Beverage review: This stuff is da bomb

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If you’ve been following me on the internet for any length of time, you know I have always been obsessed with finding the perfect refreshing drink, whether it’s long gone Pepsi Blue, Code Red, Ca Phe Sua instant coffee, Starbuck’s much missed Tazo Berry Chai, Dunkin Donuts’ Mango Fruit Blast and so on. Well, here is a new one, the Bai5 line of antioxidant waters. I was describing my favorite flavor, Congo Pear, the other day and said “It’s got real pear juice and coffee fruit and white tea extract! It’s a water-based drink!” to which someone replied “So it’s pear-flavored coffee tea water?”

When the internet shuts down: UGO and Posterous

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Although everything seems to be forever on the internet, it really isn’t. It’s oh so fragile, and the prime time of your life can be crossed out by one CEO’s pen swipe.

The Beat is safe!

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Despite the malware warnings, The Beat has not been compromised. Thanks to everyone for all the emails and tweets! It’s all part of a false positive Google levied on adserver iSocket this morning. While big sites like TechCrunch and so on are now going on their merry way, until Google decides to turn our power […]

Friday Cat Blogging: right at home

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In an earlier post, I alluded to the trials of 2012, and the sorrow of losing my dear cat Inky at age (almost) 20. That was very difficult, and I will always miss her, but a good thing did come of it: Ben and I were fortunate enough to find two adorable, marvelous kittens, now […]

Tell the Beat more about you!

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Okay let’s get down and dirty! As they used to say in AOL chat rooms, a/s check! Who are you???? We need to know.

If you want to keep reading The Beat, please read this post

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Over the last day or so, I posted two polls on what you do and do not want to see, content-wise, here at The Beat. Many many thanks to the hundreds of you who voted and commented. It generally confirmed what I know the regular, devoted readers of the site like to see, and we […]

Peter David update and thoughts on starting off the year — UPDATED

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I don’t intend to give daily update updates on Peter David’s condition following his stroke, but his wife Kathleen has a blog post yesterday called simply How do you tell a 10 year old that her father might never be the same? and its a powerful, affecting piece of writing. Those who know Kathleen know she’s a talented writer and creator herself and following her blog will undoubtedly be the best way to follow Peter’s progress and to send along continued best wishes. The good news is that Peter is showing signs of recovering, and things are not as bad as they might have been. But it’s still a long hard road for them.

Tell the Beat what you do NOT want to see!

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At the behest of retailer Brian Hibbs, here is a chance to sound off on what you LEAST WANT TO SEE here at The Beat, your daily news source for Instant Vietnamese Coffee. Vote for as many as you like!

As always if there is something you detest that isn’t listed here, use the comments to warn the world.

Tell The Beat what you want to see!

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Hey….polls! As we’re an ever evolving construct here, Team Beat is standing by to give you more of what YOU want to see. Is it pictures of hunky Brit stars? Scathing industry analysis? Panels from Mort Meskin comics? YOU hold the key! You can vote in as many or as few (gulp) categories as you want. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Sound your horn in the comments!

2012: that was a year

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2012 was a wacky year here at Stately Beat Manor and we look back at the good and the bad.

A very Merry Christmas from The Beat

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  All the best to all Beat readers and their loved ones—let’s hope it’s a safe and peaceful one. Did you get some good toys for Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

Remembering Wilco and Spain

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Last night a bunch of folks gathered together to remember editor and comics community member Marc Wilkofsky, who died last month. There was a dinner at a diner and then a bunch of folks at a quiet lounge telling stories and laughing. The dinner was a bunch that hadn’t been in the same place since […]

The Beat’s Person of the Day: Jimmy Aquino

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The Beat’s Year-End Survey questions are out and Person of the Year polling has begun, but just to warm you up, we’d like to salute our PERSON OF THE DAY, Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino, who just celebrated his birthday. Sadly we couldn’t make the festivities, but we still wanted to salute a guy who […]

Cat Blogging Friday 12/7

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They’re really not kittens any more—more young cats. But as you can see, Charlie and Lucy have settled in pretty well.

The state of the comics internet on September 4, 2003

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If you’re a digital hoarder like The Beat you may wake up one day and realize you have some bookmark files that go back 10 years or more. And then you may poke around and you may find something like. Bradley’s Almanac – comic book links which was last updated more than nine years ago.

How to be powerless

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Last Monday night, as Hurricane Sandy raged outside, we had just finished watching last night’s episode of The Walking Dead when there was a flash in the sky and the power went out. The vicarious glee of the Zombie Apocalypse—with its owl eating, gas hunting and lack of hot showers—was quickly replaced by living an actual lite version of it.