For a suburbanite, and especially one living in a city where home charred flesh is on the menu 13 months out of the year, the great gas versus charcoal barbecue debate is an important topic. But rest easy, for tonight I stand before you all with the final answer…
The main benefit of gas grills is convenience–turn that knob, wait a few minutes, and boom you’re in business; buy a bottle of gas, or if you have the money and know you’re going to be doing a whole heap of barbecuing, run a line to the backyard and jack it in. Never run out again. Beautiful.
Barbecuing with charcoal requires purchasing a big bag of the black stuff and lighter fluid, fire it up, then wait interminably for the fire to reach optimum temperature.
The argument for charcoal, on the other hand, is taste. It tastes better, they say. But here’s the smoking gun: People who prefer charcoal barbecuing drink domestic beer. And not the good stuff, like Fat Tire, Shiner Bock, or anything brewed with pride like that. They like Bud, Coors, and MGD.
And of course, anybody who willingly purchases those kinds of beers isn’t to be trusted with any kind of opinion regarding taste.
So, QED, gas it is. Now we can all sleep well at night.
Posted Thursday, 08 July, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.