Category Archives: General Musings

The Big Picture: beer; the world; the universe; beer. That sort of things.

Amsterdam: No Hash, Please, We’re Skittish

The truth of it is that late in college, pot just got boring. Somewhere around 1986 the fumes wore off the rose. I remember the moment precisely, probably because I wasn’t smoking at the time. Mom, you can just stop … Continue reading

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404 God Not Found

To the questionable index of Sorta Great Ideas we must add the Godchecker site, a Holy database (or d@tabase, as they would have it) of all known gods. Make that all the gods they’ve gotten to, rather — no entries … Continue reading

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I knew it was just a matter of waiting…

Salk Institute scientists report that they have turned ordinary mice into marathon racers with a single mutation. They immediately leap to the conclusion that an “exercise pill” is just around the corner. They’re scientists, they must know. And I want … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: Two Wheels Good

I first learned to ride a bicycle in the bazaar in Udaipur when I was nearly 30, and frankly it’s lucky we all got out of there in one coherent chunk. We rented our steel-girder Hero bikes from a nearby … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: Grok the Gracht

By reputation, Amsterdam is a smoldering crucible of sin, scandal, and iniquity, casually decked with a garland of nested canals. In fact, Amsterdam is a friendly, popular, and diverse city which gives every indication of being a terrific place to … Continue reading

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Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

We three Pepper principals – Pierre and I, and Silent Seth – are bound for Amsterdam this afternoon. Nudge nudge, wink wink, yes, apparently they consume narcotics in Amsterdam, who knew. Believe it or not, we’re going for the beer, … Continue reading

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It’s gotta be true, ’cause you read it here!

Brazilian scientists have decoded the genome of the coffee plant, according to the BBC. Bully for them! But… Having studied 200,000 strands of DNA, they have identified 35,000 coffee genes, a combination of which gives the drink its aroma and … Continue reading

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Dada! Dada! Dada!

In a post-modern neo-surrealist fit of existential à-proposism, famed star of the DVD Jenna Jameson is set to sign her literary opus How to Make Love Like a Porn Star on Tuesday, August 17th. Where else but at the Virgin … Continue reading

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You call that an udder?

This is an udder! The BBC reports: One of Australia’s largest agricultural shows has been engulfed in scandal after four people were disqualified for “udder-tampering”. Two cattle owners and two groomers were excluded from the Royal Queensland Show for injecting … Continue reading

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Just (Don’t) Do It

By the not-packed state of things, it’s pretty easy to tell that I am heading off to Amsterdam tomorrow. I might be a bit more sanguine if the laundry were done, but hey, that’s what the last minute is for: … Continue reading

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