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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Random, Rambling, Rampage” Edition

Good morning folks, and Happy Friday. Once again it appears that we’re all over the map this morning. And that’s fine, considering that people were all over the road on my drive in this morning. You’d have thought it was ice and sleet, not rain the way they were driving (and crashing). Fortunately, I managed to navigate all of that. So… on with the show!

  1. The NFL is in full swing, and even though we’re officially in week 2 (With the Packers beating the Bears last night) I’m going to focus on something from week 1. Now, every week/year in the NFL there’s something that gets focused on. I understand that. But the pants?
    New NFL Pants Offer A Surprising Look
    Mr. Cameraman? Did you *really* need to focus on THIS?
  2. Hehehe… Okay, now that we’ve established which direction we’re taking today’s post… Let’s take this chance to remind everyone that when you run spell check, it makes sure all the words are spelled correctly. Even if it wasn’t the word you meant to use. So when you’re making a sign for the local high school… Oops. If you look at it and don’t get it right away.. take your time and spell out all the words you think you see.
  3. That last one reminds me of a line from “The Princess Bride”. “You keep using that word…

    Why to I bring that up here? Because in the “Holy misleading headline, Batman!” department. Today on Yahoo! there was an article about Mandy Patinkin. The headline read “Actor slams TV show that made him famous“. Which made me think… That’s not why he’s famous! THIS is why he’s famous!
  4. Also in the news this week, an apology. Now, I’m not going to veer into politics here (I’d rather veer into oncoming traffic, first), but the DNC apologized for an error in its segment where it was honoring veterans at the democratic convention. Now, I’m going to write this off as an honest / innocent mistake. Because I wouldn’t have noticed it, wouldn’t have known. What this is… is a reminder to the rest of us. When doing a big, high-profile event.. make sure you know your audience, and check and double-check your facts. And your graphics. That way, when you’re putting together a presentation honoring American Veterans, you don’t put a graphic of RUSSIAN warships up on the screen behind them. Because you or I may not notice, but you can be darned sure the Navy veterans whose job it was to know about those ships certainly will! (Fortunately, here at The Beerbarrel we don’t think we’ll ever have to worry about doing anything high-profile!)
  5. And lastly for the week…. because I can… and because it’s cool. A real life Hot Wheels corkscrew jump! I think that says everything that needs to be covered right there.

Okay folks, that’s five thoughts and I’m about to phone it in for the rest of the day. After all, I need to get ready to make more beer this weekend! Yes, it’s probably safe to say Beermaker has been on a beer making rampage lately (and yes, I’m counting this last part as yet another post that I’ve managed to work a beer reference into).  And who doesn’t love a good Rampage? (See what I did there? Used to love that game.)

Have a great weekend folks!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Weathered and Worn-out” Edition

Good morning folks! Happy Friday. Since I was unable to make good on my threats from last week (That being to schedule another boondoggle and get a guest writer in here), let me welcome you to another edition of Five Thoughts. We took this week’s title from a couple of things. A few weather related posts, and just feeling flat out “worn-out”. Not to mention the depression I felt when I realized this is the first full work week I’ve put in in nearly a month! I really do need another vacation! Anyhow, let’s take a look at some of what was silly and/or strange in the world this week, shall we?

  1. We’ll start with something slightly weather related. And with that, the Beerbarrel’s “Congratulations Captain Obvious!” award goes to the brain surgeons who figure out that the city with the highest potential financial damage from a hurricane would be… New york City. Wow, really going out on a limb there, huh folks? I mean, it’s only been said before. It’s only the single largest city on the east coast. And it’s only right up on the ocean in a low lying area. Sad thing is, they probably got some sort of grant to re-state the obvious. So maybe I actually should congratulate them. Maybe they’re smarter than I realized.
  2. Speaking of flooding, and things looking weathered…. A well worn dock bearing Japanese markings washed up on shore in Oregon. Speculation is that it was washed out to sea in the March 2011 Tsunami that struck Japan. However, we aren’t talking about your typical dock you have up at the lake. This baby is 66 feet long and made of concrete! And this best part of the article? This massive hunk of concrete and metal was designed to FLOAT!
  3. Sometimes, things get dirty. Or dusty. Or whatever. What usually happens next though is generally pretty mundane. You clean things up. Often times, certain tools are used. Such as a vacuum cleaner. However, sometimes even cleaning with a vacuum cleaner is not mundane. Like when you’re cleaning up inside a nuclear powered submarine. Or when said vacuum sparks a fire that caused over $400 million in damage to said nuclear submarine. Yikes. It does beg the question though. What were they cleaning that caused the vacuum to start the fire???
  4. Speaking of fires, and heat… I would not to be anyone connected with the Belmont race course this weekend if the race does not go off as planned. I’ll Have Another has a chance to win horse racing’s triple crown… but a labor dispute is putting the race in jeopardy. While I understand the fact that a signature event being threatened is an effective negotiating tactic, ruining someone’s chance to achieve something that hasn’t been done since 1978 can be summed up in two words. Not Cool. If something happens to cancel the race, you just know there’s going to be lawsuits.
  5. Lastly… I’ve been debating on using this one for a while. I’ve joked about it, made references to it, outright mentioned it. What am I talking about? I’m talking about one heck of an earworm. (Or an ear tick, as a my co-blogger called it. Noting that it goes in but won’t come back out). I’m talking about Red Solo Cup. Which just missed out this week on being named video of the year at the country music awards. Why even mention that if it didn’t win? Well, even its singer openly described it as “the stupidest song I have ever heard in my life.”And yet it got recorded by him anyways. Seems to be working out for him.

