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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Oscars, Schmoscars (See? I could write for Studio 60!)

The nominees for the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and although I've only seen about six or seven of these films, I highly recommend watching the award ceremony. It'll be on IFC on February 24, hosted by everyone's favorite hot Jewess, Sarah Silverman.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Alec Baldwin: Slob

Trivia enthusiast and historian Ken Jennings reflects on Alec Baldwin's career U-turn:
We saw Martin Scorsese’s interesting-but-flawed The Departed over the weekend. One of the very best things in it is Alec Baldwin–the new Alec Baldwin, the dissipated, paunchy, stains-on-the-shirt character actor Alec Baldwin.
I couldn't agree more.

Monday, November 27, 2006
Turkey and Stuffing Soup

If you're not completely overwhelmed and disgusted by Thanksgiving by this point, turn your leftovers into turkey and stuffing soup and puke up whatever ounce of self respect you have left in your post-holiday-trauma body.

Sunday, November 26, 2006
Bill Cosby doesn't care about black people or Tommy Smothers

WFMU's Beware of the Blog: The Case of Bill Cosby vs. Tommy Smothers' Head
'Maybe sometime I'll knock you upside the head one of these days,' and I said, 'Yeah, go ahead and try.' A couple months later ... boom ... there it was. I should never have turned my back on him. He didn't have the balls to do it when I was looking. He slipped behind Hefner and sucker-punched me. He hit me right in the head with his fist - knocked me down ... and I was down there a minute or two and he was standing over me screaming at me, 'C'mon, I'll kick your ass,' stuff like that. I've never seen him since then. I always thought, maybe if he turns around sometime I might give him a shot."

Saturday, November 25, 2006
I am disgusted

The Jones Soda 2006 Holiday Pack contains an antacid-flavored soda. Ferreals.
This tasted good, like a mild and oh-so-light version of Pepto Bismol. As hard as it may be to believe, I mean that in a good way. If this was renamed as bubble gum-flavored soda and sold in stores, I would consider buying it. Granted, it wouldn't stack up to root beer or a good cola, but I wouldn't turn it down. It was palate cleansing and, once chilled, quite refreshing.
Gross, dude.

Thursday, November 23, 2006
I am thankful for...

...Octopus in a bag.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Turkeys try to get out of NJ by train


Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Indoor Turkey Fryers, or Things that Make Underwriters Laboratories Wince

Set yourself on FIREYes, Virginia, there are indoor turkey fryers and they are alive and well at the Popeil Family Store.
Electric turkey fryers have several advantages over propane: you don't have to have a propane hookup, there is no dangerously long hose to trip over, and you can cook indoors and enjoy delicious deep-fried turkey even when there's snow on the ground.
What will they think of next?

No, seriously, I want to know. We must stop them before they think of something next.

Monday, November 20, 2006
Phillies' Howard wins NL MVP

Ryan HowardSomething worth blogging about in Philly sports today! Ryan Howard wins the NL MVP award! Being relatively oblivious to analyzing sports and sports statistics I didn't think it was possible to win an award like the MVP without getting your team to the postseason, but I agree that Ryan Howard is deserving of this award because he made every Phillies game in August and September worth being at in person. Now if we can just still be playing in October next season...

Donovan McNabb goes down hard; Cowboys and Giants fans rejoice

It's a strange world in which I live, where I can be both a Giants fan and a Donovan McNabb fan, so the news that Donovan McNabb's season has ended with an ACL injury is bittersweet. And I hate bittersweet chocolate so I'm pretty pissed off right now. So is my favorite Eagles blogger, Enrico of, who takes Cowboys fans and Giants fans to task in this Fanhouse post.

Sunday, November 19, 2006
Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations From Vinography

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations From Vinography. Really.

WFMU's Beware of the Blog: Drywall

A Brief History of Drywall. Really.

Friday, November 17, 2006
Weekend at Bernie's DVD Extras

Entertainment Weekly's Mandi Bierly chats with Jonathan Silverman and gets a bunch of great behind-the-scenes info from the hilarious film Weekend at Bernies. Mandi, I own this DVD, and although it has no extras, the movie itself is classic enough to justify the $10.99.

Thursday, November 16, 2006
I Generally Don't Like Turkey

My favorite food-blogger Meg links us to several different ways of preparing a Thanksgiving turkey, none of which involve stuffing said bird with various smaller breeds of fowl. Deep-fried turkey is mentioned in the comments section; I've yet to try one but I might go home tonight and flash fry a blue jay to get an idea of what it might taste like.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Christmas comes early for the Patriots Jets

Tom Brady may be a two-time Super Bowl MVP and the poster boy for white-quarterback-loving sportswriters everywhere, but can he resole your shoes or whip up an arrabiata sauce? No, because he's not a 57-year-old dago like Vincenzo Testaverde, the new third string quarterback for Brady's Patriots team. It would take a broken Brady ankle and a Matt Cassel concussion for my paisan Testaverde to see any playing time, but if Vinny gets some snaps, he'll help the Jets more than he did when he was in green and white.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Holiday Inflatables Are the Bane of My Existence

The very first person who had one of these inflatable Santa Claus snow globe thingers on their front lawn was the coolest person in the world. Every subsequent person who has purchased and displayed gigantic air-filled nylon sculptures of holiday whimsy should be shot and killed.
"Outdoor decorations give people an emotional lift for the holidays," explains Ms. Danziger, who conducts a quarterly shopping survey and estimates that the most enthusiastic seasonal decorators will spend $519 this year, up 9.5% from 2005.
That's $519 that could be spent on something charitable, like starving children or a Nintendo Wii. BTW, thanks, Mom, for keeping your lawn whimsy-free.

Monday, November 13, 2006
Forty-Two Days of Christmas

Christmas is over 40 days away and the official start to Christmas season is 10 days away, but I'm bringing Xmas Back to my friends and family by posting a New Interesting Story every day until Christmas Eve. That's six weeks of car crashing, delicious donut and stupid squirrel stories.

All you get today, however, is this heartwarming tale of a $130 million arena and its happy occupants.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006