31 October 2007

23 October 2007

Latest Brewing Headlines!!!

from the Lexington Herald-Leader for Tue, Oct. 23, 2007:

"Lexington Brewing Co. brought home two silver medals from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

"The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale placed second in the wood and barrel-aged beer category, finishing behind the Oak Whiskey Red from Twisted Pine Brewing Co., in Boulder, Colo. There were 26 entries in the category.

"Also, the Lexington Brewing Co.'s Kentucky Weissbier, brewed only for the festival's pro-am competition, took a silver medal. An English Style India Pale Ale from Allentown/Bethlehem (Pa.) Brew Works took the gold. There were 48 entrants in the category."

19 October 2007

The Monarchical Gift Game!

Hey everybody! Let's play a blog game, inspired by my occasional "Thoughtful Gifts for Monarchs" postings. Here are two photos that beg for funny captions. In the comments, send in your own. The winner will have their home town spared in any forthcoming invasions. Fun for the whole family! I'll get us started. . .


"I know we have just the place for this around here... somewhere...."


"Ha! Checkmate! You're country's mine!"

16 October 2007

It's Greek to me

I've been meaning to draw your attention to one very, very odd occurrence. For some odd reason, on my office computer only, the tool bar across the top of the blog pages appears in Greek. To wit:

Έχετε επισημάνει αυτό το ιστολόγιο ως ιστολόγιο με απαράδεκτο περιεχόμενο.
Αποστολή ως SMS

Αναζήτηση ιστολογίου

Επισήμανση ιστολογίου

Επόμενο ιστολόγιο Αποσύνδεση

Happily, of course, I can read Greek, but classical Greek. The modern language is quite different, and of course, the ancients didn't have a way of saying "unflag blog." Trust me, after a while, you get used to your life being this weird...

10 October 2007

New Obsession!

Well... many of you will be aghast to learn that I've retained my obsession with Korean historical dramas. Some may recall reaction to my post on "Hwang Jini" (see HamsterPost for 16 July 2007) which went over like the proverbial lead balloon. Well, now I'm into something far, far more butch. "Dae Joyoung!" This one is chuck full of war, torture, murder, deception, and... oh yes... FABulous costumes!


This 100-episode epic drama vividly depicts the life of King Dae Jo-yeong and other heroes of the Balhae Kingdom, which dates back 1300 years ago. The role of Dae Jo-yeong is portrayed by actor Choi Su-jong, while the role of Yi Hae-go, Dae Jo-yeong’s rival for the supremacy in the northern territories, is portrayed by actor Chung Bo-seok. The two also face off over the love of
Cho-rin, a woman from the Georan tribe, and King Bojang’s niece, Suk-yeong. The role of Cho-rin is played by Park Ye-jin, while Suk-yeong is portrayed by Hong Su-hyun. Several key historic figures in the drama are played by seasoned middle-aged actors, whose masterful acting underscores the drama’s well-knit plot. The drama drew the spotlight even before its premiere for efforts to produce a perfect picture, as even a special KBS video team was set up to create true-to-life fighting scenes, such as a massive siege warfare between Goguryeo and the Tang Dynasty created using 3D digital characters and the scene showing the collapse of a mountain during the Ansi Fortress battle.

A quick Google search will demonstrate what a world-wide phenomenon this is. The series is 100 episodes long. On AZN, we're somewhere in the 50"s Woohoo! Lots left to go! Here are some images for your delectation:

06 October 2007

Blogger's Block

Well... I've been racking my brain for ideas for a post, and have come up with bubkes. Anybody got any ideas?