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Breakfast; Wimbledon
July 2, 2009 – 5:41 PM | 2 Comments

The current rounds of the N Cereal AA will close tomorrow; we'll return with the Sweet 16 on Monday. While you wait, enjoy the Wimbledon Drinking Game I helped Joe R to craft, or vote …

N Cereal AA Round of 32, Flights 3 and 4: Fiberfest and Sugar Shock
July 1, 2009 – 10:38 AM | 23 Comments
N Cereal AA Round of 32, Flights 3 and 4: Fiberfest and Sugar Shock

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1 Quaker Oat(meal) Squares vs. 8 oatmeal. I can't say I'm particularly surprised that traditional oatmeal triumphed over Puffed Rice, the John Tesh of breakfast cereals. But it's …

N Cereal AA Round of 32, Flights 1 and 2: Classics and Fruit/Nut
July 1, 2009 – 9:29 AM | 22 Comments
N Cereal AA Round of 32, Flights 1 and 2: Classics and Fruit/Nut

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1 Rice Krispies vs. 9 Shredded Wheat. Each of these unadorned Classics had a relatively easy path to the Round of 32, but despite the mid-to-low seeding of …

N Cereal AA: Monday-morning status report
June 29, 2009 – 11:01 AM | 8 Comments

Round of 64 voting for Classics, Fruit/Nut, and Fiberfest has closed. You can see the results here; I won't list every cereal moving on, but highlights include the street-fight upset of Corn Flakes by Cocoa …

3-2-1 Launch: Monday 29 June! Freeee!
June 29, 2009 – 8:45 AM | No Comment
3-2-1 Launch: Monday 29 June!  Freeee!

Come on down to the Bell House on June 29 at 7 PM for a FREE Night Of Rock, to celebrate the launch of two new Brooklyn-based businesses — King Killer Studios and xtrapulp — …

N Cereal AA Round of 64, Flight 4: Sugar Shock
June 26, 2009 – 9:36 AM | 63 Comments
N Cereal AA Round of 64, Flight 4: Sugar Shock

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1 Captain Crunch/Crunchberry vs. 16 Krusty-Os. Well, we had to have one fictional cereal in here, right?Krusty-Os don't exist outside the Simpsons-verse, so I can't speak to their …

The bitter end
June 25, 2009 – 11:00 PM | 63 Comments
The bitter end

It all happened very fast — within a couple years of the Motown special. But even at the time of the "Motown 25" moonwalk, fame was old hat to Michael Jackson. He hadn't even turned …

N Cereal AA Classics Run-Off: Corn Flakes vs. Cocoa Krispies
June 25, 2009 – 10:50 AM | 16 Comments

Dead heat, guys. You've got 'til 6 PM EDT to pick me a winner.
Update, 6:27 PM: Cocoa Krispies it is, 51% to 49%. View the updated bracket here. Don't forget that we start the last …

N Cereal AA Round of 64, Flight 3: Fiberfest
June 25, 2009 – 10:27 AM | 65 Comments
N Cereal AA Round of 64, Flight 3: Fiberfest

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1 Quaker Oat(meal) Squares vs. 16 Cream of Wheat. I really like Cream of Wheat, famous original CoW with nothing on it — no brown sugar, no fruit, …

N Cereal AA: Upcoming Schedule
June 24, 2009 – 11:38 PM | No Comment

Here's the org chart for the Round of 64 — you know, in case you're writing a book. Heh.
Thursday 25 June: Fiberfest flight voting opens; Classics voting closes.
Friday 26 June: Sugar Shock voting opens; Fruit/Nut …