Thursday, February 15, 2007

How's this for a sub-culture: Freeganism

Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system.As freegans we forage
instead of buying to avoid being wasteful consumers ourselves.Perhaps the
most notorious freegan strategy is what is commonly called "urban
foraging" or "dumpster diving". This technique involves rummaging through
the garbage of retailers, residences, offices, and other facilities for
useful goods. Rather, we use other methods of transportation including
trainhopping, hitchhiking, walking, skating, and biking.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A new way to live-Modern Design

I was checking out a web site ( using a nifty browser toolbar app. from It selects web sites randomly based on personalized preferences you select. For example; architecture,books, counterculure, atheist/agnostic, blues music, liberal politics and food/cooking.

The LoftCube is an interesting modern loft design concept originating in Berlin. The idea is a rooftop temporary,minimalistic, domicile approximately 40 square meters. Think geodesic domes of the 1960's but with modern design. It's placed on top of the building of your choice using a freight helicopter or construction crane. You just need a rooftop to rent. And, it can be moved city to city.

This might be the perfect thing in case water levels rise due to global warming.

Friday, January 05, 2007

David Beauroy’s Tasting Notes – January 6th Vintages Release

David Beauroy’s Tasting Notes – January 6th Vintages Release

$10-15 RANGE


Miguel Torres Viña Esmeralda 2005, Spain – DO Catalunya, $11.95, p.7

A lovely blend of Moscatel (85%) and Gewurtz (15%). Clean and fresh with floral, basil, rosewater and honeyed notes. Slightly off-dry, long length and a crisp finish. Enjoy this terrific value with Prosciutto Melon.

Montez Champalimaud Paço de Teixeiro, Vinho Branco 2005, Portugal – Vinho Regional Minho, +21469, $12.95, p.28

Lots of kiwi, grapefruit, tropical fruit and floral notes here. Dry with a juicy peach-flavoured burst on the palate, medium body and a refreshing finish. Outstanding value from Portugal!

La Chablisienne Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc 2005, France-Burgundy, +641753, $15.95, p.9

Pale straw with crisp note of grapefruit and hints of cactus/aloe. Medium body with a pleasant salty citrus taste and a fine finish. Have it with Oysters.


Reine Didon Pinot Noir Grand Cru 2003, Tunisia – AOC Mornag, +8946, $12.95, p.26

Impressive stuff! In a blind tasting it would be picked as a French Pinot. Beautiful notes of strawberry and raspberry on the nose and palate. Dry, rich and medium body. Fantastic value!

Quinta de Camarate 2004, Portugal – Terras do Sado, +357962, $14.95, p.5

Wonderful! Deep ruby with lush ripe cherry, plum, and blueberry layers. Full and round and delicious. Great value!

$15-25 RANGE


Waimea Estates Chardonnay 2003, New Zealand – Nelson, South Island, +650242, $18.95, p.25

Bright gold with tempting notes of lime cordial, butterscotch and smoke. Smooth and with a slightly viscous texture, med-full body and long length.


Guenoc Petite Syrah 2004, USA – California, +19935, $16.95, p.21

Deep purple/black with an attractive mix of figs, prunes, blue and blackberries, and cocoa. Dry, full and finely balanced. Great value from California!

Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Australia – Clare Valley SA, +5199, 16.95, p.24

Dense and inky! Fantastic with notes of cassis, prune and smoke, followed by spicy mince tart flavours on the palate. A wine that commands your attention!


Vicchiomaggio La Prima Chianti Classico Riserva 2003, Italy – DOCG Tuscany, +682062, $34.95, p.28

Superb! Truly in fine form for maximum pleasure now! Dry, full and elegant. Lots of classic Chianti scents of plum, cinnamon, berries and cherry! Hard to go wrong with this!

Sherry & Scotch

Gonzàlez Byass Nutty Solera Oloroso, Spain – DO Jerez, +355204, $11.95, p.7

Pretty amber colour with clear notes of candied fruit and zest, raisins, fresh dates, marmalade and roasted almonds. Medium dry and soft with brilliant aroma replays on the palate. Have it on its own or with some good blue cheese.

