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26 September 2012 @ 10:48 pm
Top five songs you like by artists you dislike
31 May 2012 @ 08:42 pm
Top 5 documentaries from before 1960
28 May 2012 @ 01:52 pm
Top 5 beloved "oldie" songs you can't stand
18 May 2012 @ 01:22 am
Top five music videos
12 March 2012 @ 08:24 pm
Top five songs ATM.
04 March 2012 @ 04:57 pm
Top 5 albums and/or songs of 2011
05 December 2011 @ 02:57 am
Interperet at will...
25 August 2011 @ 12:16 pm
top five worst band names you've ever heard of

broccoli samurai
embrace the hedgehog
10,000 leagues under my nutsack
gunfire! get down!
the bad boys of blues

i got all these from my local weekly free newspaper. cleveland, worst band name capital of the world
27 June 2011 @ 12:19 pm
Top 5 works maligned at the time of release that have since gained fanfare, but you feel people were right about the first time around


works that gained a great deal of acclaim at the time you feel have been unfairly overshadowed by disdain since then
19 June 2011 @ 06:42 pm
top five tv shows of the 1980s
Music: Yu Eun Sun - Gil (The Way)
17 June 2011 @ 06:16 pm
5 least favorite sports franchises
Top five things (any thing at all) you feel are overrated.
15 June 2011 @ 11:04 am
top five tv shows of the 1970s

posted this in my own journal. duplicating here, but leaving the other post 'cause it got some reaction.
13 June 2011 @ 10:18 pm
top five tv shows of the 1960s
Music: Steve Earle - You Belong To Me
10 June 2011 @ 10:24 am
top five tv shows before 1960.
Music: Mickey Newbury - The Queen | Powered by Last.fm
26 May 2011 @ 09:23 pm
top five letters
21 May 2011 @ 04:33 pm
top five nerds
Music: B. Lee Band - She's an Angel
16 April 2011 @ 04:54 pm
top five albums from the 1950s
26 March 2011 @ 02:42 am
So, top five ethnic dishes that aren't Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Chinese, French, or Japanese.

Seems to me those are the most common ethnic restaurants. But there are scores of others that get less spotlight. Follow my lead or interpret as you will and have fun with it.

1. Jagerschnitzel (Germany) - Pork loin pounded flat, breaded and fried, topped with mushroom gravy.
2. Tipical Breakfast (Costa Rica) - Got this at most places we stopped for breakfast while in Costa Rica. Over easy eggs with gallo pinto (rice and black beans), served with corn tortillas and fried plantains. I could seriously eat it every morning. Extra hot sauce, por favor.
3. Pickled Herring (Scandinavia) - Pickled Herring, boiled egg, dill, a little havarti cheese. Ain't nothing wrong with that.
4. Kalua Pig (Hawaiian) - Pork slow cooked (traditionally anyway, though it's faked pretty commonly to pretty much the same result) in an underground oven (you've seen it, buried with hot rocks in the sand). The resort I got married at on the Big Island had a breakfast restaurant that did Kalua Pork Benedict which is hands down the best breakfast I've ever had.
5. Lumpia (Philippines) - My uncle married a Philippino woman and spending the night with my cousin as a kid might be the reason I'm so into food to begin with. I've had all the staples of Philippino cuisine, but lumpia is my (and everyone else's) favorite. Whether its vegetable, pork, chicken, or (my favorite) banana, it's a perfect dish.
05 March 2011 @ 10:16 am
top five instructional dance tunes (i.e., "the twist"), preferably from before 1970
Music: Klaus Nomi - Der Nussbaum
20 February 2011 @ 12:45 pm
top five musicians/bands whose aesthetics/politics/any other non-musical attributes make you happy but you don't actually like their music.
16 February 2011 @ 01:03 am
So I work at a brewery (yeah, I post links to websites under construction). We specialize in what we like to call "culinary beer". Our output consists of beers such as our Smoked Cherry Rye (rye malts smoked with cherry wood), Licorice IPA (brewed with anise seeds and fennel) and my favorite, Stouty Stouterson (imperial oatmeal stout brewed with sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and raisins). We're pretty big fans of odd beers, "strange brews", if you will.

