Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Make Hallmark Proud

Photo Courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid at
If Valentine's day makes you feel a little violent, or if you are incredibly violent on a daily basis and want to lighten it up a little bit, then San Francisco's 3rd annual pillow fight might be right for you. It starts at 6 sharp at Justin Herman Plaza. Think of it as a flash mob with a huge amount of advance notice.

Here's a video of last year.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Life's Short. Please Maintain Some Modicum of Integrity

I missed this the first time around, so I apologize to all (2) of my readers. Last spring, a Chicago law firm decided to borrow from the business model of beer ads and launch an advertising campaign that involves photos of faceless and scantily clad girls and boys surrounding the slogan "Life's Short. Get a Divorce."
Only recently, however, the firm revealed that the female figure in the ads is actually one of the firm's lawyers, Corri Fetman. The firm also announced that Fetman would be featured in a Playboy pictorial and would be the author of a regular column in that publication titled "Lawyer of Love."

Now I don't think there's anything wrong with being a lawyer and posing nude. But I do think that posing nude as advertising for your legal practice crosses the line. I think a lot of the rules surrounding solicitation by lawyers (we're not allowed to promise results, or directly solicit people, for example) make good sense and are rendered pretty silly if you can put up semi-nude pictures of yourself.

Although, if you based your decision on whether or not to get a divorce on a billboard ad, then maybe you deserve what you're going get.

Here's the firm's website, because I know you want to look.

Check out their new "Take Control. Get a Divorce" Campaign that now ads an element of SMBD and leather to the equation. Although, now that I think about it, every image I've ever seen of Lady Justice involves her being blindfolded and dressed in a little toga that could catch a breeze, so maybe this really isn't all that new anyway.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Who wants to go on a cocaine bender with me?

This incredibly well done and hilarious video makes me feel a little domestic and boring. I stayed up until 2 a.m. last night. Making Soup.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Nasty Spell of Wheather

Mother nature decided to send a vicious "welcome to 2008" gift to the bay area in the form of a series of fierce storms packing hurricane-esque winds. Ferry service around the bay was canceled for much of the day on Friday, and our bus and train (MUNI) service came to a grinding halt. As much as we bitch about the weather up here, we're not used to this. Here's a crazy before/after picture of a poor unsuspecting tree from

A tree in front of my apartment building was substantially pruned by the storm, with several large branches falling onto the cars parked on the street below. Only one car was damaged, which is pretty amazing considering the size of the limbs that fell. For once, I'm glad that my parking spot was inconveniently parked away from my apartment and the trees.

The tree branches tumbled on friday night, but are still occupying the parking spaces because the city has yet to come haul them away. Though my property manager was trying to cut them into pieces with a hand saw, a pretty ambitious venture considering that some of the limbs were about a foot thick.

With the streets are still littered with limbs, not to mentions some xmas trees still lying around, it looks like the city got napalmed.

Luckily for me, all I got was some wet feet and shoddy cable tv during the storm. About 14,000 bay area residents and business, though, are without power.

(Picture from