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North Metro Tuesday Morning

I just got an email in my inbox announcing the grand opening of the new CABOT location of Tuesday Morning, on April 1.  I'm assuming it's not an April Fool's joke, and that now those of us out this way might actually be able to make it to the store in time to take advantage of some of the pre-announced sales.  Cabot is growing like crazy, with new restaurant and store openings almost weekly, it seems.  Are we in some crazy recession-proof bubble?

What Are You Doing?

I have been completely in love with the unlikely internet juggernaut that is Twitter for almost a year now, and I am still nearly always unable to describe it accurately to people who do not use it.

Hulu Goes Public

I've meant to write about Hulu before, because I've been loving it since Day One.  But while it was in Beta, and limited to invitation-only, I was hesitant lest it not make it.  But now, it's gone public and added a huge amount of content, including more full episode television and even a decent selection of full-length feature films.  Just a cursory glance at that category shows options like "The Big Lebowski" and "The Usual Suspects," so I have high hopes for the future of Hulu.  Get on over to, sign up, and start browsing.  It's free, and, in my opinion, it's fabulous.  You even have the option of embedding their content on your own site, and the superior quality of Hulu video (compared to YouTube or Google Video) is impressive.

A "Pet" Pet Peeve

I don't know if this is a purely Southern phenomenon, but I see it all too often around here, and when I do, it makes me feel stabby.

A Rocky Start But Plenty of Potential for Kopan...

...if the Cabot community will support it long enough for it to find its feet, anyway.

Grocery Prices Are Going UP; It's Time To Learn The Ropes

If you know me even a little bit, you know that the coming of Spring every year is not heralded with glee in my household.

Do I Agree With "Banning" Children? In This Case, YES.

I just posted my "review" of the fabulous (AAA 5-diamond rated) Victoria & Albert's restaurant, located in Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, in Orlando, over on my personal blog.  Check it out, if you're considering a trip to Orlando sometime in 2008--it's well worth the necessary 180-days-in-advance reservation and the hefty price tag per meal.

"Off" Target?

With one e-mail to one consumer, Target may have just stepped in a big pile of internet poo.  In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine any giant corporation who does not understand the neck-breaking speed with which our extreme connectivity allows stories to go "viral," and spread like wildfire.  Many companies even use this phenomenon in a savvy manner, to their advantage.  In any case, it's hard to imagine that they would be unaware of the danger of riling up the blogging world.But apparently, they (or at least the poor sap who wrote the offending e-mail) are just that clueless.  It all started with a poorly-thought-out billboard ad featuring a woman in a spread-eagle pose over the Target logo, with the "bullseye" squarely centered beneath her crotch.

Cheap--I Mean, Inexpensive--Gifts. That Are Awesome.

Also, you don't have to leave the comfort of your home to get them.  You're welcome.

Forbidden Reading?

I love looking at the list of the most-banned books in the U.S. It kind of cracks me up, and then it makes me very sad, but I really like looking it over and trying to figure out what the "offense" was in each particular case.

Random Missives

Dear Lucky Magazine: Who can drop $642 on ONE BLOUSE and consider it a "lucky" find?

The Antidote To This Weather

There is one, and we ate it tonight.  A variation on shepherd's pie, starting with an amazing recipe for something called "New Zealand Mince Stew."  I don't want to turn this space into a cooking blog (and it would be a lame cooking blog, anyway), but go check it out if you're looking for something to chase away the gray-weather blues.