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Published: October 10, 2014

The Return of Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Cafe

Cafe Twin Peaks in Snoqualmie, Washington. The cafe became famous after the Twin Peaks TV series.

Sometimes fans will want one of their favorite TV shows to come back knowing full well that there’s no chance that it ever will. It’s more of a “what-if” fantasy. But this week, fans of ABC’s 1990-91 cult classic Twin Peaks got their wish: co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are creating a third season for Showtime, where they will, no doubt, be able to do and say things they couldn’t on ABC.

I just wonder if Twin Peaks is one of those shows where you just want the good memories to stay in the past and to not be ruined by something new. The Web didn’t exist 24 years ago when the show aired, and I just know that people are going to savage this new version, and they’re going to do it in real time on social media. But I’m actually looking forward to it, even though I’ll now have to go back and watch the series to remember just what the heck happened to Laura Palmer and Agent Cooper and BOB.

Kids Love the iPad More Than Disney


OK, I can understand kids liking technology or a toy more than M&Ms. Even if you like M&Ms you can do without them. But liking an iPad more than Disney?

According to a survey conducted by the market research firm Smarty Pants, kids like the iPad more than anything else in the world! Not just Disney, but also McDonald’s, Toys ‘R’ Us, Netflix, YouTube, and Nickelodeon. The Apple device scored 888 out of 1,000, though I wonder how the scoring would change if you didn’t just ask kids what they liked but also took away from them everything Disney, McDonald’s, and Nickelodeon.

By the way, what came in behind the iPad in the survey? Hershey’s, Oreos, M&Ms, Doritos, and then Skittles, which tied with Disney. I hope there’s an exercise app those kids can use after a daylong combo of iPad and Doritos. Also, I had no idea Skittles were still hip with the kids.

Have You Started Your Christmas Shopping Yet?

Christmas Shopping

Every year I say that next year I’m going to start my Christmas shopping a couple of months early. Get all the shopping done so I don’t have to panic when December rolls around. And then I find myself on December 23, ordering things online and having them sent overnight so they’re here on time.

The National Retail Federation forecasts that this holiday season will see a growth of 4.1 percent in consumer spending. That means you’ll probably put more under the tree and in your kids’ stockings. One year my mom realized on Christmas Eve that she forgot to buy stuff for our stockings, so she gave us whatever was lying around the house. I got a lot of bananas and apples.

So this year you can go crazy and spend as much money as you want; you were probably going to anyway, according to the National Retail Federation. You can even buy something for the writers of your favorite magazine. Hint: I’d like an iPad too.

Should We Just Embrace Spoilers?

Spoiler Alert

When I write for television-oriented sites, I’m always amazed by how many readers get upset by spoilers in reviews. I mean, they’re reviews, of course they’re going to have spoilers! Why would you come to a TV site and read a review of something you haven’t seen yet?

I thought of that after reading Adam Sternbergh’s article at Vulture.com where he says we should just relax and embrace being spoiled. Or as the title says, “Free Yourselves from the Shackles of Spoilers! Life Is Too Short.”

I didn’t realize that not knowing what happens in a story was considered “shackles.” It used to be called “enjoyment.” Look, if you want your entertainment to be spoiled, fine, go ahead and find out everything you can about something before you watch/read it. And if it’s accidentally spoiled I guess there’s nothing you can do about it (though not reading reviews and staying off social media might be a good start). But I don’t get how some people just don’t care about their enjoyment being spoiled. Sternbergh also seems to think that revealed twists are a major type of spoiler. Sure, a revealed twist is a spoiler, and I don’t want to know anything — twist or otherwise — that happens in a TV show or movie or book before I enjoy it.

I have a feeling that spoilers are one of those things we’re supposed to just give in to because of the way the tide is turning and because of technology and social media and how we can watch TV shows and movies anytime we want. In this day where everyone knows everything about everybody online, spoilers are just another thing to know.

And we all seem to be in a race to know something before someone else does (and post it!). ​But I don’t mind finding out what happens when I actually sit down to watch or read something. Maybe I’m old.​

Chicks and Sports!

Men and woman watching sports

It seems that every week there’s a new controversy involving men and women. This week it was a post that Men’s Health put up on their site titled “The Secret to Talking Sports with Any Woman.” I probably don’t have to even explain why this caused a furor. The magazine has since taken down the post and apologized.

Though this wasn’t the worst thing we’ve heard said about women lately, I think there’s something else going on here. I bet the writer didn’t even believe what she was writing. When you write for the Web you have to write a lot as fast as you can to get “content” up quickly, and sometimes cliché and speed overtake everything else.

I wonder how many similar articles you’ll find in women’s magazines filled with clichés and stereotypes about men?

Did J.K. Rowling Hint at a New Harry Potter Book?

Harry Potterites (Potterians?) went crazy this week when author J.K. Rowling posted this on Twitter:

Did someone hack her account? Was she drunk? Neither. It was actually an anagram clue to something the author is working on. That had fans scrambling to, well, unscramble the letters. After many wrong guesses and a few hints from Rowling herself, this turned out to be the answer:

Not being a Harry Potter fan I still have no idea what it means, but MTV explains it.

October Is National Cookbook Month


In the age of the Web, where every recipe is just a few clicks away, do people still collect cookbooks? I do, but only old ones. I have so many of the basic, classic cookbooks and so many recipe sites bookmarked that I don’t really need anymore. But I do collect cookbooks from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, not just for the historic appeal but also because you’re going to find some great things you won’t find in modern cookbooks.

As I’ve written elsewhere, my favorite remains Peg Bracken’s 1960 classic The I Hate to Cook Book

The title is a bit misleading, as Bracken (who died in 2007) was a great cook and wrote several cookbooks. She just wanted housewives to get out of the kitchen quicker. I like it not only because it’s great as a recipe resource, combining pre-packaged items and cleverness for quick meals, she was also a fantastic writer. I think I own four copies of it, including a 50th anniversary edition published a few years ago.

What’s your favorite cookbook?

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