December 2004 archive

(70 entries)

December 31, 2004

It was either that or Spongebob Squarepants

Sometimes I forget that, due to the scarcity of yellow underwear in Ann Arbor stores, my ass is currently expressing the sentiment:

Aloha from Hawaii, Summer 2005!

Then I remember and I have a little giggle to myself. This has been happening all day. Bless you, Kohl's, and your strange and cryptic underwear selection!

Happy New Year, all!

srah | 8:22 PM | TrackBack
Tags: underwear

Tsunami tragedy

I felt like I was obliged to say something about the tsunami disaster, but I couldn't think of anything original to say. It's terrible and catastrophic and disgusting. I didn't really have anything to add to what all of the bloggers around me have said and I felt bad about that.

Yesterday on the news they were having a story about the Americans that were killed/missing (because American news loves Americans) and I suddenly had the feeling that someone had recently told me they were going to Thailand for Christmas Break. I can't remember who. So now I'm scared for a person I actually know, and I don't know who it is or even if it's just my overactive imagination inventing the conversation.

I wish I still had nothing to say.

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Tags: discovered

December 30, 2004

Tree Fingies

I'm doing a meme. I haaaaaaaaaaaaaave to - Jez said. Else spiders!

srah | 8:14 PM | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Go away, Mr Clown, you scare me

Here is a thought that I had while listening to the radio and driving to the mall today:

If it weren't for the fact that we are made of two different - and probably incompatible - materials (being human flesh and music) I might sew Squeeze's "Tempted" to my skin.

I don't think I should be left alone with my thoughts anymore.

srah | 6:20 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

End-of-the-year reflections

Everybody's Doing It So Why Why Can't We? Or rather, I? I've seen this on quite a few blogs now, so it's my turn. I don't share everything on the ol' blog, so some answers may be vague or avoided, but that's the price you pay for not knowing me in real life!

[Someday there will be real content on this blog, but I have no amusing observations about life right now because I sit at home all day and play The Sims.]

srah | 1:03 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack
Tags: holidays

mp3 meme thingy

Turn on your WinAmp, WMP, ITunes, whatever you play music with. Turn the shuffle on. Push play, then fast forward and write down each song as it occurs in this list, and it will be a fortune:
  • How you felt about high school: "Coming In To Land" by Badly Drawn Boy
  • How you feel about life now: "Habanera" from Carmen ("Si je t'aime, prends garde à toi!")
  • How you feel about the future: "Colombia Tierra Querida" by Cabas (Oh my god, am I moving to Colombia???)
  • The way your crush feels about you: "Let the Sunshine In" by the Fifth Dimension
  • Your best friend’s secret: "Money Talks" by AC/DC
  • The story of your life will be titled: "Starry Starry Night" by Don McLean (and the next song was "Perfect" by Simple Plan!)

[via Confessions of a Girl Geek]

srah | 1:58 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack
Tags: memes

December 29, 2004

All gussied up in Christmas presents

"Over the knee" socks + short srah = thigh-high socks. 'Tis very strange-feeling.

Nine West calls the color of these socks "dusk oregano." Where do they come up with this stuff? Is oregano a different color at dusk?

srah | 11:44 AM | TrackBack
Tags: fashion, socks

December 28, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

Last unconscious mutterings of 2004!

srah | 11:07 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

December 27, 2004

Ordience porticipation

So, what did you get for Christmas?

(Why should I have to do all the writing around here, anyway?)

srah | 9:12 PM | Comments (15) | TrackBack
Tags: holidays

May require some searching!

There is a tradition in some countries in Latin America that it is good luck to ring in the new year wearing brand new yellow underwear. Not only yellow underwear, but yellow underwear that was a gift. So get shopping for underwear for the people you love!

srah | 9:33 AM | TrackBack
Tags: holidays, luck, new year, tradition, underwear

Guess whose sad, pathetic self will need a visit from the Social Bunny?

Merry Christmas, Internet. Long time no see.

I got The Sims 2 for Christmas. Isidore has been otherwise occupied and not able to play with you folks. We'll be back... eventually.

srah | 9:28 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack
Tags: christmas, the sims

December 25, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: A is for...

