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Friday, February 29, 2008

Julia Allison, One Day and A Year Shy of Being a Leapling

Happy Leap Day! And happy belated 27th to Julia Allison!

Julia has taught me why one shouldn't post so many pictures of oneself on one's personal blog.

Why, you ask?

Because girlfriend posts enough personal pictures for me, you, and everyone else.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

You Have a Cat So I Don't Have To

Salon's Broadsheet has some Good News for Cat Ladies! today:

So it is with great glee, it is with pride and satisfaction and cat hair attached to my clothing, that I tell you of a new study suggesting that cat owners are 30-40 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who don't own cats. The study added, "No protective effect of dogs as domestic pets was observed." Meooow.

Oh good. Cat people needed a pick-me-up, ever since that NYTimes ewwww cats! article was published way back in December. An excerpt from The Cat Lady Conundrum piece:

The basic facts: Toxo can infect many species, but it undergoes sexual reproduction only in cat digestive tracts. Once the parasite reproduces, the cat passes it in its feces, where the next unwitting host picks it up by digesting it (intentionally or unintentionally). Then the cycle starts again. In the long run, Toxo must find its way back to a cat’s stomach to survive. So the parasite has evolved a complicated system for taking over its hosts’ brains to increase the likelihood that they’ll be eaten by cats.

Bob Buttons and other cats across the globe salute you, Broadsheet!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Self-Obsessed and Yellow

You can look at the date to find out when old digital pictures were taken. It kind of takes away from the romanticizing of times gone by, no? Picture taken by Leo 6 years ago tomorrow.

In another yellow room, two weeks ago.

In this case I like the graininess of the first, it mirrors how the moment looks in my constantly nostalgic mind.

Goodbye, MTV

I love this song. Why did they have to make the video...like this? Well I watched it the whole way through so it can't be all bad. As a commenter says: "Blatantly they cudent be arsed to be in a video."

A good Cribs video:

And is anyone else as intrigued by MGMT's Time to Pretend video as I am? It reminds me of those Lisa Frank folders I used to buy. Pre-Angela Chase days, obvs.

I like the song but "Kids" is my favorite on the album.

Buh-ut You

It's really hard to squeeze the word "turd" into a folk (sorry, ANTI folk) song and pull it off.

Anyone Else But You lyrics by Moldy Peaches

You're a part time lover and a full time friend
The monkey on you're back is the latest trend
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

I kiss you on the brain in the shadow of a train
I kiss you all starry eyed, my body's swinging from side to side
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Here is the church and here is the steeple
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

The pebbles forgive me, the trees forgive me
So why can't, you forgive me?
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

I will find my nitch in your car
With my mp3 DVD rumple-packed guitar
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Doot doo doo do...

Up up down left right left right B A start
Just because we use cheats doesn't mean we're not smart
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

You are always trying to keep it real
I'm in love with how you feel
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

We both have shiny happy fits of rage
You want more fans, I want more stage
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Don Quixote was a steel driving man
My name is Adam I'm your biggest fan
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Squinched up your face and did a dance
You shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Doot doo doo do...
But you

I Heart Jake and Amir

The College Humor site makes my eyes hurt and my mac explode, but I am in love with the Jake and Amir sketches from Hardly Working. Now I just go straight to the source.

Canada is one of my favorites, but really I like them all.

Canada from Amir on Vimeo.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Two Reviews I Did Not Write

A while back, Luke and I went to 53 South so he could do a Barcode. The owners were so nice and they even called in their best bartender to make us drinks.

We couldn't finish all of the cocktails.

Then this other time I went with Abby so she could review Clink at the Liberty Hotel. Honestly? This place would fit in more on Pleasure Island than in Boston. The food was a little too fancy and the atmosphere a bit too themey. See the bars in the background? Read more here.

But most things turn out fun when you're with Abs!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday Nerds

Luke: Hey do you want to play a game online?
Me: Sure, what is it?
Luke: Go to quadradius.com.
Luke: It's like checkers but with bombs and secret weapons.

Indeed it is just like that. I lost, but it wasn't a bad way to spend 20 minutes of a Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Russia, Why?

Just some stuff:

The other day my coworker asked me if I am a pessimist or an optimist and I answered optimist. But then I admitted I'm afraid to have children because the world is so messed up, and I don't think that's a very optimistic thought. He responded, "Well, that's not pessimistic. That's neurotic." Agreed.


Might I suggest courting new friends with Mix CDs. It's better than having to answer the conversation-stopping question: "So, what kind of music do you like?"

From Christina to me, Fall '07:

The Moneymaker ~Rilo Kiley
Everyone Gets A Star ~Albert Hammond Jr.
Fell Down the Stairs ~Tilly and the Wall
The Well and the Lighthouse ~Arade Fire
On the Radio ~Regina Spektor
Phantom Limb ~Shins
Lay Your Head Down ~Keren Ann
Dress Up In You ~Bell and Sebastian
Shoreline ~Broken Social Scene
The Story ~Brandy Carlisle
Where Is My Mind ~Bobby Bare Jr.
Favorite ~Neko Case
True Love Way ~Kings of Leon
Evil ~Interpol
Nature and the Wreck ~Mates of State
I Feel It All ~Feist
My D*** Sux ~Giant Drag
Sea of Love ~Feist
Love and Longing ~StellaStarr*
Like a Prayer ~The Packway Handle Band
Hide and Seek ~Imogen Heap

From me to Xtina Winter '08:

Venus ~Frankie Avalon
The Opposite of Hallelujah ~Jens Lekman
Happy Go Lucky Me ~Paul Evans
John Brown ~Papercuts
Tears for Affairs ~Camera Obscura
The Start of Something ~Voxtrot
Momma's Boy ~Chromeo
Amour du Sol ~Yelle
Dirty Mind ~Pipettes
Mirro Kissers ~Cribs
The Don ~The View
Toothpaste Kisses ~Maccabees
Walk Away ~Franz Ferdinand
Starlett Johansenn ~Teenagers
Anorak Christmas ~Sally Shapiro
What's a Girl to do? ~Bat for Lashes
Rich Girls ~Virgins
I'm a Realist ~Cribs
Time Stands Still ~Cut Copy
Ice Cream ~New Young Pony Club
Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken ~Camera Obscura
Jessica ~Adam Green
Supertramps and Superstars ~Simple Kid

p.s. lists are boring but I can't resist sharing anyway.


When I read people's blogs, I skim over a lot of the words. Unless the writing grabs me from the start, I skim skim skim and focus on images instead. I think I have definitely changed over the past five years when I was once, a long time ago, a patient reader.

I know, we've been over this before. But in case you're that type of person too, here are some images to focus on:


If you made it this far, check out this cabinet of curiosities: English Russia. Man does Russia have some strange aesthetics.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Get out there and get 'er done!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Vampires! Scary.

I like the new Vampire Weekend album. Right when you think you have them figured out, they surprise you with happy haunted wind instrumentals. Except it's probably a keyboard making that sound. I don't know! And they seem to have an affinity for Cape Cod. Charming.
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