Jan 31, 2006

Chocolatey Goodness

In case there was any confusion over my last post, I should clarify that I am in no way knocking chocolate. Not good chocolate, at least. To my credit (or shame-- I can't decide which), I am the girl who polished off two three-kilo jars of Nutella. So, if you subscribe to the "more cushion for the pushin'" philosophy and want to buy your loved one chocolates, who am I to say nay? In fact, I have a suggestion for you: Nirvana Chocolates. Their site says, "A taste of Nirvana Chocolates is all it takes to break through the boundaries of delight," which I misread (rather appropriately) as, "A taste of Nirvana Chocolates is all it takes to break through the boundaries of diet." Seriously, though, they rock.

To Explain and Otherwise Elucidate

I feel the need to offer an explanation for my V-Day gift guide. I'm suggesting tons of goodies not because I think you must celebrate the day, but because you might want to do so. And I'm going to gag if I see one more stuffed animal holding a big, red, heart-shaped box of chocolates. How lame. Get creative, people. Get interesting. If you're going to give Valentine's Day gifts, buy something that your signficigant other would actually like/want. Hence my awesome suggestions.

Jan 30, 2006

Because Diamonds are Passé

Tell her she lights up your life (without saying anything nearly that sappy) with the Crystal Fuze Necklace.

How about some Champagne without the drunkenness? This necklace is just as bubbly.

If you can spare some big bucks, go for the awesome Swarovski Nepal Ring. (Incidentally, I think it can double as a weapon.) If that's out of your price range, try the glass Bling Ring.

For the geekettes (or those who love geeks), go for the surprisingly elegant Capacitor Necklace.

For another decidedly unusual choice, check out this Ruler Bracelet.

This is a personal favorite. Show her that she's yours and you're not letting go with a Handcuff Bracelet. (On the topic of handcuffs, keep this rule in mind: Handcuff bracelet=cute. Fuzzy handcuffs=overplayed.)

To spell it out, try one of these Definition Necklaces.

And, if you'd like to go a more traditional route (as in candy) without actually giving candy, the Chocolate Bon-Bon Necklace is an excellent and adorable option.

Let It Commence

The Valentine's Day gift guide, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood pinup, that is.

Jan 26, 2006

The Wonderful World of Slash

Okay, I'd previously heard about the existence of some horrifying Harry Potter slash fiction (usually between Draco and Harry or Harry and Ron), but I have since stumbled across something even more esoteric: lesbian Harry Potter slash. Obviously, it doesn't really involve good ol' Harry. Mostly Hermione and Ginny. At least most of the authors have the good sense and decency to write primarily about a) the characters, not the actors and b) adult versions of same.

Jan 25, 2006

ShimmerGlimmerTwinkleSparkleShine!

For anyone in the New York area, from January 13 through March 12 the Moss Gallery is hosting an exhibit of fabulous, inventive, utterly breathtaking crystal chandeliers entitled ShimmerGlimmerTwinkleSparkleShine! (It's their exclamation point, not mine. Though it's definitely exclamation point-worthy.) Do check it out if you're a fan of the sparklies, as I am.

Jan 24, 2006

Worse Than Those Fuzzy Toilet Seat Covers

Does anyone really need an LED-illuminated toilet seat? Especially for 249 Euro? I sure as hell don't.

Jan 23, 2006

Ingenious! (And Toasty.)

The Slanket is rad. It's a blanket with sleeves, so your arms don't get cold. And it looks all big and comfy and cozy and neck-warming, too. But they're already sold out. And, moreover, they're $65 a pop. Makes me think I should buy some fleece and whip up my own . . . (Not for sale, just for myself. Don't get all litigious.)

Jan 20, 2006

Scooba Doo

Oh, man. I want a Scooba, which is essentially a Roomba that washes floors instead of vaccuuming them. I loathe mopping. Ah, the miracle of modern technology. If only I could afford it.

Update: I just discovered Zack's take on the Scooba. Let's say it's slightly different from mine. Eh, the glass is always half-empty for some of us.

Jan 19, 2006

The Perils of Blue Eyeshadow

I'm being terribly daring today and wearing blue eyeshadow. I've always had a deep-seated fear of looking like a school cafeteria lunch lady (or that cowmonster on the show with Drew Carey). But I'm okay. It looks fine. I'm cautiously easing into blue eyeshadow and slowly getting comfortable.

In other news, I spilled coffee all over my shirt. Had to take it off, wash it out, and hang it near the radiator to dry. Fortunately I was also wearing a sweater, so I could go shirtless underneath it until my tee dried.

Jan 17, 2006

Rocking Out with Pachelbel

Oh my god. I want to fuck him and bear his talented children, simply based on his musical ability. Okay, I take back the bit about bearing his kids. Seriously, though, rocking out--well--to Pachelbel's Canon is awesome. Awe-inspiring, even. A major turn-on. (Thanks, Zack.)

He Had a Dream, But You Can't Hear It

I just read that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s family has copyright-protected audio recordings of his famous "I have a dream" speech, which makes it difficult for people to hear the speech unless they pony up $10 per recording to the King family. (Though the family reportedly will provide free copies to educators.) That's a travesty. Dr. King was such a compelling speaker and that's such a powerful speech. But most people have only heard snippets and have read the text rather than heard the man. I do understand that the King family needs to make money; I'm really not unsympathetic. But surely there's a better way than this. That speech should be in the public domain for all to hear.

This anecdote from the Washington Post article neatly summarizes the issue. Edoardo Pisoni, a 10-year-old who has heard a recording of the speech, was asked why it wouldn't be the same experience to simply read the text or hear someone other than Dr. King speak the words. He wisely replied, "It wouldn't have the heart."

Here is an mp3 version of the speech. (Thanks, Boing Boing.)

Jan 13, 2006

Glass Slippers? Pshaw. Try Steel.

These shoes look so incredibly painful. And hot. Well, not the ridiculous platformed pair, but the rest are pretty freaking sexy in a dominatrixy way.

Jan 12, 2006

The Plan

Have been too busy to post lately, but whatever. We'll just call it winter break, shall we?

Since my holiday gift guide turned out to be a smashing success (and prompted people to actually read my blog-- shocker!), I plan to continue highlighting cool, worthy, ingenious, etc. products on a semi-regular basis. And maybe release some more themed gift guides. Well, Valentine's Day is coming up, you know.

Now that you've seen . . . the plan, I'm gonna go show the plan to someone else. (Yes, that's a quote.)