by Anura Guruge
I wrote about this event last year — but didn’t end up making it. Can’t remember why.
Because I wrote about it, I got this e-mail from their IL-based PR company yesterday. The event appeals to me — it is just the cold. First Night in Portsmouth was enough cold for me — to last the year!
The 3S Artspace Mission looks worthy and I am all in favor of even more artistic initiatives in Portsmouth.
Plus I just love buffalo and bison. The thought of bison sausage is making my mouth water already.
WHAT: After the overwhelming turnout for Polar Grill Fest in 2012 and in 2013, with sell-out crowds of over 2,500 enthusiastic New Englanders each year—and a few slightly confused out-of-towners—The Meat House and Redhook Brewery will once again be firing up the grills and shoveling snow to make way for the event’s local vendors and bands, activities, and plenty of cold beer and fresh grilled meats. Rolling out bison products for the first time in Portsmouth & York Meat House locations, The Bison Council will be grilling up bison sausages and offering health and cooking tips to those braving the artic temperatures.
Open to all ages, with a $5 entrance fee, Polar Grill Fest will be raising funds for 3S Artspace, a local non-profit dedicated to presenting and supporting contemporary artists and their work in order to stimulate the artistic community and creatively engage and educate the public. All proceeds from the event, including a percentage of all vendor sales, will benefit 3S Artspace in their vision to support the arts through education, engaging and showcasing local artists, and providing the foundation and outlets to accommodate them.
WHERE: Redhook Brewery is located at 1 Redhook Way Portsmouth, NH 03801
WHEN: January 25, 2014 from 12noon – 5pm
WHO: Portsmouth’s own Redhook Brewery, The Meat House & The Bison Council
P.S., Just as I railed about last year, they still have an unreasonable very high FEE for buying tickets online. This is crazy today. So many places, e.g., Loudon ‘Gift of Lights’, now offer FREE print-at-home ticketing. This sure is a negative for me. In the last 6 weeks I must have bought 4 sets of tickets online, all with instant, no-fee, print-at-home. I refuse to pay this crazy fee.
I Fully Appreciate That Net Neutrality Is Very Un-American, But Obama, If He Has Any Kahunas Left, Should Make IT His Legacy.
by Anura Guruge
>> Net Neutrality is dead — Jan. 15, 2014.
I think, that better than most, I understand and appreciate the thorny dilemma of Net Neutrality.
I LOVE Net Neutrality, and am willing to fight for it, WHILE at the same time knowing that it is very Un-American and that in most of my other dealings in life I would rail against it!
Net Neutrality cut to the chase says that on the Web you should NOT have to PAY MORE to get better service.
That is it.
WITHOUT Net Neutrality it would be possible for service providers, especially the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), to charge differentiated prices for better access — i.e., faster access.
No different to airlines charging you a fee to have priority boarding or Disney charging you more to get into shorter lines for the rides. That is what this is all about.
Without Net Neutrality you can suddenly find that a Google search takes forever to complete UNLESS you have a ‘Premium Google’ account with your ISP which costs $5/month more.
So, it is PAY TO PLAY.
What is funny is that I keep on remembering an incident from 16 years ago where I kept on RANTING about how Un-American it was.
I applaud that. Thank YOU the Getty Family. And that is Net Neutrality. ‘Free’ unimpeded access.
But, I railed and ranted. I wanted to PAY to get faster access. Not being able to say pay $50 and get whisked into the Museum, to me, was Un-American.
In third-world countries you have Baksheesh — i.e., bribes. In the U.S. we have differentiated payment for better access — which is really another form of Baksheesh.
So, that in a nutshell is the dilemma.
The Getty is still free. So is the Web.
But is that too Un-American?
On this I am torn. Yes, I will pay more for faster access IF it came to that — as we know it will.
That we don’t have USAGE-BASED pricing on the Internet has always bothered ME.
I think there is too much bandwidth squandering today.
PLUS, most people have NO IDEA, whatsoever, as to how the Internet gets funded.
When I used to teach Post-Graduate IT at SNHU my first assignment for each course would be for the students to write an essay on how the Internet was funded and whether the funding was equitable. Amazing how so many folks, with a degree in IT, had no idea as to who paid for Internet access and use.
Obama could fix Net Neutrality with an Executive Order. He may want to think about that because he has no other legacy — other than his lies and incompetence.
Net Neutrality, for sure, is socialism on the Web.
Well, at least Obama can have the last laugh and prove that he is indeed a socialist by making Net Neutrality the law for at least a few months — until Chris Christie becomes President. Then of course lane closures on the Web could take on a whole different meaning.
“You didn’t vote for me?”
“OK, your will only have 64 Kbps Internet access from now on.”
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Should Still Be Good In January, February Or Even Into March 2014.
by Anura Guruge
>> N.H. Liquor Store Portsmouth still
>> has Beaujolais Nouveau — Dec. 27, 2013.
>> Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 REVIEW
>> — Nov. 21, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘Nouveau‘ for ALL the 2012 & 2013 posts
and there were many >>>>
On Monday of this week I was surprised to see that Market Basket in Concord had about 6 bottles of the 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau tucked away on one of their end-cap shelves. Wow. It was still marked at the original $10.99 price.
Got me thinking. There is NO REASON not to buy a bottle or two even now.
I drank my second bottle earlier this week. It was still outstanding. IF anything it wasn’t as tart, i.e., it was real gentle on the palate.
That Beaujolais Nouveau turns to vinegar in a few months is not really the case. As I just said I drank a 2013 bottle earlier this week — and it was FINE, just as I had expected it to be. This is NOT the first time I have drunk Beaujolais Nouveau in January or February.
In some past years the N.H. Liquor Store would start discounting the Nouveau come the next year. IF I happened to see such a mark-down I was known to typically grab some. I have never been disappointed. But, yes, this can be vintage dependent — though I am fairly sure that today’s vinters do put some amount of ‘preservatives’ into the Nouveau to keep it stable on the long, bumpy trip over the U.S. of A. So, I think that helps.
Bottom line, if you see a bottle grab it, especially if it has been discounted. It is worth the risk. I can’t see it getting too ‘tart’ this quickly. Have a glass and say ‘Cheers to the Good Life’.