Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall Notice

April 4th, 2015

Well, this sucks if you were planning to buy or eat any Blue Bell ice cream today:

Blue Bell Ice Cream has voluntarily suspended operations at an Oklahoma production facility that officials had previously connected to a foodborne illness linked to the deaths of three people, the company announced Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people throw away any Blue Bell products made at the company’s plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, even if some has been eaten without becoming sick.

Products made at the facility will have the letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” or “T” following the “code date” printed on the bottom of the package, according to the CDC.

“We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing everything possible to provide our consumers with safe products and to preserve the trust we have built with them and their families for more than a century,” the company said in a statement.

Last month, the company and health officials said a 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The ice cream product — cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla — is not sold in retail locations and is shipped in bulk to “institutional accounts” such as hospitals in 23 states that comprise less than 5 percent of the company’s sales.

Ten products recalled earlier in March were from a production line at a plant in Brenham, Texas, the company’s headquarters.

The recall, the first in the company’s 108-year history, began when five patients at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, became ill with listeriosis while hospitalized at some point from December 2013 to January 2015. Officials determined at least four drank milkshakes that contained Blue Bell ice cream. Three of the patients later died.

I hear that HEB has pulled all Blue Bell off their shelves.

Check those labels…

Shoegazer Sunday: Living Hour’s “Steady Glazed Eyes”

March 29th, 2015

Living Hour describe themselves as “a psychedelic dreampop band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.” A Twitter user who recommended them described them as very Mazzy Star like, and they both share a certain breathy female twangyness.

Behold the Wonder That is Banglar King Kong!

March 26th, 2015

Did you ever say to yourself “You know what King Kong needs? Worse special effects, slapstick humor, stock footage, and singing!”

Then Banglar King Kong is for you!

High points:

  • A Kong whose fingers seem incapable of flexing.
  • Soldiers that don’t know how to hold rifles facing off against savage tribesmen who don’t know how to hold spears.
  • Kong tearing apart a city that’s obviously made of cardboard boxes.
  • A Bangladeshi Fay Wray who Kong must have kept extremely well-fed during her captivity.
  • Digital fire that has to be seen to not be believed.
  • In short, it makes every previous version of King Kong (including the Dino De Laurentiis version) look great by comparison…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Life Model’s “Enough (To Know)”

    March 22nd, 2015

    Life Model hails from Glasgow, and “Enough (To Know)” hails from their debut EP.

    “They’re Depleting Our Strategic Velour Supply!”

    March 17th, 2015

    People impose their own sense of style (or lack thereof) on their homes. Sometimes the results are awesome.

    And sometimes they’re not. The theme of this house is “Velour.”

    Lots and lots and lots of velour.

    In some ways you have to admire the singular pursuit of their own vision. “Screw your definition of good taste! I like velour and my house is is going to have enough of it to crush an elephant!”

    (Hat tip: I think I originally saw this house on the now-deleted Lovely Listing site, from which I’ve shamelessly stolen the blog post title.)

    Library Addition: The Hardback Edition of James P. Blaylock’s Doughnuts

    March 16th, 2015

    I picked up the later Subterranean chapbook of this, but I missed picking up the original hardback until now:

    Blaylock, James p. Doughnuts. Airtight Seels Allied Productions (A.S.A.P.), 1994. First edition hardback, number 11 of 224 signed, numbered hardback copies, a Fine copy (save some waviness to the pages, which I take as a byproduct of the binding process), sans dust jacket with color illustration pasted onto the front board, as issued. In addition to the short story, this volume includes an Introduction by Lewis Shiner, an Appreciation by Lucius Shepard, an Afterward by Tim Powers, illustrations by Phil Parks, and tipped-in color photographs by Vicki Blaylock (and is signed by all of them). An elaborate production, much like all of A.S.A.P.’s hardback chapbooks. Chalker & Owings, Science Fantasy Publishers (2002), 1011. (Also Supplement Two, page 57.) Bought for $60 from a dealer off the Internet.

    Doughnuts

    Shoegazer Sunday: The History Of Colour TV’s “I Keep Seeing People I Think I Know”

    March 15th, 2015

    The History of Colour TV are based in Berlin and another St. Marie Records band.

    You may be cool…

    March 13th, 2015

    …but you’ll never be “Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark delivering a bionic arm to a seven year old boy” cool…

    Sold My Story “Saul’s Diary” to Galaxy’s Edge

    March 12th, 2015

    I just sold my most recent story, “Saul’s Diary,” to Mike Resnick for Galaxy’s Edge.

    This is the second story I’ve sold to Mike, following “Huddled Masses” to the Alternate Presidents anthology way back in the dim mists of the 1990s.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Presents for Sally’s “A Touch of Joy, a Touch of Sadness”

    March 8th, 2015

    Presants for Sally is UK band and another part of the St. Marie Records stable. Here they are with “A Touch of Joy, a Touch of Sadness.”