T-Shirt Tuesday #10: Tesla vs. Edison

Who would win in this epic battle?  As a Tesla fan (the man, not the band) I would have to come down on his side, though I have had a number of conversations with folks believing Edison would have the upperhand.  In any case, this T-Shirt Tuesday featured tee is a fun one from Think Geek.  It brings together my nerdy science love and my passion for fighting games.   In fact,  the friend who gave it to me for my birthday said that he saw it and thought of me.  This is not surprising since I do have an art print of Tesla hanging in my dining room.

If you love yourself some Tesla (or Edison, I suppose) get your own Tesla vs. Edison tee and imagine what the game would actually be like with a special move involving Tesla’s  earthquake machine.  Actually, somebody should get on that like now.  I, for one, would LOVE a coin-op type fighting game with various scientists and philosophers as characters.  But then again, that’s just me.  Until next Tuesday,  keep cool (it’s been hot here in TX) and wear tees!

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Dispatches from Cinematopia: And So Begins the Summer of My Discontent – Men In Black III and Prometheus

As I had mentioned before, I was cautiously optimistic about Summer 2012 films.  Sure, I loved The Avengers.  Maybe that lulled me into believing that this would be a completely kick-ass summer for movies.  Then I saw Men In Black III and Prometheus.  You hear that sound?  That’s me, banging my head on my desk.

Now I should have stuck to my initial assumptions about Men In Black III.  That is was going to be 1) As craptacular as MIB II, 2) A movie that didn’t need to be made, and 3) Horrible based on the trailer.  Even though I had these assumptions, the film got some decent reviews and somewhere in the dark, jaded film-goer’s heart of mine, I hoped that it would be as good as the first Men in Black.  Let me return a minute to MIB II, a film that was so bad that it diminished my enjoyment of the original.  How many films manage to that?  This one did.  It’s almost as if I was a little embarrassed to even enjoy the first film after laying eyes on the disastrous sequel.  So, here along comes part 3.   I won’t belabor the plot points since it has been out for quite some time, but it was pretty lame.  Biggest issues:

  • Why is Will Smith still playing J as some punky 20-something?  It just felt sad.
  • Tommy Lee Jones totally phoned it in.
  • Jemaine Clement and Emma Thompson were totally wasted.  I like both of these actors, but they were given hardly anything to work with
  • Oh and enough with all the aliens.  At least make them important to the story.  But that would be too difficult since it’s much easier to CG a bunch of creatures than actually write them into a coherent story.
  • Speaking of story, it was completely predictable

One shining bit:

  • Josh Brolin playing a younger Agent K.  He was great though the screenplay got a bit carried away with all the name calling: Slick, Cochise, etc.  We get it.  Enough.

I didn’t walk out of Men In Black III angry.  Just a bit disappointed, though I should have just trusted my instincts.  Now Prometheus . . .

Oh what can I say, aside from, “WHY?!?”  I know.  I shouldn’t have had such high expectations.  I should have learned my lesson by now.  But I love Alien so much and the trailers for Prometheus looked so cool.  And Michael Fassbender.  And Noomi Rapace!  Alas,  none of it mattered.  Prometheus felt incomplete and ill thought out in terms of story and plot.  I won’t even go into all of my issues.  It makes me too depressed.  I really, really wanted to like this movie, but instead I felt a bit punk’d.  So much pseudo-coolness but for what?  Characters that behave ridiculously?  A story that is at best meh and at worst incoherent?  Viral marketing videos that were far, far better than the film itself?  Sigh.

Well, at least there are still some other films that I am looking forward to this summer (I’m looking at you, Dark Knight Rises).  I’m going to dial down my expectations, but all I have to say now is – Moonrise Kingdom, you better not let me down!

