Today, while hiding in a stock room reading a copy of Grey's Anatomy, I got to pondering celebrity body parts. No, not like that, take your mind out of the gutter, Toastie. I mean iconic body parts, like Kirk (and Michael) Douglas's dimple, Carl Malden's famous "ass nose", Stephen Hawking's prosthetic larynx, and Shirley Temple's precious curls. I began wondering how today's celebrities would look if they had a couple of iconic celebrity body parts attached to them. After about oh, half a second... [Read more]
Clicking a link to certain bestselling Kindle titles on Amazon today, may find you confronting an error message. D'you know why? Let me tell you: Amazon, the mahoosive behemoth mothership of ecommerce, is punishing Independent Publishers Group (IPG) - the second-largest book distributor in the USA - for refusing to sign a new agreement that heavily favors Amazon over the hand that feeds it. Mark Suchomel, President of IPG, said in an email blast yesterday, "I am disappointed to report that Amazo... [Read more]
Steve Jobs, the recently deceased/besmirched tech mogul who once reputedly "declared war" on Android and said that he felt "personally betrayed" by Google, is in for another kicking. This time, Taiwanese comedian and impersonator Ah-Ken has dragged Jobs' memory through the mud in a YouTube advert for Action Electronics’ Android-based ActionPad tablet and multi-language dictionary. Ah-Ken appears in the commercial dressed in the unmistakable Jobs garb of black polo neck sweater and jeans, with ad... [Read more]
Tongues are wagging at the FA headquarters this week, as England boss Fabio Capello resigned amind the John Terry racism controversy and the subsequent stripping of his captaincy. The favourite for the job is Harry Redknapp - a man who just got off with a tax evasion charge and who by his own admission cannot write - thereby cementing England's image abroad as a boorish, lying nation who prefer drinking themselves into oblivion and battering their opponents into a bloody pulp while claiming to b... [Read more]
the biggest news of the day has to be the fact that a contestant on American Idol fell of the stage. In fact, this starting occurrence slightly edges out the news that there will be a new edition of the IPad coming out [Read more]
Johnny Cash, the magnificent Man in Black, is to have his life honored later this year when a museum dedicated to his memory will open in country capital Nashville, TN. Cash, whose life was immortalized in the 2005 movie Walk the Line, would have been 80 this month. He died aged 71 in 2003. Cash's inevitable descent into the dark world of the artist began when he was a child living in Arkansas, picking cotton and singing with his family at the tender of five. His immersion in gospel music led to... [Read more]
Have you seen those clever Direct TV commercials? The ones where a chain of events leads to miserable circumstances (such as waking up in a roadside ditch) as a result of not subscribing to Direct TV?
Well, a similar-ish chain of events led to the New York Giants killing my cat. True story.
Here's how it went down: The night of Super Bowl XLII, February 3, 2008, found me avidly caulking the baseboards of the house we'd moved into a couple of months earlier. I had a caulking gun, a rag, and a ... [Read more]
Mark Zuckerberg may be many things, but he's not daft. Or is he? It turns out the eagle-eyed commercial mastermind may have missed the boat when it comes to one of the social channels - real life. Facebook the Club is about to open, complete with the familiar Facebook font (called "Agency", which is something Ticket Liquidator has in common with the heavyweight social network) beside the door, and even more alarming is its location: the Amazon rainforest. The Facebook club is an idea hatched by ... [Read more]
Following a recent incident in which evil empire McDonald's prevented a blind woman from entering one of their establishments with her guide dog, rival burgermeister Wimpy launched a brilliant "Braille Burger" campaign that's reached over 800,000 sight-disabled people. The burger buns were baked with the words "100% pure beef burger, made for you" spelled in braille sesame seeds on their tops, bringing delight to the faces of those who touched them, and those who they touched, if you will. The c... [Read more]
The New Year. A fresh start. A clean slate. A time for us to get idealistic and jot down lists of ways we’d like to improve ourselves over the course of the next twelve months. In about five weeks or so these lofty goals will be long since forgotten. But today . . . today they are memorable. Mostly because I composed my list entirely of popular 80s song titles.
6. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (Bobby McFerrin)
In 2011 I was hit with blizzards, hurricanes, Nor’e... [Read more]