Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Better Way to Shop for Appliances

It's sizzling out there. If you're a big fan of the perfect tan, the summer heat may be your best friend. However, it's no friend to your family fridge. The temperature spikes strain refrigerator compressors--often to the breaking point. Summer is a high-profit time of year for retailers who're selling to appliances to those in need because of that strain.

If you're like most consumers, you'll start searching for a new refrigerator by doing some online research. In the end, though, you'll end up on the sales floor of a local retailer hoping for the best. That's just the way it's done, right? Not necessarily. Now that Krillion is around, you have a better way.

Krillion has developed a "Localization Engine" that serves up local information about appliances to online users. It enables folks who're looking for a new appliance to do their homework online AND to do their shopping at the right places once they've found what they need. It's an elegant solution to the complicated problem of appliance shopping. Summer may not be your best amigo if it ruins your fridge, but Krillion will be there for you! When you want to determine which of the General Electric refrigerators (or a variety of other brands) are perfect for you and where to find them, Krillion can help.

Pure Tina Fey Cheesecake

This post doesn't have much, if anything, to do with the scar. Sometimes, I deviate a little bit from that, though. Sometimes, I sneak in some of that dreaded paid advertising, for instance (someone recently commented that it was too obtrusive, but I gotta pay the bills). Sometimes, I just post something Tina-related.

Today, I just wanted an excuse to post a flaming hot picture of Ms. Tina Fey.

This picture is a personal favorite and it is an insanely inspirational piece of photography. By that, I mean that it inspires my imagination in all sorts of ways not suitable for this relatively family-friendly blog.

Okay, you get the idea. I should be researching and reporting on the scar, but I didn't think my Tina Fey blog would ever be complete if I didn't point out just how darn attractive she was in this snapshot.

FanFan Needs HDTV

As part of my unending quest to reveal the truth about Tina Fey's scar, I came across an Associated Content article about her. It's just a standard bio that reads as a little "fannish", no breaking news to report on our favorite facial disfigurement.

However, I did see something in the comments...

People have commented on the piece, indicating their appreciation for the work and for Ms. Fey. One of the comments claims that the scar originated after a stalker paid a slasher to cut her up. This story has zero credibility and I've yet to find any information consistent with that tale. The commenter also claimed that they made a Lifetime movie about Fey and the incident, which is a complete lie.

That non-helper was not my favorite comment, though. That honor goes to FanFan who claims love Tina Fey but says he/she was surprised to find out that the TV hottie and comedic genius had a scar on her face. He/she had never notice.

Sure, love is blind.... But REALLY!!!?!?!?!

I think FanFan needs HDTV, or at the very least an upgrade to cable or something. It's an UNMISSABLE facial feature, FanFan. I have a good eye doctor if you need a referral or something. Sit closer to the TV. Whatever it takes.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Renting a home in Orlando for your Vacation

Orlando vacation villa rentals make a perfect base of operations for any family vacation. Not only do you get a fully-functional home in which to stay (and all of the amenities that go with it). You also get to enjoy your days in one of America's most attractive travel destinations.

Why Orlando? Well, if you're feeling like hitting the links, the city is near scores of world-class golf courses. If you're looking for a full slate of entertainment options, Orlando is home to Walt Disney World, one of the world's premiere entertainment and recreation destinations. Disney, however, is only one of the many theme parks in the area. Plus, there's the great climate and an array of additional family-friendly vacation possibilities.

When in Orlando, you could check into another run-of-the-mill hotels. You know, the hotels that look just like every other hotel in the country. Or, you could make your trip extra special by renting a vacation home during your stay. These properties are gorgeous, offer much more than any hotel ever could, and are cost-competitive with traditional hotel options. The savvy Orlando vacationer will thoroughly investigate vacation villa rentals prior to planning his or her trip.

Perhaps the worst thing ever written...

Well, at least it is the worst thing ever written with respect to Tina Fey's scar. No not THIS... Read on...

There is a website where people who mistakenly believe they are funny try their hands at writing Saturday Night Live skits. Then, other equally humor-impaired monkeys read and critique (actually, they usually applaud) the semi-literate and wholly unfunny efforts of their compatriots.

To answer your first question... Yes, I'm serious. It's true. 100%.

To answer you second question... This is relevant to the topic of Tina Fey's scar because some weisenheimer wrote a phony skit about how the quest for understanding its source could be the basis for a series of children's books.

Why aren't you laughing? Isn't that a hilarious premise?

I know. It stinks.

You can read it here. Prepare to get vaguely sick, though.

It's an object lesson in why we should leave television comedy writing to actual television comedy writers.

Yahoo Q&A on Tina Fey's Scar

You can ride me as hard as you want for having this blog so long and not having a definitive answer as to the source of Tina Fey's scar, but let me tell you something, I'm doing a much better job than the people who contributed their theories and opinions at Yahoo.

