I recently found out that Hiroshi Yamaguchi died yesterday This is the guy who single handedly changed Nintendo and, in their early years in electronics, decided what games they would release, making him responsible for hits like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. Though the games were designed by others, namely Shigeru Miyamoto, they would have never seen the light of day without Yamaguchi’s approval.
Not only that, but he fostered an environment where teams of designers competed against each other for his approval of their games. This undoubtedly made them work harder to produce such gems.
He is literally responsible for millions of hours of entertainment enjoyed by people all around the world.
I support robust trade with foreigners. I support exchanging ideas with them. I think it should be easy for us to visit them, and for them to visit us. I support inviting them to live here, and to work here, with minimal hassle and red tape. I think it should be relatively easy for them to become citizens.
It’s a pretty f*cked up worldview — and the view of most of the Washington establishment — that says despite all of this, if I have qualms about *killing* foreigners … I’m an “isolationist.”
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.
We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. These plain and cruel truths define the peril and point the hope that come with this spring of 1953.
This is one of those times in the affairs of nations when the gravest choices must be made, if there is to be a turning toward a just and lasting peace.
It is a moment that calls upon the governments of the world to speak their intentions with simplicity and with honesty.
To anyone who has ever complained to someone for posting a spoiler: The world has no obligation to shield information from you. It is your responsibility to avoid it. If I want to talk about something that happened on TV five minutes ago and I want to share my thoughts on social media, that’s too bad for you. It is not my responsibility - and certainly I have no obligation! - to avoid talking about it for your sake. It is your responsibility to avoid reading it. /endrant
Here’s the official word. Apparently Georgia isn’t on the list as it apparently released early there.
If, like me, you haven’t had it before, this is your shot to get it without having to do a swap, pay ass-rape grey market price, or fly to Belgium. Allegedly everywhere but Hawaii it will be $84.99 for the brick. Places were going to ask more, and I guess Shelton Brothers clamped down on them. Looks like no one is really going to make a profit on this outside of the Abbey, and the Abbey isn’t looking to get rich, but renovate. I’m fine with that. But I guess in Hawaii the shipping is obviously more so it’ll be more expensive.
But I digress. If you want it, this is where you can get it on 12/12/12.
On December 12, 2012 (12.12.12) the Westvleteren XII “Brick” (gift packs) will be available for sale in the US for the first time. Below is a list of retail locations where these Bricks will be for sale. Each Brick contains six 33cl bottles of Westvleteren 12º beer and two special tasting glasses. This is a special one-time only release. It might sell out right away on December 12th. No advance reservations are accepted via this website. This list is only to help make the search easier for those that wish to purchase a Westvleteren XII Brick. Suggested Retail Price is $85.00 per Brick.
Hop City, Birmingham Piggly Wiggly, Homeland The Nook, Huntsville
Total Wine, Gilbert Total Wine (Arrowhead Gateway), Glendale Total Wine, Goodyear Total Wine (Desert Ridge), Phoenix Total Wine (Camelback Rd), Phoenix Total Wine, Scottsdale Total Wine, Tempe Total Wine (The Corner), Tucson Total Wine (Park Place Mall), Tucson
Total Wine, Brea Hi Times Wine Cellar, Costa Mesa Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido Total Wine, Folsom Total Wine, Huntington Beach Total Wine, Laguna Hills Stearns, Long Beach Total Wine, Northbridge Trappist Provisions, Oakland Bruery Provisions, Orange Total Wine, Rancho Cuacamonga Total Wine, Redondo Beach K&L Wines, Redwood City/Los Angeles Total Wine, Roseville Pangaea, Sacramento Total Wine, Sacramento Best Damn Bottle Shop, San Diego Bine & Vine, San Diego City Beer Store, San Francisco Healthy Spirits, San Francisco Ales Unlimited, San Francisco Total Wine, Tustin Total Wine, Thousand Oaks Øl Beercafe, Walnut Creek
Liquor Mart, Boulder Coaltrain Wine and Spirits, Colorado Springs Argonaut Liquor, Denver Wilbur’s Total Beverage, Fort Collins
Total Wine, Claymont Total Wine, Milltown
Total Wine, Boca Raton Total Wine, Boynton Beach Total Wine, Clearwater Total Wine, Fort Lauderdale Total Wine, Fort Myers Total Wine, Jasksonville Total Wine, Miami Total Wine, North Miami Total Wine, Naples Total Wine (Colonial Plaza), Orlando Total Wine (Millenia Plaza), Orlando Total Wine, Palm Beach Gardens Total Wine, Pembroke Pines Total Wine, Plantation Total Wine, St. Petersburg Total Wine, Sarasota Total Wine, Stuart Total Wine, Tampa Total Wine, Village of Wellington
Binny’s, Bloomington Friar Tucks, Bloomington Binny’s (Downers Grove), Chicago Binny’s (Marcey), Chicago
Keg Liquors, Clarksville Crown Liquors, Indianapolis Village Liquors, West Lafayette
Benz Beverage Depot, Cedar Rapids Royal Mile, Des Moines Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant, Elkader John’s Grocery, Iowa City
The Party Source, Bellevue (Cincinnati) Wino’s Depot, Bowling Green The Beer Trappe, Lexington Louisville Beer Store, Louisville Sergio’s World Beers, Louisville Roof Brothers, Paducah
Heritage Liquor, Minneapolis Andy’s Liquor, Rochester West Side Liquors, St. Cloud
Total Wine, Henderson Total Wine, Las Vegas Total Wine, Reno
DeCicco’s, Ardsley DeCicco’s, Brewster Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brooklyn Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn Beer Street, Brooklyn Beer Table Pantry, Manhattan The Cannibal, Manhattan City Swiggers, Manhattan Good Beer, Manhattan New Beer Distributors, Manhattan Top Hops, Manhattan Whole Foods Bowery, Manhattan DeCicco’s, Pelham
Total Wine, Cary Total Wine (Park Towne Village), Charlotte Total Wine (Grand Promenade Phase II),Charlotte Total Wine (Promenade on Providence), Charlotte Total Wine, Durham Total Wine (Battleground Square), Greensboro Total Wine (Oakwood Square), Greensboro Total Wine, Huntersville Total Wine (Brier Creek), Raleigh Total Wine (Triangle Plaza), Raleigh Total Wine (Six Forks Road), Raleigh Total Wine, Winston-Salem
Just got word from the local beer shop I frequent. Shelton Bros never got labeling approval for Westvleteren 12 in Virginia, so the state will not be receiving any. Looks like a hike up to Total Wine in Laurel, or hoping for a swap, is my only option. So be it. He told me 6 months ago when I asked that there was a good chance this would be the case (no distribution in VA).