Daily Archives: January 26, 2012

11 posts

Here Come the Super Bowl Ads!

It’s that time again. You know that time when everyone coalesces around the flat screen to watch the best of the best duke it out amid screams of joy and groans of agony as your favorite plays either make the high mark or flop around and lose yardage? We’re talking about the Super Bowl commercials. What did you think we were talking about? The game? Oh, ho! No one cares about that.

In anticipation of the glorious day when we all get to see what wonderful products have stepped up their marketing game and plan to wow you (subconsciously) with their magical, wanton advertisements, here then are the first two of many ads to come. Continue reading

We Need a Name for the Retired Hipster!

We’ve been pretty much inundated with the onslaught of hipsterism over the last couple of years. We’ve watched them play kickball, work out in ironic 1980’s leotards and headbands, we’ve heard all about the rad and awesome indie bands they like, including movie soundtracks, and anything with a synthesizer, or sounds much like a whale birthing a billy goat! There have been mustaches, beards, glasses, knit hats, micro brews, gluten-free air molecules, skinny neckties, dirgy hats, smokes under an underpass, making their own movies, everyone seen here, and whatever else the species hipster enchants with his magic levels of angst, sporadic euphoria, and tremulous derision of things that indicate The Man exists.

So what happens when the hipster ages out, or gets evicted(?), banned(?) or excommunicated? Where do they go and what do they do, and more importantly, what are they called? Continue reading

Arts and Crafts Corner: Artist Trading Cards

A few years ago, I heard of something called “Artist Trading Cards.” These are little cards that are 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm for the Canadians) that are decorated with some kind of “Art.” I’m not an artist, but I do love coloring and painting for fun, and these tiny cards were the perfect small canvas on which to work. The purpose of artist trading cards is right there in the name–you’re supposed to trade your tiny works of art. Continue reading

QOTD: Got Any Funny Books to Recommend to Us?

Dear Crasstonians, what sort of books amuse you?

Do you enjoy the insanity of Dave Barry and his essays, are you a fan of Roz Chast and her collections of comics she published in the New Yorker?

What about “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” by Senator Al Franken? Is that one of your self-amusement go-to’s?

Personally, I am a huge fan of Jill Browne and her Sweet Potato Queens series.

How about Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris? Continue reading