Archive for August, 2010

Pork Shoppe

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 by greenwolfman

Chicago has a new BBQ joint and it is just down the street from your favorite metal burger bar and gourmet hot dog joints. With neighbors like that you better bring your A game and these guys have.

Unlike it’s two famous neighbors Pork Shoppe has a straight forward menu. This does not mean it cannot hold its own taste wise as I found their menu to be on par with my other beloved BBQ restaurants.

I had the pulled pork as a “Sammy” (an extra $2) with their sweet and spicy corn bread on the side. The pork was very tender and had good flavor. I went with a smothering of their tangy sauce, and added the wicked as I ate through it. The Tangy is just that tangy, and tasty. The wicked has a good little kick to it with a nice after burn, but is not over powering. I did not try their third, and last option of sweet.

The corn bread is traditional with a spicy kick that when smothered in butter is a damn fine amalgamation of corn bread and jalapeno bread. My friend got the baked beans and found them lacking, but a third friend loved his mac and cheese.

The place itself is small and welcoming; with a nice staff, great music (if you like classics such as the Ramones and Otis Redding), and two dollar PBR.

I will be going there and I recommend you try it.


RIP Google Wave

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 by greenwolfman

Google seems to be on a trend of launching great products, but doing so poorly. Nexxus One was a great phone but a bitch to order, and most people at least want to hold their 200 toy before spending. Now Google is pulling the plug on Wave.

I liked Wave when it first came out, but I come from a world of IRC, and it was a similar setup. It was also a CPU hog and if you did not have at least a dual core it was a bitch to load, and stole a lot of your CPU. Most people were running newer hardware so that was not such a huge issue.

The real problem was that many of the plugins that exist now did not at launch. Did you know you can create a survey on the fly for your wave? You can easily start a wave with friends and have them vote on where to eat. There is even a sodoku wave. All features I would have used.

None of this existed when there was a buzz (pun intended) about the new service though and most people got bored, and moved on.

A lot of the tech in wave though will now be added to other services (like drag and drop into gmail letters) so it is not a total waste.

RIP Wave. Your Mom and Dad shoved you out of the nest to early, and that isn’t your fault.