Thursday, December 28, 2006

Underwater Sculpture Gallery - Grenada

Underwater Sculpture Gallery - Grenada

Steel and concrete sculptures that become artificial reef syestems off the coast of Grenada. Much care was taken to find a location where this sculpture garden would not only not harm the environment, but enhance it by luring people away from areas overused by water sports and creating artificial reef structures. The site details the process of creating and placing the different sculptures and has many images. I love the idea of diving around sculpture giving the viewer an even more three dimensional view than usual (particularly at this scale).

Thanks Brad

Friday, December 22, 2006

Happy Holidays 2006

Happy Holidays 2006
Originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

Wishing you and yours all the best now and throughout the new year.

Looking back, it sure was a heck of a year for us, with selling the house, moving 900 miles, starting a new job, finding and starting another new job, making new friends, spending lots of time at the beach, snorkeling, indoor rock climbing, kayaking, bike riding, buying a new house and moving again. It's a good thing our hot tub is working now. We need a few good soaks to get ready for whatever 2007 brings.

The following is a video playlist I put together on youtube full of holiday humor, music, and cocktails that I think you'll enjoy.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Category 305 - A Shirt that Will Live in Infamy

Category 305 - A Shirt that Will Live in Infamy
In an unfortunate coincidence at the balloon parade during Art Basel, apparently the balloon wranglers were wearing matching white t-shirts with a large red circle in the center, very similar to the Japanese flag. The parade was held on December 7th. A picture of the shirt and more details by following the link.

Via The Next Few Hours

Monday, December 11, 2006

Art Basel Photos from flickr

Slide show of photos tagged with Basel and Miami from flickr. I didn't take many pictures myself.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree DIY Club

The Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree DIY Club

Having a holiday party, or taking some food to a party, why not use toothpics and a styrofoam cone and create your own Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree. Take a photo and submit it to the site and maybe you'll make the hall of fame.

Via Swapatorium

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Critical Miami: Images from Art Basel 2006, pt 2

Critical Miami: Images from Art Basel 2006, pt 2
Looks like there's much better things to see, that we haven't made it to yet.
More images here.

MiamiNights - Miami Beach and Downtown Miami Life and Entertainment � ART BASEL PARTY GUIDE

MiamiNights - Miami Beach and Downtown Miami Life and Entertainment � ART BASEL PARTY GUIDE
The title says it all. After last night's free Peaches show on the beach, I didn't think it could get any better, but a free Supreme Beings of Liesure show in the Design District may really hit the spot after gallery hopping Saturday night.

We hit the show last night after fighting traffic more than usual and almost getting hit by a cop who pulled part way into a parking garage, then started to back up inexplicably. After I calmed down and found parking, we went to the We'll Make a Lover Out of You show, mentioned previously. It was phenomenal. The Colin Christian pieces were much larger scale than I realized from the web shots. The paintings were all hung on walls with really cool graphic design print looking pastel backgrounds to hold them together. Only a few pieces per artist, but absolutely worth the traffic trauma. Part of the reason we went there first was to pick up our reserved tickets for "Matthew Barney: No Restraint" a documentary about Barney's latest collaboration with wife Bjork. Unfortunately our tickets were not there. Not sure if we misunderstood or if the whole thing's going to be sketchy. Hopefully we'll get into the show Saturday.

After the WMALOOY show, we headed toward the beach and the Art Positions containers. Along the way we saw several art events spilling out of various hotel lobbies, passing a fantastic balloon costume/sculpture girl, and several video projections. There was also a truck driving around with video art projected from the inside to the outer sides of it. The Art Positions containers were, jam packed with hipsters, euros, and rich people and not much in the way of interesting art IMNSHO. The containers themselves are shipping containers placed near the beach to create a gallery hop without galleries. There was some performance art around the area and a bar/snack area in the middle. The container that stood out most to me was the only one to make a real effort to transform the space, by making some type of walls that curved and angled with built in viewing ports for small acrylic sculptures. Unfortunately they were having technical difficulties with some of the lighting in the ports and the unintended effect of their transformation was insulation and a lot of heat. We did enjoy the most posh port-o-let's ever with faux marble and topiaries.

