Absinthe Dilution Faerie

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“Absinthe Dilution Faerie” is a small application which calculates how much water one should temper a dose of absinthe with in accordance with the ABV percentage as laid out by Michael Meyers of The Wormwood Society.

The application also has the support of The Wormwood Society! If you are at all interested in absinthe or absinthe education; The Wormwood Society is an absolutely invaluable resource.

Happy to say that some prominent Absintheurs are supportive of this little application!
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Grab it for FREE on the Google Play store:

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I’ve also created an entry for the app on the PhoneGap site: http://phonegap.com/app/absinthe-dilution-faerie/

Some notes on the price of Absinthe vs. the price of Wine

A traditionally prepared glass of Absinthe.
A traditionally prepared glass of Absinthe.

When speaking of absinthe, people are often shocked by the price of a 750ml bottle – generally around $65 USD. Compared with a standard bottle of wine running at $15 or so, this understandably sounds expensive at first… but is it really? Let’s do some math.

Here, we are comparing a standard size bottle of absinthe with a standard size bottle of wine – 750ml.

750ml bottle = ~25oz

Next we take a look at at how many ounces constitutes a normal glass of each. Note that absinthe is traditionally prepared with ice cold water added in a ratio of 1:3, 1:4, or 1:5. For this example, we’ll use 1:4 since it is the median.

1 glass of wine = 5oz
1 glass of absinthe = 1oz

We then calculate, based upon this, how many glasses (or servings) each bottle will hold.

5 glasses of wine
25 glasses of absinthe

Again, these are the prices we are basing the next calculation upon. Wine prices vary wildly – so use your favorite bottle for a more personal calculation. I’m using $15 as a good, all purpose wine.

1 good bottle of wine = $15
1 good bottle of absinthe = $65

Dividing the price of each bottle by the number of expected servings will yield the price per serving for each.

1 standard glass of wine: 15/5 = $3.00
1 1:4 glass of absinthe: 65/25 = $2.60

So, as you can see… absinthe is not necessarily any more expensive than wine. In fact, using these calculations – it actually comes out quite a bit less expensive. Cheers!


Want to learn more about absinthe? I recently did a quick talk for Ignite Denver 12 that provides a good overview of the spirit:

For further information:

Autumn 2012 Presentations

I have a lot of presentations coming up for the next two months and it’s often helpful to high-lite them in a blog post like this. Normally at this time of the year, I detail all of the Adobe MAX related sessions I’m involved with… and we all know that ain’t happening. In place of MAX this year, I have the following to look forward to!

I am quite EXCITED for all of these!!!


October 24 2012 | 7:00pm MT: Ignite Denver 12

Absinthe: Artistic Rituals, Intestinal Parasites, and Psychoactive Madness!
Denver, Colorado

An artistic muse, drinking rituals for snobs, multi-functional health tonic, or the bane of sanity? Absinthe is perhaps the most misunderstood spirit in history – one thing is for sure though… it is absolutely delicious if you can find the genuine thing. Learn all about “la fée verte” and her sordid history! Let’s louche!


October 25 2012 | 5:00pm ET: Hawaii Flash User Group

Getting Familiar with Adobe Edge Animate
Worldwide via Connect

With the rising popularity of using HTML & Friends for motion and basic activity on the web – wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool with familiar controls and workflow concepts that could be leveraged toward the creation of such content?

Edge Animate is a new tool from Adobe which targets HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to create the kind of compelling web experiences people have gotten used to (through use of the Adobe Flash Player); but with the ability to target the native browser environment across desktops and devices regardless of plugin support.

This session aims to provide a solid overview of Edge Animate as a tool – and also place useful comparisons to similar applications such as Flash Professional, InDesign, and After Effects, when appropriate.


November 9 2012 | 2:10pm ET: Adobe Education Exchange Live (alongside DesignThinkers)

VideoManager: Using Flash® Technology and HTML5 together for University Media Consumption and Distribution
Toronto, Canada

VideoManager emerged at the University of Denver from the need to organize all public videos at the university in a central repository to improve tracking, management, and communication. The final outcome is a central web-based video portal used to showcase all significant public university videos.

This session is an overview of the University of Denver VideoManager application and covers:

  • Technologies involved; HTML5 and Flash Technology working together for an ideal user experience
  • Unique server configuration; ColdFusion, server-based Adobe AIR, and Flash Media Server
  • Usage by university videographers, staff and faculty contributors, and students
  • Expected teaching and learning outcomes


November 13 2012 | 11:00am MT: National Association of Government Webmasters

Getting Familiar with Adobe Edge Tools and Services
Worldwide via Connect

With the rising popularity of HTML & Friends for both motion and interactivity on the web – wouldn’t it be great if there were a set of tools and services with familiar controls and workflow concepts that could be leveraged toward the creation of such content? Wouldn’t it be killer if these tools and services were free of charge?

Edge Animate is one of these new tools from Adobe which targets HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to create the kind of compelling web experiences people have gotten used to (through use of the Adobe Flash Player); but with the ability to target the native browser environment across desktops and devices regardless of plugin support.

This session aims to provide a solid overview of Edge Animate as a creative application – and as part of the wider Edge Tools and Services offering.