Thirst-Day 1st June 2017 – How to Make Butterbeer

Dug last week’s Butternut cocktail? Then you should get a kick out of today’s Thirst-Day feature: two variants of Butterbeer.

You’ve probably heard of Butterbeer, a popular wizarding beverage which Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling describes as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch”.

Butterbeer is said to have some alcoholic content and can get fictional house elves drunk. But because the Harry Potter theme parks are aimed at children and teens, their Butterbeer isn’t alcoholic.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Butterbeer is actually a Tudor drink as well. The earliest reference to “buttered” beer is from The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin, which was published in London back in 1588. Yes, we’re featuring a 400-year-old beer recipe.

Here’s how to make both.

Butterbeer from Harry Potter


  • 12 ounces of A&W Cream Soda
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 6 tablespoons of Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of rum extract
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream

You’ll also need:

  • A medium-sized saucepot
  • A rubber spatula
  • Glass mugs


  1. In the saucepot, add the 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon water, mix, and then bring the concoction to a boil.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cider vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon of rum extract, and 3/4 cup of heavy cream, and then mix.
  3. Let this Butterbeer mixture chill.
  4. In the glass mug, add the 1/4 cup of the Butterbeer mixture.
  5. Now add the 1 (12 ounces) bottle of A&W Cream Soda. This will make cause the drink to carbonate, giving the Butterbeer a frothy beer head.
  6. Add whipped cream.

Butterbeer from the Tudors


  • 1500 ml (3 bottles) of (ideally British) ale
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 200g natural brown sugar (demerara)
  • 5 egg yolks (only the yolks are needed)
  • 100g unsalted butter (diced)

You’ll also need:

  • A medium-sized saucepot
  • A rubber spatula
  • Glass mugs


  1. Put the ale and spices into the saucepot.
  2. Bring the saucepot to a boil, then immediately put the stove on the lowest setting.
  3. Beat together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is light-colored and creamy.
  4. Remove the ale/spices from the stove, pour the egg/sugar mixture into the saucepot, and then return it to low heat.
  5. Whisk constantly over low heat until the mixture starts to thicken slightly. This should take around 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the mixture from the stove, then whisk in the butter quickly until the concoction becomes foamy.
  7. Serve the drink warm.


What Type of BOSS are you – a Manager or Leader?

Generally speaking, there are two types of bosses: there are “managers” and then there are “leaders”.

A manager manages, typically burdened by all manner of KPIs they’ll do and say anything to satisfy.

A leader, on the other hand, motivates with excellent communication and people skills, treating their charges like colleagues, not flunkies who must follow commands whenever they’re told.

There is actually a huge difference between a manager and a leader. This is why it exasperates me to no end with how pervasive the term “leader” has become in the workplace.

I’ve worked in both the private and public sectors for more than two decades now, and I’ve experienced the good, the bad and, just recently, the totally messed up. My first manager was a diminutive (maybe 5’3″ or 5’4″) fellow with an ego as large as Jupiter. When his own managers annoyed him instead of taking it out on his staff, he would stand up on his desk and scream:

How am I expected to fly like an eagle when I’m surrounded by these turkeys?

Yes, it’s kooky, but this experience was invaluable to me because I realized that a great leader never takes themselves too seriously; they are so comfortable in their own skin they don’t need to bully people under them to feel important.

And speaking of bullies, there’s more than one type. There’s the loud, scene-stealing, finger-jabbing kind. In my experience, there are also passive aggressive types of bosses. You’re ignored, dismissed, undervalued, undermined and discriminated against all with a tremendous sleight of hand and puppy dog eyes. The world barely notices, but you do. And often.

Here are four types of bosses, managers, and leaders I’ve encountered. Maybe you’ve met a few of these beauties in previous organizations. Maybe you work with one right now, or maybe you are one.

The Indiana Jones

Strong, forceful and confident, this sort of leader isn’t the effusive type. It’s about big objectives and high productivity. But the heart beats strong and a dry, benevolent wit always saves the day — and staff morale. Think Richard Branson with a passion for lost arks.

The Miranda Priestly

This is your typical egomaniac manager. Nothing is ever their fault. They enjoy on watching you flounder, set nearly impossible deadlines then change their minds after you’ve stayed in the office overnight just to get it done. They mess with your head and secretly revel at watching you fall at every impossibly high hurdle they fling in your path. On a good day, you’ll be ignored.

