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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Go Giants: ¡Dia De Los Gigantes! Shirts at Heebe Jeebe

You know why the Giants lost the season opener to (shudder) LA? You didn’t have this shirt.

Do the Bay a favor and head to one of my favorite Petaluma stores, Heebe Jeebe, to grab this killer shirt designed by John Hersey. If you can’t make the trek (stop cryin’, I do it every day) you can order by phone: 707 773 3222.

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Freeze Heem: Brian Wilson in Carbonite for SF Giants Star Wars Day
Art: Dia De Los Muertos by Sylvia Ji
Sneak Peek: The Petaluma River Monster, Opens Friday at Heebe Jeebe!
TCB: Zombie and Day of the Dead Elvis Busts on Etsy
Freebie: The Venture Bros. Skull Patch and Game are Go!
Preview: Sylvia Ji Las Adelitas at Joshua Liner Gallery July 10
Sneak Peek: “Secondhand Love” Gives Old Art New Heart, Sat. Feb 13th
Silkscreen: Muertos Couple 2 by Matt Goldman
Art Opening: Pics from Timothy McSweeney & Cass Hersey “Heart of the City” at Boomerang Gallery, Petaluma
TRON Beard: Beardo Optico Revisited


Infographic: The United States of GOOD Beer

Recently GOOD Magazine asked readers for “the most awesome, best-tasting, sustainably brewed, independently owned, community-oriented craft beer brewed in your state“. This (updated) map is the result. Let the list-bitching begin …

SEE IT LARGE: See the rest »


SF Beer Week: The App (and Week) is Here

TWO DAYS INTO the 2nd annual SF Beer Week‘s over 200 events, two things are glaringly apparent:

  1. You’re gonna need a backup liver See the rest »

Worst In Show: World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Documentary

Petaluma, how I love thee. Birthplace of World Wrist Wrestling and annual home to Petaluma Whiskerino and the infamous World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

Now in its 23rd year (or 105th in dog years) the competition is finally getting

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SF Beer Week: Lagunitas Collaboration Brew “San Francisco Fusion”

I was lucky enough to be there for this magical collaboration. Here’s the scoop.

For the first San Francisco Beer Week Lagunitas held a Beer Circus (which they now hold as a standalone event). This year, they wanted to do something different. So they invited a ton of Bay Area publicans out to help create a limited-release brew, just for SF Beer Week. How limited? About 80 kegs worth. “And maybe just one bottle” just to make it stoopidly limited. (Yes, they were joking. Probably.)

Here’s the official word:

Pics from the collaborative brew day … See the rest »


TRON Beard: Beardo Optico Revisited

Thanks to FangFoundThis for this TRON Beard animated gif. Aaaaaaaggh!

Another huge thanks to Beau of TINBIKE for his swift help shooting and editing this in just a few hours. See what he can do with more time.

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CamStache: Augmented Reality Moustache
Pic: Tiger Woods Shank Shot & Cigar ‘Stache Guy
Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute / Readying For Whiskerino
KYEO: Invader Spotted on La Brea
TRON: New Daft Punk “Derezzed” Music Video
Easter Eggs: TRON Pac-Man and Mickey Mouse
Gif: Floating Cat is Hypnotic
Gifs: People Who Look Exactly The Same In Every Pic


Crafterino: See “Elfis” The Christmas Elf Elvis AND Finish Your Holiday Shopping

Good beer, cool handmade holiday gifts, an Elvis elf, and a benefit for the homelss. How’s this for one-stop holiday shopping? The Holiday Crafterino:

  • Handmade gifts from 30+ Bay Area vendors
    including the incredible Blue Ribbon Salvage
  • Elfis the Christmas Elf Elvis Impersonator LIVE
  • Proceeds benefit the homeless, via COTS
  • Dozens of belgian and craft beers at TAPS

Get all the details at Downtown Petaluma Craft Mart. And check out Elfis’ site.

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TCB: Zombie and Day of the Dead Elvis Busts on Etsy
Beer: Deep Fried Bacon Dog and Anchor Humming Ale at TAPS Petaluma
Petaluma Whiskerino: ‘Beardo Optico’ Video
Drink: New Craft Beer Bar Opens In Downtown Petaluma, TAPS
Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute / Readying For Whiskerino
Cool: Fraternal Fist Bump, Circa 1890s
Jingle: Best Coast x Wavves Christmas Song for … Target?!


