October 29, 2009

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I love Halloween.

But can we all just admit that the holiday no longer makes a lick of sense? That it’s been commercialized, bastardized and commandeered by retailers to the point that nobody even remembers what the hell its supposed to be about?


Errrr, something to do with “the harvest,”I think?

(And I only say that because that’s my go-to answer when I don’t know what a holiday is about:  Valentine’s Day?  “Something to do with the harvest”?  St. Patrick’s Day?  “Harvest”?  National Take Your Daughter To Work Day?  “Oh, that’s about the harvest, big time.”)

I do know this.  Halloween is the time of year when the following random things occur: Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrity Death Hoaxes (“RIP Tom Cruise, Kanye West, Elmo…”)

October 28, 2009

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"RIP Kanye West": Harmless prank or wishful thinking?

I think a rite of passage of the angsty, misunderstood teenager is the prank call.

Example: dialing up Red Lobster and ordering a cooked telephone.  (And yes, that prank call of mine was met with curious silence from my friends, just as it is now with you.  Sigh.  Nobody ever gets my Salvador Dali references)

Well, nowadays it seems we are all collectively those mischievous teenagers and the whole world is one giant Red Lobster. (I’ll take a second to allow that horrifying metaphor to truly sink in).

It’s interesting, people often praise the immediacy of the internet as its greatest asset, the way information can spread virally in a matter of seconds.  Usually they’ll reference the Iranian Twitter Protesters or the fact that back in the days of the Lincoln Assassination people in the further reaches of the country didn’t even get the news of his death for several days (although I believe the first Lincoln Assassination joke was written a mere 30 minutes after it occurred — that still-classic one-liner: “So Mrs. Lincoln, aside from what happened, how did you enjoy the play?” Unfortunately, it was told to the actual Mrs. Lincoln and was received quite poorly)

In the DSL/Live Chat/Twitter age the big question is: Is it really such a good thing to be so immediately connected to the rest of the world when the rest of the world is only telling the truth 60% of the time?

Which leads to the topic at hand: celebrity death rumors. Read the rest of this entry »

Guantanamo Bay Musical Torture

October 26, 2009

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It seems as if musicians David Byrne, REM, Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, T-Bone Burnett, Billy Brag, Bonnie Raitt and a handful of other performers are up in arms, demanding to know whether their music was used in the torture of Guantanamo Bay detainees (see Darren Garnick’s article on it here)

Frankly, I have to admit I’m in favor of musical torture. Why? Well, first and foremost, it seems to be working. See what the terrorists themselves are saying: Read the rest of this entry »

Texting Etiquette or “Textiquette”

October 26, 2009

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In honor of the great response I received regarding my blog post on  tipping etiquette I have deemed myself the Dear Abby of the new millennium.  My next topic of etiquette: texting.

Please feel free to submit your questions and I will—

Oh lookie! Already — my first question via Time Travel Twitter (a new service that allows impatient Tweeters who are so bored with the present to Tweet into the future) Read the rest of this entry »

Modern Horror Films

October 23, 2009

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Something I fail to understand is why modern film going audiences (particularly teenagers) love horror films so very much.

I guess the cliche is “We all like a good scare.”  Really? Last time some jerk  driving 104 mph and talking on a cell phone swerved into my traffic lane and nearly bumped me into the Pacific Ocean I don’t remember thinking “Wow, I really liked that.  I only wish that it would last for 90 minutes with credits at the end.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tipping Etiquette

October 21, 2009

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There’s nothing more uncomfortable, confusing and downright aggravating than trying to figure out who/what/when and how much to tip someone.  So in order to alleviate that stress, I thought I’d share with you my own personal tipping guide: Read the rest of this entry »

Club Cards

October 18, 2009

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Admittedly, some of the most irritating things in life aren’t completely without reason.  Some are a necessary burden : taxes, colonoscopies, the Jerry Lewis Telethon (not necessarily in that order).

But club cards…

Club cards are a prime example of the modern world’s innate ability to waste our time, space, energy (and plastic) for a few pennies.

(Also, on a smaller note, they’ve turned my keychain from a slightly annoying appendage into a lethal weapon.) Read the rest of this entry »