Archive for June, 2008

Follow Nine Inch Nails on Tour via Google Earth

Posted in music with tags , , on June 25, 2008 by Kerin

Google Earth screenshot of the upcoming NIN tour

From the newsfeed:

You can now subscribe to NIN tour dates using Google Earth and Google Calendar.

To subscribe with Google Earth, make sure you’ve installed the Google Earth software, then click here to download the nintour.kml file. If it doesn’t open automatically in Google Earth, locate the downloaded file on your hard drive and double-click it to open. With the file open in Google Earth, you’ll see a live display of the current tour dates (turn off other layers for a better view). You can click on each date for more information, and you can use the time slider on the upper right to trace the route of the tour. This file will update automatically as new tour dates are added or itinerary changes are made.

Download Google Earth at:
Download the NIN tour at:

To subscribe to the NIN tour calendar using Google Calendar, log into your Google account at and choose “Manage calendars” on the bottom of the left-hand menu. Then, under Other Calendars, click “Add calendar”. Finally, next to the Search Public Calendars button on top, click the “Add by URL” link and enter

Google Earth screenshot of the upcoming NIN show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Subscribe to NIN tour dates via a variety of methods, including Facebook, MySpace, iCal, iLike, Google Earth and Google Calendar. Click on the icons to get to the sources.


More Nine Inch Nails 2008 Tour Rehearsal Footage

Posted in music with tags , , on June 25, 2008 by Kerin


Purple Haze All In My Brain…

Posted in food & drink with tags , on June 25, 2008 by Kerin

It’s 1am and you’re not tired in the least. Your selection of beverages during the day (three Red Bulls and a Double Shot Java Chip Frappuccino) may have something to do with your current inability to sleep.

You try to combat the caffeine overload with warm milk and two cups of Sleepytime Tea but neither helps (although the warm milk feels nice and yummy in your stomach). Frustrated, you move on to a more potent liquid and pour yourself a stiff glass of Maker’s Mark on the rocks. This gives you a nice buzz but does nothing to alleviate the insomnia. You have no sleeping pills so, aside from knocking yourself out with a baseball bat, you’re out of ideas.

Why not try the new “anti-energy” beverage called Drank? It’s supposed to help you fall asleep and allegedly tastes good with vodka. Think I’m making this up? Take a look at the recent press release issued by Drank’s manufacturers, Innovative Beverage Group:

“Slow Your Roll” With DRANK: The World’s First Lifestyle Relaxation Beverage

HOUSTON, June 10, 2008 – Houston-based Innovative Beverage Group has harnessed the calming effects of melatonin, valerian root and rose hips for its recently launched new beverage. DRANK has become the new, go-to beverage for people looking to relax their body, mind and soul without resorting to prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids.
Long-used in herbal teas and for medicinal purposes, valerian root and rose hips – two of the three main ingredients in DRANK – contain calming agents that have been helpful for people suffering with insomnia and stress-related illnesses. Likewise, melatonin is a popular, natural sleep aid and dietary supplement often referred to by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, medical correspondent for CNN.
The grape-flavored, carbonated beverage was carefully developed with the hip hop community in mind. From design to production, every aspect of this calming drink was inspired by artists like Ludacris, TI, Three 6 Mafia, and the late DJ Screw, who embrace the much sought-after, laid-back hip hop lifestyle that encourages people to maintain a stress-free state of mind.

Sounds like a non-narcotic version of Purple Drank doesn’t it? All natural ingredients, no promethazine, no codeine. In other words, no kick. This is excellent if you’re looking to fall out but if you’re not, ditch the Drank! and reach for a bottle of Sizzurp instead. The purple passion fruit cocktail was created by Rappin’ Brands with the Diplomats’ Jim Jones and Cam’ron. Straight Up Brands recently took control of the Dipset-backed liqueur following their acquisition of Rappin’ Brands earlier this year.


