Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Classic Car Club
A block or so in front of my building, I spotted these hotties from the Classic Car Club of NY:
Fort GT and Lamborghini Gallardo
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Pimp My John
When you gotta go, this is definitely the way: The "Pimped Out John" toilet, designed by plumbing service Roto-Rooter, comes equipped with a Philips 20-inch flat panel TV, an Xbox 360 gaming system, a DVD player, a laptop computer with a robot arm, a TiVo and an iPod toilet-paper dispenser docking station.
And if that's not enough to help you wile away the hours, there's a bike pedal exercise system and electric cup warmer and cooler. Lastly, this $5,000 customized crapper comes with a fridge, beer tap and coffee warmer, so you'll always feel like "going."
The one-of-a-kind toilet will go to the winner of Roto-Rooter's online sweepstakes drawing April 25, National Plumber's Day.
"We were trying to think of a way to reach out to younger potential customers," said spokesman Paul Abrams. "Their parents and grandparents grew up on our jingle - 'Call Roto-Rooter, that's the name, and away go troubles down the drain' - but younger people are so distracted by different media, we thought that's exactly what we should put on.
"We were brainstorming the idea, 'What if we created the ultimate toilet and you would never have to leave the toilet?' " Abrams said, explaining that the average person spends 11,862 hours - or one year, four months and five days - in the bathroom.
"Some of the names we came up with is 'Pimped Out Potty' or 'Pimp My Potty' and 'Super Toilet.' This one rose to the top. It had a nice ring to it," he said.
"I got to sit in the cockpit and take it for a ride. I had a blast in it."
THRONE FIT FOR A KING
CONTEST TO 'PIMP' YOUR TOILET
CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
NYPost, January 26, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
What Would George Bush Do?
via Wellingtong Grey
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Can't Buy Me Love (Live 1964)
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Buns vs Fur II
My friend has managed to convince me of the evils of fur:
We last looked at this pressing issue on February 1
via fur is dead
Friday, February 23, 2007
via the New Yorker
See also, this NYT artice:
"A quarter century ago, on March 29, 1976, a simple, pastel map of New York City appeared on the cover of The New Yorker. Drawn from the perspective of a low-flying bird looking west from Ninth Avenue, you could see the world receding from the city: the Hudson River, New Jersey, Kansas City, then the Pacific Ocean and Japan. It was Saul Steinberg's famous ''View of the World from Ninth Avenue,'' a drawing reproduced and imitated countless times. Every city wanted a version of its own. Steinberg once said that if he had gotten the proper royalties, ''I could have retired on this painting.''
This week, another simple pastel map, a flat, bird's-eye view of New York City drawn in pen and wash, appeared on the cover of The New Yorker. It showed the names of the city's neighborhoods Afghanistanicized: Lubavistan, Kvetchnya, Irate, Irant, Mooshuhadeen, Schmattahadeen, Yhanks, Feh, Fattushis, Fuhgeddabouditstan, Hiphopabad, Bad, Veryverybad, E-Z Pashtuns (leading to New Jersey), Khakis and Kharkeez (in Connecticut) and, most touchingly, Lowrentistan, where the World Trade Center once stood."
Critic's Notebook; A Funny New Yorker Map Is Again the Best Defense
NYT, December 8, 2001
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Some La Jolla Snaps
We've been having a grand old time in La Jolla and San Diego. Here are some random snaps I've taken over the past few days (all enlarge with a double click):
This is the view from where we are slumming it:
Walking along the waterfront in downtown La Jolla
Fascinating Tree/Root system in Balboa Park
The View while walking along the cliff side at Torrey Pines
(we are way up there)
The Hang gliders sure look like they are having some fun!
(How hard can it be?)
It turns out, not all that hard!
Steely Dan - Making of Peg
Fascinating exposition about one of the studio wizardary of the Dan: