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Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to blend whiskey

How to Blend Whiskey

As many of you know I have begun aging and blending my own whiskey. This is more or less self taught with some successes....and some...well let's say, not so successful.

If you want to know how to do it in a more organized fashion, take a look at


You can even get an official blending kit!  DM

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Doc MacMaino’s Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whisky: Cinnamon + Hot Peppers!

Doc MacMaino’s Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whisky: Cinnamon + Hot Peppers! 
I have continued to age my own whiskey in small 2 and 5  liter charred oak barrels. I have also begun to experiment with aging using lightly toasted American Oak and heavily toast French Oak wood chips, cinnamon and hot peppers.
My recipe is noted below for those who want to "age" their own! 
150 ml Rye with cinnamon
100 ml Rye with hot peppers
100 ml single Malt
150 ml Rye aged with American Oak lightly toasted
100 ml Rye aged with French Oak heavily toasted
This aqua vitae is 100 Proof. The picture to the right shows the bottle of my newly blended whisky. DM

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Doc MacMaino’s Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whisky: Cinnamon

  Doc MacMaino’s Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whisky: Cinnamon

The bottle in the middle holds my latest creation. It is blended in the following manner:
250 ml 2nd fill 2L Charred Oak Barrel single malt (aged for 6 months)
250 ml 1st fill 2L Charred Oak Barrel Rye (10% corn) (aged for 6 months)
50 ml American Oak lightly toasted, French Oak Darkly Toasted wood chips with cinnamon sticks (aged with wood chips and cinnamon sticks for 4 weeks)
This blend is 100 Proof. I'll tell you a bit more about it later, but it seems to be a winning blending of various whiskies and flavors! DM

Friday, March 22, 2013

Announcement of Webinar to Discuss Results of NEI Funded Research Study

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group
Coordinating Center
15310 Amberly Drive, Suite 350
Tampa, FL 33647
Tel: (888) 797-3344
Fax: (888) 697-3344

Announcement of Webinar to Discuss Results of NEI Funded Research Study

On April 8th, at 9pm EST (8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST), we will be hosting a webinar to present the results of the recently completed randomized clinical trial, Amblyopia Treatment Study-15, which was conducted by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) and funded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. We are inviting you to attend the webinar.

The purpose of the ATS-15 study was to determine if increasing prescribed patching dosage improves amblyopic eye visual acuity in 3 to <8-year-old children with apparently stable residual amblyopia following prescribed initial treatment with optimum refractive correction and 2 hours of daily patching.

As a member of the eye care community, you are invited to join your colleagues for this live           30-minute web presentation. Dr. David Wallace (Duke University, Department of Ophthalmology), the ATS-15 Study Chair will be presenting the results of the study prior to publication. 

This webinar will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this webinar.

When: Monday April 8, 2013 at 9pm EST (8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST)

Webinar Instructions: You will need to use the URL below to register.

Information will be sent to the email used in your registration with your personal link.
A reminder email will be sent 1 day and 1 hour before the start of the webinar from with your personal link included.

You will be prompted to download and install software when attempting to enter the webinar.  30 minutes prior to the start, the session will be open allowing those who need to download and install the software to do so (Please note that GoTo Meeting and GoTo Webinar are different programs). If you need to inform your IT department of this installation, please do so prior to the webinar.

Questions can be asked by typing in the chat box and will be answered during the Q&A session.
Please write questions out completely even if it is a follow up to another question.

Microphones of the attendees will be muted during the webinar.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Curtis Koh at 1-888-797-3344 or

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Unattended Children

UNATTENDED CHILDREN will be given candy and a free puppy, as well as a  caffeine loaded energy drink, and a drum set as a part of their home optometric vision  therapy program (hand eye).

Monday, March 18, 2013

“V” Virtues of Great Leaders

“V” Virtues of Great Leaders

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1. Valiant

2. Validating

3. Vehement

4. Verifiable

5. Versatile

6. Veteran

7. Vibrant

8. Victorious

9. Vigilant

10. Virtuous

11. Visionary

12. Voracious

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Insecurity Inundates Ophthalmology

A story in Optometry Times notes that:

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) will offer a non-surgical educational program to advance a synergistic collaboration between optometry and ophthalmology. The Integrated Ophthalmic-Managed Eyecare Delivery Model (IOMED) was created by the ASCRS IOMED Task Force and the ASCRS Integrated Eyecare Program Committee. ...IOMED encourages arrangements in which optometrists employed by ophthalmologists, as well as optometrists employed by the military or industry, have a role in delivering non-surgical eye care. This patient-centered model .....

Comments: Since independent members of the Optometric profession are barred from participating in ASCRS meetings, the IOMED program only demonstrates organized ophthalmology's inability to come down off of their pedestal and to acknowledge that ALL OF OPTOMETRY (and not just those EMPLOYED by ophthalmology) have the education, skills and training to care for a wide variety of patients. This discriminatory approach to patient care should be seen for what it really attempt to control one profession for the benefit of another to the detriment of patients and the care they receive. If ASCRS really wanted the best for all patients they would welcome all optometrists to their continuing education programs (yes, even those programs that discuss surgery). 

The membeship of ASCRS should contact their leaders. They should tell them how incredibly petty, small minded and ridiculous they make themselves look by supporting such a flawed and illogical program. We must work together, yes as equals. I challenge all members of ASCRS, especially those who are optometrists, to make the changes that will be necessary to demonstrate a more appropriate approach to patient care with collegiality and equity towards all. DM

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Making Maino a house hold Internet Name!

I'm not sure what it all means...but....

My blog MainosMemos has been designated one of the top ten medical blogs by Networked Blogs (I'm #2).

LinkedIN has informed me that my profile has been reviewed so often that I am in their top 5% of profiles most often read.

And TripAdvisor just sent me an email that said my reviews are in the top 24% most frequently reviewed.

Interesting!! DM

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lyons Family Eye Care: The Jingle

Lyons Family Eye Care has its own official jingle. The next time you come in for an appointment, try humming a few bars!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Apollo Chorus at Rockefeller Chapel U of C

I'm going to be here on Saturday night. Won't you join me!

Click here for more information or visit the Apollo Chorus website for more information. DM