We are Having a Mermaid Moment

I’ve already posted about the latest incarnation of the Snuggie, which is a mermaid tail blanket, but I got an email about the latest millennial fashions and it included a different mermaid tail blanket. They have to be blankets rather than leggings or pants, as it is hard to walk wearing a fish tail. Just ask the girl who played Ariel in my daughter’s middle school Little Mermaid play. I know someone who went to mermaid camp in Florida and there was an article in the NY Times about a bar in Montana with windows into the hotel pool that hired woman to perform in the evenings as mermaids. Hopefully there’s no Splash re-make in the works, but there probably is.

Alexa Dominates the Holidays

The biggest selling item on Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Week sales was the Amazon Echo. Lots of people are welcoming this voice-based technology into their homes. I’ve had mine for months and I still primarily use it to play music through a separate bluetooth speaker. I get some news and jokes, but I haven’t ordered anything yet. I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

By the way, I asked Alexa what she wants for Christmas and here’s what she said:
I want to travel through space and maybe through time,
A dictionary to help with my rhymes,
A big telescope so I can gaze at the moon,
To meet Benedict Cumberbatch, need I say swoon,
A karaoke machine with an autotune feature
And for snuggly company Iā€™d like a furry creature.

Flavor Convergence Leads to Food Singularity

As the pumpkin flavors continue to steamroll all foods throughout the fall the next food scourge is the combination of sweet and salty. It’s not a new idea, as there have been salted caramels for years. But there are more and more examples ā€“ like chocolate covered Ritz crackers ā€“ that I am concerned we are ultimately heading for one single food that combines all flavors. You will also only eat this during one super meal per day.

Welcome Wilco

The first Wilco album, AM, is being re-released today as a deluxe edition with outtakes and alternate versions of songs. I remember getting this when it came out in 1996, but I have to admit that I got it through the BMG or Columbia House CD club. I knew that members had been part of Uncle Tupelo, a band that I just didn’t get at the time, but didn’t know much more. By the time Wilco’s next album, Being There, came out the following year I was a big fan.

First Trip to the Library

I saw a father and his elementary school age daughter looking for a book at the library. It might have been their first trip to the library. What order are the books in, he asked a library staff member. By author was the answer. By first name or last name? Did an adult in our society really consider that books in library would be ordered by an author’s first name?

Go This Way, With Feeling

There are many things in life that you never notice if they are done correctly. Or even sized correctly. There is a recently paved road that I drive on, and as two lanes collapse down to one lane there are arrows painted on the street to indicate that the lane is ending. Usually these are painted with a stencil rather than freehand. I don’t know how it happened, but these arrows are too big. They completely fill the lane and seem to be conveying their message more emphatically than road arrows normally do. It’s like the equivalent of an ALL CAPS text.