Ms. Black said that for the first time this year — she has studied whales here since 1986, specializing in orcas — she has seen evidence that the humpbacks are feeding cooperatively with groups of thousands of sea lions. The sea lions dive simultaneously, surfacing a few minutes later. They herd the anchovies into tight balls, called bait balls, and the whales scoop them up, several hundred in a mouthful. Food is plentiful enough that the giant cetaceans — an adult male humpback measures 45 to 50 feet in length, Ms. Black said, and weighs a ton per foot — can afford to take breaks to play.
Thousands(!) of sea lions. Also, HA: "Foul-smelling whale breath occasionally permeated the air."
So helpful! Clearly there are some I should try here. My favorite, Evan Williams—recommended by an old Broadway liquor store sensei—is in the middle of the pack (and I likewise don't see *any* similarity to JD, which I have an aversion to):
5. Evan Williams. I couldn't figure out where to put this, so I just stuck it in the middle. On the one hand, EW is sometimes referred to as the poor man' s Jack Daniel's, which would make it the down-market version of something I detest. But although the packaging is similar and both are charcoal-filtered sour mashes, I don't taste a strong similarity. Jack, for better or worse, has a unique cinnamon and licorice profile, whereas Evan Williams tastes more mainstream, and many reputable sources cite it as their favorite cheap bourbon. Malt Advocate named it Best Buy Whiskey of the Year in 2003 and 2011, for chrissake.
Evan Williams has a good pedigree for the price, with five to seven years of barrel aging (the standard is three or four) and a respectable 86 proof. It's a straightforward bourbon that tastes like slightly medicinal cereal grains, which a lot of people either like or pretend to like because it makes them feel like a big strong man. Either way, Evan Williams is decent in my book and great in a lot of better books.
This interview is kind of awful (man, never let visual artists do email interviews), but the pictures—of simulated environments where U.S. soldiers train to make hand-to-hand "personal kills"—are compelling. E.g.:
Don't get *too* excited (like, e.g., you can't zoom in and find the Longbottom Leaf grow fields), but this is a pretty cool Google map of Middle-earth. They call it an "experiment," but that doesn't seem like quite the right word for what's basically a Hobbit promotion. Now if only they would give people crowd-sourcing tools to nerd out and populate a real, full map—one that would let you zoom chronologically, too!