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Merry Christmas Eve! We've got some of the makings of a fine old occasion here at the BlueTower, including tackle football on the TV and some choice meat in the fridge for me to make a batch of chili. I have three pounds of it, as the plan is to make a half-batch and not have it take so long to cook. I plan to mess with my recipe a bit further, just for the heck of it, so we'll see how that turns out. I also have the yen for some eggnog, so maybe I'll see if a store is open for that. We already have the rum, which is the important part, but I want to be seasonal. If you are traveling, please stay safe, and if you are celebrating, here's hoping you have a fine old time.

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16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2017, 21:07 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2017, 15:34:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 25, 2017, 07:35:
They are always closed Christmas day.

That's... That's unAmerican!

Nothing's coming in, nothing's going out - kinda pointless to stay open in those situations. (Wouldn't be surprised if Prime Now delivery stations start experimenting with Christmas/New Years service if they can line up the drivers, but fulfillment centers are a bit on the large side to keep open with almost no logistics support.)
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2017, 15:34 jdreyer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 25, 2017, 07:35:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 16:16:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 14:48:
Merry Christmas folks.


You can quit buying shit from Amazon. We be closed and you won't get your shit till Wednesday.


Huh, so they gave you Christmas off? Strange and unexpected. Jeff Bezos must be turning commie.

They are always closed Christmas day.

That's... That's unAmerican!
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2017, 07:35 The Half Elf
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 16:16:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 14:48:
Merry Christmas folks.


You can quit buying shit from Amazon. We be closed and you won't get your shit till Wednesday.


Huh, so they gave you Christmas off? Strange and unexpected. Jeff Bezos must be turning commie.

They are always closed Christmas day.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 19:01 afka Rossini
 
DarkV wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 12:52:
Just in case I don't get a chance......

To Blue and all his readers.....A Merry Christmas to everyone and their families.

Merry Christmas to you too, and Blue, and all the denizens of this site.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 18:38 eRe4s3r
 
On literally the first hour of xmas my heating broke... and remains broken obviously.... so yay, this year can't be over soon enough  
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 16:52 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 16:09:
Yeah, so the first one on the list is Westmalle, which I picked up a 750ml for Christmas dinner.

Chimay is good, it's probably the most commercial.
Rochefort is my fav, sooooo smooth and rich. High alcohol though: I had three bottles at a Christmas party a couple weeks ago, and was wasted.
La Trappe is also very, very good.
St. Joseph's is also excellent, but a bit more expensive than the others so I usually don't get it.
The rest I haven't tried.

There are lots of "unofficial" Trappist style beers out there. La Fin du Monde is probably my favorite of these, and it's relatively inexpensive at $10 or so a bottle.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 is my favorite in the style - it's the same brewery that used to brew Westvleteren XII for the St. Sixtus abbey before the monks took their operations in-house. Needless to say, far cheaper than trying to get Westy on the gray market (and certainly cheaper than getting it honestly, which involves a trip to Belgium to visit the abbey) - at about $12-15 for a 750ml bottle, it's well worth it.

Of the others on that list that I have tried -

Achel is pretty solid, and reminiscent of Westmalle (not a huge surprise). Hard to find consistently in the US, though - you'll have better luck around huge cities, but I've yet to find it around since moving to Kansas.

Orval is rather commercial like Chimay, but a solid beer in its own right. Closest comparison would be to Rochefort 8. Usually not too difficult to find at a good bottle shop with a solid selection of imports.

Koenigshoeven I've only had their Tripel, which was decent but hard to justify on the basis of price. Only ever found it once, at a grocery store in Ohio.

Stift Engelzell is a bit of a step down if you look at the flagship heavy hitter ale (Gregorius), but their lighter beer (Benno) is worth checking out. Also reasonably affordable if you can find it (priced comparably with Chimay). Not super hard to find, but not as easy as others on the list.
 
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10. removed Dec 24, 2017, 16:16 RedEye9
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 16:16 jdreyer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 14:48:
Merry Christmas folks.


You can quit buying shit from Amazon. We be closed and you won't get your shit till Wednesday.


Huh, so they gave you Christmas off? Strange and unexpected. Jeff Bezos must be turning commie.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 16:09 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 14:33:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 12:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 10:40:
For those not in the mood for eggnog, try this classic with a new twist https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/this-winter-give-whiskey-sours-another-chance

I got a Westmalle Dubbel which I'll be having with dinner tonight. Belgian Trappist ale is pretty much the best beer in the world.
You tried any of these https://stpeterslist.com/the-7-authentic-trappist-monk-beers
When I drank I had specific beers for specific purposes.
Shiner Bock for "fumigating" the area with noxious gases
Bud Light for drinking all night long
Bud for drinking all night long, getting fat and breaking bar stools
IPA, anything along the lines of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, for true beer drinking nirvana.

but yeah, you can't beat a good trappist/monk beer

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Yeah, so the first one on the list is Westmalle, which I picked up a 750ml for Christmas dinner.

Chimay is good, it's probably the most commercial.
Rochefort is my fav, sooooo smooth and rich. High alcohol though: I had three bottles at a Christmas party a couple weeks ago, and was wasted.
La Trappe is also very, very good.
St. Joseph's is also excellent, but a bit more expensive than the others so I usually don't get it.
The rest I haven't tried.

