Category Archives: Pop Culture

I was late to the social networking party

006I was late to the social networking party.  It wasn’t because I was wary of technology.  My husband forked out $2000 for an Apple computer in 1982 that did not even have a hard drive.  Pre-children, we spent hours on that computer fighting monsters and completing quests on the role playing games available at the time.  Sometimes we even used it for finances and business.  Much like the game consoles of today, we traded up each time a new incarnation came on the market.   I had email long before most of my peers.  My brother had moved to Saudi Arabia and after a year of extremely high telephone bills, I knew there had to be a better way.  There was:  email.  So you might say that technology for me needed to be either entertaining or useful. Continue reading

Grammy Nominees

Here are the nominated songs of the year, several which have been featured before on the blog. Of course you know that I love Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger. And Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me is a definite ear worm but then again so is the anthem, We Are Young by Fun. Which is your favorite?

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Man, I cried, and died, laughing.


I know I’m one year late, but I just discovered this video this summer.  Yes, I know it’s highly probable the original eHarmony video is a hoax, but it’s frickin’ hilarious anyway.  After watching this several times (my colleagues this summer were really into it), some things came to mind:

  1. The actual cat footage is super adorable, and genius.
  2. I don’t think I’ll listen to another radio hit without wondering if it has been Songified.  That app is scary good.
  3. Someone has too much time on their hands.  And for that, thanks for some laughs.

- Jean AAR

Celebrity Endorsements


In case you haven’t heard Michael Phelps has possibly put his medals in jeopardy because an ad campaign he did for Louis Vuitton that was leaked early.

Quoting from this YARDBARKER article:

Phelps’ photos break a new IOC regulation called Rule 40, which prohibits athletes from appearing in ads for non-Olympic sponsors during the Games (July 18-Aug. 15). Louis Vuitton, for the record, was not an Olympic sponsor, thus potentially opening Phelps up to punishment. If the IOC determines that Phelps violated the rule, the sanctions could include fines and the stripping of medals, according to”

While I don’t begrudge Michael the fame, I sure hope that his quest for money hasn’t impacted his metals. It would be a shame to have done all that hard work and it be for nothing. Continue reading

Cartier Ad – Over the top?


A few weeks ago (or maybe more) I saw a 15-second clip of this ad embedded in the NYT.  It intrigued me, because the production value looked exceptionally high – and for what?  Jewelry, apparently.  So I watched the whole thing – all 3 minutes and 30 seconds of it. Continue reading