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Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, October 27th, 2008
By Glinda


Any husband that decides to go ahead and change his newborn’s name without consulting his wife had better beware, for it seems a long dry period of sleeping on the couch until the name is changed is the preferred form of punishment. Closely following was something unnamed, but definitely unpleasant.

It’s Halloween, which has always been one of my favorite holidays, even when my sister and I were forced to be gypsies for four years straight. And really, even though it was just some old dresses, hoop earrings, the fact that I got to wear makeup legitimately was why I didn’t make too much of a fuss. I don’t ever remember having a store-bought costume, and I think my mother, not a crafty person, even resorted one year to the old “cut some holes in a sheet and call it a ghost” costume. That’s all changed now, and many people purchase costumes instead of making them. What about you?

Saturday Caption Contest Results: Polar Bear Edition

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
By raincoaster

You’ll remember our little friend and his bigger, somewhat more hirsute friend from Saturday (yes, that was a bear joke). It’s now time to announce the winner of our Saturday Caption Contest:

Sam on Polar Bear

Bellamama Says:
October 20th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

“Look what I found at the fair, Mom! Can I keep him?”
“No, sweetheart. Put the little boy back.”

Congratulations and imaginary swag to Bellamama. What shall we hypothetically present to our lucky i-Winner? These equally wild and fierce boots by Giuseppe Zanotti:

Giuseppe Zanotti - I88002 (Nero/ Leopard) - Footwear

Listmania! 2008 Hot Christmas Toys for Boys

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
By Glinda

2008 is a banner year for boys!  There is some waaaay cool stuff out there, and now the hard part is deciding which ones to buy for my own son.   And of course, nobody is saying girls can’t play with these, too.

Looking for more hot Christmas toys for 2008? Go here!
Looking for hot Christmas toys for girls? Go here!

PhotobucketBakugan Battle Brawlers Starter Pack This toy is HOT for Christmas 2008! They are sold out in many places and if you think these are a good fit for your little guy, then I would by all means snap one up. These are actually a game of strategy, with magnetized marbles that pop open into a figure when they hit one of the metal playing cards. Boys love this toy, it’s been billed as the new “Pokemon-type” craze. There is also a launcher and a battle arena that can be purchased, if you’re feeling generous.

PhotobucketNintendo DS Lite Cobalt Blue This is one of the holiday’s most wanted toys! Smaller and lighter than the original DS, this revolutionizes game play with with ultra-bright dual screens, adjustable backlighting, stereo sound, and touch-screen technology. Connect wirelessly to Nintendo’s WiFi Connection and play against someone on the other side of the room or the other side of the world!

PhotobucketIron Man Invincible Iron Man Assortment  One of the most popular movies of the summer, this Iron Man doll action figure has many cool accessories.  Now, the hard part will be not losing them all.

PhotobucketEyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles For eighty bucks, you can get real night vision technology, which usually runs for around five hundred! Of course it isn’t top of the line, but is still pretty awesome.

PhotobucketAir Hogs R/C Zero Gravity Mini Car This is the first remote-controlled car that is able to climb walls and even drive on the ceiling! Caveats are that it works best on smooth surfaces, and that it’s a bit loud. But did I mention it can climb walls?

PhotobucketFisher-Price Manny’s Transforming Tool Truck Lots of tools come with this toy truck, and it even turns into a workbench! Bilingual phrases, sounds, blueprints, and even random “breakdowns” that only your own Mr. Fixit can help with!

PhotobucketFisher-Price Imaginext Spike the Ultra Dinosaur This large, remote-controlled dinosaur makes dinosaur sounds such as growling and uh, burping and sniffing. It can walk forward, blink its eyes, move its neck, and even throw a boulder! It also has lights and can rear up on its hind legs. This prehistoric dude is very popular, and Amazon actually has the best price on this one.

PhotobucketFisher-Price Transportation System GeoAir High-Flyin’ Airport Simply clip the remote-controlled GeoAir planes to the tracks, and watch them go! Includes an elevator, three fueling bays, a security gate, and a drop-off platform. Can be connected to other GeoAir or GeoTrack sets for an even bigger experience.

PhotobucketHasbro Nerf N’ Strike Vulcan Allows them to stun their “enemies” with the ability to fire 25 nerf darts in a mere 10 seconds! It has a rapid-fire capability that will completely overwhelm any and all opponents! The bad part? Picking up the darts, of course. But don’t tell them that!

PhotobucketU Command Wall-E From the instant classic Disney/Pixar film, send Wall-E an instant order or preprogrammed action sequence via a wireless remote. Features lights, sounds, orginal movie voice, and realistic expressions. 10 different program buttons enable up to 1000 different action combos!

PhotobucketMega Brands Magnext iCoaster New for 2008, build (and reconfigure later on for even more fun!) a completely magnetic roller coaster. It has lights, sound, stunts, and the ability to hook an iPod in to customize the soundtrack. A must for any adventurous engineer!

