Sunday, October 14, 2012

So what's your Superpower, The Sidecar Bar and The Sidecar #5 Cocktail

This post comes courtesy of Jennifer Oullette who writes a wonderful blog called Cocktail Party Physics for, of all places, Scientific American.  If you have time, please check out the link to Jennifer's always entertaining and informative writing style (it's also listed as one of my favs).  

She tweeted this video link today (it's quirky, but fun, and it takes place in a bar - so I'm in)


The superhero/sitcom mashup is a woefully underappreciated genre (outside of Tumblr and fanfic, that is). It’s a fun concept, which is why I was excited to see the first episode of The Sidecar: Sidekicks Only, a new web series from SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan. About a bar for sidekicks with lame powers (though being able to fracture bones with one’s mind sounds pretty cool to me), it’s Cheers meets Mystery Men, and I love me some Mystery Men, so I’m looking forward to the next episode.

While we did visit the Sidecar Cocktail in a previous post, I thought I would add a variation here.  In this one from The replaces Cointreau with Canton Ginger Liquor.

The Historical Inebriant: The Sidecar #5 


3/4 ounce Canton Ginger Liquor
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces cognac

Place ingredients in shaker along with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain/pour into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel or candied ginger.


The video reminded me of a segment of "This American Life" dedicated to Superpowers... which ones would you choose to have and how would you use them. My favorite parts being:

John Hodgman conducts an informal survey in which he asks the age-old question: Which is better: The power of flight or the power of invisibility? He finds that how you answer tells a lot about what kind of person you are. And also, no matter which power people choose, they never use it to fight crime.
Kelly McEvers with the story of Zora, a self-made superhero. From the time she was five, Zora had recurring dreams in which she was a 6'5" warrior queen who could fly and shoot lightning from her hands. She made a list of all the skills she would need to master if she wanted to actually become the superhero she dreamed of being. Sample items: Martial arts, evasive driving and bomb diffusion. She actually checked off most things on the list...and then had a run-in with the CIA.

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Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

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