Posts from April 2001


This seems too good to be true. link via the mini-wetlog

Bada Bing Sopranos

James Gandolfini, on the family: “When you meet people, you don’t know if they’re Mafia or not – they’re just gentlemen who dress nice.” Buy Sopranos stuff: HBO store – official site – fan site link via haha – no, serious

Now with 33% More Sodium!

You really should be reading Über each and every day. I can’t stress this enough. I’m not kidding. Seriously. I stopped reading for a few weeks and, man, I don’t want to tell you the things that started happening to me. It was bad. Real bad. But now I’m reading Über again and everything is

New Words

The Pseudodictionary is full of words (and phrases) that aren’t really words but should be. In the early 80s we used to call these sniglets, a term coined by, I think, Rich Hall of HBO’s Not Necessarily the News. I first found the Psuedodictionary several months ago when there were only a handful of words

Soopah High Rise

“If you can send a man to the moon you can certainly build a tower for 100,000 people …” Shanghai plans to build a 3,700 ft skyscraper! Dwarfing Kuala Lumpur’s twin Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest buildings at 1,483ft high, it would be set in a gigantic, wheel-shaped base incorporating shopping malls and car parks.

Bloggy Goodness

This is why I read Romenesko’s Obscure Store and Reading Room: Sisters Go Bonkers on Plane after Boozing It Up: The twin sisters, who are models, went from shouting to fighting. They smoked in the bathroom and used perfume to mask the odor, says an affidavit. One said to another: “I’ve gotta get out of

Pleasure == Surprise

When it comes to having fun, the element of surprise may be more important than most people realise. A great link from Follow Me Here … And in completely unrelated news, I grabbed Dave Egger’s book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius at Target earlier today. I got a bit of a sunburn, too.


Did I mention that I saw Blow and heartBREAKeRS a few weeks ago? I didn’t think I did. Blow was a good flick … better if you’re in love with Johnny Depp. I’m not. Heartbreakers was a lot of fun, but certainly not amazing … better if you’re in love with Jennifer Love Hewitt. I’m

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