Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mattel's Go-To Girl

With Barbie's 50th anniversary coming up, there's some media attention coming her way, what with two new biographies and a celebration coming. Check out Newsweek's recap of some the strange get-ups she's been given in "Oddball Barbie." Note the dog poop that comes with one version, where Barbie can follow along with her magnetic pooper-scooper. You can go right to the source at Barbie Style, where they declare, "It's Barbie's world. We just play in it." Might as well check out her Facebook page, too.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Those Crazy Amish Geniuses


I love this article, "Amish Space Heater: Is That an Oxymoron?" in the NYTimes about the crazy Amish mantle advertisements I've been seeing everywhere lately. I love this picture that's included with the ad, where everyone it is polishing away at a fireplace that's got a roaring fire going (apparently). It's gotten a lot of attention, with some videos on Youtube. One shows the impressive-looking fire that it produces. Another provides a signing commentary on the product and its producers.

The article itself though delves into the commentary on various web sites and discussion threads that address the concerns that people have about the Amish, their use of electricity, and other "knowledge" that people have about them.