Podcast #55 – Lets Binge Again!

Let's Binge Again !

The bums are back and while the slopes here are starting to look bare, our TVs are full of goodness, so we’re talking about what we’re watching these days.

Weekly Flavor

  • Mario: HOPTIMUM, Whole-Cone Imperial IPA, Sierra Nevads, 10.4% ABV

    optimum is a hurricane of whole-cone hop flavor. Hopped, dry hopped and torpedoed for incredible hop flavor and complexity. With intense hop flavors and aromas of grapefruit rind, pine, herbs and tropical fruit, Hoptimum is an aggressive drinking experience.

  • Brian: Traveler IPA Shandy, 4.4% ABV

    Malt Varieties: 2-Row Brewers Malt, Malted and Unmalted Wheat. Hop Varieties: Galena, Warrior, Centennial, Citra, Cascade, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin. Very Grapfruity

  • John: Sierra Nevada, Otra Vez

    Very Grapfruity

Ski News


    Summer skiing in South America is shaping up to be one for the books! Last week and into this past weekend, the Andes were pounded with yet another big early-season snow storm. Some resorts saw more than eight feet of snow fall! See who made out best:

    Portillo, Chile received a staggering 118 inches of snow in the last seven days.

    Valle Nevado, Chile, opened early on Friday, June 10 thanks to 50 inches of new snow.

    Las Lenas, Argentina saw more than three feet of snow fall.

    Wagner also says detectives don’t know how long the remains were in the clearing.


  • In Park City, Opposition to Vail's Trademark Application Grows

    The battle over who owns the rights to the "Park City" name is growing even more contentious. In mid-May, Vail Resorts filed a trademark application to protect the Park City brand, arguing that they needed to do so to prevent other ski area operators from using the name.

    Soon after, local businesses filed formal oppositions to Vail's application. Companies like the Park City Powdercats & Heli Ski fear that if Vail Resorts earns trademark rights, they might force Park City Powdercats to change their name.

    Vail asserts that the trademark application is not intended to infringe on anyone's business, and instead is just to prevent another ski mountain from using the Park City name.

    But the firestorm generated by the trademark debate shows the contested position Vail holds in the Park City community. Vail Resorts recently purchased Park City Mountain Resort in September 2014 after a protracted legal battle left many locals feeling jilted. While the official name of the ski area remains Park City Mountain Resort, in July 2015 Vail Resorts rebranded the newly combined PCMR-Canyons ski area as just 'Park City.' All that change has made the trademark application a hot-button topic.


  • Muhammad Ali learned to ski at Mount Snow

    Muhammad Ali downed opponents in the boxing ring, but he took some knocks of his own during a ski lesson on the slopes of Mount Snow.

    During the lesson, a woman nearby asked Ali if he enjoyed skiing. He told her, "I've been down more times than Floyd Patterson," former ski instructor Bob Gratton said.

    Patterson had lost a 1965 fight with Ali due to a technical knockout.

    The celebrated but controversial prizefighter, who died June 3 at age 74, visited the West Dover resort for a ski lesson in early March 1970. He took several spills, one of them after careening downward toward a wooden fence.

    At the time, Ali had been banned from boxing as punishment for his 1967 refusal to be inducted into the U.S. Army. He was convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his title as heavyweight champion.

    Although still uncertain of what the future would hold in terms of his career, Gratton remembered Ali in good spirits during a ski lesson.

    Ali finished his lesson in about two hours and went back to the ski shop. There, he encountered 6-year-old John West with his older brother Walter and their father. While riding in the chairlift, they had observed the once-and-future champion with Gratton below them.


  • Strong El Niño Fizzles, Forecasters Issue La Niña Watch For Fall & Winter

    Forecasters say El Niño is over and we're now in a neutral phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, which basically means that global wind patterns in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean are back to normal.

    But many long-range forecast models indicate that La Niña will developthis summer and it has a 75% chance of strengthening during the upcoming fall and winter.

    La Niña is an abnormal cooling of the waters in the equatorial region of the eastern Pacific Ocean and it can sometimes have an impact on global weather patterns

    During La Niña years the jet stream during the fall and winter in the Northern Hemisphere tends to stay further north than usual, often putting Colorado either right on its southern edge or sometimes even out of the main storm track.

    Strong La Niña events can lead to drier-than-normal winters and even the development of drought. It's too early to predict what might be in store for Colorado this coming fall and winter, but you can monitor the latest through monthly updates from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.


Main Topic - Let's Binge Again !

  • Binge Watches
  • Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Red Bull TV (also Tilted Kilt TV), KODI

  • Amazon
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Alpha House
  • Hand of God

  • Netflix
  • Narcos
  • House of Cards
  • Orange is the new Black
  • Weeds
  • Chef’s Table
  • Somm

  • KODI Movies – Exodus
  • Burnt – wBradley Coper
  • Legend
  • Kill Your Friends

  • Simon Pegg marathon
  • Shawn of the Dead, Worlds End, Hot Fuzz
  • Absolutely Anything – wKate Beckinsale
  • Man Up
  • Run Fat Boy Run
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – wMegan Fox
  • Cuban Fury – wRashida Jones
  • Spaced (on the list) – series

  • Captain America Civil War
  • Batman v Superman
  • Episodes – series
  • Vikings – series


Around The Horn

  • China unveils ‘straddling bus’ design to beat traffic jams

    The concept vehicle is designed to float above the clogged-up streets of some of the country's biggest cities

    A Beijing company has unveiled spectacularly futuristic designs for a pollution-busting, elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious.

    Plans for the so-called Transit Explore Bus or TEB were showcased earlier this month at a technology expo in the Chinese capital.

