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January 28, 2010

I wantsssssss it.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akcb @ 3:33 am

As expected, the Apple iPad was announced today. When the iPod arrived on the scene, my curiousity was piqued, but I waited a couple of years before buying one and when I did, it was cheaper, smaller and as awesome as I anticipated. After buying it, I regretted waiting so long; most days it’s the only thing standing between my sanity and murdering every single person in my office.

Then the iPhone came out and it looked awesome, but I had a free Blackberry and a ridiculously cheap service plan subsidized by The Work. I still find it to be a pretty impressive device but have no real desire to own one. And being locked into AT&T’s service makes my balls shrink up into my chest cavity.

But the iPad? I crave and want and need. Web browsing, email, books, games, watching my stories? All without a 250-degree laptop melting my sack to my thigh? And all those fun little apps iPhone users are always so desperate to show me? Ah, sweet mystery of life, have I found you at last.

I’m sorely tempted to slap down $829 for the top-of-the-line model, first day out. Well, second day. Because I’ve seen the folks that show up for releases at the Apple store, and they’re not my folks. Maybe 60 days out, I’ll have a bit of perspective and decide to wait until the price comes down. But Apple groped my inner fanboy today. Jobs, well done.

OH, and another thing. I’m officially banning the iPad/maxi-pad meme; 98% of blogs covered this In The First Five Minutes, it was never even mildly amusing and now let’s put it to bed.

ALSO, Steve Jobs, if you can afford the liver of a 12-year old Indonesian, you can afford to shop at a non-mom-jeans store. Look into this. Maybe develop an iPant to take us boldy in 2011.

January 16, 2010

The Cable Car.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akcb @ 7:15 pm

This is my friend Patterson’s favorite cocktail. When I know he’s coming I usually have the ingredients in the shaker awaiting ice and a good shake so he can be sipping it as soon as he’s finished saying hello to the dogs (they adore him). We first sampled it at the bar in the lobby of the Bellagio on a recent trip to Vegas. Upon arriving home, we looked at recipes on the internet and cobbled this one together.

  • 1.5 oz Kilo Kai spiced rum
  • .5 oz orange curacao (I swap in Gran Gala)
  • .5 oz lemon juice (lime, if you prefer)
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Cinnamon sugar for garnish

Rim your cocktail glass with cinnamon-sugar by running a bit of lemon around the rim to moisten and the gently rolling in a plate of the sugar mixture. Shake all liquid ingredients together with ice and strain into the prepared cocktail glass.

January 7, 2010

Happy snow-day’s eve.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akcb @ 5:13 am

Two things piqued my interest today. Well, three, but I doubt you’ll find my nightcap all that entertaining. So go read this fantastic Up-With-America essay in the Times written by a nice young foreign gentleman which gave me a warm fuzzy:

When I finally got to America myself, I found that not only were the natives friendly and hospitable, they were also incredibly polite. No one tells you this about Americans, but once you notice it, it becomes one of their defining characteristics, especially when they’re abroad.

This is very strange, or at least it says something strange about the way that perception routinely conforms to the preconceptions it would appear to contradict. The archetypal American abroad is perceived as loud and crass even though actually existing American tourists are distinguished by the way they address bus drivers and bartenders as “sir” and are effusive in their thanks when any small service is rendered. We look on with some confusion at these encounters because, on the one hand, the Americans seem a bit country-bumpkinish, and, on the other, good manners are a form of sophistication.

And then there’s this.

Now the only way it could be better is if Mike Rowe were administrating the enema while wearing nothing but a leather harness and a smile.

So, like I said. Happy snow-day’s eve!

January 1, 2010

Happy *ack*ack*ack* new year.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akcb @ 11:38 pm

New Year’s Eve was a bust. I had a fever of 101.5 and terrible sinus drainage, a belated Christmas gift from family. Feeling moderately better today, but have cancelled Sunday brunch since I don’t want to spread the Ick to all of my suburban friends. It’s especially sucky as I had scheduled vacation this week and nothing’s more disappointing than having time off and spending the majority of it in bed with your legs decidedly not in the air.

On the plus side, on the couple of days that I actually was feeling decent, I was able to break in the new canning equipment my folks got me. I made 4 pints of pickled green beans for future Bloody Mary & martini garnishing and several jars of Vanilla-Bourbon Peach Jam to give as gifts. Canning is pretty darned cool and I’m really looking forward to City Market time.

I’ve tivo’d the Anderson Cooper/Kathy Griffin NYE extravaganza (I understand she topped last year’s “slap the dick out of your mouth” comment with an F-bomb) so I’ve got that to look forward to.

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