I burned out early on Halloween movies this year. I watched mostly duds with a few mediocres sprinkled in, and realized I'd spent enough time in shakycameraland for one season. Not being even remotely ready for the annual sacrament of candy cane-fueled holiday classics (it's too early, even for me), I decided to spend this season of limbo - cold enough to need to be inside at night, but too early for Christmas merrymaking - raiding the public library, and watching that list of films I've been meaning to see for twenty years, but simply hadn't gotten around to it.
It hasn't gone as planned.
Matthew Schuler has been reading the scholar's Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, and has had a few reflections based his own creative experience. Matthew quotes
I'll admit...that's a pretty unlikely photo to accompany a post on ManMade. But, bear with me. (Get it?)
It's a screenshot of the funniest site I've found this week, a Pinterest page entitled, "Hairy Chests I Want to Cry On," by comedian Stacey Nightmare. It includes, not surprisingly, some fine, manly chests, but the real gem is Stacey's commentary, including captions like,
- Elliott Gould. I want to shrink down to the size of a thimble & frolic on his chest like a young lamb in the springtime.
- Mike Rowe, I can't decide if I want to cry on your chest hair or lay eggs in it.
- Lee Majors. Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? They paid him by the chest hair.
The Kettle Pizza extension is a stainless-steel sleeve designed to fit over a standard 22 1/2" Weber-style charcoal grill, turning it into a charcoal or wood-burning pizza oven.
On first thought, I saw this, and immediately began to drool. And then I saw the price, and got to thinking, and flipped the other way towards complete skepticism. And now...
I'm not sure if this is a good value, or not. So, let's discuss.
Last weekend, in an effort to reorganize my media collection to make space for new books, I sorted through at least three hundred CDs and a hundred DVDs and cut my collection by at least seventy-five percent.
The collection which I, on the day before, had understood to have been already pared down to the bare minimum. Every year of my post-college life, I've forced myself to go through and get rid of records and movies and books that I simply don't use anymore. Everytime, it's hard and sad, and I feel better afterwards, but I imagine: okay...that's it. These are my essential collection. And the next time, I'm able to cut back even more.
So, I'm curious: In the era of streaming media and the cloud and huge hard drives, what's the status of physical entertainment in your home? Do you still buy CDs and DVDs, or only digital downloads? Have you made the switch from paper books to an eReader? Do you find it easier to get rid of newer purchases, or things you've owned for a while?
We recently spied these metal neckties on Recyclart, and I've had them open in a browser tab for a week, cause I just can't decide how I feel about them. I know I'd never buy one, but are they interesting and unique, or simply the heirs of the gag gift novelty tie?
Please post your thoughts in the comments below.