If your boss is like Miranda Priestly, RUN

The Public Servant

Shoehorned into leadership roles they’re often ill-equipped to handle, the tragic Public Servant is utterly captivated by process and policy. They’ve fetishized the bureaucracy that binds them so much, they don’t even try to shake themselves free anymore. The Public Servant forever chases their tails as they zip through the 9-5 answering the demands of their own dysfunctional managers.

The Jules Ostin

Anne Hathaway played a character named Jules Ostin in The Intern. This type of leader lives and breathes honesty and class. They’re a combination of firm but fair, and is all about bringing out the best in their people regardless of background, experience, or seniority.

This is how a leader should be.

Whether your manager is a sociopath or a saint, they need to recognise this: People are businesses’ most important resource, and they should be treated as such. Managing people is a privilege, not a right.

If you are at the mercy of a (mis)manager, firstly, I truly feel for you, secondly, please know that unless your boss takes a gargantuan dose of self-awareness soon, they’re unlikely to change. So if you can, consider looking for another place to work (tip: here’s how you can land your dream job).

To all the “managers” currently slashing and burning their way through workplaces and self-esteems around the world, do us all a favor and run to the nearest bathroom in your building and take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror. And ask: would you want to be the boss of YOU?

Gear Lust – The Mi Max 2 phablet is coming

It’s hard not to love the Mi Max phablet. It has a massive display, an equally huge 4,850mAh battery that can easily last over a day with heavy use, and it just costs around $230. Thus, it’s no surprise the device sold over 3 million units.

What’s also unsurprising is that Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi has just announced the Mi Max 2. Like its predecessor, the phablet’s main highlights are its 6.44-inch screen and gargantuan battery. This time, however, the Mi Max 2 is powered by a 5,300mAh which Xiaomi claims will last two full days of use.

Mi Max 2 specs

Here’s what’s under the hood:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6.44-inch Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 64GB/128GB expandable storage, via microSD
  • 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 rear camera, Large Pixel, with PDAF
  • 5-megapixel front camera, with wide-angle lens
  • Dual SIM (Hybrid, Nano), 4G LTE, LTE-A
  • Fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, and stereo speakers
  • 5,300mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (MIUI 8)

Monster battery

That two-day battery use seems feasible considering that the 625 processor is more power efficient (it uses 14nm architecture) and the power supply is larger at 5,300mAh versus the original’s 4,850mAh.

We’re not sure, however, if the Mi Max 2 battery can survive heavy use (e.g. playing games for six hours; or all-day simultaneous data connection, GPS, music, Bluetooth, syncing, and internet browsing) for two days.

For a bit of perspective: in our experience, the original Mi Max can typically last upwards of 8 hours screen-on time while watching YouTube videos and still have at least 30% of juice.

As mentioned in the specs, the device also comes with Quick Charge 3.0, which Xiaomi claims can give the Mi Max 2 a 68% recharge in one hour. Hopefully, Xiaomi would provide a Quick Charge 3.0 charger and support for the Mi Max 2 out of the box (the original didn’t).

The Mi Max 2 is scheduled to release in China this 1 June 2017. The 64GB variant will cost around $247, while the 128GB version is $291. Importing the phablet may bring up your total expense to $400, which is still pretty cheap considering the terrific specs.

Monday Mayhem – 29th May 2017

Did you know that Monday is the most popular sick day in the UK? It’s probably why more people are said to surf the web on that day.

While you’re at it, here’s a bunch of pictures of cars, babes, gadgets, and other cool stuff that would help you get going for the week ahead.


The Ford Shelby GR-1 concept car














Lazy Sundaze – Inspiration for the Week of 28th May 2017

While many of us rest on Sundays, it’s also a great day to prepare ourselves for the coming week. Here are a few inspiring images to help us all get ready for the challenges we’ll be facing.

Famous failures
Before their success, they were failures. It was in their failure that they learned to succeed.


If everything came to you easily, your success will feel empty.



Kerri Strug is an Olympic icon.
Playing through a nasty ankle injury (she sprained it and tore two ligaments), gymnast Kerri Strug pushed through pain, made a second attempt on the vault, and won the US gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.


This is what being a Boss means.


In the 1997 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan played through food poisoning and made 38 points, 7 boards, 3 steals, and a block. Legends produce such numbers when they’re not sick, but Jordan is no ordinary legend.



There’s a huge difference.







Yuichiro Miura had diabetes, a weight problem, and arrhythmia but still conquered Everest at age 80. What’s your excuse?


