March 12th, 2003

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In the vending machine here at work, peanut M&Ms cost 55 cents. Regular non-peanut M&Ms cost $1.25. It's times like these that make me glad I'm not allergic to peanuts.
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Hope the ad stays the same.

The article is so-so as The Onion goes. But have a look at the small text in the ad at the bottom, the one in the little black box for the very familiar product.
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Brezsny. 'Cause I have to.

"Before he died in 1992, avant-garde composer John Cage wrote the score for "As Slow As Possible," a piece of music designed to be played continuously for a long time. No one has ever actually tried it until recently, when a group of musicians and philosophers in Germany began a performance they hope will last for 639 years. Make them your role models, Gemini, as you launch your own long-term project in the coming weeks. It's the ideal astrological time to commit yourself with strategic patience to a labor of love that could take you all your life to master."

Fair enough. Damned if I know what it'll be, though. I've turned down a number of those chances of late, and stood by one or two things I'm currently doing to the exclusion of everything else (the MUDLib is a big one). But I'll keep this in mind...
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Awhile back, Ben and Jerry's came out with a flavor called Half Baked. It's a combination of their Cookie Dough ice cream with whatever they call their brownie ice cream. And at the time, silly me, I thought: okay, they've got my freakin' number. I guess I'll be buying a lot of Ben and Jerry's from here on out.

And I did.

But I made the mistake of thinking they'd come out with the ultimate hook-line-and-sinker flavor for me. That kind of thinking has a way of coming back around to bite me on the butt. Like, for instance, when they more recently released "Brownie Batter". If they ever release Brownie Batter plus Cookie Dough, it'll be time for me to head for the hills before I gain 300 pounds and need a bigger house and car.

As part of my vengeance on the world for this delicious atrocity, I'm inflicting Trader Joe's Brandy Beans on anybody who makes it to the party. It's a dark chocolate bean filled with, you guessed it, brandy. They claim to be 4.5% alcohol, which must include the chocolate in the total because otherwise it wouldn't properly burn going down. Mmmm....

And hey, one last time: come to the party. Everybody. That means you! :-)

If you're inclined to say "what party?" then e-mail me or comment or something. It's on Friday, you've got time yet.