There are lots of "unofficial" Trappist style beers out there. La Fin du Monde is probably my favorite of these, and it's relatively inexpensive at $10 or so a bottle.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 14:48 The Half Elf
 
Merry Christmas folks.


You can quit buying shit from Amazon. We be closed and you won't get your shit till Wednesday.

 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 14:33 RedEye9
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 12:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 10:40:
For those not in the mood for eggnog, try this classic with a new twist https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/this-winter-give-whiskey-sours-another-chance

I got a Westmalle Dubbel which I'll be having with dinner tonight. Belgian Trappist ale is pretty much the best beer in the world.
You tried any of these https://stpeterslist.com/the-7-authentic-trappist-monk-beers
When I drank I had specific beers for specific purposes.
Shiner Bock for "fumigating" the area with noxious gases
Bud Light for drinking all night long
Bud for drinking all night long, getting fat and breaking bar stools
IPA, anything along the lines of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, for true beer drinking nirvana.

but yeah, you can't beat a good trappist/monk beer

Merry Christmas Everyone.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 14:15 Cutter
 
Happy Yuletide to thee!


A Quake 2 Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the base,
The scanners showed no signs of the alien race.
The bullets were placed in my chaingun with care,
In case Strogg invaders soon would be there.
The other marines nestled all snug in their pods,
Dreaming of gibbage and dark vengeful gods.
And I in my Kevlar, and official Quake 2 cap,
Had just settled down for a long cryo nap.
When out in the night there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my pod to see what was the matter.
I ran to the porthole, well shaded and sealed,
And cautiously turned off the magnetic shield.

The moon on the breast of the loosely packed mud,
Reminded me of Stroggos, and the puddles of blood.
When what in the sky should I get in my sights,
But a big hover sleigh and eight huge Parasites.
With a mountainous driver, whom I saw at a gander,
I knew that it must be a damned Tank Commander.
More rapid than lasers his coursers they came,
And he whipped them, and grunted, and called them by name.


"Now Slasher! Now Mincer! Now Pincer, and Mangler!
On Killer! On Ripper! On Gutter and Strangler!"
"To the top of the sandbags! To the top of the wall!"
"Move it, you maggots, or I'll slaughter you all!"


As starships that before a black hole should race,
When they meet with the deadliest hazard in space,
So down to the barracks the cyborgs they flew,
With a sleigh full of ammo and the Tank Commander too.
And then, in the courtyard, I gulped as I saw,
The gouging and scraping of each razor-sharp claw.
As I drew forth my blaster, and let out a call,
The giant Strogg bastard broke right through the wall.


He was dressed all in steel, both solid and mesh,
Held together by strips of grotesque human flesh.
A bundle of rockets he had flung on his back,
He could kill a small army with what he had in that sack.
His eyes -- how they gleamed!
"I must sound the alarms!"
This monster meant business,
He had cannons for arms!
His sly little mouth was drawn up in a grin,
And human blood dribbled all over his chin.
His guns issued smoke in a hypnotic pattern,
Encircling his head like the great rings of Saturn.
He had a broad face and a square, solid chest,
And a cybernetic heart pumping blood without rest.
He was muscular and frightening, a right evil old 'Borg,
With one thing on his mind -- sending me to the morgue.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Filled me with panic and horrible dread.
He spoke not a word but went right to the slaughter,
And my sleeping comrades became cannon fodder.
He killed all the soldiers with dual rockets blazing,
As I stood in horror my eyes blankly gazing.
The carnage complete, he strode back to the sleigh,
And I could do nothing but whimper and pray.
But I heard him say, as he flew out of sight,
"Merry Christmas, Hu-man. You got lucky tonight!"

- Emil Pagliarulo
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 12:54 Cutter
 
This is funny as hell!

Trump stops Santa Claus at American border

"And the giving!" Trump continued, suddenly as exasperated as this reporter has ever heard him. "My god with the giving! You wouldn't believe how this guy—and let me just say, you know, I am a very giving guy. I'm a really great guy and I give a lot, anyone will tell you, believe me. I give and this guy though, it's on a whole other level, and you really do have to wonder what he's after. Some people are generous the whole year round, and I would have to include, again, myself in this, as well as my close friend Jon Voight. But you have to be suspicious when a guy suddenly goes nuts with it all at once, all in December. He reminds me of Crooked Hillary trying to buy up friends on Election Day. It didn't work for her and it's not going to work for him."

Effing lol!
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 12:52 DarkV
 
Just in case I don't get a chance......

To Blue and all his readers.....A Merry Christmas to everyone and their families.
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 12:31 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 24, 2017, 10:40:
For those not in the mood for eggnog, try this classic with a new twist https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/this-winter-give-whiskey-sours-another-chance

I got a Westmalle Dubbel which I'll be having with dinner tonight. Belgian Trappist ale is pretty much the best beer in the world.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2017, 10:40 RedEye9
 

For those not in the mood for eggnog, try this classic with a new twist https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/this-winter-give-whiskey-sours-another-chance
 
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