Wednesday, October 11, 2006


There's a commercial -- I still can never remember what it's for -- where a woman pulls into a drive-through dry cleaner. She notices a hunky guy is in the car behind her. She tells the dry cleaner she'd like to pay for his clothes, and asks her to give him her card. Before she can pass her panties back, the announcer cuts in and says something about life requiring bold moves.

Okay, fine. Fun and flirty.

Unfortunately, last night this commercial ran during Law & Order: SVU, immediately after a scene in which a photo of a sexual sadist was shown. This criminal, who kidnapped, raped and tortured women and children, looked to me like the hunky dry cleaner guy. It could have been the same actor for all I know.

Just a reminder that real life requires you be a little less bold.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My Favorite Gadget of the Year

Let's Not Seek

The writer's blog for last night's CSI: Miami says of the final scene:

"Horatio and Alexx quietly close the drawers on our last two victims in the morgue. The moment hauntingly underscores the tragic journey of the episode."

It certainly would have, if it had actually been quiet.

Instead the show became the 147th series to use Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" as a mood-killer.

This bleating, screeching car wreck is only good for boosting Excedrin sales and scaring mice out of the walls. Can we please call a moratorium on its intrusion into our TV shows? Please?

And I'm willing to admit that musical taste is an individual thing, and maybe everyone loves this song but me... but even so, the fact that it's been done to death should be grounds enough to put this song in a barrel and sink the barrel at sea.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Ten Tenors

I'm sorry, that's just too many tenors.

If They Could Make This Thing Vibrate, It'd Sell Like Hotcakes

Behold the BeamBag, actually quite a clever invention. It's an LED reading light with a flexible neck and a beadbag on the bottom. Much handier than those earhook reading lights, and it's only $25 at Brookstone. (via Chip Chick)

A Simple Tip for Uncluttering Your iPod

Let's face it, a lot of albums are at least 60% crap. And that crap is clogging your iPod and wearing out your skipping thumb.

The next time you're listening to your iPod and you hear a song you can live without, just rate it one star. Make this a habit, and then every now and then, arrange your iTunes library by Rating, and all the one-star songs will be lined up like ducks in a shooting gallery. Delete 'em, and congratulate yourself on your discriminating taste.