Greetings from a recovering River of Boiling Water where I am recovering from some weekend travel and thinking that Monday has come FAR TOO EARLY this week.

On the Internets:

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New York started offering free wifi hotspots in old pay phone booths, which instantly turned into another type of hotspot altogether. Stephen Hawking said the only way humanity will survive is if we get the fuck out of here. The Manosphere was revealed, and it’s as digusting as it sounds. Facebook started supporting Tor based connections, allowing people to securely post neverending gripes about snowstorms. Darth Vader onesies are force-choking babies. A politician in Hawaii thought using Tinder as a campaign tool would be a good idea, “I thought the one-on-one interaction would be great, but it just leads to other things.”  The Doctor is genderfluid.

Even IKEA thinks you have too much shit.

Locally:

All my boardgaming nerd friends are gearing up to go to Whose Turn Is It Anyway? I’ve just returned from a trip to Indianapolis which is a bit of an odd bird of a city. Their downtown is connected by a skywalk system that they’ve converted into a shopping mall. If this sounds terrifying, that’s because it is. In attempting to find a shortcut to a cocktail lounge we stumbled into it and tried to scamper out like drunken rats only to end up in what I can only assume are the bowels of the city, having to navigate around through a puddle of automobile drippings and rendered human fat. It was unappealing. We were able to find a delightful place for brunch called Milktooth where the cocktails and food were so delicious we contemplated just staying there for the whole day. Instead we walked around the city a bit and along an old canal. A CANAL OF FAILURE, as it turns out. We also had some delightful drinks at LIbertine and a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon in Broad Ripple. On the way home, we stopped in at Niles, Michigan to see the remnants of the Niles Ice Sculpture Festival:

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I’ve Been Reading:

The new SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel:
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Sandman got put on hold for a bit.  I picked up the ruleset to Fiasco and have been looking over that. Looks interesting, though it might be hard to find people to play with, it seems very dependent on the personalities of the players. The Devil You Know reread has progressed as well. .

In the Earhole:

Artist Plays
Shirlette Ammons 13
Hodgy Beats 12
The Beta Band 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 10
Erik Satie 8
Franz Joseph Haydn 8
Earl Sweatshirt 7
Georg Friedrich Händel 7
Arcangelo Corelli 6
Tyler; the Creator 6
Andrew Bird 5

Eye Pollution:

All but the last episode of Jessica Jones. Definitely getting a little stretchy in episodes 10 and 11, but not the worst. Also watched A Million Ways to Die in the West because I was tired and wanted something mindless to watch. Check. Also watched a bit of Great British Bake Off, only to learn that they will be showing the 4th season (which I am watching now) as the second season here in the states. This makes no sense.

Boring, Boring Arsenal:

Arsenal lost to Chelsea 0-1 after playing with only 10 men for most of the match. I take personal responsibility, as I wore neither my Arsenal top nor supporter scarf while watching the match. (I was unsure I would be able to follow it at all, but then we stumbled into a nice little pub in Broad Ripple and one thing led to another.) So Gunners fans, I apologize. I’ll make it up to you somehow.

Greetings from A FUCKING FRIGID River of Boiling Water where it is COLD and there is snow and ice and it is very pretty but the temperature is only in the single digits and that is just not a proper place for a human to live. DID I MENTION THE COLD? It’s also beer week, so I guess there’s that.

On the Internets:

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David Bowie died. Alan Rickman died. The world was really sad but listened to a lot of REALLY good music and watched a lot of REALLY good movies because of it. So in that way, the world got a little better because we all got reminded that even though there are terrible things going on in the world, there’s still some great things that are coming out of it. Speaking of terrible things (HEY LOOK A SEGUE), a town in New York has decided that their town seal TOTALLY ISN’T RACIST….

Not racist. Not one bit.

 

Other things died this week too, just no one gives a shit when it’s internet explorer. No one wants to buy the Silence of The Lambs house. Someone made a computer out of dominoes. Alchemy it turns out might not 100% pure bullshit. Sugar gliders are the new cats. A guy in Ohio didn’t like the mugshot cops were using to try to find him, so he sent them a selfie. The WHO said West Africa was free from Ebola. Ebola replied, “O RLLY?

My friend Iris has a new project where she goes and visits tiny towns.

Locally:

My friend Chad was interviewed about mopeds on the Chit Chat podcast. It’s beer week here, and everybody is doing something with beer, which is fine by me. We went to see the Del McCoury Band which was great because they are pretty incredible, but the bands that opened up for them were total shit.  So shit I don’t want to even tell you who they were for fear that you will go and try to listen to them and then you will be mad because you had to listen to shit and you will say “GODDAMMIT WHY DID I LISTEN TO THIS SHIT?!?  OH RIGHT BECAUSE OF THAT LINK IN GEE’S NEWSLETTER.  DAMMIT GEE.” We had some awesome fondue.

I made a really great punch and you should all go and try it:

(Serves 6, generously)
2 cups bourbon
1/2 cup amaretto
3/4 cup orange sour mix (see below)
1 bottle champagne, chilled

Stir together bourbon, amaretto, and sour mix in a large pitcher. Add champagne slowly, so it doesn’t overflow your pitcher. Stir. Serve over ice.

