Five Bourbons You Won’t Want to Miss

The search for a true craft-distilled bourbon is something like a Dan Brown novel. There are mysterious clues, false leads, plot twists and wrong turns. Your definition of craft spirits may not be a distillery’s definition. And, in fact, there is no legal definition of craft spirits, just a legal definition of bourbon. 

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The origins of love (and how to get more of it)

Where does love really come from and how does the body manage to feel the groove? With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s time once again to check with our friendly, neighborhood chemistry labs and see what’s cooking. 570700321_6e7a7d3acd_b

If you believe that there’s a hormone for everything, then you’d be right to assume that love is associated with one of them. Some call it “the love hormone” and others call it “the cuddle chemical.” The grown up name for this stuff is oxycotin and while it’s not a new discovery, this biochemical love juice is suddenly being used with some wag-the-tail logic to define what happens in the world of sports.

It turns out there’s also evidence that physical activity can also heighten production of oxytocin; Studies consistently have shown that long distance runners have significantly higher bloodstream levels of oxytocin after post-event. “Lots of stresses can trigger oxytocin release, among them exercise,” says William Kenkel, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “It stands to reason, then that such exercise-related oxytocin release could facilitate social bonding.”

Furthermore, team sports also allow for an opportunity for an oxytocin boost. Just for fun, let’s say that you went to a football game and you didn’t really care which team won. Well one player spikes the ball after a successful play and this triggers increased oxytocin and better playing by teammates, which triggers increased cheering and clapping in the stands. One study recently reported in The New York Times suggests that it is nearly impossible for any impartial fan to remain unaffected. Just sitting there watching all these positive outbreaks of cheering causes the impartial fan to experience a jolt of increased oxytocin, too. Ah, isn’t love wonderful?

What’s the takeaway? There’s many paths to good-vibes, and if you’re decidedly not coupling up this valentine’s weekend, a run may not be a bad idea.

9 Facts You Never Knew About Super Bowl History

Of course there’s always bragging rights involved with super bowl predictions and wins, but what about being able to sport some trivia?Super_Bowl_logo.svg_ Here’s nine questions to challenge your knowledge about the super bowl, but don’t fret if you don’t know where to start: everything comes back to four. See how:

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The Psychology of Willpower: Part 2

As a continuation from Part 1 on our series on willpower, maybe you long ago resolved not to make New Year’s resolutions because you know that the odds are against you succeeding. But what if you had insider information about how willpower does and doesn’t work? Research studies support the idea that while willpower isn’t an unlimited resource, there are strategies that can be utilized to optimize it.35122236_m

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The Psychology of Willpower: Part 1

8% of people10865206 achieve their New Year’s goals, while an estimated 46% Americans will abandon their resolutions by the first of February. It’s an ironic phenomena that has plauged ourselves, and endlessly explored by psychologies. Here in our two part Will Power series, we’ll reveal some findings from The Will Power Instinct, a fantastic book on self-control by Dr. Kelly McGonigal.

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My Goodness: One Seattle Band to watch for in 2015

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Here at the Yesler Journal, we get amped up about great rock jams. We’re excited to feature My Goodness, a blues rock trio from Seattle who we’ve been following for the last year or so.

With their guns-ablazing debut of their full-length album Shiver + Shake earlier this summer, they earned on a spot on a national tour with Augustines as well as Crash Kings beginning next year. You’ll be hearing from them more often (at least if we can help it).

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7 Winter Escapes that Should be on Your Bucket List

For some people, winter is a dead zone that is more likely to be endured than enjoyed. But there’s another word that begins with the letter “e” that offers much more promise than even enjoy: escape. Included here, for your consideration are seven winter escapes that would provide memories satisfying enough to propel you through the dark days of three more winters to come.

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Day 1: Kickstarter Production

It’s Day 1 of production, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Everything begins with cutting the fabric. Although a straightforward process, of all the steps involved with garment manufacturing, cutting is arguably the most critical. Mistakes here are expensive to fix, and more often than not little can actually be done to rectify errors; you don’t get to cut twice. See the gallery below and see how we transform rolls of fabric into indivdual pieces for sewing:

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A 1951 Football game and the Illusion of Impartiality

For more than 100 years, major league philosophers like Descartes and Voltaire built careers off the idea that human minds perceived reality through a rational filter. It’s not a bad idea: we’d all like to think that we’re rational observers of the world, especially if the observation in question is a sports game; How can you not be rational if you’re sizing up a game based upon pre-agreed upon rules with an official score keeper?

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