The GFL tribute to John Madden

John Madden was a big influence on the Galactic Football League series

 

If you’re a 80s or 90s kid, and a football fan, then boom, you knew (and probably loved) John Madden.

The legendary coach, broadcaster and entrepreneur passed away on December 28, 2021 at the age of 85. He won a Super Bowl as the coach of the Oakland Raiders, then revolutionized sports broadcasting with his […]

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You Junkies are on (earth)crack

We screwed up, but you're there for us.

Well, this is a mind-bender.

Here is a video where I fess up about a big mistake on the hardcover edition of THE GANGSTER. At least, what I consider to be a big mistake. No, scratch that, it is a big mistake, no matter how you slice and dice it. We did a bad job. Period.

And yet, when I offer to give Junkies their money back for this error, were we flooded with refund requests? No. We didn’t get a single refund request. Instead, we sold fifteen more books in twenty-four hours. Wut? Are you Junkies all on the crack?

The outpouring of support after our shuck-up is overwhelming. We’re deeply humbled, and deeply honored.

Empty Set Entertainment strives to make cool things for cool people. I guess we didn’t understand just how cool you all are.

A and I are very lucky people to have a fan base like y’all. Tito, pass me a tissue…

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Book review: THE POWER

THE POWER by Naomi Alderman review

I was blown away by this book. Alderman created a brilliant concept in how to shift the basics of physical power, and explored how that would change society. Throughout history, men have always been physically stronger than women, and have been able to physically impose their will. In many areas of the world, to this […]

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We’re using Publer.io and loving it.

Times they are always a-changing. Way back when, this site you’re looking at right now as more active than a one-legged person in a butt-kicking contest, with 15,000 active users, a vibrant community of people jabbering about my work and forming real friendships in the process. Then along came Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (yes, we’re that […]

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Siglocktail 12-07-2020: Santa Clausmopolitan

Another week another festive cocktail!

This one is mostly a cosmopolitan, but with a little extra cranberry juice and a fun sprinkling of cranberries on the top!

Livestream is tomorrow at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

SANTA CLAUSMOPOLITAN RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce cranberry juice
  • Garnish: sugared rim and fresh cranberries

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add vodka, triple sec, lime juice, cranberry juice to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake until well mixed.
  • Use a lime wedge to wet the edge off your glass, coat lime juice in sugar.
  • Strain cocktail into sugar-rimmed glass.
  • Float 5 or 6 cranberries on the surface of your cocktail.

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Siglocktail 11-30-2020: St. Germain Cocktail

You guys, you guys you guys!!!! Today is Scott’s birthday, so we’re making a fave drink of his! (And we put up our Christmas Tree! Yay! And you can see just a bit of the Tiny Bar™!! in this video!)

Scott prefers good single malt scotch, or Bud Light most of the time. (Yes, I […]

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Siglocktail 11-23-2020: the Sazerac

We end whiskey month with the New Orleans favorite, the Sazerac.

Made with rye whiskey, this one uplevels a bit with an absinthe wash of the glass.

Livestream is tomorrow at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

SAZERAC RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 cube sugar
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 1/2 to 3 ounces rye whiskey (to taste)
  • 1/4 ounce ​anise liqueur
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice. Let it sit while you prepare the rest of the drink.
  • In a mixing glass, soak the sugar cube with the bitters and muddle to crush the cube.
  • Add the rye whiskey and stir.
  • Discard the ice in the chilled glass.
  • Rinse it with absinthe: Pour a small amount into the glass, swirl it around, then discard the liquid.
  • Pour the whiskey mixture into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
  • Squeeze the lemon twist above the glass, then rest it on the rim.

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Siglocktail 11-16-2020: Lynchburg Lemonade

Last week I mentioned the weather had turned wintery here is SoCal, but as I write this post it’s 90 degrees outside, so I’m leaning back into summer this week for this drink!

This week’s Siglocktail is a Lynchburg Lemonade.

Named after the town where Jack Daniels is made, but created in Alabama, the Lynchberg Lemonade is a easy, refreshing cocktail. It’s got lots of fresh lemon, but isn’t overly sour or bitter. Instead, the brightness of the lemon blends well with the complexities of the whiskey.

