Saturday, December 1, 2012

Drinking Soundtrack of The Day

I have been doing the Drinking Soundtrack of The Week for a while, and more recently focusing (tongue in cheek) on the coming apocalypse. I really think the only interesting thing to come out of all the apocalypse discussions on the social media pages is how many different misspellings there are for "Apocalypse" but who knows... on December 21st I may be proved wrong.
Today is World Aids Day (see the previous post for today for more info) and while getting some info for that post I was thinking of the continent of Africa which is truly suffering from that disease.  It also made me think of Darfur, where a different fight continues, which made me think of Syria where the fighting is again happening, or Gaza... the list goes on and on and it influenced my search for the DSOTW choice.

A different type of Zombie Apocalypse is happening as we speak, The Cranberries sing about it in their song originally written about Ireland, but it's truth is universal.

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the violence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?

Stop the hate
Stop the violence
Stop the killing

In my world, we should drink until we can no longer scream,
or carry a stick,
or load a weapon,
or even think of building a bomb.

The Drinking Soundtrack of The Week returns to the Apocalypse tomorrow with "Highway to Hell" - a great song to drink to.

World AIDS Day

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2011 there were 2.5 million new HIV infections worldwide.  An estimated 1.7 million people would die from the disease that year.

60% of young people who are infected with HIV are not even aware of it.

63% of young people who are infected with HIV are women.

We can all do something very simple to help reach the zero goal:

Get Tested - Stay Protected

Great article from the Huffington Post:

Friday, November 30, 2012

International Computer Security Day, Hélène Boucher, The Hodges Meteorite and The Southern Bound Meteor Shot

Today is International Computer Security Day.  I would post more about this day but the organization's site: has not been updated since 2009.  I'll go out on a limb and say that your virus software should be kept a bit more up to date than that.  And change your password once in a while too.

For simple computer safety tips:


On this day in 1934, the French aviatrix Hélène Boucher, holder of the women's airspeed and altitude records, would die in a test flight crash at the age of 26. She was posthumously named a knight of the French Légion d'honneur.


In the "odds similar to winning a 500 million dollar Powerball Lottery" category:

On this day in 1954, Eugene Hodges, was struck by a meteorite while napping in her home in Sylacauga, Alabama. The Hodges Meteorite crashed through her roof, bounced off a piece of furniture and struck Hodges while she napped on her sofa.  It remains as the only documented incident of a person being struck by an object from space.

For an interesting article:

The Historical Inebriant: Southern Bound Meteor Shot


1 cherry
1/2 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1/2 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
1 splash 151 proof rum
Use a large shot glass. Remove stem from cherry and drop in glass. Pour in Southern Comfort and Goldschlager. Carefully float in a splash of 151 Rum. With a cigarette lighter ignite 151 Rum on fire and serve. Put out fire before drinking.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Seoul, Soju and The Femme Fatale

Apologies,  my internet was down this morning and that's usually when I write the blog.
Excuse the condensed version today.

On this day in 1394, Korean king Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, would move the capital of Korea from Kaesŏng to Hanyang, today known as Seoul. A exciting city of over 10 million, Seoul boasts beautiful Eastern palace architecture,

File:Seoul Namdaemun gate at night.JPG

with a culture that is now one of the most tech savvy on the planet. Korea is one of the most cell phone dense countries in the world with a 98% usage rate among its population. Home to Kpop and Kdrama there is one more product making its way West.

Soju is a beverage that is similar to saki in that it is primarily made from rice, however it is distilled so it really is more like a vodka. You are starting to see it pop up in restaurants and some liquor stores.

The Historical Inebriant: The Femme Fatale


3 oz Jinro Soju,
1 oz Monin Pomegranate Syrup,
1/2 oz sweet and sour,
Float of champagne
Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.  Serve straight up

Before there was "Halo" or "Grand Theft Auto" or "Madden NFL" or "Call of Duty"...

On this day in 1972, Atari announces the release of their newest video game Pong.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

33 1/3, These Three Ships, The Rach 3, The Rachmaninoff Cocktail and The End of the World as We Know It.

Today, is the 333rd day of the year with only 33 days remaining till the end of the year.
Unfortunately, there are only 25 days left till the end of the world.


On this day in 1520, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to find a new spice route, would navigate through a strait at the southern end of South America that would later bear his name. The three ships under his command would carry the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

Of the five vessels to begin a voyage to circumnavigate the world, only one, the Victoria, would travel the whole distance.  Magellan himself would be killed in the Philippines.


On this day in 1909, Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff would debut the performance of his Piano Concerto No. 3, considered to be one of the most technically challenging piano concertos ever written. Referred to simply as the Rach 3, and made popular by the movie "Shine" the piece remains as a dividing line between the truly talented and the truly gifted (or the truly crazy) pianists .

