25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown – Day 4: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge

first_imgPimm’s Cup, one of the most popular drinks at Swizzle Lounge. Ingredients: Pimm’s No. 1, Sprite, Cucumber, and Lemon. (photo by Brandon Glover)Swizzle Rum Punch is a must get for any fan of rum. Packs a wallop! Ingredients: Bacardi Gold Rum, Bacardi “O” Rum, Banana Liquor, Blackberry Brandy, Fruit Juices, and a Splash of 151. (photo by Brandon Glover)The Swizzle Lounge. (photo by Brandon Glover)The Swizzle Lounge. (photo by Brandon Glover)#blessed–This past summer Swizzle Lounge was even used for a scene in the movie Sharknado 3 as stars Bo Derek and Tara had a quiet conversation right before sharks started falling from the sky.Bo Derek and Tara Reid sit at the Swizzle Lounge during Sharknado 3.Previous Drinks of Christmas:DAY ONE: Polynesian Pearl at Trader Sam’s Grog GrottoDAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff BreweryDAY THREE: Godiva Chocolate Martini at Mizner’s LoungeInterested in theme park drinks? Then do we have a eBook for you! The Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide by Brian McNichols. Over 250 pages and containing well over 400 photos, this eGuide takes you through EVERY bar and lounge on WDW property (trust me, Brian has the kidneys problems to prove it!) Also included? Recipes for some of your favorite WDW drinks. Ratings, descriptions, and photos for each of the 70+ bars and lounges. Talk about the perfect Christmas present!Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover and Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.You can always find Your Humble Author each week on the SATURDAY SIX, each month with the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report, and on Twitter (@derekburgan) producing original pieces of Burgan Fine Art™ Share This!We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!DAY FOUR: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge (Cabana Bay Beach Resort)Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge. (photo by Brandon Glover)–Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – the new gold standard in theme park value hotels – will start your vacation off on the right foot as one of its best bars is located in the lobby. We know what you are thinking, lobby bars are usually the absolute worst, but Swizzle Lounge is a cocktail bar that feels like it came right off the set of Mad Men. A throwback to the ’50s and ’60s, Swizzle Lounge offers a wide selection of cocktails, wines, draft beers, and local craft beers. There’s a lot of fantastic choices on their menu, including the Swizzle Rum Punch, Pimm’s Cup, and Cucumber Gimlet, but our best bet is the Blood Orange Side Car.Having a nice, smooth bourbon flavor with a hint of sour and orange, a Blood Orange Side Car is going to take you back to a simpler time.Ingredients: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Solerno, Sour, and Blood Orange Puree.Blood Orange Side Car. (photo by Brandon Glover)last_img read more

Op-Ed: Objects Aren’t Social

first_imgrichard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I first began writing regularly about the Internet of Things about a year ago. Now it’s bubbling up in the mainstream press and we’re also beginning to see web apps that are attempting to reach, if not quite a mainstream audience yet, then certainly the iPhone and Android-toting geek community. We’ve moved beyond the cutesy Internet-connected bunny rabbits and we’re now onto barcodes to stick on everyday objects.A new web service called tales of thingsjust launched, which aims to attach stories to objects. It follows on from a similar service that got a good amount of press at SXSW this year, StickyBits. Both services want to get people to ‘tag’ real world objects, by sticking barcodes onto them and adding information about the object onto the Web (often via mobile phone). The idea is that this will make the objects ‘social.’ However, I think this is doomed to fail and here’s why… Tales of things asks on its homepage: “Wouldn’t it be great to link any object directly to a ‘video memory’ or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes.”Both Tales of Things and StickyBits are going to struggle to get mainstream adoption. And it’s not because people just won’t stick barcodes onto objects – although that is a short-term pain point that both of these companies will likely fail to overcome. No, they won’t get mainstream adoption simply because the Internet of Things isn’t going to be just another social network platform. What’s unique about the Internet of Things is that it adds a huge amount of new data to the Web and allows real-world objects to become part of the cloud network. For example, sensors on a busy road communicate with your car to tell you of impending heavy traffic. Or when you walk into a shop, the store messages your phone to tell you that an item you’ve been looking for is in stock and on special. I met StickyBits founder Seth Goldstein at SXSW and he told me that his company aims to create a “social object network.” Trouble is, I just don’t think that Internet-connected everyday objects have much social value. Say I tag a book that I bought and attach the following ‘memory’ to it: “I read this book in the summer of 2010, it was a great read. I’d give it a 4/5.” Even if I wrote a much more in-depth review, what value does that have on a single object? If I uploaded that review to Amazon.com, then it’s put into context and gets aggregated with other reviews to form ratings and other ‘wisdom of the crowd’ intelligence. But on the object itself – my copy of the book – the review has limited value. If a friend of mine happened to scan my book with their phone, they’d see my review…and then probably head straight to Amazon.com to see what other people thought. Or perhaps check out what their own social network thought, via an app like Glue (a social network based on the media you consume – see our most recent review).Objects aren’t social, they never were and they never will be. The real value of Internet-connected objects is that they can become part of the network, which means they can connect to one another and they add more data to the giant computer we call The Cloud. But social networks aren’t going to form around single objects, other than perhaps public ones – like the Eiffel Tower, for example. But then you are just talking about a location, which the likes of FourSquare and BrightKite can take care of. The Internet of Things is about utility, not social networking. Neither Tales of Things nor StickyBits offers much in the way of utility, that we can’t already get from sites like Amazon.com or existing social networks. Let me know if you agree, or not! Tags:#Internet of Things#Op-Ed#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LG G4 Dual-SIM listed online for Rs 51,500

