Randomness, vol. 23

I know, I know, I know… the last post was a “Randomness” post, but it was waaaaaaaay back on Dec. 2, so it’s OK.

I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, obviously. I haven’t really had much to talk about, I suppose, since I’m not a consumer of reality TV and don’t care about a bearded duck hunter’s view on human sexuality any more than I care about what anyone with the name “Kardashian” or “Kanye West” is doing. I’m one of those people who actually miss the good ol’ days where you needed actors and writers and talent for TV shows. Hashtag weirdo.

So, why not throw in some randomness, right?

I’ll start with some wonderful news for 2014: the New Belgium Brewing company – yes, the makers of ‘Fat Tire’ – are expanding their footprint into Alabama!!1!1!!1!111!1111!11!!

This happened today:

This year the “Carolina Reaper” pepper, grown in South Carolina, officially became the world’s hottest pepper. This was, of course, after I subjected myself to a ghost pepper. So what am I to do? Contact the company directly to see if I can get one. Here is my message to them:

And finally, the new album by Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork – has one of the most creative download cards in the vinyl version that I have ever seen. It’s a ‘lottery ticket’ that you scratch off to reveal the download code. (It also happens to be a fantastic album.)

And finally, since there is a chance this may be my last blog post for 2013, I wish you a Happy New Year. Thanks for reading.

Randomness, vol. 22

If you avoided death by over-consumption on Thanksgiving or being trampled on Black Friday, congrats. As your reward, here is some new Mogwai for your ears:

Also, check out this blog post by Jeff McLeod titled “My year in musicks…” If you’re a fellow musician who wants to compete with how many quality releases Mr. McLeod can release, good luck. (And you should know, he always wins.)

Awhile back, my friend Nick Patterson (director of the upcoming film R.V.M.) wrote a music video script for a Hail the Titans song. It never went into production, but you can read the script for his vision and hear the song on his blog post “Grief.”

This pic is of donuts from Shipley’s Do-Nuts in Birmingham. See the one with the crushed M&Ms on it? See it? See it! Holy Batman Diabetes, it was good! The rest were good, too. You should know.

And below, you’ll find a picture of a sleeping cat because this is the Internet.

A cat. On the Internet. Asleep.