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The Countdown
IRON MAN #150 (Sept. 1981)
John Romita Jr. (pencils), Bob Layton (inks) & Bob Sharen (colors)
Words by David Michelinie

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The Comté Cheese Association has updated their “Wheel of Aromas”, a handy guide to the 83 smells and aromas commonly found in Comté cheese. This is designed for Comté specifically, but it’s a useful reference for anyone looking to expand their cheese vocabulary and sensory evaluation skills. Via

The “Comité Interprofessionnel du Comté” has created a wheel showcasing the aromas of Comté. It counts 83 terms or descriptors that correspond to the most frequently found smells and aromas in Comté, grouped within 6 families. In a ripe Comté, tasters generally pick up 2 or 3 main families and mention 5 to 10 descriptors precisely. The 6 families are: Lactic, Fruity, Roasted, Vegetal, Animal, Spicy.

Tasting is subjective, and the aromas evolve/vary with the Comté’s terroir, season of production and length of time aging in the cellars. These families of aromas might help you to choose the style of Comté that you prefer. And, of course, the best Comté is the one that tastes best to you! Let’s taste and discover your favorite!

Download the PDF


Kiss the cook

because he is making this very nice mixture of typography, illustration and art. Who? Carlos Lerma, visual artist from Mexico delivering you truly stylish illustrations and eye candies. He also draws interesting pictures and set store by handmaking all his works. Enjoy them!

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Some local craft for the Chicago Fire home opener … looking forward to a good season!


St Feuillien Blonde, France*(Belgique)


Japan can score!
Yoho Aooni IPA

totally interesting! its like they reversed the hops for bittering vs flavor/aroma


Drink Small for Session Beer Day

Today is National Session Beer Day. Congratulations everybody.

My sense of “That’s ridiculous” is tempered by the fact that the day does have some major historical significance. The Cullen-Harrison Act, allowing the production of beer 3.2% ABW (or about 4% ABV), was signed by then President Franklin Roosevelt on March 22, 1933, taking effect on April 7 of that same year. According to Maureen Ogle’s Ambitious Brew, news of the passage shot through the country like lightning. Brewers who had their wares at the ready (that would have gone towards near beer), lined up fleets of delivery trucks by 5 minutes to midnight, April 6. At 12:01 AM, April 7, cities across the country erupted in celebration that “Happy days,” as Gussie Busch proudly announced, “are here again.” Interesting side note: there was a such a great mass of people and cars cheering around the breweries, the trucks, in certain cities, could not get through to deliver the very thing everyone was clamoring for.

Full repeal of the 18th Amendment would take effect on December 5, 1933.

There’s a great slideshow of images at the St. Louis Dispatch

The full manuscript of the Cullen-Harrison Act can be found on Facebook.

The Session Beer Project has a manifesto for the day.

Cheers. Within reason, of course.

edit: My SO also notes that today marks the 6 year anniversary of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the 10th hour of the Today Show. So…there’s that.


Prohibition Brewing Company was a lot of fun! Favorite beer was the Ruby Red, followed by the what hoppened triple IPA… #prohibitionbrewingco #northcountysandiego #sandiegobeer #craftbeer #craftbeerculture #drinklocal #beer #craftbeernotcrapbeer #rubyred #drinkcraftbeer #beergeek #brewery #vista #beertour #beerphotos #beerislife



Andreas Preis is a designer, illustrator & artist, currently sharing his working time between Berlin and Barcelona. Ilustration is the main part of his skill set and it’s no secret that he loves drawing animals in a caleidoscopical way. 95% of the artworks above are done by hand. The main message is to grow - growing with you profession and dreams in life. The animals are the equivalent to the expressions. Enjoy it!

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NYC to bring sheep back to Central Park Sheep Meadow



The Sheep Meadow in Central Park is best known now as a place to bring a book and a blanket, or throw around a frisbee, but there was a time when sheep did in fact graze there, giving the meadow its name. Although today the Park’s largest lawn features sunbathers, it was originally the home to a flock of sheep from 1864 until 1934. The sheep and shepherd were housed in a Victorian building that later became the Tavern on the Green in 1934.

Now comes word that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has tentatively approved a plan to convert the Sheep Meadow back into, well, a sheep meadow! Working with the Central Park Zoo, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the American Dairy Council and in collaboration with several upstate sheep dairies, the plan calls for the Sheep Meadow to be used for sheep grazing twice a day, from 5-7AM and from 4-6PM every day, starting May 1st and ending October 1st. The meadow will be closed to public use during this time to protect the sheep, and will be patrolled by a staff of apprentice shepherds working with herding dogs. In addition, a half-mile stretch of the central park loop will be closed to cars, pedestrians and cyclists for 30 minutes, twice a day, to allow for the sheep to be herded back to their barn.

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NC Beer Month 2014


NC Beer Month has returned for its second year, spreading the love of the more than 100 breweries throughout the state of North Carolina. From the mountains to the coast, the spirit of craft beer has been captured by the brewers in this state, and there’s no sign of them letting go. With new breweries constantly on the horizon, there’s always something new to check out — or just kick back and enjoy one of the many GABF medal-winning beers from the already established breweries.

