June 7, 2012
So it turns out some nerd-lingers decided to see if drinking beer makes one smarter — or at least more adept at problem-solving. Guess what your tax dollars found out? It does!
According to a study recently published in Consciousness and Cognition — obviously a beach-read if ever there was one — moderate alcohol consumption improved problem-solving speed and capability by close to 40% compared to test subjects who were sober at the time of testing.
This makes a lot of sense — with a few exceptions, many of the best creative thinkers (writers, musicians, scientists, artists, Steve Jobs) throughout history have benefited to varying degrees from “lubricating” their minds for good ideas. It slows down the synapses and allows for less-focused and more indirect thinking to take hold. The key, as with everything, is moderation — at some point one should sober up and analyze those ideas with a clear head to make sure they still have merit.
That said, maybe if I’d had a beer before my second SAT test it would’ve helped me get those pesky 10 points and elevated my combined score to the nice round 1200 I so desperately craved. Thanks, Fairfax County Public Schools, for NOTHIN’! (j/k — don’t drink till you’re legally allowed to, stay in school, and go Hornets!)
(Via BrainBlogger.com, by way of Adrienne!)
May 31, 2012
No doubt by the end of the day I’ll be craving a refreshing basil cucumber gimlet with tons of ice. I’m currently hard at work setting up shop at Philly Comic Con.
If you’re in the Philadelphia area today, tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday, stop by and say hi at booth 124. I’ll have brand new tees for sale plus loads of free swag and new free comic strips. Come for the boozy robots and space kitties, stay for the Boba Fett costumes.
Via Barefoot in the Kitchen
May 10, 2012
I love baseball. It is, bar none, my favorite sport. And let’s face it — it’s tough to reconcile my love of sports, baseball in particular, with my “public persona” as an artist with a predilection for kittens and girl-drinks. These things do not really mix.
Or do they?
For all its blue-collar history as a day-time escape for night-time factory workers and kids playing hooky from school, baseball is EASILY the most artist-friendly sport there is.
Baseball is nerd-heaven because it is entirely about stats. Mathematics.
20 years ago, most (non-playing) people working for baseball teams didn’t need much more than a high school diploma and an “eye for spotting talent”. Now, at LEAST a BS (preferably an MBA) in economics, mathematics, or statistics is required. Bruce Springsteen wrote ‘Glory Days’ in 1983-84 before all this. Good thing, too, or he may have ended up singing about nerds giving washed-up jocks wedgies at the 10-year reunion while screaming about standard deviations from the mean. Science & wedgie retribution!
So the next time your sports-obsessed significant other/best friend/person you lost a bet to drags you to a 3-4 hour long baseball game in the oppressive heat of mid-summer, don’t suffer more than necessary by spending $7.50 on a Bud Light. Fill up your flask with this refreshing bit of baseball booze!
The Golden Glove*
- 2 oz White rum (Flor de Caña 4-Year-Old Extra Dry)
- 1 tsp Cointreau
- .5 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- Garnish: Lime half-wheel (unless flasking it — don’t stuff a lime wheel in there)
- Glass: Rocks (or flask filled with crushed ice)
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime half-wheel.
* The Gold Glove is an annual award presented by the Rawlings sporting good company to the best defensive position players in Major League Baseball. The more you know!
(Via Liqurious, by way of Liquor.com. Recipe courtesy of Allen Katz)
April 5, 2012
Is there a better way to enjoy spring than on your patio with a tall cold glass of spiked lemonade? I love this recipe via Spicy Ice Cream. Be sure to peruse her blog, so many amazing looking cocktail ideas!
March 29, 2012
Sakebii is a new social drinking app for the iPhone that allows users to invite friends out to get crunk. Now, there are already a lot of apps like this out there, but it seems like Sakebii is trying to set itself apart by keeping things small.
Sakebii limits the number of friends within your network to 30 people — which still seems like a lot to me. If I walk into a bar and see more people than there are seats, it’s too full. But it’s still a decent concept that insulates you from potentially annoying acquaintances from popping in and crashing the party.
It’s still in development, but once it’s launched, I might try it out — if only in the hopes that the user interface is as adorable as the images on the “how to” page make it out to be!
March 1, 2012
There’s a short list of films that I will stop and watch whenever I happen upon them while flipping through channels.
Clueless is one of them, but not for the obvious Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash-shaped reasons.
• It was my suburban American post-’Creep’ introduction to Radiohead, who by 1995 sounded like a completely different band.
• It was my introduction to Paul Rudd, who I have a hetero man-crush on to this day and will watch in almost anything.
Why Wallace-f@#king-Shawn? Because near the top of that movie list is The Princess Bride. And much of that has to do with Shawn’s role as the “brilliant” Vizzini. But a bunch of other reasons, too. Even surface imperfections like Andre the Giant’s unintelligible mumbling, the cheap set design and the crappy MIDI synthesizer score are actually part of The Princess Bride’s perfection.
So I’m admittedly stoked about ClubMemberWines.com’s latest offering, the “Bottle of Wits” line!
You can get the components parts separately, but also as part of the “Ultimate Princess Bride Fan Pack”, which includes bottles of ‘Inconceivable Cab’ and ‘As You Wish White’, four wine charms, and a non-Ex-Boyfriend t-shirt (boo!), all for the kind of insane price of $100. Iocane powder for the smiting of one’s enemies is not included.
February 23, 2012
February 16, 2012
It’s sort of amazing that it took until 2012 for someone to create a flavored spirit specifically for Mardi Gras, a week-long celebration of drunkeness. I’ve never been to New Orleans period, let alone during Mardi Gras, but it’s always depicted as this epically-debaucherous gauntlet of booze. I’ve always imagined it must be like having Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve one day after another, but twice as long and with no family drama to harsh the buzz of my usually copious amounts of drinking.
Think of how much more festive drinking yourself to death would be if you did it in New Orleans during Mardi Gras instead of Las Vegas during…days that end in ‘y’.
Anyway, here’s the recipe for the ‘Purple, Green, and Gold’, as posted on A Mountain of Crushed Ice:
• 2 oz Lucky Player King Cake Vodka
• 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
• 0.25 oz simple syrup
• 1 oz grapefruit juice (yellow)
• 1 oz pineapple juice
• a handful fresh mint leaves, torn
Add to shaker and shake hard with ice, double strain into a purple sugar-rimmed cocktail glass and garnish with a mint crown.
(Via Liqurious, courtesy of Adrienne!)
February 9, 2012
Amazing. Just amazing.
A strawberries & cream jello shot filled with chocolate sauce. I don’t know why Mr. Gingrich is trying to become President of the Moon — I want to be President of Schmancy Jello Shots! Gotta know when to punch your weight, people.
Visit My Jello Americans for more wonderful, beautiful insanity!
(Quick note to vegans: substitute agar agar powder for gelatin if you don’t dig that horse hoof flava!)
February 2, 2012
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There are a lot of directions I could go in with this post. But I worry about alienating those of you with kids and/or drinking problems (though they usually go hand-in-hand, don’t they?)
And really, the picture says it all, and by “it all”, I mean “babies love getting loaded on chocolate-covered whiskey.”
For more drunken, drooling cuteness, click.
(Via Liqurious, courtesy of Adrienne — I think.)