Texas - In Demand

A special video treat for Xmas. Texas? What does that have to do with the letter A? Watch and see. Dreeeeeeeeeeeamy.

srah | 12:28 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack
Tags: music

December 24, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: B is for Black Lab!

It's Christmas Eve! I don't have time for a summary! Enjoy the music!

Black Lab - Keep Myself Awake

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Tags: music

December 23, 2004

The booty ye deserve!

I think it's been months since I mentioned either pirates or ninjas.

I'm sorry.

I've been so caught up in other things that pirates and ninjas just haven't been at the top of my mind. Can you ever forgive me? Well how about if I link to this? Does that help?

How about if I tell you that MaTT got me pirate band-aids for Christmas and there was a RUBBER MONKEY in the tin? How about that?


[via Kyle Flood Dot Net]

srah | 11:25 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack
Tags: discovered

Lost, in translation

I am an upstanding member of the community and would never do anything wrong. But if, theoretically, I had decided well into the season that I wanted to see the deserted-island drama Lost and had downloaded or was currently downloading the first eleven episodes, then what follows is what I would think of the episodes that I had seen (but of course, you understand, it's completely hypothetical because I would never ever download TV shows from the Internet):

Alfie and I were watching episode 3 today and noticed that the supervising producer is Javier Grillo-Marxuach. I love it when his name pops up in the credits for things because he went to my high school. He's about 11 years older than me so I've never met him, but I'm still somehow proud of him.

In Episode 2, the crash victims find that there's a sixteen-year old distress signal being transmitted in French. One member of the group, who spent a year in Paris ("Drinking, not studying!") is called upon to translate the distress call. She translates it almost completely in that the gist of the message is communicated, but what is odd is that she translates every sentence wrong. The translations don't match up with what the French woman is saying.

"Il est dehors..." ["He* is outside."]
"She's saying 'Please.'"
"Veuillez nous aider..." ["Please help us."]
"She's saying 'Please help me. Please come get me.'"
"Si qui que ce soit puisse entendre ceci..." ["If anyone can hear this..."]
"I'm alone now."
"... je vais essayer d'aller jusqu'au rocher noir." ["... I will try to go as far as the black rock."]
"I'm on the island alone."
"Veuillez nous aider." ["Please help us."]
"Please, someone come."
"Ils sont tous morts." ["They are all dead."]
"The others, they're..."
"Ils sont morts." ["They are dead."]
"They're dead."
"Il les a tués." ["He killed them."]
"It killed them."
"Il les a tués tous." ["He killed them all."]
"It killed them all."
"Je vais essayer d'aller jusqu'au rocher noir." ["I will try to go as far as the black rock."]
(battery dies)

Uh, I hope this mysterious black rock isn't important, because it didn't make it into Shannon's translation at all!

* "Il" can mean "he" or "it," but I think think that since there's no context, my first thought would be to translate it as "he".

srah | 6:35 PM | TrackBack
Tags: french, javier grillo-marxuach, lost, my favorite posts, translation, tv

Holiday Download Extravaganza: C is for The Cure!

Do you ever sit around the house and wonder what The Cure were up to in 1996? I'll tell you - they were recording the only Cure album that I own: Wild Mood Swings. That's what.

The Cure - Mint Car

srah | 10:36 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack
Tags: music

Holiday Download Extravaganza: D is for Dee-lite!

(Oops - didn't get around to posting yesterday.)

At a party, I was once informed by at least two different people that this song reminded them of me. I still don't know why that is, but there are a lot of songs that would be worse. I'm glad that people don't connect me with a dirge or something - at least this one is high-energy!

Dee-lite - Groove is in the Heart

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Tags: music

The lunatics have taken over...

My dad and I went Christmas shopping at Borders the other night and he bought an early Christmas present for the whole family. We got home and were deciding what movie to watch when he told me about the DVD he'd bought for us. I wondered which new release or British-TV-series-on-DVD he'd thought of, since these are the sort of thing we usually get.

I tried to guess. "Have we seen it recently?" I asked. "I haven't seen it for... probably about thirty years," he answered. "Wait, have I ever seen it? Then why do you think I'd like it?"