Gear Lust: The next Surface Pro will have optional LTE, better battery life

Microsoft just announced its fifth-generation Surface Pro at a Shanghai event last 23 May 2017. For the uninitiated, Surface Pro is a line of hybrid tablets (i.e. devices that are both laptops and tablets) that use an optional detachable keyboard and a stylus pen.

The latest iteration doesn’t come with a number on its name. It’s just “Surface Pro”.

What’s new on the Surface Pro

Here’s a quick overview of its new features:

As for the specs:

  • Dimensions: 11.5″ x 7.9″ x 0.33″
  • Display Screen: 12.3-inch PixelSense Display
  • Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 pixels per inch)
  • Memory: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
  • Processor: Intel Core 7th-generation m3, i5, or i7
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB (all options are solid state drives)
  • Battery life: Up to 13.5 hours of video playback

The fifth-generation laptop/tablet hybrid comes with a few interesting tweaks:

  • The Core m3 and i5 models are cooled so well that they don’t have a fan.
  • The new Surface Pro’s performance, according to Microsoft, is upped by 20% over the Surface Pro 4.
  • There’s 4.5 hours more battery life than the Surface Pro 4.
  • The pen has been improved, from the older version’s 1,024 degrees of pressure sensitivity to 4,096 pressure points on the new one. It also supports tilt for shading, and is currently the fastest digital pen with only 21 milliseconds of latency.
  • It now has optional LTE connectivity with nano SIM and eSIM support, but there are no visible antenna lines.

It’s not perfect

While the updated device looks and feels terrific, we have a few complaints. First, the keyboard and pen are not included in the box; they’re sold as separate accessories. Next, there’s no USB-C port. Sure, you can use the dock, but that’s sold separately as well.

Bummer: Microsoft will sell the iconic Surface Pro pen separately.

Take note, if you have the old version of the pen, you can use it on the new Surface Pro. Likewise, if you lost your old pen, you can buy the updated pen on your older device.

Shut up and take my money

So how much does this bad boy cost? Microsoft’s new gadget will set you back upwards of $799 for the cheapest Core m3 variant and will go as high as $2,699 for the Core i7 with 1TB SSD option.

The new Surface Pro will be available starting 15 June in a number of countries including the US, parts of Europe, Japan, China, and South Korea.

Arianny Celeste totally looks like a million bucks

Arianny Celeste is of Mexican and Filipino descent.

Enjoyed our Halle Berry Instagram gallery? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Meet Arianny Celeste, UFC’s most tenured ring girl. She made her UFC debut in 2006 and has a net worth about $3 million. She totally looks like a million bucks too.

Quick Notes on Arianny Celeste

Name: Arianny Celeste
Description: Arianny is a model, television host, brand ambassador, Octagon girl, and one of UFC's major money makers.

Measurements: 35-24-34 inches
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 120lbs
Dress size: 2
Cup: C

Arianny Celeste: brand ambassador

To give you a bit of perspective, UFC reportedly pays its ring girls between $30,000 to $75,000 a year. So how did this beauty make her millions? Arianny branched out to other avenues including:

  • Modelling for publications like Sports Illustrated, FHM, Playboy and Maxim
  • Endorsing various brands like Fit Tea, Bud Light, and 1st Phorm
  • Hosting the TV show Overhaulin’ on Discovery Channel.
  • Selling a range of products on her website, including a beer pong table, autographed calendars, and shirts.

In other words, apart from being smoking hot, Arianny is a savvy businesswoman (where she is the business) and she knows her way around hosting a television show. Are you in love yet?

To help further your major Arianny crush, check out some of her hottest pics on Instagram.










Extensive List of Calisthenics Workout Exercises

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Searching for a calisthenics workout routine or want to learn exercises for working different body parts? Then this list is for you. Here we have collected the best sources to learn everything about bodyweight exercises and calisthenics.

You can find a lot of exercises, routines, and tips from the best. Over 40 items are collected, but I will add more.

I tried to gather the workouts in different groups. The list contains the following exercises in order: full body, biceps, triceps, chest, back, shoulder, abs, leg, and forearm. You can filter the list by clicking on tags at the top. - What Is The Best Calisthenics Workout?

In this guide you can find information about which are the best exercises for specific body parts.


2 Calisthenics Workout Routines (Beginner/Intermediate)

2 Calisthenics Workout Routines (Beginner/Intermediate)

In this video you can find two calisthenics workout routines, one for a beginner and and one for intermediate. Plus, you learn some useful tips as well.

