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Apr
22

The Wealth On The Outskirts

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Plenty find it’s easier to line their pockets on the periphery

Plenty find it’s easier to line their pockets on the periphery

It’s never a pleasant memory for me to rewind my brain and summon up memories of my close to eight years in Los Angeles, an experiment that didn’t go remotely like I planned. At this point in my life, I can’t necessarily say that’s a bad thing, because if things had gone a little more in my favor there it may have been a little more inspiration for me to have stayed to continue living a life I am now glad to have left behind.

As everyone knows, Los Angeles is the capital of the American entertainment industry. I almost wrote the world’s entertainment industry. It might be too presumptuous for me to say Los Angeles is the world capital.  India has quite a substantial entertainment industry headquartered in Bombay, Korea has its own in Seoul, the UK in London. But on one level it is hard to argue that it’s not. The TV shows and movies produced by the companies based in Los Angeles are what get eagerly seen by people all over the world. You could not say the same thing about Indian, Chinese, Korean, British, or, indeed, any other nation’s entertainment production infrastructure.

Hence, the rewards of succeeding big in Hollywood can be more lucrative than winning powerball lottery jackpots. Successful screenwriters receive more money per written word than any other type of writer. Successful actors and directors earn more annually than very well paid corporate America CEO’s.

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Apr
18

Focus On: Beers Of Sweden

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Once upon a time not so long ago you couldn’t get much more than this

Once upon a time not so long ago you couldn’t get much more than this

If you’re old enough, think back to the year 1991. Wherever you’re from, you’ll agree that a lot has changed since then. In 1991, there was no genuine affordable lightweight laptop computer, the internet didn’t exist, cellular phones were an item enjoyed by the very few.

And beer choice was poor.

Nowhere was the choice more dismal than Sweden. I should know. I lived in Sweden from July 1991 to January 1993.

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Apr
11

Savoring Ancient Brews

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Did beers from bygone eras actually taste delicious?  Probably not.

Did beers from bygone eras actually taste delicious? Probably not.

Certain things are lost to antiquity. We can never know how George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, or Julius Caesar actually talked.  Or the sound of the genuine rhythm and tone of extinct languages like Cuman, Karankawa, or Apalachee.  

Or, for the purposes of our fascinating discussion, what ancient beers really tasted like.

We can get some idea about the flavors of food from prior eras. The types of food in eighteenth century England, for example, are well documented, and recipes weren’t very complex. Boiled oatmeal with a little butter. Cold meats. Pea soup.  The famous British author Jane Austen had some of her family recipes recorded by a live-in friend and published in The Jane Austen Cookbook. A 12th century manuscript found in England, but written in Latin, reveals the basic recipes of the day.

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Categories : Beer
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Science proves that once this woman wears a pair of goggles, a lot more men will look like models

Science proves that once this woman wears a pair of goggles, a lot more men will look like models

Most of us are loath to admit that, on occasion, we’ve been to a bar, consumed a few too many pints, and then wound up going home with someone whose face and body look they were created from a crude blueprint in beta testing mode. The excuse: I was wearing beer goggles.” 

I can’t say this has ever happened to me. Honest!

Wearing beer goggles has a distinctly identifiable definition. Many confuse beer goggles to mean that you’ve imbibed so much you think you know everything. Sorry. That’s just general drunken idiocy, like a drunken girl I once met who insisted she was a vegetarian despite eating pork, chicken, beef, and obscure game meats. Yes, beer goggles are worn in a drunken state, but they pertain to a particular observable phenomenon. Someone with beer goggles on sees a pickup prospect as considerably more attractive than if the goggles had never been donned. 

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The father of all beer festivals

The father of all beer festivals

Beer festivals are nothing new. With the rise of craft brewing and the sheer number of breweries, they’ve steadily grown in popularity since the 2000’s. Singapore is the latest country to cash in on the act. In March 2016, the country sponsored their first – and I am sure not the last – Craft Singapore festival event, bringing together the world’s best beers and hand-picked cuisine from Singapore’s top restaurants and bakeries.” That may be a bit of an exaggeration from Singapore. Only twenty-two breweries and cideries were represented, about a quarter from Singapore and just a handful of names the average drinker would recognize.

Singapore’s beer festival is modeled on recent festivals. The format is simple. Bring together a number of breweries/beer importers under one roof/fairground, ask a collection of food suppliers/trucks/restaurants to rent booths, and then charge consumers an admission fee. 

But not the Oktoberfest, the father of all beer festivals. The Oktoberfest beer festival stands alone.

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They all seem to have an award, but are the beers any good?

They all seem to have an award, but are the beers any good?

Thailand is known for a lot of things, but award-winning beer isn’t one of them. And yet, glance over the bottles of any one picked at random, and you’ll notice that every single one is award winning!

