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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Oh Marc, you're making my heart sing

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 collection. Je t'aime.

I knew the makers of GIF PARTY and I shared similar sensibilities

I just didn't know HOW similar!

Today: I go into the office for the first time since February 4th. I am actually REALLY EXCITED about this. My house and I could use a little space.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well, it's (sort of ) official

Snowiest winter in D.C. history.

And yes, this IS the result of global warming.

It is still. Snowing.

This is not the D.C. I know. This is not the D.C. of my youth. This is truly the end of days. I can't even remember how much snow came down last Saturday or Tuesday (4"? 6"?) but those were reasonable to large falls for this town. And so close together! How novel! And then. It began. 24 hours of snow leading to two feet of impenetrable precipitation that's shut this city down since last Friday. I cannot get my car out. I cannot drive on my street. I can only walk, in the somewhat plowed roads because god knows hardly anyone shovels their sidewalks. And now, possibly the worst of it all. Another foot or so of blowing, terrible snow that looks far scarrier than anything we've seen yet. I cannot even see out of my window anymore! It is just horrible. I mean, let's face it: this is not the natural order of things. I would truly, sincerely, like to be able to go to work at this point. But instead... another day... at home. And now, with even more likely power outages! Best of luck not losing your minds in all of this, my friends. I am pretty sure I've already crossed that threshold.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Years after everyone else in the world, I finally got a smart phone

I stuck with Verizon and got the Droid 2.0. I am in love with it and it is awesome. I'm still sort of figuring out how to use some parts of it. But so far, here are the things I am curious about/want to see. Any thoughts, internet?
  • Google Voice. I set up an account. I got the ap. But it still isn't working. Any ideas? All I really want it to do is send me voicemail transcripts. Will that muck up my actual voicemail? And being able to listen to my voicemails regularly/use the Verizon visual voicemail?
  • Before I got my phone the coolest thing I'd heard about the Droid was the ability to set it up to know where you are, and make your settings react accordingly. Which it does! The app is called Locale and it is rad. It goes to silent when I'm at work, and there are many other more advanced functions I haven't mucked around with yet. But battery is an issue with the Droid and constant syncing of gmail takes up a lot of it. So I want it to stop syncing while I'm at work. Which according to the internets, it can't do (because of some security upgrade with the 2.0 phone). Any ideas?
  • I haven't put any of these to real work yet, but the restaurant finding app that people seem to recommend (Sherpa) doesn't appear to exist in the marketplace (the Droid app store). I downloaded Where, but it seems to get confused about my actual location. Anybody have another favorite?
  • Or how about an app that uses your GPS to let you know restaurants that deliver in your area (plus menus?)?
I have had it for less than 24 hours so I'm still (obviously) just getting to know how it works. If you have any recommendations for apps or ways to best use the Droid, let me know.

Monday, February 01, 2010

My, what incredibly unattractive baithing suits you have!

Urban Outfitters, what are you thinking?