Your survival could rely on having the Camouflage Redneck Beer Can Belt wrapped around your waist. Yes, it is that important — especially now that we are into football season. You are into football this season, aren’t you?
Carry Your Six Pack with the Camouflage Redneck Beer Can Belt
The Camouflage Redneck Beer Can Belt has many redeeming qualities:
It’s a survival belt for your beer, soda, and other snacks.
The belt can hold six 12-ounce cans of your favorite beverage.
The belt is made of nylon and is super strong.
The belt snaps together, making it easy to strap to your waist.
It fits most adults, no matter the waist size.
You Will Be Envied by All Who See Your Ingenious Beer Can Belt
When your friends, neighbors, or co-workers see you wearing this Camouflage Redneck Beer Can Belt, they will immediately want to know how they can buy one — and you can feel free to tell ’em! You can then demonstrate the utility features of using the pockets to carry other items besides just beer and soda. Even those who do not drink beer or soda will be able to carry their bottled water or other favorite drink in the easy-to-use pockets.
During the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War era, the United States conducted nuclear testing in various areas of the country. In fact, you may have seen the footage filmed in the Nevada desert, which featured various designs of American constructed housing. Inside these homes and buildings, researchers had placed mannequins of men, women, and children manipulated into various positions to simulate the American family. What we didn’t know, nor were we ever told, was that within these walls, these same researchers had placed an assortment of various food commodities and drinks, including beer.
Let me diverge here for a minute and go back to my January 3, 2012, article in which I wrote about How Beer Saved the World and Contributed to Technology. In this article, I alluded to the fact that there was a time when beer and other liquor was a staple of life due to the pollution or scarcity of local water supplies. Surprisingly, even in those early days, it had already been determined that since beer was allowed to ferment and kill off germs such as diphtheria, that it was safer to drink than the water from rivers or wells. In fact, in some cultures, beer was also revered for its medicinal benefits, which were allegedly believed to ward off evil spirits, prevent sickness, and, yes, give the user a buzz. However, as I stated in the article, one needs to expand their imagination in order to accept beer as a lifesaving elixir.
Now, back to the atomic research. When I first read about beer being exposed to an atomic blast, I could immediately relate as to why beer was included as an unknown in the experiment. The idea makes sense for those of us who have served in the US military, because in the service, military personnel have accepted beer as a staple of life. In the current day military, however, beer is considered an inexpensive way to enjoy oneself, as well as the company of others rather than a way to avoid drinking from a polluted water supply. This doesn’t mean that the military is unaware of the history of beer. Even today, it is general knowledge that the waters of most foreign countries can strike a GI with stomach issues, such as diarrhea, which can easily cause any fighting man to pause the fight long enough to answer Mother Nature’s call.
Ba-da-bing, ba-da-kaboom! So how did the beer survive the radiation attack? According to unconfirmed sources, the beer actually suffered minimal effects. This, of course, would make anyone wonder: “What are minimal effects?” Would we be able to drink one beer without any harm, or would drinking a six-pack of beer cause our brains to explode?
It seems like the results of this study would have been released earlier, but there are a few reasons, I think, that might have slowed down the release of this information. First, one might conclude that if beer could survive an atomic bomb, maybe man could, as well. Second, building on that conclusion, some genius might then also conclude that setting off a nuclear missile would not be as detrimental as first thought. Then, last, with our corporate “let’s make a buck at anyone else’s cost” mentality, maybe the military or the CEO of a beverage company may have hoped they could develop a new soft drink they could call Nuka-Cola?
So there you have it. The military researchers have proven that beer could actually survive an atomic blast, yet remain drinkable. Of course, this was the same military establishment that also had US Army troops lie on the ground and watch an atomic blast while reassuring their men that there would be no ill effects.
Over the years, Google has used its technology to change the way that we perceive the future. As a result, it seems that Google, with its introduction of new technology and experiments in futuristic ideas, is constantly finding itself newsworthy.
One of these noteworthy experiences occurred when it opened its Mountain View campus where, instead of using fuel-based lawnmowers, it brought in a herd of goats to keep the grass cut. While at this campus, the company’s out-of-the-box thinking quickly turned it into the leading search engine on the Web. However, it wasn’t satisfied with remaining stagnant and has expanded from merely being a search engine company to becoming its own software developer (think Android and Chrome). Google continues taking the world by storm.
