conspicuous consumption

The Amish Have Competition

The Amish Have Competition

$99.99 and sure to save you money on heating bills. Made in China.

Good Thing We Know Nothing is Less than 99 Cents

Good Thing We Know Nothing is Less than 99 Cents

A lower price bound is always interesting (taken on my commute) UPDATE: I got this email from a friend:  So since the store exists we assume that the set of items in the store with prices is non-empty. The sign provides a lower bound. Thus in the real numbers we are guaranteed to have an infimum, but […]

Musikfest, PA

Musikfest, PA

This feels to me like one of those mathematical set questions: which set does not belong?

Wal-Mart in Covina

(from the LA Times)…Becky Willison, 31, of Covina was one of them, standing watch over a boxed Cabbage Patch Kids doll. She hoped to nab the $9 item for her 15-month-old daughter Mackensie because “it’s smushy,” she said. The former middle-school English teacher, who was laid off in June, saved $550 of her unemployment checks […]

Want some bread with your pasta?

This is the new Domino’s “Bread Bowl Pasta”. Just in case you haven’t had enough carbs today, this should do you in. John ordered a pizza (why from Dominos I haven’t a clue, he says because he loves the online delivery service) so I had him order one of these so I could see it […]

Special Diet Suggestion

I go by this store every morning.


I just finished reading another article about how “preference engines” are brilliantly anticipating my tastes and future purchases. I’ve been reading this sort of stuff for years, but I have yet to really experience it. Amazon only recently stopped recommending Chutes and Ladders because I bought Candyland for my son back in 2001. Currently they […]

Buy American

The Cadillac dealership near me is having a huge sale on Escalades. They’re like driving your living room around (if you have a large comfortable living room with a lazy boy and every electronic device you need within reach).

Found in Closet: part two of four

This one’s a messenger bag, with a little banana and an Nike swoosh (?!) below it. Can you identify the banana? Baloney cat is being really annoying, he keeps purring wildly and laying on the bag. That’s right, it’s an Arrested Development bag. How have I never noticed this bag before?I do feel like I’m […]


Isa and I were invited by friends to Disneyland this week. We’d never been, so we accepted the offer. We parked, and waited in line for a tram. Then we waited in another line for a security check. Then we waited for tickets. The inside of the park: We walked down the fabled Main Street, […]