Things I want to remember.

French Pearl

Muddle, shake, and double strain. [Pegu Club]

Filed under Cocktails

This American Life transition music

I’ve been attempting to pinpoint this song, off and on, for years now. It was used in multiple episodes of This American Life, usually playing out a moment of absurdity or embarrassment. The tune (especially those horns) would get stuck in my head for days on end and identifying it—largely in hopes of expunging it from my brain—became a minor obsession. In the age of Shazam such mysteries are easily solved, but unfortunately for me I could not remember a single specific episode in which it was used.

Google was no help. There are endless requests all over the Web to identify TALmusic but it almost always turns out to be one of a few usual suspects: DJ Shadow, Penguin Café Orchestra, Calexico, maybe a Donnie Darko track. Strangely, no one else seemed to be obsessing over this campy and slightly annoying orchestral earworm.

I tried listening to old episodes—at random, cranked up to 4×-speed—but quickly gave up, convinced I’d never hear it again. Thankfully, my pot-watching-avoidance strategy paid off earlier this month when I finally ran across it again during “Tough Room 2011” (an update of a 2008 episode).

Obsession over. In the end, it took SoundHound all of five seconds to identify it: “Afrikaan Beat” by Bert Kaempfert.

Filed under Music

Green Glacier / Prospector

Green Glacier

Stir and strain. [Jamie Boudreau]

Prospector

Stir and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with twist of lemon. [Jay Jones]

Filed under Cocktails

Mexican Train

Stir and strain. [Jacob Grier]

Filed under Cocktails

Smallest countries

  1. Vatican City, 0.2 sq. mi.
  2. Monaco, 0.7 sq. mi.
  3. Nauru, 8.5 sq. mi.
  4. Tuvalu, 9 sq. mi.
  5. San Marino, 24 sq. mi.
  6. Liechtenstein, 62 sq. mi.
  7. Marshall Islands, 70 sq. mi.
  8. Saint Kitts and Nevis, 104 sq. mi.
  9. Seychelles, 107 sq. mi.
  10. Maldives, 115 sq. mi.
  11. Malta, 122 sq. mi.
  12. Grenada, 133 sq. mi.
  13. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 150 sq. mi.
  14. Barbados, 166 sq. mi.
  15. Antigua and Barbuda, 171 sq. mi.
  16. Andorra, 180 sq. mi.
  17. Palau, 191 sq. mi.

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Filed under Notes

Loop Tonic

Shake and strain into a ice-filled glass. Garnish with celery stick. [Mayahuel]

Division Bell

Shake and strain. [Mayahuel]

Bar / bear

Q: Hola, quería saber el significado de esta frase que escuche en la película The Big Lebowsky:

Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.

¿Que quiere decir exactamente bar en ese contexto? Gracias por vuestro interés

A: Creo que quieres decir bear, no bar. Bear significa oso, y el dicho quiere decir que algunos días vences los obstáculos en la vida y otros días te vencen a ti.

[WordReference]

Bar / bear
Q: Hola, quería saber el significado de esta frase que escuche en la película The Big Lebowsky:Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.¿Que quiere decir exactamente bar en ese contexto? Gracias por vuestro interésA: Creo que quieres decir bear, no bar. Bear significa oso, y el dicho quiere decir que algunos días vences los obstáculos en la vida y otros días te vencen a ti.

[WordReference]

Filed under Notes

Cura

Combine in an old fashioned glass and swirl to mix. [Cure]

We were obliged to stay and fight

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Letter from Pfc. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., to his father, 29 May, 1945. [Letters of Note]

We were obliged to stay and fight 
Letter from Pfc. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., to his father, 29 May, 1945. [Letters of Note]