Archive | September, 2008

In which I use ALL CAPS to boss you into clicking links

26 Sep

Here are some compelling reasons to love the internet. Maybe you know them all, maybe you don’t. (I already shared some of them in my Google reader, if we’re friends there.)

Radio Lab Podcast. I will seriously tear up talking about this because it’s sooOOOo goOOOd. It’s like the very best of This American Life, but SCIENCE. And never douchey. Lucia and 11 frogs told me about it a few months ago when I asked for recommendations and I tore through their archives immediately. I have a crush on Jad Abumrad. A big one. They are two months away from the next season and for now just releasing short pieces.

The Morning News. Links to other news sites but they also write their own stuff. My favorite features are the advice column, The Non-Expert (GO READ How To Say I Love You YOU WILL LOL) and the Letters From section. Right now Rosecrans Baldwin is writing from Paris and Jil Wheeler from Mumbai. I signed Whitney up for their map quiz and I think he won something already.

Sweet Juniper. Husband and wife blogging team. Where the Fleet Foxes cover I posted came from. I want them to invite me over to dinner.

A Cup of Tea and a Wheat Penny. Actually, the Fleet Foxes cover came from here and Sweet Juniper linked to that. So I just started reading it. Pretty great.

Grace Undressed. Former exotic dancer trying to quit the business. She can write.

Pandora. Okay, I know, everyone knows about Pandora. But it saved me while my ipod was broken and the channel I created (Fleet Foxes + Andrew Bird) led me to Slowreader. TRY Politics Music and Drugs РVERY CATCHY.

I can’t get enough of this album cover. I wish I had a poster for my room. I am weak for wet beards.


Crafty lady

25 Sep

What can’t Darcy do? Right now she’s on a felt kick. Check out the tissue holder her starfish hands made for me, prefilled with tissues even. I can’t wait to get sick.

Re: Navel-gazing

22 Sep

When someone tells you that your ego is too big or too loud, it’s hard to refute them. You have to talk about yourself to defend yourself, and there’s that ego again. You can’t talk your way out of it. This has happened to me twice now, and it’s troubling. In my head, what my accusers really meant is that I’m annoying after two drinks, that I overshare, that I have this blog. But if I didn’t think my jokes were funny, I wouldn’t tell them.

All I can say is that after moving here by myself, I got pretty good at enjoying my own company and offering myself some cheese after a long day. I can’t convince someone not to be rubbed the wrong way by me, but I want to at least show that I have plenty of room in my heart for people that aren’t me, so I give you The Gallery of People I Have Tender Feelings For.

(Which doesn’t actually prove anything, because even holding doors for people can be a self-congratulatory gesture.)

First up, for no particular reason, Naaason. That’s not how you spell his name but he’s in law school, he might run for office some day, and I don’t want this to stick to him. If you know him, part of your brain is thinking, ha! there’s no way in hell he could survive a political campaign with his online gambling and the pot and his tendency to friend the underdog, but then another part of your brain, the part that votes, is thinking, how could anyone say no to that face? Because his superpower is disarming charm. And he can eat so many hotdogs.

Like most dark-haired Italian men, he looks hot in a suit. People naturally assume he’s too pretty to be smart, but I took the liberty of capturing his Scramble stats from Facebook. (So unethical!)

Not dumb!

And this one time? In college? A bunch of us were driving around in M’s car and Naaason yelled at some girls in the next car for throwing fast food wrappers out the window, because that’s what he does, and at the next stop light, they threw a fountain beverage into our car. I think it was Sprite. So then we caught up to them and Naaason and this guy opened up two tacos we happened to have underfoot and fired them into the offending car. Actually I don’t remember who threw them, but I remember thinking, wait, is this irony? Having two leftover tacos, when a leftover taco is a rare thing between four college boys, exactly when you need them? The English major was wasted on me.

I don’t condone throwing anything out of cars, but stuff happens when he’s around. Everything’s a little brighter. Or darker. He’s attentive. He puts you at ease. He draws you out. Or he pisses you right off; he’s volatile. But I dare you not to forgive him. I dare you not to laugh when he laughs.


21 Sep

Too soon to call him alive, but he’s definitely undead.

[Updated to add: Works!]

If you like Fleet Foxes

17 Sep

…you might like this very pretty cover from the Swedish sisters of First Aid Kit.

You can download it here.

T-shirt Tuesday I.

16 Sep

There are ten minutes left in T-shirt Tuesday at The Mad Nerdess and, while I have but a few graphic tees, I wore won today because Darcy rocks and I want to supprt her sharing.

Wait, it’s hard to see why it’s funny in that shot.

Bye Bye Brave Banano

15 Sep

I dropped my iPod in the toilet. The hand dryer could not revive him. I cradled him in my fist as he took his last shuddery breaths. I don’t know how much longer I can take this silence. It’s been a few hours.

Anyone want to sell me an old one?