Friday, May 25, 2007

The Friday Cocktail - Bourbonaise

Bourbonaise, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

I would never have thought to put these ingredients together, but if it's good enough for Playboy's Bar Guide from 1971 I figured it was worth a shot. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise, with a good blend of sweet, sour, and bourbon.

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz creme de casis
1/4 oz lemon juice

Stir in old fasioned glass filled with ice. I suggest starting with this mix and adjusting to taste depending on the tartness of your lemon juice. I added an extra splash of creme de casis and found it mellowed the drink out perfectly .


The Ritchie Family

The Ritchie Family, originally uploaded by Side Salad.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bumbo, The Drink of Pirates

Bumbo, The Drink of Pirates
In honor of the coming Pirate's of the Caribbean: At World's End, a great post at the Art of the Drink about the true drink of pirates with some interesting history.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

powerpoint presentation humor - data visualization & visual design - information aesthetics

powerpoint presentation humor - data visualization & visual design - information aesthetics
I'm working on a powerpoint for a conference when I found this video featured in one of my regular blogs. Go there and watch it and learn what to avoid when making powerpoint presentations.

Cap'n Scurvy's Treasure Chest: Van of the Week-Pt. 2: Rollie's Econobar

Cap'n Scurvy's Treasure Chest: Van of the Week-Pt. 2: Rollie's Econobar
Fantastic bar made from a vintage 1961 econoline van. He put a bunch of audio equipment under the hood, but I think he must have the regular bar stuff in the closets behind the bar.

Via Boing Boing

Monday, May 21, 2007

BlueBook of Quality Merchandise 1970 - a photoset on Flickr

BlueBook of Quality Merchandise 1970 - a photoset on Flickr
This great book has recently come into our possession and I shot a few pics of a few pages. The book contains just about everything you could want or need in 1970 starting with with your engagement rings and other jewlery through setting up your home with dirilyte gold-hued flatware and bedding, entertaining with barware and record players, and finally you might get to enjoy some sporting goods at the end. Here are just a few of the shots that amused me. Let me know if you have any requests, this thing is almost 1,000 pages long and I only shot 25 so far.
BlueBook of Quality Merchandise 1970 Cover
Trav-L-Bars page 442
My favorite
Golden Elegance page 192
Broilers, Toasters, and Popcorn Poppers page 309
Check out the vertical broiler in the upper left corner, it's a toaster for your meat!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Sazerac

Sazerac detail, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

I'm sure I've featured the Sazerac before, but it's just so darn good and I love the picture from our first Decadent Sunday. Click the picture for recipe details.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Welcome: NSFW
So I noticed I was getting a bunch of hits from today, but I was at work so I didn't get to check it out until tonight. Glad I held out. It's actually a pretty fun site with a real good mix of fun, funny, sexy, and ridiculous. Apparently they linked to the sexy lp cover lover post. So, here's a few of my sexiest lp covers for the new visitors:
Belly Dancer Favorites
El Disco Del Ano vol 13
Cha Cha Cha
and one that's not necessarily sexy, but has a cheeky title
Swingin Southern Style

Do What Now?

Do What Now?
Fun new (to me) retro blog focused on poking fun at old magazine ads etc.

Via Ephemera

Monday, May 14, 2007

LP Cover Lover � The world's greatest LP album covers, 45s too.

LP Cover Lover � The world's greatest LP album covers, 45s too.
I'm sure I've blogged this before, but 20 new posts this weekend gets a fresh post. Several cheesecakey somewhat NSFW covers, and a bondage album.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Apple Sunrise

My first experience with Applejack Brandy, and a good one.


Thursday, May 10, 2007


Smoke, originally uploaded by critical_idiot.

This gives you an idea of what it has been like visually. As I said below, it looks clear now, but it still smells smokey.

