Sunday, February 27, 2011 

Whew...the Easy Bake Oven won't die

but it won't be the same. I remember using my Easy Bake Oven all the time...even baking my brother's worms in it. Funny how one "toy" can instantly bring back childhood memories.


First things first: Rumors of the death of the Easy-Bake Oven are greatly exaggerated. Rumbling through the Internets yesterday were worries that the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs, due to kick in next year, meant that everyone's favorite bulb-powered childhood burn hazard was doomed. Happily, Hasbro announced that the Easy-Bake Oven would be reborn, all Phoenix-like, as the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven. Only this time it's going to be fired with some zippy little heating element, which means that some kid somewhere is going to be very unhappy when his parents rip the thing apart insisting that they can change the bulb themselves.


But is all truly saved? Surely the phase-out of incandescent bulbs is good for the world -- I mean, that a 100-watt bulb was so inefficient at turning energy into light that it could cook a cake as a byproduct is sort of its own argument against itself. Still, I can't help feeling a little something may be lost with the change. - Salon

It might seem easy to explain the Easy-Bake Oven's power over children: It is a toy that makes cakes; a perfect storm of passionate kid desire. But let's face it: Not even the most swooning devotee was in it for the plasticky taste of the treats. So why does the Easy-Bake Oven have such power over us? - Salon

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 

Food Stamp Cuts

in the time of dire need, have consequences.
Congress is poised to cut food stamps, taking away an extended benefit created by the 2009 stimulus before its original expiry date and setting up an unprecedented “cliff” in food stamps, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. To demonstrate how hurtful this might prove, hunger advocate Joel Berg recently spent a week eating according to the SNAP budget.

....The cliff in food stamps means that one month, a family will receive a set amount of money, about $4.50 per person per day. The next month, they will get less. In his week eating according to the SNAP budget, Berg shopped for the first three days as if he received full benefits. For the second two, he shopped as if he received cut benefits. The result? Less food, or less healthy food. - Washington Independent

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 

It's a Happy Day for many

but for a particular Fast Food MultiInternational corporation...not so much.
No toy for you, Junior.

Not if you live in unincorporated Santa Clara County, where the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban restaurants from giving away toys with children's meals that exceed set levels of calories, fat, salt and sugar. -
SFGate

I say HURRAH! I say about time!

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Monday, March 01, 2010 

Best Signage...Evah....

“Parents:
Unattended children will be given espresso and a free puppy."

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Thursday, July 16, 2009 

40 years ago today

Apollo 11 inspired all mankind to dream...and to gobble up more "Space Food Sticks." Boy, did I love these things as a kid. I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. And, really...who didn't in those days?

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