Okay folks, that’s five and you’ve probably got a song stuck in your head now. And if you don’t… well, how about now?

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Complete useless internet item of the week…

Sometimes…the world scares me…this is one of those times……

Finnish Weirdo from Zak McKee on Vimeo.

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Meandering Mind” Edition

Howdy folks and welcome to another Friday. We’re wrapping up a rather, well… those no rather about it. We’re wrapping up a fantastically warm, record setting unseasonably warm week. So let’s see what’s bouncing around in Beer’s brain this week and see what we can see, shall we? I can guarantee one thing this week. This one could get fairly random….

  1. Sometimes I try to keep notes during the week of things I think might be fun to use in this space. Other times, things will get sent in, especially by our good friend PB. I should probably let him do a guest spot one day. Anyways, sometimes we have notes ready, other times we don’t. And sometimes, as I’ve said before, the stories can just kind of write themselves. And sometimes, a headline just screams to be mentioned. And when that happens I usually use it. Right after I clean the coffee I spit out off my monitor after I read a headline that said… “Boy with doped goat can compete in Colo. fair“.  I mean, how often do you see the phrase “Doped Goat” in a headline?
  2. From the “it wasn’t ever really the boat’s fault, but it probably does need to go” department…. The artist tanker ore hauler ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez is in the news. Seems it’s been purchased by a company in India that’s known for decommissioning and scrapping/salvaging old ships. Now, after the bad PR of the oil spill and everything I can understand the boat being sold and renamed. Even though it wasn’t the boat’s fault – it just went where they sailed it, the stigma was there. And it was also apparently involved in a collision and damaged again at another point. Sometimes, things are just unlucky. Ever had a car with a windshield that attracted every flying people on the road? Same concept. And in cases like that, sometimes it’s best to just let it go.
  3. And speaking of old boats…. In this case a really old, really (in)famous ship. We’re talking about the Titanic. There’s not a lot to say about this one. Everyone knows the story. Ok, I’ll be honest, most people probably know the MOVIE version of the story. Still, the basic concept is the same. The ship sank. Hope I didn’t ruin the movie for anyone. Where the ship landed on the seafloor remained unknown for a great many years. With improvements in technology, it was eventually found. And now, something really cool is being done with the photos and data that’s been gathered from the shipwreck.
  4. While I can’t say I’m overly into college basketball, I do tend to watch some of. And I have to admit I tend to pay attention to the commercials. And there are some great ones out there now. While I can’t speak to their effectiveness at selling or promoting their products, I find them fantastically entertaining. Which ones am I talking about? Well, there are two “series” of commercials out right now that I highly suggest you Youtube. I’m speaking of course, about Peggy and Mayhem.

  5. And speaking of advertising… I realize the main goal of advertising is to separate you from your money by means of a purchase. But listening to satellite radio lately… Wow. There’s obviously a different (lesser) degree of regulation on the things that get advertised. I’ll be honest, some of them border on coming right out and saying it’s a scam. It’s worse than listening to late night infomercials! So, just a friendly reminder to all those who listen to satellite radio… when they start advertising “Foolproof Investments”? There’s truth in that advertising. In the sense that there is a FOOL involved in any investment in them.

Okay folks, that’s a quick five and I’m going to see if I can find a way to enjoy the rest of today before we launch headlong into the weekend again. As for today’s video, even though I talked about the Titanic, there’s no way I was using that horrid song from the movie. So I went with something completely different to keep up the randomness.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “In Hiding” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. We’ve got the title for today’s post from the state of my co-blogger. He was so into his February 27th holiday (aka The NHL Trade Deadline) that when it finally came and went without any truly large shakeups. Well, he was depressed and distraught. We were actually expecting a trade deadline “post-mortem” from him where he would run down the trades. Instead, he’s off in hiding today looking for other ways to get his hockey fix. Pretty sure he’ll be successful though, so let’s get on with the blog post.

