Monday, January 31, 2011

Snowbuggy White!

From the Columbia campus. [Thanks to my wife for the photograph (and loving me.)]

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jesus F. Christ, Enough of These Precious Ads Already

Why do ad agencies think melancholia leads to purchasing? Iron & Wine doesn't make me want to buy anything. Not an iron & Wine cd, not insurance,not anything. Watching pretty things float or bounce, accompanied by a man singing about loneliness, makes me annoyed at that very thing that I am doing.

Spring by AT & T

Drifters by Travelers Insurance

Such Great Heights by M & M

And the original Ur-precious commercial:

Bouncy Balls by Bravia

Thursday, January 20, 2011

When Desserts Look Like IPhones

Chocolate praline, left, from Ducasse's Benoit; iPhone G4, right, from Job's Apple

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Stereotype is True: Bloggers are Cat-Friendly

The other week on Eater I put together a poll in response to the overwhelming stereotype that bloggers have more cats than non-bloggers. That — along with the idea that they a) live in their mother's basements and b) live in a fly-over state and c) never get dressed — form the base coat of most blogger stereotypes. I thought I would debunk that once and for all. Well, I didn't.

It turns out, according to The Humane Society, 33% of American households own at least one cat. However, our study found 66.4% of bloggers own at least one cat with a slightly higher percentage of those owning multiple cats. Sadly, the cats-owning editor of Eater, Raphael Brion decided against publishing these shocking revelations. However, the truth shall not be swept under the litter box, no matter how uncomfortable or allergic it might be.