How did Tina Fey get her scar? The Yahoo "community" attempted to solve the riddle that's been puzzling me for years. Some of the proposed explanations?

A phaser. That's right the fictional space-age weapon.
Saving lives during the War of 1812. Why do people think that saying "War of 1812" is, in and of itself funny? It isn't.

Hey, I might not have the answer to the haunting question of Tina Fey's scar, but I'm doing a much better job than the yahoos at Yahoos. At least give me that much, huh?

One of these days, I will find an answer. I will.

Adult Education Online

Adult education doesn't require standing in a registration line. You don't have to juggle a work and school schedule to make it work. You don't have to drag yourself into night classes and you don't even have to deal with a roomful of annoying kids who'd prefer to be anywhere else other than class. Adult education is undergoing a huge change. Capella University is a perfect example of the new way.

Capella doesn't have a physical campus. It's a completely online university. It's also fully accredited, offering multiple degree programs at both the graduate and bachelors levels. It has a student enrollment of nearly 18,000 and continues to grow.

Part of its success is attributable to its flexibility and "virtual campus", but part of the reason Capella is doing so well relates to its faculty. Take Professor Sara Orem, for instance. The professional coach and management expert has worked with large corporations and governments. She owns and operates here own firm. She's recently published a new book on the topic of appreciative coaching. She's also part of the Capella faculty. With adjunct professors like Orem, it's no surprise that those who are looking for a way to "go back to school" are flocking to Capella.

Fey as Girlfriend / Amy & Tina Missed

Must Stay Awake/Must Warn Others (maybe "I See Robots") named Tina Fey its "Girlfriend of the Week" a little while back.

We can argue over just how auspicious that title really is, but we can't disagree with the analysis that led to Fey's victory.

Here's an excerpt:

"I used to love her on the Weekend Update. Amy Pohler and her were a hall of fame combo and before that her and Jimmy Kimmel were pretty funny as well. She was the head writer of the show. Imagine that. She's a girl and was in charge of all these totally goofy boy comics. That must have been rough. Tina must be able to bust balls."


The reason I mention the post in question is not just to give a blogospheric thumbs-up to MSA/MWO (although I suppose that's happening, too).

It's mainly because last night I was thinking about just how nifty the Poehler/Fey one-two Weekend Update punch really was. Those two were awesome doing the faux news and I miss them.

So, Tina Fey... Girlfriend of the Week for some other dude and missed by this one, particularly during Update segments.

No new scar reports at the moment. I might be close to breaking the case, however. Stay tuned....

Tina Fey Scar Pretenders

I just did a quick check for new news about Tina Fey and, more particularly, Tina Fey's scar. What I found amazed me.

Hey, I might be a jerk (or whatever) for writing a blog that at least ostensibly (and in title) focuses on Tina Fey's scar, but at least I am not intentionally inserting phrases about Ms. Fey's countenance into streams of pornographic keywords in an effort to rule the search engines.

That's right, folks, people are trying to direct those who might Google something like "Tina Fey scar" to pages featuring "red hod t**n an** s*x and non-stop M*L* f**k**g", etc.

I'm not one who's all that hung up on propriety, but that seems just a wee bit over the top to me. Don't you think?

So, to you keyword stuffers... I say one thing and one thing only...

Leave Tina Fey's scar alone. Troll for traffic in other areas. Please?

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Tina Fey: Made iN NY

It's been a good June for Tina Fey. The buzz about Baby Mama is positive and she even picked up a nice award to close out the spring.

Tina Fey was a "Made in New York" honoree. The awards go to folks who do their best to keep production on the east coast, particularly in NYC. I doubt it's the most popular award out in LaLaLand, but in the Big Apple it probably qualifies as a Big Deal.

CBS News' Showbuzz explains:

"30 Rock" creator and veteran "Saturday Night Live" writer/star Fey is being honored, said Oliver, for being "very vocal about supporting New York production." She stars in the Universal Pictures comedy "Baby Mama," now filming in the city in locations which substitute for Philadelphia.

Way to Go, Tina Fey! She hearts NY so much that she'll turn Gotham into the City of Brotherly Love if she needs to do so!

Everyone in the World is Part of "Baby Mama"

According to Cinematical, the upcoming Tina Fey flick, Baby Mama, will feature Ms. Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney and Sigourney Weaver. That is what I call a star-studded cast.

Fey tasted mucho Hollywood success with Mean Girls, but this will be her first real chance to soak in some serious spotlight. Hopefully, this comedy will measure up to the potential of its superstar cast. If nothing else, the Fey/Poehler combo guarantees at least a few laughing fits.

If you aren't familiar with the premise of Baby Mama, Cinematical describes it like this:

"If you're fuzzy about the plot -- Mama is about a successful businesswoman (Fey) who wants a child, but not at the expense of her career. To avoid the whole maternity thing, she hires Poehler to be her surrogate, and Weaver's company represents the rented womb."

You can read the full story from Cinematical right here.

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