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Monday, January 21, A.D. 2013
Goat Soap

I hope that you had a blessed feast of the Theophany over the weekend!

Instead of commenting upon the insidious ritual befalling us this day in our capital city, I shall ignore the clamor outside and rather focus on more important things—like soap made from goat’s milk. Last week, I mentioned the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in West Virginia. Today, I offer you a report in the Charleston Daily Mail on the monastery’s resident soap maker, Anna Long: “The best job in the world.” The article describes the process of soapmaking and features photographs, as well.

You may order your very own goat soap from the monastery’s gift shop.

Sadly, goat soap will not cleanse the land of its manifest inequity on this day, but at least you will smell nice—and help to support the monastery. We surely need their prayers.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, January 21, Anno Domini 2013
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Wednesday, November 28, A.D. 2012
The Pseudoscience of SkyMall

The Advent fast begins today. May your white lent be fruitful. I wish you the best in keeping the faith in this land of mammon.

Related to the ridiculous consumerism of contemporary society, I present you a funny article on Slate by Rebecca Watson, “The Pseudoscience of SkyMall.” Watson reviews the curious SkyMall catalogue that you find on planes and suggests a game that I shall play on my next flight. She imagines that she wins a contest where she gets to pick one item from each of the catalogue’s spreads. Watson ends thus:

If you’re playing Imaginary SkyMall Sweepstakes, definitely go with the Lord Raffles Lion Throne Chair on Page 91, because nothing says “class” like an ornate replica Medieval throne from an in-flight catalog. Or maybe the Bigfoot, the Holiday Yeti Holiday Ornament, depending on your personal tastes. Totally your call.

We are indeed a tacky people.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, November 28, Anno Domini 2012
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Friday, February 4, A.D. 2011
A Hoth Winter’s Night

My friend and fellow connoisseur de la culture geek Andrew alerted me to the following product from Lucas’ commercial empire—a Tauntaun sleeping bag. ThinkGeek evidently featured the product as an April Fools’ Day joke and consequently experienced Corellian corvettes full of interested fans who wanted to buy it. It developed the product, lobbied Lucasfilm for their licensing blessings, and made Adam Smith proud. Now, you can sleep in your very own dead Tauntaun carcass to stay warm during frigid nights, which Star Wars fans often experience.

You may read the story on ThinkGeek. They also feature scores of company and customer photographs, which remind you that their commercial community does, in fact, think geek. They even made a video. The world is a wonderful place.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, February 4, Anno Domini 2011
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Tuesday, December 21, A.D. 2010
Clinton Wares

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift for someone who likes politics and has a taste for ribaldry, then consider the Clinton dinner party set from Eagleview, USA. The set includes the “Hillary Nutcracker”

and “Corkscrew Bill.”

The web site features other pictures of their products, including this one.

Rather fitting.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, December 21, Anno Domini 2010
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