Posts filed under ‘Useful Information’

Don’t Make Me Send in the Word Police

Stop showing off how stupid you are.

The contraction of “you are” is “you’re.”

It is not “your.”

That is all.


January 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm 3 comments

Top 3 Moments of Panic from Thanksgivings Past (Part 3)

Three days after Thanksgiving, and they’re still here.

I know they’re lurking behind that unassuming door. As soon as I open it, that stark light will switch on and I’ll see them, staring back at me, taunting me.

Thanksgiving leftovers.

Now, if you’ve been following this series, you know that I once made mashed potatoes for two people using a recipe that called for seven pounds of potatoes. We’ve also established that math is not my strong suit. So it’s not surprising that I manage to end up with a few leftovers. But still…

No matter how much I make or how many guests we have over, I still seem to end up with a LOT of leftovers.

Atomic leftovers.

Leftovers that seem to know how to reproduce on their own so that even though I force takeout containers on all the guests, and despite Gibson the dog’s best efforts at hunting down every last morsel he can find, the leftovers just grow and grow until, by Sunday, we clearly have twice the amount of potatoes we started with on Thursday.

Gibson the dog

The image quality is crappy, but the moment had to be preserved. I don't know where Gibson learned to behave like this.

I’ve decided that there needs to be a leftovers version of the Kubler-Ross model, the Five Stages of Grief. Let’s call it the Casser-Role Model.


November 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

The New Mr. Peanut: Now THIS is more like it

You may recall my childhood encounter with “Mister” Peanut, which I wrote about in the post Nutty Mr. Lady.

I’m glad to find out that Planters is putting a real man behind the shell in its new advertising campaign. The New York Times reports that Robert Downey, Jr. will be the voice of Mr. Peanut in new ads designed to revitalize the brand.

Mr. Peanut: Today You Are A Man

Planters’ ad agency rep says that RDJ’s “everyman suaveness” is one of the reasons they selected him to speak for Mr. Peanut, and really, who can argue with that?

But I admit, the bar for me is pretty low. I’ll be happy with pretty much any voice in the lower register. (And by the way, Planters, you might want to keep that in mind when you start sending the branded character out on the road for in-person promos!)


November 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Umami Paste: More than just a great name for a band

In the category of Things I Didn’t Realized I Needed But Now I Must Have: Taste #5 Umami Paste. Whet your appetite, too, at  TastingTable National (Taste No. 5 Umami Paste is a Timesaver and Flavor Enhancer in the Kitchen).

October 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Drink Now Through Friday

The Silly Tasting Note Generator really comes in handy when you need a quick way to express your deep thoughts about wine…

Silly Wine Tasting Note Generator

Tip: I always go for “Extra Silly.”

August 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

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