September 7, 2012

The Weeklies #227

The Weekly Event. School started! Mia began her second grade year while Owen started his second year of preschool. Amazing.

Weekly Most Valuable Utensil. Red Solo Cup. I'll Fill You Up. And Have a party. Because we have no kitchen or ability to wash anything.

The Weekly TV Addiction. Have you watched The Booth At The End? If not, you really should. Now, it's only available on Hulu but its totally worth finding it. Why? Other folks have summarized it the best but I can say that what started out as a curiosity turned into something of an obsession. What's more surprising is the fact that nearly nothing happens in the show. It just proves the power of good writing and good acting.

The Weekly Read. The Last Kind Words by Tom Piccirilli might top by list of best books of the summer. It's most accurately described as a family saga but the family is a pretty interesting one, full of criminals, one of whom is on death row and has one final request for his estranged brother. To say more would ruin the story. Suffice it to say, this is an excellent book. I was thrilled to hear Piccirilli is writing a sequel.

The Weekly Kick Ass Use Of Technology. Eric Whitacre just might be one of my new favorite people. He's not a household name but he should be. He wrote of piece of music, conducted a virtual choir of 2,000 people, stitched the individual voices together and emerged with a stunning piece of music. Watch the story as presented at TED earlier this year. Prepare to be amazed.

The Weekly Speech. Not to take away anything from President Obama but Bill Clinton blew it out of the water on Wednesday night. What's even more amazing is that the fact checkers could find nothing wrong with it either.

The Weekly Product Review Hilarity. Have you seen the Amazon UK's product page for the new BIC pens for her? The reviews are perhaps the most hilarious the internet has ever seen.

The Weekly Question. Are you ready for fall? Or bummed that summer's over?

Posted by Chris at September 7, 2012 7:53 AM

Totally ready for fall! It's my favorite season!!

Posted by: Kris at September 7, 2012 9:05 AM

The Whitacre thing is pretty cool - I went on a date with his lyricist once.

Posted by: Heather at September 7, 2012 9:55 AM

Hey - don't knock my pens. The big manly ones I WAS using were giving me cramps.

... and I love fall. Football, apples, football, leaves changing color... did I mention football?

Posted by: Kim K at September 7, 2012 11:14 AM

No, I am ready for the fall. I'm one of those people who doesn't really like hot weather. I like cool crisp air.

Posted by: Maribeth at September 7, 2012 12:15 PM

I'd be ready for fall if I didn't know that winter immediately follows...

Posted by: Julee at September 7, 2012 1:09 PM

Even the American amazon reviews are pretty funny! One guy said he accidentally used one and now he has the urge to pee sitting down!

I don't understand why we need pens just for her......what's next? Computers for men?

Posted by: Tayna at September 7, 2012 1:31 PM

Don't knock the pen. I bought two of them, pink and purple. :p

Posted by: Kami at September 9, 2012 12:08 PM

Fall? What fall? Southern California will probably have summer through October at this rate. Hee.

Posted by: oakley at September 9, 2012 12:19 PM

I have an aunt in London who'll never get over the "Tissues for men" they sell in England. Because men blow their noses like men! Using their men-strength!

I wish I had the brain to sort through my Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu queues, but it's getting a little too much for me at my old age...

Posted by: BloggerFather at September 9, 2012 11:40 PM