Ship's Log

These are older changelog entries. More recent changes are still on the home page.

Finally got off my lazy butt and found new webhosting. We're now at

The resume has been updated to reflect the fact that I now work at Google, doing information security stuff.

A few more wines: Licia Albarino '08, Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling Ice Wine '03, Fredericksburg "Port Carlshafen" NV, Black Box Wines Cabernet '08, Black Box Wines Chardonnay '08, Luisi Moscato d'Asti '09.

Added Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin NV.

Two important life changes here. First, I have accepted a job offer from Google, starting this fall in Mountain View, California. Second (and related to the first), I have completed my PhD on June 18. You can read my dissertation. Among other things, that means my web space at UTCS will vanish sometime after I graduate, so expect subsequent updates to include information on my migration to a new hosting provider.

Added Canto Perdrix Tavel '06, Torres "San Valentin" Garnacha '05, Gruet Methode Champenoise Demi-Sec NV, Vina Salceda Rioja Reserva '01, Alfasi Chardonnay '06, Georges Duboeuf Moulin a Vent '05, Grape Creek "Mosaic" 2004, Black Box Merlot '07, Chateau La Grande Clotte Lussac St-Emilion '05, Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva Heredad NV, Porto Cordovero Fine Ruby Port NV, Hermann Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling '06, Ramon Cardova Rioja Crianza '02, Castello di Cesare Rosso Toscano '05, Peteroa Reserve Pinot Noir '04, Beckett's Flat Sauvignon Blanc Semillion blend '06, Abarbanel Chateau de la Salle Beaujolais Villages '06, Herzog Late Harvest White Riesling '05, Casal Garcia Vinho Verde '06, Driftwood Vineyards Merlot '06, Driftwood Vineyards "Lone Star Cab" Cabernet '06, Driftwood Vineyards "Longhorn Red" Cab/Syrah '06, Luna Miel Albarino '05, Bodegas El Porvenir "Laborum" Torrontes '04, Green Point Chardonnay '03, Matanzas Creek Merlot '04, Alice White Chardonnay '06, Cono Sur Pinot Noir '07, Chateau Passe Craby Bordeaux Superieur '07, d'Arenberg "Laughing Magpie" Shiraz Viognier '05, Dry Creek Chenin Blanc '06, MonteVina "Terra d'Oro" Pinot Grigio '06, Beaulieu Vineyards Coastal Estates Riesling '06, Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere '06, Heath "Lizard Flat" Cabernet/Merlot '02, Rosemount Estate "Balmoral" Syrah '00, Goose Bay Pinot Noir '06, Carmel "Private Collection" Chardonnay '03, Famega Vinho Verde bottled 2008, Bartenura Barbera d'Asti '06, China Silk Marco Polo White NV, Sister Creek Muscat Canelli '06, Barkan "Classic" Sauvignon Blanc '06, Fredericksburg Winery "Balanced Rock" Sweet Rose NV, Grape Creek Cabernet Blanc '06, Torre di Pietra "Amore de Tuscano" Super Tuscan '05, Eshkol "Izimbali White" '04, Cockburn Fine Tawny Porto NV, Noah "Tevel" Merlot '05, Teal Lake Cabernet Merlot '07, Beckett's Flat Shiraz '03, Psagot Cabernet '04, Golan Chardonnay '07, Becker Granite Hill Vineyard Reserve Merlot '05, Terroso Sauvignon Blanc '07, Mandola "Spino" Montepulciano '07, Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes '03, Becker "Tallent Vineyard" Grenache '06, Terroso Chardonnay '08, Woodrose Viognier '07, Urban Uco Torrontes '08, Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc '06, Pretty Sally Estate Shiraz '04, Yarden Muscat '03, Terroso Malbec-Merlot '06, Byblos Bonarda '06, Martin Codax Albarino '07, Abarbanel "Efron's Cave" Sauvignon Blanc '06, Grand Prince Bordeaux '05, Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse '07, Rosemount "Mudgee Hill of Gold" Cabernet Sauvignon '03, Castello di Cesare Bianco Lazio '07, Craggy Range "Te Muna Road Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc '08, Kavaklidere Emir de Nevsehir '07, Bartenura Moscato '08, Tertre du Moulin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru '02, Zniber "Amazigh" Beni M'Tir '08, China Silk Red NV, Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Cabernet '07, Messina Hof "Barrel Reserve" Cabernet Franc '07, Alfasi Chardonnay '07, Ramos Pinto Porto Tawny NV, Risata Moscato d'Asti NV, Yalumba Antique Tawny NV, Vendange Chadonnay '08, Gruet Blanc de Noirs NV, Wilhelm Bergmann "Pride of Frankenwein" Dry White '05, Hermann Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling '06, Beringer "California Collection" White Zinfandel '08, Vendange Merlot '07, Domaine Ste Michelle Brut NV, Vendange Cabernet '07, Sutter Home Chenin Blanc '08, Fredericksburg Winery "Baron's Bach Burgundy" NV, Chateau de Rochemorin Pessac-Leognan '05, Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves '06, Sister Creek Muscat Canelli Reserve '07, Bartenura Valpolicella '07, Primo V Prosecco Extra Dry NV, Louis Latour "Les Genievres" Macon-Lugny '07, Antis Malbec '04., Becker "Clementine" Late Harvest Viogier '05, Cruz Tawny Porto NV, Fredericksburg Winery Diamante Doble Dry Gewurztraminer '06, Barkan Reserve Merlot '05, Excelsior Cabernet '05, Baron Herzog Rose of Cabernet '05, Layer Cake Malbec '07, Domaine de Fenquillet "Terres Blanches" Beaumes de Venise rouge '04, Texas Hills "Kick Butt Cab" Newsom Vineyard Cabernet '05, Becker Reserve Cabernet-Syrah '06, Fredericksburg Winery Newsom Vineyard Late Harvest "Vintner's Select Reserve" Orange Muscat '02, Driftwood Syrah '06, Mandola Sangiovese '07, Riunite Lambrusco NV, Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita '06, Fontana Candida Frascati Superiore Secco '07, Sebeka "Cape Blend" Shiraz Pinotage '07, Boutari "Kretikos" '08, Skouras Roditis/Moscofilero '07, Marika Nemes Kadarka '06, Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patros NV, Boutari Nemea '07, Driftwood Cuve Blanc '08, Lamura Bianco di Sicilia '08, Driftwood "Super Texan" Sangiovese '06, Weingut Koster-Wolf Alzeyer Romerberg Kerner Auslese '07, MD 20/20, Seven Daughters Winemaker's Blend Red NV, Ruffino Orvieto Classico '08, Torre di Pietra Claret '05, Mandola Canto Felice NV, Layla Chardonnay/Pinot '07, St Francis RED '06, Alice White "Lexia" Muscat of Alexandria '08, Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo-Garnacha '07, Fall Creek Chenin Blanc '09, Chateau Daugay Saint-Emilion Grand Cru '01, Chappellet Chardonnay '07, Cliff Lede Cabernet '06, Dry Creek "Wilson Ranch" Dry Chenin Blanc '08, Domaine Forca-Real '06, Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Rhone '04, Casa da Corca Douro '06, Marques de Caceres Rioja Rose '09, Bodegas Toro Albala "Don PX" Pedro Ximinez '71.

