March 28, 2007

Today’s moist-and-steamy internet droppings:

Really creepy trolling against tech blogger Kathy Sierra. This particular flavor of web-haterade is so ugly.

Sirius does backseat TV in new Chryslers, for “antsy” kids. Hm, their ideas are intriguing and I wish to subscribe to their newsletter.

Twitter: I don’t think I get it.

Useful for my current kitchen-decoration musings: the ColorJack Sphere. Uses color theory in order to come up with visually appealing/complementary colors.

Nauseatingly cute video of otters holding hands. Wait until the end, when they drift apart . . . then purposefully get back together. Just try not to say “awwwwww” out loud.

The best movie review I have ever read, ever. (On Grindhouse) “First 300 and now this? I think the summer of 2007 just went, “Hey, let me take you to a free taquito buffet” and you eat all these taquitos and then the summer goes, “Here comes a foot to your stomach”, but you go, “It’s full of taquitos” but it’s too late – there’s a boot in your stomach only the boot is really a motorcycle and you puke up a bikini girl who blows you and then kills your boss with a hammer.”


Hey, what’s the best $25-or-under purchase you’ve made lately? I just got an Amazon gift certificate and I am looking to spend that sucker.


43 Responses to “Less content, less filling”

  1. Emily on March 29th, 2007 2:01 pm

    So these blogs or whatever are like public emails. You’re updating us like we’re your friends, sort of, all at once. Twitter is like that, but it is public IM. Or public text messages.

    Who would have thought that blogs would be popular a decade ago?

  2. Dee Dee on March 29th, 2007 2:03 pm

    Thanks for that explanation of Twitter, Emily. I was confused about it too. Just last night, I said to my husband, “I feel so old. I have no clue what this Twitter thing is.” Yeah, I’m 33… I’m glad that I’m not alone.

  3. Emily on March 29th, 2007 2:03 pm

    Also, if you like coffee or nice tea, the Bodum Travel Press is SUPER awesome. It’s a French press, but in a travel mug. And that stuff stays hot for like, a million years.

  4. Mare on March 29th, 2007 2:34 pm

    Is Twitter like Facebook?

  5. Leah on March 29th, 2007 2:39 pm

    My latest under-$25 purchase was the newest Regina Spektor CD, but that’s probably no help to you, is it?

  6. Em on March 29th, 2007 2:39 pm

    Heh, I think we’re either both on the same track. I too saw many of these links this week.

    I also do not get twitter.

    Finally, I think this page also has some neat suggestions for color palates, but I like the one you linked much better.

  7. angela on March 29th, 2007 2:41 pm

    The otters were TOO CUTE. Then the video ended and up popped a related video for “otter p0rn.” Heh.

  8. Caitlin on March 29th, 2007 2:44 pm

    Weird. We’ve been reading the same internets! Specifically Kathy Sierra (creepy and misogynistic, yikes) and the otters (which when I sent to my sister immediately spurred her to google “otter + purchase.” Yeah, we just saw the ones at the NOLA zoo last week and almost died of the cuteness).

  9. Swistle on March 29th, 2007 3:01 pm

    The Baby Name Wizard (book) by Laura Wattenberg.

  10. John on March 29th, 2007 3:05 pm

    I am sooooo looking forward to Grindhouse.

    The new Clutch CD – ‘From Beale Street to Eternity’. Bluesy-psycho-boogie-stomp music by musical freak-shows. Your butt will groove, buildings will crumble.

    And they’re great live, too!

    Splurge on comic books (30 Days Of Night?) with what’s left over.

  11. LLL on March 29th, 2007 3:10 pm

    Those otters are the CUTEST! Thanks. Best $25 from Amazon is this annoying electronic game called Ctachphrase. It’s like electronic password. My husband and I play it like geeks, our neieces and nephews play too. Its fun in a mindless way.

  12. whoorl on March 29th, 2007 3:15 pm

    Didn’t twitter win at SXSW? I don’t understand the appeal, yet Emily makes a great point about blogs 10 years ago.

  13. Tina NZ on March 29th, 2007 3:23 pm

    Shouldn’t every Twitter entry be ‘reading the Twitter site’?

  14. drew olanoff on March 29th, 2007 3:26 pm

    i’m personally liking twitter, but it’s just another tool to share and consume info. i don’t think it’s going to change the world. we just added some twitter functionality over at pluggd that lets you share what you’re listening to.

