3D Energy Drink : Alphaland [ Lemonade ]

3D Energy Drink : Alphaland [ Lemonade ]

I don’t know what the Alphaland bit is about, but this 3D Energy Drink tastes like what it essentially is; carbonated Lemonade. It’s “light and refreshing” as promoted. The “intense rush” comes via 200 milligrams of caffeine. The flavor suggests a lot of sugar, but there is none. It’s sweetened with sucralose.

my rating : 3 of 5

Walmart Apple Pie [ No Sugar Added ]

Walmart Apple Pie [ No Sugar Added ]

There’s No Sugar Added, but what’s the catch? Gas from sorbitol. It’s a relatively minor drawback for a relatively “fresh-from-the bakery” Apple Pie that’s about as good as any you’ll have. The crust is cute, but the best part is the main ingredient; the sweet Apples themselves. This is a treat best served not warm but cold from the fridge.

my rating : 4 of 5

Mackenzie Dern’s physical appearance

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A lot of MMA fanboys consider Mackenzie Dern a butterface and she definitely is. She’s not ugly, but her face is weird. She actually looks like Butt-Head. It’s her actual butt, along with the rest of her body, that saves her from aesthetic defeat.

She’s a bit too muscular, specifically her arms; as a straight male, that’s my biggest gripe with female fighters; but quite sexy from the neck down. Watching her do jiu-jitsu in the UFC, where you aren’t allowed to wear a gi, is a pervert’s delight.

my rating : 3 of 5

2024

audio review : Vultures 1 ( album ) … Kanye West + Ty Dolla Sign

audio review : Vultures 1 ( album ) ... Kanye West + Ty Dolla Sign

The 1 means this is supposed to be the first in a set of Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign collaborations, but that seems excessive. This album alone would’ve been better as an EP. There are good pickings; Paid is Friday night club fun and Back To Me ranks near the most beautiful of either artist’s unconventional “love” odes; but not enough to feed the wake.

my rating : 3 of 5

2024

Van Leeuwen French Ice Cream : Campfire S’mores

Van Leeuwen French Ice Cream : Campfire S'mores

It’s a fun concept. Ice Cream and S’mores from an actual Campfire make for an otherwise impractical combination. It’s the (“toasted”) marshmallows that damper the experience. They simply don’t; that is specifically to say their gooey texture doesn’t; mesh well with Ice Cream. It would be much better without them.

my rating : 3 of 5

video review : Jack Hermansson versus Joe Pyfer at UFC Fight Night

video review : Jack Hermansson versus Joe Pyfer at UFC Fight Night

Don’t be Joe Pyfer. The prospect downplayed Jack Hermansson during the prefight buildup; “I just don’t see him being able to hurt me, man”; and gets schooled. “Jack was better tonight,” the new bit goes as a humbled Pyfer accepts defeat.

He (Pyfer) clearly wins the first round and probably the second. That’s to his credit. As the bout goes on though, thanks in part to a punch to the eye and some crafty calf kicks, Hermansson, as Daniel Cormier so eloquently puts it, “kinda took over”.

my rating : 4 of 5

2024

Arby’s Crispy Fish Sandwich

Arby's Crispy Fish Sandwich

Arby’s Fish Sandwiches, which I prefer over their signature Roast Beef, are only available during a “limited time”; the Christian season known as Lent. This is the standard (Cheddarless) version and, thanks in part to its oversized triangle-shaped fillet, it swims among the best in fast food. Add extra tartar sauce or mayo to make it even better.

my rating : 4 of 5

Java Monster : Cold Brew [ Latte ]

Java Monster : Cold Brew [ Latte ]

This energy drink tastes like what it basically is; “nitro-infused Cold Brewed coffee” (espresso) with a lot of milk in it. It’s remarkably creamy, though there’s no cream listed on the ingredients list. It’s also “subtly sweet” as the can describes but not enough to make it good.

my rating : 3 of 5

3D Energy Drink : Galaxy Lime

3D Energy Drink : Galaxy Lime

“Galaxy Lime is infinitely delicious,” the promo claims, but that’s hyperbolic nonsense. It isn’t even good. The flavor, in which “Bright lime and deep blackberry collide”, is among the worst 3D Energy Drinks. It tastes like a fruit and vegetable concoction from somebody’s juicer and smells, oddly enough, like spoiled milk.

my rating : 2 of 5

audio review : Keep Your Courage ( album ) … Natalie Merchant

audio review : Keep Your Courage ( album ) ... Natalie Merchant

With titles like Tower Of Babel and The Feast Of Saint Valentine, it’s obvious these aren’t your typical “love” odes. Natalie Merchant’s going for epic here. The music, at times featuring a small symphony orchestra, confirms as much. Not that the folk singer’s ever been a stranger to the classical genre.

One of the best songs has the oddest name; Come On Aphrodite. Merchant and guest Abena Koomson Davis sound silly whenever they say it, but the melodies are a delight. Other standouts include Sister Tilly; a lament; and a respectful albeit unwarranted cover of Lankum’s Hunting The Wren.

my rating : 3 of 5

2023