Updated vintage tables with more recent information. Somebody save me an '05 Burgundy and Bordeaux, ok?

Many things have happened since the last update. Here are some highlights.

First, I have completed my conversion to Judaism in June, putting me one step closer to my college nickname of "The Rabbi." It may be a while before I go to rabbinical school, though!

Second, I am now married to Miriam Robinson Gould as of August. It may be a while before I have the time to put up wedding pictures and everything, but be assured that there was abundant food for all.

Made significant updates to academic information. You can read the abstract from my thesis proposal. I have also put up a list of publications, including my recent CCS'08 paper.

Some reorganization on the wine pages. Chile now has its own page, as does Israel. Moreover, I've added pages on sparkling and dessert wines to make it easier to find them within my pages.

Added Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz '96, Santo Cristo Moscatel Ainzon, Bartenura Moscato '05, Vicente Gandia Fusta Nova Moscatel '04, Warre 20 Year Tawny Port, Chateau La Freynelle White Bordeaux '05, Benjamin Australian Tawny Port, Hermann Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling '03, Hermann Wiemer Dry Riesling '03, Domaine de Colette "Le Charme de Colette" Morgon '05, Hermann Wiemer Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling '06, Vincent "Les Gravieres" Santenay '03, Yalumba Shiraz-Viogier '03, Bleasdale "Mulberry Tree" Cabernet '04, Abarbanel "Efron's Cave" Cab-Merlot-Shiraz '03, Golan Moscato '06, Noah Muscat '05, Teal Lake Shiraz '05, Abarbanel Aude Valley Estate Chardonnay '03, Noah "Gedeon" Petit Syrah '05, Terroso Malbec '06, Golan "Gamla" Merlot '03, Baron Herzog Merlot '04, JSC Kindzmarauli Tsinandali NV, Warre's "Heritage" Ruby Porto NV, Barkan Merlot '03, Fortant Kosher Chardonnay '03, Dr Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling '03, Tedeschi Capitel dei Nicalo Valpolicella Classico Superiore '03, Barons de Rothschild Lafite "Reserve Speciale" Medoc '04, Francois Montand Blanc de Blancs Brut, Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc '05, Baron Herzog American Champagne Brut NV, Teal Lake Chardonnay '05, Abarbanel Aude Valley Estate Cabernet '03, Hermann Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling '03, Geiben Kaseler Nies'chen Riesling Auslese '04, Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco '07, Alvear Solera 1927 Pedro Ximinez, Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscat, Conquista Malbec '06, Kedem Champagne, Abarbanel Cremant d'Alsace Brut, Hagafen Brut Cuvee '97, Beringer Founders Estate Merlot '04, Southern Highland Wines Golden Vale Botrytis Chardonnay '04, Carmel Selected Merlot '04, Vina La Rosa La Capitana Barrel Reserve Cabernet '06, Noah "Tevel" Cabernet '05, Domaine Chignard "Les Moriers" Fleurie '05, Oops White Carmenere '05, Domaine Pichot Vouvray '06, Font Villac St-Emilion Grand Cru '00, Dry Comal Creek French Colombard Demi-Sweet '06, Cap Rock "Palo Duro Canyon" Red NV, Vivac Barbera '04, Six Mile Creek Pasa Tiempo NV, Becker Zinfandel '05, Six Mile Creek Dolce Vita NV, Balkan Hills Muscat '05, Texas Hills Cinque '04, Fredericksburg Winery Texitage '03, Grape Creek Cabernet Trois '06, Torre di Pietra Rosa Flamenco NV, Texas Hills Port Bianco '01, Flat Creek Moscato Blanco '05, Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese '04, Texas Hills Newsome Vineyard Orange Moscato '05, SIster Creek Cabernet Blend Reserve '06, Georges Duboeuf Morgon '05, Woodrose Rose of Sangiovese '07, Beckett's Flat Cerise Rose '04, Carmel Private Collection Merlot '05.

Added Castillo Perelada Costa Brava Reserva '00, Herzog Brouilly '02, Torres Sangre de Toro 2004, Michele Chiarlo Barbers d'Asti Superiore '02, Oro Penedes Hill Muscat-Xarel.lo '04, GranRojo Garnacha '05, Abrazo Garnacha '05, Chateau d'Arcins Haut-Medoc '03, Hermann Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling '03, Camille Giroud Santenay '04, Los Vascos Cabernet '05, Dalton Cabernet '02.

Some corrections and clarifications about kosher wines courtesy of Rabbi Goldin.

WineBat does blind wine tastings in the Austin area. I've met Damon and I like his concept and idea. Check it out!

Added Jackson-Triggs Proprietor's Reserve Vidal Icewine '02, Cruz de Piedra Garnacha '05, Tapena Garnacha '05, Carmen Carmenere '03, Rashi Moscato d'Asti '05, Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto '06.

Added Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane Rouge '03, Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Tawny Port, Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese '03, Casa Viva Pinot Noir '02, JP Azetao Terras do Sado '04, Barkan Petit Syrah '04, Brezovo Mavrud '04, San Silvestro Dulcis Moscato '06, Mirassou Merlot '02, Domaine de Coyeux Muscat Beaumes de Venise '01, Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles '05, Bartenura Moscato '06, Casas del Bosque Cabernet '01, Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva '00, Wild Horse Cabernet '01, Chateau Belles-Cimes '01, Barton and Gustier Vouvray '05, Gonzalez Byass Nectar PX Sherry, Oops Cabernet Franc Carmenere '06, Abarbanel Riesling '04.

More minor edits in kosher wine.

Added Ravenswood Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel '01, Becker Fume Blanc '02, Chateau Bernadotte '00, Texas Hills Newsome Vineyard Orange Moscato '03, Casas del Bosque Reserve Pinot Noir '03, Yarden White Riesling '03, Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages '05, Urbane Shiraz '03, Proshyan "Pomegranate" Semi-Sweet Red, BH Silvaner Eiswein '97.

Put up some new information on kosher wines. Thanks to all the rabbis and other Jews who have helped to fill in the gaps for me.

I have upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake). Learn about Ubuntu on the Thinkpad T40. The old page about Mandrake on Thinkpad will still remain up for posterity.

Added Riscal Tempranillo '01, Estancia Keys Canyon Cabernet '02, Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha '03, Saint-M Riesling '03, Schmitt-Sohne Zeller Schwarze Katz '02, Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet '01.

Mandrake Linux changed names to Mandriva a while back, and now the old links have finally stopped working. I should update everything to reflect the current distribution.

I really should update this site more often, especially the bits about me. Plus, there's plenty of cleanup and new content to be added.

Added Decemberween 2004 pictures to Chaos Ranch. Reorganized a bunch of files and fixed typos.