    The "straddling bus", which owes more to Blade Runner than China's car-clogged highways, is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the roadside.

    Those legs allow the TEB's giant frame to glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour. Equally, vehicles that are less than two metres high will be able to drive freely underneath the bus, even when it is stationary.

    "The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space," Song Youzhou, the project's chief engineer, told Xinhua, China's official news agency.

    Song claimed his buses, capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters, could be produced for 20% of the price of an underground train and rolled out far more quickly since the supporting infrastructure was relatively simple.

    One TEB could replace 40 conventional buses, he said.

    A prototype will reportedly be deployed on the streets of Qinhuangdao, a coastal city about 300km east of Beijing, this summer.

    The project has been greeted with anticipation in China, where traffic jams have grown as the country overtook the United States to become the largest car market on earth in 2009.

    Last year alone 21.1 million passenger cars were sold here.

    However, excitement over the innovation was tempered by the fact that a virtually identical contraption was unveiled at the same expo in 2010 without catching on.


  • If no-one helps you after a car crash in India, this is why

    When a road accident occurs, bystanders will usually try to help the injured, or at least call for help. In India it's different. In a country with some of the world's most dangerous roads, victims are all too often left to fend for themselves.

    Kanhaiya Lal desperately cries for help but motorists swerve straight past him. His young son and the splayed bodies of his wife and infant daughter lie next to the mangled motorbike on which they had all been travelling seconds earlier.

    The widely broadcast CCTV footage of this scene - showing the suffering of a family of hit-and-run victims in northern India in 2013 and the apparent indifference of passers-by - troubled many Indians.

    Some motorcyclists and police eventually came to the family's aid but it was too late for Lal's wife and daughter. Their deaths sparked a nationwide debate over the role of bystanders - the media hailed it as a "new low in public apathy" and worse, "the day humanity died".

    But what safety campaigner Piyush Tewari saw wasn’t a lack of compassion but an entire system stacked against helping road victims.

    "Often times if you assist someone the police will assume you're helping that person out of guilt." The discovery spurred Tewari to set up SaveLIFE. In a 2013 survey, the foundation found that 74% of Indians were unlikely to help an accident victim, whether alone or with other bystanders.

    Apart from the fear of being falsely implicated, people also worried about becoming trapped as a witness in a court case - legal proceedings can be notoriously protracted in India. And if they helped the victim get to hospital, they feared coming under pressure to stump up fees for medical treatment.

    SaveLIFE filed a case with India's top court to introduce legal protection for Indian bystanders and a year ago there was a breakthrough when the Supreme Court issued a number of guidelines, including:

    • allowing people who call to alert emergency services about a crash to remain anonymous
    • providing them with immunity from criminal liability
    • forbidding hospitals from demanding payment from a bystander who takes an injured person to hospital

    Just two months later, though, another hit-and-run incident caught on camera shocked the nation.

    The scale of the problem

    • Fifteen people are killed every hour in road accidents in India
    • Twenty children are killed every day in road accidents in India
    • One million people have died in road accidents in India in the past decade
    • Five million people were seriously injured or disabled in road accidents in India in the past decade
    • The equivalent of three per cent of GDP is lost annually due to road accidents


  • UberRush goes live in New York, Chicago, San Francisco

    This week, Uber took its on-demand delivery service out of beta, opening the UberRush courier program to any company that wants it.

    Companies like Nordstrom and 1800flowers have been using the program since January, and Uber says more partnerships are on the way, including Dryv, a Chicago-based dry cleaning delivery service and Up Sonder - a company rents on-demand drones to aerial photographers.


  • SkyCycle, A Pedal Powered Roller Coaster in Japan

    Old story, great video though

    Located in Washuzan Highland Amusement Park in Okayama city in Japan, the Sky Cycle is a pedal-powered roller coaster that requires riders to pedal all the way around, rather than just sit back and enjoy. The roller coaster is built over a hilly terrain and consists of a pair of elevated rails. The carts that ride the roller coaster looks like side by side tandem bikes, with baskets in the front for storing belongings, and brakes just like in a real bicycle.

    Video of SkyCycle in Japan


  • It's a Good Thing the F-35's $400K Helmet Is Stupid Cool

    IF YOU THINK it's hard to make a helmet that costs $400,000 without the liberal use of solid-gold elements or diamond-encrusted details, you don't know about the F-35 fighter jet.

    To go with what is possibly the most expensive and complicated weapon ever designed, defense contractor Rockwell Collins has designed a pilot helmet so advanced, it’s hard to say whether it’s an accessory for the plane, or the plane is an accessory for the helmet.

    It combines noise-canceling headphones, night vision, a forehead-mounted computer, and a projector that displays live video on its clear visor.


  • Man presumed dead after falling into Yellowstone hot spring : Among other incidents

    Rangers searched Tuesday for a man who reportedly fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. Someone reported seeing a man in his early 20s walk off the boardwalk in the Norris Geyser Basin area and fall into the thermal spring about 225 yards away. Rangers said the man probably died because he has not been located, and searchers are being extra cautious because of the spring's dangerous thermal features.

    Tuesday's search comes on the heels of several other high-profile incidents at the park.

    On Saturday, a 13-year-old boy was burned around his ankle and foot after his father, who had been carrying him, slipped in the park's Upper Geyser Basin hot spring.

    In May, a Canadian film crew was accused of leaving an established boardwalk and stepping onto a geothermal feature where they snapped photos and took video of themselves.

    Also last month, another Canadian man loaded a bison calf into his SUV because he thought it was cold. The calf later had to be euthanized because it could not be reunited with its herd.


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