Monday, October 16, 2006

A Blogging Meme Unlikely To Catch On

Since I don't have an ipod, and I don't really care what songs show up on people's randomized or most-played lists, I suggest that people instead play "what unnerving sites is Google currently advertising on your gmail account?".

I'll go first: Apparently the "world's largest matrimonial service," specializing in hooking up people with middle-eastern and subcontinental names, or those who correspond with them. Fun fifteen-question quiz geared towards people who talk about children in email and want to give up a whole bunch of information to advertisers. Plastic surgery options for Asian-Americans and anyone who talks about Hawaii and hyphens in a single email thread.

Who wants to play?


Anonymous Anonymous:

You have much better ads than I do. I just have one for the movie Shortbus in seemingly constant rotation. But I'm seeing that movie on Thursday so perhaps it knows me better than I'd like to admit!

10/17/2006 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

This is what I get on my blog at Aqoul: (Jewish singles) (Muslim singles) (Various Asian singles)

and occasionally a big banner ad asking if Rove should resign...

10/17/2006 08:56:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

Ha! you get the shaadi ad, too?

Becks, maybe it's onto you after all.

10/17/2006 11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

Hah - normally I filter these out, but:

Encrypt Your SMTP Traffic
Eat Turkish Delight ("Narnia's witch was right!" It was Edmund, you know-nothing.)
Vita-Mix 4500 Blender

And a bunch of Leo DiCaprio posters.

10/18/2006 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

a bunch of Leo DiCaprio posters


10/18/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous:


I checked my first two emails, and in the second, "The Departed" was being discussed. No idea why Google thinks snarking at Lee Siegel merits Turkish Delight ads, though. (And surgical hair restoration, now.)

10/18/2006 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

I can't wait to see "The Departed," actually, even though I think Leonardo di Caprio has aged in a very disconcertingly asymmetrical way.

Turkish Delight is also disconcerting, and in an unpleasant sort of way. I was so very disappointed when I first tasted it; I had taken Edmund's word as gold, you see.

10/18/2006 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

I hope you didn't have the terrible British candy bar that calls itself "Turkish Delight". The real stuff is quite good (I like pistachio), although perhaps not quite worth selling one's soul for.

10/18/2006 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

I have a whole backlog of delicious pistachio deserts I want to try once I find a good, cheap pistachio source.

Right now I'm obsessed with the perfect approach to the impossible receipe: Iranian-style Baklava from scratch, with Mormon relatives sending over nuts from the home-country, if possible.

10/19/2006 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

I had the same reaction as you to Turkish Delight the first time I had it, JM, but then when I went to Istanbul earlier this year I decided I had to pick some up from Haci Bekir. It was delicious and nothing like what I'd first had. The rose-flavored stuff was particularly good.

10/20/2006 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

once I find a good, cheap pistachio source

Good luck with that.

10/22/2006 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

But my people are from California! We get good rates on nuts over there. Um, when I go over there, that is.

I'm going to hold back on Turkish Delight until I find a receipe for it. I want to know what's in it, or what should be in it, before I eat another piece.

10/23/2006 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

There's a recipe on the Wikipedia page.

10/24/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

That "single piece" image does indeed look like a lump of good quality hashish.
I can't say that the recipe makes me want to try Turkish Delight more, though. Cream of Tartar and corn starch are just NOT appetizing ingredients.

10/24/2006 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous:

Don't knock cornstarch, it's responsible for giving my mother's stir-fried vegetables that deliciously squishy feeling.

12/09/2006 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

I may just be afraid of cornstarch, come to think of it.

12/26/2006 11:04:00 PM  
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