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Eat More Books: Episode 10 That Darn Cat

Celebrate Fall with Six Book-Inspired Beers!

Complex tastes, diehard fans, and cultish obsession with new releases: it's no surprise craft beer and literature go together like, well, writers and alcoholism. Quench your thirst for bookish brews with these five flavors...

An Ale of Two Cities: Whether you're celebrating the best of times or drowning the sorrow of the worst, this full-bodied beer will quench your thirst for Revolution. With bitter notes of social upheaval set against the long-fermented yeast of aristocratic privilege, this is a beer with more character(s) than you can keep track of. For the authentic Dickensian drinking experience, six packs are serialized one bottle at a time.

The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries: Chris & Shannon

Welcome to The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries!

From bloggers to podcasters, indie video game developers to celebrated filmmakers, hard hitting journalists to award-winning storytellers, over the next few months geeks-of-all-kinds will be sharing their love stories and dishing out advice.

In this week's video, you'll meet Christopher Wink and Shannon McDonald. You locals might recognize Chris from Technically Philly and Shannon from NewsWorks / NEPhilly. Hit play and learn how they met, how Google Apps can play a major role in any relationship, and why Chris won't call himself a "cat geek", whatever that is.

Enjoy! And check back every Tuesday afternoon for a new video through February!

Breaking All Four Walls: Boston Bookstores That Aren’t Actually Stores

I love indie bookstores. Especially ones that smell like funky used paperbacks and whose wooden floors creak under your shoes. They’re probably some of my favorite places ever. 

Drink the Rainbow: Skittles-Flavored Vodka

Skittles flavored vodka. I repeat, Skittles. Flavored. Vodka.

Recipes like this are why it's great to be a grown-up: sure, fruity candy is tasty, but wouldn't it be better if it were...boozier? This is a great and inexpensive gift for friends who need a pop of color on their bar, or just a fun and easy way to fancy up your cocktails at home. Best of all, it's as simple as pouring things in jars—but it's a two-day process, so plan accordingly.

Eight Adorable Superhero Costumes For Your Small, Comic Book Loving Pet

"Fetch me another bale of alfalfa!" - Chinchilla Thor

When it comes to Halloween costumes for small critters like ferrets, guinea pigs, and hamsters, your options are somewhat limited. As an owner of an adorable bunny (who was featured in Quirk's craftbook Microcrafts) and a chinchilla (who has yet to make his published book debut, Margaret!) I feel the pain that small animal owners experience around Halloween.

I mean, everyone else gets to dress up their larger pets, their cats and their dogs, in various costumes. I watch them all get posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... all with a rising jealousy in my heart. What about me? What about my need to take pictures of my pets looking adorable?

After fiddling around Etsy for a bit in an attempt to find Halloween costumes for small pets, I found a treasure trove thanks to this blog post. Let me introduce you to Marmota Cafe, an Etsy shop opperating out of Washington, D.C., who seems to specialize in great costume options for tiny, furry friends. All the costumes run from $9 to $18, and are designed with the comfort of your small pets in mind. 

Have a look, and prepare to smile. 


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