Out of the Blue

Well lookie here! TechNews.com is the web-based version of an article in yesterday's Washington Post that discusses the impact of the gaming market (and vice versa) on Bawls Guarana, the official soft drink of the Blue Tower. I had a nice phone conversation with the article's author who proceeded to quote me a couple of times in there, and in addition to getting the quotes right, also managed to spell my name correctly and include the URL of this site, for which I am especially grateful. The neatest thing about the article (besides all that I just described) is the plan it describes for CompUSA to carry Bawls in their stores as part of a plan to court hardcore gamers. The plan is to test market selling the soda in a few markets, but should this click, it will be carried in all their stores, meaning there's a chance for me to find it at a retailer for the first time since originally discovering it at an obscure Italian grocery back in Brooklyn. Yeeha!

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Re: Typophile The Smaller Picture M
Sep 26, 2002, 20:10
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Re: Typophile The Smaller Picture M Sep 26, 2002, 20:10
Sep 26, 2002, 20:10
 
Didn't know about the book- I'm going to have to check that out- thanks for the info!

rist3903

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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 26, 2002, 13:16
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 26, 2002, 13:16
Sep 26, 2002, 13:16
 
Umm...I think that I will pass.

I have never been a fan of the energy/caffeine drinks because of how terrible they taste. I never liked the taste of things like Red Bull and even something like Mountain Dew I am sure is urine in a bottle. I will try Bawls if/whenever I see it, but I am not expecting much...

My "crack" drink of choice is, strangely enough, Lipton bottled iced tea, the sweetened variety. Otherwise, there is nothing like a good Jamba Juice orange juice.

Keeping things simple :),
Ray

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Re: Typophile The Smaller Picture M
Sep 26, 2002, 00:45
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Re: Typophile The Smaller Picture M Sep 26, 2002, 00:45
Sep 26, 2002, 00:45
 
It has an account of 5,000 people playing a collective game of pong with each other, among other equally brilliant ideas. Amazing!

Yeah, that's actually a whole book. It's really interesting. He meanders through a bunch of different subjects related to hive intelligence. Interesting guy.

Maude Lebowski: You're not interested in sex?
The Dude: You mean coitus?

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OOTB
Sep 25, 2002, 23:38
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OOTB Sep 25, 2002, 23:38
Sep 25, 2002, 23:38
 
Wow... that's the best straight up OOTB in a while... (not that I was complaining before) Complete with Blue getting better access to Bawls, being the influential Gaming God (TM) that we've known he was since the good ol' days of the rag, and not discussing Dogs/relatives/yardwork/Peoplebitching ... Yeeha!

Thanks Blue. I needed that.

And the beer is "Red Dog"

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Re: White collar prison
Sep 25, 2002, 21:41
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Re: White collar prison Sep 25, 2002, 21:41
Sep 25, 2002, 21:41
 
I think the shareholders ought to be the ones who vote on which prison their former ceo goes to. I can't think of a better way to make the bastards behave themselves.

rist3903

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White collar prison
Sep 25, 2002, 21:34
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White collar prison Sep 25, 2002, 21:34
Sep 25, 2002, 21:34
 WarPig
 
"If we get caught laundering money we're not going to 'white collar resort prison'. No no no no. We're going to Federal 'pound-me-in-the-ass' prison!"



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Typophile The Smaller Picture M
Sep 25, 2002, 21:32
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Typophile The Smaller Picture M Sep 25, 2002, 21:32
Sep 25, 2002, 21:32
 
wow this is some engaging stuff. One of the links on the page leads you to this:

http://www.kk.org/outofcontrol/ch2-b.html

It has an account of 5,000 people playing a collective game of pong with each other, among other equally brilliant ideas. Amazing!

rist3903

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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 21:27
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 21:27
Sep 25, 2002, 21:27
 WarPig
 
I got used to drinking Diet Coke 12 years ago while on a competitive "diet challenge" and even now regular Coke tastes like syrup to me. Good thing too since I pretty much drink nothing else - except for Miller High Life (which has also had the "need to vomit" effect on me, but that was a volume issue).

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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 21:23
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 21:23
Sep 25, 2002, 21:23
 
PlanetK carries Bawls in Austin, TX

Really? Which one? I've never been to PlanetK. Seen 'em though.

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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 17:00
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 17:00
Sep 25, 2002, 17:00
 
I can not stand diet coke or any other item with the name diet in front of it (meaning sugar-substitute). I get intense headaches, and generally feel the need to vomit. But for some reason penguin mints do not have this effect on me.

They're great company while warming up before a match, or even to keep alert during a lab. My favorite combo (I call it the "super-slam") is 3Penguin cinnamons; 1Penguin peppermint; and 3 peppermint warp mints. Not only do you yearn for the "soothing” burn of listerine, you become a fraging powerhouse

In the spirit of caffeine I came across this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/caffeine/5a65.shtml . Wow! Caffeinated shower soap


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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 16:59
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 16:59
Sep 25, 2002, 16:59
 
"the stuff tastes great"

Damn straight. I've had Amped, Adrenaline (Sobe's drink) and Red Bull - I think they're all crap compared to Bawls. A friend and I downed a Red Bull and an Amped each on the drive to a LAN party. Our thots: "Red Bull tastes like cough syrup. Amped tastes like flat, syrupy Mt. Dew. Yuck!"