  15. Gertie on March 29th, 2007 3:39 pm

    I find I’m too busy to look up Twitter and find out what in the hell that is, but damn if I don’t have time to watch a video containing hand-holding otters. Now my eyes are melting from the cuteness.

  16. ginger on March 29th, 2007 3:49 pm

    That movie review made me grow some big hairy balls. And then scratch them.

    Seriously, I want to see that movie, now.

  17. Michelle in Maryland on March 29th, 2007 3:53 pm

    I love when you use Farkisms!

  18. KT on March 29th, 2007 3:56 pm

    Pilot G6 pens! We just SPECIAL ORDERED some from Staples (black, blue, red, and green), and they make me feel studious and smart and clever when I write to-do lists with things like “Email Grandpa” and “buy sour gummi bears.” $8 for a four-color pack. They feel good and look like little rockets.

  19. kim on March 29th, 2007 5:52 pm

    I don’t know how much it was but there is an Amy Sedaris book on CD called
    “I like you” about being a great hostess, it is just stinking funny. Love it!

  20. Erica on March 29th, 2007 7:27 pm

    I just recently got the Regina Spektor’s cd that you talked about earlier and a graphic novel “Y: The Last Man”. Both were phenominal and are about $10 each and I can’t wait to get the next issues of “Y”.

  21. deanna on March 29th, 2007 7:29 pm

    i bought the latest jodi picoult book, nineteen minutes. i cant say enough good things about her writing. shes an easy read with things broken up neatly into small managable “scenes” which is GREAT for my nyc subway commutes [i rarely get to sit and read for more than 15 or 20 min at MOST without having to get up to transfer or something] and also accomodating to life with a toddler. BONUS! her story lines are ALWAYS interesting and relevant to todays society and relatively current events, not to mention her intersting characters and uncanny knack for getting into the head of every character and getting you to understand the story from ALL OF THEIR points of view. ive loved everything ive ever read by her…

  22. Jennifer on March 29th, 2007 7:40 pm


    I second the above recommendation for the Amy Sedaris book. It is so, SO funny…and useful! Oh! Another vote here for Catchphrase – you can literally play for HOURS. So fun!

  23. Emily on March 29th, 2007 8:22 pm

    I got that Amy Sedaris book for Christmas — it’s pretty fucking genius. I third the recommendation.

    Also, that otter video made me a little mushy inside. I tried to show it to my co-worker (who is in the same tent as I am, and happened to be walking by my bunk while I was watching the otters and going “awww!”) but she was being a hater and just looked at me like I was special.

  24. Melanie on March 29th, 2007 8:37 pm

    The otters kill me, too cute!! Best $25? Pizza today, maybe? Otherwise, I just got a shitload of books from and that made me happy, I’ve got tons of vacation reading lined up without having to worry about a library book taking a dip in the ocean this summer. Oh, but I have been wanting a bento box to bring lunch to work in, I think they have them on Amazon and they look so cool.

  25. angela on March 30th, 2007 12:52 am

    I don’t know if you can buy this with an GC, but I got a couple cute shirts on clearance at banana republic. About $15 each. I love me some clearance items.

  26. angela on March 30th, 2007 12:56 am

    Oh! Have you heard of Again, I don’t know if you can buy it with the GC, but I got two 2G memory cards from newegg for $12.49 each for my nikon.

  27. Laura H on March 30th, 2007 5:43 am

    Shopaholic and Baby…Gosh those books are a scream and an easy, quick read for someone who has to keep one on the page and one eye on her kids.

  28. Michelle on March 30th, 2007 6:28 am

    First comment ever over here – I just finished reading your entire blog – is that creepy? Hope not. My nephew is 2 weeks older than Riley so it has been incredibly entertaining to read all about what you and JB are going through with Riley and relate that to what my sister and brother in law are going through w/ my nephew. I find myself laughing out loud and sending her links to your blog all the time. What is with 18 month olds and the moon anyway?! I’d love to know :)

    Anyways, like Deanna, I bought a Jodi Picoult book, “The Tenth Circle”. Haven’t started it yet, but her books are fabulous.

  29. GoingLoopy on March 30th, 2007 9:33 am

    “Tenth Circle” wasn’t too bad, but I liked a couple of her other books more. With $25, I’d either buy that book, or pre-order Harry Potter, or buy Regina Spektor’s first CD (already have the new one as well). I also liked Damien Rice “9”, and I am most fond of a band called “Girlyman” – they opened for the Indigo Girls at a concert, and they’re very good. Their first 2 CD’s are worth buying if you like the folky-alternativey rock sound.

