Top Ten 80s Pop Music Beers

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Supporting a small-town brewery on the coast that got walloped by Hurricane Michael last year.

There’s a state forest called Tate’s Hell between here and there.

Tate's Helles reminded me of a note I’ve had floating around in drafts for a while; figured I’d dust it off and publish it. A little Dave Letterman fanfic.

Okay, folks, welcome back to the show. Let’s open it up, Paul…

[pretaped Top Ten intro rolls]

Thanks, folks.

[ruffles cards]

Here we go. Paul, some beer music, please… it’s time for Top Ten 1980s Pop Music Beers!

[applause, laughter, attempted oompah music]

That’s right, 1980s beers, to do with the popular music here we go number 10… ”Hop for Teacher!”

[enthusiastic applause]

Number 9… ”Bock Lobster!”

[enthusiastic applause]

Number 8… ”Helles for Children!”

[smattering of applause, sounds of confusion]

Number 7… ”Gosebusters! Goooooosebusters!”

[wild applause]

They like those Gose Busters, eh Will? Number 6… Paul do you know about this one? ”What About Mead? Mead! What About MEAD!”


Number 5… Number 5… ”Weisse It Always This Way.” Actually I think that’s from the 70s. Paul?

[Paul nods, that’s a 70s tune.]

Number 4! Number 4. ”You Bitter You Bet!”

[wild applause]

Number 3… ”A New Saison!”

[smattering of applause]

Number 2. Number twooooooo. ”Will Your Anchor Steam Hold?”


Oh, folks, I’m sorry. That’s a Top Ten song from EIGHTEEN EIGHTY-TWO! 1882!


And the Number One 1980s pop music beer…


What I Read in November 📚


  • Midnight Riot, Peter Grant. Last month, I said of The Municipalists, “Loved the premise (sort-of Laundry Files humor-tech but focused on civil infrastructure instead of Cthulhu.)” This is even more like the Laundry Files, supernatural-wise… but without the tech. Or the humor, really. Saw this recommended by a Londoner and with the very detailed descriptions of London neighborhoods and transport, maybe being a Brit is required context. DNF but strangely, would recommend.
  • In Xanadu, Lavie Tidhar. A short story that is hopefully a prologue for something bigger. AIs and interplanetary computer hidey-holes. Fun. (read free @ Tor)


  • Medallion Status, John Hodgman. I’m going to automatically 4- or 5-star anything from the Judge on principal. I think I might’ve liked Vacationland, his last, a little more than this one, but then we saw him perform “Vacationland” as a live performance, so maybe that’s tilting the scales a little. Also: the hook that organizes this book is airplane travel, and I intentionally held off reading until I was on a plane. Length of book and flight matched almost perfectly. I was 5 pages from the Acknowledgements when the row in front of me started de-planing. If I hadn’t been pinning my stepson into the window seat, I’d have let the remaining passengers skip me, sitting there for another 3 or 4 minutes, to finish it up, just because. Also also, I got a retweet from JJH. Fun.

Things I read in October 📚


  • Play Anything, Ian Bogost. I like his shtick on twitter, @ibogost. (I skimmed the heavier philosophical bits.)
  • Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages, Gaston Dorren. One of those fun books that comes around every now and then, full of language factoids. (It was near the Bogost book; I have a habit of grabbing one random-nearby-book for every book I intentionally seek out.) I just noticed while grabbing a URL for this entry, that other versions have different subtitles. Weird.


  • The Municipalists, Seth Fried. Loved the premise (sort-of Laundry Files humor-tech but focused on civil infrastructure instead of Cthulhu) but it dragged a bit; felt like a clever idea for a short story, stretched into a full-length novel.

Gatsby & images in RSS

Gatsby uses plugins to transform markdown and images into HTML. (I think they have parents or cousins that work more broadly, but I’m familiar with them inside a Gatsby context.) One of them, gatsby-remark-images, does a lot to improve performance (transforming images into different sizes, handling placeholders and using ”blur-up” tricks, etc).

This is great for a blog with images. BUT… when all of the HTML that wraps those images gets stuffed into an RSS feed, the result doesn’t always look great. In particular, when my feed is displayed on, my images’ aspect-ratios are distorted based on the app’s window width.

The hack-y solution I came up with was to do a string-replacement inside the RSS query. All the html in that function gets run through

html: html.replace('width: 100%; height: 100%; ', '')

and my images become fixed in size. Fixed!

(But wait … now I’m looking at the same image in my regular web-based feed reader, and the aspect ratio is fine, it’s just that the image remains 700px wide at all times regardless of window width. I wonder if setting CSS width and height to auto instead of just wiping them clean, would work?)

Next day, even more update: In inoreader, on the web, the image is always, always fixed-width. In, it scales correctly. In the new NetNewsWire it also scales correctly. So there’s something about the app-ness (as compared to web-ness) that makes it work.

It’s okay, it’s just not perfect.

Python & mac OS

I’ve touched Python in extremely limited ways, over the last couple of years, and always been frustrated at the version-weirdness and my lack of understanding (”I have 2 and 3 on my machine already? Should I change from one to the other? Is this gonna get into bash shell stuff I’ve never really grokked?”)

Anyway this article, The right and wrong way to set Python 3 as default on a Mac, looked authoritative so I followed it, installed pyenv (equivalent to nvm in node-world, I gather), and got it working. Shout out to commenter Arturo Mascarinas for noting the extra space in the final command, which was indeed stopping me from crossing the finish line.


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