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I have four grape vines. I’m expecting (hoping/praying for) big things from them this year, since it’s their third year. Everything looks good so far, with lots of bunches growing. They’re all edible grapes, however. Nothing good for wine. If you’re into the grape/wine scene, however, there’s a publication just for you: Country Folks Wine & Grape Grower. It looks decent.


Some drinking advice from the Life Advice Lamp: “Want to save money when you’re out drinking? Donate blood first.”And: “Want to be popular at a bar? Tell people that you’re the owner of the bar and their drinks are on the house.” And: “Want to drink and drive? Do it during the night while the cops are sleeping.”


With the alarming assortment of beers coming on the market, this could eventually be one of the neatest websites of the decade: Beer Viz:

If you’re looking for a new brew to try, or just want to expand your palate a little bit, Beer Viz asks you a couple of questions about the beer you already enjoy and presents you with a plethora of alternatives that might suit you nicely. It’s kind of like Pandora for beer.

To get started, select the strength of beer you’re interested in (light, medium, dark), and select whether you’d like to explore similar beers by aroma, taste, appearance, or overall (selected by default, and takes them all into consideration). From there, you’re presented with a map to various beers in the category, organized by color and family so you can see which ones are like each other by type, and then with lines connecting the ones that are similar by taste, aroma, or the other parameters you selected. The size of the dot next to the beer’s name indicates its popularity among beer drinkers, and you can hover over a beer’s name with your mouse to read details about it, including its percent alcohol-by-volume, and its overall rating.

I tried it briefly. I can’t say I was greatly impressed, but there’s potential.