Author Archive: Eric San Juan

Lorde’s sophomore effort is a surprising triumph and an instant favorite

The new Lorde record is a surprising dose of satisfaction cloaked in misleading party garb. I was among those totally sucked into the Lorde orbit when she first hit the scene a few years back. “Royals” was catchy, sure, but the full record was miles better than one catchy single, packed with minimalist music, subversive lyrics of the kind only a teen could write – and while that sounds like a subtle insult, it’s not – and anti-pop pop. I loved it. But man, I had misgivings about the new record. The first single, “Green Light,” lived and died on a big dance thump and a heard-it-done-it fast piano riff. Wasn’t helped by a video of Lorde dancing on a fancy car in a short…
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Busting 5 Persistent Beer Myths

Beer = serious business. It would be an outrage to let misinformation float around beer circles, just an OUTRAGE, so rather than risk hordes of beer nerds taking to the streets or me having a small conniption or panic attack or something after hearing someone get something wrong about beer (see also), I’m going to debunk a few common beer myths that get passed around even in today’s Beer! Beer! Beer! world. Because the only thing better than sharing your love for something like beer, hopefully with some good friends, is getting a chance to play “I told you so” and know-it-all for faceless Internet people. (I might be exaggerating. Maybe.) Beer In A Hot Car Will Skunk This one goes back to just about…
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How To Pest-Proof Your Garden

Contributed Post Image Source Having a garden gives you your own private escape into nature where you can watch the birds and squirrels and foxes and other wonderful wildlife. However, gardens also attract other unwanted critters. These ‘pests’ are the types that want to eat your plants or bite and sting you or steal food from your kitchen. Getting rid of them may require hiring pest control, but there are many DIY approaches to getting rid of such pests. Here are a few ways of getting rid of the most common critters in the garden. Slugs and snails These slimy intruders are the bane of anyone that owns a vegetable patch. There are plenty of pesticides that you can get to deter slugs and snails,…
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My Handy Rant About The Human Body

Image Link Health is a fascinating, time consuming somewhat irritating subject. Let me explain. One of the most fascinating things about health is that the human body is like a machine. It has lots of little bits and pieces with cogs turning that make it run. That’s pretty cool, but what’s irritating is that like a machine, parts break down and may stop working completely. Now, that in itself is just a fact of life. But there are some cases where things go wrong, and the doctor has no idea what causes them. When a machine breaks down, there’s always a reason, a cause. We can discover that cause because we know that somewhere out there’s the producer or developer that created that machine. But,…
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Crafting Authenticity, Why Dry Cider Is Making A Comeback In America

Contributed Post American cider has always been hit, and miss with the general public and Irish and English ciders have taken precedent. The traditions of cider brewing have long since been passed down from generation to generation in the island of Ireland. Irish ciders have been a prominent favorite with consumers because the brewing techniques have been able to create smooth, punchy and bittersweet alcoholic beverages without a cheap aftertaste. English ciders have been giving the Irish a run for their money as Somerset brewed ciders like Thatchers Gold is becoming widely acclaimed for making vintage ciders. However, the American market is not used to high volume percentages and likes something a little flatter; which is where dry cider comes into the fray. Although hard…
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