We hit the beach early to rest our feet and get away from the crowd. Peaches and her krewe started from atop a lifeguard stand with toy lightsabers and masks marching to the stage. They must have done a good job sneaking up there, or went really early because we were sitting nearby for a half hour before the show started and there was no commotion to indicate their presence. It just looked like some fans had staked out some high ground early to see the show. The show was a tight 1 hour electro rock set. The crowd was a little wierd. I'm not sure if there were too many who didn't know Peaches, or there was too much space on the beach, or it was too early and people hadn't had enough time to drink up, but the energy wasn't what I'd expect. I think Peaches went to Shake Your Dicks Shake Your Tits a little too early in the set and the crowd just wasn't ready. We made our way pretty close and started to get into some good dancing, but not quite the 3am show in New Orleans of 2 years ago, where it felt like at any moment an orgy was about to erupt. She ended the show with some schtick about a naked guy swimming through a boring rich people's art party the night before and wanting to honor the surprize swimmer with a jump in the ocean. Peaches and the Herms raced off stage to the ocean and much of the crowd followed, but noone got naked and jumped in. Few got in past their knees. It was early, and I don't think you can get into the clubs with wet clothes.

We were good and headed straight home so we could work today and see more this weekend. All in all, a pretty damn fine Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Minty Fresh Records: Free ep download from the Prototypes

Minty Fresh Records
Tasty ep available for your downloading pleasure. New wavey french pop music.

Via 3hive

Monday, December 04, 2006

Art Fag City: The AFC Miami Art Fair Calendar

Art Fag City: The AFC Miami Art Fair Calendar
Becoming overwhelmed by Art Basel Miami this week/end. This summary has potential to help us plan our visits.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Friday Cocktail: Emerald Tablet Courtesy of U'Luvka Vodka

U'Luvka Vodka
U'Luvka has a beautiful and elegant flash-based website. Many of the recipes are quite unique, and suggestions for infusions such as saffron or quince. They also have a section of vodcasts, short videos of cocktails being created. Here's a recipe that I'd never think of on my own:

Emerald Tablet
100 ml U'Luvka Vodka (straight from the freezer)
15ml Green Chartreuse
2 springs Fresh Rosemary

In a brandy balloon (I'm guessing snifter) warm the Chartreuse over a flame. Then add one sprig of rosemary and ignite. Swirl the glass to infuse a smoky rosemary flavour. Extinguish and then strain into a frozen martini glass. Pour over the frozen U'Luvka and stir using a garnish of a spear of fresh rosemary.

Sounds fantastic.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

B Movie Reviews

B Movie Reviews
Nice brief plot summaries and slime rating system to help you sort through the good bad and the simply bad. I also like the what to watch for by time at the end and sound clips, still photos, and usually 1 short video clip.

Via Urban Monarch

Flickr: Vinyl Babes

Flickr: Vinyl Babes
More great album covers from a new (to me) flickr group. A few samples:

Of course I've joined and added some of mine.

Via PCL LinkDump

Monday, November 20, 2006
In a follow-up to my previous post about the Dead Schembechlers, the band was put in a very awkward situation when former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler passed away the day before the game. The band's site is currently down due to the amazing amount of publicity they had generated prior to the enormous game Saturday. However, their myspace page is up. It's nice to see the unfortunately named band handled the situation with class.

The group played the largest Hate Michigan Rally in history on November 17th, selling out the Newport Music Hall with over 1500 people attending. It was an emotionally charged evening with the shocking news of the death of the band's namesake, Bo Schembechler, coming earlier in the day. The band announced at a press conference prior to the show that they would drop the current band name out of respect to Bo and the Schembechler family if they continued in the future. They also announced all band profits from the show inluding those of Watershed and B.A. Baracus would be donated to a charity of the Schembechler family's choosing. The show was the most incredible in their history as the crowd continually cheered for Bo, the band led a final cheer for him aand dedicated the entire event to "the most valiant foe OSU has ever faced."

Friday, November 17, 2006

Ohio State vs Michigan 1950: Great Thanksgiving Storm

1950: Great Thanksgiving Storm
Check out this unbelieveable video of the Great Thanksgiving snowstorm of 1950. The game went on as scheduled, despite 5 degree temperatures, 40 mph winds, and snow depths of 20 inches. Unfortunately OSU lost by a score of 9-3. Michigan only gained 27 yards total, and no first downs.

