By JULES ALLEN
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 2001
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Peeps are a new thing to me. I've been in this country for quite a few years, and I think I've got a pretty good handle on a great deal of the culture. But, from time to time, important things slip under my radar. Such as Peeps. My friend Holly absolutely lives for these ultra-sweet sugar bombs. I'm still trying to figure out why anybody would put one in their mouth in the first place. Have a squint at the unofficial Peeps Web site. It's oh so much better than the official one.
So bad it's good
Soon I'll move into my dream house, and I can already see the specter of interiors past on the horizon. She Who Must Be Obeyed will descend upon the place and enforce her will upon all corners with the exception of my very messy office. I'll offer a nod to the set of Austin Powers. It'll be shag carpet, flock wallpaper and smoking jackets, baby. And Lileks.com shall be my decorating bible.
The Jules brand
If you're a quirky rich type and are itching to impress the heck out of the staff of this section, drop a check in the mail for a couple of hundred grand to the address listed on this site. Make sure you write my name in the memo field. Then I'll get my name plastered all over this 88-acre harbor in Manatee County before some post-IPO tech outfit does it as its swan song.
Better than working
Here's a collection of browser-based free games in categories such as arcade, trivia, puzzle and casino. All are well produced, and this one's worthy of precious bookmark space. You'll need up-to-date Flash and Shockwave plug-ins to make this site do its thing.
Up, up . . . and away!
I'm going to officially retire this category and go out with, ahem, a bang (unless something spectacular comes along, you understand). Yes, I'm talking about the fascination of stuffing unlikely objects with pyrotechnics and then letting the universe enforce the law of gravity after detonation. In case you've ever wondered how miners burned off testosterone back in the good old days, herein lies the answer. Obviously don't do this at home or work or anywhere else where there's a pretty good chance of suing me and winning.
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