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June 20, 2007

Pizza Beer — Why wait till June 29th when you can have one now?


Not with beer — Pizza Beer.

Here's this past Monday's UPI story.

    Pizza Beer Only The Beginning

    Salsa Beer, Curry Beer, Oatmail Raisin Cookie Beer Also On Tap

    A Chicago-area man who operates a brewery in his garage has experienced a breakthrough in "culinary brewing" — the creation of pizza beer.

    Tom Seefurth said his pizza brew, which one Aurora, Ill., restaurant now serves as Mamma Mia Pizza Beer, contains tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano, giving it a taste and smell reminiscent of its solid-food namesake, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

    Seefurth said his experiments in "culinary brewing" also led to the development of salsa beer, curry beer and even oatmeal raisin cookie beer. He said his largest obstacle in getting people to drink his creations is convincing them not to prejudge.

    "The pizza beer is not for the Saturday night bowling alley," Seefurth said. "But it will appeal to a wide range of people if they keep an open mind."

    Seefurth said he is seeking a deal with a regional brewery to get the beverage on tap in local Italian restaurants.



Make mine a double — pepperoni mushroom.

June 20, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

File under 'I like to watch'


Above, evidence from the June 11, 2007 issue of Business Week magazine that the Chauncy Gardner syndrome bestrides the Internet like a colossus.

[via GRO, my redoubtable Parkville, Missouri correspondent]

June 20, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Got Wood? Meet Livio De Marchi of Venice, Italy


Mr. Livio De Marchi (above) just loves wood.


His house (above) and everything in it is made of 100% wood.


Everything is solid wood.


Even the books on the shelves are wooden.


Yes, it is all wooden!


He lives in Venice, Italy and drives around in his wooden car (boat!).


[via Tatiana's cookiemonster, freshgasflow.com and ourcrazyplanet.com]

June 20, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

bookofjoe MoneyMaker™ — How to move that FSBO


Full disclosure: All credit for this one goes to realtor Ed Brownfield, listing agent for a house (above) for sale located at 1329 Rugby Road in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I was browsing one of those throwaway real estate magazines yesterday while I waited for my iced latte at Foods Of All Nations when for no real reason I read the small print and came upon this final sentence: "Visit www.1329rugbyrd.com for more information."


If you're selling a house, simply buy the domain name with your address — I promise you it'll be available — and put up a page with all manner of wonderful details showing off your property to its very best advantage to people anywhere on our blue planet who happen to be surfing the web.

If you're using a realtor and she/he won't/can't do it, get another agent.

It's like Terry-Thomas said about playing the lottery: "You know you won't win — but you might."

Yo, Ed — my commission's negotiable.

June 20, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Beersicle — Beer on a Stick


It's the new new thing but regulators in Virginia aim to nip it in the Bud — as it were.

Here's yesterday's Associated Press story by Matthew Barakat.

    Beer on a Stick Grabs Regulators' Attention

    It might be one of the great alcoholic innovations of the 21st century — the frozen beer pop, served by an Alexandria restaurateur and bar owner in a variety of sizes and flavors like "Raspbeer-y" and "fudgesicle."

    But state regulators say the beer-sicles run afoul of rules governing the serving and pouring of beer.

    The story of the frozen beer pop began last week at Rustico Restaurant, where executive chef Frank Morales began selling the frozen treats to customers looking for a more adult way to beat the heat.

    After weeks of testing several hundred beer varieties to find flavors that taste good on a stick, Rustico finally settled on three flavors: "Raspbeer-y," made with a Belgian, fruit-style beer; "Plum," made from a Belgian Lambic brew; and the "Fudgesicle," made with a stout with bittersweet chocolate undertones. He plans to offer other flavors on a rotating basis.

    The beer pops sell for $4 in the six-ounce size, shaped like a traditional Popsicle, and $6 for a larger "beer cone."

    The company put out a press release, and an Associated Press reporter placed a call to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, asking whether a frozen beer would pose any regulatory problems.

    Philip Disharoon, special agent in charge of the Alexandria division of the Virginia ABC, said beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately to a customer once it is poured from its original container.

    "If we're talking about taking a beer and pouring it from a bottle or a keg into some sort of mold and freezing it, then that product is not legal," Disharoon said. He planned to send an agent to investigate.

