Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Baby, You Can Drive My...Routan?

The naming consultants at Volkswagen are smoking crack. Their newest models have the weirdest, most unpronounceable, and most unspellable names.

As a consumer, what am I supposed to get from names like Touareg, Tiguan, and Routan?

I just gotta say, when I read those names, images of cool German cars don't come to mind.

Instead, I'm thinking weird creatures from a Tolkien novel, or three starchy yet delicious food items from Greenland, or "have you met my Latvian cousins?".

And I wouldn't be surprised if the VW focus groups were packed with IKEA employees.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Being Green and Easy

Who knew entomology could be so hot? Check out Green Porno, a collection of eight short films depicting the sex lives of various insects.

All are written and narrated by Isabella Rossellini, who also stars as the lead bug in each one. And she makes a very fetching earthworm.

Friday, May 09, 2008

I've Found Nerdvana - xkcd

Finally. A recipe that makes sense.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

It's All Geek to Me

Oh we'll have fun fun fun until daddy takes the Prius awaaaay. Is this not the coolest geekmobile everrrr? I mean, who wouldn't love a topless Prius?

And speaking of geekiness, my pal Martha, co-host of A Way With Words - the public radio show where language lovers love to linger - sent me a link to Lifehacker. (Oh my, that alliteration took on a life of its own.)

Talk about a geek paradise. That site is almost as much fun as spending six hours at the Apple Store.