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The Meta Oreo

meta oreo

So meta…

Well, this is good news indeed! Time is reporting that Nabisco is set to launch two new oreo flavors on February 3rd, for a limited time only. The flavors are “cookie dough” and “marshmallow crispy”.

The writers at Time are a witty bunch, and I was amused by these musings within the story:

First, there’s the cookie dough variety. After taking a bite of the treat, one TIME staffer’s eyes lit up with joy and wonderment as he declared it even better than the original. Then he promptly went back for seconds. Here’s the thing, though: while delicious, it doesn’t really taste like cookie dough. Several staffers said they got hints of coffee or caramel, and one said it should be renamed the Frappuccino Oreo. It’s good, we all agreed, but if you were to taste it blindly, you most likely wouldn’t guess that it’s supposed to represent cookie dough. Still, because it’s technically a cookie dough-flavored cookie, one TIME writer dubbed it the “meta Oreo.”

The Meta Oreo! Yes!!!! It sounds like a superhero, doesn’t it? I think it is clear that we need to get our hands on some of these new oreos stat, and perhaps even make the Meta Oreo the official mascot of Mental Skillness HQ.

We are guessing that they won’t be available on Canadian shelves any time soon, so if you are headed to the States in the near future please send us a care package!


Self Promotion

Right on, bro… If you’ve got it, flaunt it.


A Visitor

My new pal dropped by for a visit today.


We rocked out for a while. Turns out he is a pretty sweet tambourine player.


Plaid Pumpkin

Oh my god. You guys, I never believed in love at first sight until now. But take a look at this gorgeous prepster:

preppy pumpkin

Out of the way, you pink and gold bastards. My sweetheart deserves to be front and centre!

I have literally been swept off my feet. I can’t stop thinking about it. I want to shout it from the rooftops. **Swoon** I ♥ YOU, PLAID PUMPKIN.

Frog and Toad at the Cottage














Un Vrai Canard Français

It’s too bad that Duck is still hanging out in Bazille’s painting back in Paris, because I have the feeling these two would be fast friends.


Another New Face at Mental Skillness HQ


Introducing Owsley, a friend of a friend. Apparently he was named after LSD guru Augustus Owsley Stanley. So I hope he is mixing us up a sweet batch of acid right now…

Just kidding. I don’t do (psychedelic) drugs.

Owsley is knowledgeable and wise, but also knows how to have a good time. So I’m pretty sure he’s going to fit in fine around here. In fact, he and Thaddeus have been blabbing away to each other for the past half hour.

Here are some pertinent Owsley facts:

– His parents were a fixture on the Haight/Ashbury scene and palled around with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. As a baby owl (owlet?) he was toted to numerous Grateful Dead shows and as a result he kind of hates their music (although he has grudgingly admitted to enjoying the song ‘Friend of the Devil’ on occasion). To this day, the smell of marijuana and patchouli reminds him of his childhood.

– His godfather is Timothy Leary, also godfather to Winona Ryder. He and Winona grew up together, and used to shoplift candy and trinkets from their neighborhood corner store. He assures me that he has outgrown these youthful foibles, but since we all know how Winona turned out I am nonetheless keeping an eye on my Marc Jacobs sweaters


A young Winona & Owsley in her backyard in Petaluma, CA, circa 1983.

– He only has one ear! So if you don’t talk to him from his left side, he won’t hear you at all. I think this is kind of amazing, and probably quite useful when he feels like ignoring people he doesn’t like.

Anyway, I don’t know if you’ve ever read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, but it is a fascinating account of the Beat Generation and the ‘60s San Francisco scene. Since Owsley grew up in the middle of all of that I am seriously looking forward to hearing his first-hand recollections of the various characters and personalities that populated that landscape. We’re going to see the movie adaptation of On The Road when it comes out, and he’s promised to give me the full lowdown on what “Uncle Jack” and “Uncle Allen” were really like.