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the listenerd’s first annual holiday gift guide

Please welcome into being the listenerd’s first annual holiday gift guide. I have included in this annual holiday gift guide 1) things that awesome people would like; 2) things that are innately awesome; 3) random crap.

I will warn you in advance that these are extraordinarily MANLY. And for that, I apologize. One cannot, and should not, fight one’s nature. If you have any recommendations of things that should be added to the list, please let me know.

*Addition + philanthropy: You could give to sucittaM’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Campaign on Pledgie. You could also follow him on twitter. (He’s incredibly funny.)

*Trees: Wetterling’s axe maker’s kit from Best Made. This is a KIT to MAKE an AXE to CHOP WOOD. Or shave your chest with.

*Wall: Some art from Kelly Reemtsen or “art” from Mike Monteiro (well, this one is sold out…). (I’m not really that into axes. Total coincidence. Swear to god.) Also, you could just grab the lovely of your choice from 20×200.

*Food: I bought a gallon jug of Tabasco sauce for my dad for Christmas last year or the year before. His response: (long, long pause) – “Is it real?” Another home run.

*Drink: Surly Furious. They call it an American India Pale Ale. It tastes like what god really wanted grapefruits to taste like.

*Minneapolis: A CHEESE CSA subscription from Shepherd’s Way farm.

*More drink: I don’t know if it’s any good (though I don’t see how it could possibly fail), but I spotted some nut liquor at the liquor store last week.

*Paper: Field Notes notebooks. Simple and attractive. (I am not allowed to buy any more of these for now.)

*Wheels: The Surly CrossCheck complete bicycle. The only wheels you will ever need. Except for the wheels on planes. And inside machines that you use on a day-to-day basis.

*Local: You could contribute in someone’s name to support David Brauer’s excellent Braublog on MinnPost.

*Addition: Panera’s Frontega chicken panini.

*Addition: I bought and tried to use this homemade bubbling system several months ago, and it turns out I am an idiot.

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*Pictures: These 1:12 scale foods are incredible. I want to roll them up into one hamburger-sized ball and chew them to pieces with my mouth open. [mefi]

*Books: My 23-year-old self would have dropped dead of awe upon seeing these cigarette pack-shaped books. [urlesque]

*Writing: In Tristes Tropiques Claude Levi-Strauss wrote – “My hypothesis, if correct, would oblige us to recognize the fact that the primary function of written communication is to facilitate slavery.” WHOA. READ THAT LINK. AND READ THAT QUOTE AGAIN. I have much more to say on this matter, but I must first gather my thoughts. If you have a single curious bone in your body, I recommend reading the above. If you do NOT have a curious bone in your body, you are asked to leave this blog immediately and requested never to return. EVER.

*More: The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg writes about Alex Chilton in the New York Times. “Because we were musicians, our talk inevitably turned toward women.”

*Politics: With health care reform having passed a major hurdle, some hope Obama will turn his sights on finance reform next.

*Tabasco: There is a truck that is FILLED with recipes made with TABASCO. Side note: I gave my father a one-gallon jug of Tabasco for Christmas. It is considered the strangest family gift since I gave my sister-in-law a fake crow for her birthday. [notcot via pocketdialed]

*Twitter: I started a work account on Twitter. It is where I act like a more upstanding citizen than on my usual account. Read these four things.

*Local: Is Grain Belt’s new Nordeast beer an early April Fool’s joke, or the most amusing beer name in recent history?

*Today’s links: F.