Barley wines are also delicious, but recently my stomach can't take them too well I also homebrew my own beer. I have a solid recipe for an Anchor Steam clone which everyone seems to like, and my last clone of a Westmalle Tripel came out quite well, despite previous failures (lost control of the temp while fermenting). When I get back, I'm gonna brew up another Hoegaarden clone, or maybe, finally, come up with my own recipe! I'm off to Belgium in a week or so, hopefully I'll have access to this forum so I can drunk-post once Being in Iran = no alcohol
  12. Hmm, that sounds like a good idea, I'll try both approaches, as well as maybe just smoking through it w/out doing anything to the stem. Here is the pic, as promised earlier!
  13. QUOTE (ih303 @ Jun 4 2009, 02:42 PM) Barnaby: The lounge is climate controlled and is also in an old, brick/morter building. I brought my Tangy there thinking the less drastic temperature/humidity swings might help it acclimate. My house is also climate controlled, but it is a significantly smaller place and completely lacks insulation. You know, Tangiers seems to be excessively complicated. It's like you need a damn climate-controlled humidor just to get the stuff to get to the point where you can smoke it. Perhaps if I lived in the enchanted land of California I would learn to love this stuff like the rest of the Tangy fan club. But perhaps that's what makes it such a magical product - it only works for some people some of the time. So when it does happen to work for you, you feel like you've been touched by the hand of God. Awww dude, do you really feel it's that complicated? I'm in Boston, humidity soars in the summer and it gets uber dry in the winter, but I've never had the problems associated with acclimatization that others write here. Hell, I sometimes use the shisha right after I cut open a pack, it smokes fine for that matter. Maybe such emphasis is misplaced and should be put on the packing/smoking procedure? (I'm not insinuating anything, honestly just speculating!)
  14. QUOTE (delSol_si @ Jun 4 2009, 01:33 PM) QUOTE (Sonthert @ Jun 4 2009, 01:15 AM) Again, man? Seriously? OK, from Wikipedia: QUOTE (Wikipedia)The Shisha or the Hookah was invented during the time of the Abbasid Empire in Baghdad, Iraq. It was invented by an Arab man and was first introduced to the fifth Abbasid Caliph, Harun Al-Rashid between 786 AD - 809 AD during the Golden Age. Shisha or Hookah then spreaded all over the Arab and the Islamic World. I was mistaken on one point...it is the area that was to be the Ottoman Empire...but before the Ottoman Empire. It was not invented in India. Not trying to question your knowledge or start an argument or anything, but one thing we have been told numerous times in the college I go to is that wikipedia is NOT a credible source. I can actually go in there and type that I was the creator or hookahs if I so wanted to. Edit: Eric, I am not saying you are right or wrong as I do not know, just suggesting not using wikipedia to back yourself up. There's nothing wrong with using wikipedia if the info you're using is actually properly referenced. Peer-reviewed journals, for example, operate similarly wherein background information is provided and referenced from previous publications. It just becomes a matter of then verifying the source material
  15. Now I finally know what brambleberry is! It's by far my favorite Tangiers flavor, thanks for that info Eric!