Turns out, my dad knows what we like after all. Although I'd never heard of it, Le Roi de coeur was apparently very big in the 60s and showed in Ann Arbor for something like three years straight. It's a French movie about a Scottish WWI soldier (played by Alan Bates) who is sent to defuse a bomb left in a French town that the Germans hoped to destroy so that the British forces couldn't take it over. The inhabitants of the town hear about the bomb and evacuate, but leave behind everyone in the insane asylum. When Alan Bates' character is looking around the town, he leaves open the doors and gates to the asylum and the residents escape and take over the town, declaring him their king. They are crazy and innocent and don't understand the war or death that's going on around them and he comes to be attracted to this way of thinking. It was really quite lovely - if you're looking for something to rent, this is certainly something very different!

srah | 9:23 AM | TrackBack
Tags: movies

December 21, 2004

Half-Blood Prince release date announced!


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Tags: books, harry potter, harry potter and the half-blood prince

Holiday Download Extravaganza: E is for Everclear!

Christopher Brookmyre introduced me to this song.

"This is gonna sound a little obsessive..." starts Zal in The Sacred Art of Stealing. DI de Xavia recognizes later that he was quoting Everclear. So srah scoured the Internet, discovered the song, found it and held it to her bosom. And her ears, because it turns out that's where she hears.

'Twas a gift from Christopher Brookmyre's heart directly to me, and now I share it with you, dear friends.

Wait, that does sound a little obsessive.

Everclear - Unemployed Boyfriend

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Tags: christopher brookmyre, everclear, mp3, music

December 20, 2004

They're willing... for the shilling...

"I used to sell cookies too, you know," I said to the Brownie who came a-shilling at my place of employment. She seemed singularly unimpressed. I gave the best eight years of my life to the Girl Scouts and for what? I can't even impress a first-grader!

I'll bet you didn't know that I was a Girl Scout for eight years. I'll bet you never would have guessed it from someone as rebellious and tough and... okay, I bet you would have.

I don't even know who this girl belongs to, but in exchange for buying one box of Peanut Butter Patties, she gave me a picture she drew of a dragon with smoke coming out of his nostrils after he set a bush on fire! This kicks ass. I wish I'd thought to throw in a little bonus on my sales... maybe if I'd had more success, I'd still be selling cookies to this day!

No, that would be even more pathetic than I already am.

srah | 9:36 AM | TrackBack
Tags: childhood, girl scout cookies, girl scouts

Holiday Download Extravaganza: F is for Foo Fighters!

This song was on the soundtrack to the X-Files movie. I don't quite know why or whether it actually played during the movie. It doesn't sound particularly X-Filesish to me - it wasn't written by Mark Snow* or performed by Johnny Mathis. I like it anyway.

Foo Fighters - Walking After You

* Is it really sad and nerdy to know the name of the X-Files composer? It is? Oh. :'(

srah | 1:28 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack
Tags: music

December 19, 2004

Sudden realization

... you mean, presents don't wrap themselves?

srah | 12:09 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: holidays

Stupid joke that I made up today

Q: What is Luke Skywalker's favorite color?

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Tags: jokes, luke skywalker, star wars

Holiday Download Extravaganza: G is for Jean-Jacques Goldman!


Okay, I suck. But this is another lovely lovely French song with great lyrics. I think I like this old standard more every time I hear one of his songs and this is one of my current favorites.

Chansons pour les pieds is a wonderful album that - if presented to me for any type of upcoming holiday event - would not be thrown on the floor and stamped upon.

Jean-Jacques Goldman - Je voudrais vous revoir

srah | 1:24 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Tags: music

*Clubs Trump*

At Marshall Field's today I saw a big display for the new fragrance "Trump".

My first objection to this fragrance is that "Trump" sounds like "frump" or "stump." This is not an attractive image for a cologne. It's just not an attractive word. Trump trump trump. (In doing a little research for this post, I discovered that a "trump" is a fart in UK English.)

Putting the sound and meaning of the name of the cologne aside, Trump? The connotation is that by wearing this cologne, you will be associated with Donald Trump. So you will be seen as a failed/failing businessman with one of these on his head?

Do not anger me this holiday season, or it's a bottle of eau de fart for you!

srah | 1:01 AM | TrackBack
Tags: donald trump, scents

Unconscious Mutterings

Meme! Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme! Meeeeeeeeme! Right. Free associations have been free-associated. Read on for mine or click the icon to do your own without being tainted!

srah | 12:29 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

srah's Holiday Solutions

Dear The Stores At The Mall,

Please stop having sales on cute clothing and shoes. It is the holidays and I am supposed to be spending my money on presents for loved ones, not on myself.


