Tag Archives: online

Say it like it is

I ran across a feature today online poking fun at the titles of young adult novels.

I recently took a couple of classes in YA lit at NYU, so this naturally caught my eye. And of all the ‘what they really should be called’ entries, this one made me say, “Oh, hell yeah!”

princess

A bust

bubble wrapApparently some companies still think going ‘viral’ on social media is akin to catching ebola.

Case in point: Sealed Air, manufacturer of bubble wrap.

They recently posted a video of one of their plant foreman explaining how bubble wrap is made in response to a child’s question.

It reminded me of a segment of Unwrapped on Food Network, where they show you how gummy bears, for example, go from their sugary ingredients through the factory to packaging and ultimately the grocery story and your tummy.

The bubble wrap video caught the attention of several bloggers and was even the subject of a Reddit.  But soon after I viewed the video, Sealed Air took it down.

Off the blogs. Off any online mention.  And even off their own site, from what I can tell.

What gives?  Don’t they know all this chatter about a video on bubble wrap (of all things) is amazing?

Revel in the attention, guys.  Don’t burst our bubble.

Family business

The broadcast and online media outlets have all gone gooey-eyed over the way NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced his own daughter Allison’s casting in the plum role of Peter Pan in the network’s upcoming live action production —

No tears here.

I demand that the full investigative reporting resources at NBC News be hurled at this story, which reeks of nepotism, entitlement and…dare I say, piracy.

J.M. Barrie said it best:

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you your daddy will sacrifice everything else for it.”

Gourd-geous

About this time every year, I am amazed at the pumpkins that folks create.

Not the pies — although I appreciate those, too — but the pumpkin carvings that I see on porches, stoops and online. They just get more extreme and extraordinary every Halloween.

In fact, I saw one today that touched my inner gourd.

girl pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl! I hear that.

Sunday morning pickle

Rory and I saw many interesting things during our early morning walk in the neighborhood.

A barefoot walk of shame. A ‘professional’ photographer taking snaps through a storefront window. Twinkling pickle lights.

Yeah, that last one was our favorite, too.

pickle lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now I’ve found them online!

Aren’t you just green with envy?!

Gonna get my hands dirty

If you’re like me, you get your news online or on TV, and don’t buy a daily newspaper. So you may wonder…

Do we really need them anymore?

newspaper headThis image from Leslee Cortez on Picstache.com answers that question once and for all —

HELL YES!

How else would we give folks ‘newspaper head’ without ’em?

Inspired.

Thrill seeker

What do you do when you’re bored?

I read.  Go to the movies or a show.  Often just hop online.

Clearly that wouldn’t work for this guy.

 

Kudos to him for raising money for charity!

Eating dots

Quick — wanna look busy?

THINK BIG.

Play the World’s Biggest Pac-Man game right on your computer!

It’s going on now online, and is being played by people around the world.

The mazes are interconnected and go on and on and on.  You can start wherever you want and play as long and as far as your skill will take you.  You can also play alone or challenge competitors online, and check your stats against…

THE WORLD

There now.  Doesn’t that sound like a whole lot more fun than work??

Local color

I spent the day in Queens on a video shoot for CollegeHumor.com.

The script was funny — a parody that should be online sometime next week. The cast and crew were great to work with, the weather smiled on us, and we were released on time.

And did I mention the food was great?

What made this shoot especially memorable were the locals who stopped by during the day to see ‘what the heck we were doing.’ I realized very quickly that TV crews were an event in Astoria, whereas in Manhattan they are an everyday, ho hum occurrence.

It began with cars slowing down, their drivers inquiring about the tent that contained our holding area.  Then an older woman pushing her shopping cart down the street asked the production assistant why our ‘cult’ was demonstrating.

A cult?  In business suits?

But my favorite moment by far happened between takes.  A couple of guys and I from the cast were standing next to a front yard gate when a little white dog came over to check us out.  As Justin leaned over to say hello, the dog sweetly kissed his hand…and then peed on him.

Welcome to Queens.