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UPSLynx · Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics · Icrontian

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  • Re: 11th Annual Icrontic St Paddy's & Marche du Nain Rouge

    Nain Rouge was pretty dope TBH

    Heading home. Thanks everyone, miss you already and I had a blast!


    You thought it would end at 10?

    you were a fool.

    The ELEVENTH Desert Bus for Hope kicks off this Friday, November 17th at 10AM PDT, and we about to raise so much effing money for charity whether you like it or not. By now, you know the drill. But if somehow you a total scrub, let mah boi Graham give you the low key diss:

    Get in here and donate. Challenge these fools to do dumb things or talk some smack about fellow Icrontians. Drink. Watch. Laugh. Get banned for hating on Dix. Make a new account and get banned again. See if you can break Graham.

    But seriously, look what happens when you break Graham, courtesy of @cola

    Did they fix that little loophole of impropriety? ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT.

    So grab your wallet, grab some brews or whisk, join us on Twitch (or if you got gud, join us on @UPSKingpin dope AF dashboard here: http://www.whaledong.com/ (And that's a legit website. If you don't know, NOW YOU KNOW. DESERT BUS IS AN EFFING PARTY, BRO!)) and get ready to watch a room full of people torture themselves for a week straight. All for the children!

    Want to win a thing? Check out the list here: https://desertbus.org/prizes

    Want to donate just because? Do the deed here: https://desertbus.org/donate

    Want to get banned? Talk smack about Dix and/or Liz!

    Want to pick a waifu? Well too late, because if you know, you know.

    I just bought a bottle of whiskey tonight. I'll be damned if it survives to day two. Do you have that kind of resolve? I've been bussin' for eleven years. I was bussin' before your mamma was born. I was bussin' before and after @Canti invented MSPaint. Come at me. Get on the discord channel and GIT GUD.

    Previous threads:
    Desert Bus 3
    Desert Bus 4
    Desert Bus 5
    Desert Bus 6
    Desert Bus 8
    Desert Bus 9
    Desert Bus 10

    Whale Dong everybody. Dix sux.

    Also reposting this masterpiece so people nevar forget.

  • Expo 2017 CALL-OUT THREAD!

    Alright folks, you've heard the call, and you know the drill.

    This thread is for the smack-takler Skywalkers. The trash talkin' go-getters. The smug and the bold. The confirmed attendees that won't just let their non-confirmed compatriots sit back and miss the best Icrontic event of the year.

    This thread is to call those people out and make them STEP UP!

    I'm gonna kick it off with an easy one:

    @Canti Do you even exist anymore, bro? The last time you went to Detroit, the Sullivan house had only stood for 2 years and people still traveled by horseback. There's an Overwatch tournament happening, and last I checked you knew a thing or two about making waifu picks in high tier competitive play. We're gonna have an effing beer tap installed in the house in time for the event this year. You have a dog. You might also be a dog. R. Lee Ermey would be so, so disappointed in you. Get your ass to Expo.

    This ain't smack talk. This is REAL TALK!

  • Adventures in bourbon - Bottled in Bond

    Whiskey is awesome, and I wanted to share some of my recent journey into the distilled beverage with 'yall.

    Recently I've been digging more into the world of bourbon, and man, there's some great stuff to discover. As a whiskey fan for a long time, I often find myself shelling out for top shelf, rare and expensive whiskies, particularly in the Irish Whiskey and Bourbon categories. And while these whiskies are always awesome, I've begun wondering if I've been missing out on any hidden gems that might be considered "lower" tier.

    Enter Bottled in Bond, the bottom shelf bourbon you had no idea you should be drinking.

    I stumbled upon Bottled in Bond when I read a bunch of rants from the whiskey punk scene. Drinkers were pissed that Jim Beam, a massive brand in its own right, had raised prices across their large portfolio of distilled beverages. One of the top complaints was in regards to Old Grand Dad Bottled in Bond (BiB). Old Grand Dad, to me, was the "unemployment whiskey", aka this stuff sucks but it's only $15 a bottle so whatever I'll buy it. This led me to research BiB.

    Here's a quick primer on BiB. Introduced in 1897, the Bottled in Bond Act was put in place to protect whiskey drinkers. See, back in those days, it wasn't difficult for any random person to distill and sell whatever they want under the label of whiskey. As a popular alcoholic beverage of early America, it wasn't uncommon to find... unfavorable beverages being sold side by side with some of the legendary distillers that still exist today (like Beam). You might walk into a bar to buy a bottle of whiskey labeled as "Straight bourbon whiskey", only to find out it's mostly colored water, or worse - something legitimately harmful such as paint thinner plus a little coloring.