Having Bawls at CompUSA would be one of the most fantastic things to happen to my gaming life. I will not have to settle for lesser drinks any longer. Is there any way I can write CompUSA and tell them to bring that shit to Minnesota!? Maybe it's already there. I will have to check this weekend.

Perhaps it is there.. and just in time for UT. Everything is coming together.

-Tim

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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 15:53
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 15:53
Sep 25, 2002, 15:53
 
Is that similar to nutrasweet?

No, Nutrisweet is Aspartame, truly nasty stuff, which, among other things, forms formaldehyde (which is toxic) when stored at warm temperatures. There is good reason to think that this is the most unhealthy of all the artificial sweeteners that people use... In fact, there are many adherents to the theory that Aspartame is the root cause of "Gulf War Syndrome."

Sorbitol, on the other hand, is natural product, the alcohol form of sucrose. But it is indigestible, hence its use as a low-calorie substitute for actual sugar. It has a couple of health concerns associated with it, including associations with irritable bowel syndrome, but also helps fight (not just prevent) tooth decay, is thought to reduce the risk of ear infections in children (something that almost cost me my own hearing as a child), and is considered less of an immuno-suppressant than "real" sugar.

In fact, there is good reason to believe it is less bad for people to consume than sugar is.

Trouble is, I can't stand the stuff.


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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 15:40
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 15:40
Sep 25, 2002, 15:40
 
PlanetK carries Bawls in Austin, TX...Great Head Shop:)

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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 14:51
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 14:51
Sep 25, 2002, 14:51
 Bronco
 
The stuff doesn't just contain Sorbitol, it is Sorbitol

Is that similar to nutrasweet? That stuff is migraine in a bottle/pill whatever for me. I get all out, mind blowing, nearly go blind headaches from that stuff. Nothing worse than eating/drinking something unaware that it is in it. OUCH!

edit - nope, not the same stuff. I should look before I post.



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Re: Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 13:51
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Re: Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 13:51
Sep 25, 2002, 13:51
 
Regarding highly-caffeinated stuff:

One thing that is not usually apparent from stories about Bawls is that the stuff tastes great (I mentioned this to the lady from The Post, but it was not included). Sort of like bananas, but not exactly... if it were only about the kick, you could dissolve no-doze in Dr. Pepper.

Which brings us to Red Bull... I've grown accustomed to it from trying it a few times, but honestly, doesn't it taste a bit like carbonated cough syrup?

As for penguin mints... great in concept, poor in execution for those of us who can't stand artificial sweeteners (c'mon, not all geeks are fat). The stuff doesn't just contain Sorbitol, it is Sorbitol with some flavoring, and of course, caffeine. Blech.


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Gotta taste it,,,
Sep 25, 2002, 13:41
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Gotta taste it,,, Sep 25, 2002, 13:41
Sep 25, 2002, 13:41
 
Ray: you owe it to yourself to taste this stuff! They were selling truckloads (ok...well almost truckloads) of this stuff at quakecon, so I had to buy a case Wow! This is good stuff. You might just want to order a case from thinkgeek cause you're gonna have a lot of gaming coming up soon (hitman, nolf, UT) . Here is the link http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/caffeine/2818.shtml .

BTW: Has anyone here been hooked on penguin mints for the past 1.5 years like myself?

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Re: Lego harpsichord
Sep 25, 2002, 13:31
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Re: Lego harpsichord Sep 25, 2002, 13:31
Sep 25, 2002, 13:31
 
Don't leave the Lego harpsichord site without listening to the mp3. It's quite something, complete with more action noise than notes, and the instrument drifting out of tune within a few seconds. Marvellous.

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Re: Er yeah...
Sep 25, 2002, 13:20
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Re: Er yeah... Sep 25, 2002, 13:20
Sep 25, 2002, 13:20
 
Anyway, on to the BL quote...

"Lady, I got buddies who died face-down in the muck so you and I could enjoy this family restaurant!"
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Er yeah...
Sep 25, 2002, 13:07
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Er yeah... Sep 25, 2002, 13:07
Sep 25, 2002, 13:07
 
Personally, I don't like the name Bawls (cool though the phonetic thing is). I guess I'm just averse to 'sucking down some balls'.
Anyway, on to the BL quote...

Maude Lebowski: You can imagine where it goes from here.
The Dude: He fixes the cable?
Maude Lebowski: Don't be fatuous Jeffery.


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ah crap..
Sep 25, 2002, 11:36
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ah crap.. Sep 25, 2002, 11:36
Sep 25, 2002, 11:36
 
Damnit Blue. How am I supposed to get any work done if you go and link to so much intersting shit to read?

Knock it off already....

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