the universe kicks john's ass

but then what else is new?
Urgh. Busy, busy, busy. Work has me up against the ropes and is giving me the business. Occasionally, some non-work project, like getting ready for our Thanksgiving spectacular, tags in and gives me nuggeys for a while. Grumble. Should get better soon...

the anchor is here, baby!
Occasionally, however, the non-work nuggey projects work out okay. Tonight's post-work task, frex, was to secure beer for the previously mentioned Thanksgiving spectacular. Now, 'round 'bout this time of year, a special task befalls me. The missus and I have this beer bottle collection, you see, a very special beer bottle collection. Every year, the Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco makes a special Christmas beer. Every year, the recipe is different, and every year the label is slightly different as well. Our collection has a bottle from every year since we started dating -- and obtaining the current year's bottle is, like I said, a special task.

It's pretty hard, going to the beer store every week, checking to see if the Anchor is in -- especially when other beers fall into my basket and have to be purchased. But I persevere. And this year's vigil has paid off: we secured a case of the 2001 Anchor Christmas earlier tonight. Haven't sampled it yet, but I'll try to report once I do.

We also got something new this year: a "Magnum" size bottle of Anchor Christmas. It's pictured below, with a normal sized bottle for comparison. I had a pretty crap day at work, and finding this big bottle of joy brightened my outlook considerably.

that's a big damn beer!

enough with the sherman jokes already, okay?
obI'mMoreOldSchoolThanYou: Genehack from May 6, 2000. The Archives here go back much further than that, but I think most of the formatting is FUBARed. I should really do something about that one of these days...

aisle or window, either way
Cool picture of Columbia haulin' another load, but all I can think of when I see this is "Boy, I wish I could get a seat on there, because things are starting to get scary down here. Boy, if this goes on..."

sense of humor or hackery?
All may not be totally lost, however. Either somebody at The Economist has a sense of humor, or somebody with a sense of humor has hacked The Economist's story engine. Either way, a positive sign -- as long as we can keep laughing at them, we haven't lost to them.

On the off chance that the second possibility turns out to be correct, here's the text of that page as of 11 pm EST or so:
An election correction
Nov 15th 2001
From The Economist print edition

In the issues of December 16th 2000 to November 10th 2001, we may have given the impression that George Bush had been legally and duly elected president of the United States. We now understand that this may have been incorrect, and that the election result is still too close to call. The Economist apologises for any inconvenience.

If I don't get back before then, have a good Turkey day if that's your custom. See you when I see you...