“In other words, you don’t have to really fast, just kind of think of yourself as fasting. You know, go through the motions. It’s official: Family Foundation found the laziest form of protesting possible – protest by imagination.”—
This chosen name actually reminds me of one my favorite John Scalzi book: The Android’s Dream which is a phenomenal little work of science fiction with a whole lot of hilarity in it, and it’s set quasi-locally.
“So yes, for reasons that made sense to them, a handful of people living in the days when slavery was acceptable and women voting was not, set up a Federal enclave. This enclave had, in 1800, roughly the same number of people as the US Capitol Police has total officers in its force today. Why are we bound to it? Our Founding Fathers, whose views we seem to hold sacrosanct, weren’t in the least afraid of pragmatic solutions to problems or reviewing unworkable systems. I think they’d be disappointed in us if we are.”—
“Any discussion of DC Statehood comes inevitably back to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. Try to explain the patently unjust status of 640,000 Americans without represenatation and you get Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 thrown back at you.”—
“As Stephen A. Smith says, “See, we keep talking about the guys, when we never talk about the elements of provocation.” See, some guys can sound so dumb you’d think they had a chair broken over their head, but the first element of provocation a woman should avoid is calling them on it, whether it’s an NFL official justifying a two-game penalty for a running back going all Flintstone on his wife, or an ESPN announcer who holds your cable subscription hostage while he tries to string two sentences together.”—
“Templeton Rye, by contrast, has built its successful brand on being a product of Templeton, Iowa. They tell an elaborate story about how their recipe was used by the owner’s family to make illicit whiskey in Iowa during Prohibition, and how that rye had become Al Capone’s favorite hooch. They publish a description of their “Production Process” so detailed it lists the temperature (124 degrees) at which the “rye grain is added to the mash tank.” They brag that they focus their “complete attention on executing each step of the distillation process.” And yet, for all this detail, the official “Production Process” somehow fails to mention that Templeton doesn’t actually do the distilling.”—
This summer, when we visited Pittsburgh, I was reminded of the genius of the radler. Think of a radler like you’d think of a more awesome Arnold Palmer: half beer, half lemonade. It’s every bit as wonderful as it sounds.
After we got home, I went on a search for Stiegl’s bottled/canned radler, but largely struck out. It’s just not sold many places around here, so I settled on having to mix my own.
My testing methodology has been to settle on a beer that I can use as a base and then determine a good mixer to act as complement. I settled on New Belgium’s Summer Helles, which has a low IBU rating, and a low 5% ABV. A radler is a drink-all-day kind of thing, so you’re going to want to avoid the heavy beers, and the super hoppy beers.
Here are my first three tests:
Izze Grapefruit: Easily the best of the bunch. The nice thing about Izze is they have a pretty light hand with the sugar. You don’t want cloying, you want crisp. This pairs very, very well with the Helles.
Wegman’s Wedge: My least favorite. The wedge does an okay job, but it’s not nearly tart enough. Worthy, just not all that great. Disappointing, since I like it solo.
San Pellegrino Limonata: Not quite a match for the Izze, but very promising. The lemon is just sour enough to make the Helles’ grain notes stronger.
San Pellegrino Blood Orange (in hand)
Wegmans’ Frizzante Sicilian Lemon (in hand)
San Pellegrino Grapefruit (need to find this one)
“Roger Ray Ireland, 28, was featured this week as one of Anne Arundel County Police’s “Wanted Wednesday” suspects in connection with a probation violation. That same day, police said, the Edgewater resident commented on the county police department’s Facebook post, “Y’all will never catch me…” The next day, after following tips about Ireland’s location, detectives found him in South Baltimore, police said. Authorities conducted a traffic stop on the car he was in and took him into custody without incident, police said.”—Md. man who bragged on Facebook about dodging cops gets caught, police say - The Washington Post
“I confess: I am one of “those people” who rarely goes to dinner without snapping a photo of my meal. That said, I don’t want to be an asshole who deserves a role in a Portlandia skit. So I try my best to abide by certain etiquette rules. Follow these six tips to avoid your date, the staff, and the entire dining room from wanting to throw fettuccine in your face”—
PSA: Mac Users Please Don't Install The Public Beta
Tomorrow, Apple’s making the Public Beta of Yosemite available. Unless you are smarter than your average bear, more resilient than your typical feudal lord, more capable of crisis management than a battle-hardened PR specialist for the oil industry, and more paranoid about data loss than your average healthcare system DBA, I do not recommend installing it on your primary system.
IF you choose to ignore me, and IF you do it anyway, you can play around with some of the new features.
However, you need to do at least this much before you can upgrade:
Make a FULL DISK backup of your machine before installing Yosemite. Not a Time Machine backup. Not a CrashPlan backup. A full disk backup. If you don’t know how to do this, ask, but if you don’t know how to do this, you should not install the Public Beta.
Since I have been video gamer, there is one company whose games are above all the others, and that’s Bungie.
I’ve been playing Bungie games since Marathon came out on floppy disk for the first round of PowerMacs back in the early 1990s. Marathon, Marathon 2, Marathon Infinity, Myth, Myth 2, and then game that launched a whole console: Halo.
The thing I love about their games is that they create an entire world. They don’t just create the veneer, they build the whole thing. They build the mythos, the belief systems, the milieu, if you will. And then they score they hell out of it with awesome music.
And Destiny combines a gorgeous world, beautiful music, and great story with a level treadmill that was so effective at addicting me with World of Warcraft.
“There is no one in North Carolina, or likely in all of American politics, quite like Art Pope. He is not just a wealthy donor seeking to influence politics from the outside, nor just a government official shaping it from within. He is doing both at the same time — the culmination of a quarter-
century spent building a sphere of influence that has put him at the epicenter of North Carolina government and moved his state closer to the conservative vision he has long imagined.”—
One year ago, Kali Hardig went swimming at an Arkansas water park and the next day was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a rare, 99% fatal condition: a brain-eating amoeba. This is the miraculous story of how she lived.
“Today is the 224th anniversary of the Residence Act, the law that in 1790 set aside land from Virginia and Maryland for the creation of the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. (It took another decade before the government moved in, though.) And just like we did for Maryland and Virginia, we thought it a perfect reason to brainstorm the things — 51 in all — any resident or visitor to the city should do at some point in their life.”—51 Things Everyone Should Experience At Least Once In D.C. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
It is time for the District to become a state. This is bullshit.
I totally agree! To become a state, we need the Congress to pass the New Columbia Admissions Act (HR 292, S 132) and to do that we need the bill to be co-sponsored by more legislators!
If your legislator does not currently support the New Columbia Admissions Act, please ask them to do so. Calling your Congresscritter or Senator is a totally straightforward thing! You can use the Find Your Representative tool and there’s a Senate Directory. Right now we need more sponsors for each of these efforts. Please ask them to cosponsor that legislation!
“In the culmination of the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history, former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested early Tuesday and charged with a combined 23 counts that could land each in prison for 30 years.”—