Feb 23, 2006

Neapolitan Dynamite

Opened up my email today and received word from my sister-in-law Katie that Ben & Jerry's just announced a new flavor in honor of one of my favorite movies of all time-Napoleon Dynamite. Dare I pump my fist in the air and exclaim with great enthusiasm, "SWEET!"

If you're wondering what they mixed together it's Cherry Garcia with Chocolate Fudge Brownie. But seriously--who cares what it is? It's freakin' Napoleon Dynamite ice cream.

But wait--there's more new flavors to rave about and you all know how excited I get over new stuff.

They also have Vermonty Python (coffee liqueur ice cream with a chocolate cookie crumb swirl and fudge cows) and Turtle Soup (vanilla ice cream with fudge & caramel cashews with a caramel swirl).

Both Katie and I previously signed up for Chunk Mail from Ben & Jerry's which is basically a monthly newsletter that gives you advance notice that new flavors are coming. You might as well give up on the diet because there's no way any ice cream lover can resist their inventive genius. Click Here if you'd like to sign up. Oh! They send you a coupon for a free pint of ice cream, too. Can you say crack addict or is it just guerilla marketing?

So that's my excitement for the day. I'll be roaming the frozen food section looking for my fix.

Feb 17, 2006

2006 Toy Fair

I keep a list of things-just like Earl-that need to be done to make my life better.

This list is mostly things to do and places to go within the year--but there has been one thing that has been nagging me year after year since the inception of this list: Attending The Toy Fair in New York City.

But the beauty of the internet is I can live vicariously t
hrough others who actually get up off their asses and do things that are important to them--such as going to New York City on February 14th to see all the cool new toys coming out soon.

There's a great link in this post to PC Magazine's slideshow of some of the coolest and most interesting toys featured in this years show. I reviewed each slide with delight and excitement while harboring the familiar feelings of guilt that perhaps next year I'll figure out how to make it there.

Regardless--my two favorite entries this year are Hasbro's Butterscotch Pony and the Sakar Sound Pal:

Butterscotch Hasbro's life-size My Furreal Friends Pony.
Butterscotch is a marvelous robotic toy. She responds to touch, noise, and light, and she moves in an amazingly realistic way. Coming in the fall for $299. Hmmm--I like the fuzzy carrot and the golden mane...but she reminds me of how far we've come since The Sharper Image "Alive" Chimpanzee. (see prior post)

Sakar Sound Pal. Sakar International showed a dizzying array of kid versions of grownup tech toys. It also had Sound Pals, plush backpack-style carrying cases for iPods with built-in speakers.

I think you actually have to be in the Toy business to actually get a ticket since the whole point of the show is to bring together toy vendors to showcase their new products and score some BIG purchase orders for the Christmas season.

I'll figure something out. And maybe this time next year you'll be able to read my first-hand account rather than hearing me whine about not going.

The list continues...

Feb 11, 2006

So Long Arrested Development

Last night was the 3rd and final Season of Arrested Development. It's the little show that could...but unfortunately didn't because it got cancelled. (The 3rd season was supposed to be 22 episodes, but FOX shaved it down to 13.)

I suppose after watching my favorite clip montage of eldest son Gob doing his chicken dance (or what his father George Bluth Sr would call his "...tweety bird dance") you're not surprised to see why it got cancelled. But it was a critically acclaimed show winning multiple awards including an Emmy in 2005 for Best Writing in a Comedy Series, but it had the kiss of death because I liked it very much. It always happens. Shows I'm usually crazy about just don't make it in Prime Time. Here are a few notable examples"

There are some rumors that another network may pick it up like ABC, Showtime or Comedy Central, but I'll believe it when I see it.

It's hard trying to describe why I loved Arrested Development so much. Maybe it was the pure silliness of the family or just the sheer delight to see David Cross (one of my favorite comedians of all time) every week playing Tobias F√ľnke, the sexually confused budding actor who wasn't attracted to his beautiful wife, but had a man-crush on the actor Carl Weathers.

If you haven't seen Arrested Development, I suggest you rent Season 1 & 2 on Netflix and settle in for hours of guilty pleasure.