Via Neatorama

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Yummy looking show coming for Art Basel

Ray Caesar

Tim Biskup

Colin Christian

Thomas Han

and many others, with pics at the site.

A pear-fect holiday cocktail | 11/16/2006 | A pear-fect holiday cocktail
Pear nectar, pear liqueur, lemon juice, brandy, and champagne in a cinamon/sugar rimmed cocktail glass garnished with a thin slice of firm Bosc pear sounds like a fantastic desert cocktail for next week's Thanksgiving feast.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

DEAD SCHEMBECHLERS The Best Damn Punk Band in the Land

DEAD SCHEMBECHLERS The Best Damn Punk Band in the Land
Punk band dresses as Woody Hayes and sings songs with titles:
Wolverine Destroyer
Bomb Ann Arbor Now
and others.
Scroll down for the Bomb Ann Arbor Now video.
Go Bucks!

pat cassidy photography

pat cassidy photography

Fantastic color photographs from an LSU grad, now residing in NYC. Gallery 1 is comprised of New Orleans post-Katrina.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Esquire:Feature Story:What I've Learned: Mark Cuban

Esquire:Feature Story:What I've Learned: Mark Cuban
Several great ideas from media mogul maverick Mark Cuban. Highlights include, that newspapers aren't dying, just undergoing an identity crisis, and this new take on Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame:

You can find any type of discussion group across the Net that is finite enough to make you a hero. It might just be three people, but in that group, you're your own David Koresh.
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Friday, November 10, 2006

Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?

Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?
Great story about a cognitive neuroscientist who actively used his knowledge of his field as a contestant on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire gameshow. If I were only still teaching intro psych.

Via Neatorama

DC Drinks: Where Have All the Vermouths Gone? An Interview with Winemaker Michael Blaylock

DC Drinks: Where Have All the Vermouths Gone? An Interview with Winemaker Michael Blaylock
That's the maker of the wonderful Vya vermouth which I'm still having trouble getting here. I hate to ask 2 different stores to order it, but that's where I'm headed.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Cocktail: In Hot Blood

On the House: Drink of the week
In honor of the Day of the Dead Celebrations, a twist on the margarita using plum.

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06 | Liquor Snob

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06 | Liquor Snob
Just stumbled across this looking for inspiration for the recently elusive Friday Cocktail. Haven't had a chance to listen to it, but I wanted to be able to find it at home to add to my podcasts.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Arkiva Tropika

Arkiva Tropika

An online archive of my paper ephemera collection, Arkiva Tropika celebrates not just Polynesian Pop, but also the classic heyday of all tropical (& tropical themed) restaurants, hotels, bars, etc.

I'm especially fond of the droolworthy cocktail menus.

The site is easily searchable and all the images are high quality.

Via Swankpad

Friday, October 20, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Retro Thing: Red Raven Animated Records

Retro Thing: Red Raven Animated Records

Children's records that show an animation as they spin on the record player. More pictures and a link to a video at Retro Thing.

earth album alpha - a google maps flickr mash-up with a side of rails and scriptaculous

earth album alpha - a google maps flickr mash-up with a side of rails and scriptaculous
Go somewhere on the map, then click it and the most recent flickr photos or youtube videos from that place appear.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Have your baby on the luckiest day of the year by conceiving tomorrow!

RICHARD CHEESE - Lounge Singer Versions Of The Hits -
I got a hillarious email from Richard Cheese today that mentions his contest to give birth to his 7/7/7 baby. Here is the first rule of entry:

1) Get impregnated by Richard Cheese on October 14th, 2006. (Conception date is based on a 28-day menstrual cycle. Contestants must adjust their conception date based on their own cycle; Richard Cheese and his assignees are not responsible for miscalculated ovulations.) If, due to high demand from other contestants, Richard Cheese is unavailable to "get busy" with you on October 14th, try to schedule him in for the day before or after. In vitro fertilization will not be allowed; only numerous trysts with Richard Cheese will be permitted.

So, you can use this information however you like. To read the rest of the "contest" rules, follow the link above, then click Extra Cheese in the banner at the top, then Contests on the left. It took me while to find it and I don't see a way to link to it directly, but it's a hoot.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Vegas Sign Graveyard

Secret Fun Blog

Check out the pics and story of a trip to the Vegas Sign Graveyard.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Squirl: A Site for Collectors

Squirl: A Site for Collectors

Neat free site that allows you to organize and share your collections. It's got all the social networking and rss feed capabilities we're coming to expect from this type of thing. I'm posting this because I might use it to catalog my vintage barware collection.

