Entries from November 2011

Cuz You Know This Is a Guaranteed Sale

I have no need for Cinnamon Sugar Spiced Pecans, but: “Mashuga Nuts” A few lines from the packaging: “A nut your mother will love” “The chosen pecan” “Oy… Ingredients so good we had to pay retail!” “Delivered by Schlemiels on Wheels” (I love that my phone knew to autocomplete Schlemiel) “Novato, CA 94949 What… You [...]

Categories: Food

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXVIII

The “Expert” is the best part: The Onion Newsroom: Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere (Obviously: Language alert)

Categories: Business & Media

There’s No Business Like the Muppets Show Business

I love this: (The original pitch for the Muppet Show) It is amazing.

Categories: Entertainment

World Is Ending, Etc Etc

I’m not sure what I think about this: The Guardian – It is not inevitable that the EU – or democracy – will survive this mess Europe may well muddle through with technocrats and tighter straitjackets, but the rule of the people must be guarded, by Simon Jenkins

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXVII

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Nando’s: Last dictator standing

Categories: Food

Maharaja

Peter and I went up to the city today to see the Maharaja exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. I had never been to the Asian Art Museum and had no idea it was right across the street from City Hall. It’s really lovely. Totally by accident we ended up doing the whole thing backwards [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

In Which I Feel Smug About My Weekend Plans

Whenever I plan holidays and things, I always have an image in my head of things going like they always seem to do in travel magazines or Sunset: Well-appointed but reasonably priced independently run lodgings, organic, locally-sourced food served in whimsical settings, one or two big-name tourist traps just to punctuate the trip, and everything [...]

Categories: Wildcard

I’m In Big Sur

I don’t think I’ve ever been this far south on highway 1 before. Here’s a little scene from our drive down from Carmel:

Categories: Science and Nature

I’d Like To Welcome Our New Readers From Chrysler Corporation

*cough* Fiat’s released the Abarth ad. And, uh, welcome, new readers! /is pleased with the results of her rant

Categories: Business & Media

Meanwhile, In Iran

It’s been quiet in Iran lately. Not a lot of mass protests or rigged elections. Just the usual imminent nuclear armament, so nothing to keep it in the headlines out here in the west. Obv. The Times – Iran’s elite Guard ‘runs global crime network pushing heroin to West’ Apparently the Revolutionary Guard have taken [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Only Chrysler Could Eff Up the 500

Autoblog – Sluggish Fiat 500 sales triggering layoffs at Chrysler engine plant Chrysler has reportedly had to stop production of the 1.4-liter engine that powers the Cinquecento until demand catches up to supply. As a result, it has had to lay off a portion of the employees that build it. I’ve meant to do a [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Why Does The Snowman

Need to be Close Captioned? …Or need subtitles in English and French?

Categories: Entertainment

Armistice Day/Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day/11.11.11 Day

I’m never sure what to post for Veteran’s Day. On the one hand, it’s important, and it’s important to me, but on the other hand somehow all the commemorations for the day sort of ring oddly when up against the Remembrance Day things going on in the rest of the (Western (ish)) world. Of course, [...]

Categories: War and Peace

The Proper Start to the Holidays

This morning Twitter erupted in tears with this year’s John Lewis Christmas ad: Doing a little research, I see that last year’s was uploaded to YouTube on Nov 11, 2010. 2009′s on Nov 16, but close enough. And so on. And all of them feature a female cover of a famous rock ‘n roll song, [...]

Categories: Business & Media

Trains! American Trains!

…Not that I agree with Setting Up An Industry That Needs Billions Every Year To Stay Afloat as the best place to concentrate our efforts vis-a-vis growth, but the image amuses me.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs