101 Style Tips for Men | The Art of Manliness

I love this website.

It can seem like there’s a lot to know about good style, and there is, at least if you want to be enrolled in its master class. But looking sharper than 99% of other guys is actually fairly simple and merely requires knowing and doing little stuff right. The kind of stuff that can be encapsulated into short, easy-to-remember principles and […]

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But It Still Tastes the Same – Why the Producer Matters as Much as the Product • thefullpint.com

OK, I get it. You are against the big guys. But why? Just because you want the underdog to win?

Brewing beer is not for the faint of heart. It’s a capital intensive business, and like all businesses, it boils down to economics.

What will happen when the local brewery that you visited since the taproom was as big as a playpen gets an offer it can’t refuse so that the brewer you adore can brew even more of the beer you love? Will you stop loving them because of their financing arrangements? Does the definition of “craft brewer” even matter?

The parade of brewery sales and acquisitions marches steadily on. With ownership details becoming ever more murky, consumers must move past the Brewers Association’s definition of “craft beer” when making purchasing decisions.

No. Stop the madness. Why do we need to move past it? I say let the brewery sales and acquisitions happen. The definition doesn’t matter.

Follow the beer you love. If you like the “little guy”, then buy the beer the “little guy” produces. Buy lots of it. Tell you non-beer drinking friends about it. The market is cruel but generally gets it right.

The real issue is the flawed markets maintained by 50 different states in the name of the three tier system, let alone hundreds of countries in which beer is produced.

If you really care about choice and the underdog, then you need to do two things:

  1. buy the beer you like, and
  2. get politically involved.

You need to advocate for free and fair access to the market. Right now, at least in the state of Florida, we’re doing pretty good. Other places like Georgia aren’t, and they failing to launch because of the laws in place that prevent them from doing things like selling alcohol directly to consumers and self-distributing their products.

Contact your local brewer’s guild to learn more about the challenges they face in their marketplace.

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xkcd: Gnome Ann

Clever.

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A Year-Long U.S. Road Trip for People Who Want 70-Degree Weather Every Day – CityLab

This is pretty amazing. If I had an extra year on my hands – maybe my #vanlife friends do – I’d love to follow this path.

Now think about the data and processing power needed to generate this map. Even 20 years ago, it would be impossible. In less than 10 years, an autonomous car will drive you around it, and could even just keep driving the route… why stop?

This year-long journey across the U.S. keeps you at consistent high temperatures.

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xkcd: Map Age Guide

Maps. Flowcharts. Humor. This is most certainly my speed.

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Corporate Sovereignty Finally Enters The Political Mainstream | Techdirt

Wow, Neal Stephenson was right.

Stephenson created the concept of a “burbclave” in his turn-of-the-century techno-novel Snow Crash. Basically a burbclave is an autonomous homeowners association on steroids. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Fortunately it seems like there are some sane politicos out there that recognize the separation of commerce from governance and are trying to prevent this dystopian future.

BTW, Techdirt has some great coverage on this matter, and the TPP as whole.

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Motorworks brews with Florida-grown hops

Whoa, this is big news. The second or third thing I wanted to do after learning how to brew was “learn how to grow hops.” All of my research pointed to the fact that hops didn’t grow in sufficient yield to make sense to grow in Florida. But… here’s the guy from Motorworks making a beer with Florida hops. The possibilities for Florida-based estate beers are mind boggling to me now. I’m looking forward to the future!

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Excellent Books for Kids: “The Thing Explainer” by Randall Monroe

I’ve been a fan of Randall Monroe’s for years now. As a matter of fact, I have his “Map of Online Communities” from 2007 hanging on my office wall. (I wish he would make another one.)  I was very excited to see today that he’s publishing a *whole book* of his illustrations in the spirit of Up Goer Five, an expanded diagram of how the Saturn Five rocket works. I easily get lost in diagrams like these. They make me think and encourage me to investigate more about the world around me.

Here’s a link to pre-order the book. It’s coming out in late November, which is the perfect time for the holidays. Order a few and give them to any science oriented kids in your life, or heck, donate them to your local middle school library. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Happy Towel Day

Be sure to carry your towel with you today…. where? Everywhere!

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Grilled Pizza

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Grilled pizzas! I used the recipe from The Best Bread Ever. Sauce was a simple can of Tutorosso chopped tomatoes. The crust was perfect: light,  crisp,  and with a slight smoky flavor you just can’t get from an oven.

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