Sunday, July 24, 2016

Top 5 - Summertime Adult Beverages

Here are my Top 5 adult beverages for hot summer 2016 days and nights.

1. Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

2. Wachusett Nauti Seltzer - the Cranberry and Raspberry are my favorites. Just 100 calories and more alcohol than a Bud Light (5% vs 4.5%)

3. Narragansett Del's Shandy

4. Truly Pomegranate - Also just 100 calories and more alcohol than a Bud Light (5% vs 4.5%)

5. Bud Light - Being honest - an ice cold Bud Light on a hot summer's day is one of my favorite things in life

If you disagree with my choices - please keep in mind that I'm the guy that still has an unabashed fondness for Zima.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Rolling in the Black

Adele and AC/DC mashup.

Very cool!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

How close to you think we are to Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush publicly endorsing Gary Johnson for President?... Heh heh... It is too bad that 31-year old Steven Wright (12-5, 2.67 ERA) exceeded the Rookie of the Year limits last season (he had 72 innings pitched and the limit is 50). He would be far and away the leader for ROY this season and if he won it - it would be the stuff Disney movies are made of... This is the year!... They say having sex can burn up to 100 calories an hour. I guess that means I burn 8 calories each time I get sexy... Trump's wife isn't the only one who plagiarizes... Backup Gazpacho would be a good name for a band... Heh heh 2... When Trump loses this election I really hope his next job is as celebrity spokesman for Shake Weight... I'm not into Pokemon Go but this is a great story...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hemingway's Top 5 Books

Today would have been Papa's 116th birthday. May have a drink or two in his honor today. Here's what I consider my 5 favorite Hemingway books.

1. The Old Man and the Sea
2. A Moveable Feast
3. The Sun Also Rises
4. By Lines (Journalism for the Toronto Star)
5. To Have and Have Not

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Apache Chief

Probably the weakest (and by weakest I mean lamest) of the Super Friends had to be Apache Chief

You know he was added last minute because someone probably did a PC inventory and said “hey we need an American Indian” and his super powers clearly weren’t given any thought. The guy turned into a giant – big deal – how lame. I always wished that they would have a “very special” episode of the Super Friends where Apache Chief gets into the firewater and the rest of the Super Friends have to do an intervention. 

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- This is scary and bound to adversely affect Tinder stock

- Rio is not ready for the Olympics and the IOC is to blame

- Why pharma companies are fighting legalized marijuana

- I so want this yacht!

- Vietnam vet who saved dozens of soldiers awarded the Medal of Honor

- In my opinion quantum biology will be the next big thing in science

- A reminder to live in the moment and to cherish life comes from the WSOP and the story of Bob Brundige

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pikachu vs Donald Trump

Meanwhile at the GOP Convention.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Interesting - why the turtle developed his shell (and it wasn't for defense)

- If you play Pokemon Go please give this some consideration

- Pretty sobering statistics

- Good description of the failed coup in Turkey

- The Patriots press release regarding the end of Deflategate

- Good business advice from Mark Cuban

The Day Mary Jo Kopechne Died

On this day, 47-years ago, Mary Jo Kopechne died. She had been riding with the married Ted Kennedy when he plunged his Oldsmobile into a pond at Chappaquiddick Island. Kennedy did not report the accident for 10-hours. Kennedy received a two-month suspended sentence, and had his license suspended for a year for his actions.

Mary Jo Kopechne did not live to see her 29th birthday.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bill Simmons / The Ringer

Hard to argue with this assessment of Bill Simmons and his new media platforms:
There’s no buzz. 
How long until HBO cancels Bill Simmons? It’s gonna happen, hell, the new regime scrapped the second season of “Vinyl” after the show had already been picked up. You see the ratings sucked. And TV lives by statistics, they trump friends every time.
There is no buzz. Am I alone in being surprised by that realization? I admit that I've watched all four episodes of Any Given Wednesday (Simmons' HBO Show) but other than people wondering if Ben Affleck was drunk when he ranted against Deflategate - there's been no buzz about the show. None.

My guess is the HBO gives Simmons plenty of runway because his audience is for the most part technically savvy and the type HBO wants signing up for HBO Go. But would anyone be surprised if HBO cancelled his show and instead asked him to work on half-hour 30 for 30-type sports documentaries instead?

I listen to his podcast regularly and I've added Keepin' It 1600 to my rotation as well but could care less about the half-dozen or so other podcasts Simmons' group has launched.No interest whatsoever! And The Ringer itself? I admit that I've never even been to the site. Just as damning is on Twitter I've never even seen a link to any articles I felt were worth my time Tweeted out. Just no buzz whatsoever.

To be fair - I'm going to add The Ringer to my blogroll and give it a fair chance to win my traffic (not like that's going to make or break their site). I've just found myself surprised this morning that after all that speculation about what Bill Simmons would do next after ESPN - there has been no actual buzz for his new media platforms.

No buzz at all!

Friday, July 15, 2016