Posting has been anemic lately I know. Fall is the busiest time of the year for my work, and we closed on the house 3 weeks ago, so we've been moving non-stop. We've painted the complete interior, with just a few doors and trim work to finish. Things are generally put away, and the largest artwork has been placed. The biggest tasks left are office and bar organization, and then the yardwork. We're very happy with the new diggs.

Speaking of the lack of recent posts, is anyone interested in contributing. It's easy, really doesn't take much time if you're already surfing anyway. Let me know via email at and I'll fill you in on the details.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Anna Belenki: cats discuss the fate of world

cats discuss the fate of world
Originally uploaded by annabelenki.

One of a series of fantastic tiles from Anna Belenki's MFA thesis show. Many more on her flickr page.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

60's Space-y Bar Top! | Because We Can

60's Space-y Bar Top! | Because We Can
In honor of getting my bar back next week, and LuRu getting her first ever home studio, here's a beautiful bar top with some details about the making of. There are more details about the cutting process from a link within the article, and more pictures.

Via Hoopty Rides

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl...
" The history of the Jews in America has been spelled out in books and dramatized on the big screen. But it has never been told through LP covers. Until now."
They're seeking submissions and posting them blog style with comments. Here's a few examples:

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

More Bad Album Covers

Don't miss Zip Zap Rap, ManOWar, The Many Facets of Roger, or any of these great album covers. There's a speed control for the slide show in the bottom right corner.

Friday, September 01, 2006

America's Drunkest Cities -

America's Drunkest Cities -
Forbes magazine took the top 35 metro areas in the US and rated them on 5 alcohol related categories:

1. State Laws 9 point rating scale (using a variety of sources) low scores are more loose with their liquor laws.
2. Number of Drinkers (1 drink in last 30 days - self report)
3. Heavy Drinkers (2drinks/day for men and1drink/day for women)
4. Binge Drinking (more than 5 drinks on one occasion - not clear about the time frame)
5. Alcoholism (number of AA meetings as a proportion of population)

The top of the list is mostly cold-weather midwestern cities, with the exception of Boston at 4 and Austin at 5. I seem to be making my way down the list to less drunk cities. Here are the cities I have some connection with:

3. Columbus, OH - #2 in heavy drinkers, 5 in binge, and 6 alcoholism. #17 in drinkers, and relatively strong laws 7 (out of 9) Maybe some OSU influence here.
7. Cleveland, OH - #2 in alcoholism, 7 in drinkers, 10 in heavy, and 19 in binge
16. Cincinnati, OH - middle of the road score for middle of the road city
24. New Orleans - quite a surprize, main surveys were conducted in 2004, so the data should match the former New Orleans, ranked 33rd in number of drinkers, but rated a 4 in liquor laws - would probably be a 1 if they took into account how the laws are actually enforced
33. Miami - maybe a combo of the health nuts and old people at work on this low rating.

Via Neatorama

Friday, August 25, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Brain Teaser


Can you get everyone across the river?

1. Only the adults (Mother, Father, or Police Officer) can operate the raft.

2. The Mother cannot be left with the either boy without the Father.

3. The Father cannot be left alone with either girl without the Mother.

4. The thief (gender irrelevant) cannot be left with anyone other than the Police Officer.

5. Only two people on the boat at a time.

Click the blue circle to start, click the person you want to add to the boat, when you want to make a crossing, click the red knob on the other side of the river.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cocktail of the Week: Fog Cutter

jimmy's cocktail hour: Fog Cutter
A classic tiki concotion recipe courtesy of Jimmy's Cocktail Hour

Good Decorating - Hash Den

Good Decorating - Hash Den
Originally uploaded by MikeLove.

We won't be decorating our new home this way, or any of the ways illustrated in this fantastic photo set of scanned images from a 70s decorating magazine. For anyone who didn't know, right after the blog post saying I was through the busy time at work and would be back to blogging more regularly, we ended up trying to buy a house so, that's sucked up all my free time. I think we're pretty well set now, so maybe there will be more blogging.

Here's some bonus bad decor.

