“Australia recently banned MosKa, an energy drink that is advertised as being able to enhance male sexual performance with natural, herbal ingredients. In fact, the company website describes the drink as “using traditional and natural ways to improve the sexual health, everyday love life and the well being of men & women.[sic]” However, when Australian authorities tested the drink, they found the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Levitra among the supposedly herbal supplements.
"…some of the more severe side effects of the drug include abnormally long, raging erections and sudden hearing loss.
What’s that? Sorry, you’ll have to speak up - I can’t hear you over my long raging erection.
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”—Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House.
"Remember that uncomfortable moment when Doctor Who became a story about how women destroy themselves to rescue an emotionally volatile man from his loneliness? It’s OK if you don’t; I’m going to remind you of it now…”
“Random House said on Monday that it had acquired a new collection of works by Ms. Jackson, the National Book Award-nominated author of “The Haunting of Hill House,” compiled primarily from her papers at the Library of Congress.
"The new collection, called “Garlic in Fiction,” is edited by two of Ms. Jackson’s children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt, and includes her fiction (like the short story “Paranoia,” which was published for the first time in The New Yorker last summer), as well as drawings, lectures and works of nonfiction that previously appeared in women’s magazines of the 1940s and ’50s…
(Everyone else, check this band out - psychedelic surf rock in that grand Cramps/Rob Zombie/Tom Waits/Great Valley/Nick Cave style, but with a spin that is all their own. Free download of a demo album that I’ve had spinning all afternoon. Praise “Bob” and Bless the Internet.)
“General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways…”
We are frequently asked how fans of #Hannibal can help increase the ratings. Whereas watching the episodes live or by DVR within 3 days is crucial for the show’s Nielsen ratings, those viewings are measured only for Nielsen families. So if you’re not a Nielsen family, your multiple viewings each week are not tracked by Nielsen. But … there is a way non-Nielsen families can increase ratings.
The Nielsen ratings also take into account tweets sent during the airing of each episode. And the good news is that everyone’s — not just Nielsen families’ — tweets count. Although the measurement of tweets is quite complicated, we do know that they are tracking tweets from unique tweeters. This means that fans who have not been sending tweets during Friday’s episodes can really make a difference! (And there’s an added bonus to live tweeting: interacting with the cast, producers and fans of Hannibal makes for a really entertaining evening. We promise.)
Let’s make a huge push to get as many fans as possible to send tweets using the hashtag #Hannibal during Friday’s broadcasts. We’ll start at 10 pm EDT and continue for the next few hours as the show airs across the U.S. Again, it is crucial that you use #Hannibal in your tweets to make sure they are counted. And encourage your friends and family members to do the same!
A little psychic driving of the Nielsen tweeting numbers never hurt anyone.
This is another of those crazy episodes that’s part old live stuff that sounds new, part new music, and part new versions of old music. And part a brand new interview with old Rev. Stang by old non-SubGeniuses. The Mama Kangaroo ladies are back singing Captain Beefheart songs, The Psycho Skeletons (all of them!) present two new skelpieces, and LeMur cuts up. Collages by Norel Pref are probably also imbedded in the 2005 WCSB yaks with Stang, Dave n’ Doe. Also included are excerpts of Rev. Stang being interviewed very recently by two local AM talk radio hosts who broadcast from a shopping mall. Stang’s real purpose in going was to get the testimony of one of those hosts (named David Lynch, believe it or not), who was witness to a long-ago Cleveland seminar for cops on how to identify gang signs — at which the Dobbshead was shown as an example of a “Satanic gang symbol.” Praise “Bob.”