Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cigar Art XV

That count is apropos of cigar art posts as near as I can determine, based on a search of EIP for "cigar art."  So, plus or minus a post or two, our latest:

No need to embiggen; this is the original size, i.e., "larger than life," which is to say twice normal size.
That Ave Maria band might could be a re-post, but the band is a favorite of mine because it's oh-so-lovely.  What I can't quite figure out is what a knight wearing the cross of St. George has to do with "reconquista" in the current sense of the term.  But historically?  Yeah, I get that.   Oh, well... poetic license, I suppose.

Further... that Ashton label is beautiful for the exquisite detail, finely rendered in miniature, of the landscapes.  I like that a lot.

And those Camacho labels?  I've been infamous for at least that long.

Sometimes I'll Post Anything With a Car In It

Like this:



"Interesting," and I'm sure you know why I use the scare quotes.  I think the best thing about this video is the Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 soundtrack (you can hear the tune without annoying car noises here).  So, OK.  You can tie a frou-frou soccer player, Block.  Let's see ya do that on ICE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day



Speaking of Uranus... you KNOW what you can do with your "Earth Day."

Grammar and Spelling In the News, Plane Pr0n Edition

O, my aching ass...

A Romanian air force MiG-21 Lancer deploys a parachute to slow its speed upon landing at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 17, 2014. The parachute acts as an additional breaking (sic) system for the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
I imagine those old MiGs break often enough without the need to deploy an additional "breaking system."  That photo accompanies a USAF press release from Campia Turzii, Romania, following the conclusion of joint exercises between the Romanian air force and elements of a USAF F-16 unit from Aviano AB, Italy.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Today's Happy Hour Soundtrack

Lyle, coverin' a Jackson Browne tune...


But Rosie you're all right -- you wear my ring
When you hold me tight -- Rosie that's my thing
When you turn out the light -- I've got to hand it to me
Looks like it's me and you again tonight Rosie
The original J. Browne version and I had a long and storied relationship in the wayback.  I played this tune a lot when I was separated from My Beloved before we married and again while off on extended TDYs and/or bid'niz trips.  The tune was a standing joke in certain circles and justifiably so... there's a bit o' truth in the lyrics.

But these days?  No.  Don't go there.  Don't EVEN go there.

And now it's back out to the verandah.

Well... It Doesn't HURT

I found this in my wanderings around these inter-tubes this morning...



The taglines from this Digg article:

That's One Way To Get People To Listen To Classical Music

Is it working? Are you entranced by this brilliant late 19th-century composition?
I don't require visual stimulation to listen to Dvořák's "New World" or the works of most any other classical composer (except Bartók.  There's always an exception).  But I'm OLD...

That said, the visuals here are pretty good!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter



1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...

Image: Sistine Chapel. Hendrick van den Broeck (1519-1597) — Scenes from the Life of Christ: The Resurrection of Christ (H).
 
(Yes... it's the same thing I posted last post every year.  Some things cannot be improved upon.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Welcome Rain


No outdoor Happy Hour today.  We're getting our first serious rain this year and it's a rain unlike the usual hit 'n' run cloudbursts we normally get.  The system is a large, slow moving band of rain that's best categorized as a slow-soaker.  The system looks like this:


That otta be good for a couple o' hours o' rain.  Bring it ON.

Saturday: The Magic Man!



Final score, Game One: Datsyuk 1, Boston 0.

That's the way to start, Boys.  Don't let up and keep on as you've begun coz Boston ain't gonna roll over and die.

LGRW!

Updated, somewhat later:  Are ya confused about the post title?  Well, there's an app for that:

Friday, November 08, 2013

Cheesy Videos XXX (That Would Be 30, Not Some Kinda Pr0n Clip)

Wherein we ask Siri a question...



Who'd a thunk it?
Heh. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Just Checkin' the Box

That would be the box that sez "post at least once a day."



I dunno why that card was rejected.  I would have bought a box or two of those about 40 years ago.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today's Happy Hour Soundtrack

Rodney Crowell...


