I really like the name of my blog here at mspmag.com. It’s a cool name, and cool names are hard to come by . . . Mean Joe Greene, Killer Kowalski, The Answer, Ol’ Blue Eyes, Don Magic Juan . . . . There are some great ones out there and I thought I had struck a vein of gold with FrontBurner. Well, log on to Google and type in FrontBurner and you get 87,500 hits, most notably the FrontBurner blog from the editors of D Magazine in Dallas, a band in NYC, a video production company in San Diego, and an IT service in England. Well, it turns out the folks at D-Mag (is that their nickname?) have trademarked the name FrontBurner and in fact have taken it so seriously that they have even registered their blog on MySpace. Cute. I swear to God that this is taken directly from MySpace. Blogging is one thing, but creating a MySpace account for your blog is a bit much, don’t you think? Does FrontBurner have designs on the cute new girl in Mr. Jenkins' Psych 101 lab group? Are they going to drop some herbal ecstasy, pop on a Doctor Seuss hat and granny glasses and trip the light fantastic? Rainbow party anyone?
I am a blog. Specifically, I am a daily conversation about all things Dallas. Predominantly, that conversation takes place on weekdays, because let's be honest: even blogs need weekends off. My bloggers are a motley crew comprised of editors at D Magazine, the city magazine for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But then, you probably knew all of that already. And you probably know where to find me. In case you forgot, I'm right here. Come and see me.
Who I'd like to meet:
That should be "whom."
Of course, the nightmare for yours truly is that the whole point of a trademark is to own it exclusively, which means that right now even as we speak, legal eagles from Washington, D.C., NYC, Dallas, and Minneapolis are grappling with the intricacies of name change for my blog, or some form of a negotiated truce. More later, but by the time you read this, I could be called Mr. Delicious . . . wait a second, I love that one. Big ups to my pal Alberto Gonzales at U4EA Design for coming up with that moniker.
Over the years I have taken a lot of crap from people for the way I speak, being a New Yawker and all. Recently someone emailed me at the TV station about my pronouncing the word c-u-l-i-n-a-r-y as cue-lynn-airy instead of cull-in-airy. A buddy reminded me that "cul" means ass. The term cul-de-sac comes from a phrase meaning “bottom of the bag” and colloquially the term cul was used in past centuries as a term of derision. Enough said! Lay off the way I talk.
In the news of the weird department: I got this story from the good folks at APF (the global news agency):
Muslim worshippers are flocking to see a pair of fish in the British city of Liverpool which appear to bear the words "Allah" and "Mohammed," their owner said.
Ali Al-Waqedi, 23, who hailed the colored Oscar fish as a "message from God," said he had loaned them to a friend whose house was close to the local mosque so that worshippers could visit more easily.
"I would say at least one hundred people have been there since I bought the fish last week," Waqedi said.
Sheikh Sadek Kassem, imam of Liverpool's Al-Rahma mosque, said: "This is a proof and a sign not just to Muslims, but for everyone."
He quoted a passage from the Koran which suggested Allah will send signs. It reads: "Soon we will show them our signs in the regions, and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the truth."
Waqedi said he went into a local pet shop to show his children the animals but he had not been planning to buy anything.
"We started to have a look at the Oscar fish because they had such an unusual colour. Then I saw that one of them had the word Allah. It was so clear, and it made me very happy," he said.
"Then we saw that another one had the word Mohammed, and that was even better. To see the Allah fish was exciting, but to have the Allah and Mohammed fish in the same tank was unbelievable."
Allah is the word for God in Arabic and Mohammed is the prophet who received the word of God, the Koran, through the angel Gabriel.
"I believe it is a message from Allah to me, a reminder, and it makes my faith even stronger," Waqedi said.
So someone please tell me why Jesus always appears on French fries, Mary Magdalene has decided the best way to get our attention is to morph her image onto pancakes, and now there are Allah fish. Why do Martians always land their spacecrafts in the backwater swamps of inland Florida? Can’t God and little green men reveal themselves for once to the cultural elite so that we can end all the what if discussion once and for all? If God could show himself to the folks at D Magazine, perhaps he could get a few hits on MySpace.