“THE ART OF WOW!”

Edible Arrangements “Today We Celebrate You” Birthday Bouquet Pros: Fresh! Colorful,  a unique and thoughtful surprise! Cons: More? Last evening I watched my sisters’ car pull in the driveway. I was a little perplexed because we have plans to be together on Sunday to celebrate my birthday, so it was a little unusual for her to pop

SLEEP NO MORE – IRIS JOHANSEN – DON’T LOSE ANY SLEEP OVER THIS ONE.

Sleep No More by Iris Johansen Pros: The character of Kendra – Going to have to check out her series! Cons: Dull, predictable story, that doesn’t show off Eve’s talents I always liked Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan books. Note the past tense. Sleep No More disappoints on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with

FATHER KNOWS BEST WITH HOMER SIMPSON IN THE LEGO MINIFIGURES: THE SIMPSONS COLLECTION

LEGO Minifigures The Simpsons: Homer Simpson Pros: Homer Simpson looks like he just jumped out of the TV screen Cons: This costs more than the average minifigure series—D’OH! The announcement that LEGO was focusing its efforts to bring The Simpsons to life for its collection is a marriage made in heaven. For years, many have wondered why

MOVE OVER CANDY BARS

Balance Bar – Nutrition Bar For Lasting Energy Pros: Great flavor, convenient, nutritious Cons: Has an ‘after-taste’ – but not unpleasant, coating melts fairly quickly on your fingers DISCLAIMER: This product review is not intended as a diagnosis of any condition, nor as a prescription for any condition. Some medical professionals would argue that ‘hypoglycemia’ is not a valid physical condition. Since both my physician and

“HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ANSWER YOU? I’M DEAD” PITFALL

PITFALL Pros: Photography and visuals; soundtrack; thought-provoking Cons: Too dense, slow-moving, and ambiguous for many Described as a “documentary fantasy” by its director, 1962’s Pitfall (the feature film debut of director Hiroshi Teshigahara from a script by famed novelist/playwright Kobo Abe) takes place in an almost hellish landscape and follows the tale of a down-on-his-luck miner and

AFFORDABLE “VERTICAL” MOUSE HELPS MAINTAIN WRIST AND HAND HEALTH

Lugulake Vertical Ergonomic Optical “Stress-Relieving” Mouse Pros: Remarkably low price ($9.99). On-screen “tracking” is smooth and precise. Left/right buttons are easy-to-click and not unduly noisy. Smooth scroll wheel works well and operates familiarly (unlike the competing “3M” model that I’ll compare below). Cons: As with a traditional, non-ergonomic mouse (but unlike the competing 3M model), there’s no

“I DON’T HAVE A VENDETTA, SHE JUST PISSES ME OFF…” FMW – TORN TO SHREDS

FRONTIER MARTIAL-ARTS WRESTLING: TORN TO SHREDS Pros: The positively brutal Kudo vs Shark match Cons: Near-worthless undercard Torn to Shreds, the sixth volume in TokyoPop Home Video’s series of Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling compilations, takes a different approach than that of the previous entries, standing as an entry that could either be a highlight of the