Archive for October, 2006

Kids safety labels we want to see… Originally uploaded by pt.

i’ve been thinking about the “branding” of america’s kids for a while now, and there’s some really interesting commentary for parents here, where you can get a much bigger shot of these labels and have a good read of what they say. give it a shot, and let me know what you think.


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Every once in a while, I stop and reflect on how every advertisement seems to have been done before by somebody else. That there’s nothing new, or refreshing. Nothing really catchy. Well, now, somebody has had a few bright ideas. The real problem is now that somebody else actually took them seriously.

My absolute favorite is the pizza ad.

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Mom: Tonight we get to carve pumpkins! Daddy will help Chloe, and Mommy will help Hyrum!

Chloe: Yeah, Because girls need boys and boys need girls!

Mom: No truer words were ever spoken!

Isn’t that what God said to Adam in the Garden of Eden?

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OZtoberFest 2006

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Oztoberfest 2006: Fun but disorganized

Our first Oztoberfest passed by like a tornado. Exciting, but messy. It was cold, dreary, wet, cold, windydid I mention cold?interspersed with a little fun. The absolute highlight of our experience was the meeting of Roger Baum, the prolific and entertaining children’s writer, not to mention the great-grandson of the famous L. Frank Baum. But I’m getting ahead of myself.


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I finished them. All of them.

The road trip pictures, that is.

They’re all there (at least, all the ones i’m going to post). And it took forever to get through them all.

From just Day 3, I started with 159 pictures and ended up with 43 that I really liked. So, that’s a grand total of 110 pictures processed out of 410 pictures that were taken. A 27% acceptance rate. Is that good? I don’t know. Take a look at the pictures and see how many you think are worth it.

No, don’t do that. I would cry. But seriously, do look at them.

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In response to the K-State Collegian‘s “The Edge” section from Thursday, October 19th, 2006 (and too many articles in the past two months to mention). It was entirely alcohol related. Unfortunately (and inexplicably), the section is not included in their online version of the paper.

Dear Editor,

How to mix drinks, Top 12 Beer Brands, More Beer for Your Buck, Local Bar Reviews? Need I go on? For a campus that should be talking about responsible drinking, its campus newspaper sure isn’t. Nearly half of the undergraduate population is under 21. So why are we promoting alcohol consumption so irresponsibly?

Weekly I’ve picked up the Collegian and have found articles raving about alcohol. We’re taught how to make drink mixes, what bars we should attend, and what beers are the best. I know freshman, sophomores, and some of our underage juniors could get this information elsewhere, but why should they get it here? In a student newspaper? (more…)

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This morning.

Daughter: Mommy, I’m hungry.

Wife: Go get some cereal, get a bowl-

Me: (Imagining our daughter perched precariously on the kitchen counter) They’re too high!

Wife: (To me) There are some in the dishwasher. (To the daughter) Get a bowl, get a spoon, get some milk…

Daughter: (Running out of the room) Ok!

Wife: (In hushed, conspiratorial tones) I’ll teach her to feed herself yet!

For some reason, I couldn’t help but feel that she was channeling (just a bit) of the Wicked Witch of the West there. All that was missing was the maniacal cackle of laughter.

Me: Did I say Wicked Witch of the West? No, I didn’t mean it in a negative way. You’re so much prettier than she is. And smarter, too. And less green. Which is very becoming! No, I just meant you showed the same resolve that the witch did. That’s it! Really!

Yes dear, I’ll be just fine on the couch tonight.

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