Odds and Ends

Sometimes little things start to build up. Corks overflowing every container in the house. Bottles waiting to go to recycling. Tasting notes that need to be converted to reviews. Stuff like that. This post is filled with little items of that sort. Ideas or news that just don’t make for a post by themselves, but need sharing anyway if for no other reason than to clear my mental clutter.

They like us, they really like us!– Our design is being honored at two sites. The first is at Most Inspired which highlights sites they believe are good examples to inspire other designers. The second is Cool Home Pages, where were are being honored in four different categories; All Categories, Typography (the category that I am proudest of), Non-Flash, and Info. We are very honored to have been selected by both sites. Although, lately I have felt another redesign coming on…

– We recently had the very great pleasure of attending a tasting that featured more fantastic wines from Napa than a person could taste in a day. You would think that anyone in Texas, particularly a blogger that was lucky enough to be invited to taste all of these amazing wines for FREE, would have been thrilled that Napa came to him instead of the other way around. Not so. There was one jackass who spent his time sucking down free Napa wine while tweeting about how inferior it is to Texas wine. It really makes one wonder whether he is paid to do so, or if he is just that damn ignorant.

– Speaking of Texas, this is such a glorious time of year here in Houston. The unrelenting blast furnace has turned into perfect temps and sunny days. This is when it is great to live here and get outside and enjoy the festivals and outdoor dining, or just to grill in the backyard.

– If forced to pick only one band, I think I could be happy listening to no one but the Detroit Cobras for the rest of my days.

– We wrote a while back about Andrea Robinson’s line of wine glasses. Since that time I have become even more enamored of them. I am always disappointed when I open the cabinet only to discover they are in the dishwasher. Drinking out of them is indistinguishable from using one of our much more expensive glasses, but cleaning them is a heck of a lot easier.

– Living on the Gulf and not knowing whether it is safe to eat the seafood really sucks. Thanks BP, you bloodsucking pricks.

– I rarely have time to go on Twitter these days. It’s not so much that I miss Twitter, it’s that I miss being harassed and amused by all of my wine and food blogging friends. It’s amazing how much some folks can convey in 140 characters. Twitter, the modern haiku. Well, except if Thea has been drinking then it becomes so much more; haiku/word search/jumble.

– Writing about wine can be a very frustrating pursuit. There are only so many ways to describe wine, none of which truly convey the experience to the reader. But we keep trying, don’t we?

– Wine Spectator just released a mobile app for the iPhone only. To me that is just plain silly. Being the geek that I am, and working with a lot of folks who barely consider me a geek (Shoot me, I thought all 6 Star Wars movies sucked and I refuse to call the first one the fourth one, etc. But I digress…), the topic of mobile phones and apps comes up often. My point isn’t about which OS is superior, or any of that, especially since that is a settled issue, but it is that the numbers do not lie. Anyone who ignores Android when putting out an app does so at their own peril. Leave out the fastest growing, and soon-to-be largest user group in America, and your competitor will step in to fill the void, and eventually bury you. That doesn’t go just for Wine Spectator. That’s right Netflix, I’m looking at you. I got the G’s, I got the HDMI output, but I ain’t got you. I don’t want to leave you, but I will. Yeah, I might miss you a little, but you know what? I don’t care. (nsfw due to language)

There, we got all of that dusty crap put out to the curb. Don’t you feel better? I know that I sure do.

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