Dear My Loved Ones,

So... you'll all be getting cute size 6 shoes for Christmas, because my eyes are unable to see beyond them. As these shoes will not fit you, I think the best thing to do would be to re-gift them to me. And then you can give me the presents you were planning to give me in addition to these re-gifts. You will feel great pride for getting me something I will be sure to enjoy as well as the excitement of wondering if I will like your present! We both win!


srah | 12:08 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack
Tags: holidays

December 18, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: H is for The Hollies!

At last, ladies and gentlemen, the mystery is at an end. From December 1 to December 25, there are 25 days. And there are 26 letters in the alphabet! I could have left out something like Z or X or Q but no, ladies and gentlemen, I opted instead for I. Because I did. So there.

So here we are at H. Once again, a lovely song because I am, occasionally, a hopeless romantic.

The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe

srah | 8:53 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Tags: music

December 17, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: J is for Journey!

For some reason, I always have this swelling of pride when the singer says that the boy was "born and raised in South Detroit" even though I am not from Detroit and I don't even know what's in South Detroit. I am retarded like that.

Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

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Tags: music

December 16, 2004

They may take my social life, but they'll never take...


(Note to my teachers next semester and any future employers: Please ignore that last part.)

srah | 8:07 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack
Tags: school of information

Holiday Download Extravaganza: K is for Kyo!

Lost our internet connection last night, so this one's a little later than usual.

This is a song by a French rock group. It's kind of funny to see French rock videos because they get all kitted out like they're Limp Bizkit or Korn or something and then they sing a song that's rather sweet and poppy. Poor dears can't help it - it's the chanson tradition which seems to pervade all French music and force them to sing intelligible lyrics. Not rockish at all, those intelligible lyrics!

Anyway, this one is about teenaged angst and wanting to run away from everything. Lyrics are here (in French). Have a listen.

Kyo - Je cours

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Tags: music


I had a dream where we went to meet a distant cousin. He lived on the shores of a big lake. My mom parked the car and went in to meet him, leaving us behind in the car. The waves from the lake kept getting higher and higher until they were so high they would touch the roof of the car. I decided I should back up and get farther away from the lake so I started up the car while the waves were receding and put it into reverse... and it went forward. I got really scared because the sand was so wet we couldn't get enough traction to go backward. So I put it into drive, put my foot down hard on the gas and managed to turn the car around so it was facing the other direction. My mom came out and invited us into the guy's house. There was some kind of issue with the guy's grandsons, who gave us cereal and wanted to make us skydive.

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Tags: dream

December 15, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: L is for Lovin' Spoonful!

I dunno. You know, it's kinda nice. I think it's rather a sweet song. Hee.

The Lovin' Spoonful - You Didn't Have to Be So Nice

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Tags: music

December 14, 2004

My First Post

Let me introduce myself. I am Srahmom or Alfiemom or Mommy. I had knee replacement surgery in September and am preparing to go back to work next week after being off for almost three months. Currently, my life is spent walking and riding our stationary bicycle.

Walking in the Mall
In late October my therapist told me that I could finally start walking in the Mall. I was very excited since it meant that I could go somewhere else other than the physical therapy clinic and the doctor's office. Walking was slow, I had to use my cane and was passed by little old ladies using their walkers. I frequently had to stop to rest my throbbing knee. It was hard work and the change in scenery wasn't even noticed.

Things are starting to look up
I've continued to do all my exercises and I'm a lot more confident walking. I no longer have to stare at the floor to avoid all the cracks that pop up so I can trip over them. I actually look around while I walk. It's a good thing too. It is the Christmas season and there are people out there who are not looking around for me. The mall is very crowded. People walk out of the stores without looking where they are going, so I have to stop dead in my tracks to avoid running in to them. They swing their bags from side to side and to and fro, frequently hitting me in the knee. Let's not do that anymore! In fact I would like you all to go home when I go to the mall to walk or perhaps you could just stay out of my way.

