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Month: May, 2013

055: FLASH

Here’s a quick pull of stuff that seems cool, but if I hadn’t bookmarked it I would’ve forgotten about it by now.

 

 

  • This may be old news, but a few months ago Smith Journal ran a feature on this man, Ray who is the world’s smallest ship builder? Video’s only 4:10 so just take a break and enjoy it.
  • The Atlantic has compiled LANDSAT photos of the earth from the last 30 years into a beautiful, immersive, and horrifying feature that allows you to watch a time lapse of Man’s expansion and devastation of the Earth.  The article features a few choice pieces, but the real gem is at the bottom where you can zoom in on any point on the globe and watch.
  • Love Daft Punk? Here’s a cool look at the evolution of their robot faces
  • Do you think you buy a lot of groceries? Do you live in America? Then you probably do. But, now you finally have the chance to compare to the average weeks worth of groceries from around the world.
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054: Friday Jams | Twenty One Pilots – Holding On To You

It’s Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy. This band, Twenty One Pilots, has been blowing up around here. Definitely give this one a listen.

And here’s another track from them I love.

BONUS: HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEW DAFT PUNK SINGLE?

053: The Kentucky Derby

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this weekend is a rare double header for us avid consumers of alcoholic delights. Sunday is Cinco de Mayo (every American’s 2nd favorite culturally errant holiday used as an excuse to drink excessively) and you’ll see more about that tomorrow. But, before that comes a truly All American Day Of Drinking: The Kentucky Derby. Now some of you may hear the phrase Kentucky Derby and think one of two things. The first being simply a flash of sweaty white dudes deep in the south with a bunch of ponies and ladies in weird hates. The second is probably, “Why is he talking about the Kentucky Derby if he has such a pathological hatred for horses?” I welcome your concerns and will address them in turn.

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First off, yes. The Kentucky Derby is absolutely a Southern tradition. Seersucker, pale colors, big hats for the ladies, bow ties for the men, and most importantly bourbon are the defining elements of the event and for at least this day should be whole heartedly embraced. The key element, to me at least, is the bourbon. And in the setting of the Kentucky Derby bourbon takes on the form of the Mint Julep. There are 4 key elements here: crushed ice, fresh mint, strong bourbon, and a silver Derby Cup. The recipe calls for a little work when crushing the mint with your muddler (you do have a muddler right?) but overall is pretty simple. Need special direction? Check here. And don’t forget, bourbon is the official spirit of America.

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Secondly, yes the horses are also a very important part of this race and yes I do have a completely legitimate fear of horses (have you seen how big those damn things are?). But, I enjoy the derby the same way I enjoy all horse races by enjoying the atmosphere, the drink, and the rush of watching your horse cross the finish line. And also there’s a giant fence in between us.

More importantly than all this, just let yourself fall into the revelry of the event. America doesn’t have a lot of things to celebrate that are wholly ours. Most traditions are adapted from, rooted in, or simply lifted from ones found in other countries and cultures. However, the Derby much like The 4th of July and Thanksgiving are entirely ours, and may be the most entirely American after The Fourth. So yeah, enjoy it! Get dressed up, wear a bow-tie, have a few too many juleps, place a few wagers, even throw a party if you feel up to it. Also, if you’re lucky enough to be attending the event itself, make sure you dress the part.

dressing for the derby

052: THE ROUNDUP

Well it’s another week. I guess that’s what it is? At least we have TWO, count’em TWO drinking holidays to look forward to this weekend. More on that later.

  • What do you get when you combine a Jewish Family, Suburban Ontario, and A Strip Club? The Manor, which looks to be an incredible documentary. Keep an eye out for it soon. Also, I’d rate that video as NSFW.
  • Love Basbeball? Love Food? Love both together? Check out the 15 Most Exciting New Baseball Stadium Snacks.
  • Not to be repetitious but: Love Baseball? Love Beer? Love both together? Check out The Summer Of Beer And Whiskey. It’s the story of one man’s quest to start a baseball team in St. Louis just to sell more beer. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s earned a high slot in my overflowing summer reading schedule.
  • Finally, as many of you may have heard Bill Gates in all his philanthropic wisdom recently offered $100,000 to anyone who could develop a better condom. It seems this has spurred a great debate about condom usage itself and The Atlantic has a great article on why so few men still do not use a condom.