7-11’s Doritos Loaded: A Mouthful Of Meh

Frankensnacks – those deranged hybrids of foods or foods with abnormal preparations that sound good the moment you hear them, so very wrong when you think about them reasonably, but not so wrong that you wouldn’t try them, given half a chance. ...

Keep It To Yourself: 50 States of Grey

Just so you know, this isn’t a sexy article.  It’s about recent legal developments concerning grey market goods; not some pervy tycoon and his obsession with nubile coeds.  Sorry!

Now then, what are Grey Market goods?  In a nutshell they’re legally made ...

Rise Of The iHoles

Don’t look now, because they’re not. You can ask them to look up anything on their smartphones, but they’ll never actually look up at you. In fact, the zombie apocalypse would be preferable to this because at least the zombies acknowledge your ...

Product Review: MoviePass

MoviePass is an all access pass to movie theaters nationwide in the United States. For a flat monthly fee you get access to any releases in 95% of theaters nationwide. There aren’t any blackout dates and all first run major releases ...

Product Review: Onkyo ES-FC300 Headphones

The primary means for music storage and enjoyment now is the digital player, be it a purpose-built file player like an iPod or a smartphone. These units are technological marvels, even if the purists among us feel the sound that comes from ...

Ya-whom: Is The Marissa Mayer Narrative Unfair?

As expected, the criticism of Yahoo (I refuse to tack on the exclamation point) CEO Marissa Mayer has been itself singled out for sexist overtones, that the negatives would not have been aimed at her if she had been a man instead. ...

Product Review: Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones

I have been living in the dark ages. In my lifetime, I’ve had those original Sony types of foam covered phones; the small, uncomfortable athletic headphones; ear buds of all sorts; and even a pair of noise reducing headphones that always ...

Peer Pressure: Budweiser Black Crown Edition

I love mainstream pop culture, but I’ve also always been a little distrustful of anything that’s a huge hit, and I can be embarrassingly stubborn about trying something after it reaches critical mass. This is partly because I love an underdog, and ...

Bourbon Street: Breaking & Entering


It’s been far too long since my last Bourbon Street post, and I hope years won’t go by between them, but here’s the first one for 2013.

Pre-Review: Nokia Lumia 920

As some of you may know, for the past six years or so I’ve lived in the woods of New Hampshire, where things like traffic lights and cell signals have yet to rear their ugly heads. Aside from a couple of cheap ...

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: iPhone-Ready Earbuds

Most of the stuff on sale at the Apple Store, both physical and virtual, tends to be made by Apple itself. Usually if Apple likes a company that makes something that could make its products better, it just buys the company. ...

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Yet Good Headphones

Headphones have gotten ridiculously sophisticated in the last few years, with ultra serious German engineers and once frightening rap stars all heading into the private listening experience market. As such, with the quality, or at least hype, so too comes huge ...

Keep It to Yourself: Just Desserts?

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for hardcore pornography!

Hippie royalty Ben & Jerry were not amused when L.A. smut merchants Caballero Video released a series of dirty DVDs with names and packaging mimicking their wholesome family treats.  The naughty ...

Attack Of The Convenience Store Pumpkin Spice Coffees

Ah, fall. My favorite season and my favorite time of the year. Ordinarily neither too hot nor too cold. The leaves turn from green to gold, red, orange and brown. Women drift back from the beach and take on a more ...

Keep It to Yourself: Rosetta Stoned

Q: How does Google make money from your searches?  You know you don’t pay anything when you stalk your ex, scan Kobe’s lifetime stats, or check to see if your witness protection cover’s been blown.  So how does Google profit from ...

KEEP IT TO YOURSELF: CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THAT WONDERFUL DUFF!

Everyone knows that Homer Simpson loves beer.  During the long-running animated series The Simpsons Homer has philosophized: “Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.”  He’s also threatened “I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer” and fondly ...

A Midwestern Kid’s Case for Starbucks

Let me tell you about a place called Victorian’s. It was a little, independent cafe in Victorian Village, a tiny neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio where Ohio State University campus rubbed up against the equally tiny, “hip” part of town called ...

A Violent, Terrifying Interview with the GEICO Gecko

Without a doubt the most recognizable brand in the insurance industry is care of GEICO, a vehicle insurer that has courted customers with a wide variety of clever characters and gimmicks. The most popular of them is undoubtedly The Gecko, ...

Steve Jobs, The Winningest Loser

At the sad occasion of the announcement of his death, we at Popdose thought it was appropriate to recount the many “failures” of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and the creative gatekeeper by which everything had to pass if it was ...

Popdose Roundtable: Over-Merchandised Artists

Mike Duquette: I just got back from a lovely vacation at Universal Orlando™, and when not gorging myself on Harry Potter butterbeers, I thought of another great discussion topic for the gang. One of the many overpriced restaurants on property is

Consumerism: The Graceland Mansion Tour

Memphis has a lot of attractions for music fans, all of which seem to exist to help people fill up a weekend and spend lots of money. Only one really matters, though: Elvis Presley’s mansion, Graceland. The pilgrimage has ...

Random Play: Shake Shack

Sorry, this column went on an unannounced hiatus: the author was too busy eating to get any writing done.

As alert readers will have noticed, I really like food, especially the artery-clogging variety. Sure, I enjoy a lovely arugula salad from ...

Consumerism: The Motown Tour

Berry Gordy, Jr. served in Korea, returned to Detroit, got a job at Ford, and started writing songs for his friend Jackie Wilson. Gordy figured out two things. First, there was money in publishing. Second, a lot of the kids who ...