: half-baked IX :

We’re ba-a-a-ack! With an all-new, all-fabulous ninth edition of half-baked, the half-assed post.

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For you newbies, this is a look at the offbeat stuff I find trawling the Internet. Unusual, quirky things I’d buy if I had the money. Everything from books to shower curtains to lamps  — if it’s fun, it’ll pop up on half-baked. Sooner or later  — most likely later.

See, I’m not much of a trendsetter. Spotting the next fad or fashion craze is an instinct I just don’t have. And I’m worse as a follower — hooboy, there’s a disaster. I’m good at drifting, though. I’m a natural at stumbling into the unexpected. I’m never looking for what I find, but once I see it I want it. Does that happen to you? You come across something you didn’t know you wanted until you saw it. Is that kismet? Covetousness?

Just this morning, for example, I ran into my eye doctor at the grocery store. Who runs into a dreamy medical professional in the juice aisle of a grocery store? I do — while I’m wearing sagging, bagged-out-at-the-knee sweatpants and a sweatshirt with holes. I hadn’t even combed my hair yet. And there he stood, the man of my dreams: showered, shaved, neatly pressed, and was that harp music I heard?

I had two choices: keep going or stop to chat. Since he’s my eye doctor, he knows I can see; the bad eyesight excuse wouldn’t work. So I sucked it up and chatted. He ignored the cowlicks and pillow creases, he overlooked the holey sweatshirt, he just smiled and blushed and melted my heart. I love that guy.

Hey, maybe you’ll discover something here that melts your heart? We’ve gone à la carte in our 9th issue. We tossed in whatever was on hand and stirred, sort of like a hearty stew. Sound good?

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Speaking of sound, have you heard Bette Midler’s cover of TLC’s Waterfalls? Check it out here. The song is from her new album, It’s the Girls, available November 4 in the US; November 17 in the UK. The album is a tribute to the girl groups she loved — from the Andrews Sisters to the Supremes.

 

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton — billed as the true story of twittermoney, power, friendship, and betrayal,but they forgot to mention stoopidity. How Twitter survived the bumbling management of those four dudes is nothing short of a miracle. Still it was an interesting story of treachery and egos run amok.

The Geniuses at Fishs Eddy

Those guys, I swear. They come up with the greatest stuff. Imagine serving snacks from this tray ($19.95) at your next get together or coffee in this mug ($12.95). They’ll either be a huge hit or a flaming miss. Available here.

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snack tray

And there you have it. Be sure to stop by for our next edition, half-baked X. Sounds vaguely pornographic, doesn’t it? Oy. That one will get a lot of disappointed viewers.

Happy trails, boys and girls, until we meet again.

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