My Blah Blah Blog - Archive for June, 2008

Chopstick Wine Rack

Okay, this is one of the more imaginative recycling efforts I’ve come across. This guy (I can’t be more specific as his name is unknown, although we know he lives in Oregon) collects used chopsticks (in China), cleans and sanitizes them, and uses them to construct a wine rack. Who would even …

July 4th And The Other George W.

Since it’s almost the 4th of July and we’re having an exceptional cherry season, I find myself recalling the story of how George W. (no, not him, I mean the first president) was lionized for copping to the fact that he’d chopped down a cherry tree. We all bought this story, until …

The Tennis Shoe Mattress

Like my dog Oliver, I prefer to sleep where I can be a) cool and b) near a human. Unlike Oliver (seen at left, napping on hardwood), I am choosy about sleep surfaces. This is why I paid a visit to a store called Livingreen in Culver City, a shop that sells …

Swearalong With Tony

Apparently, if you go to the Ford Ampitheatre next Friday, the 20th, you can be part of a “Scarface Swearalong”: you get to watch Brian dePalma’s classic “Scarface,” and try to keep up with Tony Montana as he makes his way through a couple hours of Oliver Stone’s curse-heavy dialogue. I’m told …

My Favorite Illustrator

Thanks for your comments/questions about the identity of the artist who did an illustration for the blog about YSL. That fabulous person happens to be Lindsay duPont, who is amazing (and happens to be a relative, thanks goodness, so I get the cheap rates.) She also contributed some of the squiggly stuff …

New Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to ride the new ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier. The old one sold on Ebay in April for about $132,000, and its new owner is a real estate developer from Oklahoma who has an idea of incorporating it into one of …

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Disposable Plates

Okay, so I found these Reborn disposable plates at City Bakery, and they are all-natural, completely biodegradable, made of “naturally-shed betel palm spathe (I’m too lazy to look up that last word in the dictionary) that is collected, cleaned, and heat-molded at sterilizing temperatures.” So don’t think too much about the carbon …

Cool Tracks For Kids #2

Okay, here are some more tracks I found in my iTunes library that are not really intended for kids but are clean and suitable: When Toots and the Maytals sing “Never Grow Old,” I defy you not to dance with your child. Paul McCartney’s “Dance Tonight” might also inspire you, as will …

Fom My Music Library: Cool Tracks For Kids #1

As a writer of children’s music, I always make a mental note when I hear an artist performing a song that was not intended for kid listeners but would suit them just fine. There are lots of songs like this, but most of them are from another era, when lyrical content was …