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Friday, October 31, 2008

Letter L

I used Lucky Charms for L, and drew the first Lucky the Leprechaun from 1963. While drawing the cereal, I was surprised to notice that some of the oats are shaped like crosses and the Christian fish symbol. At first I thought the crosses were supposed to be 4-leaf clovers, but there is also a three-leaf clover oat which is rounder and more clover-like. (See below - I drew an arrow pointing to the 3-leaf clover.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Letter K

I used Special K for K, even though it is technically an S. This is the only healthy cereal I've used so far in the alphabet. I love this K because it is instantly recognizable, even out of context (see Eggo E).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Letter J

I used Jets Cereal for J. Sugar Jets had a number of different characters, including Major Jet, the Sugar Jet Kids, and Googul the Alien. The Go-Cart Kids and Dog box appeared in 1961, and was designed by Roger Bradfield.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lancaster PA

We went to Lancaster County this weekend. It rained most of Saturday, so we spent the day at the Hands On House Children's Museum. Fortunately the weather cleared on Sunday. (Note: the donkey in the last picture tried to bite me immediately after we took the picture. All it got was my belt loop.)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Virtual Murder

Good God.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Letter I

I used Ice Cream Cones cereal for I. According to Wikipedia, this cereal was both created and discontinued in 1987. I think it would have done better (seriously) if it had a more appealing box.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Calder's Circus

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years opens tomorrow at the Whitney. Here is a clip of Calder and his Circus.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock The Birds Doll(s)

Last year I wrote about the Madame Alexander Alfred Hitchcock dolls as one of my 2007 Holiday Picks. Well, I learned today that Mattel makes a Birds Doll as well. Mattel announced the Barbie Birds Doll in June 2008. I think I prefer the detail of the Madame Alexander doll (left), but I love the idea of Barbie getting her eyes pecked out. (Note: the Madame Alexander Birds Doll was released in 2006, 2 years before the Mattel doll.)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

Street artist Banksy has his first ever show in New York City. The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, located at 89 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street, opened 5 days ago and will run through October 31st, 2008.

Banksy used animatronics to create unusual pets such as breaded fish sticks swimming in a fish bowl, chicken nuggets dipping themselves in barbecue sauce, and hot dogs basking under heat lamps in glass reptile tanks (see above video).

I found the store today quite by accident, and was thoroughly delighted. Here is the full story.

Letter H

I used Honey Nut Cheerios for H. There were a few different slogans for this cereal (see "Taglines"), but this is the commercial I remember. There is also a Honey Nut Cheerios Spelling Bee Game, which received a rating of 2.5/10 on

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Coolest Balloon Art Ever

I unwittingly took Megan and Devon to Family Fun Night tonight at the Cheeburger Cheeburger in Forest Hills. There we encountered Bauldy the Clown, who made the most clever and well executed balloon sculptures I have ever seen. And that's a strong statement.

Bauldy works for Party Entertainers- that's us!, based in Brooklyn. Check out the ballon gallery - it's pretty amazing.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Letter G

I used Ghostbusters 2 Cereal for G. I find it distinctly American to market a cereal to correspond with the release of not only Ghostbusters, but the sequel as well. If you look carefully, you will notice that I made the red "No" circle into a G.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Letter F

I used Froot Loops for F. I almost used Fosted Flakes instead, but my friend Steve swayed me with the following:

"Tough call. The alliteration (of Frosted Flakes) is appealing, but you've got to love the word "Froot". It always looks to me like the name of some lesser known Dutch master, as in: "Yes, I'm a great admirer of the later still lifes of Jan van Froot.""

You can't argue with logic like that. Thanks, Steve!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

My Fake Baby

This strikes me as both fascinating and incredibly creepy. It's a BBC documentary about adult women who collect and care for life-like baby dolls called Reborns. The documentary originally aired in January, but it premiered last night in the U.S. on BBC America. I regrettably missed the premier, but hopefully it will run again soon.!

My cousin-in-law Ed has launched his new website,! Ed is a staff writer for the The Fairly OddParents. He has also authored numerous works, including the plays 27 Pigs, Betsy Ross LIES!, and Scout's Honor!. Most importantly, he is Devon's Godfather. So please check out his website. He has a blog, too, at

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