I will never understand the need for excessive numbers of throw pillows.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 consumed, curmudgeon No Comments

Loans, Anyone?

Commenting on the financial crisis, Sinfest gets it about right, again.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 awareness, consumed, finance, humor, satire No Comments

A Markedly Less Pleasant Piece Of Mail

I love this quote from a Slate article about why Easter has never quite caught on with marketers of presents quite like Christmas has. In comparing the two:

Despite the awesome theological implications (Christians believe that the infant lying in the manger is the son of God), the Christmas story is easily reduced to pablum. How pleasant it is in mid-December to open a Christmas card with a pretty picture of Mary and Joseph gazing beatifically at their son, with the shepherds and the angels beaming in delight. The Christmas story, with its friendly resonances of marriage, family, babies, animals, angels, and—thanks to the wise men—gifts, is eminently marketable to popular culture. It’s a Thomas Kinkade painting come to life.

On the other hand, a card bearing the image of a near-naked man being stripped, beaten, tortured, and nailed through his hands and feet onto a wooden crucifix is a markedly less pleasant piece of mail.

The other comparisons of the crucifiction to Abe Ghraib are completely over the top, but aside from that the article itself is a pretty good examination of why it’s not the gift-giving holiday it might be if Madison Avenue had its way.

Friday, March 21st, 2008 consumed, religion No Comments

Where Your Garbage Goes

Ever wonder where those plastic bags and bottles people just toss out often end up? In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aka the North Pacific Gyre, evidently.

Friday, October 26th, 2007 awareness, consumed No Comments

Innovations in Energy

This would be laughable, if it weren’t so true.

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A Study, Examined

An interesting examination of the new report from from the New England Journal of Medicine on obesity, courtesy Slate, and on the conclusions reached therein.

Friday, July 27th, 2007 consumed, food, news, politics No Comments

Save Energy

A quick video guide on saving energy in your home.

Monday, June 18th, 2007 awareness, consumed No Comments


Hooray for Madison Avenue, and a healthy dose of Photoshop.

Thursday, October 19th, 2006 consumed, satire No Comments


And, of course, it all comes back to consumerism.

Friday, September 30th, 2005 consumed No Comments