Posted by jukkahoo
Jeepers! It's nearly Independence Day! How time flies.
Today was the St. Urho's Pub day, when the Helsinki-area SF-people meet for our so called mafias. There were schedules, so we stayed only for two hours, in which time I managed to sample two nice beers: Brew Dogs Santa Paws, which was indeed a very nice Scottish Ale, and Lump of Coal stout.
Santa Paws is made with heather honey, which I reckon is the reason this nice beer tastes a bit herbal? Dark and roasty, very xmasy, which was what I asked from the bartender. Smells better than tastes, though it does taste really good, caramelly dark and complex.
Lump of Coal is a very sweet and somewhat odd stout. I liked it, but it is not really that stouty, if I know what I say. More like a porter, perhaps? Good beer, will drink again.
I've been looking at some newer series lately, one of which is the new Karl Urban show, Almost Human. Were in the near future, but we have a number of scientifically advanced inventions, like robots. This is a bit like I, Robot meets Blade Runner (not really, but I'm drawing blank here, will have to think more appropriate comparison). Urban plays a cop, who has had a traumatic experience, losing his partner and leg on the job.
He is partnered with a robot, Dorian, who is apparently some kind of a model that has reliability issues, as it is a lot more human-like than the other police robots. Well acted by Michael Ealy, at the same time human, but robotty, almost human...
So far, four episodes have been shown on telly, but I've grown fond of the interplay between our main characters and there seems to be a decent understanding with the writing team where the show is going and what are the strengths of the show: strong characters and gritty scifi.
And the arbitrary link of the day, s'il vous plait.