The Beverages

Random Thoughts For The Triumphiant Return of the Kool-Aid Man Friday July 24, 2009

Epic news in the world of beverages this week … The Kool-aid man has returned

No longer banished to the world of mocking t-shirts and funny web pictures, The Kool-aid man is back from a 10 year hiatus. So to celebrate, I thought I’d showcase the Kool-aid man clip that catapulted the Family Guy to fame.

First – I’ll steal a line from Twitter, but this must be a joke – The Web site for the new Manhattan Airport Development society (via AMcDonald)

Second – Two interesting technological/web debates seem to be shifting to new industries. First it’s the horrible (but some what necessary) practice of spec design has moved to the world of animation and CGI graphics with Live Music. (can’t remeber the source, but please do contact me)

Third – And next, the font world is set to run into the Music Industry’s Napster/DRM debate with the introduction of Web Friendly Fonts. (via. Type overlord Grant Hutchinson)

Fourth – If any non-nerds are still reading after those two links, you now have all my respect.

Fifth – Wow, this is turning into a nerd-tacular random thoughts. Anyways, the City of Calgary has a approved a motion to become more open. From a quick glance it doesn’t mean more open in a Clay Aiken kinda way, but open, as in open access to data collected by the city. Which doesn’t really seem like a bold step, but once the various applications like Bus Stop Apps, Traffic Apps and Crime Maps start popping up, we’ll all be thankful for this information.

SixthNice T-Shirt

Seventh – A linked article I posted on the new c.t.overdrive Tumblr Blog about No More Employees or Employeers.

EighthAn even better shirt.

Ninth – Apparently … Well according to an online TIME pool – Jon Stewart is America’s Most Trusted News Anchor

Tenth – Wow. Apparently, I’m missing out on a whole spectrum of wicked t-shirts as Poploser has found this golden treasure – Darth Kanye.

Elventh – Ummm… Awkward … Japenses men who love 2-D inatimate Anime objects and the imaginary girlfriends who adore them.

Twelvth – Alright, my one-sided fued with Asher Roth is officially over. Much respect for understanding that his satire on college life isn’t really being understood by the drunken frat boy masses and River’s ode to his Alcholic Father wasn’t the best sample.

Categories: The-Random, The-Beverages,

Local Delicacies Monday July 16, 2007

Alright, so with the departure date crawling up, I’ve decided to partake in a little Calgarian Tour de Farce of culinary delights. Or in layman terms – I’m spending the next two weeks eating all of the comfort foods I’ve grown to love in my fair and lovable city.

While I love the land of Buttons, CocoPops , Crisps (not what you think), Bacon & Cabbage (again not what you think) and Blood Pudding (unfortunately exactly what you think) there are numerous delicacies in this fair city that will be impossible to find anywhere on the Emerald Isle.

So here’s the Top Ten Local (or sorta local) Delicacies I’m gonna miss for the next little while.

1. The Ship Burger with Tomato Vodka Soup.
2. The Chocolate and Orange Milkshake from Peters.
3. The Monte Cristo at Nellie’s Break The Fast (God Bless that Place’s demolished heart) or the the Breakfast Burrito without Eggs at any of the minor league Nellie’s establishments.
4. The Motha Fucking A-BOMB
5. Spulombo’s Apple and Chicken Sausages.
6. Crave Cupcakes.
7. Ice Cold Snapple Lemon Iced Tea. (I know, I know – not local)
8. WildRose Industrial Park Ale.
9. Longview Beef Jerkey. (or for that matter any sort of Steak or Alberta Beef bye-product)
10. Regal Beagle Chicken Wings.
11. Wicked Wedge Pizza (the Roma Tomato Kind)
12. Avocados. (I know, I know – not local)

If anyone is interested in helping me out with this Tour De Farce, give me a shout out out out out?

Categories: The-Urban, The-Beverages,

Gimmicks Wednesday July 4, 2007

I mentioned that 7-Elevens are heavily promoting the upcoming Simpson’s Movie. Well while walking into my local Sev last night for a slurpee and was instantly sucked in by their other Simpson tie in…

BUZZ COLA

By the way it tastes like flat RC Cola, with rusty nails. Extra rusty nails.

Categories: The-Beverages, The-Humourous, The Pop-Culture

Random Thoughts For One Upmanship Thursday June 21, 2007

Last week I posted a Monstars clip and then my friend Jamie went and posted five of the most amazing 90’s Hip Hop videos of all time. Well Jamie, I’m going to one-up your B.C. ass this week.

You might call Triumph the November Rain of 90’s hip-hop videos but this is the music video that killed the mini Hip-hop movie. Dennis Hopper, Dany Devito, Busta Rhymes, Biggie, P.Diddy and seven minutes of the most pompous rip-off of the Running Man to ever grace much music. Apparently Arnie and Sub-Zero were busy that weekend?

