I was super excited to try these, since the Apple Cinnamon variety of Cheerios pretty much changed my life for the better. Plus, I love caramel and I especially love peanut butter. if Cheerios could come up with a cheaper, lower-calorie version of Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers, I'd be psyched. While I wasn't entirely disappointed, the new Cheerios didn't quite meet my expectations. These two particular varieties end up feeling much lighter and airier than your standard Cheerio, so I don't feel very full after a bowl of them. The peanut butter could stand to be peanut butterier.
Listen to Steve Gadlin talk about his new project on Eight Forty-Eight
Last month I introduced you to the flaw-free new concept Two Film T-Shirts, spearheaded by Chicago's very own Steve Gadlin. Prior two Two Film T-Shirts, Steve created the exciting project I Want to Draw a Cat For You. This past weekend, Steve appeared on the reality show Shark Tank to pitch I Want to Draw a Cat For You to various investors, and none other than Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believed in Steve enough to invest for $25,000 and a stake in the company. We should all be proud of Steve, not just as a Chicago entrepeneur but for his ability to stay calm and cool on-camera. No sweaty unflattering close-ups for him, which I could not say for some of the other contestants on the show. Way to go Steve!
A little while ago I started a little segment on this site I'm calling Dad Talks, wherein I share interesting, or unique stories and theories, courtesy of the dads in the world. So far I’ve spoken with my dad on animals and Jack McArdle on his lifetime membership to Bally’s. Today I’m speaking with my friend Nora’s dad, Marty Geraghty, on his love of musical theater.
What’s the origin of your love of musicals?
This is pretty, in theory, but it also looks like a pillowcase, or rather, a swimsuit by Laura Ashley. Add the fact that white is a difficult color for many women to pull off in terms of swimwear and it’s unsurprising that many women passed this item up.
Watch any episode of What Not to Wear and you’ll see, hammered home again and again: NO PLEATED PANTS.
Today I chat with the author of the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a very compelling and provocative retelling of the story of the green-faced villain from The Wizard of Oz. And yes, that book was turned into a pretty popular musical. Wicked is just one in a series by Maguire, which also included Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men and the recently-published final volume in the series, Out of Oz. He is also the author of many other novels and children’s books and is the co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit educational program Children's Literature New England. You can find out much more about him here.
You may remember Steve Delahoyde from his sound-off last year on the Netflix rate hike. Or you may know him for his funny short films, the likes of which he will be showing at Monday's Funny Ha-Ha. Today though I'm letting him go off on a Jaguar commercial that filled him with so much rage that he ended up writing a fairly lengthy discourse on how much he can't stand it. He does work in the advertising realm, so he knows of which he speaks, but really, I just think he was crabby when he sent this to me.
Outside of the Super Bowl or some live televised event that can't be missed, not many of us watch commercials anymore. That's unfortunate because, when done well, they can be instances of filmmaking at its best. Something beautifully shot, touching, well-cast and that tells a great story or a solid joke in under thirty or sixty seconds is pure art (considerations of bad consumerism and all that blather aside). I have, and likely always will be, more a fan of the short form beauty of a well-crafted commercial than I ever will be of any feature film. Unfortunately, because of our DVR and never having enough time, I don't get to watch spots very often. But when I do, like during a game, I get angry when I have to sit through a bad one.
List: Prizes from the Jewel-Osco Wish Big Win Big Holiday Giveaway I have been one ticket away from winning for an annoyingly long timeJan. 17, 2012
$500 Jewel-Osco Gift Card prize
$5,000 cash prize
$250 Gift Card Mall ™ Gift Card Prize
$20 Jewel-Osco Gift Card Prize
$100 Jewel-Osco Gift Card Prize
$650 iPad Prize
$100 Digital Camera Prize
$2 Cash Prize