Year: 2017

Beer in Situ: Something Brewery (Brighton, CO, USA)

Originally posted on Reverse Retrograde:
The Pertinents 117 N Main St A, Brighton, CO 80601, USA Founded in 2012 The Space It’s a big bar with a lot of space, and it feels very modern for the quaintness of downtown Brighton. I liked the ‘porch’ on the front of the place, so that you could sit outside and enjoy the amazing skies Eastern Colorado offers. They have long opening hours and a breathalyzer in the back, just in case. It’s clear that they’ve done a great job bringing in a slightly different crowd from your average hipstery brewpub, and that they work in the community to foster ties as Brighton grows and changes. Every night of the week has a different theme, from flip night to Cards Against Humanity. The Beer Overall, good. Not awesome, but good. They have created a line of tea-infused beer that is interesting and fresh-tasting, and vanilla seems to play a big role (at least in the beers we tried). The smooth Charon’s Obol is a yummy Irish Red Ale. I…

A Subway With Its Own Library

Originally posted on cup of tea with that book, please:
Credit: The New York Times ? Ever left your house without your book and was facing a long commute to work? Now New Yorkers don’t have to face that dreaded outcome. The New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) created a great reading project titled “Subway Library”, free ebooks for your ever daunting commute. These are free downloadable books excerpts or full text that can be accessed through the libraries’ e-reader app, the SimplyE. This is how it works: When you enter any subway station, connect to the Transit Wireless WiFi Once logged on, you’ll see a prompt to go and visit SubwayLibrary.com And start browsing! They have various categories ranging from “New York Stories” to “International Tales”. It also organized books for those rare quick commutes or long reads for that ever daily occurring long/delayed commutes. And don’t forget to lookout for the “library” train! This train has 10 subway cars covered to…

Doctor Who Review: “The Pyramid at the End of the World”

Originally posted on The Collective:
? The doomsday clock is ticking. The end of the world is coming. Typical Doctor Who, am I right? **Spoilers ahead, Sweetie.** A Brief Overview of What Happened After the last episode were everything was a simulation and therefore didn’t really happen, we are back in the real world (or so we are led to believe so far). And the monks are here. Hiding out in a 5,000-year-old pyramid that has only just recently showed up. So, naturally, it immediately draws the attention of the United Nations, who then call on their President of the Earth, AKA the Doctor to help. But this isn’t your typical invasion, oh no. The monks have set every clock in the world to be the doomsday clock, counting down to the end of the world. But it’s not a threat, they’re not the ones that are going to end the world. It’s simply a warning that the world is going to end by the human’s own hands. After creating simulations of the world for…

Lessons I Learned from #BlackLivesMatters

Originally posted on The Uppity Negro:
A Sunday morning Facebook post asked “Is Black Lives Matter still a thing?” and I immediately did an eye-roll. The technical answer is in the affirmative. They still are a thing. I still get emails from them. I also know that in many activist circles that Black Lives Matters functions as a real, almost tangible entity. But, I know that that’s not what the social media post really meant. The post was getting at the sentiment that most people are wondering or have finally stopped caring about: why haven’t we heard from Black Lives Matter the way we did before the election of Donald Trump? I read this post and proceeded to climb up the intellectual mountain from which that question was generated–for whatever reason, when I wake up sometimes my mind brings a piercing alacrity to a thought–and I realized that there was a marked shift in how I personally discussed things and in how I engaged in this subjects in and around Black Lives Matter. In fact, I…

AA Skincare – Shampoo Bars Review

Originally posted on The Flower That Blooms:
A few months ago we set ourselves the challenge of finding some more cruelty free beauty brands online. We love looking around to find independent and small brands and as we’ve previously mentioned, Twitter is great for doing so. AA Skincare are a brand that we’ve been following for a while on Twitter but never got round to looking at properly. To cut a long story short, we eventually got into contact with AA and they kindly sent us two shampoo bars of our choice! We’ve always been fans of the ever so popular Lush shampoo bars and couldn’t wait to see how these ones compared. AA Skincare are a brand developed by Amphora Aromatics, a brand who have been one of the biggest suppliers of pure essential oils and aromatherapy products for over 30 years. Their products are created using all natural ingredients and essentials oils, including Aloe, Frankincense, Lavender and Neroli, making their products perfect for your skin. They cater for all different skin types, so whether…

