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5 Important Things to Know When Buying a New Car

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The decision to buy a new car is not one to make lightly. Unless your bank account is overflowing, a new car purchase is a very big deal and should be treated as such. This does not mean simply walking onto the new car lot and driving away in your new ride. It means careful research, knowing how to comparison shop, and learning more about your best options for financing.

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How win them over (Even your Ex!)

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The concept of love is a strange one, primarily because we approach finding it in a unique and unusual manner. While those of us with car troubles with visit a mechanic and anyone with a health issue will see their local doctor, we are reluctant to consult the experts when it comes to matters of the heart. Whether this is due to embarrassment or a lack of awareness is unclear, but it can hinder our chances of finding love for a number of possible reasons.

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Drink of the Week: The Corpse Reviver #3

the Corpse Reviver #3.Halloween is just about here and I can’t think of a better time to do yet another in the long series of drinks known as Corpse Reviver. This is my fifth entry in what amounts to a veritable cocktail subgenre — you can see the others here, here, here, and here — and also the third in a recent series of drinks stolen straight from Robert Hess, video star and author of “The Essential Bartender’s Guide.” (See the other two here, and here!)

The Corpse Reviver #3 is perhaps the least well known drink bearing the name, which originally meant that these were originally considered to be appropriate morning hangover “cures.” Indeed, Hess on his Drinkboy website admits that he isn’t even sure where he first saw this recipe. It’s not in “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” which features three other corpse reviving recipes. You will also find radically differing drinks,also claiming to be Corpse Reviver #3 around the Interwebs.

I might eventually get around to looking at those, but this recipe is the one that got my attention, and I think it’s pretty dandy. It’s  reddish, on the sweet side, but balanced out with bitter and tart flavors, so I think it’s a pretty appropriate Halloween treat while your watching scary movies, trying not to be embarrassed about your “Sexy Donald Trump” costume, or what have you.

The Corpse Reviver #3

1 ounce brandy
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

Combine the ingredient in a cocktail shaker, shake very vigorously, and strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. If it turns out well, savor the drink. After all, corpse revivers that actually work are not in abundance.

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This is a drink that can work really well, but watch your choice of ingredients. I really enjoyed my Corpse Reviver #3 when it was made with Reynal brandy, my not-quite-Cognac default brew. I experimented twice with an Armenian brand that’s easy to find in my North Hollywood neighborhood, Ararat. It seemed fine the first time, but a second experiment found that the more complex, harsher and sweeter brew threw off the balance of the drink.

I had more luck making high end substitutions for the triple sec called for in Hess’s recipe. Both Cointreau and Grand Marnier added a bit of additional bitterness to the drink that I think a lot of people would prefer and I certainly didn’t mind.

In any case, every version of the drink  I made came out nice and reddish and, when shaken enough, really cold which I think is kind of essential for this one. As for being a hangover cure, I wouldn’t know, though let’s say I have my doubts. Now, excuse me while I try to revive the corpse of classical Hollywood horror.

  

Tips for getting a tech job in the entertainment industry

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As technological advances continue to enrich our lives in many different ways, so one of the most exciting developments has been within the entertainment industry, where technology has made a huge impact. Whether you want to work in the film and video production sector, music and audio recording, or backstage in the theater, you will find that many of the traditional techniques have been supplanted by contemporary systems that are digitized and highly sophisticated. Here are a few tips for getting to know some of the entertainment industries and understanding what you need to achieve in order to work as a technician in them.

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Greatest ever car gadgets

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If you’re looking to pimp your ride, then there are plenty of great ways to bring your car right up to date, even if it’s an older model without all the gizmos and gadgets that car manufacturers are putting into their new machines.

Even if last year you bought what you were told was the newest model around, you could still feel you’ve missed out when this year’s new technology and gadgets emerge.

However, there’s no need to worry – there are plenty of really good ways to bring your older wheels right up to date. Let’s take a look at a range of them that are a mix of the functional and the simply fun. Then get your motor running and head out on the highway.

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