Tired ol' story, sad but true
We mama's boys have got it in for you
Our faults are many, our virtues nil
We never loved you and we never will
Ah, come on now girl, it's time we both come clean
This mean old world runs on sex and gasoline
The lyrics to this tune made me laugh, but I suppose they WOULD.  I like the way Rodney skewers a number o' subjects here and his words ring TRUE, in that tongue-in-cheek sorta way.  The tune itself is pretty bouncy and catchy, as well.  That doesn't hurt.

In other news...  We went out on a beer run to our Local Likker Locker (no, there's no broadening to be had here... it was all new favorites, like 90 Shilling Ale and Snapshot) but the first thing we did before making the beer run was to affix the playoff flag to The Tart, like this:


That's last year's pic but ya get the ideer, right?  Yes, we're a day early since the Beloved Wings don't play until tomorrow evening.  OTOH, we're right on time coz one can't ever be TOO early, yanno?

LGRW!

An Automotive Geezer's Birthday

That would be the Mustang... 50 years old today.  From the Hemmings Motor News daily newsletter, this:


You can read the whole article here and it's pretty interesting stuff for a gear head.  Oh, and the car's for sale... only $55,000.00 and it could be yours, unless there's a bidding war.

Heh



'Nuff said.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Broadening Our Horizons LXXIX

We've been saving that New Belgium/Cigar City collaboration brew for an auspicious day... which is to say a warm and gentle sort of day... for to enjoy it.  That day arrived today, whereupon it was (a) warm and (b) without Force Six or better breezes on the Beaufort Scale.  So, just for starters...


That's just before we poured Round Two.  And how was the beer?  Very good, thank ya.  I was prepared to not like this beer after reading several reviews at the Go-To guys' site for all things barley, hops and water.  Here's one such review:
Light amber color. Nice see through. Rich, creamy head with exceptional stick and smooth foamy lacing.

Aroma is clean with hints of malt and spices.

Biscuity malt flavor with hints of butter and diacetyl. Herbal leafy hop, descent balance. Touch of spices without a hint of heat. Yeast is not prominent as expected.

Sturdy medium bodied. Smooth, creamy texture. Slight warmth from the alcohol. Well carbonated.

Descent (sic) brew overall just weak for a pepper beer. Lacks the spice level and heat I was hoping for. Just a little dull in my opinion.
I would respectfully disagree.  If Buddy wanted "spice," then perhaps he should have sprinkled three or four drops of Tabasco Habanero Sauce into a Miller Genuine Draft, and Walla!  Mission Accomplished.  There's more to chile than fire, however, and I was impressed with the way the NB/Cigar City guys managed to capture the taste... as opposed to the fire... of chiles in this beer.  I won't go into any lengthy digression about chile but suffice it to say there's a HUGE flavor element in the wide varieties of chile one finds in this world.  In its own very subtle way, this ale managed to capture the spice and lingering flavor of the two varieties of chile... Anaheim and Marash... used in the brew.  This is a very well-done beer, both as concept (delivered!), and drink-ability.  The first round went down fairly quickly and we're halfway through Round II, as we speak.

That said, would we buy a sixer of this every week were it available 12 months out of the year?  No, we wouldn't.  But the brew was insanely delightful as a one-off... and sometimes that's exactly what you want.

So Very F*cking WRONG

By way of Puck Daddy, yet another FBFU*...



And there's this about that:
All that said, this map may not be that accurate. Lots of fans may like their NHL team without "Liking" their NHL team. Which would mean Facebook's information is woefully incomplete. It could be that there's just one NHL fan in New Mexico, and he bleeds burgundy and steel blue, for instance.
Nope.  Not even.  I know for a freakin' FACT that there are a lot o' New Mexicans who bleed red.  "Burgundy and steel blue?"  Not around HERE, Gentle Reader, not around here. We see more than a few Wings jerseys in our travels around THPoNM, most especially out at Cannon Airplane Patch.  Do we see Avs jerseys?  Well, mebbe... it's possible, I suppose... but we ignore the unpleasant things in life most of the time.