Via BoingBoing

Friday, August 04, 2006

YouTube - Flying Manta Ray

YouTube - Flying Manta Ray

I may have posted something about this a few months ago, but now there's video:

Looks like a cross between hanggliding and water skiing, two of my favorite things.

Via PingMag

Friday, July 28, 2006

I'm still here

When you move across country for a job, it should come as no surprise to find it cutting into your blogging time. Just wanted to quickly check in and let you know I'll be back to my usual schedule soon. I've got my first big deadline on Monday and I've really been working hard to make it. A few random things kicking around in my head:

Clerks II was hillarious! The wheels kind of fall off as they resolve the conflicts of the movie, but plot is not what I'm looking for in a Clerks movie. Beware of Pillow Pants!

Who wants to be a Superhero was a lot better than I ever expected. Didn't turn it on until about half way through and was really dissapppointed to see the cast was chosen and they were moving into their "secret lair." I only wanted to see the audition part, where people dressed as "underwear perverts" as boingboing likes to call them try to convince Stan Lee they should be on the show. They were already into the standard reality show setup of challenge then elimination, but the challenge was great. They tell the superheros the challenge is about changing into their costumes discreetly and getting to a place quickly. The real challenge is to notice a young girl who needs help along the way and to do anything for her. Only three out of thirteen superheros notice the little girl, but the best is that two of the three who notice do so because they run slow (one because she's a big girl, she goes by Fat Momma, and the other because her costume has very high heels). The other one who notices probably only does so because he's embraced the cheese of the comic book superhero and stops and poses every so often. As luck would have it he stops to pose within earshot of the girl. I loved watching the superheros who missed the girl find out what the real challenge was. Stan Lee is pretty amusing too in his over the top interactions with the heros. Don't know if they can keep it up, but I'll be watching again.

The show on after it has a lot of potential too. I'll have to look it up though cause the name is long and ridiculous, but it's some kind of sci-fi horror spoof with a bad 80s Dr. Who hospital twist. It conflicts with It's Always Sunny in Philladelphia though so hopefully I'll catch it another time.

Diggin the new peaches album and a recent release by the Rakes.

I'm finding it a little bizzare to hear about the heat wave, but live about as far south as I can go and thinking the weather's been great, not much different than Baton Rouge except with an ocean breeze.

Speaking of living in Miami, another new thing for me is living in a place with such a large Jewish community. Today in the paper there was a full-page add urging Jewish men to wear a leather box strapped to their arm in support of Israel. I'll be watching to see if that happens much.

Also been on a health/active lifestyle kick lately that shows no signs of slowing. We're both practically addicted to indoor rock climbing, going 2 or 3 times a week for over a month now, and slowly working our way up in difficulty level. Also swimming and we went kayaking once which was really great. I want to eventually buy some kayaks and use them to paddle out to snorkeling locations. This area is the worlds beach dive capital meaning you can find great snorkeling/scuba diving from the beach without a boat.

Well that was more than I intended and I left a lot out. Not sure if there will be a Friday cocktail or not. Probably depends on how my writing goes today. If I don't get to one, I suggest a crisp gin and tonic as a classic that shoudl hit the spot this warm evening.


Monday, July 24, 2006

Top 25 Rejected Movie Roles --

Top 25 Rejected Movie Roles --
The whole site is devoted to actors who were considered for roles in movies but for some reason it didn't work out. Some real jaw droppers here. The link goes to the top 25 as voted by people who check out the site. A few of my favorites:

Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Johnny Depp turning down the role of Lestat in Interview with the Vampire

Tom Selleck originally pursued for Indiana Jones, but was too tied up with Magnum P.I.

and O.J. Simpson passed over for The Terminator because producers didn't think he'd be taken seriously.

Search by movie or actor. I bet the Pirate's of the Carribean franchise wouldn't have worked with Jim Carrey or Michael Keaton as Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Threadless T-Shirts - Stat City by Graham Dobson

Threadless T-Shirts - Stat City by Graham Dobson

Threadless releases a statistics based t-shirt and it's sold out of men's large within a day. I'm hoping for a reprint.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

SPACE INVADERS - is people!

SPACE INVADERS - Guillaume Reymond - video / performance

67 people, 4 hours, in an empty theatre, 390 images later, = a 3 minute video of space invaders. Much more interesting that I thought it would be.

