Fear, Death and Chocolate: Over-thinking the M&M

In the realm of food advertising, I’ve always taken issue with making the product a sentient being. It adds a layer of unnecessary creepiness, as if the foods are in some sort of cult, happily sacrificing themselves to the mythical humans, assuming that it impacts a greater cause. But what if the brand makes the product more self aware? Can you sell the product as easily if the food has a sense of self-preservation and fear of death? More importantly, why would you give your product that trait? Let’s ask the only brand fool-hardy enough to do it recently, M&Ms.  Read the rest of this entry »


My Trip to The Daily Show

November 12th, 2012,  from Comedy Central’s world news headquarters in New York, I was lucky enough to attend a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I’ve always been a fan of The Daily Show. I prefer it to The Colbert Report. Not sure why, I just like my satire with less fake-punditry, I guess. Not that The Colbert Report isn’t awesome…but I digress. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best-Worst Shows I Watch: Part Two

And without further ado, the continuation of my best-worst list:  Read the rest of this entry »

The Best-Worst Shows I Watch: Part One

There’s a whole lot of TV out there. Not all of it can be Community, Parks and Recreation and Happy Endings. Some of it has to be Two and a Half MenReal Housewives and Small Town Security. There has to be a spectrum of quality. We, as the TV-obsessed, need to be able to rank things. Now, I realize that some people might disagree with me and say that the shows I listed may not belong where I’ve placed them on the spectrum. But it is MY spectrum, after all.

However, I am not perfect. It’s not all New Girl and Breaking Bad on my TV/computer screen. I dabble in the less-than-critically acclaimed, and I’ve decided to share with you all some of the shows that I can’t help but watch that fall on the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo end of the spectrum (I do not actually watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo; it will not be on the list). Please, hold your judgment til the end of the post … and then, feel free to proclaim it loudly. Read the rest of this entry »

Hurricanes and Super-franken-storms

Well, it only took a month in the city for me to already have that “New Yorker” experience. Years from now, I’ll be able to say, “I was there when Sandy hit.” While we’re not completely in the clear yet, things are definitely better than they were Monday. No more scary winds outside that manage to move doors inside my apartment building and bring down trees in the park. Since I’m in the middle of Brooklyn, things weren’t as bad here as they were in the lower-lying areas, where there’s loads of flood damage, but thankfully the water’s receding, and hopefully, we’ll be able to recover quickly. Read the rest of this entry »