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Insurance ad wars – part 2

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, gang, with the Super Bowl tomorrow, the ad world is abuzz with the upcoming vignettes of consumerism. And, my treatise on insurance ads is still only half done.  The first part is here.  Let’s get to the rest of them that confuse/annoy me.

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Categories: TV

Insurance ad wars – part 1

January 15, 2011 2 comments

Years ago, in a much simpler time, the world was rocked by a conflict pitting two forces against one another in a no-holds-barred fight to the death.  Everyone chose sides, pitting brother against brother in a struggle that redefined how we looked at our society – and ourselves.  I’m speaking, of course, of the Cola Wars.

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Categories: TV

A post about the iPad…written on an iPad

Time in at 12:25 p.m. Today, I will attempt to write a blog entry on my new iPad. I am trying to do this touch-typing using the on-screen keyboard. I will make no corrections to any of the suggestions that Apple makes to my mistakes. We’ll see how this goes. Who doesn’t like a gimmick?

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Categories: Leftovers

The world’s worst Halloween candy – and how it showed up in my house

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Wow, this is easily the longest writing drought in Sweet Monkey Pie history.  For that, I apologize.  Like always, I’m suffering from the deadly duo of a hectic work schedule to go with an absolute dearth of writing topics.  Well, I solved both today thanks to a lazy Thanksgiving holiday and a peek at my son’s remaining Halloween candy basket.

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Categories: Leftovers

The ravages of time (and tennis)

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment
It’s been waaaaay too long since the last post, but I’ve been really busy. And creatively bereft.  But, since I’m using words like “bereft” again, tonight seems like a good one to get back on track. Luckily, the topic is quite easy.  How time can just throw you a curveball as you get older. Read more…
Categories: Sports

Movies for schmucks?

One of my favorite comedians, Eddie Izzard, has a great routine about how American filmmakers take great stories from British movies, rip off the general premise and add a heaping helping of explosions, aliens and other eye-candy.  I’d try to explain the routine in more detail, but why not let a crude Lego animation of the routine explain it for me.

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Categories: Movies

A World Cup prep quiz for skeptical Americans

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before (and I’m too lazy to search the archives), but I was once a soccer atheist.  Well, actually not an atheist… I mean, I was pretty sure that soccer existed, but growing up in rural North Carolina, there was little actual evidence of soccer as a sport. No youth leagues, no high school teams, no adult leagues… nothing.

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Categories: Sports