A Pleasing Testimonial

From time to time, people send me missives thanking me for how their Stein of Science and/or BBotE has allowed More Awesome into their lives. But every now and then the rare testimonial comes in that demands to be shared with the world (especially when they have drink recipes). And so, I present to you, Test Subject SLC Prime:

My first full 100mL dose of BBotE in the morning before a work day (rough, late night previously, I needed the pick-me-up) caught me off guard. I had to stop for a few minutes and zen to pull my heart-rate back down to normal. Haven’t had a repeat of that since, but I try to make sure I keep things low key when BBotE is fresh in the system, just in case… ;)

A roommate’s first full 100mL dose, mixed with a chai latte, produced what we now refer to as the “Chai Fighter.” In that, when you have one, you could very well wind up zooming around the house making “VREEEEEEOOOOOWWWW!” noises like a TIE fighter from Star Wars.

A regular drinker of energy drinks for years (until the Institute got some nice espresso machines), BBotE has probably the “smoothest” caffeine high I’ve ever experienced. I have the heightened alertness, the drive and ability to get things done, but without the ‘twitchiness’ I’d experience with other energy drinks (especially after slamming back the third for the day). BBotE provides all the positives, while keeping down the distracting twitches for a long, smooth ride, and with more of a “dip” instead of a “crash” at the end. Much like my quadra-shot “God coffees”, but with all the advantages of BBotE over normal coffee.

There you have it. I was wiping away some tears of laughter as my imagination went to work imagining the Chai Fighter aftermath. Test Subject SLC Prime has inspired a perverse desire to go stand before the Temple in Salt Lake City, bottle of BBotE in each hand of my outstretched arms, and as an angel of caffeine show them what they have forsaken.


Sorry Canada, No Shipping For A While

No Longer Applies…for the moment. Lockout is over.

Due to a lockout at the Canadian Post, there will be no shipments going to Canada for a while unless you are truly desperate and want to work out FedEx arrangements. I do truly regret this as I fully understand we are hitting the height of beer season* on Lake Winnipeg and the Maritimes. Hopefully the lockout won’t go on too long and regular BBotE & Stein of Science service will be restored to the Great White North.

*: Yes, yes I know that it is very hard to tell when it isn’t the height of beer season in Canada. There are subtleties, you just have to watch for them.

Firing Things Back Up

As I head back to California from the darkest wilds of Penn Yan, NY it is time to get balls rolling again. Won’t be an adventure report for a bit yet but it I should share the things that are coming back into stock:

665ml “Rugged” Style Steins of Science – I made some folks sad a couple months ago when I absolutely could not more of the rugged style dewars to build with. Well, I’ve got six more finally. Folks obviously figured this out with their psychic powers because I was going to say I had eight on hand except…*POOF*…now I have six.

750ml Death Wish Black Blood of the Earth – One of my first priorities after getting home is going to be getting some Death Wish BBotE back in the pipeline. There were some folks upset that they never got a shot at those first experimental bottles. Well, a few more are going up. Get ’em while you can, the last lot was gone within 30 minutes.

Happy news of Pimpery – Sometime in the next few weeks the Pimp of Madison and Pimpstress of NYC will receive their inaugural cases. The Pimpstress of PDX should receive resupply somewhere in there too. The Pimp of Santa Barbara is currently out but he would not be surprised if he got a jab in the ribs by the needy.

Herr Direktor Funranium, Reflected in the Voyager Record, Trusting In Science

Again, no tales of adventure here, but have a picture of yours truly reflected in the a copy of the record currently hurtling out of the solar system aboard Voyager. Every time I think of that record, I miss Carl Sagan.

Planting The Seeds Of DOMINATION

Machete/Wheelock Pistol Hybrid - Not A Sword-chuk

Knife/Wheelock Pistol Hybrid - Not A Sword-chuck (apologies to Brian Clevinger's 8-Bit Theater)

As a complete non-sequitur, let us begin with this: I want to applaud the brilliance that came up with this magnificent weapon. A German with an armament oriented dedication to More Awesome nearly 500 years ago created this beauty. When I saw it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all I could think of was Fighter from Brian Clevinger’s webcomic 8-Bit Theater and his mastery of the deadliest of weapons, the Sword-chuck. I think I said that out loud at the Met and confused a docent.

In this round of the Scientific Drinking Tour 2011, my Lovely Assistant and I have taken it upon ourselves to gather together some interesting folks. We then did the most important thing we can do: feed them alcohol and let the talking begin. I like to think of this as a debauched and excessive salon-like event except, knowing my history like I do, that we will never hold a candle to the revels & extremity of pre-Revolution France. At least, not without getting arrested in modern America.

I have dubbed these gatherings the Shadowy Cabal For Global Domination (or SC4GD as Test Subject Scott dubbed them). Currently, DC/Baltimore and New York City chapters exist (oh, plus San Francisco but I can hardly help that) and I can only hope the folks that have brought together keep drinking, talking and thinking. Who knows what wonders may come out of them. At the very least, some new friends.

Just to give a feel for the expertise of the assembled NYC attendees, allow me to list them by field of expertise: economics, immigration law, PR, chemistry, freelance comic artist, physics. This is an impressive collection of skills fit to tackle damn near any topic. Admittedly, discussion was rather beer-centric as we sampled the fine wares of The Ginger Man in the wares of yours truly, a ginger man. As I recall, and things got hazy, other topics discussed were:

  • The robustness of certain camera lenses when dropped from various heights on hard surfaces. A conclusive declaration that a lens that can be reassembled and used with only minor problems after bouncing down a mountain was a Good Lens. No, I can’t remember the manufacturer.
  • When trying to make a new start in comics, possibly graphic arts in general, trying to dive into print has good nostalgia value…not necessarily the best business plan.
  • Black Blood of the Earth has allowed everyone, save the Economics Cabalist who has not yet partaken, to make great achievements. Cabalist Mr. Black declares that this is because caffeine allows the creative mind to focus and actually Do Something. We all need to meditate upon this wisdom further.

In other news, I have always been a proponent of learning new places by making it a point to urinate in different toilet each time, if practicable. I did it to learn all the buildings of Antarctica, all the accessible area of LLNL and the much greater task to get out of my normal science haunts at UC Berkeley.

NYC Main Library Reading Room

NYC Main Library Reading Room - Egon Says The PKE Readings Were Low

At the NYC Main Library, as made famous in Ghostbusters, their bathrooms are magnificent which makes their modern toilets seem all the more cheap and tawdry by comparison. I wasn’t expecting much out of the United Nations Headquarters, but peeing there completed one more step in my plans for global domination.