Puff Daddy’s Victory!

First – The Portland Jailblazers … er … Trailblazers have set-up a twitter account in preparation for their first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Log into Twitter and you can learn everything there is to know about Greg Oden’s workouts with the Trailblazers.

I really wish the Flames would do this. I’d pay good money to see Sutter with a twitter account.

DSut is thinking that he likes longview beef jerk … and we need to sign Keith Primeau… And find more Keystone Light.

... alright, that joke seemed funnier in my head about two days ago.

Second – Anyone remember this guy?

Want to make a customized one at work today? I know you do. Go to Gloo Man and customize your little fella and then print him off. In ten-fifteen minutes you’ll have a brand new customized office buddy. If you work for a large corporation with an endless supply of color printing, well I think you’ve just found a mini project for the afternoon.

Third – RadioHead’s O.K. Computer turned 10 years old a week ago. (via kottke) I remember spending an entire 37 degree summer afternoon in Osoyoos B.C. hidden in the top bunk of a camper listening to Karma Police on repeat.

Yeah … I’ll admit it. I was emo years before it was uncool to be emo.

Fourth – As cool as two grown men hugging the shit out of each other is; the Ultimate Fighting Championship should not be recognized as a legitimate sport. Sportsnet, I don’t know when this happened but you are now a bush league network. Oh! How the mighty have fallen.

Fifth – If I had kids and/or knew someone who had offspring, I’d be buying these kick ass t-shirts for them.

Sixth – Live Free or Die Hard was released yesterday.

Think about this people – Officer McLean destroys a Helicopter with a car! Seriously, the screenwriters behind this idea should be using their amazing powers to end world hunger or to find a cure for cooties. They should not be writing Die Hard movies! This is utter brilliance. I honestly believe this could be the greatest piece of cinema since someone thought it would be good idea to jump at a Dragon with an Axe.

Seventh – Pig Iron Cola. (KFT.com)

Categories: The-Random, The-Beverages, , The Blogosphere, The Craziness, The Flames, The Past

Granville Island Brewery Tuesday September 19, 2006

So instead of detailing the rather quiet and laid back adventures in Vancouver these past couple of days I thought I’d do something a little different.

When traveling there are two things I gravitate to: American Colleges and Breweries. With that in mind, I don’t know how I’d missed the Granville Island Brewery Tour on my two previous trips to Vancouver. But as the saying goes the third times is a charm.

Brewery tours are always an entertaining way to get a little sense of the pride that a local brewery provides for a region. Sure there is the obvious Bob & Doug McKenzie allure of these tours, but I find that when a community really embraces a local brewery it’s the qualities of the area will show throughout elements of the tour. My first foray into the world of brewery tours was the infamous Heineken Tour in Amsterdam. (Subsequently, this was where I met Trevor, who accompanied me on the tour. i.e. the guy in the last photo)

Granville island Brwery Tank

The Granville Island Tour wasn’t really that mind boggling informative or interactive. It lasts a whooping ten minutes. The atmosphere was really laid back and it was an uneventful walk through. The location on Granville Island is really small and now only produces its seasonal brews, which really limits what the company can do at this location. The majority of the Granville Brewing has been outsourced to their Kelowna plant, which makes sense considering the size of the space and the growth of the company.

In my opinion the tour could really use some more historical information, like previous labels or advertising campaigns. Maybe even erect a large phallic symbol (like the Guinness Monolith) or hire a platoon of broke artists to force feed you beer. (Like the beer fest at the end of the Heineken Tour) Imagine if Granville commissioned a large beer-spewing totem pole or something along those lines. See that’s entertainment.

But the tour makes up for it during the sampling portion. You essentially get a tray of each of the Granville brands in season. We missed out on the OktoberFest Pumpkin Ale by a couple of days, but were able to taste thier popluar brands. I’ve been reluctant to admit this because of my loyalty to Big Rock, but I’ve been converted to Kitsilano Maple Creek Ale. It’s probably one of the better beers I’ve tried. Not too dark and not too light and with the perfect sweetness.

Trevor & Turner in Granville

So as far as brewery tours go, the Granville Island Tour receives two creepy Alexander Keith Guy Heads out of five. The tour itself is rather uneventful, but the sampling section clearly makes up for it. They also lost a creepy head, by not getting you hammered and then unleashing you on the gift shop. That’s one of the key elements of a great brewery tour. Getting drunk and spending stupid amounts of money at the gift shop. Rookie mistake Granville Island.

The Creepy Alexander Keith's Guy's Floating Head The Creepy Alexander Keith's Guy's Floating Head

Oh and here’s a picture of a toque in the shape of a Large Turkey.

Turkey Head

Categories: The-Beverages, The-Adventures, The Comrades, The Humourous

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