I’m no gamer, but even I’ve heard of Grand Theft Auto.
Candy Crush Saga, it’s not.
It’s criminals or criminal-wannabes in the big city, trying to rise through the ranks in organized crime. Underworld kingpins give you different missions to complete, and violence ensues.
It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, and I’m sure a lot of parents wouldn’t want their kids playing it either.
But Grand Theft Auto V has another problem — it allows players to ‘run over, behead and kill animals’ as part of the game.
Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, is calling for a boycott of GTA because of this senseless inclusion of animal violence.
If you agree that there should be a GTA boycott — as I do — vote “YES” in the poll at the end of the TMZ article.
Speak up for those without a voice!
Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Children, Games, Internet, Life, News, Technology
Tagged animal violence, animals, automobiles, Candy Crush Saga, children, criminals, gamer, games, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA, GTA boycott, IDA, In Defense of Animals, Internet, Jack Carone, kingpin, life, news, organized crime, technology, TMZ, underworld, violence
Kids today have it SO GOOD.
Case in point: Charlotte, the daughter of my friends Amy and Chris.
Charlotte requested an Angry Birds-themed cake for her birthday. Did Amy pick up the phone, call a bakery and order the aforementioned birdie birthday baked good?
She made the entire cast of fierce, feathered friends in fondant. All by HERSELF.
Charlotte is one lucky little girl.
And Amy is rockin’ creative!
Posted in Animals, Children, Cooking, Design, Foods, Friends, Games, Humor, Life
Tagged Angry Birds, animals, baked good, bakery, birthday cake, birthdays, children, cooking, creative, design, feathered friends, fondant, Foods, friends, games, Humor, kids, life, shoot the moon
This animal photo bomb isn’t from a horror film –
But don’t you think it should be?
I’m not even sure I could stomach the maniacal things that this seal probably has up his… flipper.
“The call came from inside the aquarium — run for your lives!!”
Posted in Animals, Children, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Internet, Life, Photography
Tagged animals, aquarium, entertainment, flipper, horror film, Humor, Internet, life, maniac, Movies, photo bomb, photography, scary movie, seals
George Alexander Louis?
On behalf of William and Kate and the entire royal family…
I’m sorry, Royal Baby.
I know there is a long history of King Georges — six, in fact — but all I see when I hear the name “George” is George Costanza of Seinfeld infamy. And while he was a great TV sitcom character, I wouldn’t wish a son like him on William and Kate.
Or anyone, really.
Now, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had gone with “Alexander” as a first name, I would be all over that. Maybe they are planning to call you by your middle name. Most of the kids I grew up with were called by their middle names. I always found it kinda odd…like their parents couldn’t make up their minds. But I would gladly support it in this instance.
If not — if they decide to go with George — well, I return to my previous submission –
Posted in Celebrities, Children, Commentary, Family, History, Humor, Life, News
Tagged baby names, celebrities, children, commentary, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, family, George Alexander Louis, George Costanza, history, Humor, King George, life, news, Royal Baby, royal family, Sebastian, Seinfeld tv show, sitcom character, William and Kate
By now you all know that His Royal Highness has been born to William and Kate. His name, though, they say “may take some time.” Don’t worry –
I’m all over it.
It’s a worthy name; the Greek translation is “venerable.” It began to be widely used in the third century after it was the name of a Christian martyr…so it’s certainly manly enough.
Sebastian also has British ties. It’s in the Top 100 list of boy’s names. Sebastian Cabot is a British actor; Sebastian Faulks, a British writer. And there are characters named Sebastian in popular British fiction, including Sherlock Holmes and Brideshead Revisited.
Most importantly, I like it.
Look, I’m only trying to expedite the process. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took seven days to name William; William and Kate took three weeks to name their dog, Lupo; and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip took a month to name Charles.
Let’s not give the child an identity crisis!