first_imgLG is hard at work these days testing out the trial programsfor its upcoming smartphone, the G4 in various countries. They are planning tolaunch the G4 in India and have set June 15 as the release date.The official announcement came just after a Mumbai-based retailerconfirmed the availability of the phone from June 15 on Twitter.LG has also come up with a meet greet with celebrities.  Just book or buy the LG G4 Dual SIM modelbefore June 15 and you can win an entry to the launch event with a chance tomeet Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and receive the phone from him.The LG G4 dual-sim sports a 5.5-inch ‘Quantum’ Quad HD displayrunning the Snapdragon 808 processor under the hood. The phone comes with a f1.8 aperture camera lens and laser auto focus. Thephone also has the option of customisable leather back covers and removablebattery.The LG G4 Dual SIM LG-D818N will be available for pre-orderat a special price of Rs 51,500 ($810). Pre bookings will start from June3, 2015. Visit http://www.lg.com/in/lgg4 or any LG store to pre-book the smartphone.last_img read more

Fearing pollution threat Ottawa steps in to remove notorious MV Farley Mowat

first_imgSHELBURNE, N.S. – It was once the notorious flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, used by vigilante environmentalists to enforce marine conservation on the high seas.But the MV Farley Mowat is now an environmental hazard itself. The 60-year-old boat sits rusting at dock in Shelburne, N.S., “where it is at risk of sinking and poses an imminent pollution threat to the environment,” according to the federal government.The Canadian Coast Guard announced Friday it will issue a contract to remove and dispose of the Farley Mowat, after years of trying in vain to force the owner, scrap dealer Tracy Dodds, to do it.“Our shoreline and the water are a part of who we are … It is a very welcome relief for the people of Shelburne,” the local Liberal MP, Bernadette Jordan, said in a statement.The black-painted ship has been in the picturesque town for three years, after being seized at gunpoint by the RCMP seven years ago.It was part of a small, militant fleet commanded by Canadian environmental crusader Paul Watson, who at the time was described as a “terrorist” by former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams.On April 12, 2008, an RCMP tactical squad stormed the ship and accused its captain and chief officer of violating Canadian law by getting too close to the annual seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Watson, then in New York, said the arrests amounted to an ”act of war.”He argued that his vessel — registered in the Netherlands — never entered Canada’s 12-nautical-mile territorial limit, but Ottawa said the Fisheries Act gave it the authority to take action beyond that line.The Fisheries Department later said its 98-metre icebreaker CCGS Des Groseilliers was ”grazed” twice by the Farley Mowat during a tense encounter on the ice-covered waters. But the conservation group insisted its ship was rammed twice by the icebreaker.Watson’s group has long used high-profile, vigilante tactics to stop hunters from killing seals, whales and other marine wildlife around the globe. Its logo is a stylized skull, much like a pirate’s Jolly Roger.The Farley Mowat’s senior officers were released from a Cape Breton jail in April 2008 after the ship’s namesake, Canadian author Farley Mowat, posted their $10,000 bail. The pair were later fined $23,000 each, though they were deported before they were sentenced.As for the ship, the former Norwegian fisheries research vessel was sold for $5,000 in 2009 and was supposed to be refitted. But that never happened. It later showed up in Lunenburg in 2010 and then in Shelburne harbour in September 2014.On June 25, 2015, the ship sank at its berth, forcing the coast guard to mount a $500,000 cleanup effort that saw the vessel refloated. More than 2,000 litres of pollutants were eventually removed from the hull.But a survey last month “found oil-contaminated water in most of the tanks and determined that based on the vessel’s current condition, it is at risk of polluting if left unattended,” the coast guard said Friday.Dodds has failed to comply with court orders, and the coast guard had given him until last Monday to come up with a plan to address the pollution threat.Ottawa said it will try to recover costs from Dodds, and will monitor the vessel until it is removed and disposed.Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the move is part of the government’s new Oceans Protection Plan to remove abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels from the marine environment.last_img read more