Calisthenics Workout Plan

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Introduction to Calisthenics

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In this video, see how you can develop strength, power and muscle mass with calisthenics. Frank Medrano will give us a demonstration, explaining how calisthenics work, and what its advantages disadvantages are. Frank will also let us in on the best techniques to master this impressive activity.

Full Body Calisthenics Workout Routine

This is a full body calisthenics workout routine. You need to do 3 or more circles depending on your fitness level.

Best Guide To Body Weight Exercises - You Are Your Own Gym

When I started doing calisthenics I got this book to learn what sorts of body weight exercises there are. This is the ultimate guide with tons of exercises, routines as well as nutrition tips. If you are interested in calisthenics, you should get this book. It costs on some bucks.


Intermediate Full Body Calisthenics Routine

Intermediate Full Body Calisthenics Routine

This is a rather hard full body workout. It is suggested to do 2 circles, but you can increase the them.


Full Body Routine(Beginner)

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Barstarzz member Ed is demonstrating a full body routine that he created. It includes pull ups, push ups, dips, squats, calf raises, and cardio. Performing a full body workout has many benefits. Try out the routine , and let us know in the comment box what the next video should be on.


Park Calisthenics Workout: FULL BODY Routine!

Park Calisthenics Workout: FULL BODY Routine!

I included this video in this list as there are some great combinations of the well-known body weight exercises.


Basic Home Workout No Equipment Calisthenics Training (10+) Exercises

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Home Workout No Equipment Calisthenics Training (10+) Body Weight Exercises No equipment home workout request. On a flat surface, may perform inside or outside. Best performed in 3-4 sets, with minimal rest, 2-3 days a week. Easier, perform exercises in an alternating circuit. Harder, do all abs/core in a row, do all push ups in a row.


Full Body Workout Routine - Calisthenics [Hard]

Full Body Workout Routine - Calisthenics [Hard]

This is another harder full body calisthenics workout routine. Get this if you are on a higher level.




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Intermediate Calisthenics Workout (Full Body)

Intermediate Calisthenics Workout (Full Body)

A full body workout utilizing your own body weight which can be done anywhere, anytime with harder exercises.


Top 3 Bodyweight Exercises for Biceps

Top 3 Bodyweight Exercises for Biceps

Watch this video to learn which are the best body weight moves for biceps.


Biceps Routine: Calisthenics

Biceps Routine: Calisthenics

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Triceps routine: Calisthenics

Triceps routine: Calisthenics

Wide variety of triceps exercises with your own body weight.


Triceps Calisthenics Routine

Triceps Calisthenics Routine

This a complete routine to work your triceps.


Chest/Push up Exercises & Variations - Calisthenics Home Workout

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Top 3 Bodyweight Exercises for Chest

Top 3 Bodyweight Exercises for Chest

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Chest Calisthenics Routine

Chest Calisthenics Routine

This is a great routine to work your chest and your entire upper body.


Intermediate Level Chest Body Weight Workout

Intermediate Level Chest Body Weight Workout

This is a harder calisthenics chest workout with a few harder exercises.


Calisthenics Biceps & Back Workout Routine

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Creative Calisthenic back and bicep workout

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Some creative ways to work your back muscles and biceps.


Intermediate Calisthenics Back Routine

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Thirst-Day 25th May 2017 – The Butternut cocktail drink

Butternut combines the flavor of toffee/butterscotch with chocolate liqueur and Irish cream.

We’re finally past hump day, which means it’s practically the weekend. You just need to make it through one more work day, then it’s time to relax for a couple of days. In between chores and errands, at least.

To make the most of your me-time this weekend, we recommend you try out Butternut, an ambrosial drink that combines the flavor of toffee/butterscotch with chocolate liqueur, and the rich taste of Irish cream. Butternut is a perfect after-dinner cocktail.

Butternut ingredients

What we love about this drink is that it’s affordable and so easy to create. You just need three ingredients:

  • Butterscotch-flavored schnapps (1 ounce)
  • Clear cream de cacao (1 ounce)
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream (1 ounce)

Butternut cocktails are perfect for weekends.

Simply pour the ingredients in equal parts into a glass filled with ice, stir everything up to get a nice blend, and there you have it! A Butternut cocktail.

After trying it for ourselves, we can tell you this with certainty: we’re stocking up on Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, and cream de cacao.