T-Shirt Tuesday #9: Star Power

Star Power by Robbie Lee and Kasey Fleming

I have been terribly remiss at writing posts other than T-Shirt Tuesdays these last few weeks as I have had a number of house guests  which has drawn my attention.  Fear not, I will be back with reviews and/or discussions of Men in Black III (sigh) and Prometheus (double sigh).  Today’s featured tee is one I picked up from Threadless and is somewhat still available.

Of course, the inclusion of a robot on a tee pretty much makes it an instabuy, but this one also has a kickass girl on it and a reference to lesser known DC characters, Star Spangled Kid and her sidekick S.T.R.I.P.E which makes it mighty.  That’s it for this week’s sartorial shout-out.  I promise this will be more than just a shirt a week blog, but until my next post, keep cool (it’s hot here in Austin) and keep wearing tees!

T-shirt Tuesday #8: Cat Lady

Cat Lady

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of T-shirt Tuesday!  If you haven’t noticed before, my tees are like my children (or cats) I love them all and really have no favorite, but this one is a special one.  I have always liked cats, not just the felines themselves, but things with cats on them.  Of course, such behavior gives an easy path to being called a “cat lady.”  While I’ve never considered it a derogatory term (and my single female friends say that it doesn’t apply to me since I am married), I know there is a stigma attached to it, implying the term “crazy” preceding it – see image below:

Eleanor Abernathy AKA Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons

Because of this, for many years  I hid my cat lady tendencies from all but those closest to me.  Recently, I have decided that, “To hell with the Haters!”  I am going to be out and proud about my cat lady status, thus the many cat themed shirts.  Now mind you, this does not mean put a cat on everything.  There is such a  thing as too much and just cat tacky.  And anything with photo-realistic cat paintings on it are just a bit too ironic and hipster for my liking.  I tend to gravitate towards cat/pop culture mash-ups.

Today’s sartorial shout-out was given to me for my birthday by some great friends.  It’s a cat lady shirt, but as one of my friends said, “It’s a sexy cat lady!”  So I’m owning being not just a cat lady, but a sexy cat lady.  This great tee comes from a great shop here is Austin that is brimming with awesome goods, Parts & Labour.  I’m not sure if this particular tee is still available, but they have plenty of cool tees and other items.  Until next week, hug a cat & wear a tee!

OMG Awesomeness!: 2 Game of Thrones-inspired Tees for Sale Today

I know it’s not Tuesday, but I had to give a shout out about these shirts.  If you are a fan of Game of Thrones and you happen to also like pop culture inspired tees like myself, you may want to grab your wallet.  Both Shirt.woot and Teefury have Game of Thrones inspired shirts up for sale today.  Shirt.woot’s Iron or Gold is a bit subtle in its reference, but quite cool nonetheless.

Iron or Gold

Teefury’s Game of Thrones tee, Black Stag Stout, is just as fun especially if you are a fan of the ale and makes a fitting companion to the Direwolf Winter Lager shirt they sold back in September 2011.

Black Stag Stout

Obviously my husband & I are fans of the beer and Game of Thrones tees. Check out the selection of homebrew we had for the Season 2 premiere:

Game of Thrones brews on tap!

If you have the least bit of interest in either of these awesome Game of Thrones shirts, I advise you not to hesitate as they are usually pretty limited with Black Stag Stout being for sale today only.  Iron or Gold will likely be available for a week (if not more) though at a higher price – so buy today or pay the higher gold price later!

T-Shirt Tuesday #7: Forbidden Future

Forbidden Future!

What’s not to like about this week’s featured tee?  Robots?  Check.  Sci-fi mash-up goodness featuring Forbidden Planet AND Futurama?  Check.

I managed to miss this shirt when it was first featured on Shirt.Woot, but ended up getting it when they had a special sale along with a sweet robot hoodie.  Due to a printing error that had Bender/Robby printed in gold, I received a replacement shirt with the robot in appropriate silver metallic ink as seen above.  I got to keep the very rare misprint and it has a comfy place in my closet where it has not been worn.