    Amber Pfau, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said Tuesday that the restaurant's beer manager, Greg Engert, was researching ways to ensure that the beer pops comply with Virginia regulations. The products are 100 percent frozen beer; Pfau said they might change the recipe or change how the pops are served to bring them into compliance.

    But Disharoon said he could not envision a way in which beer pops could be legal. Altering the recipe would not make a difference, he said, because the rules are designed to ensure that regulators can track the beer.

    "I would have no way of knowing where the beer product came from," he said.

    Pfau said the restaurant staff is confident that the beer pop will survive regulatory scrutiny. Many of the restaurant's menu items are prepared with beer, and they don't see how the beer pop is any different.

    "We are still going ahead with the beer pops," she said.


The dcist called them "Hops on Pop."

Wanna vote?

No problema.

Cast your ballot here.

June 20, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Mystery of Xof: Solved


Last evening I got to wondering exactly who was concealed behind the Xof scrim, so I woke my crack research team from its collective stupor and asked them to see what they could see.

Then I went to sleep.

    Hey, joe — are your eyes closed?


    'Cause you must be dreaming.


Never mind.

When I awoke this morning there they were, all sprawled out on the floor or slumped over their desks.

But beaming from their computer screens was the smiling visage up top.

Who's this? said I.

Turns out the he's none other than Christophe Michot, "a French photographer now located in San Francisco."


More: "His photography is dedicated to extreme action sports...."

Probably not the guy to call for a photo essay about my crack research team: the only thing extreme about them is how much they're paid in proportion to how little they do.

But I digress.

How did my clever folk figure out Christophe Michot is indeed "Xof?"

Look under "Links" below:


Simply retrace the thread through the labyrinth and voila — DigitalFreak.

Yeah, joe, but how did your team know where to find the thread?

You know very well you're not cleared for that.

But I'll tell you anyway: in the spirit of the great Greg Egan, they invoked Theseus.


If you click on DigitalFreak (not in my illustration, silly billy — here — you'll find yourself at the home of yesterday's "Idiot Winner of the Year — Book of Joe" screed.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Except let's all give a warm bookofjoe welcome to my new San Francisco correspondent, Christophe Michot.

June 20, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

bookofjoe says 'Hallo' to his Norwegian readers


All of a sudden I got big — real big — in Norway.



June 20, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

School touching ban to be strictly enforced: 'No high-fives'

That's right.

Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Virginia (a Washington, D.C. suburb) has instituted a prohibition against any and all physical contact "so strict that students can be sent to the principal's office for hugging, holding hands or even high-fiving."

Yesterday's Associated Press story has the details, and follows.

    Fairfax School Bans All Touching

    A rule against physical contact at a Fairfax County middle school is so strict that students can be sent to the principal's office for hugging, holding hands or high-fiving.

    Some Washington-area schools ban fighting or inappropriate touching, but Kilmer Middle School in Vienna bans all touching. Some parents are lobbying for a change.

    Hugging was Hal Beaulieu's crime when he sat next to his girlfriend at lunch a few months ago and put his arm around her shoulder.

    He was given a warning but told that repeat missteps could lead to detention.

    "I think hugging is a good thing," said Hal, a seventh-grader. "I put my arm around her. It was like for 15 seconds. I didn't think it would be a big deal."

    But at a school of 1,100 students that was meant to accommodate 850, school officials believe some touching can turn into a big deal.

    They have seen pokes lead to fights, gang signs in the form of handshakes, or girls who are uncomfortable being hugged but embarrassed to say anything.

    "You get into shades of gray," Kilmer principal Deborah Hernandez said. "The kids say, 'If he can high-five, then I can do this.'"

    Hernandez said the rule is meant to ensure that all students are comfortable and crowded hallways and lunchrooms stay safe. Typically, only repeat offenders are reprimanded.

    But such a strict policy doesn't seem reasonable to 13-year-old Hal and his parents, who have written a letter to the county school board asking for a review of the rule.

    Hugging is encouraged in their home, and their son has been taught to greet someone with a handshake.

    Hal said he feels he knows what's appropriate and what's not.'

    "I think you should be able to shake hands, high-five and maybe a quick hug," he said. "Making out goes too far."


That boy's gonna go a long way — dare I say "far?"

In the meantime, how about someone starting an online petition to change the school's name.

I'm thinking Hammer Middle School has a nice ring to it.

U can't touch this.

June 20, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

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