31 January 2011

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

I realize I haven't posted any movies on my Friday Flick blog posts.  I guess I just ran out of movies to post.  So I am going to expand my genre to movies I enjoy in general.  I was going to wait until Friday to post this but I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would.

As you all know I'm a sucker for a good tear jerker movie.  This is based on a true story of a dog in Japan.  This obviously is an American version of the story.  The characters were mediocre at best but really it's all about the dog.  

From Crackle: Hachi: A Dog's Tale

30 January 2011


This is reposted from my friend Kerwin's blog. Hilarious! Of course the piggy in me is wondering how it all tastes.

Konapun: "Got this from Laura...

I remember when I was a kid, they had this oven for little girls that really worked, but that's nothing compared to the Konapun!


Icicles on my awning.


29 January 2011

Toilet Plunger: For Your Phone

I know the perfect person to get this for.... lmao!


Instead of spending real money for an iPhone stand, get yourself one of these practical phone plungers for $15 bucks.

You can conveniently watch your videos, secure in the knowledge that probably no one else on this continent owns one. Or wants one.

Have Five Fingers Gone Too Far? Check Out This Year’s Casual Lineup

Somehow this all seems a little disturbing to me. I don't know about y'all. Yeesh.

There’s a new religion brewing in the athletic milieu that requisites fitting foot condoms around the phalanges. You know what I’m talking about: the Five Fingers phenomenon. Not dissimilar to the once popular Crocs, Vibram banks on being different as a means of selling shoes. What’s different about Five Fingers is nothing entirely new, in fact, it dates back to thousands of years ago: perambulating barefoot. While it makes sense to use your natural foot articulation to cushion the blow from today’s hard surfaces, Vibram may have taken it a bit too far with this year’s Five Fingers, with what they are calling “Casual Shoes”.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing better than running/weight lifting in Five Fingers, but frankly the style is daft. Tony Post, the company’s CEO says, “Our new casual footwear introductions [offer] dedicated consumers more alternatives for all aspects of their daily lives.” Their customers can now have winter boots, club shoes and tennis shoes. Next year, I hope they don’t come out with the business shoe.

The TrekLS is $140 and is made with kangaroo leather, complete with shoe laces and a loop, swoop and pull. They look really good, right up ’til about the toes.

Next they have the Bormio: an ankle-high, black zip-up boot also made of kangaroo, priced at $160.

Women get their own winter boot (pictured above), or “cold-weather lifestyle boot.” It runs all the way up the calf and has a thicker midsole for cushioning and warmth. Not sure if the 5.5mm midsole detracts from the original minimalistic goals.

Last but not least, there is the $100 Speed model. It looks like a classic running shoe, including colored mesh in white, black or blue.

It’s not like these can’t catch on, we’ve seen worse in the past. It’s just that I think the company has gone beyond their original goal of healthy excercise and into the realm of “let’s make profits.” Hopefully, it doesn’t compromise the original mission. And, it just might if sorority girls begin to trade in their UGGs for these uglies.

Star Trek Potato Heads To Boldly Go Where No Potato Head Has Gone Before (sorry, had to)

Haha! That's hilarious! I love me some Star Trek.

Nothing says selling out your brand than a Potato Head modeled after your star characters. I say that but I’ll still buy one of the TOS-themed toys “for my son” next Christmas. $30 and coming in August. [Star Trek via io9]

27 January 2011

Yet Another Snow storm Hits the Wormy Apple

This is down my block.  Walked to the train this morning as there were no busses.

FIre hydrant around the corner.  It looks like a little gnome.  Hehe.

Benches by P.S. 20

Here's the top of the 7 train in the station.

Can we stop with the snow already??? Sheesh.

20 January 2011

Hee Hee

Chubby naked mannequins in the window of The Avenue store. You would think that they would make them more realistic and make them with rolls of fat. Lmao!

Death Star Cookie Jar

Hehe, here you go Star Wars fans.

The Death Star is a symbol of the Empire’s power in the Star Wars universe, and often brings with it a sense of dread to all inhabitants on planets of which comes into the purview of the Death Star. Nice to know that the wonders of miniaturization has resulted in this rather delicious looking Death Star Cookie Jar, where this officially licensed ceramic sculpture will hold as many of your favorite cookies as it possibly can within its 12″ diameter of a body. While all the energy stored in those cookies will be unable to blow up a planet, at least it will send your appetite to the dogs once you’ve stuffed yourself with a few hundred grams of your favorite cookies. At $49.99 a pop, it is far cheaper than building an actual Death Star, and we would recommend to keep this out of reach of children lest their clumsy hands send it crashing down to earth.

19 January 2011

Starbucks lets you pay for that Trenta with the iPhone in your shaking, overcaffeinated hands

I've already downloaded my app. Did you?

Expanding a trial that had already been underway in a few markets, Starbucks is now rolling out its Starbucks Card mobile app nationally with payment capability built-in, meaning you needn't reach into your wallet, pocketbook, or purse just because you're jonesing for that midday caffeine fix. Instead, you can fire up the app -- which supports the iPhone, iPod touch, and a number of BlackBerry models -- and hold up a barcode on the screen to a scanner in the store, at which point monies will be automagically deducted from your Starbucks Card account and transferred back to the mothership in exchange for high-octane brew. The circle of life, as it were. Follow the break for the full press release.