Aside from the iconic image of Robby the Robot, it was the fact that it featured Futurama (one of my all-time favorite shows) on it.  I cannot convey how happy I was to discover that Comedy Central had decided to resurrect this show that was cancelled well before its time.  There may be some more of these shirts floating around on the Internet so I highly recommend snagging one if you have a love for Futurama, Forbidden Planet or just robots in general.  Now I just need to find a Popplers shirt that I like.  Until next time, always obey the HypnoToad and always wear tees.

Tequila on a Tuesday(!?) at 400 Rabbits

Tuesday night? Tequila? Certainly!

Last Tuesday, I sauntered over to 400 Rabbits, the fairly new tequila bar attached to the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter location, for a tequila tasting.  I had been to 400 Rabbits before since not only is it located in the same building as an Alamo Drafthouse, but it is also very close to my house.  What brought me out on a Tuesday night was the offer a free comparative tasting of tequila hosted by Bill Norris, Alamo Drafthouse Beverage Director and all around awesome bartender, and a chance to become one of the 400 Rabbits.  What’s that, you ask?  Well first I have to explain where this bar got its unusual name.  From their press release:

The name 400 Rabbits, is derived from the Aztec goddess Mayahuel, the divine personification of the agave plant. According to Aztec lore Mayahuel gave birth to the Centzon Totochtin, which in English translates to The 400 Rabbits. These 400 Rabbits were fed by Mayahuel’s four-hundred breasts that produced fermented agave. The 400 Rabbits are said to be the gods of intoxication due to their strict diet of “tequila.”

As part of their grand opening festivities, 400 Rabbits has been running various contests for locals to become one of the 400 Rabbits.  As a Rabbit, you receive a keychain signifying your status, a T-shirt(!), and last but not least, 20% off your bar and food tab for a year.  Not too shabby indeed.  And there are also a number of Rabbit-only events planned for throughout the year.

If Tuesday’s shindig was any indication of what’s to come, consider me impressed.  And for those of you thinking tequila is only good for over-sweetened and soured margaritas or for that inevitable shot that pushes you over the inebriation ledge, think again.  400 Rabbits is full of tasty tequilas many folks have never heard of.  Sure they have the fancy schmancy cocktails which as also quite nice, but I have learned to appreciate the sipping tequila in recent years.

Delicious Alambres at 400 Rabbits

Upon arriving (which I did rather early since only the first 30 attendees were awarded Rabbit status), I noticed 6 glasses set for comparing two tequila maker’s lines.  This could be interesting.  Before the tasting started, the kind folks from 400 Rabbits laid out a fine spread of some of their most popular menu items, including Alambres (skewered NY strip with bacon & poblano), Chicharrones (heavenly pork rinds), and an assortment of salsas with chips, for attendees to sample.

Once we had some food, Norris began the tasting by giving some background on tequila.  Though I thought I was pretty well informed about tequila, having majored in it for a brief time in college (haha), I managed to learn a few things:

  • Despite common belief, the blue agave which is what tequila is made from is NOT a member of the cactus family, but rather the orchid family.
  • There is a lack of bio diversity in the blue agave grown since plants clone themselves.  Therefore, if there is a genetic predisposition for disease or weakness to a certain pest, an entire plantation could be lost.
Comparative Tequila Tasting

Mmm Tequila Tastiness

Finally the actual tasting began with attendees sharing the notes they tasted in the various tequilas.  Not unlike wine, the tequilas tasted had a number of subtle notes such as menthol, pepper, wood and tobacco.  The preferred line according to my palate was from 7 Leguas, a highland tequila producer.  Reasonably priced, I found all three varieties of this line to be smooth, but complex, with a very nice agave character.  Having not tried this brand before, I now have a new favorite sipping tequila.  The night finished with a piece of Quatro Leches cake and two crowd sourced cocktails  made with  Partida Blanco – one included sage, lemon & pineapple; and the other mint, lime, and pineapple.  Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday night.  Not bad at all.