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11 posts from October 2010

Halloween Morning Pancake Breakfast: Banana Pancake!

Pancake in a banana suit = Banana Pancake!


A few weeks ago, I was talking to my friend Megan about Halloween stuff and she said, "Oh, and you should totally put a banana outfit on Pancake and then call him a banana pancake." I thought it sounded cute, but I'm lazy, so I didn't make much progress on the idea.

A couple of weeks after that, my brother called me. "I'm shopping," he said, "And there's a banana costume here that looks like it would fit Pancake. Do you want it?" I hadn't even told him about the banana pancake plan--this was just a brother randomly calling his sister and seeing if she wanted a dog-sized banana outfit. So of course the answer was YES.

I only made Pancake wear it for about 10 minutes, and the little treat you see in the first picture was his reward. Because sometimes, dogs have to wear banana suits.


This Week in Internet: Pumpkins, Clarissa, and a Monkey

First up: some AWESOME PUMPKINS. Pug-o-lantern, Mad Men pumpkin, skull pumpkin, and Lionel Richie pumpkin. Oh, and Emily's Chilean Miner pumpkin from her office contest. This concludes our pumpkin segment. Pumpkin.

Cast of Back to the Future reunities on the Today Show for the movie's 25-year reunion.

Things Clarissa didn't explain at all.

Monkey steals a grape. Kinda great.

Flowchart: Explain the Internet to a 19th-Century Street Urchin.

Dude. I can't get ENOUGH of these Smithsonian Zoo lion cubs.

Matthew Weiner's first movie to be . . . a stoner comedy?

Have a super Halloween weekend full of parties, candy, and rallies--and don't forget to check back here on Sunday to see Pancake's costume!

On Community

You know what really makes me feel like a part of something? I'll tell you. It's how every time I Google "Is it OK to eat expired "[insert random food here]," I see that approminately 9 million people have asked the exact same thing, and that there are, in fact, entire discussion threads about whether, say, Italian Wedding Soup is good for a year past expiry. Before the internet, I can imagine it was very isolating for people to believe that they were the only ones that somehow had cans of soup that were older than the actual amount of time they'd been living in their houses. These days, it's just one more way to find a friend.

(To be continued with Thursday's post, "On Food Poisoning.")

Seven Days of Vacation in Seven Sentences

Since I've been out for a week, I feel a compelling need to have something to show for it. However, I also feel a compelling need to not be the kind of person who writes one jillion words about her damn vacay. Let's go with one setence and one picture (or video) per day, shall we? (And don't worry, cameos from my travel pals Emily and TJ will be included.)

Friday, October 15: Flew from Dulles to Orlando in the JetBlue "take a picture out the window and advertise us on your blog for free" aisle.


Saturday, October 16: Went to the Kennedy Space Center; learned that astronauts are astro-HOT.


Sunday, October 17: Boarded the Carnival Sensation (or "Sensashe," as we liked to call her) and headed for the Carib.

Monday, October 18. Went to Freeport and had an epic fountain moment.

Tuesday, October 19: Toured Nassau, learned a lot, and did not goof around at historical landmarks.

Wednesday, October 20: Enjoyed a marvelous day at sea and an even more glorious evening, complete with CONFETTI.


Thursday, October 21: Debarked and killed some time at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; giraffes ensued.

And that was that! Thanks to those who sent me links while I was gone. It was nice to have some Internet waiting for me upon my return!

This Week in Internet: GIFs, Coincidences, and Jared Leto

I've got a few quick links to post, and then I am heading out of town for a week.

Slate takes a look at the animated GIF renaissance. Long live the GIF!

Awesome: a county in Texas has been accidentally sending out election ballots with the flag of Chile on them. For years. (thx, Matt)

I enjoyed this collection of found vintage snapshots with self-deprecating comments written on the back.

The five most mindblowing coincidences of all time. The first two are CRAZY.

Paging Mitch Hedberg.

Annnnd here's a video of a girl transforming herself to look EXACTLY like Jared Leto.

Have a good weekend (and week). As always, please watch the internet for me and send me anything that's too good to miss!!!

This Week in Internet: Dog Tricks, Judge Judy, and Doing It Tomorrow

Man, this dog is so much better at getting through the day than I am.