With the celebration kicking off April 1, we’re happy to share the “NC Beer Month (2014)” badge with you. To unlock this token to all things sudsy in North Carolina, simply check-in to at least one (1) beer from a NC–based brewery listed here during NC Beer Month, April 1st—30th. Be sure to get out and unlock this beauty, because you don’t want to miss out on all the great festivities lined up at breweries, bars and restaurants throughout the state.

For more information, visit, and be sure to follow @NCBeerMonth on Twitter for all the beer action. And check out the NC Beer Month Brewmaster Experience Sweepstakes — one lucky winner will score a trip to Charlotte to brew their own beer recipe with the guys at NoDa Brewing. Cheers!


A well-educated time traveller from 1914 enters a room divided in half by a curtain. A scientist tells him that his task is to ascertain the intelligence of whoever is on the other side of the curtain by asking whatever questions he pleases.

The traveller’s queries are answered by a voice with an accent that he does not recognize (twenty-first-century American English). The woman on the other side of the curtain has an extraordinary memory. She can, without much delay, recite any passage from the Bible or Shakespeare. Her arithmetic skills are astonishing—difficult problems are solved in seconds. She is also able to speak many foreign languages, though her pronunciation is odd. Most impressive, perhaps, is her ability to describe almost any part of the Earth in great detail, as though she is viewing it from the sky. She is also proficient at connecting seemingly random concepts, and when the traveller asks her a question like “How can God be both good and omnipotent?” she can provide complex theoretical answers.

Based on this modified Turing test, our time traveller would conclude that, in the past century, the human race achieved a new level of superintelligence. Using lingo unavailable in 1914, (it was coined later by John von Neumann) he might conclude that the human race had reached a “singularity”—a point where it had gained an intelligence beyond the understanding of the 1914 mind.

The woman behind the curtain, is, of course, just one of us. That is to say, she is a regular human who has augmented her brain using two tools: her mobile phone and a connection to the Internet and, thus, to Web sites like Wikipedia, Google Maps, and Quora. To us, she is unremarkable, but to the man she is astonishing. With our machines, we are augmented humans and prosthetic gods, though we’re remarkably blasé about that fact, like anything we’re used to. Take away our tools, the argument goes, and we’re likely stupider than our friend from the early twentieth century, who has a longer attention span, may read and write Latin, and does arithmetic faster.

The time-traveller scenario demonstrates that how you answer the question of whether we are getting smarter depends on how you classify “we.” This is why Thompson and Carr reach different results: Thompson is judging the cyborg, while Carr is judging the man underneath.


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Genpets - mass produced, bio-engineered pets with a lifespan of 1 and 3 years

Oh, dear creepy biotech future… But hey, it’s the next logical step. First Tamagotchis, then Furbys, Pokemons, Hatchis and now Genpets. Video:

Say Hello to the all New Genpets™ from Bio.Genica!
The Genpets™ are Pre-Packaged, Bioengineered pets implemented today!

That’s right, Genpets are not toys or robots. They are living, breathing genetic animals.

We use a process called “Zygote Micro Injection" which is quickly becoming a favourable method to combine DNA, or to insert certain proteins from different species. Most notably it was used in 1997 to splice mice with bioluminescent jellyfish (link) and has since been used to create glowing rabbits, pigs, fish, and monkeys (link). Since then, human DNA has been injected into rabbits, chimpanzees, spider DNA into sheep, and now, Genpets have arrived!

Read National Geographic’s site for more information on human animal hybrids (link).

We’ve gone one step further by packaging the Genpets™ into plastic packages unlike any other. Each Genpet™ package has a fully functional heart rate monitor and Fresh Strip to better gauge the state of each pet while it lies in its hibernation state. More Info. […]

Your pet, your way — Genpets™ Series 01

are mass produced Bio-engineered pets implemented today. Each pet comes pre-packaged as a fully self-contained unit. Genpets™ learn and adapt. They are fully living pets, but better, modified to be as reliable, dependable and efficient as any other ‘technology’ we use in our busy lives.

Feature Advancements take Genpets™ beyond any other commercial product available today. Color Coding, Fresh Strips, Heart Monitors, Stasis Mode, embedded LCD displays, microchips, as well as the Genpets Network™ are some of the exciting ways we’re doing this.



The Only Bioengineered Buddy. Available in 7 different personality types.

02.Color Coding

Each personality type of the Genpets has been linked to its respective colour, and that color is then used as a base for each package. (Read more)

03.Heart Monitor

Each package has a built in low cost heart monitor that is fully functional, with green LED lights and built in speaker. (Read more)

04.Fresh Strip

Every single package includes an easy to use “fresh gauge”. Four simple blue LED lights display the status of the Genpet™. The display will also display if the Genpet™ has been sitting on the store shelf too long, or if the package circuitry has malfunctioned in some way. (Read more)

05.Bio-Genica IV System

While the Genpets hang on the store shelves they are in a form of hibernation. Each Genpet™ package has a special nutrient feeding tube attached to it, supplying our specially formulated mix and keeping them healthy and asleep.

06.Genpet™ Restraints

Restraining the pets in their packaging ensures no damage to the product, as well as allowing for optimal consumer viewing.

(*Genpet™ life may vary depending on temperature and Genpet ™ freshness)

[Get one from Bio Genica] [Reseller Catalogue (PDF)] [pictures by Bio Genica]