Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

Pobrecitos! Fortunately, they don’t seem to end up any worse for wear, but I’ll think of them every time I walk down Pine towards the water squinting into the strong winds coming off the Sound!

This is a radio ad for a local insurance company, Pemco, that profiles local “types” found in the Pacific Northwest. The spot about First Snowflake Freakout Lady makes me grin each and every time I hear it.

Don’t you understand? I LIVE ON A HILL!!

Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck

November 10, 2010

I thought this was quite funny, and brilliantly done–I watched it twice! Especially chuckle-worthy is the premise of the video’s context alongside the fact that Glenn Beck reportedly earned 32 million dollars last year. Yep, $32,000,000.00. “Do you feel like you’re working harder and harder these days just to stay financially afloat while fat cats are getting richer and richer? Well, it’s not just a feeling, and you’re not alone…” Heh.

The readers’ comments on the blog post where I found the video are also interesting and insightful. For example, did you know that Glenn Beck is a year younger than Johnny Depp?

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Buffy versus Edward?

November 10, 2010

Seems like this video has been around for quite a while now, but I’ve just seen it today. Besides being cool and very well-done, the video raises the question of Edward’s behavior: Is it romantic, or is it stalking?

Upfront, full disclosure: I haven’t actually seen or read any of the Twilight movies/books (I know, I know). Also, I didn’t see the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Lastly, I don’t believe I’ve ever actually seen an entire episode of Buffy on TV, either, or any other Buffy stuff.

Surprisingly, what struck me most as I watched this remix was a sharp pang of disappointment that I’d never watched Buffy. I had just graduated from high school when this movie came out, and was preparing to go away to college.

I don’t know if the character depicted in the movie has the same confidence, strength, and self-assuredness as the bad-ass woman depicted in this remix of the TV show. If she does, then in retrospect, I would have made this film “required viewing” prior to leaving for school.

Prior to adulthood, I don’t recall ever having seen behavior like hers convincingly modeled or practiced by a woman: Buffy says, “No,” firmly and tells Edward (or whoever, in the actual episodes) to leave her in peace–without any trace of fear about the consequences of that action. I wish I would have learned how to do that much earlier in my life. Every little girl should learn that she can say “no” when she finds herself in an uncomfortable situation, no matter if she has to say it to a romantic interest or a teacher or a pastor or her friend’s father.

Quick post-script: Is Edward this creepy throughout the movies? I’m hoping the video artist just selected the ickiest bits, but based on the behavior displayed in this remix, I would hate to see my daughter or niece breathily idealizing this guy’s behavior as “sooooo romantic!!!” Yikes. Your thoughts?

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Grape-stealing monkey

November 8, 2010

A super-cute monkey. Stealing grapes.

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The Anaesthetists Hymn

June 21, 2010

Pretty cute, I’ve heard it’s not entirely inaccurate!

via Miss Cellania

This may be reason enough to start planning a trip there – I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but since F has, it’s lower on our list of places to visit. I bet this much cuteness in a small space could change his mind!

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Two videos that fall into the “sad-but-kind-of-true” category:

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Wow!! This is the coolest thing I’ve seen all week. Click the image to visit the webpage, very interesting stuff!

via Our Amazing Planet

Last week, I was looking out the window at our impressively weed-filled front yard. I commented to F how nice it would be if all those weeds would just disappear on their own without us having to personally hike up the hill for an afternoon of yardwork-induced back strain and broken, mulchy fingernails.

So imagine my surprise the very next day when a couple of fairly sketchy-looking young men rang the doorbell and asked if we had any yardwork or other kind of work we could offer them.

I reasoned that maybe this was the universe rewarding me for all the Starbucks-condiment-area-wiping and litter-collecting I try to regularly do as part of my general operating philosophy to leave things better than I found them. I engaged the Sketchy Duo’s services, and after a strange and slow start, they got to work.

While they worked, I saw our next-door neighbor’s two boys come outside to play. The youngest, around four years old, marches up to Sketchy Duo and announces: “Hi! My name is Kayden! What’s your name?”

One of the Sketchy Duo answered something unintelligible, and suddenly Kayden’s older brother (approx age seven) came tearing around the corner of the house towards his little brother (whom he is typically trying to kill or injure with surprisingly well-thought-out malevolent plans) screaming at the top of his lungs: “They’re NOT YOUR FRIENDS, Kayden!! They’re NOT YOUR FRIENDS!!

Indeed. What a crack-up!

I got a kick out of this piece by Rick Moranis, recently published a couple of weeks ago in the NYT. Bet you’ll find something in it that speaks to you, too!

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Sure, the original is an incredible feat of cinematography, and sure the Sesame Street one made me giggle. But this version is way awesome! Check it out below:

Thanks to my dear F for this one!

Well, I’m afraid this video may have a few… In any event, this was still pretty darn funny…

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I love the Traveler’s pooch!

February 14, 2010

He’s just so darned cute…and worried…makes me think of myself (the worried part, of course!)! Nice choice of music, too.

via Book of Joe

Powerful safe-driving PSA

February 14, 2010

This has been a hard week…intense work schedule, some setbacks in the gym, F’s niece was hospitalized with dengue hemorrhagic fever (better now, thanks!), Olympics tragedy, a guy hacking a baby to death in Vegas with an axe. I just feel raw…
So I can’t say if that is the reason this ad triggered such an emotional response from me or if it’s just that powerful of a visual message, but I thought it was pretty heavy. What’s your take?

via AdFreak

Condom use = More action

February 13, 2010

So God might hate you if you use condoms, but at least you’ll be popular with the ladies! At least that is the message in this great AIDS-awareness PSA. I loved the animation! (NSFW, BTW.)

via AdFreak

I hadn’t seen this before, but evidently this campaign exhorts New Year’s revelers: “Don’t drop the ball.” Reportedly, sales of emergency contraception double on the first day of the year, and this public service campaign encourages partiers to make a “back-up” birth control plan. They sensibly reason, “If you can accidentally text your grandmother on New Year’s Eve, what else can go wrong?”

I adore the grandmas in the video – they are fabulous as they read text-speak out loud!! Which one is your favorite?

via Happy Bodies

If you’re like us, you’ve arrived at baggage claim after a flight only to feel a piercing fury at the sight of your brand new, just-bought-for-this-trip suitcase coming around the baggage carousel, pummeled into an unrecognizable, shapeless, grease-streaked mess.

Well, here’s a fun video that certainly could be interpreted as a product endorsement by folks like me who are desperate to have a suitcase that lasts more than 3 plane rides. It consists of 5 suitcases, some melons, and an elephant, all together in the name of science! Enjoy!

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These words from a short story by Amy Hempel stopped me in my tracks today. I had to look up all squinty at the trees and pinch the bridge of my nose hard to scare back the sharp lump I suddenly felt in my throat.

“I think of the chimp, the one with the talking hands.

In the course of the experiment, that chimp had a baby. Imagine how her trainers must have thrilled when the mother, without prompting, began to sign to her newborn.

Baby, drink milk.

Baby, play ball.

And when the baby died, the mother stood over the body, her wrinkled hands moving with animal grace, forming again and again the words: Baby, come hug, Baby come hug, fluent now in the language of grief.”

I saw the excerpt today on another blog, and can’t wait to read more.

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