One of its newest software programs is called KegDroid. It was invented by Paul Carff, one of Google’s technology staff. When I first looked at the information provided by Google for this app I was curious how this beer dispenser could be used outside of the home. I determined that for those of us who drink domestic beers, such as Bud or Bud Light, the KegDroid could be used to verify identity in states that require verification before alcohol can be dispensed. I am not referring to areas where law requires the showing of ID to determine one’s age, but rather states like Texas that require you join a club before hoisting a cold one.
My first experience with this concept occurred one evening when my son-in-law and I stopped at a local drinking spot for a burger and a beer. Upon arriving and placing my order, I found that this particular area of Texas required that I fill out a club membership card and present a valid ID prior to being served. Needless to say that, being a Californian, I found the system odd; it had been a good many years since anyone had asked for my ID before allowing me to down a cold one. With that being said, most of you can understand how a technology guru like me might wonder why, in this modern day of computers, anyone would rely on such an archaic system to simply let someone drink a beer with their meal. Bars could find the KegDroid a real asset as it would take the responsibility of identity verification out of the hands of the bartender.
So what is KegDroid and how does it work?
KegDroid is basically an automated beer dispenser that works by identifying you through an ID card system of your choosing. The beer dispenser operates using the Google Android OS and comes complete with a Xoom tablet system.
Once you have cleared your identity with the KegDroid, the machine, which is filled with beer and has a microprocessor, controls the dispensing of the beer. Under the KegDroid is a refrigerator that holds the chilled beer containers and other associated hardware. From the video below, it appears that the KegDroid is fairly straightforward, allowing you to select the type of beer you wish and the size of container you are using. After that, you just pull the handle and the beer is dispensed into the container.
Some suggestions to improve the KegDroid:
Include an IF chip right on the glass.
The reader should be in front of the handle.
Increase the size of the refrigeration unit to hold more brews.
I realize that these modifications may have already been thought of since the KegDroid is a prototype and that means that additional improvements will be forthcoming. Given that, I can see where the KegDroid could become a fixture at any busy bar for the self-service members of the crowd who wish to help themselves to a glass of beer. If this were made available, it would prevent bar lines and/or the need to stand around for a wait-person or bartender during those times when a bar may be packed with patrons. It would most likely also increase bar profits since people wouldn’t get tired of waiting and leave. It is also feasible to assume that the bar would be able to cut the number of waitresses needed to care for patrons, thus reducing overhead costs for the owner.
Futuristically, I can further envision a KegDroid or similar device being equipped with an ID scanner and credit card reader to make your purchase of a beer even more hassle-free.
Is this farfetched? I don’t think so. After all, we have all become accustomed to serving ourselves and an automated beer dispenser will be just one more self-service option to add to our lives. I personally believe that this approach to beer dispensing is not only novel but also one that, with its cool, feature-rich appearance, would be easily accepted by the public. Over all, I think that the KegDroid is something that would attract customers and one that I believe could easily be adapted for use in any pub.
I have to note, however, that the KegDroid does have some competition. Its competitor, also in the prototype phase, is called the KegBot Project. This beer dispenser also uses Android technology to operate the beer dispenser. This project, however, is just that. It appears to be a do-it-yourself type of project for which you can order parts and plans to build your own fully functional computerized keg dispenser.
Is a computer-operated keg going to be part of your life?
Since I have gotten older, I have chosen to basically limit myself to an occasional glass of wine, which means I seldom drink beer. However, on Friday evening, I sat down to watch a Discovery Network documentary entitled How Beer Saved the World (also available to view streaming on Netflix if you have an account). This particular program was quite informative, taking the viewer through an extensive tour of history beginning with an introduction to mankind when it was still in the hunter-gathering stages of existence. The film then continued its progression of history through the Egyptians building the pyramids and finally through the industrial and technological developments of the 21st century. Throughout this romp through history, the producers of the show attempted to solidify their hypothesis that none of this would have been possible without the invention of a limited alcohol beer that saved the masses from drinking contaminated water. The premise was that, without the invention of beer, we would still be living in a cave today.