  30. Hope on March 30th, 2007 9:53 am

    I’m delurking because the best $25 I’ve spent recently was on t-shirts from American Eagle. I usually steer clear of that store and leave it for the pre-teens, but my fiance bought me a shirt from there for x-mas and I love it, now I’ve bought about 6 of them, and they’re on sale right now – the “Favorite T.” They’re really soft and really long (which I personally like).

    Also, I think I might go buy Catchphrase after reading these comments.

  31. MLE on March 30th, 2007 10:01 am

    The best ~$25 purchase *I’ve* made recently was a memory foam pillow, and now I’m never going back. But you probably already have one of those.

  32. squandra on March 30th, 2007 10:21 am

    “I Like You” is fantastic. I have the actual book; I think it’s worth it for the photos and drawings. Also from the non-fiction section:
    Speed Cleaning 101: Cut Your Cleaning Time in Half!

  33. MRW on March 30th, 2007 12:20 pm

    I will fourth? the Amy Sedaris book rec – hilarious and also includes actual recipes and ideas, so funny AND involves food – so it was one of my favorites. The only caveat is that I don’t think anything in that book is what would be considered light – still good for entertaining and funny!

  34. HollowSquirrel on March 30th, 2007 12:38 pm

    Wait, don’t you want to know about our weekend plans?

  35. Mel on March 30th, 2007 12:48 pm

    The best under $25 purchase is ordering (pre-ordering) the new Harry Potter book. I can order it from a web site in braille for the print hard cover price. Yay! Oh, so many volumes. So exciting to read!!

  36. Sarah on March 30th, 2007 1:56 pm

    Awwwwww… the bitty otter paws! The hormones must be a’raging because I totally cried at the end of that clip.

    Best purchase for under $25 lately? A pack of 15 blue Peeps for $0.79. They can’t have many points associated with them (they’re air!) and Amazon sells “everything from A to Z”, right? :)

  37. fellowmom on March 30th, 2007 3:08 pm

    The Nissan 1-pint bottle with pop-up straw, great for between-red-bull water breaks. Or, The Areas of My Expertise, by John Hodgman, a very funny man. He’s definitely cast against type as the PC on the Mac ads.

    Thanks for the hand-holding otters. No, I could not stifle the “Awwwww.”

  38. bad penguin on March 30th, 2007 3:22 pm

    I love the cute, sweet little otters! And they looked like they knew they were making people happy too.

    That is a pretty impressive movie review. Isn’t the 1st movie in the double feature about zombies? Right up your alley.

  39. Josh on March 30th, 2007 4:04 pm

    Holy ball sacks of righteous glory, that was by far the most awesome review I have ever read. I favorited that bitch and sent a link to my girlfriend. If I weren’t so enfatuated with boobs I would hunt that writer down and marry him. How on God’s green earth do you consistently find these orgasmicly e-gems? How? Are you gifted with superpowers? Do you walk around with an angelic chorous announcing you as you enter every room? Do you glow in the dark with some innner chemical reaction that produces entertainment for us, with the occasional discharge of sarcasm? Please never stop this blog. Your that tree on the internet that I can always itch the hard to reach spot on my back with.

    On a lighter note, my lady friend and myself recently purchased a bottle of lubricant for not so much money. It has dramaticly improved several nights so far, but I don’t remember what it was. I’ll get back to you on that.

  40. Schnozz on March 30th, 2007 6:26 pm

    I wish I could find the post, but Twitter freaks me out because it is SO CLOSE to Mimi Smartypants’s imagined world where everyone narrates like a toddler. When her daughter was in that phase of narrating her own actions aloud, MS mused that it would be funny if everyone did that, calling out, “I AM EXFOLIATING IN THE SHOWER!” or “GETTING MY SECOND CUP OF COFFEE!” And I laughed then, because what a crazy world that would be!

    And now, here we are. I am freaked out. I don’t think I would be if it weren’t for that post, but now that toddler notion is in my head and I can’t get rid of it.

  41. Tami on March 31st, 2007 11:11 am

    My best Amazon purchase lately- Bach’s Rescue Remedy. We are selling our house in WA and building another one halfway across the country and this stuff has really helped the stress level. It’s a homeopathic remedy made of flower essences and a few drops under your tongue calms and relaxes you. I highly recommend it!

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