Such indignity! Such calumny! Such total B.S.! It is true that I, the Monsoon HAVA Platinum HDTV Streamer, do perform a similar function to the SlingBox. Yes, you hook me up to your cable or satellite video source and your PC. Yes, I enable you to watch, control, and record that TV from any Internet-connected PC. And yes, I am manufactured by a company based in India, cradle of a rogue's gallery of knockoff merchants. But I put to you this question: how indeed can I be a "knockoff" when in truth I improve on the knocked-off apparatus?
Still your wrath, SlingBox stalwarts! It cannot be denied that in a host of facets, I am indeed the better of your preferred picture-slinger. From my advanced DVR capabilities (including series recording, pausing and timeshifting, and recording from a program guide) to my superior streaming format (MPEG-2 locally, MPEG-4 over the Internet) to my ability to stream to multiple computers on the same network, I don't merely match my putative exemplar - I overmatch it!
The SlingBox is but a primitive milestone on a climb in which the Monsoon HAVA Platinum HDTV Streamer perches majestically at the zenith. It is the penny-farthing to my ten-speed, the Homo erectus to my Einstein, the Johnny 5 to my Wall-E. "Knockoff", you say? "Knockoff"? The only "knockoff" I see is me knocking you off of your feet with a mighty fisticuffical clout, to avenge this grievous insult!
Man, turning our frat house into a "monastery" was the best idea we ever had. We don't have to pay sales tax on our foosball table or our big-screen TV. We can pull in five, six grand in donations working the crowd at a single St. Patrick's Day parade. And we can make our own homebrew and run our own bingo games and the law can't say anything about it. That'd be religious discrimination!
As for our look, man, screw those robes. These bad-ass t-shirts do just fine. We didn't have to get the haircuts, either. But we did anyway. We just like the way they look.
Design Placement: Centered
3X - S: 11.9" x 12.04"
WXL - K4: 8.92" x 9.03"
And we can tell the answer by looking at the syllabus of your wine
education - let's call it your Barrel List, har har. If you haven't
crossed Chianti Classico off of it yet, well, maybe you've gone on a
few dates with wine, but "love"? Not yet.
In the Old World,
wines are labeled by region, not varietal. And few regions are more
established and acclaimed for wine than the Chianti Classico region of
Italy, just south of Florence. Castello di Gabbiano's original wine
cellar was built in the 12th century, when Cahokia was the largest city
in North America. When you do something for 900 years, you're bound to
learn a trick or two.
If this 2005 Gabbiano Chianti Riserva
was made in the States, we'd call it Sangiovese. Well, to be precise,
we'd call it an astonishingly awesome Sangiovese. The deep black-fruit
nose with a hint of anise and spice; the layers of bright fruit
flavors; the firm, round tannins; and the long, fruity finish all
attest to Chianti's supremacy among the wine-growing regions of the
world. Hell, of the Universe. If anybody circling Alpha Centauri was
advanced enough to make wine this good, they'd've figured out how to
get here by now.
But most of us learn better by doing than
by reading. And until you've actually tasted this superlative Italian
red, your Barrel List is only half-full. If words could accurately
capture the appeal of this Chianti Riserva, we'd spend a hell of a lot
more time reading.
2005 Gabbiano Chianti Riserva:
Fermented in steel tanks 17-20 days
100% malolactic fermentation that lasted for 20 days
Aged in oak for 18-20 months - 50% in 500-gallon French and Slovenian oak casks and the other 50% in new (70%) and seasoned (30%)