Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

seen and heard

jul
09
2012

Loops

Recently, the Madagascar 3 remix video “59 Minutes of ‘Afro Circus’” led to a friend invoking “Kristen Schaal is a horse for 10 minutes!,” which in turn reminded me of last year’s “Loops” episode of Radiolab: The episode starts by …

aug
09
2011

Yarn-Bombed

Someone “yarn bombed” a lamppost in my neighborhood. I’m not sure when it went up, but I noticed it this morning on my way to the bus stop. It literally made me laugh out loud. I love the whimsy — …

may
11
2011

iTunes Terms and Conditions

Following up on Seth Meyers’ recent White House correspondents dinner joke, CNN looked into what the iTunes “Terms and Conditions” document actually contains. My new personal favorite clause: You also agree that you will not use these products for any …

nov
13
2010

Bunny on Strike

For my birthday last year, Rob got me a Nabaztag wifi bunny. Since then, I’ve employed the bunny — named Winston — as an alarm clock / timekeeper / weather announcer / general comic relief. But dear Winston is also …

oct
26
2010

Re: Your Brains

I was up late last night working on a project, so I felt a little zombie-like this morning. Coming out of the Metro, I ran into a shambling band of zombies. For a moment I felt like I was among …

mar
26
2008

zombies — only $7.99!

A friend ordered a (flaming!) cocktail called a zombie at Bangkok Bistro the other night. Adding this to my collection of funny receipt line-items… (Appropriately, but not at all related to the aforementioned beverage, part of the dinner conversation revolved …

mar
13
2008

seen: fine print

Seen at the bottom of a fancy-posh party invite: Dress code restrictions are at management’s discretion and pertain not merely to articles of clothing, but more importantly to style and execution. (Thanks to Nelson for the pointer.)

dec
05
2007

seen: yard-o-beef

A whole case of Yard-O-Beef, surely a must-have on everyone’s Christmas list this year. Spotted at the Costco in Pentagon City, Arlington, Va.

dec
04
2007

seen: the big cheese

There’s a guy in front of the California Tortilla in Courthouse with either a big block of cheese or a really thick tortilla on his head. He has a red carpet and a huge white stretch limo, though, so I’m …

dec
03
2007

geeks on the road

Geeks abound in Arlington, if the vanity license plates I’ve seen of late are any indication. Last night, I saw a car parked next to the Nature Conservancy in Ballston with the license plate “NSFW.” His hazard lights were on, …

nov
26
2007

seen: don't stop

Apparently this graffiti artist was a Journey fan. Seen at Folly Island, near Charleston, S.C.

oct
31
2007

what price decadence?

At the Silver Diner, decadence apparently can be found for just $4.99.

sep
08
2007

pep talk

Rob and I were watching ESPN last night, and we saw former coach Lou Holtz deliver a motivational speech he might give to Michigan in advance of their game today against Oregon. (This coming a week after their big loss …

jul
16
2007

seen: gigantes

Last week, Rob and I spotted a fan in the audience at the baseball All-Star Game wearing a San Francisco “Gigantes” jersey. I don’t know what the story is behind the “Gigantes” moniker, but it looks like the actual San …

may
21
2007

seen: no littering

I saw this surprisingly clever “no littering” sign on the Metro this morning: In a town like this, you never want to leave a paper trail.

apr
11
2007

everyday beauty

There was a nice exchange in Gene Weingarten’s chat today about his lovely Post Magazine article about the famous violinist who played in the Metro: Silver Spring, Md.:”It doesn’t bother me that I missed this little bit of beauty. There …

feb
18
2007

comment spam of the day

It’s funny sometimes, the utterly random things that appear in my “junk comments” queue. Some comment spambot attempted to post this to an old post from 2003: Hello. If your site getting constantly spammed, then you in urgent need of …

feb
14
2007

error message of the day

I was browsing the sale listings at bananarepublic.com tonight and came across an error page that seemed rather unlike the normally staid image that Banana Republic seems to prefer to convey: ughhh… We’re sorry, but the page you are looking …

dec
12
2006

seen: go fetch

I really enjoyed the Moving Crew column about do-it-yourself gym equipment in today’s Post. However, one suggested exercise seemed primed to send someone into a state of bleak existential despair: My favorite exercise is called “Where’s Fido?” I take the …

dec
04
2006

seen: road trip radio

Spotted in a RollingStone.com biography of Elton John: The Elton Run is a great road-trip game: Using the radio’s scan and seek buttons, see how long you can keep a continuous streak of Elton hits rolling. It’s been proven possible …