Not too many wine reviews lately due to severe allergies. I can't drink wine if I'm too stuffed up to taste it. Added reviews for Famega Vinho Verde bottled 2004, Lindemans Reserve Merlot '01, Peregrine Hill Merlot '01, Frattina Pinot Grigio '02, Messina Hof Pinot Grigio '03, Becker Claret '03, Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz '03, Araucano Cabernet '03, Noblio Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc '04, Matua Sauvignon Blanc '04, Fonterutoli Foggio alla Badiola Toscana '02.

Get software for using the iPod Shuffle with Linux. Short answer: it works.

I've upgraded to Mandriva LE 2005; read about it at Linux on the IBM Thinkpad T40.

More Linux tips: postscript merging, time zones and dual-booting.

Added reviews for Piping Shrike Shiraz '00, Rosemount Orange Vineyard Shiraz '00, Twin Springs Sweet Red, Chateau Grand Bourdieu '98, Black Swan Shiraz-Merlot'03, Penfolds "Koonuga Hill" Shiraz-Cabernet '02, Fall Creek "Granite Reserve" Cabernet '03, Los Vascos Cabernet Reserve '01, Fall Creek Johannisberg Riesling NV, Casalfarneto Fontevecchia Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore '02, Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages '03, Mommessin "Old Vines Chardonnay" Macon-Villages '02, Rene Junot Dry White Table Wine, Banfi Principessa Gavia '03, Woodbridge Mondavi Chardonnay '02, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay '02, Little Penguin Merlot '03, Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Primeur '04, Salcheto Chianti Colli Senesi '00.

The Rosemount Orange Vineyard Shiraz 2000 is a new favorite.

Texas now deserves its own section under wines.

I've upgraded to Mandrake 10.1 Official; read about my experiences with Linux on the IBM Thinkpad T40.

About me, I suppose I'm a third-year PhD student now. Sigh.

You know you're in Texas when you see these pictures.

Corrected error in trips pictures.

For the first time in years, pictures are being added. Read about the All Day Buffet, the Chaos Ranch, water fun, get-togethers, graduation.

Added reviews for KWV Steen '03, Fall Creek Chenin Blanc '03, Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Moscato d'Asti '03, Egri Bikaver '01, Domecq Medium Dry Amontillado, Aldegheri "Le Pietre" Santambrogio '99, Messina Hof "Angel" Late Harvest Johannisberg Riesling '02, Schloss Lieser Riesling '01, JJ Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese '01, Rosemount Pinot Noir '01, Martin Weirich "Allegro" Moscato '03, Edna Valley "Paragon" Pinot Noir '01, Vampire Pinot Noir '02, Elk Cove Pinot Noir '01, Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '02, MacMurray Pinot Noir '02, Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc '02, Lambert Bridge Chardonnay '99, Peter Lehmann Barossa Botrytis Semillon '99, Beckman Sauvignon Blanc '02, Bartenura Moscato d'Asti '03, Weingut Allram Gruner Veltliner '02, Theo Minges Fleminger Bischofskreuz Riesling Halbtrocken '03, Sister Creek Pinot Noir '99, Pieropan Soave Classico '02.

Added some verbiage on finding wines to Wine Basics.

The Features page is really redundant, as all the information is here. It has been removed.

It occurs to me that my contact information is nowhere to be found. This has been corrected.

Added a research blurb, if you want to know what I do.

Added Monty Python and the Battle of the Hornburg

Made layout for pictures less sucktastic.

Fixed typos. None worth mentioning except the one about the scroll button in Linux on T22. Added a Linux tip on Flash in Mozilla.

Given that it is probably the most popular section, Wine really should have its own top-level menu entry.

Fixed a whole slew of broken links. Minor tweaks not worth mentioning.

Made ugly CSS site design less ugly.

Added reviews for Castle Rock Pinot Noir '02, Warre's Warrior Port, Tommasi Valpolicella '00, Boutari "Dionysos in Winter" '01, Montecillo Rioja Crianza '00, Marques del Puerto Rioja Reserva '96, Podere il Palazzino Chianto Classico '00, Alamosa Sangiovese '00, Penfolds "Rawson's Retreat" Merlot '03, Chateau d'Arcins '00, Chateau Kefraya '00, Rex Goliath Merlot NV, Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet '03, Asti "Cellar No. 8" Cabernet '01.

Updated About this Page.

Added mouse tapping tips, browser hotkeys, and general comments to Linux on T40. Updated status on wifi and LED. Added region-free DVD and FAT32 tips to Linux Tips. Fixed links in Linux on T22.

Minor editing not worth mentioning.

There's so much content on this site now that I'd be deluding myself into thinking that it isn't actually complete, so I'm declaring it to be presentable. Besides, I finally updated my resume.