Via Neatorama

Edit: When I went to play the video again, I couldn't find it at the link above. Here is a workings as of this minute video link.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Cocktail of the Week - Get Out, You Deserve It

Unthirsty - Find your happy hour.
This week instead of mixing one at home, try out a happy hour in your area courtesy of Unthirsty. Go to the site and type in your zip code to see happy hour information in your area on a google map. It's a new site, based on user input, so if there's not much going on in your area, add your favorite. I'd love to see this populated in my area.


Via Saving the world, one drink at a time

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Wear nice pants" - police tell women drinkers - Yahoo! News

"Wear nice pants" - police tell women drinkers - Yahoo! News

From an article about a police safety campaign in Suffolk England:

"If you fall over or pass out, remember your skirt or dress may ride up," the magazine says. "You could show off more than you intended -- for all our sakes, please make sure you're wearing nice pants and that you've recently had a wax."
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Museum of Temporary Art

The Museum of Temporary Art

Tiny artwork contained in the 33 drawer Museum of Temporary art. Works come from around the world with vary levels of description. Submissions are welcome.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday Cocktail: De la Louisiane

The Spirit World - De la Louisiane

Slight twist on the Sazerac adding Benedictine and sweet vermouth. I think I've used sweet vermouth in sazerac a few times and liked it.


SWAPATORIUM: All Aboard the S.S. Boogie

SWAPATORIUM: All Aboard the S.S. Boogie
Collection of dance floor photos from cruises in the late 60s and early 70s.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Independence Day Fireworks 2006

Independence Day Fireworks 2006 - a photoset on Flickr
We got to be up close and personal for the fireworks last night.
Independence Day 2006-10
These works were all lit by hand using flares.
Independence Day 2006-17v2
We were about 100 yards away.
Independence Day 2006-38
Our camera doesn't have a wide-angle lens so lots of the pictures only capture part of the explosion.
Independence Day 2006-37v2
But I think they turned out great.

We also have 4 videos at youtube some of which are sideways:

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

My Album Covers

Album Covers - a photoset on Flickr
East of Suez
After my recent post of Dennis Catron's collection of sexy lp cover art, I realized we had a few ourselves and a few not so sexy, but eminently worth sharing. Since space is limited in our tiny apartment, I'm going to start taking the camera with us to the thrift store for those covers that I want to remember, but albums I don't necessarily want to hear. The quality of the photo's not as good, but not too bad either. BTW, Dennis has added a some new covers to his collection.

Here are a few more highlights:
Dance Into Your Sultan's Heart Back
Love the Belly Dancing Albums
Swingin Southern Style
Great Title, reminds me of Mint Juleps in St. Francisville.
Isley Brothers - Showdown Cover
Fun covers aren't limited to any specific era.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


For some reason I got geeked up about fixing the February redesign, and went overboard. I hope you like some of the new features. The new left sidebar contains most of the fun stuff. Top left are my pictures (had been on the right. The next section of cocktail recipes came about because I recently subscribed to a bunch of cocktail blogs (will add those shortly) and realized that I didn't have something to say about all the recipes I'd like to share and/or remember for myself, so I found a way to just tag pages/posts in my that would then automatically add them to the sidebar. I'll still highlight recipes when I have something to add, or one's I make up myself, or get from books, in the main content area, but there should always be a dozen or so recipes to try in the left column. Below that is my Google calendar, which I'm using to try to track all the arts and cultural events I'd like to attend (no guarantee I'll go to any). Google calendar doesn't let me change the color yet. Then we've got the links (I'll have to add the cocktail blogs soon, but this was plenty of work for now). Over on the right I've added pictures from other people that I find amusing. If you have a flickr account and want one of your pictures to show up there, try tagging it with e33 and see if it works. There's a new subscribe button that takes you to a page to quickly add Experiment33 to many common rss readers. Then the Zoomclouds that I added a few months ago and some searching and stats stuff.

Hopefully, the left and right columns stay fixed in their position and width and the middle column will adjust itself to fit your window. You should also be able to finally see my whole banner that I made a while ago, but didn't show correctly. I've only tested in firefox and internet explorer on a pc, so any mac users or other browser folks please let me know if it doesn't look right. I am having a couple of problems that I know of, that I'll be looking into. In firefox the background color sometimes shows corectly in a dark burgundy color, but usually is white. In internet explorer the columns don't always size correctly. That's what I'm aware of.