Rings of fire fill skies with smoke - 05/10/2007 -

Rings of fire fill skies with smoke - 05/10/2007 -
Surreal couple of days outside here. The subtropical storm in the Atlantic is funnelling all the smoke from fires as far away as Georgia right down to the southern tip of Florida. The last two nights you could see, smell, and taste the smoke. This morning looks clear, but it still smells smokey (not unpleasant, but a little ominous when you know what's going on). It's supposed to clear up over the next few days, but I'm not so sure. The article link above has a pdf map (why not a jpg?) that shows all the fires. There really aren't many near here, but the wind pattern is pushing it all here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

By the bench on a sunny Saturday at Hollywood Beach

Someone started a flickr photo pool for Hollywood Beach and this picture just caught my eye. Any of you coming to visit soon?

Friday, May 04, 2007

New Obsession and Goofy Stories

It's been a very low posting week because my free time has been consumed with scouring craigslist and ebay for used kayaks. We've been looking for a few weeks, but got seriously obsessive when I missed out on one by a few minutes. So a post goes up on craigslist at 10:30 Sunday night, for an Ocean Scupper Pro sit on top kayak for $300
I replied first thing monday morning. The guy was sellling first-come first-served so I slipped out at lunch and put down a deposit (I drive the car, LuRu had the truck). It turns out the seller kept it on his giant catamaran. He tells me he's had 3 or 4 other contacts about it, but it's mine. He also says that he sold his other one to his neighbor 2 boats down. Monday night we take the truck back to the marina to pick up the boat and pass the boat of the guy who bought the other kayak. He's out and sort of recognizes me from earlier, though I look different without my necktie and dress pants. We talk and he bought the kayak to replace one of a different style and he wants to get rid of his original. So, now we're proud owners of 2 almost new sit on top kayaks. One is the same as the one pictured above, but it's almost neon green. The other is a similar color to the one above but is much shorter and a little wider. So we can try both styles out and easily sell one to get another when we decide what we like, though as of now they fit in the truck pretty well.

So, once we get the new boats, I go into research mode about where to try them out. I find that there's a public park that's free to launch kayaks from during the week. Last night was a full moon, and there was supposed to be a full moon kayak tour from this park. We didn't necessarily want to go on the tour, but it just seemed like it must be a good place to go, so we loaded the boats up and headed out around 7pm. We found the boat launch but no one was around. We figured the group left at 6:30 like the advertising said, so no big deal. We launched and paddled through the mangrove trails until we reached the beautiful calm as glass lake. We paddled around the edge of the lake observing birds (Ibis I think) a raccoon, and several jumping fish, and watched the sunset. We never ran into another soul. It was wierd to be in the middle of such a large metropolis and not see anyone. We paddled in and loaded up the truck around 9pm, only to find we'd been locked in the park. Apparently the kayak tour didn't make their quota so the trip was cancelled, so the park closed at 7:30. We had to call the police and wait for a park ranger to let us out. We're pretty new at the nature thing.

Cheers to another great weekend!

Friday Cocktail - Leninade

Leninade, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

Something light and refreshing as the weather heats up. It's a more sophisticated take on the old electric lemonade or simply lemonade and vodka. Of course I might be cutting into the sophistication with my over-the-top garnish.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Tequila Cocktails Galore - Cinco de Mayo Preparation

Tequila Cocktails Galore
I did a Cinco de Mayo post last year for the Friday Cocktail, so I doubt I'll do it again tomorrow, so the above link provides several different cocktails to add some variety to your Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Chris Jordan’s photographic series “Running The Numbers” exhibit opens at the Q2 Gallery in Second Life.

Chris Jordan’s photographic series “Running The Numbers” exhibit opens at the Q2 Gallery in Second Life.
Francis kindly pointed out that the "Running The Numbers" show I blogged previously is showing in second life. Wish I'd have noticed his comment earliear as LuRu was goofing in second life for a good part of last night since the threat of thunderstorms kept us off our new (used) kayaks. We should have clear skies tonight for our inaugural paddle under the full moon, so we'll have to check this out later this weekend.