90 feet to free tacos for America

Taco Bell will give away one free taco to every person in the US who wants one if any player steals a base in the World Series. How random is that? What does base stealing have to do with tacos? Why only hard shell tacos? Why between 2 and 5pm? Are the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox players all slow runners? What a strange promotion, but hey… a good excuse to leave work early if it happens.

Steal a base, steal a taco.



I wonder if kittenwar.com got a Colbert Bump. Either way, had to check it out when I heard the mention on The Colbert Report. Too cute!


Barbie Teaches Credit Cards 101

No wonder we have such problems with credit. From Consumerist:

Barbie Teaches Credit Cards 101: “You Never Run Out Of Money!”

con_barbiecreditcardplayset.jpg Fashion Fever Shopping Boutique, the correctly named Barbie toy, features a built-in credit card swiper and a life-size credit card for young children to use when buying outfits for their dolls. According to the Amazon website, “Once the balance hits zero, it will reset so you can continue to shop.”

We can’t find a copy of the commercial online (can anyone send in a link?), but according to posts all around the web, it features a little girl crying out, “And you never run out of money!”

[Update: thanks to readers Wesa and Pda_tech_guy, here’s a low-quality YouTube clip of the commercial.]

We think Mattel should introduce the “Dang, I Grew Up” Barbie playset, where Barbie spends her entire paycheck on Rent-a-Center furniture while trying to make the minimum payments on her dozen or so 30% interest rate cards. But then again, since this is Barbie, once her credit score hit 300 or so the playset would probably just bump it back up to 800. Responsibility is so for nerds and foster children.

Sony makes me sick

DRM is stupid, but I begrudgingly acknowledge why music companies are protective of content. People steal music. And movies. And whatever else. A lot. Kids these days feel entitled to it and don’t see any problem with downloading pirated music. But Sony is stupid.

From Ars Technica: Sony BMG’s chief anti-piracy lawyer: “Copying” music you own is “stealing”

Ridiculous. They say that if you own a music CD and rip it so you can listen to it on your computer or mp3 player, that is theft. Completely ridiculous. So… if I purchase a Sony owned song on iTunes and iTunes recommends backing that up, am I “stealing” a copy by backing up a digital file which is susceptible to loss? Unbelievably stupid. Where has common sense gone? Makes me want to avoid buying any music from Sony artists or films from Sony studios so I can avoid violating their silly interpretation of a DMCA violation. Sad.

Top Chef – Season 3 Finale part 2

If I root for someone on a Bravo! reality show, they will inevitably lose. If there is one contestant – only one – that I do not want to win… they will inevitably win. It happened with season 2 of Top Chef, season 3 of Project Runway and now this. It was a toss up and Tom Colicchio got his way. I knew the result as soon as he said that the panel had made the right choice. He makes up his mind and that is it. No one can convince him of anything different. Meh. Although Hung seemed to tone down his trash talking on this last episode, he needs to just lose a little bit of that cockiness. When you’re good, you don’t need to put your peers down and dismiss constructive criticism. Don’t get me wrong, he’s no Ilan, but yeesh. Tone it down! I was sad to see Casey falter on the last challenge and even more disappointed with her excuses at judges table, but I still think that she must be very good. She seems to have the right ideas and a flair for sauces. You go, Casey! Even if your glasses do make you look like Jeffrey from Project Runway.


Thank god you didn’t get a neck tattoo!

I said last season that I wasn’t going to watch anymore… Seriously, I need to stop watching Bravo programming. Thanks, Bravo, for all the gay. Someone please let me know if it gets better, will ya? And someone program some better speech software in the Padma robot. She could barely function on live TV!


I have realized that I am a television mouth-looker. When watching people on TV, I notice people’s mouths and love when they do something quirky. I’ve previously blogged about Alison Stewart speaking out of the side of her mouth – and it’s a bonus that she does the quirky thing with her eyes too. Kate Walsh does this thing with her mouth, especially after a kiss. If I did the same thing, I’d look like I was trying to keep tooth whitener from getting on my lips, but when she does it? Sexy. Anyway, lips parted, that red hair, those beautiful eyes… hot.

But. Noticing mouths is not always a good thing. For example, ESPN’s John Clayton has a weird mouth. When he is being interviewed, he will answer a question and then leave his mouth partly open in strange ways while he listens to the next question. And sometimes he has little pieces of spittle that stick on his lip. Gross. I still can’t believe that guy is a football corespondent. He looks like an accountant.

Ah well. I was hoping to grab a few pictures of Kate and a nice gratuitous and unnecessary picture of Amy Brenneman, but there were so many different shows on tonight, I couldn’t do it. Curse the networks… I wanted to watch Private Practice, Top Chef, and Life tonight… not to mention a hockey game. Meh. I’m glad Top Chef is over so I have a less congested TV watching schedule. Why did I forgive them for having picked Ilan last season, anyway?

Human Brain Cloud

Want to waste some time and have some fun playing? Check out the Human Brain Cloud, which I found via swissmiss. It’s mildly addictive and is very interesting. I find that I have an oppositional tendency when it comes to this game.