Why people thought Ashlee was ghastlee

Not to overthink Ashlee Simpson’s career or anything, but here’s my theory as to why she was so soundly booed after her performance at halftime of the Orange Bowl—excuse me—the […]

Dieting dilemma

It’s January, and the Web, along with all other media, is awash in diet ads. But two online campaigns in particular caught our eye: the one from Oprah’s good pal […]

And American women don’t get thin

Mirelle Guiliano,CEO of Clicquot—the French champagne company, has penned a book on how to lose weight—the French way. Called French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, […]

Ain’t nothin’ going on but the rent

Every once in a while, amid all the iPod hype, I read a story about the merits of the subscription, or rental, model in online music, such as this one, […]

Everyone’s going to Disneyland!

So apparently you don’t have to be a Super Bowl (or World Series or Olympic) champion to get a chance to utter the phrase, “I’m going to Disneyland!” As part […]

Yugo first

Coming soon to a dealer near you: communist cars. Malcolm Bricklin, the serial car entrepreneur who introduced the infamous Yugo to America in the 1980s, is on his way to […]

A new product to stop you cold

From the very-bad-idea department of new products: Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the mountain, Motorola and Burton are planning a line of snowboarding jackets […]

Red Sox/MasterCard spoof? Priceless

You could probably devote a whole blog just to spoofs of MasterCard’s “Priceless” campaign, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a take-off funnier than the Red Sox version currently in […]

I came, I saw, iPod

To the relief of friends and relatives, I joined the iPod nation, in the Special Edition U2 region, over the holidays. No more cassette-playing Sony Walkman for me. The user’s […]

No rest for the wealthy

Remember the so-called wealth factor? In the good old 1990s, it boosted consumer spending as Americans used part of their stock-market gains to treat themselves. Then, when the market turned […]