January 4th, 2007 No Comments »
There’s good news and bad news for my fellow alcoholics.
Good news that will gladden the hearts of many and help many more justify breaking new year resolutions: Researchers have found that alcohol in moderation may extend life span. Yes, you heard it right scientific proof that drinking is good for you.
According to the data, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol — up to four drinks per day in men and two drinks per day in women — reduces the risk of death from any cause by roughly 18 percent, the team reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read the full article for details.
Bad news: all that alcohol has calories in it.
That’s because the average serving of one ounce of 80-proof alcohol contains about 90 calories. And that’s before mixers are added. . . A Pina Colada, for example, has more calories than a Big Mac.
Not only do spirits, such as vodka, gin, rum and whiskey, contain a higher percentage of calories than beer and wine, but if you add fruit juice, syrups and sodas to the mix — for example, orange juice has 56 calories per serving and Coca-Cola has 105 calories per eight fluid ounces — the calorie count keeps growing. . . More here.
So the choice is yours - do you want to die early because you’re a teetotaler or you drank alcohol in the hopes that it’s expand your life span but put on so much weight that you still die! I choose the latter - life (and death) will be much more enjoyable that way.
July 10th, 2006 No Comments »
You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your left side is a Valley and on your right side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you.
In front of you is a galloping pig which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it.
Behind you is a Helicopter flying at ground level. Both the giant pig and the Helicopter are also traveling at the same speed as you.
What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation?
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April 28th, 2006 No Comments »
Navin and Vidya were in Salem Thursday before last (April 13) for a family get together in Yercaud over the extended weekend. It was nice to meet everyone.
I’d also planned a day in Yercaud since it’d been a while. Vijay, Raja, DVS, Micro, Bala & Shirpi joined the party. Vijay’s take on that weekend is worth a read and far more hilarous than anything I could come up with. I leave it to the reader to match up the characters. (A clue - I always thought alcohol brings out flavour in any food). Needless to say, with all that hetic activity I never did meet up with Navin & Vidya in Yercaud!
Oh, btw, Vijay, Raja & I have given up drinking after that weekend . . . . . for a month that is
October 4th, 2005 1 Comment »
Why is it impossible to get a decent Gin & Tonic? I was out at the bar with Vijay yesterday night and was in the mood for some Gin & Tonic. I don’t think the waiter even knew what I was asking for.
For a native drink* you’d expect it to be more widely available. Even the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy states that each race in the galaxy has developed a drink that is pronounced the same, but spelled differently (such as jynantonnyx). If my neighbour in Alpha Centauri can get one any any space port why can’t I get it in my local watering hole? The reason for this is must one of the great mysteries of the universe.
* The cocktail was concocted by the British in India. Tonic water contains quinine, which was used to prevent malaria. Because the tonic water consumed to prevent malaria in the 19th century was extremely bitter, gin was added to make it more palatable.
Factoid: Tonic water will glow under a black light, due to the quinine in it.
This is how I should have been thought in school:
Remember the Gin and Tonic!: Using Alcohol to Teach Boolean Searching
September 30th, 2005 1 Comment »
Yesterday night went well. We managed to get through all five flavours. First down was Mandrin with soda. Nothing fancy. Then came Kurant mixed with Cranberry juice. Always a good combination. Then came the higlight of the night. A shot of Absolut Peppar followed by shor of Tomato juice as a chaser. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing an experience. Most recomended. Round four was Mandrin and Soda. Finishing all this was Vanilia mixed with some after dinner Chocolate liqueur. Think of Vanila ice-cream topped with Chocolate sauce and all the sugar fermented - now you know how it tasted.
Absolut’s got a great website. Worth a visit.
(This Post was written before I got my blog online)
September 29th, 2005 No Comments »
Today I got my first Rack mounted cabinets. It probably wouldn’t excite anyone other than a geek! They look cool in black. I hope to have them ready over the weekend.
Abel brought them over from Coimbatore in person. More important, he brought the two sets of Abosolut miniatures I’d gifted him and Vijay a few years ago. I have a set with me - that make three sets. This is the first time we’ve been able to get all three sets togehter with the three of us available at the same time.
Looking forward to meeting Absolut Citron, Mandrin, Vanilia, Kurant & Peppar!
(This Post was written before I got my blog online)