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Archive for November, 2008

NOTE: I’m on vacation until Dec. 1 — posts will be sporadic or non-existent until then. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light(TM), Sultan of Suck(TM)  Vanity Fair (still not completely forgiven for that best songs list) partially redeems themselves by publishing the memo the Painter of Light(TM) — whom Salon calls “Writer of Dreck(TM)” and whom Dan Lyke of Flutterby defends — wrote regarding the “Christmas Cottage” movie insipired by his painting. Among other things, Kinkade suggests these hidden references: References to my children (from youngest to oldest as follows): Evie, Winsor, Chandler and Merritt. References to my anniversary date, the number 52, the number 82, and the number 5282 (for fun, notice how many times this appears in my major published works). Hidden N’s throughout — preferably thirty N’s, commemorating one N for each year since the events happened. See if you can spot any of those in his NASCAR painting below  (here’s his own helpful guide):

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Cooking Japanese, I think I’m cooking Japanese …  Awesome commercial for the original “Iron Chef” TV show from Japan. Also funny is SNL’s parody showing a “bachelor chef” challenging the Iron Chef in a battle using such delicacies as shark heads and eel farts (bad quality video below):

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Monkey Steals the Peach  Ow! I guess maybe Monty Python’s sergeant was on to something in drilling his troops to defend against fresh fruit:

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McDonald’s fries taste like New Jersey  Looks like they get their flavoring not only from this most-maligned state, but from the part of it that everyone agrees really IS nasty — the northern stretch of the Turnpike, home of the “Flavor Corridor” where scent and fragrance companies are side-by-side with refineries and chemical plants. In addition to being the world’s largest flavor company, IFF manufactures the smells of six of the ten best-selling fine perfumes in the United States, including Estée Lauder’s Beautiful, Clinique’s Happy, Lancôme’s Trésor, and Calvin Klein’s Eternity.

New Jersey: Home of Beautiful Smells – think anyone will buy that as a new state motto?

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The Internet(s) for Idiots: A helpful guide to Internet Lingo for the newbies visiting here (or for when your mom asks what “STFU” means). (via Bits & Pieces):

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Abandoned Supercars

Abandoned Supercars  OK, they’re not all supercars, and they’re not all abandoned, but still interesting, and sad (but not as sad as Wrecked Exotics). (via Dark Roasted Blend)

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At the Star Wars, Star Wars Cantina  Two iconic ’70s phenomena combined! His name was Solo, He was a pilot, With a blaster at his side, And a smile 12 parsecs wide … (via Popped Culture)

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