Thomas Dolby Update!

He’s coming to the twin cities!

Earlier this week a friend mentioned that he had added a date in St Paul for May 21st. Earlier in the week I still couldn’t buy tickets so I’m hoping I can fix that this weekend.

The show is going to be at Station 4 in lowertown.

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B100 at the pump!

This just in:

Good News! Biodiesel B100 will be offered at the pump tomorrow at the Pump-N-Munch on Lyndale and 63rd in South Minneapolis from 10-2 on Saturday April 29th.

More information about the group producing this can be had at and

Unfortunately I couldn’t wait for a fill up yesterday and since I hadn’t heard any solid details I went ahead and did my first fill up at a Holiday in Bloomington.

I also went looking around and the official word from VW is that using anything more than B5 might void my warranty. Given that my new vehicle still has just over 20k miles left on the powertrain warranty, I’m a bit wary of taking that step just yet.

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Also found this afternoon

Target’s Archer Farms line of food products now has a “premium” soda available, at least in the Twin Cities market. I saw 4 flavors today at a non-SuperTarget close to work: Sarsparilla, Ginger Beer, Strawberry Creme, and Diet Peach. I picked up a 4pack of all but the Diet and should have had a chance to taste all of them by the weekend. The ingredients do list sugar instead of HFCS, so I have some hope that it might be at least drinkable and if it’s done by the same people who make their “Italian Soda” line of beverages there’s a strong chance there will be at least one good flavor in there.

Found in the wild…

So while I was filling up the fuel tank for the first time on my new-to-me 2003 VW Golf GLS TDI, I ended up having to go into the store to pay for the gas. Looks like the modern convenience of the card reader hasn’t made it to the diesel pumps yet.

Anyway, while in the store I figured that I’d take a look for anything new and lo and behold they had bottles of Berries & Cream Dr Pepper.

So how is it? Well, it’s a lot like Dr Pepper. Seriously. The base flavor is very strongly the classic Dr Pepper flavor, it’s just that they’ve added a bit of something else in there. That something else comes off as a relatively light but additional sweetness and a fairly soft vanilla finish. The Vanilla Coke and Pepsi people could learn something from the vanilla flavor Cadbury Shweppes and Co are using in this. Certainly worth a try, but nothing astonishing and new as far as I’m concerned.

Unfortunately they did not have bottles of the new “100% Natural” 7-Up. That’s something that I’m actually looking forward to trying.

Passion Orange: Suprisingly good

I tried the White Rock Organics Passion Orange today at lunch and was really very pleasantly surprised. It’s not as sweet as the very good Red Peach, which in turn is not as sweet as the horrible Raspberry Creme. I do have to admit that the initial flavor was sort of odd, but the finish and subsequent sips showed it to be a very well put together flavor. Some nicely sour passion fruit notes with the barest orange/citrus is an unexpectedly combination and the lack of over-the-top sugar makes for a really excellent soda.

From the maker’s of Sioux City sodas: White Rock Organics

While doing some quick soda shopping before a couple of friends stopped by to play some boardgames, I ran into some new bottles at the local Kowalski’s that looked interesting. White Rock Organics soda comes in 3 flavors: Red Peach, Raspberry Creme, and Passion Orange. I got a 4 pack of all 3 flavors and have so far tasted very mixed results.

The Red Peach is actually incredibly good. It is more sweet and intensely flavored than I would normally like, but the carbonation is light enough and the cane sugar they are using is fairly decent quality so the flavor is at least very good. It also really tastes like very good fresh peaches.

The Raspberry Creme, on the other hand, tastes like cough syrup. And, as one of my friends last night pointed out, not even like good cough syrup. The flavor is fruity enough but the intense sweetness and the overwhelming sticky taste of bad vanilla-esque flavor is just horrible. None of us wanted to finish the bottle. I’m trying to figure out how to get rid of the other 3 bottles without offending someone I like, or just pouring them out. I’ll probably give a second bottle a taste to see if it was just a bad bottle, but it tasted exactly like any other really badly fruit flavored soda I’ve ever had. Heck, it’s easily in the same league as Shasta Strawberry, if you can believe that.

I still have yet to try the Passion Orange, though I’ll probably get to that tonight. At this point I’m wondering if I should be looking forward to it with dread or excitement.

Jargon of a sub-culture

I was struck while reading a blurb in Variety about the new Star Trek movie that I must be going through the same thing anyone who is not a techie goes through while reading have the things I follow on the net. Consider the following phrase:

Deal reflects ParPar’s bullishness on “MI3,” which launches worldwide next weekend, and underlines the goal of Paramount chief Brad Grey and Gail Berman to re-energize the pipeline via high-profile tentpoles while revitalizing the Par brand with top-tier talent such as Abrams.

Tentpoles? Re-energize? Pipeline? I do think I get the gist of it (That a company is hoping to fix some issues they’ve had with the image of Star Trek lately primarily because most of the recent stuff was CRAP.), but it took me a couple of attempts to really get that out of the statement.

Anyway, not having ever been a really big Trek fan, I definitely have to side with Michael on this one: It might be decent. But it might not happen at all. Who the hell really knows?