According to the distributor, Sizzurp is:

An exotic blend of premium imported cognac, vodka and natural fruits. The combination of these high quality ingredients results in a drink unsurpassed by any other in its category. The original formula, years in the making made popular on the streets of Houston has been secretly reformulated to the most palate pleasing liquid available today!

Aside from drinking it straight, you can also apparently use it to make a number of interesting cocktails like this one:

Purple Haze
4 oz Sizzurp
2 oz Hennessey
1/2 oz grape juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice
Blend ingredients together with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled glass.

Now, if getting sleepy or buzzed isn’t enough for you (ie., you’re a total junkie and want to get REALLY fucked up), there’s one last purple-colored beverage you can try: the notorious Flaming Moe (aka the Flaming Homer). The recipe is as follows:

The Flaming Moe
1 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Blackberry Liqueur
1 oz Creme de Menthe
1 oz Sloe Gin
1 oz pineapple juice
2 tbs grape cough syrup
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice and shake well. Strain into cocktail glass. Light on fire.

There is a controversial variation of this cocktail called the Flaming Krusty which should only be imbibed by hopeless alcoholics/addicts as it can cause permanent memory loss. Fortuitus usus caveo!

* Please note: these bizarre, mind-altering purple beverages should NOT be confused with Purple Drink (aka Purple Stuff).

Nine Inch Nails 2008 Tour Rehearsal Footage

Posted in music with tags , , on June 24, 2008 by Kerin

“Letting You”


Hot Hot Hotter Than Hell…

Posted in life with tags , on June 21, 2008 by Kerin

A week of intense heat has melted my brain. Nothing new until the weather cools down. In the meantime, entertain yourself with this:

It May Be Fugly But It Should Keep You Cool

Posted in cool with tags , on June 12, 2008 by Kerin

Thank Franco and his wonderful blog for this bizarre, home-made air conditioner (mechanical engineers just make me weak in the knees…)


Apparently, the above pictured DIY cooling unit can be made using the following inexpensive items:

  • Aluminum repair roll
  • Assortment of nuts, bolts, screws and washers that you may or may not use
  • Durable waterproof silicone: GE Silicone II for adhesion to steel, aluminum, and wood (it’s the type of high quality silicone used for aquariums)
  • 20 litre plastic bucket (pick a color to match your decor)
  • A smallish plastic container (about the size of a spraycan lid)
  • A small desk/floor fan like this one
  • 3 silicone baking mats
  • A few cloth strips

The instructions seem easy to follow:

The construction was fairly simple. It only took me a few hours. I used a 20 litre plastic container to house the heat exchanger and also hold the cooling medium which is ice-water in this case. I made the heat exchanger roughly 7 mm (0.7 cm) wide and 20 cm high to promote a high rate of cooling, and also to compensate for a shorter flow length than was used in the previous version. To prevent leakage the gaps were sealed with silicone (which happens to be DAP 100% silicone for this particular project – great stuff and it cures fast!).

For all the details, including a step-by-step (somewhat) illustrated guide, visit Assorted Tips.

If you injure yourself while making this unit, burn something down while running it or cause any other sort of harm to yourself, others or property, I am SOOOOOOOO not liable!

New Details Regarding US Produce Contamination

Posted in comedy with tags , on June 11, 2008 by Kerin

From The Los Angeles Times:

U.S. Expands Salmonella Warning on Fresh Tomatoes

Officials are still searching for the origins of the tainted fruit, advising restaurants and stores not to sell products containing three varieties.

Full story…

From The New York Times:

Green Onions Identified as Source of E. Coli Cases

After Taco Bell traced a growing E. coli outbreak to green onions at its restaurants yesterday morning, government investigators began an intensive search to identify the source of the contamination.

Full story…


Bagged Spinach E. Coli Outbreak Spreads to 19 States

Sober warnings for salad lovers came from U.S. health officials as they struggled to pinpoint a E. Coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened nearly 100 more in 19 states.

Full story…

From America’s Mexican:

Comedian George Lopez Discloses Contamination Source

Full video (1 of 7)…