Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday links

It's not online, but the CA ran a story today about a recent book signing in Memphis. I clipped the article for its lesson on creative book marketing, which (fingers crossed) I might need one day.

The book:
Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.

How exactly do you market a book about funerals and cooking, especially if it was published three years ago? Well, for starters, you host it at a historic cemetery (
Elmwood) and make it a fundraiser. Charlotte Hayes read passages from the tongue-in-cheek book, co-authored by Gayden Metcalfe, and the hosts served dishes prepared from the book's recipes. It was a sold-out event, and reading about it made me want to purchase the book, which is saying a lot, since I get all my recipes online. Plus, my standard food offering for funerals/deaths is a six-pack of Three Little Pigs barbecue.

Synopsis: "In this dishy collection of Southern humor and recipes, inveterate hostess and Southern belle Gayden Metcalfe explains everything one needs to know to throw a proper Southern funeral."

Here are links to a few funny, interesting and/or clever sites I've come across recently:

Children's Books You'll Never See from Sample title: "The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Book of Wild Animals of North Amer - Hey! Let's Go Ride Our Bikes!" also lists the
World's Shortest Books, including "Zagat's Guides to Cities Without a Starbucks" and "Motherhood" by Britney Spears.

Animator vs. Animation: You'll want to watch it over and over again to catch everything.

This is an oldie but still one of my favorites. Following the Memphis-UAB basketball fracas a few months ago,
Rumors & Rants posted this photo (a great one by CA photographer Mark Weber), turning it into a "search and find" game. Highlights:
-Middle finger count: 13
-Attractive female count: 2
-Angry white guy count: 60 (approx.)
-Three examples of Bama Bangs

Here's a
quiz on TV theme songs. Most of these shows were pretty bad, so scoring well on this quiz is rather depressing. There are definitely other things I could use those brain cells for.

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