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October 10, 2011


koozie by michael lachowski

A beer koozie [koe-zie] is a fabric or foam device that is designed to insulate a beverage can or bottle. It began as a marketing tool. The primary use of a beer koozie is to keep one’s hand warm while keeping the beer cold.

A secondary use of a beer koozie is to easily identify one’s beverage from another. Many different companies have used the koozie as a promotional giveaway because it is not only inexpensive to manufacture, but its frequent use is more likely to bring the company’s name to a household presence. Originally this logo or image was screen-printed on a round foam cylinder with a foam base (generally a hole is provided in the base to alleviate creation of a vacuum). A koozie can be made from many materials like neoprene, polyester or open cell foam.

October 10, 2011

The Scorpion and the Frog

frog scorpion

The Scorpion and the Frog is a fable about a scorpion asking a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung during the trip, but the scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and begins carrying the scorpion, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is its nature. The fable is used to illustrate the position that the behaviour of some creatures is irrepressible, no matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences.

Variations commonly include a farmer, youth, turtle, or fox in place of the frog, and a snake in place of the scorpion. The Farmer and the Viper is a specific variant that can be attributed to Aesop. There is also a variation in which the final words of the scorpion are ‘It is better we should both perish than that my enemy should live.’ The origin and author are unknown. Variations of the fable appear in West African and European folktales. A study published in a German journal in 2011 points out a connection between the genesis of the fable and the tradition of the Panchatantra, a collection of animal fables dating back to India in the 3rd century BCE.

October 10, 2011



Drive‘ is a 2011 film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, and starring Ryan Gosling as the eponymous driver, with Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks. Although ‘Drive’ shares several characteristics with the similarly-named 1978 Walter Hill car-chase film, ‘The Driver,’ it is actually adapted from the 2005 James Sallis novel of the same name, with a screenplay by Hossein Amini.

Like the book, the movie is about a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver. The director has said influences came from ‘Bullitt’ (1968) and ‘The Day of the Locust’ (1975); and that ‘Drive’ was a tribute to cult film legend Alejandro Jodorowsky and shares some of his existentialist themes.

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