I love Lonely Island and I LOVE this video. If you need a little T-Pain in your life, this is for you:
Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14, 2009
Happy Valentine’s Day! My boyfriend got me a Snuggie, that is all. Carry on.
LAGERFELD CONFIDENTIAL. February 12, 2009
Do you ever find out that you’ve missed something so important… so legendary, so monumental, that feel you nothing but shame at your own ignorance? That’s how I feel right now. I have been living in the dark. Unbekgnost to me, a documentary was made about Karl Lagerfeld in 2007 by Rodolphe Marconi.
Here is a summary of the documentary:
“For the first time, Karl Lagerfeld, the innovative designer who has ruled the House of Chanel for more than two decades, agreed to trust a director to create an artwork based on his life. After three years of crisscrossing the globe filming the outspoken icon, Rudolphe Marconi unveils the inner workings of the influential and enigmatic star.”
The DVD should be arriving in my mailbox any day now and I am just about dying with anticipation. An entire hour and a half of Karl…heaven. I can only hope to be a wiser and more inspired person after I finish watching.
Here is a quote from the documentary I found online:
“I very much like the people in Houston, but I will not change in the pee-pee room of the Atlanta airport. I have to have a private jet,” – Karl Lagerfeld
I can only hope that Karl shares similar wisdom in the rest of the film.
One of my favorite blogs is Bob Loblaw’s Job Blog (love the arrested development reference) and the guy that writes it is hilarious. Of particular interest is his close following of Snuggie: the blanket with sleeves. All this time, I thought I was the only one who was obsessed with the Snuggie, but it turns out that it has an almost cult-like following.
As if purchasing two Snuggies and two book lights for ONLY$19.95 wasn’t lucrative enough, Ad Age reported that over 4 million Snuggie units have been sold in the past 3 months–making Snuggie one of the few products projecting profitability this year.
As with all things successful, controversy ensues. It turns out that the Snuggie is actually a rip-off of the Slanket. The Slanket comes in a wide variety of colors while Snuggie is only availble in three lame shades, but the main difference: the Slanket retails for a whopping $44.95! The Slanket’s website claims that it originated circa 1998, thus proving that Snuggie ripped off its idea. However, the Snuggie’s ingenious marketing scheme and price make it a virtual no brainer when trying to choose the right fleece blanket with sleeves for you.
And now, there’s apparently a Snuggie Pub Crawl in the works in Chicago. Though the date, time and location of the pub crawl are yet to be announced, 524 people have already registered to attend. The organizers of the event are planning to purchase mass quantities of Snuggies and then make them available for sale on Snuggiepubcrawl.com. Personally, I think that those attending should also wear their free book lights on their heads as they move from pub to pub. Kind of like the lights on coal miners hats. Just to illuminate their paths, obviously.
My strong desire for a Snuggie continues…fingers crossed for Valentine’s day.
The Problem with A-Rod is Canseco was Right February 10, 2009
Alex Rodriguez did not need steroids. His natural athletic ability has been noted since his high school days, and he has never given reason for anyone to deny that fact in the twenty-ish years since. He is not Barry Bonds, who needed the record and so obviously inflated his body, and he is not Roger Clemens, who needed to delay the inevitable decline that comes about when pitchers age. So why did he take them? Why did the guy who is psycho about working out and eating right inject a random concoction of steroids into his body when he did not need them to stay at the top of his game?
Because he is A-Rod. Because he is the center of the world, and he will never be good enough for himself. Because he needs all the records, all the stats, all the awards. Because he needs more of everything; nothing can satiate his ego. Because up until 2003, he could get away with it, so why not? Because he was not going to stand by and let others juice and get closer to his level of play.
And really, what does this admission do, other than keep the PR staff of the Yankees busily employed in this time of recession and layoff? Most Yankee fans, myself included, have hated Alex for years. His me-first attitude and October failings coupled with his ridiculous pay and media stunts cemented our disdain years ago. Fans of other teams hated him as well. It takes a lot for fans of other teams to respect Yankees players; the Yanks are the big-money, big-talking corporate powerhouse that takes your hometown team’s best players and throws it in your face. A Yankee player needs to be very good in both baseball and character to earn that respect, and Alex was never that guy.
The only potential fall-out for Alex from this admission- Hall of Fame voting, a decade and a half down the line. This era has been ripe with PED abuse, and it is difficult to even guess what the standards for HoF admission will be at that time.
The potential fall-out for baseball itself? Fans have one less player to look to as proof of natural talent and ability dominating the game. Really, who is left? Who are the good guys left from the baseball boom of the 90s? Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter?
The only thing the fans can hope for now is that the cheating is left in the past. Leave A-Rod and Bonds to the history books, and throw more attention on the feel-good story of Josh Hamilton, the scrappy play of Dustin Pedroia, and the successes of Evan Longoria. The game needs a little more Lou Gehrig and a little less Pete Rose.
(Blog by Mal)
My picks for the top Superbowl ads of ’09 February 4, 2009
So, to be perfectly honest, I don’t care much for football. But I do care for clever commercials, so here are my top picks for the best ads from 2009’s Superbowl:
1. E-Trade: Take these broken wings, and learn to fly again:
2. Careerbuilder.com: If you hate going to work…
3. Bud Light: Meeting
4. Pedigree: Maybe you should get a dog
Karl speaks: bling is demode! January 29, 2009
Clean out your hearts and your closets, people…Karl has spoken. The UK telegraph recently ran a poignant article about Karl’s thoughts on fashion during the recession and he had some truly prolific things to say. “Bling is over,” Karl declared. “I call it ‘the New Modesty’.” According to the article,
“This whole crisis is like a big spring housecleaning – both moral and physical,” the German-born Chanel designer told The New York Times. “There is no creative evolution if you don’t have dramatic moments like this. Red carpets covered with rhinestones are out.” Cutting back his own spending may not be a part of Lagerfeld’s strategy, but the implication for the rest of us is clear: where luxury was an attitude as much as a style of dress, we are to find a replacement in modesty.
So throw out your Bedazzler and break out those button-up collared shirts. It’s time for New Modesty.