Orange sour mix:

1.5 tablespoons of orange zest
1/2  cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1.5 cups fresh orange juice (I would have used blood oranges if I could have found the things, instead I used cava cavas).

Blitz the orange zest and sugar together. Heat water, add sugar.  Continue heating water until sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, cool to room temperature and add the juice. Refrigerate leftovers.

I’ve Been Reading:

MOAR SANDMAN. This week I finished volumes 6 and 7 and started on number 8.  I also realized that the library doesn’t have volumes 10 and 11, so I may have to buy those. Eventually I will finish this series and start reading other things.  I’m also re-reading The Devil You Know by Mike Carey, even though I just read it at the end of the year. I’m re-reading it in prep for reading Carey’s The Girl With All The GiftsThe Girl With All The Gifts which I got for Christmas.

In the Earhole:

Artist Plays
Dr. Feelgood 47
The Jam 28
Action Bronson 28
Paul Weller 17
The Kinks 16
Ghostface Killah 14
David Bowie 14
The Stranglers 13
Ian Dury 13
Madness 12
The Specials 12

Eye Pollution:

I watched The Jam: About the Young Idea which was pretty good, and resulted in a lot of The Jam and other new wave/mod stuff showing up in the Top 10 this week. Weller comes across as a bit of a dick, but a hard working dick and committed to his ideals. It’s also fun to watch anyone take the piss out of the Sex Pistols. I also watched more Jessica Jones (should really try to finish that soon). There was also some Great British Bake-Off, which if you aren’t watching, you should, because it shows you exactly what is wrong with every other cooking competition show out there. Seriously, go watch it right now.  This missive is over and the last section is about Arsenal anyway and most of you don’t care about that so just go now and watch it. You will thank me.

Boring, Boring Arsenal:

A frustrating draw with Stoke City sent Arsenal to the top of the league again. Apparently Ozil was left out of the squad due to a minor foot injury, so hopefully he will be back soon. Word is that Alexis should be back shortly as well, and we’ll also get to see the new guy Elneny probably in the next match. In related news, there was a great article in Quartz about the EPL and value for money.

Greetings from a snowy River of Boiling Water. They promised a nice bit of a winter storm and while it didn’t deliver in full force, the white stuff has started falling more rapidly. I’ve got a fire and a bit of boozy hot chocolate, so let’s get this thing rolling.

On the Internets:

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Congress decides that maybe the NSA need’s to have its surveillance powers put in check, but only after they realize that eelected officials are citizens too.  As North Korea continues to develop and test their nuclear capabilities, Seoul sends out the K-Pop to let the North know that things are better down below. The internet became fascinated by a puddle. The adult industry showed that it’s still the best marketing machine in the game. A guy assaulted his nephew for fucking with his Charazard.

Locally:

There was a KMR holiday party and two wacky kids got engaged in a Wal-Mart and then stolee some sex toys. I also got notified that I might have to serve on a jury.

I’ve Been Reading:

I wrapped up Sandman Volume 3 this week, then finished up Volumes 4 and 5. I’m moving a long at a pretty good pace and really enjoying them.

In the Earhole:

Three 30
Grimes 26
Green Day 13
One Last Wish 12
Beach House 12
Born Against 11
Embrace 10
Government Issue 10
Leatherface 10
Pegboy 10
The Nation of Ulysses 10

Eye Pollution:

All caught up on the Great British Bake-Off, and still slowly going through Jessica Jones. Everyone keeps telling me I need to see Making a Murderer, so that might show up next, just to prevent spoilers.

Boring, Boring Arsenal:

A heavily rotated Arsenal team beat Sunderland 3-1 in the FA Cup 3rd round. Arsenal were the favorites to win, and the Aaron Ramsey goal was just a joy to watch.

Greetings from the River of Boiling Water, where it’s all gone tits up because it’s freaking cold out here, dear readers. I’ve just returned from the Old North State after spending some time with my family and friends.

Let’s see how this goes…

On the Internets:

Our devolution as a species has clearly begun now that we have piss sock phone chargers.

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Lemmy died.

This is all terrible since the endless cycle of bad news can be bad for your health.

Locally:

Being back in NC was a lot of fun. I got to spend a lot of time with my nieces and watch how they have developed into humans. They love to play games, and we ended up playing a crap load of Despicable Me Minion Game of Life. It’s pretty freaking terrible. I mean, at least with regular old life, you get to push the neat little car around shoving in your partner and all of your little offspring as you try to make your way to the bigtime and retire in that sweet little mansion. But in this version, it’s stripped of all that and you just kind of circle around a board doing dumb shit until finally you make enough money to win. LAME.

I’ve Been Reading:

I recently found a pretty sweet app called Hoopla, which essentially acts like a digital media store, but in cooperation with your local library. Loads of great stuff on there, and that’s where I’ve been reading The Sandman books by Neil Gaiman. Yes, I am terrible for having not read them before.

Eye Pollution:

Haven’t had a lot of time in front of the television with the traveling. I suspect that will change again soon.

Boring, Boring Arsenal:

Lucky for me, NC has loads of Gunners fans, so I got to spend a little time with both the Cape Fear Gooners and The Triangle Gooners to root for The Arsenal. I was somehow able to convince the CFG that I was not bad luck after the horrible loss to Southampton, and while the team played poorly Saturday against Newcastle, it was still enough to take the three points and the top of the league.