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slightly insightful: 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 46,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

I surpassed my blogging goal of one post a week and ended 2012 with over 60 new posts.

I can’t wait to see what direction slightly insightful takes in 2013 and I hope you’re along for the ride.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Get Two Free Christmas Classics from Audible

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Christmas season the folks at Audible, purveyors of fine audio productions, are bringing in the holiday cheer with not one, but two Christmas classics for free (my favorite price).

Whether or not you have kids, you’ll enjoy How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. The book is voiced by the crumudgeonly, but wonderful Walter Matthau.

The second free book is A Christmas Carol: An Signature Performance by Tim Curry by Charles Dickens. Re-reading Dickens’ immortal Christmas parable each year is one of my favorite traditions. I’m looking forward to hearing how Tim Curry brings Scrooge to life.

Download both of these books now as they aren’t likely to be free much longer.

I’m an unashamed Audiobook “reader” and you should be, too!

Waffle Sandwich

The inimitable Steve Jobs closed his epic 2005 Stanford Commencement speech with these words:

“Stay hungry, stay foolish”

I’m pretty sure that Steve didn’t have waffle sandwiches in mind when he said that. One fine Saturday morning Lulabelle (feeling both hungry and foolish) decided that was exactly what she wanted.

How does one make a waffle sandwich you may ask? Well, this is what she did.

Step 1: Toast Waffle

Toast Waffle

Step 2: Toast Bread

Toast

Step 3: Apply Ample Amounts of Butter to Waffle & Bread

Apply Butter

Step 4: Spread Syrup Around Liberally

Spread Syrup

Step 5: Combine Ingredients & Eat

Eat

Step 6: Enjoy

Smile

Due to the mess involved and Lulabelle’s half-hearted attempt to clean it up I don’t think she’ll be making many more waffle sandwiches.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

Now That’s a Fortune!

Now That's a Fortune

It’s no secret that I love fortune cookies. A few months ago I got this fortune right before I got a big promotion at work and I’ve kept it ever since.

I know I didn’t get the promotion because of the cookie. However, the fortune has served as a useful reminder to me that even big changes are always near—especially if we are wiling to pay the price for them.

You want change at home, in your career, in the world in general? Make them happen yourself. It doesn’t matter if you start small, what matters is that you start at all!

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” | Mahatma Gandhi

So, excuse me while I cut this post short. I gotta swing some kettle bells so I can make some big changes to my gut.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

On Gratitude: Gordon B. Hinckley

English: Photo of , an American religious lead...

English: Photo of , an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of (LDS Church). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“[We] should be grateful. And we ought to express our gratitude daily in countless ways—to each other, to our parents and other family members who have contributed so dramatically to our lives, to friends who have given us the benefit of the doubt again and again, to colleagues and associates who motivate and inspire us to reach higher and do better, to prudent leaders who serve selflessly, and particularly, to a Higher Power from Whom all ultimate blessings and goodness flow.”

— Gordon B. Hinckley in Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

Happy Thanksgiving!

A DC Comics Tribute to Hostess Snacks

As soon as I heard the news of snack-cake maker Hostess’ impending demise I thought back on all the Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Ding Dongs I’d eaten over the years and all the great ads they used to run in the comics.

So, I scoured some old books I had laying around and … (ta-da) I found a couple vintage gems to share.

Hawkman Saves the Day and the Cupcakes

Hawkman Saves the Day and the Cupcakes Ad 1980

Hawkman preserves a plummeting parachuter and his precious perishables in this ad scanned from The Flash #282, 1980.

Penguin Fruit Pie Heist

Penguin Fruit Pie Heist

The cops foil the Penguin in his attempt to steal all the Fruit Pies for himself. Rather than applauding the policemen, the bystanders toast the pie filling in this ad from the pages of Green Lantern #99, 1977.

Apparently both superheroes and villains will shill for just about anything if properly motivated. I’ve seen everything from BB Guns and Chuck Norris Action Jeans to Sea Monkeys and hovercrafts in the comic book ad pages. Sadly, we’ve probably seen our last Hostess ads.

Which Hostess products will you miss the most? Sound off in the comments below.

All images in this post appear courtesy of DC Comics.

JoCo and JoRo Bring an Early Christmas Present

One Christmas at a Time

Not content with a slot on my Halloween playlist, Jonathan Coulton is obviously angling for a position on my list of classic Christmas albums as well. This holiday season he’s joining forces with John Roderick to release One Chistmas at a Time.

I don’t start getting excited about Christmas until after Thanksgiving, however, thanks to JoCo & JoRo I’m getting into the spirit. The album features ten nine original Christmas songs and one Chanukuah song.

As much as it pains me to admit this, I know that Coulton’s music isn’t for everyone. So, here’s your chance to try before you buy.

The Week Between

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If the tracks above tickled your fancey you can pre-order now and download the album DRM-free on November 15th.

Do you know of any other awesome Christmas albums I should be listening to this year? Sound off in the comments below.

Album Art for One Christmas at a Time by Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick via Soundcloud.