Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Disraeli Gears

The inventor of the La La Palooza sundae died on Sunday. The La La Palooza is an eight-scoop job sold by Bridgeman's Ice Cream stores. Of course, few Bridgeman's stores operate under their own name anymore. Apparently a buyout went bad in the 1980s, and the chain's kind of been on life-support ever since. In recent years, they've been using licensing agreements with various restaurants and stores to sell their wares—um, er, foods... But, apparently they sold ice cream via drugstores back in the early days before setting up restaurants of their own, so it's kind of full circle..

I'd kind of hoped that the Lollapalooza music tour took its name from the giant sundae (which people used to get awarded a little sticker for finishing), but apparently Perry Farrell (not to be confused with Terry Farrell ;-) saw the phrase used in an old Three Stooges film. Then again, I wonder if he was having flashbacks to 1970s Saturday-morning cartoons. Apparently there was a show named Three Robonic Stooges on at about the same time as Archie's Bang-Shang Alapalooza.

Posted by mike at 08:47 AM | Food | Comments (0)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Freckle Passed by a Hare

The Volkswagen Golf is no more. Sort of. The car known as the Golf to most of the world was marketed as the Rabbit in the U.S. in the late 1970s and early '80s before switching to the Golf name. When the new version is released in the U.S. this summer (it's been available in Europe for a year and a half), it'll go back to being called the Rabbit.

So far, it sounds like there won't be a TDI diesel option for this new model year, though it's hard to say for certain. I think that would be a pretty dumb move, considering how high gas prices are at the moment (diesel doesn't seem to be any cheaper, but you use less of it). But, they're also getting ready to start using a new common-rail injection design. And the new low-sulfur diesel fuel rules are supposed to go into effect later this year. So, I dunno... Everything's a big mess.

Posted by mike at 08:29 PM | Car | Comments (0)

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Réportage

Stephen Colbert at the podium during the 2006 White House Correspondents Association awards dinnerStephen Colbert was the last speaker at the White House Correspondents Association's annual awards dinner last night. He did a great job, but just like what happened with Jon Stewart at the Oscars, the audience just didn't get into it. Well, it's hard to tell exactly what was happening while watching over C-SPAN, but the audience was much quieter than when President Bush did his (far tamer) schtick with a lookalike moments earlier.

The quote that has been attached to most news stories is this: "I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq." My favorite is probably "[Bush] believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday—no matter what happened Tuesday." I think Colbert might have been alluding to a particular Tuesday in September.

Oddly enough, I think the biggest laugh Colbert got was when he welcomed New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin to "the chocolate city with a marshmallow center." Though I recall that the laughs again faded when he taglined it with "And a graham cracker crust of corruption."

City Pages has a blurb on it with YouTube video.

Edit (10:45 PM): It's been really disappointing today to see that there has been near zero coverage of Colbert's appearance by the established news media. Of course, it's the weekend, and today is Sunday. Nothing important happens on the weekend. (Pearl Harbor was just a fluke.)

Yeah, that's a bit harsh. I mean, the president is news (well, there's a tradition that the news media believes so). A comedian, even if he's standing next to the president, is not considered important. However, I get a feeling that Dana Carvey got more coverage when he impersonated George H.W. Bush back in the early 1990s. The Colbert story is mostly being covered by blogs (even the City Pages link I pointed at is a blog).

Posted by mike at 05:17 PM | Comedy , Politics | Comments (0)