somebody had to do it, and it might as well be me.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Baby Einstein vs. American Idol

Finally, research that shows I'm actually doing something good for my child. I ran across this article that announced some new research revealing that all those Baby Einstein videos that you sit your kids in front of, thinking it will somehow help them get smarter, actually has the opposite effect. My favorite line from this earth shattering article is (and I quote): "I would rather babies watch 'American Idol' than these videos" Yes!!! There you have it folks, American Idol is actually HEALTHY for children! Or at least less harmful than the supposedly better alternative. Now I can look back at those evenings of sitting in front of the TV with the whole family watching AI and know that somehow all along I knew it was a good thing.
Study faults 'Einstein' videos for infants - The Boston Globe

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Free range bully sticks

Yes folks, that's not a typo. If you happened to follow the link in the last post to find out your true pirate name, you may have noticed the banner ad on the page that advertised bully sticks. I'm not sure the exact connection to pirates, but apparently there is one. But I digress. The good news is that you can now get FREE RANGE bully sticks! So you can rest assured that the bullies that were "harvested" to create these sticks weren't cooped up in a 10 inch by 10 inch pen, but were allowed to roam free across the countryside until they reached their unfortunate, but undoubtedly humane, fate of being turned into a sticks. ARRRGGG! Every true pirate can only hope his bully stick be free range.

get your pirate name

A friend at Imagine Learning sent me this link to see what my pirate name would be, so I figured the computer would know better than myself and I complied. I followed the link, filled out the questionnaire, and...Presto! I'm a pirate!

My pirate name is:

Captain Harry Rackham

Get your own pirate name at

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Soldier of love

So I added my name to the voluntary "humor" email list at work the first week on the job. Now, several times a day I get the funny jokes, pictures of pets that look like their owners, and video clips of wacky people doing wacky things (usually in Asia or Alabama). Yesterday was no exception when at 1:49 PM (someone was doing some serious luch break web surfing), I got this link in my inbox. Weird Al Yankovic fans have surely seen it already. Back in high school I was humored by his music and videos; now I tollerate it. The real story here is not that Weird Al has a new video, the real story is that apparently Donny Osmond has passed his Solid Gold certification course and is now dancing backup for Mr. Yankovic. You may call it a cameo, but Donny O. steals the show with his moves, a la Napolean Dynamite (but with a little more style!).

Now I wouldn't call myself a "fan" of Donny Osmond's music, but as a kid we were practically required to watch the Donny & Marie show. And with him being a local celebrity and all, and the fact that he's opened the door for me on occasion when I enter the building for work (I think he was going to Physical Therapy downstairs), I kind of feel oblicated to promote his appearance in the video. And you got to respect a guy who is still willing to put himself out there like that.

So here you go. Enjoy the Donny.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Penny saved

limited tater tots
Wow, I didn't know anybody even knew about this blog. I had pretty much forgotten about it (seeing how I signed up by accident one night when I was trying to figure out how to post a comment on Amy's). I'm still trying to find my niche in the bloggesphere--that certain I don't know what that will inspire readers to return often and leave an endless thread of validating comments.

Today's tip: check for small change before dumping the crumbs from the bottom of your purse into the garbage disposal, ladies. Thanks to a barely bright enough shaker flashlight (no batteries required!) and heavenly intervention (no joke!) the first penny was miraculously dislodged and the SECOND penny just disappeared (but only after repenting for having cursed the existence of yet another coin jammed in the disposal). So now, not only do I have enough money to treat myself to a gumball, I have material for the next time I'm called on to give a 2 1/2 minute talk in Primary on God answering prayers. Amen.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

up and running

So I guess I've finally decided to join the 21st century and see what this blog thing is all about. Unfortunately my decision to join in is happening very late at night when the creativity is running low (which explains the title of my blog which I completely stole from someone very close to me--imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?).