The Universe and Me

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So you are a star

If you would like you, your family and your friends to star in novels, Ustarnovels can make that literary dream come true. They have ebooks, romance novels, vampire thrillers, childrens and teens books, the classics and more categories to choose. The books are bound paperbacks that look like any other book you'd buy except you star in the story. The personalized romance novels can be 150 to 180 pages. The personalized classics from 120 to 520 pages. You choose your own cover and spend five minutes filling out a questionaire to provide details required to personalize the story. Cost is between $24.95 and $39.95 plus shipping and handling. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

Trypophobia is a fear of holes, or objects with holes. Beehives, ant hills, sponges, seed pods. That sort of thing. Apparently people with this fear see holes like these and have a reaction in their brains that signals danger. I'm mentioning this because the street where I live currently is turning into what resembles a bomb site, with hundreds (seemingly thousands) of potholes. Driving down it makes one wonder if one of those holes (or a conglomeration of them) will turn into a gigantic sinkhole and one will be sucked into the earth's core. If I suddenly disappear, look for me there.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Check it and see

One night sitting, listening to an old ELO album, the song "Ma-ma-ma belle" came on and in a moment of epiphone that should have happened decades ago, I realized it was way too similar of a sound to Foreigner's "Hot blooded." The ELO song was released in 1973. Foreigner's in 1978. Listen for yourself. And someone give Jeff Lynne a call.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

I saw this in a magazine (which magazine, I have now forgotten) that I read a couple weeks ago. While you’re out shopping, you may want to be aware that colors can affect how you spend your money. And those colors are placed there on purpose to make you spend your money like the “ad wizards” want you to. Here’s some helpful hints:

Black: Makes everything seem more posh.
Blue: One of the most favored colors. Customers are 15% more likely to return to stores with blue color schemes. Makes people feel secure.
Burgundy: Reminds customers of the rich and refined. So that must be why so much of my house is decorated in burgundy. If I can’t be rich and refined, I might as well fool myself.
Orange: Associated with affordability.
Pink: Has calming effects.
Red: Too much like a stop sign. Stores should avoid using.
Green: Eco minded, even if what the customer is buying is not eco friendly.
Violet: Think of royalty.
White: Simplicity and purity, modernity and honesty.
Yellow: Fast food favorite, supposedly increases appetites.