Very interesting article about procrastination, which I will not preface with the "read it . . . if you can get around to it!" joke, because I'm nice like that.

Yes, this may actually be the most unnecessarily dramatic quote in NYT history.

XKCD's "Map of Online Communities," updated for 2010. This guy really is the king of the internet.

Formatting a document in Word is like . . .

Rich's new Tumblr: Hot Guys on Judge Judy.

I'll take two of everything, please.

Let's Read an Article Together: Twilight Hand Model Edition

It can be hard for busy Americans to stay up on news and current events. I know this because I am not busy at all, and yet sometimes I still forget to read the news because I am busy stacking mini Butterfingers into a perfect pyramid while humming The Cardigans' "Love Fool" as I wait for my dinnertime Pop Tarts to heat up. So anyway, here's a new feature called "Let's Read an Article Together." In this feature, you and I will read an important news article together, and then analyze it. (I mean really, I'm just doing those things alone, but "I Read an Article Together" makes absolutely no sense as a title for a feature.)

So . . . let's read an article together! Today's selection is called "'Twilight' model seeks glory," and it is from the New York Post. It is about the woman whose hands are on the cover art for Twilight. Here is her picture. You will note that she is wearing a necklace with a picture of her hands on it.


The article is pasted below, and our (my) analysis is in blue italics.

"Twilight" Model Seeks Glory


Give her a hand -- please!

OK, we knew this would have hand jokes. That's one.

Kimbra Hickey wants some recognition for her pinky-size role in the "Twilight" phenomenon. Hers are the slender, ghostly hands cupping a red apple on the now-famous cover of the first hit book by Stephenie Meyer. But Hickey's lack of fame has her cracking her knuckles in frustration.

Oh, God. Three more sentences, two more hand jokes.

"It was major exposure for my hands," said the petite, 40-year-old model. "But nobody knew who I was."

Ah, the classic "my hands are famous, but the rest of me is not" dilemma!

So Hickey now stops anyone she sees reading the book to inform them of her contribution.

Wait. Really?

"I see people reading it on the subway, and I say, 'Those are my hands! I'm a hand model!' " she explained. "I'm sure they think I'm crazy -- a crazy lady on the subway."

They think you are crazy because you ARE crazy.

The good-natured Hickey sometimes hangs out near the cash register at the Barnes & Noble near her Greenwich Village apartment to spread the word. Surprised customers sometimes ask her for her autograph or to trace the outline of her hand on the book jacket.

Hahahaha. Oh, wow. This might actually be the best/most despeate thing anyone has ever done to get attention.

She even carries around a Gala apple in her purse at times so she can recreate the pose for people.

Ah. I see I spoke too soon.

"It was too big of a deal just to let it be," she said, although she admitted that she has become "a little goofy" about the whole thing. Hickey is a massage therapist who works a few days each month as a "parts models." It's her size-6 feet -- not her hands -- that land her most of her modeling gigs. Her tootsies have graced a Times Square billboard and the cover of magazines, she said. "I never see myself as having perfect hands," she explained. "I guess I'm just lucky that they photograph well."

For what it's worth, this lady seems like exactly the kind of person who sees herself as having perfect hands.

Hickey's agent, Danielle Korwin, said her hands are in demand because they are "veinless" -- not the sort of hands a vampire would like.

Finally! A more ridiculous job than hand model: hand model AGENT.

The 2004 photo shoot for the "Twilight" book cover paid $300 -- the industry standard for two hours of work. Hickey had to file her nails extra short so her tiny hands didn't look like an adult's.

Hm. Slightly creepy. Moving on.

Lately, she's been going to "Twilight" fan conventions -- she's at one this weekend in Portland, Ore. -- where she sells apple-scented hand lotion.

Actually, I hear that if you want your hands to smell like apples, it's more effective to just carry a Gala apple around all day.

So far, she knows of four "Twihards" -- as the vampire-romance fans are called -- who've gotten tattoos of her hands. Her goal is to break into acting.

Of course it is.

She's trying to contact the casting director for the fourth installment in the "Twilight" series.

Of course she is.

"If I could get a little background part, it would be fantastic," she said -- "even if they only wanted my hands in it."

Of course they will.