Category Archives: miscellany

Always Get an Edge

For everyone who loves the edge pieces, there’s the new brownie pan from The Baker’s Edge…


Beautiful Things

My wife is moved by beautiful things. She has a natural eye for design and can create a gorgeous living environment with effortless grace. Whether she’s looking at fine art or stationery, photography or furniture, she knows what she likes, what works, and why. I on the other hand, don’t really have an inherent design sense. In fact, a lot of my own taste in design comes from what I think she would like…


Pop Art Toaster

A while ago I wrote about an egg poacher toaster, which I thought was pretty cool at the time. But now there’s a new toaster on the block, one that I think every toaster lover will want…


Random Sightings

Here are a few interesting things I’ve come across in the past few days:
– U.S. versus U.K.
– google gets literary
– and much, much more!

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Held Up

Last week a friend of mine who lives about four blocks away from me got mugged. Paul was by his car in the alley behind his house when four kids looking about 14 or 15 years old approached him and … Continue reading 


Unusual Useful Interesting Things

During my long absence from the blog, I’ve gathered up a few things from other blogs and magazines that I think are unusual or useful or interesting in some way. Here they are…

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Prefer an aisle or exit row seat? Now you’ll pay for it

Northwest Airlines sent a mass email yesterday touting a new “feature” that they’re testing: “Coach Choice Seating.” Here is how they describe it:
“Northwest has begun saving some preferred seats (including aisle and exit row seats) in coach class until check-in, which is available 24 hours prior to departure. You can confirm these preferred seat assignments for only $15 per flight.”
Call me cynical, but…


Autistic Boy Basketball Star

This video was making the rounds among bloggers a couple weeks ago. It’s an actual news report from Rochester, New York, of an autistic teenager who, after years of serving as the team manager, gets put in the last game of the season by his coach. You won’t believe his performance. When Sara and I watched it, we both got all choked up. And two weeks later, it still brings a smile to my face. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful…


Camcorder Sold

Well, that was an interesting little experiment. Thanks to all of my family members who took pity on me and offered to buy the camcorder. Even my mother, bless her heart, put in a bid. Thankfully, though, she succumbed to reason and retracted the offer when I asked her when she would ever actually use the thing…


For Sale: Panasonic PV-GS65 Digital Video Camcorder

I had a nice, tiny Sony for a while, but last summer it mysteriously disappeared. I searched all over, waited for it to rematerialize, and after months of missing the chance to record my cute kids doing cute things, gave up and bought a new one, the Panasonic PV-GS65 Digital Video Camcorder. Two months after it arrived in the mail, I found the first one deep inside an old backpack that I don’t use very much–just one more example of what my wife lovingly refers to as my male-patterned blindness.