My roommate came back from Tales of the Cocktail and now I want my own swag room.

My roommate writes the best booze and bar blog when it comes to New York City. She’s actually paid to write about what most of us just pretend to know something about. She’s been to the hot bar before the rest of us. She knows who the hot bartender of the moment is and is friends with her. And you know how some guys will, when they’re on a date, try to pretend that they actually know the ins and outs of mixology? She can totally see through them. She knows things man. KNOWS things.

And because she knows things, she gets free swag. She recently went to Tales of the Cocktail 2009 in New Orleans. She just got back today, opened up her suitcase, and took out her swag. And by swag, I mean free little bottles of booze.

We’ve got bottles of Acai Black Currant syrup and Fernet-Branca Liqueur, which is only used in Argentina and San Francisco. Grand Marnier, Yamazaki 12 year old Single Malt Whiskey, and Saint Germain 60/40. Fentinman’s Ginger Beer and Tonic Water are everywhere and there’s big bottle of Agave Nectar, 100% Blue Agave too. We’ve got yellow and green Chartreuse (that’s right, there’s a yellow version too). In Tequilas, there’s Tequila Ocho and Partida reposado. And to round it out, we’ve got a large bottle of 360 Vodka ad another bottle of tequila, Tres Generaciones. If you didn’t know that Tequila is popular, now you do.

She’s a good roommate to have.

So far, she’s only written one entry on her blog about Tales but I can see her on the couch and she’s writing more stories. I also see that her employer ran a truncated article about gin on their website. And, boy, she’s telling me stories that I wish I could do justice to. She was the only person not to run into Danny Devito. The swag room supposedly had a “key” to get into, they gave it to her, but the actual room only had a curtain in front of it. Lots of delicious drink recipes are in her notebook and in the piles of papers she brought back. She got the new number for Milk and Honey. She’ll write more so keep an eye out on her blog. It’s worth reading.

And, to top everything off, my cat is currently trying to open the bottle of Ocho Tequila. That’s why she’s named Chula – she’s a sassy latina. is removing sales ranking from certain gay and lesbian books?

A repost from my gossip blog

Update [8:53pm] : seattle pi’s take, la times


What the hell is doing?

Right now, sales rankings for dozens of gay and lesbian books have had their sales rankings removed which means they don’t show up in lists. is keeping a list and major news papers are starting to pick it up. It started a few weeks ago but is only being reported mostly now. #amazonfail on twitter has been the current big reporter on this scandal and there is no other word to describe it. Right now, when you search for homosexuality on, A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality IS THE FIRST RESULT. The first! And the whole first page of results is all about stupid bigoted religious nonsense about homosexuality. The books are utter bullshit, a perversion of my brand of faith, and promoting hate and intolerance instead of God’s love. It’s appalling to see this. Appalling to see that is pulling stupid bullshit like this to appease….no one. They claim that the books that have lost their sales results are “adult” while vibrators, anal beads, and sex toys have their sales rankings still there. Did a religious group write enough complaints in? Did they take control over the sales department there? Or is this company now owned by Wal-mart? And why, in this time of economic recession, would you alienate an extremely affluent part of society? This make no economic sense, no rational sense, and no religious sense either.

I just received a $50 dollar gift certificate from today. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it now. Bah.

CSS Fact of the Day

I spent the last two days trying to use the overflow:auto property for a div but I kept running into a problem. I had the following class declaration:

.scrollComments {
position: relative;
top: 2px;
left: 0px;
height: 46px;
width: 376px;
overflow-y: auto;
border: solid 1px #dabd61;

Pretty simple and also valid; there is nothing special about it. I defaulted the scroll bars to let the browsers define them (which is the only behavior allowed in Safari). It should have worked. I should have seen a vertical scroll bar. But I didn’t. And I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why.

After struggling with various decorations and shifting of content, I realized my error. The problem had nothing to do with the content of the div. It also has nothing to do with any other class declarations, layers, javascript, or what have you. The whole problem has to do with Safari and Firefox and how they handle their default scroll bars. The problem was fixed by merely changing the height from 46px to 80px. The div was too small for the scroll bars to appear. It seems that Firefox and Safari do not scale their scroll bars to anything smaller than this.

Man. What an annoying little “feature”.