30 Days of Music Roundup


Here are all my answers to the 30 Days of Music meme published over the past month on my Tumblr blog Portals of Discovery.  Enjoy! Intro Day 01 – Your favorite song at the moment Day 02 – Your least favorite song Day 03 – A song that makes you happy Day 04 – A…

Retropost: Happy Halloween


I don’t have anything new to say about Halloween, but I was looking back and saw this post I wrote 3 years ago. The funny thing is that after finishing this post, I went to bed and a couple of hours later my wife told me she was going into labor. And so my son…

Beer Review: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale


Beer: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale Brewer: Shipyard Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ***(7.8 of 10) Comments: Another fine pumpkin ale from a New England brewery.  Basically it’s like pumpkin pie in a glass with sweet & spice scents and tastes.  It goes down smooth and is a nice brew for the season.

Beer Review: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA


Beer: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ****(8.5 of 10) Comments: Served in a small glass, this beer has an orangish tint and a thick head.  Aromas are floral and citrusy.  There’s a fruity & hoppy flavor that has as a quality that reminds me more of a liquor than a…

End of Summer Soccer


Major League Soccer played their final regular season games the past week spelling the end of summer soccer.  The playoffs have begun but for the first time in a decade the New England Revolution will not be participating in them.  What a year to start following the Revs after all those years of post-season success…

Book Review: The Story of the Madman by Mongo Beti


Around the World for a Good Book selection for: Cameroon Author: Mongo Beti Title: The Story of the Madman Publication Info: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, c2001. ISBN: 0813920485 Summary/Review: A familiar story of post-colonial Africa where a newly independent nation suffers tyrannical and wasteful governments, the nation is divided by civil war, and…

Photopost: Ward’s Berry Farm


Visited Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon today for some hay-riding and pumpkin-picking.  Here are my gourd-eous and artsy  photographs from the pumpkin patch.

Beer Reviews: Old Chub


Beer: Old Chub Scottish Style Ale Brewer: Oskar Blues Brewery Source: 12 fl. oz can Rating: **** (8.6 of 10) Comments: Having enjoyed Dale’s Pale Ale on tap, I figured it was worth it to buy the expensive beer in a can.  Oh my is it worth it.  The thing about Scottish Ales is that…

Footy Report


Another fine weekend of European football.  The Revolution won too but I didn’t watch due to the MLB playoffs.  It was a very sport-filled week. Fulham FC 1:2 Tottenham Hotspur (16 Oct 2010) – I tuned into this London Derby live from Craven Cottage but alas the feed cut out for several minutes, including the…

Beer Review: Southern Tier Pumking


Beer: pumking Imperial Pumpking Ale Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Co. Source: Draft Rating: No stars (3.2 of 10) Comments: I could say something about the attractive color of this beer served in a special tear-drop glass but OMFG it tastes like cough syrup!!!  Sweet and nasty and I just couldn’t finish it.  I’m seriously wondering…