Gallery: Petaluma Whiskerino 2010 Pics

1st Place Moustache Justin Shurtz could easily hold a bottle of IPA in each curl.


Yup, that’s a moustache-shaped goatee. He won 1st place in the goatee category. (Pic via Wardinger)


The Kind Beard

This is Matt “Beards In A Box” Wilson. Yes, he’s holding up a bag of beard. Though absent from Petaluma Whiskerino for the last couple years, he’s been a contestant the previous dozen plus. After every year he shaves his beard and saves it in that Jack Daniel‘s box. This is the real deal, folks.


Tons more pics below …

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MP3: Friday Five ‘Rock Out With Your Beard Out’

… or your sideburns, moustache, goatee, or peach fuzz.

Special hairy edition of the Friday Five to celebrate tomorrow’s Whiskerino & Crafterino festivities. Holding the coveted Golden Chicken trophy for Best Overall (two years running!) is Jack Passion, a World Beard Champion, standing with MC Bill Hammerman.

Hit play and peruse a few pics from the 2009 contest below. Enjoy thoroughly.

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Bud Light “Mr. Handlebar Moustache Wearer”
from Real Men of Genius, Vol. 2

The Coasters “Down In Mexico”
from OST Grind House: Death Proof

Warren Smith “Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache”
from The Legendary Sun Records Story

Norman Greenbaum “Petaluma” from Petaluma

Wilco “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” from YHF EP

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Celebrity ‘Stache: Rollie Fingers!!!

What a month. First I run into Ferris Bueller’s “Cameron” Alan Ruck with a big ‘ol Lemmy ‘Stache. Then I got to meet my all-time Moustache Hero this last weekend, former Oakland A‘s pitcher Rollie Fingers. You know in all his career he never used performance-enhancing moustache fiber. Much respect.

Here’s a little backstory on Rollie‘s handlebar See the rest »


Petaluma Whiskerino: ‘Beardo Optico’ Video

Why you shouldn’t mess with beard-enhancing drugs …

[on an iPhone?]

Every year gentlemen far and near seek new ways to gain an edge in the great Petaluma Whiskerino beard and moustache contest. Some even turn to beard “Fibering.” A practice frowned upon by judges for reasons of ethics and risk. Watch what happens when I dabble in this forbidden-follicled art.

Music: Dan Deacon “The Crystal Cat”

Huge thanks to Beau Bouverat at TINBIKE for filming and editing; to my wife Melissa for having a dream about this particular beard; and to Paul Francis for letting me get hairy in his bathroom.


Saturday, October 9th 2010
at the Petaluma Farmers’ Market




CamStache: The First Facial Recognition Follicle Combobulator

Like an Augmented Reality Moustache, only you don’t have to hold up a pesky AR code. CamStache magically grows a moustache on your upper lip and tracks your face as you stare in wonder. Snap a pic and share your glory with friends on Facebook and Twitter. An iPhone app version will be out soon.

Why’d we do this? All to get people in the mood for Petaluma Whiskerino & Crafterino this Saturday, October 9th. Are you growing to be there?   See the rest »


Drink: How the New Lagunitas Mason Jar Measures Beer

After Brewed For Thought shared the story of someone receiving the new Lagunitas Mason Jar and its colorful press release, I was surprised there was no comments around the handy measurements on the side.

Recognize ‘em?

Those aren’t fluid ounces. If you’re like me you probably got two outta three:

3.14… –  Yup, Pi π

420 – See the story on Kronik Censored Ale

10/6 –  Did you get this one? See the rest »


Beer: Dempsey’s Now Bottling Petaluma Strong Ale as PSA Extra IPA

Petaluma’s fortunate enough to not only have a terrific craft beer bar like TAPS, but also two breweries within a few miles of each other. Lagunitas of course, and the up-until-now Brewpub-only Dempsey’s.

The latter’s only 4 blocks from my house. Yet, just across the street from me is the Petaluma Whole Foods, where I stumbled across the freshly bottled first offerings from Dempsey’s Restaurant & Brewery. Surprise, surprise.

I spoke to Dempsey’s brewmaster Peter Burrell who confirmed See the rest »