Ardbeg 10 Years Old The Ultimate Single Islay Malt, Scotland, +560474, $74.95, p.19

Extraordinary! If you are a fan of the smoky and peaty style of Islay, then this will be a treat! So complex and layered that it feels as though you are tasting 2 or 3 different Malts. Full of candied fruit, toffee, smoke, citrus, pear, spring blossoms and more smoke! And there does not seem to be a finish...!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Wild Predictions for a Wired 2007

Here are some predictions for 2007:

* Google Stock Hits $1,000 per Share

* Internet Traffic Doubles ...

to 5,000 petabits per day by the end of 2007. And 80 percent of it is peer-to-peer file sharing, mostly Skype video and BitTorrent.

* BitTorrent on TiVo

Speaking of, digital video recorders get BitTorrent baked in, bringing internet video to the living room.

* Spam Doubles

No-brainer -- but no one cares because we're all using IM, especially at work.

* Second Life Ends a Life

Skullduggery in Second Life -- probably digital adultery -- ends in a real-life murder.

* Year o' the Laptop

Half of all new computers sold in 2007 will be laptops and 20 percent of those will be Apple's MacBooks.

* Print to Web

A major newspaper gives up printing on paper to publish exclusively online.

* Semel Says 'Sayonara'

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel discovers he wants to spend more time with his family.

* Apple Goes Apple

The entire Beatles catalog is licensed exclusively to iTunes for a year.

* HD-DVD Wins

HD-DVD is the clear winner over Blu-ray in the DVD format wars. Oh yeah, and the PS3 is a bust.

* Implantable Contact Lenses

Synthetic corneas will be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, allowing the shortsighted to have artificial contact lenses transplanted right into their eyes. No more popping out!

* Digg Becomes the New Friendster

Digg holds out for a big payday but ends up like Friendster (i.e., no friends).

* No More Dads

Artificial gametes made from female eggs are sold over the internet, making fathers biologically irrelevant.

* PaedoSpace

Sex offenders start their own social networking service. It's popular on Capitol Hill.

* Life on Mars

One of the Mars rovers lasts another year on the red planet (making it four years total). The other plunges into a crater.

* Greenland Becomes Green

As the ice melts, Greenland becomes literally green.

* Raelians Need Not Apply

A human embryo is cloned for real.

* First AT&T, Then Google

A whistle-blower reveals that the National Security Agency has been wiretapping Google for some time.

* Google Goes G-Man

Google gives up search queries to the feds. Likely scenario: The FBI asks who's been searching for terms like "dirty bomb" and Google hands over all the IP addresses.

* Don't Don't Be Evil

Google drops "Don't be evil" as its corporate mantra. Evil has its justifications, but no one likes a hypocrite.

* DNA Database for Athletes

To stamp out doping, the Olympic Committee orders all athletes to submit DNA samples to a global database, which matches blood found in doping forensics to cheats. Forensics include needles, tubes, bags of blood and skin cells on stacks of 100-euro notes seized at doping clinics.

* Online Sitcom Picked Up by Network

Encouraged by the news, the internet becomes home to 5,000 clones of Friends, shot by friends using their friends but unwatched even by their friends.

* They're Watching You

Congress passes a law requiring internet service providers to keep logs of all web traffic and e-mail for three years.

* NYT Goes Free

The New York Times opens its archives from behind the paid firewall, realizing it's more lucrative to be the internet's paper of record than charging readers for individual stories. Thankfully, Thomas Friedman's clichés and mixed metaphors remain behind the pay firewall for at least two weeks.

* MySpace Spaces Out

MySpace splinters as teens head for niche sites. New services that control profiles across multiple social networking sites begin to take off.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

David Beauroy’s Tasting Notes – December 9th Vintages Release

‘Tis the season for warming/comfort red wines and bubbly. Tomorrow’s release is the last one scheduled for 2006. I will be back with more tasting notes in 2007. Take good care and enjoy!

$15-25 RANGE


Herencia Remondo La Montesa Rioja Crianza 2003, Spain-DO Rioja, +674572, $21.95, p.34

A really tasty mouthful! Clean berry notes with exotic spices in the background on the nose. Dry and balanced with medium body, silky tannins, and long length (the 13.5% alcohol adds some heat too). Terrific value from Rioja!



Lindhorst Statement 2003, South Africa – WO Coastal Region, +5108, $27.95, p.28

An interesting and unusual blend of Shiraz (52%), Merlot (44%), and a touch of Cab. Sauvignon (4%). The result is a lush combination of raspberry, Danish butter cookies, and marzipan on the nose. Dry and med-full bodied, with a soft texture and medium length. Superb now!