The idea of "concept art", to me, implies that the overall idea and point to the piece was conceived before actual planning for the final product started. For example, the generic idea of "a collage of Holocaust photos" could be moving, could be sappy, depends on the execution. Or "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" would be a great name for a film. Whether or not it actually is was left to the folks who made it.

Beer is art, and don't let anyone tell you different. If you disagree, then you haven't been exposed. There's nothing wrong with that, though. There's one thing I share with all of my beer enthusiast acquaintances, and that's a former affinity for sissy yellow beer. We swap stories of sitting outside Safeway asking adults to score us some Hamm's, or drinking Bud and looking down on someone who drinks PBR. We didn't get it, but there's a whole beautiful creative world of craft brew out there, waiting for all of you. Embrace it.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Concept beers. It's happening. Sometimes you come up with what seems like a great idea, and the final product is garbage. Happens in beer a lot. I've bought a lot of beer because it sounded awesome, and it was anything but. So submitted for your approval, here are five great concept beers that accomplish the goal they set out to accomplish, and taste great doing so.

5. Wells Banana Bread Beer

You'd expect a beer that might kind of taste like banana bread. And you'd be wrong. This beer tastes exactly like banana bread. Now, I love banana bread. A lot. So this beer was made for me. You get the banana (and lots of it) in the nose and the taste. You'll also pick up a lot of breadiness from the malts that complete the desired effect. A well balanced delight.

4. Saison du BUFF

Saisons are Belgian farmhouse ales that are traditionally brewed in the winter and consumed in the summer months. A great beer to consume while working given their (usually) low alcohol content. This particular saison is a collaboration between three of the better big American breweries: Stone (CA), Dogfish Head (DE), and Vitory (PA). The idea was to incorporate parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Herbs and beer go hand in hand, but these four from an obnoxious Simon and Garfunkel song are not ingredients you come across often. A very spicy, peppery refreshing brew.

3. Wild Devil

"Sour" is not a word that you really want associated with a beer, right? Well, those crazy Belgians have been using wild yeast to attain sour notes on their beers for ages. Exposing your beer to wild strains of yeast and bacteria allow sour notes to shine through. Not really lemony, think "yogurty". Leave it to an even crazier American brewery to combine the process with an IPA. You think IPA, you think bitter, citrusy, piney. All of those notes are here, but over shadowed by funky Brettanomyce sourness. One of the most intriguingly flavored beers I've ever had.

2. Full Sail Session Lager

Go to any hipster bar and you'll see it: people drinking the cheapest swilliest beer available even though there are plenty of decent beers available. It's kitschy, it's old school, it's a tradition. PBR, Schlitz, Olympia, Old Style, Lone Star. Every region has a throwback beer, but unfortunately, most of these beers are brewed under contract by a really big really terrible beer company. When Olympia was bought out by Pabst, the folks at Oregon-based, employee-owned Full Sail Brewing picked up their 11 ounce stubby bottling system and used it to produce the best session retro beer on the market. Light, refreshing, perfect.

1. Bitches Brew

Dogfish Head Brewing is probably, all things considered, my favorite brewery in the US. It's an easy and obvious choice, but I'd be dishonest to say otherwise. This beer was thrown together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis album of the same name. A HUGE imperial stout brewed with honey and gesho root in the style of an African beer. This beer is sweet, warm and a tad easier to drink than most stouts this big. Rich, in-yer-face, yet smooth. Think you can't make a beer taste like music? You haven't had this.

