First thing, I assure you that I will not be including audio of that cloying song from the Disneyland/world/place/spot ride. The one that everyone loves to hate. I do hope that something appropriate occurs to me by the time I finish the post, because I’m really enjoying adding the audio tie-ins.

This isn’t exactly groundbreaking material in the on-line universe (I first encountered the phenomenon last November), but it’s been infesting my thoughts lately, so I may as well write about it.

Eiffel tilt-shift II

from AnarBi's flickr photostream


“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

–Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address (1863)

That Lincoln guy, what a kidder! Well, I’m sure you know the old joke about lawyers.


I just want to say that I like my technology more on the cold and impersonal side rather than of the soft and cuddly, overly-friendly persuasion. Here a few examples that immediately spring to mind, but the phenomenon is manifest everywhere, and getting worse with each passing day.


Just having a bit of fun with a little Internet thingamajig called Wordle. I used my blog’s address as the source.

[link]… for potential topic infringement.

nb: This post was extracted and expanded from an forthcoming ancillary “about me” type page of random facts. It soon grew too large to fit comfortably into a bulleted list, so I’m giving it a battlefield promotion to Full Post. Poor guy; it’s a suicide mission.

I have boycotted M&M’s since the “blue” vote fiasco of 1995. To recap: those sneaky Martian devils offered three choices (pink, blue, and purple) without making it explicit that the new color was to replace the best color of all: tan.

The least they could have done was include good old tan in the race! After the results were in and blue usurped tan, I took the drastic step of writing to the company suggesting that they do a tie-in with The Gap, who at the time had an ongoing khakis campaign: M&M’s Khakis. Imagine, Dear Reader(s), a packet consisting entirely of tan M&M’s!  What a beautiful thing that would have been!

Sadly, my entreaty fell on deaf ears. To make matters worse, they had another vote in 2002 for a limited-run additional color. This time the choices were pink, aqua, and purple. Aqua?!? No beige. It was simply beyond the pale.

Mind you, all this was before the days of the hyper-customized “My M&M’s,” introduced in 2006.

So, in conclusion, they won’t be not melting in my hand anytime soon; they can melt in Hell for all I care!

What about you? Any candy-related peeves? I hope you brought enough to share with everyone.

She did! There’s now a little baby Next and her new brother, Previous. Apparently their last name is “Page.” Kind of a blah surname but it’s okay, I love them just the same.

Off to the store for another bag of Next Chow! I wonder if there’s any nextnip to be had.

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