Saturday, December 19, 2009

Things I discover on Wiki

Chuck Berry only had one number 1 single, and it was a live recording of "My Ding-a-Ling" in 1972, roughly 17 years after "Maybellene" was released. Considering his popularity and influence, I found that pretty surprising.

See a list of all his singles and how they charted here

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


According to a Freakanomics blog posting, last year while attempting to cut bagels "1,979 people cut their fingers so badly that they ended up in an emergency room." I don't really have anything to add to this piece of information, but felt the need to share.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Geator With the Heater has some words of wisdom

This is such a strange sign.

Minor Advice

Eating a tomato based meal is a bad idea if you plan on singing on stage in a few hours.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ad Placement

In the October 22nd Issue of the Philadelphia City Paper I saw this ad and thought to myself, "that's a rather to-the-point ad for singles events." Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the fonts for the headline had a different feel form the rest of the ad, that the two parts were in separate boxes, and correctly assumed that the "sex" portion was part one of a teaser ad unrelated to the singles events ad.

Sure enough the "sex" portion of the ad was a teaser and part two was on the next right side page spread advertising "Kinky Quizzo" at Valanni. It wasn't a difficult mystery to solve, but I wonder how many other people assumed that "Give Sex a Chance" was a headline for the singles events. I also wonder if the ad placement folks realized what they were doing and thought it was funny, and if someone got an earful over it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Slate writes about Graphic Design

Slate has an article about New York magazine paying homage/stealing George Lois Esquire covers. A few of their examples are a bit of a stretch, but a few are clearly meant to evoke specific Lois covers. The article headline has a bit of a gotcha tone, but I was happy to see an article about graphic design.

The article reminded me that in my sophomore year of college my design department had a costume contest and I won best costume by dressing up as my professor and doing what I thought was a fairly spot on impersonation. My reward for winning was an original copy of this classic Lois cover:

Read more about George Lois:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yay environmentalism

I bought some pills. It was a two-for deal, with two bottles in a box. Upon opening I poured the pills from one into the other and there was still plenty of room left in the bottle. Did they really need to use two bottles? Is anyone fooled into thinking they are getting more because there are two bottles rather than just looking at the pill count?

Wasteful silliness.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

And I was like . . .

Recently the use of "and I was like" has become pet peeve of mine, and it's ruining my life. Not only do I hear in constantly in others, but I also catch myself saying it. I don't know why it annoys me so much, but it does.

I have a bad habit of eavesdropping on college students in conversation and counting how many times they say it over the course of a few minutes. Sometimes the number stretches into the twenties.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I don't really understand what's going on here, but I like it. Maybe they really want us to look at the water meter.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Movie Cliche I Enjoy

Movies in which the school sets up or allows a bizarre collection of seemingly unrelated tests so that the protagonist can make up for previous shortcomings and they graduate or some such thing:

Back to School (1986)
Billy Madison (1995)
Van Wilder (2002)
Old School (2003)

I'm sure there are more, but those were the ones that came to mind.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I just noticed something important

you can't spell "traffic" without a backwards fart.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Minor Advice

If someone offers you a mint, take it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rap Lyrics that Have Always Bugged Me

From Grand Puba's verse on Brand Nubian's "You Try and Do Me"

"I think the best thing for you and me, 
is to play like John Lennon and Let It Be."

Grand Puba, I'm sorry for nit picking, but that's a Paul McCartney song.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Talk Show Clichés

"The thing that nobody is talking about . . ."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sign In a Sign

This is posted on the bulletin board at a local park. I find it funny that someone took a picture of a sign, printed the sign and then put protective covering on the sign and then stapled it to the board. I like that they left the chain link fence, and the rusted bolts of the sign.  

I also like the descriptive nature of the original sing. They don't leave it at the normal, "pick up your dog's poo." They explain why you need to pick up your dog's poo, like this needs further explanation beyond the common sense that your dog's feces are disgusting. I think maybe all signs should have further explanation. 

DO NOT LITTER - Littering makes our neighborhood look ugly, thus lowering the value of our homes, and possibly lowering the quality of cold cuts at the corner store. A side note here. Often a sign will read, "Please Don't Litter." I'm all for politeness, but I'm not sure it's needed on a governmental sign. 

SLOW CHILDREN CROSSING -  Running over children is bad. You don't want to run over children as people will get really upset with you. Also, children aren't all that bring and might dart out into the middle of the road without looking, so you should drive slower and more cautiously than you normally would. 

WRONG WAY - If you drive down this street, bad bad things will happen.

STOP - Hmm, there really is no improving this sign, humorous or otherwise, and I think I'm delving into Dave Barry territory here, so I think i'll stop before I further embarrass myself. 

That was a pretty Dave Barry way to end this post. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Spam Email

absolve abundant absentee absolve

there was no link, or attempt to sell me anything. 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Open, Open

This store is open open. They are very open. Very very open. "Open" is a weird word if you say it a lot. Open. Weird man. I just blew my own mind.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Address Numbers

I love everything about this metal address number.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wheat Pastings

Funny wheat pastings that I saw on a bunch of light poles.

Friday, March 27, 2009

I wrote a joke

What do all of Mr. Peanut's ex girlfriends have in common?

They are pretty nuts.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Isaiah Zagar

Click the image to open in a new window and see the whole long mural, constructed from many photographs.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Minor Advice

If a ball point pen doesn't write well on the first try, throw it away.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Chris Brown PSA

I'd like to see a PSA where 50 Cent or someone like that has him in a really painful headlock while 50 casually explains that while some of his lyrics are misogynistic, that is just his way of blowing off steam and he would never physically hurt a woman and it is never under any circumstance acceptable to do so. And at the end with a big smile says, "Right Chris?" and he mumbles a pained, "uh huh."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Omelets are Overrated

At least they are by me. Every once in a while I get sucked in by the grandeur and aroma of an omelet station. They look and smell so good and I forget that I don't like them, and I assure you that I never like them.  I have a similar reaction to hazelnut coffee, in that it smells so good and makes my mouth water, but tastes much worse than regular coffee. 

Yup, that's a blog post alright. 

Thursday, January 22, 2009


My instinct is to make fun of this picture, but if were there with a camera I'd be taking a picture too.

Friday, January 16, 2009


I hate calling Comcast. Speaking with an actual person is far more difficult that it should actually be. Their phone line is a vicious circle of things you don't want, and if you finally do get the right path to speaking with a real person there is a good chance you'll be on hold for ten or more minutes.

Especially if you are trying to get them to give you something.

I was without service for five days this past month but was charged full price, so I called in hopes of getting a rebate of some sort. I tried every possible choice imaginable to try and get a real person but could not penetrate their wall of choices. Three times I chose "speak with a sales representative" but was sent to a "pay-by-phone" option.

Finally, I hung up, called again and chose the option for upgrading my service. Sure enough one click later I had a sales representative on the phone with zero wait. I told her my situation and she gave me four free months of a pay station that is normally $22 a month.

I may try to incorporate this philosophy for dealing with other vicious phone vortexes. Choose the path that most benefits them.

But I can't be too mad at Comcast, they helped break the Curse of Billy Penn.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Zagar, Oh No!

And such is the nature of non permanent artwork.

Back in December I made a post about an Isaiah Zagar piece that I liked a whole lot. Well, I'm glad I took a picture of it, because this is what the wall looks like only a few weeks after it made its debut . . .