Wednesday, March 28, 2007

We have wine lists galore, why not beer lists?

One more beer link while I'm on the topic. NY Times had an article today on Todd and Jason Alstrom, creators of and the state of microbrew beer culture. Why do so many places have great wine lists, but shit beer lists?


Some Beer Links

Here's a few beer links that I found while compiling my last post:


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party Wrap-up

This weekend was the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party hosted by Pizza Port, Carlsbad. There's lot of great flavors to be explored in Belgian beers, for those who haven't tried them. Here are a few of my favorite from the festival. (The numbers in parenthesis are the percentile scores from

Abbey des Rocs Tripel Imeperial (99)
Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru (100)
De Dolle Still Nacht (97)
De Proef K-O (90)
Gouden Carolus Grand Cru
Gouden Carolus Tripel (95)
Gouden Carolus Ambrio (86)
Lamoral Tripel (69)
La Chouffe Houblon IPA (98)(a Belgian-IPA hybrid yum!)
Lost Abbey Judgment Day (The Lost Abbey website.)
Maredsous 8 (86)
Unibroue Edition 15 (91)
Unibroue Trois Pistoles (99)
Westmalle Dubbel (98)


prices comparisions on the go via sms text

Cool stuff: Mobsaver allows you to sms-text the upc or isbn code of any product, and will send you a message containing the lowest available prices at amazon and ebay.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Is there science behind good music?

Litmus' Stereolab reports on Musak, purported specialists in the physiological and psychological applications of music, and the guys who ultimately lead to the elevator music that pervades our grocery stores.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Transfat: What is it, where does it come from.

The Mad Gastronomist reports on transfats, what it is and where it comes from:

Saturday, March 24, 2007

The harm of illegal drugs, a study in The Lancet

From the article:

"...a new paper published in The Lancet has looked at this issue and has put together a more rational scale to assess the relative levels of harm from drugs, both legal and illegal. The work was carried out by a cross-disciplinary group of rather eminent scientists, including Prof. Colin Blakemore, the head of the Medical Research Council (equivalent to the NIH). The study involved surveying two groups; a national group of leading psychiatrists, and a more general group made up of experts from a range of disciplines including forensics, pharmacology, the police and legal services, chemistry, and epidemiology."

"The paper highlights the failings of the current Misuse of Drugs Act, and although they do not suggest that alcohol or tobacco ought to be criminalized, from a scientific perspective they "saw no clear distinction between socially acceptable and illicit substances. The fact that the two most widely used legal drugs lie in the upper half of the ranking of harm is surely important information that should be taken into account in public debate on illegal drug use.""

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

How I became a music pirate

How copyright management "solutions" drive avid music lovers into music pirates!


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Twisted Art

Taken from the Table of Malcontents, sculptist Thomas Scott Kuebler crafts lifelike freaks and monsters...


The Internet Vibrator?

The Table of Malcontents tells of a USB enabled vibrator which will enables people on the internet to control the toy via a chat program. You can download the software here. (You know I thought about a device like this a year ago. Let that be a lesson kids, when inspiration strikes, listen.)

The Smoke-Free Smoke?

Wired news has an article on new developments on the search for a smokeless cigarette.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Type-O Neg Album

Type O Negative just released a new album this week! Joy!