Wed. 12/7 – 4-9 PM – $5 brandy pours: Wild Cherry – Notes of rich cherry, marzipan, crushed almonds and a floral edge complemented by nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness with a finish that is unctuous and thick with that allspice and damson alongside dark cherries and fresh tanic grip. OR Do Ferreiro Orujo De Galicia Brandy from Portugal -Notes of flowers, fennel & black pepper, dry and light-bodied with smooth fresh, mentholated fruit flavors on the palate and a long finish. Come on in and learn a little about brandy – you might be surprised!
Thurs 12/8 – 4-9 PM NASA (National Aeronautics & Space Administration) cocktails: “World’s smallest photon achieved in dielectric nanocavity”…producing oil from duckweed…. These technologies sound sci-fi but are in fact the product of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA) technology labs. NASA is required by its charter to report to industry any new, commercially significant technologies developed during its research & development. Since the early 1960s, this has been accomplished primarily through the publication of NASA Tech Briefs. Many of us have subscribed to this magazine since the 1960s. I, for one, do not have a clue what I am reading, but if you have a curious mind, you will be intrigued by these amazing advances in science & technology. Maybe I think I will absorb it through osmosis, don’t know, but the stuff sounds futuristic & something we should know at least a tad about. One of NASA/s latest projects delves into that equally high-tech world of “biomimicry” that popped up out of nowhere years ago. Biomimicry learns from & mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges. It is about valuing nature for what we can learn, not what we can extract, harvest, or domesticate. In the process, we learn about ourselves, our purpose, & our connection to each other & our home on earth. Biomimicry believes that the widespread adoption of nature-inspired solutions will catalyze a new era in design & business that benefits both people & the planet. Evidently NASA agrees since one of its last projects is inspired by the Pacific Mole Crab in which they created a unique robot inspired by this burrowing crustacean that may someday help evaluate the soil of agricultural sites, collect marine data and study soil & rock conditions at construction sites.
“Generative design” offers a solution to patient specific knee implants…. additive manufacturing…. creating the next generation of orthopedic implants…. These and more research papers are being developed by the sister organization & magazine to the Tech Briefs of NASA and appropriately named NASA’s Medical Design Briefs. These papers feature exclusive coverage of the latest medical & bio medical innovations from NASA, its industry partners, and other major players in medical research and development worldwide. From heart pumps and defibrillators to surgical robots, NASA has developed thousands of medical breakthroughs on the way to space. A latest example is a wearable vest system designed to monitor heart failure patients in their home & detect when their condition is worsening. Such early detection of acute decompensated heart failure could lead to treatment changes & other interventions that prevent hospitalizations. These publications are free to those interested. WOW!
We live in such an amazing time in technological advances so how does “Brandy” play out in the wild scheme of things? Some famous quotes on consumption “Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.” ~ Dave Barry: “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning that’s as good as they going to feel all day.” – Frank Sinatra. “The problem with some people is that when they aren’t drunk, they’re sober.” ~ William Butler Yeats. “What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?” ~ W.C. Fields.
Animal inspired cocktails: Barking Spider – CB Frost, Cointreau, rum, sour mix, fresh squeezed orange juice; Bees Knees – Douglas Fir, honey, fresh squeezed lemon juice; The Crow – Korbel Brandy, fresh squeezed lemon juice, grenadine; Grasshopper – CB Frost Brandy, Crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, light cream; Monkey Gland – CB Frost Brandy, gin, fresh orange juice, absinthe, grenadine, simple syrup; 1/2 price flight on US Flight
Wed. 12/ 14 – 7 – 9 PM NC Writers Network presents new authors
Wed 12/21 – 7-9 PM Songwriters Sessions presents new songwriters