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What do Spambots and Steampunks Have in Common?

  Both of them love The Charlie Tonic Hour! Ladies and Gentleman, Charlie and I wanted to take a moment before the weekend to thank all of our friends and supporters who have been with us for our first three weeks. The response has been better than we could have hoped for. As I am writing this we are...

Buckeye Vodka: Ohio’s Gift to the World

I am sitting here at my computer, having just finished recording episode three of The Charlie Tonic Hour where we reviewed the locally distilled vodka, Buckeye Vodka. I am still a little tipsy from the tasting and I am feeling such a pleasant buzz that I thought I better record my thoughts before this...

Always, Patsy Cline

It is unnecessarily dramatic for me to point out that I was the first person in my family to go to college. It would be exaggeration to say that by moving to the city and getting involved in bizarre things like steampunk, liberal activism and imported beer I’ve created a gap between my family and...

The God Machine by Chandra Free

Comic books and anime are relatively new to me but art is not and the art is what drew me to this book immediately. The pictures are well executed and intriguing, ranging from gorgeously rendered art nouveau to playful anime and back again, often within the same page. The pictures alone make it worth the...

How Many Steampunks Can You Fit into a Bathtub? The Weekend in Review

The January salon of the League of Cincinnati Steampunks was one for the record books. Forty people filled three rooms at Arnold’s in Cincinnati Ohio on the evening of January 7th, the largest number we’d ever had. Everyone had recovered enough from New Year’s and was once again ready to get into corsets...

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale: God’s Spit in a Cup

Have you ever been torn between two equally good choices? Two different options that are each so good that it pains you not be able to experience both at once? On episode two of The Charlie Tonic Hour we review a drink that can solve that problem for you, at least as far as having to choose between bourbon...

Will Technology Be the Destruction or the Salvation of our Social Lives?

On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour’s last podcast of the year Glen Weldon named 2011 the beginning of “The Age of Indolence.” This was the year that he was most able to get his entertainment “…sitting like a pasha on my sofa…” Music, books, movies, TV, and comics all came streaming to him with a snap of his...

Everyone On Facebook Has Seen My Panties

  Let me start off by saying that I don’t necessarily consider myself sexy, especially not in the hyped-up femme fatale kind of way. Objectively viewed, I am firmly in the average to above average range, depending on lighting and how kind my skin is being to me on any given day. I also don’t consider...

Hot Shots

In addition to trying Applejack Charlie and I started off the tasting with a few shots. We stumbled across the recipe and happened to have all the ingredients and it turned out to be pretty good, in that good and disgusting at the same time way that shots are supposed to be. Ladies and gentleman I give you:...

Meet Applejack

Want to read ahead a bit in advance of our first episode?  I have strong expectation that the beverage know as Applejack will be discussed in episode #1.  Ginny Tonic bumped into the beverage while reading this article on Salon.com, a regular reading stop for both of us. Borrowing heavily from Wikipedia,...

The December Salon of The League of Cincinnati Steampunks

I’ve always loved the idea of a salon in the historical sense of a regular social gathering of eminent people at the house of a woman prominent in high society. Although I can’t claim to be the host, or even the organizer, of our local Steampunk salons I like to think that I can count myself among the...

Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Before I could review this book I had to pry it out of the hands of a wonderful nine year old. Considering the book was competing with an x-box and the online Lego universe game he’s obsessed with I consider that high praise indeed. Even higher praise is that I was waiting impatiently in line to read...
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