11 Origins of Common Drinking Phrases

There's a lot of slang associated with drinking. Three sheets to the wind. Hair of the dog. On the wagon. We all know them, we all use them, but most of us don't know where they came from or what they really mean. Read on, and you'll be the smartest person at the bar. » 8/08/14 5:05pm 8/08/14 5:05pm

Ammo Canister Wine Box Won't Explode Your Liver

If you've got bulletproof tolerance, wine-in-a-bag-in-a-box is a beautiful thing. It's cheap, portable intoxication. But that cardboard won't make the cut when the Tour de Franzia gets a little more...COMBATIVE. You want your wine protected. » 12/02/11 12:00pm 12/02/11 12:00pm

Intoxicating Gifts for the Elegant Imbiber

Shopping for the highest of high-functioning alcoholics can be a tricky proposition. Novelty bottle openers and 12-packs of Pabst don't cut it. For the the guy (or gal) with a sophisticated drinking problem, these gifts are guaranteed to please. » 12/08/10 2:00pm 12/08/10 2:00pm

Sleeping On The Floor Of The Hard Times Distillery

"You might not want light that cigarette there," says James Stegall, co-owner of the Hard Times Distillery, as I stand outside the barn doors. He points out the mist from the still. "That's a cloud of alcohol vapor." » 10/15/10 7:00pm 10/15/10 7:00pm

Amazing Jell-O Shots: This Art Gets You Wasted

There are Jell-O shots. And then there are the shots from My Jello Americans: Cory Kete, Moe Sheehan, and Megan Booth have elevated the Jell-O shot into an art form. An art form that gets you wasted. » 10/01/10 6:00pm 10/01/10 6:00pm

We Must Boil This Wine To Save It

Oregon's Willamette Valley produces some of the country's best wines. But it's also subject to the infamous "Pineapple Express"—heavy rains blowing in from the Pacific that can ruin grapes. Unless you've got a vacuum. » 9/17/10 2:40pm 9/17/10 2:40pm

Why Alcohol Is Good For You

It's one of those medical anomalies that nobody can really explain: Longitudinal studies have consistently shown that people who don't consume any alcohol at all tend to die before people who do. At first glance, this makes little sense. » 9/08/10 2:20pm 9/08/10 2:20pm

Blotto: Space Miner!

HOW GOOD IS SPACE MINER. The answer is INCREDIBLE GOOD. It's probably the best original game to hit the iPhone. Imagine Nintendo made Asteroids, adding a mild upgrade path on top of extremely gratifying space flyingabout. IT IS FIVE SPACE DOLLARS and worth every penny, but there is a "LITE" version that will give you… » 4/13/10 2:48am 4/13/10 2:48am

Blotto: War!

DESPITE A COVER that showed an iPhone filled with apps, JOHN ARQUILLA'S cover story for Foreign Policy, "The New Rules of War", is more about the use of infantry and drones in FUTURE WARS and less of a dependence on » 3/29/10 11:59pm 3/29/10 11:59pm

Blotto, a column

CRAFTING is the sort of activity that anyone thinks they can do until they do it. We may have a genetic propensity for making tools, but it is easier to make another meat human than to whittle one from wood. CRAFT IN AMERICA is a 3-part television series from PBS, which is like NPR but for television and without… » 12/22/09 1:36pm 12/22/09 1:36pm

Blotto, a column

A SCOTTISH NERD named Charlie Stross opined on the FUTURE OF PHONES on his text blog, joining the overly washed millions of other future-abusers in imagining what it will be like when iPhones and gPhones can do convincing augmented reality, wirelessly stimulate the male G-spot, et cetera. The only difference was that… » 12/21/09 11:28am 12/21/09 11:28am