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Friday, October 30, 2009

2009 Hallloween Costume #1

me, as candy corn

Do you know what I am?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

gifparty summarizes everything there is to know about Gossip Girl

Riiiiiiiiiight here.

Well, almost everything. One thing remains mysterious: why didn't my DVR record it last night, hmm?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Generationalists

This band appears to have zero presence on the internet, which is a mystery to me, because they kinda rule. I was turned onto them and their fantastic album Con Law by Brant. Their song "When They Fight They Fight" is my official favorite song of the moment. I may not be able to point you towards a youtube or a mysapce or a hypem, but I know for a fact that the album is available on iTunes, and you should go give it a listen and probably buy it right away.

UPDATE: I should not blog/google before having coffee. I couldn't find them because their name is The Generationals. Here's the video for my favorite song:

In other music news, I saw one of the hands down best shows I've seen in ages on Monday night. Golden Triangle were sheer punk fun, with a mostly female lineup that kicked the Black Cat backstage's ass. Thee Oh Sees just completely floored everyone in attendance. I could not have loved their set more. Fuzzed out distortion mics and dirty garage rock with a sense of harmony and tight instrumentation that's usually foreign to that kind of rock. God, I loved this show so, so much.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I sort of hate my camera

It's a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80. How do you feel about yours? A friend I went camping with this weekend had a Canon Elf (this one maybe?) that took great photos and seemed to have all the things mine is lacking (zoom that makes pictures actually appear closer, rather than farther than your naked eye, good low-light capabilities, being able to take a photo without flash that isn't hella blurry, etc.). I am in the market. I don't need anything professional -- just a good quality digital point and shoot. Most of my photos are taken of: food, my cat, night time activities like concerts and parties and when things are on fire. Give me suggestions, please.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Shows I'm watching/loving/still loving these days:
  • Glee
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Gossip Girl
  • Bones
  • Greek
  • The Vampire Diaries (YEAH I SAID IT, WHAT?!?!)
  • House
  • The Office
  • Castle
Shows that are clogging up my DVR that I haven't gotten around to watching any of this season yet:
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Dollhouse
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • One Tree Hill
Shows I've watched but am not sold on yet/have at least a couple weeks backed up on my DVR:
  • Mad Men (sorry internet, this season's just not terribly gripping)
  • Community

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Today's Best Internets, and How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

I continue to sweat The Awl. And things the Awl People do Elsewhere.

"Australians: too stupid to be racist?"

"Who will prevent these man-eaters of commerce from persuading me that my personal escape from Thunderdome must not be Pepsi-fueled?"

Un-alw-related: Patches the Human Horse

Unrelated to the internet but sort of to technology: I got a stupid speeding ticket from a stupid speeding ticket giving camera in stupid Maryland. Maryland!

And to wind down this completely threadless discussion, I am going to provide a public service, complete with visual aids. It's fruit fly season! Is your kitchen home to dozens of little floaty bastards? Mine sure was! Until I tried a method that Catherine read about on the internet (like this one that Emily describes, but with More Stuff!). I have killed tens and tens and tens of fruit flies. My fruit is safe, thanks to this fool proof method!

Step 1: Make a delicious cocktail of apple cider vinegar and a hint of dish soap. Fruit flies sure do like weird stuff!

Step 2: Cover this cocktail with some plastic wrap, lock it down with a rubber band, and poke a few holes in the top. Like when you were trying to keep fireflies alive as a kid. But the opposite of that.

apple cider vinnegar + dish soap WORKS (for catching fruit flies)

Step 3: Strategically place the Stupid Fruit Fly Cocktail in a place they, like, already love hanging out.

strategic location



Thursday, October 01, 2009

Supporting the Andrews Theory

This shies away from calling it a cure, but more pineapple/juice boosterism from The Kitchn.

I got a joke!

Thanks, Dan White.

A turtle is crossing the road when he’s mugged by two snails. When the police show up, they ask him what happened. The shaken turtle replies, "I don’t know. It all happened so fast."