and many happy returns of the day

Milestone of the Moment
A year ago today I introduced the world to Dylan's Pointless Sidebar! (I was confused because the first entry was November 8th 2002, but I think I just "seeded" the sidebar with a guestbook entry he had left previously.)

I do like having a micro-blog there. I like being able to see what's going in his life, and it adds a little somethin' to the frontpage overall. And it's nice to give him more of an audience than he would have otherwise. I think it would be even cooler if he updated it like 2 or 3 times a week instead of his current schedule, but hey. He's a busy guy.

So happy anniversary, Dylan's Pointless Sidebar, and don't forget, you can always read the past entries in the Dylan's Pointless Sidebar Archive.

Pop Culture of the Moment
"My name's Ice Cream Jones,
and I'm deliverin' my ice cream cones
New ice cream cereal for breakfast,
with the great taste of ice cream cones!"
For some reason in middle school, we kind of adopted this breakfast cereal peddler as a mascot. At least we would sing his song in the hallways. I think we were just on the verge of discovering irony.

This guy and many, many others (including some interesting ones from the world of fiction) can be found on the well-annotated Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide. He divides it up by company, which makes some kind of sense, though it made me realized that I never developed any manufacturer loyalty...every company used about the same technique to peddle their wares. Kids are loyal to the cereal and the little cartoony dudes and, much to the chagrin of some corporate bigwig somewhere I'm sure, just don't give a hoot about General Mills or Kellogs "fine family of products".

I do find it disturbing when they revamp a character. Like changing the Honeynut Cheerio Bee or Diggum the Frog's voice. That's even worse than dropping "sugar" from the name.

Quote of the Moment
It's a cold bowl of chili, when love don't work out.