Archive for February, 2010

the great mug review, part 2

L1010722 Had you asked me at the end of last year what my outlook was, mug-wise, I would have shed a silent tear. Fortunately these past weeks have brought mugs I never would have imagined using, let alone having the great pleasure of owning. Thanks to the good folks at for allowing this blogger to review fine, uh, drinkware for them.

For the Great Mug Review, Part 2, I present to you Kona Mugs from Noritake. These Kona mugs evoke the tropical paradise of Hawaii. More specifically, the special Kona coffee grown on the island of Hawaii. What better place to imagine while waking up in the morning?

The claylike, earthen finish of the mugs reminds me of the volcanoes that continue to shape the Hawaiian islands. It has the added benefit of aging well – these mugs will only look better through use and time.L1010719Isis helped me test the mugs. Right away we liked the look and feel of them. The interior has a smooth finish, making them easier to clean. Aesthetically, they look good filled to the brim with coffee or black tea.

There is no doubt these mugs do the essential task of holding liquid. What sets the Kona apart is the shape, size, and feel in your hands. While any mug can be used to drink from, the Kona provides that ineffable quality that adds something special to your morning routine. Go ahead: drink from a boring white mug. But do so at the risk of losing your soul.

This brings a happy ending to the Great Mug Experiment. Thank you for following along. My morning routine is one I take small pleasure from, and knowing I have a cupboard filled with admirable mugs only makes it better.

friday robots of love

How could I ignore the friend request I received today?facebook-friend-request

Friday is the perfect day to make new friends. That’s why today there are two new robots to enjoy. They will shepherd you into the weekend.friday-robots-2-12-10-2
This here is a school of robots.friday-robots-2-12-10
Happy Friday everybody!

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valentine’s day

family monster 2-23-2005

Today is a special day. In some cultures it is known as “The Day of The Beating Heart,” in which village elders rip the living heart out of a bear. They then pass the heart around in a circle. Whoever holds the heart when it stops beating is prophesied to die within the year.

In American culture, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Today (or probably last Friday, since today’s not a school day) schoolchildren pass out hearty shiny cards to all their classmates. You find out if anyone has a secret crush on you. When you realize nobody does, you get to spend the rest of the day in the nurse’s office pretending you have strep throat.

It’s hard to decide which culture has the worse tradition.

This year, I want to put a stop to all the horrible heartbreak. I’m making this post a love note to all my readers. Not in a gross way. Thank you, dear readers, for putting up with this blogger. You inject my heart with steroids that make it swell against my rib cage.

If one of my readers happens to be Chan Marshall, please go here. If one of my readers happens to be Rachel McAdams, please go here. And if one of my readers happens to be Rashida Jones, well, this video’s for you:

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happy presidents’ day!

A story from last year:img_20090216 img_20090217 img_20090218 img_20090219 img_20090220
Read an earlier Abraham Lincoln story.