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New York City is a strange place, sometimes. On my way in to work this morning, I walked past/rode a subway with: 5 nuns, 2 Catholic priests in full cassock and collar (not traveling with the nuns!), a monk in full robes, some Jehovah's Witnesses, and a large group of Hassidic Jews.

I feel like I walked through the setup for the world's strangest "walk into a bar" joke, and somehow missed the punchline. ;-)
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Yesterday, I managed to acquire a bottle of Pappy 15. So I figured I'd invite some friends over to do a high-end bourbon tasting. I can't think if a better way to spend a Sunday evening. :-)

From left to right, the bourbons are:
* Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B - 12 years old
* Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve - 15 years old
* Lost Prophet - 22 years old
* Four Roses LESMB 2013 125th Anniversary - NAS
* George T Stagg 2014 - NAS

We did a double-blind tasting here, with no one person knowing the final mapping. Our goals were to both identify the bourbons and to rank them by favorites. To be clear - there's no bad bourbon in this batch! All of these are amazing - the decisions were really hard.

The results were fascinating. 2 of the 4 of us ranked the VWSR first - beating out the older Pappy! And the Lost Prophet showed extremely well in this exalted company. It was actually my personal favorite.

For what it's worth, I correctly identified 3 of the 5 bourbons, only transposing the LP and FR. Here were my personal rankings:
1) Lost Prophet
2) Stagg
3) Pappy 15
4) Four Roses
5) Van Winkle Special Reserve

This was a ton of fun to try! Thanks to my amazing friends +Radhika Jagannathan+Adam Samet​ and +Derek Parham​ for a wonderful evening. We'll have to do another tasting here soon. :-)
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+Tom Wilson​, I was able to find a bottle of Lost Prophet in Mpls. and so brought that up to Canada! Thanks for the heads up on that series!
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Big year for the baseball Hall of Fame. Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz all pretty clearly deserved first ballot inductions. And Biggio is another one that's very hard to argue.

The headlines this year are all about the fact that it's been 60 years since we last saw four simultaneous inductions. That's a cool fact, but it covers up the really strange thing about this year's ballot - Aaron F*ing Boone.

Yes, that's right - Aaron F*ing Boone was on this year's HoF ballot. More mysteriously - he received two votes.

What the hell? I don't even... just... no. Who is voting for Aaron Boone? I think that should be grounds for immediate expulsion from the voting pool. :-P
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Pictures from Whistler! Thanks to +Radhika Jagannathan +Alanna Dutra +Haru Sakai +Adam Samet for an awesome trip. :-)
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+Radhika Jagannathan​ preparing to hit the hot tub after a long day of... Well, nothing in particular. :-)
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Let's get lazy, y'all.
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Presented for the crazy cat people in my life. I give you - Smooshy Cats on Glass.

+Debby Chang +Haru Sakai +Andrew Sakai +Lindsay Oishi  - you're welcome. :-P
For the love of animals. Pass it on.
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Cats! Cute from any angle!
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My life is strange some times. I'm playing three games simultaneously on three different devices. While fixing a broken build. And drinking a glass of scotch. I'm running out of hands! ;-)
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Np
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At the NYC Video Games Live concert with +Adam Samet​ and +Adam Juda​. Woo!

I now have the Tetris theme stuck in my head. ;-)
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A few photos from the holidays in NYC.
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+Radhika Jagannathan​ is a totally hardcore skier. The Peak2Peak gondola at Whistler is cool!
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Way to go, Radhika!
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I've always been a huge fan of Oasis - but their later work was never on par with Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory. I haven't heard anything that comes close until I caught Noel Gallagher's latest single.

Damn it, Noel - why and you and Liam just get your shit together?!? :-(
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I am SURE they will spmeday. After all we all know they both want it on some level, they're just too proud to admit it.
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As I've been watching Constantine, there's one thing I've really enjoyed - the cigarettes.

For those who don't know, the show "Constantine" is based on DC's Hellblazer comic. John Constantine is a film-noir-esque magician and exorcist. One of his defining visual hallmarks is the tan trenchcoat. Another is that he almost always has a cigarette dangling from his lips.

This creates a problem for a major network TV show - since you can't show characters smoking on network TV.

Constantine is constantly flirting with the letter of the law here. They'll show him with a lit cigarette in the ashtray next to him, or have him putting out a cigarette. One shot even had him blowing smoke as his hand kind of dropped off frame.

It's a minor detail, but I actually really appreciate it as a comic fan. Constantine is a smoker in the comics - and that's actually been a major part of his character. In one arc, he develops lung cancer, which is used as a major plot device.

The amount of effort the show goes to in order to create the appearance of Constantine smoking without actually showing him smoking is a sign that the creators are trying to take the material seriously. As a comic nerd, I enjoy that. :-)

I don't have a verdict on the show yet - but I'm at least willing to give it more time to see what happens. 
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