PhotobucketFisher-Price Power Wheels AT Rex currently $100 dollars off! The ultimate in ride-on fun! This two-seater is an updated version of the classic Jeep Wrangler. It features a new grab handle for easy in and out, can go up to 5 mph, and has a rechargable battery.

Holy Commercialization, Batman™

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
By raincoaster

A shrine to the disappearance of Homemade Toys

Seen at the Digital Shrine at Parade of Lost Souls, Vancouver. But…do kids actually like home-made toys, or is it only adults liking the idea of them?

Saturday Caption Contest: Halloween Edition

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
By raincoaster

Okay, so it’s not a couple of hot chicks at the mall. But it certainly IS Halloweeny and who among us perhaps overenthusiastically theatrical adults hasn’t seen this expression on the face of a budding drama critic? Seriously, everybody’s a critic, even the ones who still wet the bed at night. And I’m looking at you, Rex Reed!

Halloween where EVERYONE's a fashion critic

Pros and Cons: Milla Jovovich

Friday, October 24th, 2008
By Glinda



Pros: Adorable daughter, I love her shoes! Looks like Milla is having fun!

Cons: FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, THE PANTS!  The phrase “ass backwards” comes to mind.

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Friday, October 24th, 2008
By Glinda

I can see that you are all thinking, Glinda, you are teh crazy.  Why are you taking me back to the 1920’s, rating men I may or may not have heard of before in my life?

Trust me, my friends.  There is a method to my madness.

Now, last week we voted on some silent fim stars, and poor John Gilbert got the boot from Ronald Colman.  I feel badly for Mr. Gilbert, as he was never able to transform his success in silent film to “talkies.”  And he could not beat Mr. Coleman, which is almost as it happened in real life.  I shed a tiny tear for him.  Sniff.  Was it the fact that they looked practically like twins?  We’ll never really know…

So as is our tradition, the dark-haired Ronald moves up to the next round to face the next opponent, who happens to be a hot blonde.  And that opponent would be one of the most famous actors of his generation, and whose house was almost as famous as he was.  Look, it even has its own Wikipedia entry! And bonus, it’s for sale!

Ahem, moving on…



Friday, October 24th, 2008
By raincoaster

Jayden is hitting the bottle early

It is with sadness that I recall a time when I was not yet a blogger full-grown, but was a blogger in larval form, cocooned in skidoo suits and footie pjs against that great day still in the future when the industry I was fated to dominate (work with me here, okay?) would be born. Sad those days were, indeed, not so much because of the lack of blogs (but kinda) but rather because of the presence of vast herds of easily-influenced, lowbrow trend sheep: back then, we called them white trash.

Remember those divine triple avatars of conflicted feminism, the Angels of Charlie? (ZOMG, I am channeling the Olo of the Man!) Somewhere towards the death throes of that show, perhaps the definitive television program of adolescent 70’s femininity (Mary Tyler Moore was just too damn chipper, and she didn’t get to toss her hair and yell “Freeze!” like wicked-cool Kate Jackson or, come to think of it, Angie Dickinson) they leapt the ferocious, fanged fish as badly as Fonzie. Verily, they pulled a Cousin Oliver! They started subbing in any old wannabe and trying to pass them off as Angels.

Remember “Tiffany?” The year after she appeared on the show (“replacing” Kate Jackson, oh please, as if anyone could!) Tiffany was the most popular girl’s name in the United States. Whatever the merits of the no-doubt-charming-and-intelligent little girls in question, it’s hard to go through life with a name that forever marks your parents as appallingly tacky, unoriginal people who get their best ideas off dying sexploitation tv.

I had hoped that this trend would vanish along with dashikis for white guys and nylon bodysuits for girls (the 70’s Chastity Belt). I was wrong.

They are with us even now.

Jayden, my friends, is a sweet-looking, apparently quiet and happy little boy. Britney’s youngest child, he and his brother have been photographed relentlessly since birth, as if they were some kind of miracle pandas: sometimes demonstrating gravity to Mommy and the ‘razzi, sometimes enjoying fine dining en famille, sometimes roving free within the confines of the moving convertible, sometimes playing with Mommy’s lighter and Marlboros. Oh, life is a carnival for the Federtots, constantly in the spotlight.

I wish to make it clear that I have nothing whatsoever against Jayden personally. I’m sure he’s a fine young man. I even have nothing against Britney, who is, after all, called Britney, and who could hardly be expected to name her offspring after the more popular 4th Century BC philosophers. I wish only to complain about the tens of thousands of people who have named their sons Jayden, after someone they have never met, who was saddled with a hickster name at birth he’ll probably hate his whole life (still better than Kal-El I guess) and who hadn’t even mastered bowel control when this sad-sack immortality by proxy was foisted upon him.

Last year, Jayden became the 18th most popular baby name in the United States of America. #2 in New York (which tells you something about New Yorkers that I did not know).

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