August 30, 2014
August 29, 2014
That's the title of a post over at Powerline today. I hadn't heard it in years, maybe decades. I knew it was from an ad for beer, but I didn't remember which one. So I hit the old search engines, and found a youtube of the ad itself. Turns out it was for Hamms beer.
I got curious to see if that brand still exists, so I looked it up. It was acquired by Heublein, who sold it to Olympia Brewing. Which was acquired by Pabst. Which in turn was acquired by Miller. Miller was purchased by South African Breweries. Which merged with MolsonCoors to form MillerCoors.
Gad. Made me wonder which other classic beer brands from around here still survived. Blitz didn't, I know.
I went to a private high school, the ritziest in town. There were two kinds of students there: bright kids on scholarship (me!) and rich kids. The two familes who owned Blitz had their kids there when I was there.
Anyway, Blitz Weinhard was purchased by Stroh, who sold it to Miller. The brewery was shut down in 1999. (Sob.)
The Olympia brewery in Tumwater was shut down. The Rainier Brewery in Seattle is no more.
I never drank any of these, back before I quit drinking entirely 19 years ago. (It wasn't good for me; I couldn't control it.) But I do remember that Blitz and Rainier had some really clever advertising back in the day, and... you know... home team and all that.
Seems like the brewing industry has undergone some ridiculously large amounts of concentration while I wasn't looking. I know Budweiser isn't an independent company any longer. (Lessee... search search search... Owned by someone called "Inbev".)
My favorite beer was Anchor Porter. My god, Anchor Brewing is still independent!! So I guess there's hope.
Actually, while all this consolidation of traditional brands was going on, little bitty craft breweries were springing up all over the place like mushrooms. I bet there are more breweries and brewing companies now than there were when I was in college.
August 27, 2014
So I decided to take a look at what's upcoming in the fall season.
Terra Formars: killer cockroaches from outer space! Right.
Grisaia no Kajitsu: Our Hero is the sole male student at a cloister. Uh-huh.
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de: five members of the high school literature club have gained super powers -- only they don't have anyone to fight. Might be fun but probably really stupid.
Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu: Girls with twintails turn out to be key to the fate of the world. What, no glasses girls?
And a whole lot of other stuff that's even worse. I didn't see a single series which looked even moderately interesting.
The only thing of interest is a 3-ep Strike Witches OVA which fits into the continuity between the end of the second series and the movie. The first of the three episodes comes out in September and the others aren't even listed.
I tell you, it's gonna be bleak.
UPDATE: I don't even see anything that looks like it could be worth plundering for the top rotation. Sheesh.
UPDATE: Actually, the Mouretsu Pirates movie hits BD in November, so there's that to look forward to.
August 20, 2014
I'm going to come out of hiatus for a bit. If you've been watching the comments, I've updated the top rotation with grabs from five series, and I thought I'd write about those five. Spoilers below the fold.more...
July 14, 2014
I'm going to take a break. But I'll leave you with a catgirl.
Here are five more pictures of Eris I collected from a fan-art site. They're huge, but I can't bring myself to resize them because they're so clean.
July 13, 2014
Is this what they mean by "world cups"? No?
UPDATE: Well, they sure ain't German, so I guess not.
July 12, 2014
They're going to refloat the Costa Concordia next week, and if all goes according to plan, they'll tow it to Genoa, where it will be scrapped.
Greenpeace has announced that it's sending the Rainbow Warrior to block the movement to Genoa. They want it to go to a nearer port.
Imagine our joy.
I thought that sucker had been sunk. By the French? Something like that? (Aha; that was the First Rainbow Warrior. This is the third one.)
I've got an idea: How about this one?
July 09, 2014
I knew she was evil, but I never suspected it went this deep.
Bert was a piker...
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