Laughter Looks Good on You

Originally posted on This, That and the Other Thang:
I love my laugh. It’s probably one of my favorite things about me. (I know, in a society that values modesty above all other things, that’s not exactly something that you’re supposed to say. You’re not supposed to have favorite things about yourself; other people can have favorite things about you and give you compliments and you take them graciously, but you never admit that you agree. Well, I think that’s kind of silly, because if you love something about yourself, you should own it. But I digress.) Someone once told me that my laugh is the kind of thing people know they’ve earned, that makes them feel good about themselves, because they feel like they were genuinely funny enough to earn such a reaction. It’s a loud laugh, obnoxious at times and certainly the direct opposite of sexy (boy, I’m really selling this thing, aren’t I?) because I’ve never been able to learn how to make it quieter and I’ve never bothered to try. I’ll giggle…

#143 Gaining Weight – ‘Being Productive Is Unhealthy’

Originally posted on Mindfump!:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Instagram | Bloglovin’ Being a slender man* with a fast metabolism I often channel my inner Al Gore and abuse this rather convenient truth and make documentaries eat whatever I like when I like. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I realised that this option was not available for everyone else. My sympathy didn’t run very far but it did make me pause for thought between my 6th and 7th donuts. I just never gain weight. Given the vastly different approaches I’ve taken in my life, from eating junk food daily to training for an Ironman 6 days a week, my weight just never changes. I’ve always had a 5kg range with which my body says ‘yeah this feels fine, think I’ll just stay here’. And it does. Just because I don’t gain weight however does not mean I don’t want to eat healthily, obviously gaining weight is only one of the negatives. If I eat too many donuts for instance I…

Film Review – The Dressmaker (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
The Dressmaker Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham Starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving Review by Jordan The Dressmaker is Shakespeare told via the dusty outcrops of rural ‘50’s Australia. When the well-travelled (nay, exiled) Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns home to the insular outback town of Dungatar, she brings with her not only haute couture and the ability to entrance footballers like the song of the siren, but also the intent of a femme fatale, whose desire to uncover the mysteries of her tragic past is weighed down by her little-explored but obviously troubling (and bleakly amusing) childhood curse. Tilly’s relationship with her reclusive, alcoholic mother Molly (Judy Davis in an excellent performance) bears the scars of intimate lies and an innate desire to rectify them, and reluctant connection to rugged local Teddy (Hemsworth) shows a capacity to escape her emotional confides if only her aura of bad luck could be broken. Macbeth, then, is the most…

Havana Nights

Originally posted on Charlotte Fox:
always making new friends 😛 Happy New Year to all!! I went to Havana, Cuba with friends to ring in the New Year and I’m so happy I went! We had a really great group (very different from the solo travel I’ve done this year) but it’s always fun when you have a good crowd around you that’s enthusiastic about the same things as you. Havana was very inviting… we actually hired a driver for our stay which I definitely recommend doing. Ricardo made everything so simple and we kind of bonded with him. One night we realized one of our friends wasn’t actually in the car when we got to our next destination and our driver was so scared but we found her. haha. After that we joked with him about “counting all the chickens” when we got in the taxi. He was even nice enough to invite us over for New Year’s Eve celebrations with his family. Part of the celebration included teaching us dances and at the…

Pin Review: “Courage, dear heart” By The Clever Clove

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
What incredible luck I’ve had with “seconds” pins of late! My?newly beloved mousemoth pin?(about which I apparently cannot stop talking) is practically perfect in every way, even though I bought it at a wonderful discount, and, in a similar vein, I am nothing but impressed by this seconds-sale enamel pin with a courageous theme from The Clever Clove on Etsy. (Watch me refer to it not-so-sneakily in every one of?next?week’s updates!) As I’ve alluded in previous posts (to put it lightly), exactly a week ago I faced a surgical fear that has haunted me for?nearly a decade. I know that wisdom teeth extractions are pretty commonplace here in the states, but as someone with incredible needle anxiety, I have dreaded this day since I first turned sixteen and learned that I did indeed have a quartet of those unwanted beasts. I had to get it done–and I was remarkably brave in the days leading up to it!–so when I randomly stumbled upon* this beautifully designed pin quoting my favorite?inspirational lion,…