Try some. Let me know what you think.
09 January 2011 @ 08:52 pm
top five sitcoms
Music: DJ Quik - 02.We Still Party
28 December 2010 @ 11:51 am
top five books you read this year
28 December 2010 @ 02:07 am
1. Hate Jay Leno, love "Headlines".
2. Hate Inception, love watching Joseph Gordon Levitt fight a dude while gravity shifts from the floor to the wall to the ceiling to the other wall.
3. Hate New Belgium Brewing, love Ranger IPA - To be fair, I don't hate New Belgium (in fact, I really respect a lot about that company), I just don't like most of their beers, at all. But I really really enjoy Ranger IPA, especially given the price.
4. Hate Christmas, love having a Christmas tree - My wife and I decorate ours while watching Bad Santa every year.
5. Hate that my dog, Bobo barks and attacks the TV every time there's a dog on it, love the reaction it gets out of company.

20 December 2010 @ 10:15 am
top five anime tv shows
Music: Terry Allen - Billy The Boy
30 November 2010 @ 08:16 pm
top five country love songs
Music: The Statler Brothers - Nothing As Original As You
25 November 2010 @ 10:43 pm
Top five films you wish/plan to watch next.
23 November 2010 @ 06:01 pm
Top 5 smut
15 November 2010 @ 06:23 pm
Top 5 camp/kitsch
30 October 2010 @ 02:19 am
So you're friend is over. You're having some beers, or watching TV, or whatever you and your friend do. Inevitably a version of the following exchange occurs:

You: ...and that's why I don't really care for soccer.
Friend: Oh! Have you seen that video of the soccer goalie doing the cartwheels?
You: Um, I don't think so.
Friend: Get your laptop!

Then your friend proceeds to show you this:

You laugh. Maybe watch it once again. Then it hits you. You know of a video maybe your friend hasn't yet seen. If this scenario happened to you today, what five videos would you show to your friend.
09 October 2010 @ 08:45 am
top five vincent price performances
Music: bump bump
06 September 2010 @ 11:25 am
top five songs for labor day
Music: The Corries - Shoals O' Herring
31 August 2010 @ 07:31 am
top five punk rock albums
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Music: Captain Sensible - The Man Who's Gotten Everything?
18 August 2010 @ 07:04 pm
top five movies/songs/books/etc about life in the suburbs?
11 August 2010 @ 08:10 pm
Top Five things, ideas, or personal perceptions/definitions of the word "ecstasy."
09 August 2010 @ 09:33 pm
top five tv characters o.a.t.
26 July 2010 @ 10:08 pm
Characters from The Wire.
Music: Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
25 July 2010 @ 10:12 pm
Top five films containing an alternate account of actual historical events.

For example, Inglorious Basterds or Dick.
23 July 2010 @ 08:43 am
Top five Mr. Show quotes to use in real life.

Come on, peeps, I know your geekery shan't disappoint.
18 July 2010 @ 08:32 pm
Top 5 films you're ashamed to admit you've never seen
18 July 2010 @ 10:20 am
top five meals for under ten bucks?
17 July 2010 @ 05:07 pm
For those of you not on my friendslist, please check out and vote on my Sweet 16 Tournament of the Best Pug Videos on Youtube. Updating daily, so check back for the next battles, or friend me (I'll add you back).
12 July 2010 @ 02:12 pm
does this make sense? so not necessarily the best songs/the best instrumentation...but what is like the song where OMG THAT PIANO PLAYING BLOWS MY MIND. make sense? list instrument and song. here's mine:

Van Morrison-Cyprus Avenue. harpsicord in chorus
The Coup-Me and Jesus the Pimp. "OAKLAND DO YOU WANT TO RISE" sample
Miles Davis-In A Silent Way. Joe Chambers drums when the ride cymbal comes in.
Curtis Mayfield-Miss Black America. strings after spoken intro. ALSO shaker percussion in last verse.
Spiritualized-If I Were With Her Now. ORGAN
07 July 2010 @ 10:36 am
Top 5 things you do that are generally frowned upon by others
28 June 2010 @ 12:45 pm
Top 5 religious films

Top 5 anti-religious films
28 June 2010 @ 09:04 am
26 June 2010 @ 01:57 pm
top 5 songs with a single woman's name?
23 June 2010 @ 08:03 pm
i now must ask:

top five romantic novels
Music: Dafydd Iwan - Ffarwel I Blwy' Llangywer