I'm going to recharge my creative batteries for a bit this month and step away from regular blogging. I might pop up here and there if the mood strikes me, but expect regular coverage to come back July 1st...
Election season means that we're treated to a lot of talk about 'election interference' and that means that the streaming services of your choice have dropped a relevant documentary or two and sure enough, Netflix has two ready to go that deal with more or less similar topics, so I decided to watch them both. One of the weird things about 2020 is that so many things have happened the year that other things that were a big deal at the time either fade from your memory entirely or just get lost in the distant memories of that time before this decades long year. The Cambridge Analytica scandal was kicking around a little bit since 2015-- when The Guardian noted that they were harvesting data from millions- yes millions of Facebook accounts without their consent to build big data analytics for Ted Cruz's campaign for President in 2016. It should therefore be no surprise to anyone that they switched teams in short order, helped the Trump Campaign and then went on to work on
Please enjoy Part 11 of Murder In Kinmen , 'A Bookstore In Matsu': Pei-Shan's irritation at the world, in general, seemed to be a constant companion these days and the trip to Matsu followed by the exhaustive process of finding a rental car and then directions to the bookstore had neither improved her mood nor lessened her irritation by one iota. As she crested a hell at the north end of the island, she began to swear. "Great! It's a dead-end and there's still no sign of this damn place." She sighed. There was no other choice: she'd have to head back into town- but as she reached the end of the narrow, country lane and began to turn around, she finally saw what she was looking for: a worn, weatherbeaten sign for the bookstore that had been half-hidden by a shrub pointing at a dirt path that sloped down toward the shore. Pei-Shan parked the car off to the side of the road, neither knowing nor caring whether it was an actual parking space or not. She sla
Well, I didn't expect to find it so soon, but I think I've found it: a tiki drink that isn't really my cup of tea- and that's the Jungle Bird. I didn't pull the recipe out of Smuggler's Cove this time, so I can't guarantee that there aren't key differences that might change my opinion on this drink, but I did find a recipe on Liquor.com that seems to be pretty standard across the internet: 1.5 oz dark rum 0.75 oz Campari 0.50 oz Demerara syrup 1.5 oz fresh pineapple juice 0.50 oz fresh lime juice 1. Fill a mixing glass three-quarters with ice, and add all of the ingredients. 2. Shake until chilled for about 30 seconds. 3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice cubes or one large piece of ice and add the garnish. (Which in this case is a pineapple wedge.) Created in 1978 at the Aviary Bar of the Kuala Lumpur Hilton ( which is still there today and getting really good reviews on Tripadvisor, if you happen to be in Malaysia anytime soon .) the Jungle Bird is p