Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Decorations

Why is it that Christmas decorations always make great fodder for this blog? What do y'all think of these?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tackiness Continuum

SDB and I got to discussing something other than the baby a few weeks ago, and it is appropriate for this dying blog. So, hopefully this will breathe some life into CTS!

It started something like this (much para-phrasing, I'm sure):

SDB, coming out of Lowe's: I saw this inflatable santa playing golf. It wasn't that bad.

KAT: *incredulous look* All inflatable santa things are tacky.

SDB: Well, it wasn't THAT tacky.


KAT: Is there some sort of continuum of tackiness? If so, what is that MOST tacky thing you can think of? And, then what is the LEAST tacky thing (that could still be called tacky, mind you) you can think of?

So, dear readers (the 3 or 4 of you), what are your suggestions for the bookends of this proposed continuum of tackiness?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Missing your due date = tacky.


Monday, August 31, 2009

The Return of Skinny Pants!

(imagine your own B-flick theremin soundtrack here…)

So, I noticed this fall that stirrup-pants are back. Well, they're not really stirrup-pants, because they lack the stirrup that goes under your foot. But, aside from that, they're cottony pants that are tight all the way down to the ankles, and the women are wearing them with the little flat shoes that I always saw worn with stirrup-pants back in the late-80s/early-90s. Just a question, who actually finds these pants FLATTERING?!? 'Cause, here's the thing: I will now create a list of the body types that are improved by these pants…


Short list, ain't it? Ayuh. And it's not just the cottony non-stirrup stirrup-pants; skinny JEANS are back in, too! I never thought I'd see the day. All these leg-coverings make the wearer look like a pear, and I think they're stupid. Any other takers?

Sunday, August 09, 2009

"Jaws"/"ATC" Ripoff

So, the music geek in me just noticed that the first phrase of the "All Things Considered" theme from NPR (8 notes long) is exactly the same as the first SIX notes of the "Montage" theme in "Jaws." Those of you keeping track at home: put in your "Jaws" DVD and cue it up to 53:22. You'll hear it right at that spot, and for the next several minutes. I actually went to iTunes and listened to track 7 of the "Jaws: Collector's Edition" soundtrack, and y'know what? The entire damn "ATC" theme is right there! Listen to the 30-second clip on iTunes…the "ATC" theme comes in at 14 seconds, in the low strings. Hmmm…who ripped off whom?

1971: Don Voegeli composes "ATC" theme
1975: John Williams composes "Jaws"

YOU figure it out! Either way, I claim "tacky!"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Museum of Bad Art

Holy crap! A new post!

Anyway...happened upon this gem by hitting the 'random' button in wikipedia a few too many times:

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)

I immediately thought of "Classy, Tacky, or Stupid?" when I read the beginning of their purpose statement:

Since 1994, the Museum of Bad Art has been dedicated to bad art. It is only through the efforts of the worldwide Friends of MOBA that we have been able to carry out our mission: to bring the worst of art to the widest of audiences.

Check out their online collection!

Also, this would make a great day trip from, say, Connecticut?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Computer error Haiku

Here are 16 actual error messages seen on the computer screens in Japan, where some are written in Haiku.

......You step in the stream, but the water has moved on. This page is not here.
......The Web site you seek cannot be located, but countless more exist.
......Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall return.
......Program aborting: Close all that you have worked on. You ask far too much.
......Windows NT crashed. I am the Blue Screen of Death. No one hears your screams.
......Yesterday it worked. Today it is not working. Windows is like that.
......Your file was so big. It might be very useful. But now it is gone.
......Stay the patient course. Of little worth is your ire. The network is down.
......A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone.
......Three things are certain: Death, taxes and lost data. Guess which has occurred?
......Out of memory. We wish to hold the whole sky, But we never will.
......Having been erased, The document you're seeking must now be retyped.
......Serious error. All shortcuts have disappeared.
......Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

Aren't these better than "your computer has performed an illegal operation"?