Please comment and let me know if there's anything else not working, or that you think I should add.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Friday Cocktail: Diabolo

Cocktail Jen: Diabolo
Been pretty busy at work lately, so I'll just point you to a different take on the Diabolo and also highly suggest Cocktail Jen's whole blog. She's working her way through her Mr. Boston's Guide one drink at a time and photographing her "work" along the way.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

jimmy's cocktail hour: Mixology Monday IV: Aperitif Wrap-up

jimmy's cocktail hour: Mixology Monday IV: Aperitif Wrap-up
Wrap up of this Monday's Mixology Monday blog-a-thon, with the subject being apertifs I did not participate. Reading the descriptions and seeing the pictures makes me want to try some. I won't be trying the one developed at the Art of the Drink which features Unicum (the blogger of Art of the Drink won't be making it again either), but it does remind me of a story.

I didn't start drinking until I was 20, on a trip to Europe. I've always disliked beer, so I just didn't bother. While in Europe, we (LuRu and I) made a picinic one day in France and bought some wine, just because we thought we should. It was pretty good and certainly made us feel tres chic. Forward in the trip a few weeks and we find our selves in Budapest. We arrive early Sunday morning and we just wanted to spend the day on our way to either Prauge or Vienna (can't recall the exact order). We only stopped because it had been a long ride from Rome. We exchange $50 for the day (this was 1992) and wandered throughout the city. Well, Budapest was cheap, and lots of things were closed on Sunday, so we found ourselves with a ton (to us at the time) of money at the train station, where we could eat McDonald's food, get tattoos, or buy liquor. Even the McDonald's didn't put a dent in our funds. We bought 2 or 3 bottles of wine, a bottle of champagne, and a bottle of Unicum, because of the bottle. We pile into the midnight train and it's packed. After hunting through several cars, we luck into the last 2 seats in a 6 seat compartment. Our traveling companions happen to be a pair from England and a pair from Scotland, so some form of english all around! The 2 pair had the same issues with excess cash to burn and had spent similarly. The train was hot and uncomfortable, but the companionship was excellent and bottles were opened and passed freely. Eventually we squeezed in 2 Canadians who had great stories of sleeping in a train station in war torn Yugoslavia. As bottles were drained we finally had to try the Unicum. No one tried it more than once. I only recall it being nasty. The Art of the Drink describes it as making Yeagermeister look like a girls drink, so I figure that's about right. We left the bottle under the seat and forgot about it. I hope it didn't cause a bomb scare.


Assembling the largest collection of Polaroid instant photographs. Lots of flickrish features with tagging and commenting. Here's a shot from 1980:

There is also a great gallery of the tools, highlighting photos of the different cameras with a little history. Here's the "Swinger" from 1965:

There's also an X-posed section where you have to register and be over 18, so I assume it includes some naughty bits. Registration is free.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

the theatre

the theatre
Originally uploaded by photobotic.

Not exactly sure what is going on here, must be from some sort of performance, just love the picture/costume

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Dorcus Line of Menswear

LILEKS (James) The Dorcus Line of Menswear
Bad fashions past

I forget which blog pointed this out first, sorry for the non reference.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Speedboat Race and Volleyball Videos from Hollywood Beach

Speedboat Race and Volleyball Videos from Hollywood Beach.
Some short digital camera videos from last weekend.

Friday Cocktail - Golden Dawn Classic Cocktails: Books: Salvatore Calabrese

I just bought this new book of Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese. It is gorgeous with a nice mix of cocktail history, trivia and recipes. It's also nicely illustrated with vintage ads and photos. This is where I found the Golden Dawn, winner of the International Cocktail Competition in London in 1930.

equal parts:
-apricot brandy
-orange juce

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and add a dash of grenadine to produce "the effect of a glorious sunrise."


By Hook Or By Rook - E-Ticket: By Hook Or By Rook
Last October I blogged a snippet about Chessboxing. I didn't have much to go on, but now ESPN has a big article with video. Inspired by a European comic book, chessboxing alternates 4 minute rounds of chess with 2 minute rounds of boxing. The winner is determined by checkmate, knockout, offical's decision, or taking too much time in the chess rounds.

"...the sport combines elements of the complete man, one who is prepared for any eventuality, not a pure brute, not a hopeless nerd."