So.  The playoffs begin tonight with three games on tap.  I'll likely watch the Flightless Birds play Columbus (and root for the BJs) followed by the Anaheim - Dallas game.  The REAL action begins tomorrow and there's this about that:
Not every team that succeeds in the playoffs is the favorite, right? These three teams stand the best chance of being this year's dark horse.
...

Detroit Red Wings

When was the last time you heard "Detroit Red Wings" and "dark horse" in the same breath? Still, that's what they are, as they will face the NHL's top regular-season team, the Boston Bruins, in the first round. This has been a difficult season for the Red Wings, who have gone long stretches without top players Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jimmy Howard. But a new generation of Red Wings has emerged, led by scoring sensation Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan, which has more than picked up the slack. With Datsyuk back in the lineup and Howard back to form after a rocky season, the Wings don't look like a wild-card team. And they're not. The culture of winning is strong, and coach Mike Babcock is as good a tactician as there is in the game when it comes to making adjustments on the fly and planning for the rigors of a playoff series. Throw in the experience of guys such as Daniel Alfredsson (who's still searching for his first championship) and the under-appreciated Niklas Kronwall and would it surprise anyone to see the Red Wings make a run? The almost universal answer across the hockey world is a resounding "No."
That would be Scott Burnside, writing at ESPN.  Most of the "experts" are predicting a short series with Boston quickly eliminating the Beloved Wings.  Those experts said the same sorts of things about the Wings last year, who eliminated Anaheim (the West's Number Two seed) in the first round and took the (ultimate) Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks to OT in a game seven before falling.  I'm not predicting the same sort of thing this year, mind you.  But it WOULD be nice.

*FBFU: Facebook F*ck Up.

We Still Have a Long Way To Go

A couple of graphics from an article about the state of America's beer industry in The Atlantic...




Sigh.  Bud Light sold about five times as much beer (in dollar value) as the entire craft beer segment in these United States.  The good news is craft beer sales are growing and the majors are losing market share... but there's still an incredibly long way to go.  Still and even, 1.882 BILLION dollars in craft beer sales is pretty damned impressive.  America's beer industry is rather healthy, methinks.  As for us?  We'll keep doin' our part.

There's a lot more at the link, including the top imported beers in the USA.

Updated, somewhat later.  This subject hit the Twitterverse, too.  One such:


I like that "low information drinkers" thing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New! Improved!

That would be Weather Underground's new look...


I like it.  All of my weather screencaps originate with Wunderground.  I used to be a Weather Channel kinda guy... both teevee and web site... but I quit when TWC hired that insufferable scold DOCTOR Heidi Cullen.  From a post I put up in November of 2006:
Oh, and for the folks at The Weather Channel: stick to your knitting and spare us the global warming sermons. You’re very good at what you do, which is weather reporting. On the other hand, I find Dr. Heidi Cullen, Climate Expert, (ed: dead link mainly coz TWC fired her ass) and her "commentary" annoying as all get-out. Stop it.
I dropped out of the Weather Channel fan club shortly after that.

Tax Day

From the Usual Source of these things...



I've done my duty.  I'll admit I paid up grudgingly but I still paid up.  The thing that pisses me off the most is that 83% of my Social Security income is taxable.  I used to be pissed that the state taxes my AF retirement but I'm over that now.  Sorta.

"Pay up, Sucka!"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Yet Even More Cigar Art, Packaging Division

We're running out of ways to describe the various and sundry iterations on this subject, which makes me think I shoulda done the Roman numeral thing like I did with the "Broadening" series.  Oh, well... too late now.

So, today's subject: the Ave Maria Reconquista, which comes in its very own individual wooden coffin box.  Like this:



I got two of these in today's mail along with a few other lovelies... so the humidor is restocked.  All I need now is some decent weather.  Tomorrow!

Added:  Forgot to mention that our beer is a perfectly-poured Left Hand Milk Stout.  We loves that beer.

The Obligatory WX Post

As in: WTF?  Yesterday we were in the 80s but today?  This:


No outdoor Happy Hour today.

They Grow Up So Fast

Quite literally, in this case:



What a cutie.  But I'm left wonderin' what she said in all those shots.