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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Apparently the NY Post thinks Conan is a frat guy.

I love the internet. I get to borrow what someone says about something else and agree with it. (Like you guys care). But seriously, I didn't even see the first Conan show and so I cannot relate to what the NY Post wrote about it, but I did read Best Week Ever today as they dissected the review and it seems like the journalist who wrote the critique may need to do a little more homework next time. I've never really been a fan of Leno's humor and I really really love Mr. O'Brien. I wish him all the luck.

The NY Posts's big "bottom line" is here:
"Bottom line? Conan fans wont be disappointed — it’s Conan the frat guy — just earlier".

Here's what BWE has to say to that:
This last part skids way past opinion and into factual territory; Leno does safe, predictable comedy for a very large audience of people who tune in to see safe, predictable comedy. There’s nothing wrong with that — I’m never going to rip on my fifty-year-old uncle for not DVRing Tim & Eric Awesome Show. But to characterize Conan and his humor as “fratty,” which connotes some sort of low-brow, coarse, dude-humor, with the implied association that Leno’s comedy is more intellectual, then, well, you just shouldn’t be writing for a newspaper.

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Book Review: The White Tiger - A Novel by Aravind Adiga

The thing that saved this book for me was not the fact that the story was told in the first person (by an admitted murderer, no less), or the fact that it was a moving story about the battle between right and wrong. No, what kept me going was the detail with which Adiga explained the situations his characters found themselves in. I don't necessarily feel more comfortable with my level of knowledge about the corrupt politics of India, or the disparities (and how!) between the rich and the poor, but I do understand how thin a poor man looks, or how impressive the uniforms of a bus driver can be to someone who waits tables in a tea shop. The entire idea that servant becomes master, to me, was trite. I'm also going to put it out there that I'm tired of reading books about how terrible life is in India. I need to take a break from you India, it's not you, it's me (but really it's you).

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Movie Review Haiku (俳句): Disturbing Behavior (1998)

Robot teenagers,
Bad kids gone good is creepy,
Joey Potter, dude.

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Movie Review Haiku (俳句): Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

Why did we pick this?
Can watch Netflix through X-Box,
but, why this movie?

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Birthdays was the worst days.

I really like this photo that I took at my friend Josh's birthday. He and his girlfriend bought an adorable little house in Crown Heights North in Brooklyn. He calls it Prospect Manor and gave it its own . A garage, a basement, a backyard, three floors of a real house... it's like I wasn't even in Brooklyn anymore. Congrats buddy, and happy birthday. Mark and I rode our bikes over there; we rode through Clinton Hill and Fort Greene - parts of Brooklyn we haven't spent much time in. There were lots of trees and old homes, and surprisingly, bike lanes for us the entire way... a very scenic ride on this very enjoyable Saturday.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

DJB Radio: Metric - Sympathy

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Quween will protect yo a$s.

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I want.

This is too cute, as seen on .

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RSVP (plus guest).

I would have enjoyed an invitation to this wedding and/or dinner party. I'd like to live in this photograph and not worry about deadlines, and work, and just continue to practice on my cooking and baking skills (I could obviously use the practice) and invite you all to dinner on a rotating shift. Sounds lovely, yes?

Photographer is and you may remember me totally obsessing over last summer/fall. These kids have great style. I kind of went cuckoo looking for his wife's amazing yellow shoes until she wrote me and told me that she found them in the bargain bin for $14.99.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Movie Review Haiku (俳句): The Reader (2008)

Powerful story,
Filled with conflict and sorrow,
Enjoyed book and film.

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Maps. They don't love you like I love you.

As some of you may know, I took an Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) course this past semester. My goal was to just learn about the software capabilities and not to become a map-master (although I secretly wish I could). We have GIS specialists on staff here at work so there's no need for me to be the best map creator ever. It's a tough class to take as an introduction because the software has SO MANY capabilities, you'll never master them in 12 weeks. Never. Not even close. I could basically follow the homework instructions by the time the course was complete. Our final assignment was to "re-do" our first assignment now that we knew more about the software. Take a look.
Here's Week 1:
Here's Week 11:

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I'm purging.

The view of the tent on the big day, shortly before the guests arrived.

The infamous cake table. I've never seen so many grown-ups get so excited about cake before in my life.

A shot of one of my tables. Hopefully our photographer captured more enticing versions of all of these, but you get the drift.
So I'm cleaning out my old "Tie the Knot" links in my Favorites. I thought I'd share them all with you so that you can see the kinds of stuff I've been saving for the past 9 months. Former brides and current brides, I know you feel me on this, and if you don't, please don't say so or else you'll make me feel like I'm the only one who did this. I'm not sure how many of you noticed but recently I even got rid of my collection of links on the sidebar of my blog because I had a pesky habit of checking in on those blogs in my last weeks of planning (which was stupid). So take a look below at some of the links, maybe they're useful, maybe they're not, regardless, I'm deleting the folder today and moving on with my life. I'm determined to find a new hobby.

is where we got made. Mark designed them but they were my idea. I picked out the lyrics/songs and he made them all pretty-like in Illustrator. Each set of 100 was about $30.

was a picnic inspiration board that I found on .

is a link to Ace Hardware store where I had intended on buying a bunch of Mason Jars for table arrangements, I ended up going with a mix of smaller vases from the Dollar Store () and bowls I found at Ikea for fruit ().

are perfect for a DIY photobooth with a vintage-y fabric backdrop, it was something I never really had time to do. also has great stuff.

I really really loved and and they served as inspiration for my own tables. If I had done wholesale flowers, I could've gone to in Potomac, Maryland, but the prices actually made me nervous. I only spent $80 on flowers and bought them at Whole Foods! Though, I've read good things about buying flowers wholesale online through .

You can make your own book, here at I believe Mark and I are planning to do this once we get all our photos back. It's a new take on the traditional HUGE book of photos that you can normally pay a fortune for.

I wanted a few games for people to play available out in the field and luckily I found a Bocce Ball set at Target for $15 and friends of ours brought some Croquet, but I was actually planning on shopping as a backup.

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We have a song!

This past Saturday, at our wedding celebration, Mark asked me to dance. We had to wait over 6 months for our first dance, but it was well worth the wait. More exciting than the actual dance itself was the idea that now we have an "official song". We've had songs in the past that automatically make either of us think of the other one, but this is the real deal.

Junior Walker & The All Stars - How Sweet it is to be Loved by You

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Movie Review Haiku (俳句): Reservation Road (2007)

Joaquin lost his son,
Ruffalo did hit and run,
Will he be found out?

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