Various & Sundry
Zoë Update: She is fully recovered and so full of energy I may bring her to the U.S. Patent Office as proof of concept for a perpetual motion machine. She is still a work in progress behavior-wise. Yesterday I called home and the Fair Jessica informed me that Zoë ate “at least one, maybe two rolls of toilet paper.” Even for a dog, that seems to get the proper order backwards. We are now pretty much entirely convinced she is a Carolina Dog, a.k.a. the American Dingo. These pictures seem to settle the question. So now whenever she misbehaves we tell her she’s “such a dingo.” Maybe that’s unfair to dingos, but there it is. Recommendation!
:A new G-File feature! As we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. A corollary to this truism: With a widely read self-indulgent newsletter comes great opportunities. So I’ve decided I’m going to start recommending products, and services I like. Why not? I’m often asked for cigar and booze recommendations, why not offer them? If I can help support businesses I like, why shouldn’t I? And, if I can get people to send me free samples of stuff, why not? (For what it’s worth, I will always disclose such things. Hopefully such disclosures will read like this: “The Bentley I drove was given to me by the manufacturer and it was awesome!”).
Anyway, this week’s recommendations: Double Premium Confections. As part of my ongoing weight loss program, I’ve taken to eating dark chocolate on occasion. I stumbled on their (dark) chocolate bar with sea salt and almonds at the cash register at the Organic Butcher (a fantastic butcher shop in Virginia). Since then, my wife, daughter, and I have fallen in love with pretty much their entire line.
Cigar of the week: A. Flores 1975 Gran Reserva, my favorite cigar of late.
Hey, this is a two-way street. The fair Jess and I are going to be in San Francisco and Napa Valley in July. I was very disappointed to discover the window for reservations for French Laundry have already closed. But if you have other restaurant recommendations, please let me know.
My column from Friday asking “So what?” if Judd Apatow movies or video games inspired a deranged psychopath.
Kevin Williamson on why NR is irreplaceable!
Expect to hear a lot more about this in the years ahead: the insurance implications of driverless cars.
Excellent dog texts.
Ideas for a photo shoot on the set of Mad Dogs & Englishmen.
Dissertations as click bait.
Thirteen words that stymied spelling bee finalists
Twenty-six movies from the villain’s perspective
You would think every single Nick Cage laugh ever would be more awesome than this.
How civilizations fall, in a school field-day notice: “The competitive urge to win will be kept at a minimum.”
It’s about time! Drinkable sunscreen! Now all they need to do is come up with drinkable mosquito repellent.
They’ve got wood! The 13 coolest objects made of wood.
Bonus: Man crafts wooden Volkswagen Beetle.
The vocal ranges of the world’s greatest singers
21 ways to open a beer bottle.
Godzilla improves everything.