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The Ikea Visual Pronunciation Guide
July 8, 2008 – 11:24 AM | 62 Comments
The Ikea Visual Pronunciation Guide

If you've ever visited an Ikea, you know that one of the rituals of the trip — along with the sweet reward of meatballs after a deflating hour of comparing countertops, and the despair with …

Hanging Tomato
April 9, 2008 – 2:29 PM | 40 Comments

No, not me chilling on the monkey bars — this gadget. Does anyone have any experience with this contraption? Because I could fit it on my fire escape and kick it homegrown this summer, but …

Today's designated time-killers
November 13, 2007 – 3:20 PM | 60 Comments
Today's designated time-killers

"It's a stupid name!" "So's your face!"
The UN free-rice vocab game, guaranteed time-suck for word-nerd know-it-alls like me (thanks to reader Smash for the tip).
The new TWoP blogs, with daily picks and random bitching (today's …

Monday afternoon round-up
November 5, 2007 – 6:09 PM | 12 Comments

A few short ends here, since I've been up to my ears all day…
Thanks to reader Bryan M. for tipping me to an update in the West Memphis Three case. The site has a clickable …

The Vine: August 31, 2007
August 31, 2007 – 11:16 AM | 36 Comments
The Vine: August 31, 2007
Look upon my Roomba, ye mighties…and despair
August 23, 2007 – 11:15 AM | 69 Comments

Two things you might not know about Little Joe: 1) sometimes, when he's startled, he jumps up and to the side with all four feet all Vanilla Joe "Stop! Collaborate and SPIDER!"; 2) other times, …

June 18, 2007 – 7:06 PM | 140 Comments

[about two weeks ago]
Eating lemon sorbet at my desk, straight from the pint with a serving spoon like the classy dame I am, I drop a nickel-sized blob of sorbet next to the keyboard. My …

48 Hours With An Exploding Toilet
March 11, 2007 – 7:31 PM | No Comment

This week has progressed fairly uneventfully.I would have to say, aside from heat and humidity so thick that the miracle of evolution has begun in the primordial soup of my towel rack, that this week …

Today's Box Scores
May 24, 2004 – 9:03 AM | No Comment

Sears 1, Sarah's dread of having to deal with buying an air conditioner 0
And thank God, because I had a terrible experience the last time I bought an air conditioner. For starters, in my old …

Pack Rats
August 20, 2001 – 12:40 PM | No Comment

It's not a good day today. The weather is vintage August in New York — going outside feels like a cross between draping myself in a wet blanket fresh from an autoclave and taking that …