David K. Israel

More and more these days it seems we like to experience life in private, without annoying intrusions from our neighbors, our fellow countrymen or our mother-in-laws. With the success of the Walkman

'Gus-tatory pleasures, now in film form


On Saturday I saw my favorite film of the year so far (excepting my beloved POTC), which was a full-length documentary about asparagus. Stop laughing. Really, Asparagus!

Ernest Hemingway, Crazy Cat Man


Now that the Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest is over (that's the winner, Chris Storm, pictured at left), the Hemingway estate can move on to bigger issues -- specifically, what to do about the

That's One Smart Egg!

Mangesh Hattikudur

While CBS is busy advertising on their dairy, the geniuses at the British Egg Information Service have a slightly different take on shell design.

It's all Greek to Californians!

David K. Israel

At the foot of some of the tallest trees in the world, up on Humboldt Bay in the Redwood Forest, the small town of Eureka, California is celebrating its 150-year anniversary this summer.


Mangesh Hattikudur

I know this is my second doggie post, and my third one that ends in a question mark, but

Bottled Toilet Water?

Mangesh Hattikudur

If your pampered pooch is getting fed up with that plain old bowl of tap water you keep perched next to his bed, you might want to check out K9 Water from Dog Bliss.

Was Martin Luther King a Trekkie?

Mangesh Hattikudur

I was doing some editing work for our next magazine this weekend (it's our annual 10 Issue!), when I read through Mark Juddery's fascinating piece on 10 TV Shows that Changed the World.

I never sausage a sport


Having thoroughly tired ourselves out over the weekend with cheese racing, my husband and I are looking for another quirky sport to adopt.

Brilliant British Bees

Will Pearson

A bumblebee in Great Britain recently set a record for the longest recorded flight (by a bumblebee) when scientists released it 8 miles away from its home and the bee still found its way back.

Forbidden Friday: Sloth


What better way to end your workweek than with a dose of complete and utter slackitude? That is, if you're even still at the office.

Forbidden Friday: Wrath


What?! You haven't been reading my Forbidden Friday posts all day? How could you?! Oh, you're gonna regret this, mister, 'cause I'm so angry I could scream!

Weekend Word Wrap

David K. Israel

I thought I'd turn to the physical today and look at word fonts.

Graffiti for the People?

Mangesh Hattikudur

This weekend I just finished reading Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude (which is messy, and poetic, and beautiful, and has a lot of great scenes featuring early hip-hop culture in Brooklyn i

Forbidden Friday: Gluttony


If you haven't eaten lunch by now, you might want to do that right now, because you're certainly not going to want much to eat or drink after reading these thorougly unappetizing and caution