In my opinion, there are one or two issues that arise here that seem to require quite a stretch of the imagination. The first questionable bit of fuzzy logic revolves around how beer was discovered. According to the documentary producers’ research, they claim that some barley accidentally became immersed in a vessel of water after it was left outside in the elements. This caused the barley to expand, but nothing really noteworthy happened until the barley received another good soaking. The brew continued to ferment until the gatherers returned and discovered the concoction. Its smell intrigued them so they decided to drink the brew, which they continued to enjoy for days afterward because, according to the film, it tasted good. It didn’t hurt, though, that the gatherers quickly discovered that in addition to tasting good, the concoction produced a mild feeling of euphoria.
As we continued our adventure through time, our next stop in the time machine brought us up to the days of the pyramids where the laborers were supposedly paid in beer. Of course, this information is provided by reliable sources, including the testimony of a bar patron, who just happened to be there drinking a beer. According to him, the average stone pusher could have received up to one gallon of beer a day, depending on how much ingenuity and brawn the laborer exhibited. The patron’s knowledge was apparently extensive as he went on to affirm that while providing a mild form of inebriation that made the workers non-combative and gave them a more cooperative attitude, it also appeared to provide them with an increased source of energy.
As civilization progressed throughout time, there was a transition from being a hunter-gatherer society to one that embraced farming, bringing about an agricultural society. Of course to again prove their hypothesis, the producers claim that this transition was due to civilization’s desire to raise barley, the main ingredient needed to produce beer. Though I doubt that barley was the only crop being grown, the documentary only concentrated on barley and the affect it had on beer production. It seems that as the farms grew in size, the farmers then needed to devise a way to determine the size of each farm. The result of this was (again the result of civilization’s desire for beer) the development of some early forms of mathematics. The need for mathematics and beer’s contribution to society continued with the need to develop a means of working the barley fields. That meant that farm implements, needed to bust open the soil, had to be designed, engineered, and developed to meet that need. These developments remained at the forestay of agriculture, all the way up to the invention of harvesting machines.
It has to be noted, however, that while the film was able to hold the viewer’s interest due to some witty and lighthearted moments, some of the facts presented actually demonstrate the importance of beer and its contribution to society. As an example, we have all heard stories of how cholera and diphtheria were spread as the result of contaminated water. These diseases were common in the early years of civilization and all the way through our own country’s pioneer days and it wasn’t until Louis Pasteur stumbled on germs, while investigating the properties of beer, that man realized that germs were harmful to our bodies. Prior to this, people chose to drink fermented beverages without the knowledge that the fermenting process was actually preventing them from intaking the harmful bacteria. So, while they just enjoyed the effects of drinking the beer, they were uninformed as to how the fermenting process was actually killing these deadly bacteria and making the brew safe to drink.
However, the producers went on to attribute Pasteur’s scientific discoveries, which included his discovery of germs and thus penicillin, to the wonders of beer and how civilization’s dependence on it brought us to the brink of our current age. They state that without his interest in beer, Pasteur wouldn’t have discovered penicillin, which for decades was our primary antibiotic and base for the many derivatives that have been developed since. The producers also offered some theories that without the need for beer, America may never have been settled because the Mayflower only landed at Plymouth Rock because its crew had run out of beer and needed fresh sources of water. There is also a supposed statement made by Ben Franklin in which he allegedly stated that beer was proof that God loves us all and wants us all to be happy.
So how has beer contributed to technology? Well, if you have a wonderful and bizarre imagination, you may be able to stretch your reasoning to take hold of the information provided through the documentary’s time machine. That means, however, that you must believe the early cave dwellers left barley out to rot and that their discovery resulted in the formation of an agricultural society that was based on drinking beer rather than on food to feed their families. You must then believe that these farmers chose to measure their fields just to track how much barley each farmer produced, which resulted in a need for the development of early mathematics. In turn, advanced mathematics were needed to weigh, measure, and sell barley to those who produce beer for us today. I guess with that in mind, mathematics could be said to be the root foundation of today’s computers. If you disagree with this conclusion, have a couple of beers and your opinion could change. My personal opinion is that while I found the documentary very entertaining, it was basically little more than a beer infomercial. With this in mind, I still believe that you would enjoy watching it.