While his personal life was turbulent and haunted by demons, his professional life was indeed blessed.  Born to amateur pianists, Rachmaninoff's teachers would include his cousin, Alexander Siloti, who had been one of the most promising of Franz Liszt's pupils. He was also a friend to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, to Alexander Scriabin and the famed pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

A masterful composer and a truly gifted pianist, Rachmaninoff also had two physical attributes that aided in his success. He possessed a remarkable memory, and was able, upon hearing a piece of music once, to replay it, the next day or the next year, note by note exactly as performed and he also had extremely large hands, large enough to be able to play the cord C Eb G C G with his left hand.


The Historical Inebriant: The Rachmaninoff Cocktail


1 oz. vodka
1 oz. cherry vodka
½ oz. maraschino liqueur
½ oz. heavy cream
½ oz. absinthe
Dash orange bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice. Add the vodka, cherry vodka, maraschino liqueur, heavy cream and absinthe to the cocktail shaker. Cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the orange bitters to the cocktail and garnish the rim of the glass with a fresh lemon wedge. Serve while ice cold.

25 Days Left!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paperback Writer, What Papa Drank and Green Issac's Special

November is National Novel Writing Month. Begun in July of 1999 by freelance writer Chris Baty NaNoWriMo had 21 participants. In 2000, the project was moved to November, doubtless a better time of year to stay at home and write.  This year, over 300,000 will participate.

With the goal of simply getting people to write, the project's rules are simple: write a 50,000 word novel between Nov 1st and Nov 30th. Even the description of what is considered a novel is simple according to their website, "If you believe you're writing a novel, we believe you're writing a novel too."

To complete NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of roughly 1,667 words per day to achieve the 50k word mark and while that number seems high, it's actually on the low side for a full novel.

There are no official prizes for the winners, but anyone who reaches the 50,000 word mark is declared a winner and receives a printable certificate, a nifty (Winner) web icon and the satisfaction of calling themselves a novelist. If you've always had that on your bucket list, next year may be the time to cross it off.

Participant 180x180 (2)


As a side note there was an interesting article in the NYT about Philip Greene’s new book, “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.  If you're a fan of Hemingway or his characters, you will want to check out this article:

Per the publisher Penguin website:

In To Have and Have Another, Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, offering dozens of authentic recipes for drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the man himself. With this cocktail companion, you will be able to fully enjoy Hemingway’s works beyond the limits of the imagination—pick up this book and taste how “cool and clean” and “civilized” Frederic Henry’s martini was in A Farewell to Arms, or sip a Bloody Mary, a drink rumored to be named by Hemingway himself!

and a recipe from the book...

The Historical Inebriant: Green Issac's Special


2 ounces London dry gin
4 ounces coconut water (not milk)
Juice of 1 lime
2 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients well with ice, then transfer contents of shaker into a Collins glass, adding more ice as needed. Garnish with a lime wedge or peel.


For all of this year's NaNoWriMo participants!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dracula Returns, Party tonight at Kappa Alpha, We Come in Peace, and The Spaceman Shot

On this day in 1476, Vlad III Dracula (aka Vlad the Impaler or just Dracula) defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great (Stefan the Great and Holy) and Stephen V Bathory to become the ruler of his homeland Wallachia for the third time.

It was to be a short lived rein, for two months later he would be assassinated. While he would remain a hero in many countries for his defense of Christianity in Eastern Europe, Dracula's name would be immortalized as the main character of Bram Stoker's vampire novel "Dracula".


On this day in 1825, the first college social fraternity Kappa Alpha Society, would open at Union College in Schenectady, New York.


On this day in 1977, an entity known only as 'Vrillon', would take over the audio signal of Britain's Southern Television station during it's nightly news broadcast. Claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', Vrillon would broadcast a message warning those who lived on Earth that "All your weapons of evil must be destroyed" and "You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace."

When the message ended, normal programming could again be heard on the station (a Looney Tunes cartoon was just finishing up).


For a quick listen to Out Of Control
from the album We Come In Peace by Radio Galaxy:


The Historical Inebriant: Spaceman's Shot


1 1/2 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
3 dashes Tabasco Sauce
Cover the bottom of a shot glass with Tabasco sauce and fill the rest with Tequila. Finish with a lime wedge.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jameson's First Shot Contest

Are you a filmmaker in South Africa, Russia or the US (not California)? Do you have a short film script of up to seven pages in length that would fit into a theme of either ‘legendary’, ‘humorous’ or ‘very tall tale’ that you would like to see up on the screen portrayed by some of the finest actors in our time? If so, Jameson wants to hear from you...

jameson first shot

Don't meet any of the criteria, not to worry.  Enjoy this short film titled "The Envelope" done by Russian filmmaker Aleksey Nuzhny and starring Kevin Spacey.  It's a wonderful short film.