Monday, November 30, 2009

Home Renovations

I'm thinking of renovating my home.  In fact, I've created a video tour, if you will, of my planned renovations.  Please let me know what you think of them.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Twilight Moms

With the Twilight movies and books growing more and more in popularity, it has finally reached the point where its audience has grown beyond tween and teenagers and is now reaching a large, growing adult fan base.  Some of these fans are now known as "Twilight Moms" - adult women who are enthusiastic fans of the series and of the two male characters in particular.

Quite frankly, I have a few concerns about this.  My concerns, quite simply, are summed up in this photo that I found on Digg and Facebook.



That sums everything up so well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

To everyone across the United States and to all of our troops overseas, I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that everyone gets all the turkey that they desire and that they calories magically disappear from one's waist line by Friday morning.

To our neighbors to the south (i.e., my Canadian friends), I want to wish everyone of you a very happy Thursday.

As for myself, I want to share with everyone two of the things that I am thankful for this year.



Yes, I am a pervert.  I have come to accept this fact.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kudos to the Insurance Agent


I went to Del Taco for lunch today and there was an insurance agent in line in front of me. She got two sales leads from complete strangers that she met while standing in line.

Now that is some serious hustling, my friends.

It's also a reminder that, even in a terrible economy with record unemployment, it's still possible for someone to make money.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

'New Moon' shines at box office

$140.7 million in domestic box office?!? I am seriously impressed.

I knew that New Moon was going to be big - it has a great cast and good writing that's perfect for the tween audience.

However, I didn't think it would be this big.  Kudos to everyone who was a part of this project.

'New Moon' shines at box office

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hollywood Is Re-Thinking A-List Actors, But Are They Right?

Hollywood studios are reportedly rethinking whether or not they should continue spending large sums of cash on A-list celebrities and lavish productions.  This comes in the wake of not only our dismal economy but also - and perhaps more importantly - because of the recent success of low-budget films with relatively unknown casts such as District 9 and The Hangover.

This, in my opinion, is one of those moments where Hollywood can either get things horribly, horribly wrong or wonderfully right.

I believe that the crucial reason why those low-budget films did extremely well at the box office is that they had a really good story behind them.  I feel that movie audiences are, quite frankly, getting tired of lame, formula driven movies.  Many movie fans can't go to the cinema as often as they would like in the current economy so when they do go, they're looking for the most out of their $8.  Simply dropping one celebrity or another into a mediocre script and piecing things together with some computer generated special effects doesn't cut it anymore.


Films that offer a top-notch story and are well-executed will offer their studio some impressive results at the box office, I predict.  However, if a given studio were to cut away their celebrities simply for the sake of cutting and don't offer a celebrity to draw in at least some movie goers then they'll likely see an even bigger disaster when the only person who buys a ticket to the resulting movie is the mothers of those unknown cast members.

In the current economy, a good writer is especially important; perhaps now more than ever.

Cool Japanese Bar Code Designs

Japanese designers have a long track record of offering an extraordinary take on ordinary, every day things.  My affinity for their work really began more than a year ago when one particular designer introduced a solar bra that generates electricity.  (Granted, it wouldn't work when covered by clothing.  It was still an interesting idea.)

Anyway, the latest cool design to come out of Japan these days is a series of unique bar code designs.  They work just the same as regular, boring versions of the bar code.  However, these are much more interesting.


I hope to see some of these designs on packaging soon.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reebok EasyTone Commercial

The folks at Reebok have introduced their EasyTone shoes. They're inspired by balance balls and are supposed to tone one's butt and legs much more efficiently than conventional shoes.

I don't know if there's any validity to that claim. I do, however, know that I love this commercial for the Reebok EasyTone shoes.  I've watched it 11 times so far today. I'll probably watch it several more times before the day is over.



Oh, and I'm amused that I found this video on a Friday the 13th. Sometimes some very lucky things can happen on this day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Irony (Halloween Edition)

There are times when the level of irony is just staggering.

An Ohio man dressed as a Breathalyzer test for Halloween found himself blowing into one after police stopped him for allegedly driving the wrong way without headlights on a one-way street.  Police say they stopped 20-year-old James P. Miller on Halloween night and found beer in his front seat and in the trunk.

Police say Miller blew 0.158 percent on a Breathalyzer test. The legal limit for driving is a blood-alcohol level of .08.  Miller was cited on charges including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, underage possession of alcohol, having an open container and a fake ID as well as a one-way street violation.


Friday, November 06, 2009

Hayden Panettiere's Delicious Tease

I've always been impressed with Hayden Panettierre - her tremendous acting talent, her raw sensuality and her commitment to causes that she believes in.  There's a lot of wonderful things about her.

However, I was floored when I found this video of Hayden Panettierre kissing Madeline Zima in a recent episode of Heroes.  I actually missed it when it originally aired but found it over on Hulu.



And once I found it, I kept watching it over and over again.

Between this and her recent spread in Elle magazine, I'm officially in Hayden Panettierre Heaven.  (It's a pleasant place, filled with beautiful women and nothing bad ever happens to any animal anywhere.)



With all of this, I'm just that much more disappointed that I didn't get a chance to meet her when she was in Detroit two years ago for an event at the Ronald McDonald House.