I Love Bed & Breakfast Diaries

Dear Reader, I love bed & breakfasts in both theory & practice. I’ve stayed overnight in five B&Bs so far in this charmed lifetime—most of them on Prince Edward Island, an island in Atlantic Canada that boasts the world’s largest …

Dining on Upscale Food-Court Leftovers

The “Emporium” food court in downtown San Francisco’s Westfield mall features gourmet food, handsome signage (1, 2), downtown prices, and — in the case of many of the restaurants — reassuringly hefty metal silverware. I’m no freegan and I’m probably …

Skeletoast

I googled “skeletoast” this afternoon and was delighted to turn up this somewhat Willie Cole-esque photo: It’s from the photostream of a Flickr user named Skullbees. Thank you, Skullbees — you’ve made my day! This photo reminds me of how …

Royal Purple Synthetic Oil's $6.46 Multi-Language T-Shirt

While researching escalators for a personal project, I happened upon the website of Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, a Texas-based company that sells a wide variety of purple-packaged lubricants, including this one for escalator chains: Because I’m not used to associating …

Suggestions?

Thanks for putting your suggestions in my box, Google. Click the picture above for a Google-generated visual typology of suggestion boxes. I love suggestion boxes — especially the ones that look like mailboxes. (Bob Evans used to have that kind, …

The Powerful Aroma of 365-Day Desktop Calendars

I’m having some fun here dreaming up a new kind of 365-day desktop calendar: a Gill Sans–based calendar that tries very hard to force you to have an uplifting business insight every day. Is the powerful aroma of special insight …

How Do You Like Javier Bardem Apples?

Does the internet suffer from a shortage of funny pop-culture based Photoshop mashup images? No. But I have a special love for the excruciatingly pun-packed photochops of Thighs Wide Shut. Thanks, TWS, for 6+ years of excellent service so far. …