In an advance that may give brewers powerful new ability to engineer the flavor and aroma of beer — the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage — scientists are publishing the most comprehensive deciphering of the beer’s “proteome” ever reported. Their report on the proteome (the set of proteins that make beer “beer”) appears in ACS’ monthly Journal of Proteome Research.
Pier Giorgio Righetti and colleagues say they were inspired to do the research by a popular Belgian story, Les Maîtres de l’Orge (The Brew Masters), which chronicles the fortunes of a family of brewers over 150 years. They realized that beer ranks behind only water and tea as the world’s most popular beverage, and yet little research had been done to identify the full set of proteins that make up beer. Those proteins, they note, play a key role in the formation, texture, and stability of the foamy “head” that drinkers value so highly. Nevertheless, scientists had identified only a dozen beer proteins, including seven from the barley used to make beer and two from yeast.
They identified 20 barley proteins, 40 proteins from yeast, and two proteins from corn, representing the largest-ever portrait of the beer proteome. “These findings might help brewers in devising fermentation processes in which the release of yeast proteins could be minimized, if such components could alter the flavor of beer, or maximized in case of species improving beer’s aroma,” the report notes.
A chemical analysis of the bones of ancient Nubians shows that they were regularly consuming tetracycline, most likely in their beer. The finding is the strongest evidence yet that the art of making antibiotics, which officially dates to the discovery of penicillin in 1928, was common practice nearly 2,000 years ago.
“We tend to associate drugs that cure diseases with modern medicine,” Armelagos says. “But it’s becoming increasingly clear that this prehistoric population was using empirical evidence to develop therapeutic agents. I have no doubt that they knew what they were doing.”
Armelagos is a bioarcheologist and an expert on prehistoric and ancient diets. In 1980, he discovered what appeared to be traces of tetracycline in human bones from Nubia dated between A.D. 350 and 550, populations that left no written record. The ancient Nubian kingdom was located in present-day Sudan, south of ancient Egypt.
Armelagos and his fellow researchers later tied the source of the antibiotic to the Nubian beer. The grain used to make the fermented gruel contained the soil bacteria streptomyces, which produces tetracycline. A key question was whether only occasional batches of the ancient beer contained tetracycline, which would indicate accidental contamination with the bacteria.
Nelson, a leading expert in tetracycline and other antibiotics, became interested in the project after hearing Armelagos speak at a conference. “I told him to send me some mummy bones, because I had the tools and the expertise to extract the tetracycline,” Nelson says. “It’s a nasty and dangerous process. I had to dissolve the bones in hydrogen fluoride, the most dangerous acid on the planet.”
The results stunned Nelson. “The bones of these ancient people were saturated with tetracycline, showing that they had been taking it for a long time,” he says. “I’m convinced that they had the science of fermentation under control and were purposely producing the drug.”
Even the tibia and skull belonging to a 4-year-old were full of tetracycline, suggesting that they were giving high doses to the child to try and cure him of illness, Nelson says.
Even the tibia and skull belonging to a 4-year-old were full of tetracycline, suggesting that they were giving high doses to the child to try and cure him of illness, Nelson says.
The first of the modern day tetracyclines was discovered in 1948. It was given the name auereomycin, after the Latin word “aerous,” which means containing gold. “Streptomyces produce a golden colony of bacteria, and if it was floating on a batch of beer, it must have look pretty impressive to ancient people who revered gold,” Nelson theorizes.
The ancient Egyptians and Jordanians used beer to treat gum disease and other ailments, Armelagos says, adding that the complex art of fermenting antibiotics was probably widespread in ancient times, and handed down through generations.
The chemical confirmation of tetracycline in ancient bones is not the end of the story for Armelagos. He remains enthused after more than three decades on the project. “This opens up a whole new area of research,” he says. “Now we’re going to compare the amount of tetracycline in the bones, and bone formation over time, to determine the dosage that the ancient Nubians were getting.”
Regular beer — but not light beer or other types of alcohol — appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing psoriasis, according to a report posted online today that will be published in the December print issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
“Psoriasis is a common immune-mediated skin disease,” the authors write as background information in the article. “The association between alcohol consumption and increased risk of psoriasis onset and psoriasis worsening has long been suspected. For example, individuals with psoriasis drink more alcohol than individuals without psoriasis, and alcohol intake may exacerbate psoriasis severity.”
