Monthly Archives: March 2009

10 Reasons PBR Doesn’t Suck

Ok, I’m a beer snob.  This isn’t news.  Although I haven’t always been a beer snob.  For a long time I thought I didn’t even like beer.  It was Phrigid who opened my eyes to a world beyond Miller Light.  As my tastes for wits,  weisses, ales, lagers, stouts and tripels has developed over the years, I have started to consider myself pretty widely versed in the world of barley and hops.  However, there is one guilty beer pleasure I still can’t deny: An ice cold can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

pbr_vectorI know, I know. An artistic twenty something Fishtowner drinks PBR.  Woo! Shocking!  But let me assure you this is not just hipster elixir.  This beverage is one of the best things you can do for your night out.  I promise you won’t look pretentious.  Well, unless you go out wearing tight jeans, a $65 flannel shirt from Urban Outfitters, and the ugliest plastic fake glasses frames you can find at Circle Thrift.  then you’re on your own.

But for those of you who still have your doubts, I would like to present you with 10 of my own reasons why PBR doesn’t suck:

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Bachelorette Parties = Evil

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BarGeek Interview: PrettyGeek

If you live in the Philadelphia area and are into science fiction, fantasy, or general geekiness, you have probably heard of the ubiquitous Hugh Casey.  Hugh is a blogger/ubernerd who has served as chairman of PhilCon, the world’s oldest conference of science fiction and fantasy, and is a former president and VP of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.

PrettyGeekBannerHugh’s newest venture is the somewhat addictive PrettyGeek.net.  Now, if you’re not into cheesecake con pictures of girls in costume, then don’t go a-clickin’.  But PrettyGeek is more than eye candy, it’s a celebration of the fact that geeks (male and female) can be, well, sexy.  It’s not all about skin-tight, revealing Princess Leia slave costumes (although that’s ok, too).  It’s about creativity, and challenging what some of us may think of as “pretty”.  The site does not allow nudity, and is fairly strict about moderating offensive and/or suggestive comments.  I sent Hugh a few questions about PrettyGeek the other day, and he was kind enough to respond in the first ever BarGeek interview.

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BlogPimp: This is Why You’re Fat

I love food.  Now, in the spirit of full discretion, I have not always loved food.  As a woman, I live in a world which teaches me to loathe my body and treat food as the enemy.  It took me 20-something years to figure out that this lesson is complete and utter bullshit.  Food is awesome.  Now, this doesn’t mean we go around eating every fatty, delicious, artery-clogging thing in sight.  But it does mean that, once and a while, we can enjoy something terribly bad for us just because, well, it fucking tastes good.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Of course, since we can’t go around being gluttonous and having foodgasms all the time, how to we get our proverbial rocks off in the meantime?  This, gentle readers, is why food porn exists.  Now, food porn isn’t about people fornicating in, around, or with foodstuffs.  No, food porn is what we look at to satisfy that urge for a slice of double chocolate cheese cake with a Snickers bar center when all we have at our disposal is another damn Special K breakfast bar.

We’ve all had our moments of food voyeurism.  Why do you think the Food Network is so popular?  Do you think Rachael ray gets by on charm alone?  or that Emeril has been cashing in on his good looks?  No, they thrive because they provide food porn to the masses.  Sweet, delicious food porn.

elvis_donut1One of my favourite sites for this sinful past-time is This is Why You’re Fat.  Now, this is no 30 minute meals we have here.  This site is hardcore.  So don’t you dare go clicking that link unless you want to see pictures of things like the Elvis Donut ( a chicken_skinpeanut butter glazed donut topped with bananas and bacon), or a basket of fried chicken skin (both pictured at left).

However, if you enjoy seeing the amazing, awesome and yes, sometimes disgusting, creations that people the world over have either documented at their favorite restaurants or made themselves, I would highly recommend a visit over to This is Why You’re Fat.  But don’t blame me when your internet connection gets all clogged up with cheese, hot dogs, pizza, donuts, and lots and lots of bacon.

–DB

(all photos courtesy of thisiswhyyourefat.com)

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10 Reasons Why Cash Cab is the Best Show Ever

Howdy folks, I know it’s Wednesday, and you were probably expecting a Webcomic Wednesday post, but seeing as the last 5 days of my life (and the last two blog posts) have been rather webcomic-centric, I feel as though I needed to mix things up a little.  So I’m going to talk about Cash Cab instead.  Why?  Because it’s the best show ever created, that’s why.  Need more proof?  Keep reading, gentle viewers.

cashcablogoFor those not in the know, Cash Cab is a game show on the Discovery Channel (new episodes air at 6pm Mon-Fri, and are flanked by re-runs at 5, 5:30, and 6:30).  The basic premise is that the host (Ben Bailey) drives around in an NYC cab and picks people up off the street.  When they enter the cab and announce their destination, disco lights in the cab’s roof go off and he announces that they’re on a game show.  They are asked basic trivia questions on the way to their destination, with different dollar amounts that increase as the questions get harder.  They get three “strikes”, or wrong answers.  After three, Ben kicks them out of the cab no matter where they are.  If they make it all the way to their destination with two strikes or fewer, they get the choice of keeping their money or opting to go double or nothing (except a free cab ride) on a video bonus question.  Got it?  Ok, so here we go:

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New England Webcomics Weekend Part Two: Panels, Puppies and Podcasts, Oh My!

waffleI’d like to begin my second NEWW post by sharing my love for the hotel continental breakfast waffle machine.  I first encountered one at Wizard World Chicago back in 2005.  It was love at first gooey, warm, waffle-y bite.  Not only do you get a Belgian waffle of mammoth proportions, you get to make it yourself!  And meet interesting people in line since it takes approximately 2 minutes per waffle and there’s a family of 6 in front of you!  It’s a win-win situation.  Since then, I have sought them out whenever I’m in a hotel for a con, or a theatre tour.  There’s a nice one in Liverpool, NY.  Naturally, there was one at our prestigious hotel for NEWW.  There’s nothing revolutionary here, I just really like waffles.  I thought you should know.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the continuing recap of The New England Webcomics Weekend.

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New England Webcomics Weekend Part One: Look Ma, I Met a Webcomic Artist!

I know I don’t normally post on Mondays (because, honestly, I’m usually in a fugue state until about lunchtime on Tuesdays).  But the awesomeness that was the New England Webcomics Weekend is going to need more than one post to talk about.

mary_mcdonnellBefore we get started, I would like to lead you towards another shameless piece of self promotion:  Fans of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday may have noticed a familiar voice during the Mary McDonnell interview.  Yep, it was none other than yours truly, the one and only Digital Bohemian.  My interview skills need some sharpening, but I think I did fairly well, all things considered (hahaha, NPR pun).  The story can be heard here: Life After Battlestar Galactica

All righty, now we can move on to the true heart of this post, the amazing time that was had this past weekend in Easthampton, MA: The New England Webcomics Weekend!

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