Ads for Halloween Haunt

On tv, there are ads for the Halloween event at the local theme park. Unfortunately, they seem to come on late at night. Things popping out and scaring you.

Why do they put them on tv at night when you’re trying to relax to get ready for bed? Why do they put the scary parts on at all? I try to look away when they are coming on, but I am not always paying enough attention to know it’s coming.

While I’m on the topic of ads, cigarette ads were banned from tv years ago. Why are we suddenly seeing ads for vaping products on tv? Shouldn’t they fall under nicotine products and be banned? They put a disclaimer on before the commercial, so they know that children shouldn’t be seeing the ads. Why haven’t the ads been banned yet?

Big Brother

The 21st season of Big Brother started this week. I missed the first day, though. I couldn’t be bothered to look it up on demand. I am sure I can catch up quickly.

I don’t really watch reality shows, but I’ve watched this one since my oldest child was only a few months old.

There are already different games this season. I haven’t heard any new rules, but I’m sure there will be some. I’m sure there will be several twists and surprises this season. I look forward to them.

I am excited for a new season, even though it takes up several hours a week. I can read during commercials.

BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

I bought my ticket to this event!  “Tickets are the price of the book.”  Well, not quite, but I figure the extra cost will cover the event, too.  It sounds like a good talk.  I can’t wait to read the book.

BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:30pm

The Bindery hosts a special evening with Amber Tamblyn, to celebrate her new book of essays Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. We had a packed house for Amber when she came through town for Any Man, so if you want to make sure you get a seat we strongly recommend you purchase advance tickets. Join us!


Please note: This is a ticketed event, with the price of admission equal to the cost of Era of Ignition, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased here. If available, tickets will be for sale at the door.


In her late twenties, Amber Tamblyn experienced a crisis of character while trying to break out of the confines of the acting career she’d forged as a child in order to become the writer and director she dreamed of being as an adult. After a particularly low period fueled by rejection and disillusionment, she grabbed hold of her own destiny and entered into what she calls an Era of Ignition — namely, the time of self-reflection that follows in the wake of personal upheaval and leads to a call to action and positive change. In the process of undergoing this metaphysical metamorphosis, she realized that our country was going through an Era of Ignition of its own. She writes: “No longer stuck in a past we can’t outrun and a future we must outgrow, we are a nation that is actively confronting our values and agitating for change. We are in an age when activism becomes direct action, when disagreement becomes dissention, when dissatisfaction becomes protest, when accusations become accountability, and when revolts become revolutions.”


Through her fierce op-eds and tireless work as one of the founders of the Time’s Up organization, Amber has emerged as a bold, outspoken, and respected advocate for women’s rights. In Era of Ignition, she addresses gender inequality and the judgment paradigm, misogyny and discrimination, trauma and the veiled complexities of consent, white feminism and pay parity, reproductive rights and sexual assault — all told through the very personal lens of her own experiences, as well as those of her Sisters in Solidarity. At once an intimate meditation and public reckoning, Era of Ignition is a galvanizing feminist manifesto that is required reading for everyone attempting to understand the world we live in and help change it for the better.


Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, and a novel, Any Man, as well as a contributing writer for the New York Times. She lives in New York.



Please note:

–  This event will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.

–  This is an all-ages event, with mature themes. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm..

–  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 1 ticket = 1 book, no exceptions. The book must be purchased from Booksmith. If you already have a copy of Era of Ignition, remember that books make great gifts! If you have any questions or concerns about this, please write events AT booksmith DOT com.

–  If you cannot attend the event but would like to requeset a signed copy of Era of Ignition, and/or any of Amber’s books, order below and put your request in the comments field.

–  RSVP appreciated but not required.


Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822987
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Archetype – March 5th, 2019

Worst cooks in America

A new season of “worst cooks in America” has started. I love this show. It makes me feel better about my own cooking skills.

Two professional chefs teach horrible cooks to cook. At the end of the series, they mostly have some kind of clue as to how to cook. But the beginning episodes, I spend a lot of time wondering how people can be so clueless.

One of the celebrity episodes shows everyone wondering what the unusual smell is. It turned out that someone had placed her notebook on a lit burner and set the notebook on fire.

Another episode, there was a group effort where they were making a cake, similar to a pineapple upside down cake. All was going well until they went to turn the cake out. They forgot a major step when the professional chef started yelling at them “on the plate! On the plate!” I don’t know where they thought the cake needed to go. Into someone’s hands?

Another tidbit I found funny was that a chef described the fishy nougat in a tuna sandwich. That does not sound delicious.

God friended me

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but there are a few shows that I like and make sure I don’t miss. I found God friended me this season. It’s about an atheist pastor’s son, Miles, who got a Facebook friend request from an account with the name of “God.” The owner of the account sends friend suggestions for people who need help.

Each week, Miles and his friend, Cara, search out the friend suggestions while their friend, Rakesh, who does something with computers and coding, tries to figure out who is behind the God account. They suspect someone with a code name “Falken.”

This week, Rakesh and Cara lost the online trail for Falken and had to go research the old fashioned way. At the library!

I am such a nerd that I got so excited about the youngsters knowing how to look things up in the library without a librarian’s help. I understand that part of their ease in finding what they were looking for is the writers making it look easier to get on with the story.  Artist license, I suppose.