1. The perversion of candy. Yes, I like that sweet, sticky, melt-in-your-mouth-sinful goodness as much as the next person, but must we turn it into something dirty? Perhaps this ad with Green M&M wrapping her legs around a tree while handcuffed is supposed to represent a tree hugger, but it just screams candy porn to me. Is that a new genre? Fetish? What would you even call that?

2. Hey look, free books! You know I’m a sucker for a good read. And they come with reviews.

3. I came across this a few weeks back and I want to highlight it. For those unaware, I have this kind of writer’s worship thing with Stephen King. The article he wrote on What Ails the Short Story for the New York Times was akin to him reaching out from my computer, shaking my shoulders and telling me to get it together! Writing for editors/publishers rather than readers does not a good story make. I think more writers should take their craft seriously, in spite of the financial windfalls of just throwing any set of cliches together and taking people’s money. Then again, I’m not all that productive lately, am I? Well, quality occasionally takes time. ;-)

4. Last Friday I went to a show (headlined by legend Roberta Flack, who politely declined to be photographed/videotaped) and shot some great video of former American Idol contestant Stephanie Edwards. I have two great videos of her on YouTube now, one of her singing, How Come You Don’t Call Me? which you may remember as her first live performance on Idol and the first ever live performance of Moving On, an original composition from her upcoming album. I did inform her I would be posting both. ;-) Both videos are available for download at the link. Due to the file size requirements from YouTube, the download available has higher picture and sound quality than the viewable online version. Hope you enjoy.

5. Lookin’ Good For Jesus Cosmetics. There. Are. No. Words. I’m not especially religous, but I don’t want anything with Jesus on the bottle on my bits and pieces. Maybe that’s just me. IMO, BlueQ tried to be funny/cute and fell short.

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