    The Bottle in Bond Act set to standardize bourbon whiskey in America, both for the protection of the consumer, and to legitimize the beverage as a pure product of American craftsmanship. The requirements are as follows:

    • The liquor must be the product of one distillation season.
    • It must be made by one distiller.
    • It must be made at one distillery.
    • It must be aged, for at least four years, at a federally bonded barrel aging warehouse.
    • It must be bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV).

    The bottle's label must identify all of the above before a whiskey can be sold under the label of BiB. The cool thing? This federal label is still in act today, and you can go out and buy Bottled in Bond bourbon at most bottle shops near you. Most modern distilleries don't bother with BiB labeling, as it can be costly and annoying to produce. However, there are still quite a few BiB whiskies to choose from, made by names such as Jim Beam, Old Granddad, Rittenhouse, and Old Forester.

    You might wonder to yourself "so what? Why would I care about BiB when I can buy Two James Grass Widow?" There are a few reasons, and most of which favor the budget and adventurous bourbon seekers.

    Firstly, it's important to note the 100 proof requirement for BiB bourbons. Most bourbons will be bottled at 60-80 proof, which will give you a light, watered down flavor. By picking up a BiB bourbon, you can guarantee yourself a big and intense flavor, most of which that will be very clear examples of what makes bourbon whiskey great - a sweet flavor of corn, rye, and heat.

    Because of the intensity of these flavors, BiB whiskey makes for EXCELLENT cocktail bourbon. In fact, a well-kept secret is that most bartenders prefer to stick to BiB whiskey for all of their cocktail mixing (specifically rye-forward variants), because they impart huge flavor without the need of using a ton of whiskey from the bottle. That, and they're typically super cheap.

    The price really is a shock with these whiskies. Most BiB bourbons found today can be purchased between 20-30 dollars. You've probably seen them, sitting on the bottom shelf of a whiskey isle, gathering dust. BiB bourbon has long been considered a hidden secret for bourbon lovers, and I'm only now beginning to understand why - they're delicious and a great bang for the buck.

    Ultimately though, BiB whiskey is great because you're guaranteed to know what's in that bottle. Sure, we live in a world where we're not about to be duped by some punk selling paint thinner in a bottle. That being said, you don't always know where the whiskey actually comes from, or what the age statement actually is. When you buy Bottled in Bond whiskey, you know exactly what's gone into that bottle. That kind of transparency is pretty neat.

    Here's a great article on Paste about Bottle in Bond, including a list of some of the best currently available Bottled in Bond brands. If you're a discerning bourbon drinker and are even the slightest bit curious, give some of these a shot (I'm sipping on Old Granddad BiB right now!). You might be surprised what you'll find in those dusty, ignored bottles.

  • Desert Bus for Hope TEN. SMOOK BUS ERRY DAY

    Welp, here we go again.

    You know the drill by now, so say it with me. DESERT BUS IS BACK, BAYBEEEEE. Kicking off Saturday, November 12 at 10AM PDT, the bus gets rolling for it's tenth tenure in the endless expansion of sand and arid skies. Donate. Challenge. Beg. Talk trash about Dix. Complain about Liz. Do it all in the coming week while we watch Loading Ready Run torture themselves in a 24/7 livestream while playing the worst game ever made.

    Join us in mumble, grab a beverage or six, and have some laughs (and maybe even a chat ban!). Dis gun b gud.

    Still don't know how to Desert Bus cuz you a scrub? Graham got u fam.

    You can donate now, or you can wait until they're live to challenge them to do stupid things. Or, if you can really wait on your dosh, you might be able to win a super sweet live auction. . Pick a challenge, pick a waifu, pick a reason to get banned. It's time to bus.

    Watch on twitch.tv, or if you're truly pro, watch on @UPSKingpin custom dashboard: http://sclisi.com/db/

    So grab your wallet and prepare your butt. Desert Bus is goin' in raw.

    Previous threads:
    Desert Bus 3
    Desert Bus 4
    Desert Bus 5
    Desert Bus 6
    Desert Bus 8
    Desert Bus 9

    I'm not dlunk. You're dlunk.


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