“Jackson Frank Blues Run the Game Frank lead a troubled life, spending years homeless on the streets of New York and in mental institutions, but before all that he wrote one of my favorite folk songs. Many people have done versions of this, among others, Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel”
“Did you know that Hawaii only has one school district… I learned that on a snapple cap. I don’t know why you have to school, people could just stay home and learn by drinking snapple.”— My cousin Peter
Okay, so since I started this blog thing my number of favorite websites is growing exponentially. I’ve know about RSS feeds for a long time but I never felt the need to go that route. I’m still very much a fan of going to the websites and seeing the content in its entirety. However, I’m trying to pull information from so many sites sometimes its really nice to be able to view ALL new updates at a glance —- which is what RSS is intended for.
This week has been pretty slow at work so I’ve tried out a few different free RSS readers. They are pretty similar for the most part but I’ve finally found the one that I am going to use (and recommend). It’s called omea reader and you can find it here
I just went through and added all my favorite websites and I have some 1475 new posts to check out. Sweet!
Shots from our July 2007 expedition to the abandoned stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, America’s first modern highway. The pike was built in the 1930s and this segment was bypassed in 1968 due to tunnel congestion. The area is now owned by the Southern Allegheny Conservancy and is open for cycling and hiking between Route 30 and Pumping Station Road. Some of the areas shown here are extremely dangerous and should not be entered.
Newcomers The Gadsdens like to describe their music as "Tracy Chapman on uppers and Stevie Nicks on downers," and that’s a pretty good way to sum up their sound. The Gadsdens combine melodic sensibilities with a heartfelt delivery that results in poignant pop music that will move you. (via arjanwrites.com)
I’ve been reading a lot of about Juno recently and it has been nothing but good. I am happy to say that I saw it last night and it far exceeded any expectations I had going into it. First off the cast, mainly Ellen Page and Michael Cera, are great. I was telling Sara that Ellen Page kind of reminds me of a fushion between Sarah Silverman and Janeane Garofalo. I don’t know, it was an on-the-fly comparison and I stand by it. Second, the writing is great. There are so many quoteables. Finally, the soundtrack is quite good. Kimya Dawson has 5 songs on it, which is cool because I just discovered her a few weeks ago and I recognized her music in the film. According to the imdb trvia page, Ellen Page suggested that her character Juno would be a fan of the music by Kimya Dawson and The Moldy Peaches (via Drisch). You can find the download link for the entire soundtrack below.
Keep your King Cobra cool to the last drop with this 40 oz Cozy ($12). Constructed of neoprene with a possible gang-related design, the super size cozy has a handle for making your favorite malt treat even easier to handle. There ain’t nothing like a gangsta party.
If this isn’t the best idea ever, then I don’t know what is.
No one is at work today, so I can browse as much of the internet as I want and I can listen to my music as loud as I want. I’ve got like a million tabs open, one of which is pandora radio. I’m listening to my John Mayer radio station and this Jack Johnson song comes on that I’ve never heard before. Its not as upbeat as some of his other songs, but I really enjoy it and so here it is.
One of my favorite albums of 2007 is Andrew Bird’s Armchair Apocrypha. I love everything about it —- his voice, the lyrics, the sound. I think the beauty of this CD is that you can play it almost anywhere (going to sleep, work, the gym). Andrew Bird has been heavily represented in the blogosphere this year and I hope it continues in 2008.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced plans to return to the air.
Despite the ongoing writers strike, both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced plans to return to the air. The funny men will resume production on their Comedy Central shows January 7th without any scribes, though. Unlike the other returning talk show hosts, however, the Daily Show and the Colbert Report are heavily scripted. Both programs will likely have to rely on much more interview segments, but booking guests may prove difficult. Both Colbert and Stewart are Writers Guild members. It should be very very interesting to see how their shows fare without writers!
Might seem out of place amongst the cartoon rap videos and misc quotes but many universities offer free online classes. I’m just putting this here so that I may find again in the future when I’m ready to learn ;-)
“I’m sorry Liz Lemon. This is who I am. You can’t ask a bird not to fly. You can’t ask a fish not to swim. You can’t ask a tiger not to turn back into a Chinese dude at midnight.”—Tracey Morgan on 30 Rock
Here is a mix tape I put together for Sara of the songs that I’ve been obsessed with recently.
1. Tristan Prettyman - Madly (3.15) 2. Iron & Wine - Pagan Angel And A Borrowed Car (4:32) 3. Kanye West - Can’t Tell Me Nothing (4:31) 4. Fergie - Clumsy (Remix) (3:24) 5. Dashboard confessional - Little bombs (2:32) 6. Mason Jennings - Butterfly (2:32) 7. Modest Mouse - Dashboard (4:07) 8. Lambchop - Under A Dream Of A Lie (3:42) 9. Coconut Records - West Coast (3:32) 10. BritneySpears-vs-Kelly-GimmeMoreShoes (4:12) 11. The Killers - Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf (3:38) 12. Rocky Dawuni - Wake The Town (5:36) 13. will.i.am - over (4:00) 14. Modest Mouse - Education (3:56) 15. Kimya Dawson - I Like Giants (4:06) 16. Devin Davis - Turtle And The Flightless Bird (3:42) 17. Cold war kids - Track 6 (3:26) 18. Rilo Kiley - The Moneymaker (2:51) 19. Tristan Prettyman - A little Bit (2:58) 20. SoCalled - You Are Never Alone (4:28)
I can’t really post the mp3s on here, but you can use seeqpod to find most of them
The Westboro Baptist Church (that “God Hates Fags” crew from the heart of Jesusland USA) presents their cover “We Are the World,” rewritten and retitled as “God Hates the World.” The following spectacle managed to be both surreal and fleshcrawlingly creepy at the same time. I’m fairly sure all the people on screen are related to each other. If you can stomach it, the last twenty seconds are as close to pure evil as I’ve seen today.