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Entertaining and Controversial Links around the Web

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It’s Friday, and all of us are dreaming of the weekend, of barbecues, of outdoor picnics with friends and family, and of simply relaxing in a hammock with a glass of bubbly rose in one hand and a great book in the other. So rather than bog you down with heady wine content, we thought we’d give you a handful of links that we thought were either controversial or entertaining:

Hilarious Map of the World: The Onion never fails to amuse me, but rarely have I stopped to actually dig deep into the site to see what other entertaining treasures it holds. If you have an hour to spare, I highly suggest you waste it exploring their “Our Dumb World: An Atlas of Planet Earth“, where you’ll find a few fun and interesting wine “facts”.

Impossible Food Pairings!: This one is inspired by the fun posts over at DrVino. Let’s just say that I wasn’t astounded to read that prison food is bad. Part of me assumes that it would be bad or else what’s the point of being in prison. But what if the food is so disgusting that you can’t even stomach it? Slate Magazine recently published an article on a “food substance” called, Nutraloaf, which is “prescribed for inmates who have misbehaved in various waysâ€â€usually by proving untrustworthy with their utensils. The loaf provides a full day’s nutrients, and it’s finger foodâ€â€no fork necessary.” Evidently, this stuff is so unpalatable that state prisoners are complaining that their due process has been violated, and/or that it violates the Eighth Amendment as cruel and unusual punishment. No matter how you approach it, we curious if we can’t make this monstrosity more palatable with a little vino. The question being, what do you pair with Nutraloaf?

European Wine Blogger Biographies: One of the great advantages of having a blog for the EWBC is the number of interesting biographies we’ve received on bloggers spattered across Europe. The most recent of them being from: Doug Cook of Able Grape, located in England; Giampiero Nadali of Aristide, located in Italy; and Thomas Lippert from Winzerblog.de, located in Germany. If you have a moment, check out the site and read about their view on why they blog and where they see the influence of wine blogs in the future.

Do Bloggers Think Print is Dead? Steve Heimoff recently posted an article suggesting that wine bloggers believe that print is dead. I would highly argue that we, as a whole, do not argue this, but rather feel as if digital is another form of communication that needs to be taken more seriously. Additionally, I doubt that any of us want to lose the look and feel of a book in our hand. To me, it’s like the feeling I get from popping a cork, which will always have a sense of nostalgia, romance and history attached to it; while a screwcap and a computer screen can’t even compare emotionally. To be honest, I feel like he’s making rather large and sweeping statements about how we, as bloggers, feel about the future of print, and would really like to know your thoughts on his article. While take a peek at his article on the credibility of wine bloggers.

  • Steve

    I think blogging and paper can happily co-exist! That's my sweeping statement and I'm sticking with it.

  • Dr. Debs

    I am puzzled as to why Steve would have made such a comment, especially as he's not been blogging very long, or commenting on any of our sites, or knows any of us very well. He certainly didn't ask me! I'm with you–it's a wonderful alternative to print because it is more timely. I don't think paper is or ever will be dead.

  • John Kelly

    Dr. Debs – you're kidding, right? "… not been blogging very long, or commenting on any of our sites, or knows any of us very well."? What sort of exclusionary, excessively self-referential blogging community are you referring to? Geez, dude, you've only been at it since 2006 – I don't know you but I've been reading your stuff off and on and never felt the need to comment. ;) Steve's blog is new but he has been writing on wine as long as most anybody (and better than many, IMO – at least well enough to get paid for it). And he is certainly not the first writer to use "{insert analog technology here}-is-dead" as a stalkinghorse for a column. Personally I am in the same camp as you, and Steve, and I hope most rational thinkers on the subject – print is not dead, dying, or even very sick. But print will have to co-exist with digital going forward, and any business model that relies on print/ads exclusively is not going to see the kind of profits the segment expected in the last century.

  • ryan

    paper will die, in it's current form. Simple fact. Books maybe not, though I could see e-paper becoming so life like, why would you not move to a one sheet solution that housed the worlds combined writings. I love books too, but really, We were never going to fly, We would never need more than 64k of RAM, We would never walk on the moon, the list goes on…In the end change happens. Think of this. I can't mark up a magazine, share it with my friends, book mark a quote, or grab a photo to my laptop. I"m not of the generation that will see print die. Nor are you Steve, Debs, or John, and we may all be gone before print is…But it will move to electronic paper…this is for sure.

  • Jo_Diaz

    I'm with all of you… First Steve's opinion… Books are very important: the touch, the feel, the smell of paper, the ability to jump around easily without the scroll down, and the ease with which they move from room to room, to the beach, etc…. It's part of who we are. John Kelly… Steve's wine voice has been around for a very long time (not to age Steve, but by way of building in the credibility factor)… His writings are academically based – lots of research and experiential sharing… it's of the best and brightest. Books and digital print will co-exist for a very long time. The wheels of progress turning ever so slowly, and will certainly have books gone at some point in time. I'm just hoping that my grandchildren won't see that part of progress.