18 January 2011

Face Mug looks different

Haha! This is hilarious. I think I might have to put this on my Christmas wish list. But then again you get half the coffee.... hmm.

Now look at this mug – it is definitely a totally different design from what you’ve seen before, as it will surely make your guests sit up whenever you serve them coffee with this. The Face Mug, as it is obviously and affectionately called, might cost a rather pricey $18, but at least it comes with a hungry mouth orifice that allows you to hang a cookie from it, making it ideal for serving milk as well as cookies, or you can always opt to throw in coffee and doughnuts if that’s your cup of tea (pun not intended). Of course, there is no provision made to contain those crumbs as you chew on the cookies, and it won’t be able to hold as much coffee as some of you might prefer. At least the white ceramic in which it comes in can be artistically painted over by the more enterprising of folks out there.

12 January 2011


Is that the top of a Christmas tree??? Lol.

Snow Boots

These are some heavy duty snow boots. I bet ya her feets are warm and dry. Looks like they're Juicy.

Snow... Again

The fire hydrant is buried... Hope there are no fires in the neighborhood...


09 January 2011

Ta Da!

Fried rice, my folks...



Making fried rice out of the spiral ham that a family friend gave us. Do you think I have enough garlic? Hee hee.


Hello Kitty Onigiri

Haha! I feel for this guy but these are cute as hell.

Having a Hello Kitty fanatic in your life is bad. Really bad. So bad that nobody except those suffering through their own Hello Kitty Hell can even understand. My sympathies go out to you, but is actually can be worse. Seriously, I don’t think that there can be something quite as terrifying and sadistic as a follower of the evil feline that also likes to cook. All you have to do is look at Hello Kitty sushi (or even worse, Hello Kitty spam sushi) and Hello Kitty bentos to realize the horrifying truth to this statement. Or Hello Kitty onigiri:

hello kitty onigiri rice balls

It is quite humiliating to have to admit that I have had Hello Kitty onigiri packed in my lunch on more than a few occasions. I can confirm that no matter how hard one tries, there is absolutely nothing that can make you look manly when you are munching on one of these (trust me, you never want to have to eat these around your friends). Just another part of the sad reality of living in Hello Kitty Hell…

Sent in by Steven

I love, I love, I love, My Calendar Bear

Bear was featured in Natalie's calendar.  It's about time we have a picture of him smiling...

There he is on the right!

Here's a close up.

08 January 2011

Starbucks Dog of the Week

You can't really see the sweater but it's cable knit. Hehe.

05 January 2011


The Oliver People's rep gave us a small box of chocolates. There was a little surprise inside...


Dad made bananas with coconut milk and tapioca pearls for dessert yesterday.


02 January 2011

Bear Chillin' in NY/NJ

Mike came over for dinner to pick Penny up.  He brought Beary Bear with him.  He was a little shy because there were so many people in the house.  I haven't seen him in a few years so he didn't remember me.  So sad... :o(

Here he is chillin' by the coffee table in the living room.

Sleepy Bear sitting on Mike's lap.

Getting a chest and belly rub by Penny... what a life!

It's good to be Bear.

Bark!  Bark!  Bark at Papa Yao!

Back to napping by the table....


Mr. and Mrs. Melnicki's dog Max.  So cute!

The boys at the Melnicki house.

Max sharing his toys with Bear.

Bear playing with one of Max's balls.  Toy balls that is.

Max is truly a people dog.

Penny stayed over the Melnicki house the night before they left because the needed to get Bear ready for his flight home.  Needless to say he wasn't very happy and I don't think he likes to fly.  Hopefully next time he will get to stay with Drew and his pack when Penny and Mike come home for a visit.

Packing Penny

Penny's puffer coat rolled up in a ball...


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Sol's Big Birthday Bash

The owner of the business I work for on the weekends had a 60th birthday party this weekend so I was invited.  I brought my sister as my guest.  It was a nice time.  I didn't know too many people there but everyone was friendly and nice.  It was held at the Rooftop Restaurant at the Bentley Hotel.  The view was beautiful.

Here's the view from this little balcony by our table.

Table centerpiece.

Nancy being blinded by my flash... haha.  To the right is Melissa, Sol's daughter, and to the left is Roseanne, Nancy's wife.

Penny boozin' it up!  (With her Coke and lemon... hehe.)

There was a rock and roll theme.  These cupcakes were cute.  Penny took the Ringo one and the I took the George Harrison one.

Kathleen says, "In my belly George!"

Penny's second drink of the night!  (ginger ale... hehe.)

I forgot to take a picture of my drink but was something the cute gay bartender made up.  It was Three Olives Bubble Vodka, with cranberry juice, and I think a splash of something else.  It was yummy and not too strong.  I should've had that all night instead of the Amaretto Sour.

Happy Birthday Sol!