The Table of Alcohol (Infographic)

Depending on where you go to school, university and college students are back to class either this week or next following their winter breaks. Back at UWO, we used to call the first week back “Frost Week.” It was classes during the week and like a return to Frosh Week at night. Of course, any return to the grand days of Frosh Week means that a few drinks will be consumed to help you warm up on those cold winter nights.

That’s where this infographic comes in. It’s the periodic table of cocktails. If you want to know what’s mixed into various cocktails and how strong they are, the table has the answer for you. Continue reading

Sunday Link-Off: Summer Sizzler

It’s time for the Sunday links right before Labour Day. And since you can’t wear white after Labour Day (or something like that), here’s Kate Winslet wearing white.

Last week, we looked at how to pair wine with food. Well, you can also pair beer with food. (Wall Street Journal)

If you want to watch the next Yankees/Red Sox game, I’d think about skipping the beer and go for coffee instead. These two teams officially play baseball’s most inexplicably long games. (New York Times)

Fred Taylor signed a one-day contract with Jacksonville so he could retire a Jaguar. But how exactly does a one-day contract work? Barry Petchesky investigates the answer to a question I’ve never heard anyone ask. After reading this, you’ll wonder why nobody asked before. (Deadspin)

After the jump, who you’ll meet in university, how Vince McMahon’s money can actually save wrestling, and Clarkson talks about Halo. Continue reading

Lowdown BlogCast Classic: September 8, 2007

As we close in on the third anniversary of the debut of The Lowdown radio show, here is the pilot episode that somehow got us on air. Amazingly, despite us dragging two topics out for about 27 minutes, we somehow were described as humourous and likeable with excellent production value . (Ironically, two-and-a-half years later, someone else had the exact opposite opinion of us which was also the exact opposite opinion of most feedback we get. We were also told to up scripting in our original feedback which we never did but somehow our scripted-sounding lack of scripting somehow got us dumped.) Anyway, on this episode, the boys give a quick overview of what the show is all about before diving into a discussion about whether lectures should be recorded and posted online for students. Talk moves on to the now infamous Vanessa Hudgens nude self portraits (and Steve leads in by asking for the lowdown in the first and only time in show history) and the 2007-08 TV season. After the commercial break (we had those in the pilot too), the boys preview the 2007 NFL season and talk about the place of fighting in hockey. And the show wraps with Steve doing the outro on his laptop’s built-in microphone because he forgot to do it at the studio. If you’re a longtime fan of The Lowdown, this is a must listen classic edition of the show.

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Not News of the Week

Another week brings you another dose of all the news that’s not fit for print. It’s the Not News of the Week.

No matter how your Valentine’s Day went, it had to have been better than this guy. A Bentley University student was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a threesome gone wrong. The man was trying to arrange a threesome with two (less-than-attractive) women and was willing to pay to make it happen. However, there was a disagreement over money to be exchanged so the women attacked the man and took his money without rendering any services. In terms of hookup failures, I’d have to say that this is probably the worst case scenario. Continue reading

Last Call: Education Piledriver

Let’s end today with a couple of education stories:

An education thinktank believes that the government of Ontario should increase university tuition by 25% in order to deal with the recession.  Their thinking is that this will keep the quality of education at the current level.  Of course, the middle class will no doubt call “shenanigans” on this plan and bounce the government if they go through with this. 

But maybe there is a point to raising tuition.  After all, look where the economy went with the current education system.  If somehow dumb people can be filtered out of the education system, then that would help the everyone out a whole bunch.  After all, there’s a fair number of people that have shitloads of book smarts but are an unmitigated disaster if you take them away from a text book.

The second story comes from Connecticut’s education system.  In what also could be considered governmental suicide, Linda McMahon (yes, the same that is married to Vince McMahon and is the CEO of the WWE) has been appointed to the Connecticut state board of education.  At the very least, I’m sure she’ll have some unique solutions to deal with problems in the classroom.

And just because I can put it here, Total Pro Sports points out something curling fans already know.

25% Tuition Hike Touted [Toronto Star]
Linda McMahon Piledrives Her Way Onto Board of Education [Rumors & Rants]