For other diseases, type of alcoholic beverage has been shown to influence risk — for instance, beer confers a larger risk for gout than wine or spirits. To evaluate the association between different types of alcohol and psoriasis risk, Abrar A. Qureshi, M.D., M.P.H., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, assessed data from 82,869 women who were age 27 to 44 years in 1991. The women, participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II, reported the amount and type of alcohol they consumed on biennial questionnaires. They also reported whether they had received a diagnosis of psoriasis.
Through 2005, 1,150 cases of psoriasis developed, 1,069 of which were used for analysis. Compared with women who did not drink alcohol, the risk of psoriasis was 72 percent greater among women who had an average of 2.3 drinks per week or more. When beverages were assessed by type, there was an association between non-light beer drinking and psoriasis, such that women who drank five or more beers per week had a risk for the condition that was 1.8 times higher. Light beer, red wine, white wine and liquor were not associated with psoriasis risk.
When only confirmed psoriasis cases — those in which women provided more details about their condition on a seven-item self-assessment — were considered, the risk for psoriasis was 2.3 times higher for women who drank five or more beers per week than women who did not drink beer.
“Non-light beer was the only alcoholic beverage that increased the risk for psoriasis, suggesting that certain non-alcoholic components of beer, which are not found in wine or liquor, may play an important role in new-onset psoriasis,” the authors write. “One of these components may be the starch source used in making beer. Beer is one of the few non-distilled alcoholic beverages that use a starch source for fermentation, which is commonly barley.” Barley and other starches contain gluten, to which some individuals with psoriasis show a sensitivity. Lower amounts of grain are used to make light beer as compared with non-light beer, potentially explaining why light beer was not associated with psoriasis risk, they note.
“Women with a high risk of psoriasis may consider avoiding higher intake of non-light beer,” the authors conclude. “We suggest conducting further investigations into the potential mechanisms of non-light beer inducing new-onset psoriasis.”
I’ll admit that I don’t know anything about wine. I’ve tried to enjoy it, but for some reason I just can’t get into it right now. Maybe my taste for wine will be developed some years down the road, however, I’ll stick with beer for the time being. Yes, beer is a different story. I enjoy many different types of beer, but you won’t find me looking at wine or swirling a glass of it. In an effort to counteract my bad feelings for wine, I’ve tried to do a little bit of research online about different types of wine and what makes a good wine. I’m learning a lot, and one thing is for sure – the online communities of wine lovers take their alcoholic beverage of choice very seriously. Vinivino is one such community that has an obsession with wine.Â
As a user, you can list all of the wines that you have on your account, and this can be a useful feature for people that actually have more than just one bottle of wine at any given time. You’ll also be able to review wines that you’ve tasted, but don’t think that this is only a service for selfish wine aficionados. By reading reviews and recommendations from the Vinivino community, you’ll learn a lot and possibly find that undiscovered wine that makes you appreciate wine even more.
We teach our children how to use computers, to find interesting subjects on the Internet, to use the Internet to help them in their studies and now to locate sources of cooling entertainment. Actually the last one the kids have learned on their own. Our children are using Google Earth to find homes with swimming pools. The kids gather on social networking sites like My Space and setup pool parties. The homeowners return home to find their pool area littered with beer cans.
It is kind of funny if you are not a pool owner who’s privacy has been invaded. The gatecrashes are described in the article as:
The rules of ‘dipping’ often include wearing fancy dress and participants are urged to ‘bring a bike’ to escape if discovered.
There are fears that the craze could spread across the UK as the weather improves and pool owners leave their homes unattended while on holiday.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said yesterday: ‘We are advising owners of swimming pools to be on their guard.
‘We would also warn prospective swimmers that using someone else’s pool is trespassing and therefore illegal.’
Though the original story is centered in the UK, I am sure this sort of activity will spread to other countries. I would find it hard to believe if this is not going on in the US already. If it hasn’t it soon will be. As we approach the hot days of summer, those cool swimming pool waters will be calling the youth to gather.