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Australia-Coonawarra, +590471, $29.95, p.26

Katnook Estate has done it again! (I was very keen on their 2001 Merlot that came out in August). This Cab. Sauv. is well structured and delicious with an irresistible mix of blackberries, cedar, and spice. Truly a classic Coonawarra Cab.!

Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2004, France-AC CdP, +984419, $37.95, p.30

Bold flavours of currants and black cherries make up this very complex and meaty wine. A little closed on the nose with some fruit and subtle dabs of lavender present. Dry with a smooth texture, good balancing acidity, med-full-bodied, good length and a good dose of alcohol (14.5%)! Good value!

Jean-Claude Boisset Gevrey-Chambertin 2002, France-AC Burgundy, +6916, $51.95, p.29

2002 was a fabulous vintage in Burgundy and this wine is good evidence of that. Clear scents of cherry, strawberry, beetroot, some earthiness and spices. On the palate it’s dry, medium-bodied with good complexity and length.

Charles Allexant Premier Cru Beaune Bressandes 2003, France-AC Burgundy, +6783, $56.95, p.29

Inky with juicy cherry and raspberry, and hints of vanilla and freshly turned earth folded in. Dry and soft with very pleasant strawberry jam notes on the palate, med-full bodied, beautifully balanced, and long length. A great match for game!

Champagne, Sparkling

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne, France-AC Champagne, +653634, $54.95, p.8

A fabulous non-vintage Champagne! Nice notes of toast, coffee, and nuts. Crisp and clean with a rich and full-bodied taste. Outstanding Value!

Taittinger Brut Millésimé Champagne 1999, France-AC Champagne, +989905, $69.95, p.7

Looking for some Vintage Champagne? 1999 was a very good year in the region. This one is complex and delicious! Notes of brioche, butter, nuts, pears and apples. It is medium to full-bodied, with a long finish.

Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut, Italy-DOC Prosecco, +349662, $16.95, p. 12 (375ml bottle, +738161, $10.95)

Start your evening with this splendid Prosecco! Elegantly balanced notes of pears, limes and spring flowers! A perfect aperitif!

Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Blancs Sparkling Wine 2003, USA-California, +914648, $26.95, p.13

Fantastic value! Full of tasty citrus, floral, biscuity and yeasty notes. Thick and creamy mousse with a silky texture. Very well balanced and refreshing. Simply wonderful!

Dessert Wine

Ruffino Serelle Vin Santo Del Chianti 2000, Italy-DOC Tuscany, +1008, $18.95, p.21

Attractive pale amber hue with layers of honey, almonds and caramel on the nose. Classic Vin Santo, medium sweet wit lively acidity to balance it out. Ready to drink with Tiramisù or dunked biscotti.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Open Lettter to comments on

First, I want to address Michael Crichton’s book, State of Fear. State of Fear is a piece of garbage. Not only does it take liberties with the information it chooses to publish, it tries to sound intellectual but also it comes off as defensive. Who cares if it has footnotes and quotes research? Anyone can manufacture so-called truth if that is his or her aim. Look at the Bush War in Iraq. The book is a Hollywood film script cum PR stunt.

Anyone claiming that Global Warming is false is denying the irrefutable truth. It's on par with denying the holocaust.

Reading State of Fear reminds me of countless discussions I’ve had with neo-con Bush lovers who verbally attack with emotion versus saying anything well thought out or supported by fact.

Denying the facts provided in the Inconvenient Truth just because a Democrat is presenting them is pathetic. Just go back to watching your NFL football and drinking Budweiser. Rather I should say go back to sticking your head in the ground and wishing for a return to the good ole days when Bush stole office.

Like Gore says in the film. If you throw, a frog into boiling water, the frog will leap out. However, if you put a frog in warm water and slowly turn the heat up the frog will remain complacent and boil to death. To all those denier’s of the facts and/or truth keep complacent, keep on consuming at the ridiculous rate you already are, focus on your selfishness and keep on polluting.

What do you care you will not be alive to live in the world you leave behind.

Friday, December 08, 2006 7--DJ Champion

We interview Max Morin aka DJ Champion who has been making waves ever since the release of his first album Chill’ em all, released in 2004. Chill’ em all is a unique concoction of rockin’ guitars, techno beats, incredible vocals and contagious melodies.

Chill’ em all, built a following over time, with rock radio currently playing the single “No Heaven” (featuring vocalist Betty Bonifassi). It has sold more than 40,000 copies to date and won a number of awards.