Once Thailand’s bestselling beer and still its most famous, Singha managed to snag a Medal Of Quality Award from Belgium in 1971. Thirty years later, it earned another gold medal at the Australian International Beer Awards. In 2002, a bronze in the European low alcohol lager/German light beer category at the International Beer Summit in Osaka, Japan, and a gold in this same category the following year. And finally, in 2004, a silver medal at the Australian International Beer Awards.

Singha’s manufacturer, Boon Rawd, also manufactures a lower end beer called Leo. Just like its bigger and more famous brother, Leo’s swimming in the beer awards. In 2001, it won both a gold medal and a World Brew Association Beer Quality Award in Doemens, Germany. In 2002,  another gold medal and the American Tasting Award of Excellence at the National Board of the American Tasting Institute in the U.S. In 2003, an international trophy for quality in Spain. And in 2004, a bronze medal at the Australian International Beer Awards.

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Only a small percentage maintain lucrative careers after their tenure is over

Only a small percentage maintain lucrative careers after their tenure is over

You can count on one hand the number of TV show everyone (well . . . every American) has heard of still on the air after 40 years. 60 Minutes, The Tonight Show … and Saturday Night Live. There are probably a few others . But who’s counting?

Saturday Night Live remains unique on that listing. Like all the other shows, its cast changed with the times. Unlike all the others, Saturday Night Live evolved into a stepping stone for something bigger and better. Mike Wallace didn’t do 60 Minutes and Johnny Carson didn’t do The Tonight Show to lead to more lucrative spots. These gigs were the pinnacles of their career.

As, it turns out, so was Saturday Night Live for most of its cast.

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Mar
14

Focus On: Beers Of Belgium

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The microbrewing scene worldwide owes its roots to Belgian diversity

The microbrewing scene worldwide owes its roots to Belgian diversity

There was a time when I did not enjoy beer. My father gave me a taste of a Budweiser when I was ten, and I thought it tasted like watery carbonated alcohol.  I wrote this off to inexperience.  Eight or so years later, I got my second tasting and it was exactly the same. As the other beers around the house smelled similar (Miller, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Labatts), I just figured beer was one of those food and beverages not amenable to my taste buds. Like liver or durians. 

Hey, you can’t like everything!

I can pinpoint the exact time I realized I got that wrong. I was strolling through Paris as a twenty-one year old college student and came across a Belgian beer bar.  For someone who knew next to nothing about beer, I found it out of the ordinary to see a bar fully dedicated to the beers of neighboring country. I have never ever seen a Canadian beer bar in the United States or a Vietnamese beer bar in Thailand. It was enough of an oddity to get me to walk in and give beer one more try for the helluva it. I ordered a Belgian wheat. The taste was richer, fuller, and more complex than the Budweiser samples I’d tasted heretofore. I was inspired enough to order a second, a kriek, a cherry beer. And I kept on ordering right back in the USA, now extremely selective with whatever I bought.

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Higher numbers here aren’t anything to get excited about

Higher numbers here aren’t anything to get excited about

Free trade can be a wonderful thing. Two parties, engaging in free trade with one another, both wind up richer.

The idea behind free trade is that tariffs/duties are reduced to zero. Countries import and export without restriction.

Free trade works because of something known as comparative advantage. A country enjoys a comparative advantage in something if it can produce it at a lower opportunity cost over another country. Look at Japan. This is a country which has built up its economy by mimicking and improving on the innovations of others. Japan, if it so chose, could produce high quality textiles as well as cars and other high tech. But its opportunity cost in producing cheaper textiles is high; for every resource the country devotes to textiles, it will have less to produce cars and other higher value tech equipment.   So Japan chooses to channel most of its resources into the higher value stuff and import the cheaper textiles from lower wage countries like India and Bangladesh.

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It's still possible to learn about the present from a magazine long since dead

It’s still possible to learn about the present from a magazine long since dead

Anyone born after 1980 and probably a good share of people born a decade-and-a-half before that likely have no idea about Life magazine. When it was launched as a photojournalist magazine in 1936, it was considered groundbreaking. For the next 36 years, it remained a weekly magazine, sort of a Time, Newsweek, and People all rolled into one.

The magazine’s circulation peaked at 8.5m in 1969. Costs to produce it rose and advertising revenue fell, a sign of things to come for the magazine industry as a whole. Playboy reached a peak circulation of 7.16m in 1972 and now has a circulation of just 820,000. Time magazine declined later from a 1988 peak of 4.6m to less than 3.3m in 2014.

Looks like it was a prescient move to shelve Life as a weekly way back in ’72, well before the magazine would have turned into a hemorrhage for its publisher Time Inc. 

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