Books in Zoom backgrounds are latest fashion statement

Gregory P. Daily

This column is not many things. It’s not Walter Winchell. It’s not about sports. It’s not Herb Caen. And it’s not about fashion.

Last week was about COVID, life and death. This week is about COVID and haute couture. If you were to catch a peek at my closet in the outer, outer, outer, outer Excelsior, you’d find one pair of corduroys and two bowling shirts and quickly conclude that I am fashion free. The last time I attempted to dress in style, I dragged Nurse Vivian to the Green Acres Mall so she could buy me a Nehru jacket and bell bottoms, the week after the Beatles stopped wearing them.

This year’s fashion: masks and literature. We’re no longer looking at a person’s lips (in fact, lip gloss sales have declined during the pandemic); we’re looking at their face coverings. And thanks to Zoom, we’re getting a glimpse at

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BlendJet Review: This Pint-Sized Instagram Blender Is Perfect for Small Spaces

Gregory P. Daily

If you regularly scroll through Instagram, you’ve probably contemplated buying something random. If you spotted a colorful portable blender and thought, “OMG, I need it,” this BlendJet review is for you (you’re welcome).

If you haven’t seen BlendJet 2 (Bed Bath and Beyond, $50) Instagram ads, allow me to paint a picture. The ads range from straightforward testimonials from star athletes who extol the virtues of blending on the go to soothing (but admittedly bizarre) ASMR videos where viewers can listen to someone whispering about blending celery and other veggies.

The Insta-branding might make you think this is a magical tube of smoothie-making delight, but ultimately, the BlendJet 2 is a 16-ounce cordless blender that you can charge and take, well, anywhere. You simply replenish the battery using a USB-C cord, and then you’re good to go for about 16 blends, according to BlendJet. The unit has

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