Livestream is tomorrow at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

LYNCHBURG LEMONADE RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Tennessee whiskey
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • Lemon slices
  • cubed ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Pour the whiskey, triple sec, and lemon juice into a collins glass and add ice.
  • Top with soda.
  • Stir well and add lemon slices.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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Siglocktail 11-10-2020: the Mint Julep

The weather has finally turned in Southern California. I was expecting to have some form of autumn, but it went from 88 degrees last Thursday to in the low 60s today. This week’s drink might have been more suited to the hotter weather, but we’ll soldier on!

This week’s Siglocktail is the Mint Julep.

Famous around the world for being the preferred cup to have at the Kentucky Derby, it normally comes in a stainless steel cup. I didn’t have those, but the drink is still tasty anyway, so don’t let that stop you either!

Livestream is tonight at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MINT JULEP RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 mint leaves
  • 2 sugar cubes (or 1/2 ounce simple syrup) [Production note: I used superfine sugar in the video, but will likely use simple syrup moving forward!]
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Place the mint leaves and sugar or simple syrup into a Julep cup, Collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass.
  • Muddle to well combine both ingredients.
  • Add bourbon or rye to glass.
  • Stir well, to dissolve sugar and mix ingredients.
  • Add crushed ice and stir until your cup frosts.
  • Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Siglocktail 11-05-2020: the Old Fashioned

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, and I’m feeling like whiskey drinks this month!

We’ll be having whiskey Siglocktails all month, starting with a tried-and-true recipe: the Old Fashioned.

Named in the 1880s, you’d think this would be too old fashioned by now to survive, but survive it does. It’s a great basic […]

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Siglocktail 10-26-2020: the Tequila Oasis

The last of the SIGLERinPLACE tequila Siglocktails!

A quick production note: You’ll see I recorded outside today, due to my normal sets being in disarray while we’re recording the audiobook for the GANGSTER. Things should be back to normal next week!

This is a delightful and refreshing cocktail. Fruity and not-too-sweet, it’s perfect for happy hour!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

TEQUILA OASIS RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add all ingredients into a shaker and blend well.
  • Strain into an ice filled glass
  • Garnish with a lime twist

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Siglocktail 10-19-2020: the Paloma

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I’d enjoy the tequila SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails as much as I am!

The Paloma is so light and refreshing! The zing from the grapefruit juice is a perfect match for the spiciness of the tequila. Let’s get to making dranks!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

PALOMA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar or simple syrup
  • Coarse sea salt, for the rim of the glasses
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a grapefruit wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.
  • Mix the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar into a shaker and blend well.
  • Pour the tequila mixture into the salted-rim glass and top with two ounces of sparkling water.
  • Fill the remainder of the glass with ice.
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

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Siglocktail 10-12-2020: Tequila Sunrise

Here we go with a sweet, tasty Tequila Sunrise for this week’s SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktail!

This quite famous drink has only three ingredients—tequila, grenadine and orange juice—and is served unmixed to preserve the color of each layer.

Created by Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice in Sausalito, California, it gained it’s legendary status after Mick Jagger and […]

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Siglocktail 10-05-2020: Margarita

October came in pretty hot in Southern California, so I’m making a refreshing margarita for this week’s SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktail!

Goodness margaritas are wonderful. Four ingredients (sometimes just three!) and truly refreshing, drinkable and fun. There are tons of my pals who “can’t drink tequila” but I’ve only met one actual human who would also resist this easy, lovely, tasty version of tequila’s classic drink.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MARGARITA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2-ounces tequila blanco
  • 1/2-ounce triple sec
  • 1-ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2-ounce agave syrup
  • Kosher salt to rim the glass
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  • Edge glass with lime juice.
  • Salt lime-juice-edged glass.
  • Pour into a glass filled with ice.
  • Add lime wheel onto salted rim.

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Siglocktail 09-28-2020: the Painkiller

Here we are the end of September, with our last rum drink for the month.

This week’s Siglocktail is the Painkiller.

The Painkiller was created at a swim up bar in the British Virgin Islands called the Soggy Dollar Bar. (Since it was a swim up bar, cash was always wet!) I love this drink for it’s simplicity and scalability: a perfect mix of fruit juices that adjusts to different amounts of rum and still tastes delicious.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

PAINKILLER RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2-ounces (60 ml) Pusser’s Rum
  • 4-ounces (120 ml) pineapple juice
  • 1-ounce (30 ml) orange juice
  • 1-ounce (30 ml) cream of coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  • Pour into a big glass or goblet filled with ice.
  • Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

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