Posted in Celebrities, Children, Commentary, Entertainment, Family, History, Humor, Life, News, Politics
Tagged actor, babies, baby boy names, Brideshead Revisited, Britain, celebrities, children, Christian martyr, commentary, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, entertainment, family, fiction, Greek translation, His Royal Highness, history, Humor, identity crisis, life, Lupo, news, politics, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Sebastian, Sebastian Cabot, Sebastian Faulks, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, venerable, William and Kate, writer
Rory and I encountered these words today on our walk in Central Park:
It was repeated over and over again along our route, so we simply had to follow and answer the now burning question:
What is Brooke’s world?
Turned out to be some benches. And leftover balloons. We deduced that Brooke had a birthday party in the park.
And we missed it.
What is this world — Brooke’s world — coming to?!
Posted in Animals, Children, Dogs, Humor, Life, Nature, Summer, Walking
Tagged animals, balloon, birthday party, Brooke's world, Central Park, children, dog, follow directions, Humor, life, New York City, nosy, park bench, walk
Ever made fun of a beauty pageant contestant? I know I have.
(Two words: Miss Utah.)
But here’s a beauty pageant that will have you cheering.
The ‘Miss You Can Do It’ pageant, a program for girls with special needs, is the focus of an HBO documentary currently on rotation and OnDemand.
The 37 contestants, all with learning or physical disabilities, are celebrated at this annual event founded by Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa and the first woman with a disability to ever compete in the Miss USA pageant.
The program follows eight of the young girls as they prepare for and compete in this event. I happened upon the show quite by accident, but I consider the show a must-see.
Everyone should feel that good and smile that much watching TV.
Posted in Beauty, Children, Commentary, Entertainment, Family, Life, Movies, Television, TV
Tagged Abbey Curran, beauty pageant, beauty pageant contestant, children, commentary, documentary, entertainment, family, HBO, HBO OnDemand, learning disabilities, life, Miss Iowa, MIss USA pageant, Miss Utah, Miss You Can Do It, Movies, must-see TV, physical disabilities, special needs, Television, TV, yes you can
I stole this image from my cousin’s Facebook page.
She was encouraging her children not to feel the need to follow what everyone else is doing — to strike out on their own.
I couldn’t agree more.
But here’s another thing to keep in mind — not only do we see the lone bird first, it’s far easier to take a shot at him. So if you take a different route, be prepared to defend your choice.
(Don’t worry — it’s totally worth it.)
Posted in Animals, Children, Commentary, Family, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged animals, birds, children, commentary, defend your choices, do your own thing, Facebook, family, follow your own path, Humor, individuality, life, philosophy, Relationships
I finally put up my Christmas decorations today.
Just made it under the wire.
I’m not usually this tardy. But a slew of business travel in December left me only two days to prep the apartment for the holidays.
My Christmas decor is much like my day-to-day — contemporary, with graphic patterns and solid colors. But there are a couple of pieces from my childhood that still make the cut.
One is a vintage tabletop sleigh complete with Santa, elf, reindeer and — best of all — a sack of toys with real toys inside. They are teeny tiny things, probably saved from Cracker Jack prizes (back when they were actually cool) and party favors.
We always loved knowing that there was real loot in that tiny bag. But we weren’t surprised…
Santa — even the tabletop variety — always comes through.
Posted in Children, Christmas, Design, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged business travel, children, Christmas, Christmas decorations, contemporary decor, Cracker Jack prizes, elf, holidays, loot, make the cut, party favors, reindeer, Santa's sack, Santa's sleigh, tabletop, toys, vintage
Emma, I have seen your future, and you are a success!
Let me explain.
My brother recently posted this picture of his granddaughter Emma sporting reindeer antlers at her school’s Christmas concert. Her holiday headgear and mischievous smile reveal a lot — a fun-loving, entertaining youngest child.
No, I’m not talking about me (although as the baby of the family, I have been known to grab the spotlight from time to time). I mean Emma’s actual doppelganger.
I’ve met her.
This is Stacey.
She’s an MBA candidate at the Boston University School of Management. And when I showed her Emma’s photo, she was quick to agree that the two were kindred spirits.
Emma, you are in excellent company.
Posted in Children, College, dreams, Education, Family, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged baby of the family, back to the future, children, Christmas concert, college, doppelganger, education, good company, grab the spotlight, holiday headgear, holidays, Humor, kindred spirits, life, reindeer antlers, relationship, youngest child