  1. With Kingkielbasa currently mourning “The way things used to be” on trade day, I came across a fascinating article on how something else used to be. Check out the SI.com article about the change in (or more appropriately, the elimination of)  smoking habits in the NHL. My my, how times can change.
  2. Speaking of things changing in the NHL, and not for the better. I was watching a postgame interview with one of the better compensated, more successful coaches in the league. And I had to ask out loud at the pub while watching it… “Who exactly thought it would be a good idea to bring back the bad tie and checkered dress shirt look”? What’s next, leisure suits going to try to make a comeback? Maybe the corduroy jackets with the patches on the elbows? Bad looks are bad folks, doesn’t matter how much time has gone by since they were “In”. Just like the “Hammer pants” from the 90’s.
  3. And on a completely different note, let’s swing over to corporate America – where Google’s “informal” corporate motto is “Don’t be evil“. Ironically, a competitor posted an article about how Google is tracking your web history, and how to turn it off. Nothing like getting in a free shot at the big dog, huh? So, before you go doing another search on “I’ve Got The Clap“, you might want to go turn that feature off. Just in case, you know?
  4. I tweeted it earlier this week, but I’m going to add it here as well since I’m still having trouble adapting to the change. Note to self. Again. Old car was a six speed manual. New car is an automatic transmission. Continuing to try to hit the clutch (and inadvertently hitting the parking brake pedal) will eventually result in bad things happening. Knock it off.
  5. Lastly, it’s March now. March 2nd to be exact. 15 days to Green Beer and Corned Beef Day St. Patrick’s Day. On a Saturday no less. Spring is beginning to be sprung on the “Winter that wasn’t” and I’m fine with that. As long as the weather will finally cooperate and stop giving us the warmest days of the week and move them to somewhere useful – Like Saturday and Sunday so I can get some things done around the house. Working on garage door openers at temperatures near freezing in a detached garage is no fun. At all.

Okay folks, that’s a slightly delayed five thoughts, and I’m out of here. I need to go plan a boondoggle or something, although not to Clarksville. In the meantime… In honor of Davy Jones and the Monkees.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Missed It Again” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another edition of Five Thoughts. Been a bit of a crazy week around here, but we’re finally coming down off of that sugar high from the paczki on Tuesday. With Ash Wednesday this past week, we’re now well into the Easter season. So, let’s roll right on into weirdness and see what we can find this week.

  1. So, apparently Ash Wednesday was also National Margarita Day. Which was also followed yesterday by National Chili Day. Now, I’m all in favor of chili, and margaritas. But the timing for these days just seems odd to me. I mean yes, margaritas and chili pair nicely together. And that’s what bothers me. Couldn’t we get them moved into early May somehow? We could work out a Margarita Day, Cinqo de Mayo, Chili Day triple-header? Wouldn’t that be a lot more fun? Oh, and I’ve also just been informed that today is National Tortilla Chip day. Let’s move that one, too! Now we’ve got four days to celebrate at the beginning of May. That’s a party!
    Damn, now I’m hungry.
  2. Last night, the Detroit Red Wings lost, at home in a shootout, for the 1st time in 24 games. That’s right, they’re 23-1 in their last 24 home games. Not too shabby. For those of you looking for someone to blame for the loss? You can thank my co-blogger. Who was in attendance at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
  3. Every now and then, you hear about this thing called Karma. And every now and then you see some pompous you-know-what who thinks that they don’t have to follow the rules that everyone else plays by. You know the type when you see them cut lines at the store, ignore merge signs on the freeway, or in this case…. decide that the construction warning markers don’t apply to them, only to drive into a patch of still wet concrete! Red?
  4. Speaking of people Red would apply that particular adjective to, there was an article in USA Today earlier this week about the items confiscated by TSA screeners at airports. Now, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the TSA process some of it seems to be a bit of draconian overkill. That being said, I’ve never had a problem. Still, reading the article, I just had to shake my head at some of the items listed that people try to carry onto a plane! Folks, if you can’t bring a box cutter or a swiss army knife on board, you sure as hell aren’t going to be able to bring your samurai sword or spear gun on! I’d ask if it’s really that hard to figure out, but obviously, for some people, it is.
  5. There was something I had thought up to go into one of these spots here this week, but as usually I failed to make an adequate note and now don’t have a clue to what it was I wanted to talk about. Other than thinking at the time that it would be a fun topic. I guess I need to go blogging school and learn how to do this stuff the correct way. Still, I never once claimed to be good at this. In the meantime, I’ll wrap it up for the week. Don’t want to keep anyone from their day jobs.  Besides, I have to go put away the snow shovels. I got them back out based on the promise and threat of a ton of snow. We’re talking snow emergency declared, sirens going off, the works. And we got… wet sidewalks at the house. Boo. Missed it again.