I did recall a story several years ago in which a couple woke up in San Diego to find a family of illegals, not swimming, but bathing in their pool. But that’s another story.
If I had to choose between beer and wine, beer would win every single time because I just haven’t developed a taste for wine at this point in my life. I’ve tried a few different wines, but so far there hasn’t been one that really hit the spot for me. I may be uneducated about wine, but there are plenty of wine aficionados out there that are on top of things and can identify the unique characteristics that differentiate one wine from another. This is easier said than done, and with wine becoming more popular these days, you’ll probably want to turn to an expert who can help guide you through the complex world of wine, and there is no better guide than Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV.
Gary’s enthusiasm about wine is contagious, and whether you’re a wine newbie, expert, or something in-between, Gary’s Wine Library TV video blog will take you along for the ride as he does some wine tasting and discusses other issues related to wine. There’s obviously a lot more to wine than just drinking it, and Wine Library TV will have you sounding like you know what you’re talking about in no time at all, however, with Gary’s help, you won’t just know wine, you’ll understand it.
I’ve tried to get into wine before, but when it comes to alcoholic beverages, I prefer beer (in moderation, of course). For a lot of wine drinkers, wine isn’t just something that you buy and drink in the same way that you buy a soda and finish it in three gulps. Instead, wine is meant to be experienced, enjoyed, and appreciated. There are so many subtleties between different types of wines, and you really have to learn about them if you wish to carry on a conversation with a wine aficionado. Snooth will give you some help, but more than anything, it’ll provide you with some tasty wine recommendations in a social way.
Search for whatever you’re interested in and then filter the results to better match what you want. The site contains information on hundreds of thousands of wines and millions of reviews from professionals and regular people like you and I, so if you can’t find anything that you like here, then you truly must be a wine snob. Once you’ve rated at least five wines, you’ll begin to receive personalized wine recommendations which could prove to be useful the next time that you wish to purchase a new bottle.
Twitter is one of the coolest Web services to be unleashed on the public in quite some time, and it’s replaced “real” blogging for a lot of people. Due to the availability of their API, developers have been able to build a number of interesting tools that tap into the Twitterverse, and since Twitter is such a simple concept at its core, it’s neat to see how it’s being expanded by outsiders. For example, have you ever heard someone say that they owe another person a beer? With Twitter and Foamee, you’ll be able to keep track of these serious verbal contracts.
Foamee may not be affiliated with Twitter, but the two services work together very well. By simply sending a message to the Foamee username that specifies the person and the reason for owing them a beer, the site will keep track of who you owe a beer and who owes you a beer. These beers can even be marked as being redeemed through the service, which is pretty fancy. This isn’t the most important thing to ever be developed on the Internet, but it doesn’t have to be, and I’m sure its uniqueness will draw people in. If that doesn’t work, then the awesome merchandise will.
In the world of alcoholic beverages, one genre stands out from the wines and champagnes of this world, and its name is beer. Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht have popularized beer in a weird technological way by drinking various brews on Diggnation. Beer has been around for a long time, but their seemingly simple act of drinking and talking about it on the show has brought the beverage some interesting attention and helped to make it Beer 2.0’ish. Well, stranger things have happened. In this day and age, social networking sites are springing up that deal with just about everything, and straight from the draft comes Coastr, which is a network that’s solely dedicated to beer.
The site is simple and to the point, and really, isn’t that what you want when you’re looking for information about beer? You’ll find a variety of beers to add to your taste test list, and the site also catalogues places to drink beer. A good first step would be to start with the most popular items and then work your way into the more obscure listings once you feel a little more comfortable with Coastr. As always, remember to drink responsibly.
[tags]Coastr, Alcoholic Beverages, Beer, Kevin Rose, Alex Albrecht, Diggnation, Social Networking[/tags]
Over the past few months, I have seen a number of things being done with Google Maps that have caught my eye. Some of the most notable examples would include: Frapper (only displays 100 listings by default), a yacht race, Seattle real estate, and my favorite of the bunch, Beer Hunter. Granted, I don’t drink anymore. Yet the concept about being able to boot up the PC in a drunken stupor to find an open bar is pretty funny in a bizarre sort of way. Continue reading “Googling For A Brewski!”