March 13th, 2009

alcohol, booze

New favorite cocktail of the moment...

It's a variant on a Manhattan called a "Jumbo," presumably after P.T. Barnum's elephant that could drink a quart of whiskey at a time, was killed by a train in Ontario, had its body donated to the New York Museum of Natural History, and went from thence to Tufts University, where it was displayed until it burned up in a fire in 1975 (though its heart had gone to Cornell). Despite the backstory, the drink itself is really quite simple. Just stir equal measures of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth (I go with 1 1/2 ounces of each, but that's me) with ice, along with a dash each of Angostura and orange bitters, and strain into your glass.

One of these days I should start an honest to goodness cocktail blog. I'd just need to figure a way to monetize it. I suppose taking pretty pictures would help, though. I'd need a little light-box for that, I expect, as well as some fancier glassware.

Any geniuses out there feel like trying to simultaneously turn a profit and subsidize my drinking? I promise to not have more than the equivalent of two full size cocktails a night, and I can write quite evocative prose, even after drinking!


I forgot to post in jubilation the other day when Mozilla unexpectedly made Firefox 3.1 beta 3 available much earlier than I expected (I guess that's the whole definition of "unexpectedly," isn't it?). I've been playing with it since the 6th or so, and I'm quite pleased with it, all in all.
oh that's right I went there


The Chicago Trib has an article which basically points out that food corporations like Kraft, Nestle, Unilever and Kellogg's gambled and made really dumb decisions on futures prices, and now consumers have to pay higher prices for foods despite dramatic drops in commodities prices in the last 12 months. As a result, more consumers are fleeing to store brands and *shudder* Wal-Mart.

Why are the stockholders of those companies not dragging the (bad) decision-makers from burning buildings and lynching them yet? Is there no end to the stupidity and malfeasance that corporate executives can get away with and not be held accountable?
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