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m out of here for the weekend. Got a lot to do, a day trip to attend to, and home improvement and repair projects to try to get to. In the interim, I’ll leave you with this. Because I’ve been wanting to use it for a while now. And since we’re into Lent and people are eating fish on Fridays. It just seems to fit. Sort of.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts On a Friday – The “Meandering Mind” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to yet another five thoughts post here at The Beerbarrel. It’s been a crazy busy week here. What with the weekend boondoggle to Toronto last weekend, then Halloween on Monday. I feel like I blinked and it was Friday. I have to admit, that’s both a good, and bad thing. It’s great because it means the weekend is about here, but it also feels like I haven’t really accomplished anything of note. Oh well, onto the post!

  1. There’s this writing thing going on right now. NaNoWriMo it’s called. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Yours truly got an email asking if was going to try it. My response? Are you kidding me? I’m good for about one or two posts a week! A novel? Oh HELL NO! Besides, I don’t consider myself a writer. Oh sure, I can write. My grades on research papers in school proved that (So did one research project getting published). There’s a difference though. Just like being a blogger doesn’t make you anything but a blogger (It doesn’t make you a journalist or a novelist). Even if I ever do somehow spit out a book or novel, I’ll still just consider myself “A guy who wrote a book/novel/whatever” Not a Writer/Novelist/Etc. Now, that being said – this NaNoWriMo thing? It seems like a pretty interesting concept. Some people really get into it. And some of them can turn out some pretty interesting stuff. So if you’re surfing around the web a bit looking for something to read – check it out.
  2. There’s an excerpt from the new Steve Jobs book that talks about some of his dietary quirks. Apparently he flirted with a diet called “Fruitatarianism”, in other words, only eating fruits (and nuts). “Basically, the reproductive parts of plants that can be consumed without doing any harm to the plant itself,” TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer explains. It goes on about some of the restrictions and stuff, but really got me was this quote… “Plus, it’s an expensive diet to adhere to for a long period of time, Bauer points out.”  Okay, for every day people, yes. But um… hello? Steve Freakin’ Jobs! Pretty sure he could afford it. Don’t believe me doc? Why don’t you hop on your iPhone or iPad and check out his estimated net worth?
  3. One of the greatest videos you’ll ever see hit the internet this week, as a Boeing 767 landed in Poland, WITHOUT IT’S LANDING GEAR DOWN! Now, first off – that pilot is a Stud, First Order, and we’ll get to why in just a moment. Second – again – video, cool as hell. But lastly, and I can only think this is either a massive compliment to the skill of the pilot (And I’m sure that’s a large part of it) or while the plane was burning off fuel for its landing the passengers were raiding the liquor cart. Several passengers were quoted in this article saying they would have thought they landed with the wheels down. What, all the smoke and sparks flying by didn’t give it away??
  4. Sticking with the plane again for one more thought. I don’t have the knowledge base to say if the plane will likely either be scrapped out, or eventually repaired and returned to service. I am however, willing to bet that the seats in the plane will likely see service again either way. Why do I bring up such a trivial point? What exactly do you think more than a few people did when they heard the announcement “We’re going to be crash landing with no landing gear”? Now then, think about that for a second the next time you’re on a plane and you hear the flight attendant say “Your seat cushion may be used as a floatation device”. Smelly, huh?
  5. Mashable has a cool article up – 7 ways to create buzzworthy content. I checked, and we don’t do any of the 7. I think they left the easiest one off of there though. Score scandalous pictures of a celebrity and post them on the site. That seems to get a lot of buzz and web traffic. Unfortunately most of it would probably be coming from said celebrity’s attorneys getting ready to sue you and shut you down, but still.

Okay, that’s five thoughts folks (And no celebrity photos that would get us in trouble… this week). So with that, it’s onto a weekend of home improvement and power tools!
So we should expect to see a guest writer next week then while you recover from injuries?  Shut it, brain!
Okay folks, time to head on out. Now, I was tempted to jump on the “play Christmas Music already” bandwagon just to get a rise out of some people. But frankly, that bugs the heck out of me, too. So… here’s something I doubt will get mixed up with Christmas Music.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer