Dota 2


Dota 2 is the latest chance for gamers to peek into the fascinating world of copyright law.  Defense of the Ancients is a community created modification for the 9 year old Warcraft III.  The mod was created in the editor that Blizzard released with Warcraft III and went through different revisions under different creators.  Some of the individuals involved with the creation or maintenance of the mod have since gone off and formed their own companies that recreate the mod with different graphics and characters under different names.  Valve decided to get involved in the D.O.T.A. clone game by making “Dota 2” but Blizzard decided to sue them.  It’s all very fascinating.

In addition to being a lawsuit simulator Dota 2 is also a game.   

Players are grouped into teams of five.  They choose a character from a large list with varying powers and attributes then try to destroy the other teams “Ancient Fortress”, obviously not the same thing as the “Ancient” from Defense of the Ancients.   Continue reading

Tequila Slammer

Might a homeless old man have a touch more beef bourguignon? And another tequila slammer? Please?

The tequila slammer is a fairly easy drink to make and then polish off quickly.  It is well suited for games where you don’t have a lot of downtime since it is simple enough to mix at your desk or couch and then drink it right away.  You can use any variety of citrus soda or even ginger ale in this recipe; Mt. Dew, Squirt, 7-Up, etc.  This is popularly served in either a shot glass but be sure to use a strong one since a thin shot glass might break.



  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz soda



Pour your soda and tequila in your glass trying not to agitate the soda to keep it from fizzing up.  When you are ready to drink cover the glass with your hand, a napkin or a plastic playing card and slam it on the table then drink quickly.  If you don’t drink it fast enough you will have a mess on your hands and you will never get rid of the tequila smell in your room.

Cuba Libre

¡Viva la Revolución!

Everyone has probably had a Cuba Libre but chances are they don’t know it.  According to Bacardi it is the worlds second most popular drink.  If it was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt then it is certainly good enough for us.  A properly made Cuba Libre is better than the bowling alley rum & coke you always regret ordering.  I like using Mexican Coke and a spiced rum but really any cola and rum will work.


  •  2 oz rum
  • 1 cola beverage
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice



Before you mix your drink squeeze a little lime into your highball glass then give the lime  a very gentle muddling in the glass.  Take the lime out and shake the glass a bit to coat it with the lime juice.  Add ice to your glass then pour the rum over it and top it off with your cola.  Garnish with your abused lime wedge. Refreshing!