Slingr – Now the internet can buy you drinks….

Ever been to a bar and you’re pretty sure that your only chance at a free drink is that overweight guy with the cold sore and that weird hairy mole, and you realize that you’d rather shell out the cash for a peaceful night than risk him tell that story bout his hernias four times in a row as he spits  cold sore drool on your face?

Sorry… got carried away.  ANYWAY.. If you’ve ever wished for your friends to be able to share an experience of food and drinks with you even when they are halfway across the world, if you’ve ever wanted to send a special shot to a friend celebrating a birthday while you are stuck inside with the flu, if you’ve ever wanted to cash in all those internet stalkers you’ve been hoarding, well then… I’ve got an app for you… SLINGR.

Slingr – The self proclaimed social networking tool for drinkers, allows your facebook and twitter friends to remotely send you drinks when you are at bars and clubs hooked up with the service.

According to the service:

When you check in to a Slingr spot, a link is shared to your social feed (e.g. Facebook wall) which takes your friends to a menu system tied directly to your table. From there they can send you drinks, food, and other stuff which is delivered to you by the serving staff.

Currently three bars in the Los Angeles Area have it: Michael’s Bar and Grill in Burbank, the Hollywood Way and The Red Lion in Silver Lake.

Would you guys buy me drinks???   I need to have this blog profit me in some way…. JUST KIDDING. I love you all, even if you don’t buy me drinks.  But, I’ll try it out, see if actually works and report back soon.

Here’s the Facebook page and Website for those of you who would like to look into it more as it grows in popularity.

Via LA TIMES blog

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Burning Man smoldering with Hippie Unrest!

Warning: whenever I mention Burning Man in my blog, the S.S. Burners come out in full force to say that I’m stupid, I don’t “get” the experience and that I’m a self promoter that would never fit in. You know, things that people from an organization that refers to itself as “radically inclusive” would say.  I especially find this funny because when I pseudo-made-fun of Jeopardy fans, they appreciated a little bit of deprecation.  I’ve learned my lesson, hippies kind of suck and they’re weirdly omnipresent on internet message boards.

So, I personally take great joy in the fact that Burning Man has become more mainstream. It allows for people who espouse their generosity and community spirit to show their true colors when they say things like “people who don’t deserve to go now took spots away from artists.”

This year, the organizers held two rounds of ticket lotteries with the second lottery ending today. With this lottery, 40,000 tickets were sold at prices between $240 and $390, with a limit of two tickets per person.  40,000 tickets sure does sound like a lot, right?

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), because of scalpers, some burners creating multiple accounts and the overall jump in popularity of the even Continue reading

Beard Lube and Beard News!

I love going through my parents’ house, so many odd treasures.  Today I found this:

A sample of Jack Black’s Beard Lube in a bookshelf in my mom’s office.  It’s a “revolutionary three-in-one pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner,” but all that aside, they’ve definitely taken the market of uniquely named shaving products.  Sounds like  some dirty pirate’s sex juice (is sex juice a thing? not sure. but yes).

In vaguely related beard news, Disney has officially changed its very strict dress code to allow employees to grow beards.  Soul Patches are still banned though, but for good reason.

this reason…

(And if you were ever wondering some other names for Soul patch, here ya go: God’s asterisk, jazz dab, flavor saver, mouchemosca, cookie duster, face fungus,attilio, liptee, Imperial, kionjamchuzi, small beard, royale, zif, ball tickler, Cadillac, spit catcher, taint brush, soup catcher, flavor stripe, spit, sauce, womb broom.)

The Wonderful World of Sweepstakes Winning!

I’ve been semi-employed the last few months.  And even semi-employed is an overstatement.  Really I mean I’ve dedicated my time to re-watching cancelled sitcoms (woot Party Down woot), playing scrabble, and on a good day, going to the gym. WAIT. I didn’t even mention my job: I sometimes work in a law office where my boss sends me illegible post-its about the German Embassy which has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING.

Though German barmaids would be an interesting addition to the office 

So, as an added source of income (and yes, that is how I rationalize it), I’ve decided to enter as many sweepstakes/contests as I can.  And in reality, it’s kind of like a job,but instead of getting paid in cash, I get paid in chocolate, eye cream and the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook.

I did a less intense version of this before a couple of years ago, focusing on contests held in my city of residence, and I did pretty well:  a few show tickets, a pair of tickets to Beefest, and a pair of tickets to a Twilight event (the experience of trying to scalp these $4 dollar tickets to preteen girls marks one of the low points of my life).

Few things are scarier than this

BUT NOW, I am full-fledged sweepstakes fanatic!  In fact, I’ve actually won some stuff!  (NB: You can follow my my contest twitter account @lizzycontests to see everything I enter)

To show that people actually win stuff and to give props to the websites that provided me with happiness, here are some items I’ve won in the last month:

I wasn’t joking when I said I won the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook because I did.  I originally thought it was a joke, but it’s actually a real thing that is unintentionally a joke.  I have yet to receive it, so in the meantime, I just post Gwyneth Paltrow quotes on Tumblr (yes, hahabuda has a tumblr)

 I basically love everything about hot dogs, except the hot dog bun – hahabuda

I also won a guacamole prize pack from Wholly Guacamole and Surviving a Teacher’s Salary.  Since coupons for guacamole and sandwich Continue reading

Cool website of the day: Draw a Stickman

I have one drawing style: stick.

Dedicated to my mom, for believing she invented those jokes, and my brother for saying terrible ones during dinner

(image via xkcd)

So I was immediately intrigued when I saw the interactive website Draw a Stickman.  It’s a lot of fun and has a customized message section at the end.  I don’t want to ruin it, so check it out through the link above.

After you are done, check out the gallery to see how creative people got with it (my skillz didn’t quite cut it).

A Zombie Infested 5k Obstacle Course Race – Run for your Lives

Do you ever feel that when you go running you lack the motivation to get you from point A to point B?  Would hungry zombies chasing you give you that motivation?

The Zombie Run allows you to live your zombie apocalypse fantasies, without actually risking transforming into the undead.  Plus, there’s a zombie apocalypse party afterwards for all participants and spectators.  Zombies and Beer – YES!  The race will take place in seven different cities over the course of the next year.  I’m planning on attending the Los Angeles/San Diego one, but you can go to:  Baltimore, Atlanta, Boston, Indianapolis, Seattle/Portland and Austin.  According to the website:

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Register for it HERE.