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Cocktail Kits 2 Go Review

A cocktail kit is a little Altoid-sized box with non-alcoholic ingredients and instructions to make a particular drink. Note that the alcohol is not included so this kit does not include the primary ingredient. That being said, this is a very adorable package that provides a nice “DIY” experience.

Currently (April 2017) the site only sells old fashioned, although a Daiquiri is shown as coming soon with it’s own unique tin. The old fashioned box contains a little wooden spoon, two sugar cubes and a little bottle of bitters along with a business card with instructions how to make the drink. I had never made an old fashioned before so I had a great time learning it and crafting the drink myself.

So the product is great, but the price is pretty high. Each kit is $15 and that is before shipping! Which appears to be another $5 (flat rate). Which leads me to believe that this isn’t really a product you buy for yourself, but rather as a gift for others. Here are some ideas:

  • Conference giveaway items, perfect for hotel rooms
  • Stocking stuffers
  • Secret Santa gifts
  • 21st birthdays
  • Corporate “great doing business with you” gifts
  • “Atta boy” gifts

I am excited for this idea to develop to the point that we can order a 4-6 kit variety pack. Now that would be something! In the meantime, if you are looking for a cute little pocket gift, this is pretty original.

NES AtoZ 61: Fun House

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Fun House - 1/1

Apparently this game is based on a late-eighties gameshow of the same name. Because of that, I am assuming more gameplay modes exist in this game beyond the top-down perspective objective gathering mode. Even though the controls were slightly annoying to get used to, once I got the hang of it, this game mode felt totally acceptable. If at least 3 other modes exist with similar enjoyment factor I think this is a pretty killer game!

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

AVDP EP50 | Vaccine, Common Core, Peeple, Catering Scams



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

 

  • To Vax or Not to Vax

    We bring my lovely wife Emily on to talk about vaccines. Some people refuse to vaccinate their kids despite the obvious benefits to society. These anti-vaxxers get a bad rap, but are they really so irrational? I put myself in thier shoes and wonder, is it so unreasonable to simply refuse the risk vaccines carry?

    For example the Adenovirus vaccines may cause the following side effects (from cdc.gov):

    Mild Problems
    Several mild problems have been reported within 2 weeks of getting the vaccine:
    headaches, upper respiratory tract infection (about 1 person in 3)
    stuffy nose, sore throat, joint pain (about 1 person in 6)
    abdominal pain, cough, nausea (about 1 person in 7)
    diarrhea (about 1 person in 10)
    fever (about 1 person in 100)

    Severe Problems
    More serious problems have been reported by about 1 person in 100, within 6 months of vaccination. These problems included:
    blood in the urine or stool
    pneumonia
    inflammation of the stomach or intestines

    Not all of these sound very life-threatening, but the could be and some parents like to play it safe. Should they be FORCED to vaccines?

  • Common Core

    This article does a good job explaining both what Common Core is and why people shouldn’t freak about it on Skeptoid.

    Basically it’s a new methodology for doing basic math. I have noticed a trend of parents posting hateful messages about this saying things like “What is the point of this?” or “What was wrong with math the way we learned it?” It should be obvious a rational person that those responses are both very dangerous when talking about the education system. There are many reasons why education needs to develop with time, rather than teaching things the same way all the time.

  • The Old Catering Scam

    Eric brings us a tale of low-down-dirty scamming. At a wedding the catering company offers a brilliant idea: They will use clickers to measure how many drinks they serve, and then charge the hosts for them. Seems like a pretty decent idea since you aren’t paying for 80 bottles when you only needed 60.

    What’s the catch? The catch is, the caterers clear the tables and steal everyone’s drinks the second they turn their backs, encouraging people to go get a “free refill” from the bar. People don’t think twice, and the bill skyrockets! Keep your eyes peeled for this nonsense!

  • Peeple, Yelp for People

    Here is a new app idea making the rounds, Peeple. I guess it’s an online people review site where seemingly anyone can leave anyone a review. It might not be anything more than a hoax as of now, and me and Eric already found a bunch of serious flaws in the system, if it was real.

    But let’s a assume it does happen, how will this change our lives? Or will it matter at all?

Picks

  • Play DOS Games!

    Archive.org is hosting all of the DOS games, playable in the browser!

  • Reply All Podcast

    Look up “Reply All” in your podcast app, and LISTEN TO REPLY ALL! It’s my favorite podcast.

NES AtoZ 60: Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th - 0/1

LJN games get a bad rap, and this is one of them. But is it really that terrible? I will go out on a limb and say not really. The game controls fine, the graphics are fine. The problem is I didn’t find it very fun. To be fair, I have seen people play this online and the game actually has some depth, and the climactic confrontations with Jason are pretty awesome. Problem is, who is going to invest that much time into a game that doesn’t grab you right away in todays world? I have to give it a 0.

jason-kills-infographic

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 59: Freedom Force

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Freedom Force - 1/1

Freedom Force is the first light gun game I have reviews since the wonderful developers over at OpenEmu got mouse support in here. The gameplay is pretty typical, you shoot bad guys that pop up in windows and doors. But you must try not to shoot the hostages. Even though it couldn’t be more simple, I still had a good time.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

NES AtoZ 58: Frankenstein

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Frankenstein - 1/1

I was pleasantly surprised by Frankenstein. The biggest stand out are the controls. It’s very responsive and crisp, reminds me of Ninja Giaden. I don’t really remember the story, but it looks like you are NOT the monster but just a man, and you are trying to stop the monster. Killing enemies rewards you with better weapons and life pickups which actually makes killing enemies a pleasure. From the short time I played it I saw a nice variety of enemies and all of them look a little strategy to defeat. Excellent game.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.