Saturday links

A couple of links to keep you entertained on this holiday weekend…

1. Mental Floss’ list of actual terrible baby name trends from around the world – be sure to read the comments for more names. (ADMISSION: I wanted my parents to name my brother Batman, or at the very least, Bruce Wayne, when they told me I was going to have a little brother.)

2. Empire magazine’s 500 greatest films ever – I take issue with any list that has Saw on it, but it’s an interesting list.

3. Eric Snider’s rejected script for Twilight is pretty darn funny.

We’re off to hockey, errands, and prolly more eating. Happy Saturday!

Because all we do…

…is eat around here. Tonight went loaded up my brother’s shiny new Ford F-150 truck and crossed the river to hit a place we’ve been wanting to go for ages – Fast Eddie’s Bon Aire in Alton, IL.

Fast Eddie's sign

YOW. First off, the joint was rocking. Second off, the food prices are outstanding – $.99 for an awesome hamburger. Third – SUPER cold beer. Seriously good. Fourth – free popcorn. Fifth – people watching. If you’ve got some time to kill, I strongly suggest hitting Fast Eddie’s sometime. Thumbs up from the whole family.

Oh, and if you like the fancy Holga-looking-ness of the shot above, I used a fun iPhone app called Camerabag, and it’s on sale this holiday weekend for $.99. Totally fun!

Black Friday

This is the first time in years that I haven’t had to be up at some obscene hour to work a 12 hour shift at a mall for the insanity that is Black Friday. Instead, I’m on my mom’s couch, still in PJs, reading, and generally being lazy. *bliss*

I suspect that there will be big deals to be hand this year – did you score any loot on Black Friday/Cyber Monday this year?

Oh Axl

Remember the Dr. Pepper offer for G’N’R fans last Sunday? There’s a twist. Not cool man, not cool.

Los Angeles (E! Online) – All is fair in Chinese Democracy, except when the citizens are denied the opportunity to drink what the Dr ordered.

Axl Rose, wholely mum when Dr Pepper announced that it would bestow a free 20-ounce bottle on all comers when Guns N’ Roses’ years-in-the-making album finally dropped, is taking the company to task via his attorney after learning that not all customers were served.

The soft-drink behemoth had arranged to bestow online coupons to any thirsty freebie-seeker who visited its website on Nov. 23, but the site crashed due to…well, high traffic brought on by people’s insatiable desire for free stuff.

The promotion was extended for another day, but the site was reportedly unreachable for most of it.
And despite what surely is Rose’s sympathy for those who have trouble meeting customer demand, Guns N’ Roses’ lawyer is calling the attention-getting ploy an “unmitigated disaster which defrauded customers.”

In a letter to Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc, Beverly Hills-based Alan Gutman demanded that the company extend the promotion and place full-page apologies in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Calling the campaign an “exploitation of my clients’ legendary reputation and their eagerly awaited album, Gutman wrote that “mocking undertones” in the Dr Pepper promotion made for a “raw and damaging commercial exploitation of our clients’ rights,” which was then made even worse by the “shoddy execution of your disingenuous giveaway offer.”

Oh, and the band would like some money now, too.

Threatening further legal action if no reparations are made, Gutman requests “appropriate payment…for the unauthorized use and abuse of their publicity and intellectual property rights.”

Dr Pepper declined to comment on Guns N’ Roses’ version of events.


Things I had forgotten about home

We’re in St. Louis staying at my mom’s house. The in-laws are on their way from Chicago. Turkey is thawing. My brother is out washing his new truck. So many things haven’t changed and yet, not having lived in my mom’s house for almost 15 years makes a girl forget things. Like showering in the vornado.

What’s the vornado you ask? My mom’s little house has 2 little bathrooms. In “our” bathroom (AKA the bathroom my brother and I shared) is a tub/shower combo. And we never used it, we always all showered in the master bathroom shower. Why? Because the water pressure is INSANE. You turn on the water and it creates a wind tunnel of water needles, which scared the hell out of me as a kid. I thought it was going to blow me thru the wall, it’s that windy strong. As an adult I kind of dig the free massage. I’d forgotten the wind factor though and thought my lungs were going to collapse there for a second till I figured out the trick to toning it down. (As I type this, my husband is in the shower and I just heard him say “WOAH!” Perhaps I should have warned him?)

I’d also forgotten about the hair dryer. I called mom to ask if I needed to bring one and she said she had one. I didn’t realize it was the original hair dryer invented in the early 1900s. Ok, it’s not THAT old, but I’m pretty sure it was the one she used in college. And it’s heavy. And when you fire it up it sounds a lot like a jet engine. And it’s HEAVY. I mean, I don’t have to do any tricep curls while I’m here that’s how heavy it is.

Also, my dog is pushy. And glad to see us. OK, we’re off to have some REAL BBQ for lunch. Yay!

Cool iPhone/iPod touch app

I was reading my daily news feeds and came across a nifty iPhone app. It’s called Concert Vault and it’s currently free. Basically they have a bunch of old recordings of concerts and interviews that you can stream on your iPhone. I just listened to a U2 song from 1983. There’s some Bowie, Genesis, Journey, Jimi Hendrix, and other cool bands. Their full on website is here and I’ve linked to the app above. Best of all, it’s free! Woot!

Bad sex in literature award

For the past few years I’ve run into the Guardian’s Bad Sex in LIterature Award. This year’s short list is out, with some excerpts and explanations. Here’s the short list:

James Buchan for The Gate of Air
Simon Montefiore for Sashenka
John Updike for The Widows of Eastwick
Kathy Lette for To Love, Honour and Betray
Alastair Campbell for All in the Mind
Rachel Johnson for Shire Hell
Isabel Fonseca for Attachment
Ann Allestree for Triptych of a Young Wolf
Russell Banks for The Reserve
Paulo Coelho for Brida

My favorite of the listed clips is Paul Coelho’s. Here’s the excerpt as reported by the Guardian:

But Campbell’s prose is considerably less purple than some of the other contenders for this year’s prize, including new age novelist Paulo Coelho for his novel Brida, in which the act of sex – on a public footpath – is described as “the moment when Eve was reabsorbed into Adam’s body and the two halves became Creation”.

“At last, she could no longer control the world around her,” Coelho continues, “her five senses seemed to break free and she wasn’t strong enough to hold on to them. As if struck by a sacred bolt of lightning, she unleashed them, and the world, the seagulls, the taste of salt, the hard earth, the smell of the sea, the clouds, all disappeared, and in their place appeared a vast gold light, which grew and grew until it touched the most distant star in the galaxy.”

I hate it when I’m struck by a sacred bolt of lightning! *snicker* I kind of want to go to the library now and check out the wolf sex too. πŸ™‚

My New Best Friend

I’ve been not so bloggy lately because I’ve been a bit busy. I managed to swing a killer deal and picked up something to make my life shiny and sexy:


Yes, I bought myself a high end new 15″ Macbook Pro. It’s super sexy sweet. The new trackpad takes some getting used to, as does the bigger size (I upgraded from 13″) but so far, I’m really digging it (now that it’s finally set up the way I want it). I’d even swear it’s lighter than the old black Macbook, though I’m sure it’s not. It also feels so much cooler on my lap. The LED screen is crazy bright and the high gloss screen isn’t bugging me. All in all, I’m really quite pleased with this machine.

My one frustration had been with the FireWire 800 – I’ve got nothing else in the apartment that does FW800, but plenty that do FireWire 400. I need to get my hands on an 800 -> 400 cable but they’re hard to go out and find. I guess I’ll order one from the internets after Thanksgiving.

If you’ve got any questions about the machine, fire away in the comments!

This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read

Seriously this is the dumbest thing I’ve read in a long time. (Look ma, no Twilight joke!)

Now that Dark Knight has made a gajillion zillion dollars, Warner Brothers pictures and Christopher Nolan are about to be sued. By the mayor of a small town in Turkey. Because he’s the mayor of, are you ready for this?, the town of Batman.

“There is only one Batman in the world,” Mayor Huseyin Kalkan said, per Variety. “The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.”

In addition to the name share, Kalkan claims the emotional distress that apparently comes from having one of the most indelible superheroes share a moniker with your town has led to several unsolved murders and a high suicide rate.

A WB rep, meanwhile, says the studio has seen reports of the legal action in the media but have yet to receive any court papers.

Uhm, Batman has been around for awhile dude, where ya been? Funny how this only came up after the film did really, really, REALLY well. And I thought that stupid lawsuits was an American thing!

I don’t know much, but I do know that it’s never a good idea to piss off Batman so good luck with that Mr. Mayor!