Friday, April 29, 2011

How Do You End A Beer Fast?

With a bacon smoothie, apparently.

Several weeks back I blogged about J. Wilson, an Iowa man who gave up food for Lent, subsisting only on beer.

At first it was only 4 beers a day during the week and then 5 a day on the weekends, but it had to be upped to 5 a day every day to keep up his energy. Not only is that somewhat funny, it's also probably the only time you'll hear someone say they need some more beer to keep up their energy.

In any event, thankfully someone was there to cover him breaking the fast, which he did with a bacon smoothie (smoothies apparently being the best way to ease back into solid food).

Which I think makes the ordeal even more awesome. You subsist only on beer for 6 and a half weeks, and bacon truly is the only thing you could use to make that better...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Here's A Blog For You To Follow

For those of you in and/or around the Mpls/St. Paul area who like food, you should check out the Heavy Table, a mostly non-pretentious foodie blog. Well, I'm not sure if it counts as "foodie" because they mostly review places at which you could afford to eat, but nonetheless they seem to know their stuff.

They also have some fun on-going features like "What's In Your Fridge?" which they kicked off appropriately by checking in on what's in Prince's fridge.

Not only is Prince's fridge just about as wacky as you might expect it to be, His Purpleness did not allow any cameras in his house, so the post is accompanied by a pencil sketch of the fridge. Which just seems more appropriate anyway.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Back In Action

Been sick and busy the last week, thus the lack of blogging. But I'm back healthy (if no less busy), so the blogging should get back to some semblance of regularity. That being said, I don't actually have much time today, so here's a hastily written post!

If you're like me and aging out of the time when you're with "it" and what has become "it" is now weird and scary to you, fret no longer. Simply consult this handy illustrated list of scenesters to fill yourself in on what the kids are up to these days.

And if you want to look cool to them, might I suggest picking up a nicely rendered Iggy Pop action figure for your ironic art collection?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This Would Have Been a More Appropriate Blog Yesterday

It's probably pretty old news to anyone who reads this blog, but there's a pretty staggering number of major U.S. corporations that pay no federal taxes. Or some, like GE, not only don't pay taxes, they get government subsidies on top of that, putting them in the "negative 600% tax bracket" as Jon Stewart put it.

But to highlight the most egregious abuses, my friend and yours Bernie Sanders put together a list of the Top 10 Corporate Tax Cheats.

To borrow from a current Facebook meme, I don't recall NPR, teacher's unions, and people on social security creating this recession, and yet...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Post-Racial America

Now that we have a bi-racial President, that nasty "racism" business is completely behind us, right? I mean, clearly there can't be any more problems now that we've had a small number of successful people of color in important public and business positions, right?

But man, remember how horrible things used to be? Like when people believed crazy things about how people of different races were better than others and that mixing the two would result in all sorts of horrible problems?

I mean, I remember a time when as many as 46% of Republicans in Mississippi thought all interracial marriages should be illegal. Those were dark times, the times Because that is indeed currently what 46% of Mississippi Republicans believe.

But don't worry; we certainly don't need pointless things like Affirmative Action, because we're past all of that racism stuff...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How Much Are You Paying For War?

Probably more than you think. Go to the Afghan War Calculator and you can see approximately how much of your earnings this year went to pay for the war in Afghanistan.

And then, of course, don't forget to factor in the money you're paying to bomb Libya and the on-going war technical assistance provided to Iraq.

But if you think this is a lot, remember, upwards of a tens of cents of your yearly earnings are going to egregious wastes like National Public Radio and k-12 education, so maybe if we completely eliminate those things we can start cutting into this war debt...

Thursday, April 07, 2011

News Roundup!

Been too busy to blog lately, so here's things I would normally have something much more witty to say about:

--Jesse "The Body" is considering another foray into politics - if Rand Paul decides to run as an independent (but not if he does so as a Republican), Jesse will be glad to be his running mate.

--In a move that should surprise no one, the Yankees were caught cheating. In a move that should surprise you even less, MLB will take no action on the matter. It's almost as if a team with large amounts of money and great name recognition can get away with whatever they want...

--Have you just been burning with a desire to see a head-to-head infographic comparison of Bob Dylan and Kanye West albums? If so, your oddly specific wish has been granted.

Regular blogging full of wit and sparkling commentary to resume next week...

Monday, April 04, 2011

There Goes Your Afternoon

If you came of age during a certain time, say for instance, the exact period of time I came of age, you probably remember the shitty little hand held electronic games that were nearly ubiquitous. As a kid who was generally denied video games by his parents (and now look at me; parents of today, let this be a lesson to you), these were a God send. Sure, they were crummy, repetitive, and usually very difficult to discern how gameplay was even supposed to take place, but dammit, they were a video game I could have.

Well, in the internet's ever increasing attempts to destroy the last vestiges of my productivity, a Polish firm Hipopotam has digitized and put most of them online. They've not only managed to keep the frustratingly clunky game play, but even the plastic thunk of the controllers.

This may or may not be what I end up doing with the rest of my day...