Leipziger's Gose

“There’s more to German brewing than Munich’s lagers…”

Here’s an interesting look at German beer culture, characterized by regional rivalries. There are apparently some Germans who pooh-pooh the whole Munich Oktoberfest circus and the beer that goes with it! Anyway, I’ve found 5 more beers to put on my must-try list!

Aug 282011

I found this on a Pleated Jeans funny pic dump post… don’t know where it came from or if it’s real, but it’s still a cool and toasty idea!

I love looking at pictures of creative cakes, and this one from Waffle House’s Facebook gallery is no different…a baker’s interpretation of a yummy Waffle House meal, made for a groom’s cake. Awesome!

… In my opinion, the title of this article I found on Slate should be “The Colorado of the Far East.” After all, Colorado produces more beer than any other state in the nation, and it is fast becoming a craft brew hot spot.

Hitachino Nest

Hitachino Nest, a craft beer from Japan

But even with the inaccurate title, this article is very cool. I loved reading about the uniquely Japanese twists the brewers are giving their beers, and I hope to be able to try some here in the States soon!

Click the quote to go to the link… “What caught my eye was probably the most modest ad: a tiny bilingual sandwich board that said “Craft Beer Bar.”

I found this on Boing Boing, linked originally from a vintage ad community on LiveJournal.

I love it… her swirly dress and blouse, the keys swinging merrily from her belt, braids flying behind her… and the goat beside her looking shy and celebratory at the same time. He could be saying “Bro! I’m dancing with a barmaid! And she’s smokin’ hot! How flippin’ cool is this?”

Of the many eras I’d like to go back in time to, the 1880s is definitely on the list. As long as I could go somewhere with lots of beer. :-)

Ganked from Neatorama… here’s what they have to say.

Your eyes don’t deceive you – that is a giant toaster made of toast. Artists Ingrid Falk and Gustavo Aguerre, AKA FA+, created a huge mural using 2,500 pieces of bread heated at various lengths of time in the toaster to produce the color variation needed to represent the appliance. It took them two days and the help of a bunch of their toaster-owning friends.

Here’s the link to the artists’ website, with a few photos of the piece in progress.


Meet the newest member of the Toast family… his name is Khan (from Mortal Kombat, not Star Trek), and he’s a 2-yr-old California King Snake. He’s about 1 1/2 ft. long and very curious and energetic. Yes, he’s a snake with a personality… His black-and-white coloring made him stand out from the other snakes at the reptile convention, so we decided to take him home!

Note the abstract art by a certain famous artist in the background… Khan appreciates good art! :-)

I love this.

The No-Baby Boom

Boing Boing, a highly active cool blog I visit almost daily, shared this link (above) to an interesting article from Details magazine about how more and more couples (like Mr. Toast and I) are choosing not to have kids.

That being said, I have nothing but the highest respect for parents and for the sacrifices they make for their children. It love seeing the pics my Facebook friends post of their kids!

Livejournal has a feature they put up every day on their home page called “Writers Block”, made of various random questions you can answer and expound upon.  Today’s question was, “If you could go out to dinner with a character from a current TV show, who would you choose, and why?”

I would choose Abed from Community… and hopefully I could bring Troy, too, since they are sort of a matched pair. Our conversations would be full of geeky pop-culture goodness and well-timed quips from the guys, and I would probably have trouble stopping laughing long enough to eat!

And that question leads to another… what type of restaurant would we go to? Since they are both geeky college guys, I would choose a good ramen joint. There is such a place here where I live (it’s called Ramen Republic), and their ramen is absolutely wonderful! Lots of options… you can choose your broth, your types of noodles, and your protein, and of course what veggies and/or sauces you want. And yes, they have chopsticks!

Like most people, I can’t really get my head around what’s happening in Japan. Whenever I think about it, I send healing and love energy to the people there.

And of course, I realize that different people will have different reactions. Today I found the following posted (or, more accurately, re-posted) on the Facebook status of a girl I went to school with (copied exactly, punctuation errors intact).

“TAKE THIS IN!!! Sept 11th- New York, January 11th- Haiti and March 11th- Japan. Luke 21:10-11 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes’, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. ‘Jesus says for behold I come quickly’ so ask yourself, are you ready? Many wont repost this”

There were two comments (also copied exactly): “The Lord is soon returning!” and “TELL ME HOW TO REPOST AND I WILL SO TURE”. (Side note… why can’t people figure out how to turn off their caps lock?!?)

*Sigh* I know I shouldn’t be bothered by this, but somehow I am. I don’t believe it was anything other than sheer coincidence that all three of these events happened on the 11th day of the month. I think it was a Snopes article (concerning Sept. 11) that said in the face of unexplainable tragedy, it is human nature to search for patterns to try to impose some meaning to the disaster. (Key word? Try.) Also, every generation (including early Christians) has had people who believe they are living in “the End Times.”


*cross-posted to LiveJournal*

Me in our home office/art room.

The t-shirt I’m wearing here is the only one of its kind in the world!

The airplane design comes from a set of webdings called Interoffice.  The set has lots of cute office-related pictures in it; you can download it for free at (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the download link).

Once i saw this lil’ airplane I immediately knew I had to put it on a t-shirt.  (I used the heat press we have at work.)  Not only was I drawn to this image because it’s an airplane (when I was younger I was absolutely nuts about airplanes), but I also liked it because it looks very Japanese.  The Japanese have a word for something that’s miniaturized and cute… “chibi”.  So I call this my chibi airplane shirt.

Jan 082011

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