: half-baked X :

xNo. This is not a pornographic half-baked, you perverts. Oh, don’t look so disappointed, it’s #10 in the series — you know, 10? X in Roman numerals? Sheesh, get your dirty minds out of the gutter.

I’m trying to get myself a little more organized here, what with the holidays breathing down our necks and all. Posting a bunch of fabulous and unique gift ideas will be completely useless if I put it off until, oh, March. So I did my browsing earlier, in order to streamline your shopping and planning. Of course, that’s only helpful if you like what I found. Not everyone does.

I had a friend who hated every gift I gave her. She was an art director with very traditional, very formal taste. Me? I love comic books and pop culture and funky stuff. I’m a sucker for unusual packaging and goofy design leaves me weak in the knees. I’m partial to silly. This friend? She was not amused. Not once.

I hope you will be. At least a little.

The Fun Stuff

nerdy. Jewelry — How about a bracelet for that special someone? One bearing the symbols for nitrogen, erbium, and dysprosium? Made of aluminum, it adjusts to fit any wrist and ships in, oooh, a swanky black velvet bag. $20.00




Holiday Decorations — Turn on the charm with this whimsical holiday ornament. It’s aluminum permanently printed with non-toxic inks and includes a merry red satin ribbon for hanging. Perfect for the tree or, gosh, anywhere, really. $12.50


Other Stuff


The Blowgun Cubicle Defender — simply load the foam dart in the barrel, aim, and blow. Darts shoot up to 30 feet and stick to windows, computer monitors, televisions, and, sometimes, co-workers. A piddly $4.98  http://www.eggheadtoys.com/blowgun-cubicle-defender/



Hokey Pokey T-shirt — For the existentialists on your gift list. A terrific t-shirt guaranteed to start more than its share of fun conversations. Also available as a sweatshirt. Ships on 1.22.15


A Couple Great Book Ideas

51nk3ymKlvL._AA160_How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening by David Rees

Do you love pencils? I love pencils. A lot. This guy, though, makes me look like a rookie. Not only did he write the book on sharpening pencils ($20), he’ll actually sharpen one for you ($40; shavings and a certificate of ‘sharpening’ included). Visit his website for details http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/

UnknownWhere’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Okay, judging strictly by the cover, I expected this to be Chic Lit. I don’t like chic lit, so I refused to even look inside. But then I got bored and ran out of books to read. I picked this up and didn’t put it back down, not even when I’d finished. I read it through one more time. It’s funny and smart and wonderful. You’ll love it, cross my heart. http://www.amazon.com

Well, there you go. I’ll try to get back before crunch time with another fine selection of peculiarities for the holidays. I feel like I’ve barely made a dent. The holidays are always more fun when they’ve got weird and unexpected things popping up. So I’m off … Feliz Navidad!


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16 responses to “: half-baked X :”

  1. Now I have to rip up my letter to Santa and start all over again. You’re making life very difficult.

    But, I forgive you because you have followers who can figure out the periodic table to include a reference to bacon.

    On a personal note, I’ve had to file a separation agreement from my site, Blogdramedy, and move over to Upside of Sideways (upsidesideways.wordpress.com)

    Hope you to see you over there. *smile*

    And happy shopping!


    1. Wow, bold move, BD. Good luck to you!!


  2. Oh wait! Hokey Pokey is BIG in NZ.. it is a toffee added to iceceam.. you will love it ,, I will bring you back some..


    1. Oooooh, toffeeeeeeeees. You’re the best, celi!


      1. told ya.. come on over.. i have the hokey pokey recipe!!


        1. I’m not falling for that. You’ll just turn out the lights and lie on the floor, pretending not to be home. Again.


  3. I’m curious if the NErDy bracelet is available using the symbols to spell other things. The periodic table seems like an untapped resource for fashion.


    1. I just went over there and checked. They do have other periodic table bracelets, including BaCoN.


      1. Don’t you love their stuff? I want one of each, please.


        1. I’m not much of a jewelry guy, but I do love me some cured pork products.


          1. I can see it now. A pierced earring of Bacon Bits. You’re such a maverick, Dave.


    2. It certainly is, but I can’t remember what. Click on the link and you’ll get a page with dozens of cool choices. I think. Maybe.


  4. I love each and every one of these ideas. Your friend has poor taste.


    1. You made my day! Thank you, Michele :o) I needed that.

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  5. I love that hokey pokey tshirt so much haha I can think of tons of folks who would be into it.



    1. Isn’t that a hoot? There’s a different Hokey Pokey t-shirt on another site that’s just as good. I’ll include it for you in the 2nd Xmas edition!

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