The Democratic Chair

Curtis Buchanan put up a wonderful video series on how to make his “Democratic chair” with only ten tools. As Curtis puts it:

Giving people an equal opportunity regardless of economic status is kind of the definition of “democratic.”

Definitely worth a look if you have any interest in chair making. Kudos to Curtis for making this available for free. Open source woodworking is pretty cool.

hattip to Peter Follansbee, who just finished up his version

Blue Mondays

The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 came out recently and it features an orchestral cover of Blue Monday by New Order. Here’s that cover:

This kicked off a search for other covers of Blue Monday. Here’s a crazy one using instruments from the 1930s:

Here’s Orgy’s cover from a while ago

And finally, here’s the original for comparison:

And the search for orchestral covers of 80’s synth songs continues…

My new favorite weekend cocktail

The carajillo at Cicatriz is certainly (and by far) the best I’ve tasted, but it is not, I’ll admit, the one I crave. Because my platonic carajillo is not, by any rational standard, a good drink. It’s cloying and unbalanced and, as Patan pointed out, both utilitarian and over-the-top. It’s irresistibly fusty, the sort of thing my Manischewitz-swilling, Irish-Catholic great-grandmother would have loved. It’s served, as it was the first time I drank it at the classic Cantina Mirador de Chapultepec (a favorite among the city’s famously corrupt politicans), in an oversized brandy snifter under the gracious eye of a bow-tied bartender, elbow-to-elbow with people who couldn’t possibly care less whether it’s actually “good” or not.

It’s a drink that makes you say carajo—fuck it.

From Mexico City’s Party Drink Has Old Roots @ PUNCH