Nov 30, 2006

My Eyes Need Diapers

Hi. Yes. I know I was going to start the holiday gift guide this week, but things happened. Er, thing happened. I got sick. And I cannot spew forth holiday cheer and fabulous gift ideas whilst my right eye waters like a faucet, my head pounds like a drum, and my nose and throat conspire to kill me. Anticipate the fabulosity next week.

Nov 28, 2006

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas

How to have an environmentally friendly Christmas has never been a particular concern of mine. To be frank, I've never even considered it before. But after reading this informative Slate article, I have resolved to be more aware of the holiday decisions I make and their consequences. Some of their suggestions are very easy to follow—I already combine shipping as much as possible, for example. Not only does it save on fuel, it saves me kizash. I'll buy some LED light strands this year and stay away from sparkly wrapping paper (well, as much as possible). Fortunately, I've been inadvertently green for years now thanks to my entire family's practice of reusing gift bags and Mylar wrap/tissue paper as long as possible. (Seriously, we have to coerce my grandmother into finally ditching a piece of Mylar that's wrinkled beyond recognition.) Other Slate suggestions, such as using Sellotape, are good, but pretty hard to follow. No problem if you're in the U.K., but here in the U.S. there is Scotch tape and knockoff Scotch tape and that's it. Good luck finding Sellotape. Though Berkeley is just crunchy enough that I may be able to scrounge up some. I'll have to check.

Nov 27, 2006

Pink is the New Dog

Okay, I know I said I'd start the holiday gift guide today, but I may have lied. What I really need to do today is show you this picture. I know the caption says that the dog is red, but it's quite clearly pink. My mom had a pink poodle once. True story. She dyed it pink, much to the consternation of her little brother. Hell, that's pretty creative for a little kid. The photo just reminded me of that incident.

Nov 22, 2006

For Your Pie-Hole

Okay, as it's the day before Thanksgiving, I'm starting to feel a bit festive. I think I shall begin the annual holiday gift guide in earnest on Monday. But here's one little suggestion in advance:

For anyone with a pronounced sweet tooth and an undying love of both pie and chocolate, the Godiva American Pies Collection is definitely the way to go. It's not cheap, but what is?

Happy Toikey Day (in advance).

Nov 21, 2006

Lactivists, misinformation, earmuffs. In that order.

This is infuriating as all hell; I thought we'd resolved the whole breastfeeding-in-public kerfuffle about 15 years ago. No? Well, peeps, get over it. It's a boob.

This, on the other hand, is more than infuriating. It's downright alarming. When I read about reactionaries like Eric Keroack—and discover that he's been put in charge of the U.S.'s family planning program—it frustrates me so much I want to cry. How horrifying that he's now in a position of power from which he can better spread his misinformation.

And, so that you're not thoroughly depressed after reading the aforementioned two articles, take a gander at these redonkulous Katamari earmuffs.

Nov 20, 2006

Wii Remote-1, TV-0

Ouch. Must suck to be this guy, whose Wii Remote slipped and cracked his TV screen. And I assumed the first Wii-related casualties would involve RSIs and dislocated shoulders.

Nov 17, 2006

Puppynapped

Despite my intense fondness for teacup Yorkies, I am not responsible for this. Just figured I'd preemptively clear my name.

It's All About Wii

Okay, after reading this review of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, I've decided that I need a Wii. Of course, if Jeremy Parish says that you'll find yourself "leaning forward in your seat, flailing away with the Wii Remote," chances are good that I'll be doing balletic and/or kickboxing moves across the room. (Hey, I get very agitated while playing games. I nearly put the controller through the screen during Lego Star Wars II. And they're only Legos.)
Also, it's been rumored that Namco will make a Katamari game for the Wii. That's the clincher. I need a Wii. Just not until they're a) actually available for non-crazy people and b) possibly less expensive.

Touristy Goodness

This set of photos is awesome. Apparently, this guy buys souvenirs, postcards, etc. and then superimposes them over actual attractions or locales. Doesn't sound that compelling, but it is.

Nov 15, 2006

Alex + Chloe = Nifty

I really like a bunch of the jewelry at Alex + Chloe. Simple, but unique. And actually affordable (well, most of it). I particularly like the antlers.

Nov 14, 2006

Fugging Baba Wawa

The Fug Girls regularly entertain me, but this time they've come up with an absolute gem: Baba Wawa's Diawy. I nearly pissed myself when I read it. It's a twue classic.

The Hosts From Hell

Poor Polish bastard. His experience as a foreign exchange student living with a super-religious Christian host family is my idea of hell.

Nov 13, 2006

Here, Lizard Lizard!

Yo, if I'd only known about the belly-massaging technique that Lily Capehart, a 10- (or 11-, according to different spots on her site) year -old girl, uses to relax wild lizards so that she can pose and dress them up, I'd have totally used it to my advantage when visiting my grandparents in Florida. Every time I'm there, I'm always on the lookout for these little guys; I catch them, hold them, pat them (gently), and let them go. But they're squirmy little buggers and, once in a while, they bite. (It feels like a pinprick.)

So, yeah. Useful technique. Hysterical photos. (Via Boing Boing.)

Nov 10, 2006

Old Russian Women are Crazy, Nyet?

Oh my god. This clip defies description. All I have to say is:
elderly Russians + gigundo purses + some disagreement = hilarity

FSM Sighting

How is it possible that more people aren't Pastafarians? I mean, shitloads of people believe in assorted gods, but how many of them have actually had a sighting? Watch and bask in the glory of His Noodly Appendage.

Nov 9, 2006

The Simpsons: Still Relevant

I know this is a bit belated, but I'm behind in my Simpsons-watching. I just saw the Treehouse of Horror episode (season 18) last night and was really impressed by the final segment, "The Day the Earth Looked Stupid." It went from funny to hilarious to depressing in quick succession. Very incisive. Not to mention timely, as it aired just days before the midterm elections. Watch the "The Day the Earth Looked Stupid" here.

Nov 8, 2006

Force Quit Indeed

I think this graphic says it all. (Thanks, Afshin.)

Just Deserts

So Britney Spears has apparently filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed or, as he may now be called, Fed-Ex. Is this shocking (or even particularly interesting)? Not at all. Yet it's schadenfreudishly satisfying to see one of the world's most overexposed leeches getting tossed off the gravy train. Still, I'll believe it when I see it.

Speaking of certain undesirables getting what they deserve, Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death. Again, I'll believe it when I see it.

Nov 7, 2006

The Pig is Indeed a Magical Animal

Now this is a movement I can support: Peace Through Pork. Especially when there are accessories such as the bacon awareness wristband.

Nov 3, 2006

Hooray for Early Birthday Presents!

Yay! I got my DS Lite last night. And a copy of Brain Age. I have yet to play it (or even turn it on), but I a) needed to charge it and b) did have to come to work and, you know, do work. But am very excited and plan to play my little heart out on my flight tomorrow. Thanks, honey!

Nov 1, 2006

The "Real" Journalist and the "Fake" Journalists: Guess Which Is Which

So my favorite "journalist," Maureen Dowd, has written an article about Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart for Rolling Stone, a decently long excerpt of which you can read here. It's entertaining enough that I think I'll buy the issue, something I haven't done since approximately my senior year of high school, when there was a cover story on Mike Myers and the Austin Powers phenomenon. Actually, I think I stole that one from the hair salon.

Incidentally, best line of the article:
COLBERT and STEWART in unison: His dad was a goat-herder!