What is a Pixifood?

Pixifood (PIKZ-ee-food), noun: Any food substance that is highly pleasant to the taste as a child and tastes shockingly unpleasant once you become an adult.   Read more HERE.

Bose Announces SoundDock Series II for iPod and iPhone

Bose has introduced its new SoundDock Series II digital music system for the iPod and iPhone. As Bose’s first “Works With iPhone” certified system, the SoundDock Series II features a new auxiliary input, and a body that more closely resembles the company’s SoundDock Portable system, measuring 6 5/8” high by 12” wide and 6 1/2” deep. An included infrared remote offers control of the system and basic iPod and iPhone functions, including playlist navigation. The Bose SoundDock Series II will be available in Gloss Black for $299 starting in early September. The company’s original SoundDock system is now priced at $229.

Saturday Night Live’s Newest Cast Member… Bobby Moynihan

SNL has named a new cast member: New York City comedy scene stalwart Bobby Moynihan. E! Online is reporting, and sources from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater are confirming, that longtime UCB performer Bobby Moynihan is joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live” this fall. Executive Producer Lorne Michaels presided over the final auditions showcase, held last week at the UCB Theater.

Both male and female performers auditioned for the longtime television institution, and insiders expected a female cast member to be named in anticipation of Amy Poehler‘s departure later on in the fall. (Poehler, who is expecting, will be joining the cast of the “Office” spin-off). Insiders speculate that an additional cast member may be named after her departure.

When Moynihan joins the “SNL” cast for their 34th season, he will have had plenty of practice working with the NBC crew. This summer he worked on “The Line”, an online video project funded by Lorne Michaels‘ production company, directed by “SNL” head-writer Seth Meyers, and starring “SNL” cast members Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis. Many Sunday nights he can be found in the converted basement of a grocery store, improvising with Amy Poehler, Meyers, and Sudeikis in UCB’s long form improv show “Asssscat”. He has also submitted scripts to the show in years past with his writing partner Charlie Sanders.

Moynihan has received some major industry attention lately thanks to his sketch group, Buffoons, featuring fellow UCB improv stars Sanders and Eugene Corderro. Comedy Central attended an industry showcase of their hit show “Never Gonna Give You Up” earlier this year. The group even blew away scouts from the 2007 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, landing them a coveted spot in the prestigious comedy showcase last July.

One of Moynihan’s best-known talents within the UCB community is his repertoire of black impressions – which, if they make it on air, may revive some old complaints about SNL. The show has always had a prickly relationship with critics over its hiring of black cast members – in February, it became big news when it was reported that the show was auditioning black comedians to portray Barack Obama (including UCB favorite and “30 Rock” writer Donald Glover, and “Stephen Colbert’s Black Friend” Jordan Carlos). In the end, they ended up using Fred Armisen — a non-black actor of mixed Caucasian and Asian descent — which generated some controversy regarding Armisen’s use of “honey” colored makeup (It should be noted here that Obama is multi-racial, after all; also, Armisen had previously played Prince, and fellow cast member Darrell Hammond had played Jesse Jackson, without complaint.)

One thing is certain; Moynihan’s arrival at 30 Rock is another huge milestone for the UCB Theater. As Rachel Sklar has frequently pointed out on Eat the Press, the UCB has become a leading training ground for comedy stars, not only on “SNL” but on “30 Rock”, (Jack McBrayer, Glover), “The Daily Show” (Rob Riggle, Kristen Schaal), “The Colbert Report” (Peter Gwinn) and MTV’s “Human Giant” (Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Aziz Ansari).

UCBT Artistic Director Anthony King confirmed the hire, and said, “We are, of course, incredibly thrilled that Bobby is going to be on “Saturday Night Live”. He’s been a fixture and favorite at the UCB Theatre in NYC for many, many years now and it’s exciting to see him get recognized and rewarded for his ridiculous talent. He also has a great beard and we hope America gets the chance to experience that as well.” (Reprinted from The Huffington Post)

Black and Decker Gecko Grip Level

Black & Decker’s 36-inch Accu Mark level ($27) is designed to perform any basic leveling job with ease. Now you can hang pictures, shelves, decorative items and much more with all the precision of a professional — and none of the guessing and re-guessing that damages walls with repeated drilling or nailing. The BDSL10 is a lightweight, handy home device that’s packed with the high-grade durability and convenience features you expect from an industry leader like Black & Decker.

This model boasts advanced Gecko Grip friction pads to help keep the level steady under pressure. These pads do such a great job of preventing slippage that you can even hold the level with one hand and mark the wall with your other one. But don’t worry — these grabbing nubs won’t leave a scuff, so even the lightest paint is safe.

In addition to the Gecko Grips, the BDSL10 also features two adjustable Accu Mark targets that slide along the center rail. These marks help you hang pictures and shelves with built-in wall mounts or preset hang holes; just line up the marks with the mounts on the back of your pictures, then place the level against the wall and note the spots with a pencil. Using this technique, it’s a cinch to hang heavy mirrors and large portraits, long shelves and big paintings.

You can order it HERE.

25 Classic Sesame Street Visits

With the kiddie show starting its 39th season today with an appearance by Feist, Entertainment Weekly counts their favorite celebrity guests who figured out how to get to Sesame Street — including Ben Stiller, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, and lots more.  Watch them HERE.


Writing Begins on The Hobbit Movie

The Lord of the Rings screenwriting team of Peter Jackson , Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will join The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro to pen the screenplay for the two planned Hobbit movies.

Sources tell Entertainment Weekly that the scribes’ deals are all complete and they have already begun writing. (With shooting scheduled to begin Fall 2009, at the earliest, in New Zealand, the quartet better get busy!) The Hobbit will center on Frodo’s uncle, Bilbo Baggins, and his initial discovery of the immensely-powerful ring. New Line and MGM plan to release the two films Christmas 2011 and Christmas 2012. 


The Pogo Stylus for the iPhone

My sister just purchased an iPhone 3G and asked me if I knew of a stylus that worked with the touch screen.  She likes to take notes on the fly.


I looked into it and found the Pogo Stylus.


The sleek design of the Pogo Stylus features an ultra-light aluminum body with an anodized finish and laser graphics.   The soft tip glides easily over the surface of the display, making it fun and easy to sketch, draw characters, or just slide to unlock.   Sized for accuracy, it does away with the awkward typos and misfires common to fingertip-only use.  


Eliminating fingers has the added benefit of keeping the screen free of smudges and grease.   Designed to firmly hug the contours of the iPhone 3G, the Pogo Stylus travel clip will keep your stylus close at hand.   A second clip is included for the original iPhone and iPod touch. 


You can read more about the stylus and order it HERE for $19.95.



Introducing Ronald Chevalier


While we’re waiting for HBO to premiere a second season of Flight of the Conchords, at least we have Ronald Chevalier to help pass the time.


Chevalier is a character played by FOTC‘s Jemaine Clement in the upcoming film Gentlemen Broncos. A hilarious viral website includes video, photos, messages and more from the sci-fi author.


Gentlemen is directed by Jared Hess, so we’ll see if it becomes as much of a cult hit as Napoleon Dynamite. Sam Rockwell and Jennifer Coolidge also star, and no release date has been set. (Reprinted from Pop Candy)


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