Commercial Advertizement
Since I have been walking I have noticed a new shop at Briarwood. It is called Chez Pierre a Genuine Taste of France. I went in a few weeks ago to see what they carry. It is a lovely shop filled with wonderful French items such as (my favorite) chocolate, mustards, peppers, wine, olive oil, linens, porcelins, etc. All are very reasonably priced. And the proprietor is French. I hope you will stop in at Chez Pierre, located in the same aisle as Jonathan B. Pub and the Village Theatre.

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Tags: guest blogging

Better than Nader

Congratulations to Marn's Big Adventure, winner of the 3500-5000 category in the 2004 Weblog Awards. Alas, I dropped from 2nd to 7th place (although running in a completely different field than last year!) but did manage to finish above 5.0%, as hoped! Thanks, you guys!

srah | 2:56 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Holiday Download Extravaganza: M is for Mr Mister!

In Scattergories, that would be worth two points!

These kids today with their hippin' and their hoppin' and their bippin' and their boppin'... they don't appreciate a good song with Latin in it.

Mr Mister - Kyrie

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Tags: music

December 13, 2004

I am such a nerd that I kind of want to punch myself.

Kind of?

I've mentioned it a few times already - I'm redesigning the blog over break. So please do tell: what would you like me to improve? Usually I only hear complaints right after I make a change, so let's have some input up front! How can I improve your user experience? What would you like to see in the interface? Don't make me user-test you!

*dies a little inside*

srah | 12:55 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

I have got a hat...

You know what this blog hasn't had enough of lately? Whining about the weather. C'mon, you know you all miss it!

I have recently found myself thinking that winter really isn't that tough. I don't know what all the fuss is about... little brown furry things with short stumpy legs and great long noses...

Nope. Apparently what I thought was winter was, in fact, an anteater. A winter, I have discovered today, is a huge savage beast, ten feet long, with masses of sharp pointed teeth and it looks like this--

Right. Stop that; it's silly.

Point is, it's a freaking nightmare out there today. I'm sorry I doubted your powers, winter. It will never happen again. You're cold, you're windy, I hate you and I have months of you to look forward to. Are there good library jobs in Bermuda?

srah | 10:06 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack
Tags: weather

Holiday Download Extravaganza: N is for Nina Persson!

The editing of Information Architecture continues. Tired. Need sleep. Can't think of a commentary. This is from the soundtrack from Boys Don't Cry. Nina Persson was the lead singer of the Cardigans. Song is pretty. Night night.

Nina Persson - Bluest Eyes in Texas

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Tags: music

December 12, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: O is for O-ZONE!

Do you want to be hip and sophisticated and European? Well, you can't. So instead, just check out one of the big European hits of the summer - a completely retarded song from... Moldova, I believe.

Thanks to my three Romanian co-workers this summer, I have learned a whole lot of useful Romanian. Namely, I learned how to say "Kiss me," then forgot it. Now, thanks to this song, I can say "happiness" and "Hello, it's me, Picasso." That will surely come in handy! The lyrics (and their English translation) can be found here.

O-ZONE - Dragostea din tei

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Tags: music

'If he had a guitar, he'd be a rock lobster!'

Mr B------ and I went to the grocery store today and there was a man dressed in a lobster suit. We considered taking him with us to Qdoba and buying him tacos until he was full.

Ten imaginary dollars to the first person who knows what I'm talking about!

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Unconscious Mutterings

Too late. Twelve hours of Information Architecture. Can't think. Must free associate.

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Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

December 11, 2004

The Mummy

And here I thought your Christmas present, dear readers, was going to be a crapload of music!

The music will continue, of course, but I have another treat to brighten your holiday season. Some time this evening, I hope, we will have the first post by a new featured guest blogger: srahmom!

Let's give her a hand, ladies and gentlemen...

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Tags: guest blogging

To do over Christmas Break

  • Buy Christmas presents (since I haven't bought a single one yet)
  • Apply for jobs
  • Figure out what I'm doing next semester (I've registered for classes... but that doesn't mean I need to keep them!)
  • Read a book... for fun!
  • Redesign the blog
  • Invent a time machine and extend Christmas Break by about five weeks

srah | 11:32 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I've already been nominated - go nominate someone else

Nominations are open for yet another blogging contest! This one is aimed at smaller blogs and no political blogs are allowed. If you want a favorite lesser-known blog to get recognition, nominate it now!


"As an extra incentive, if you nominate a blogger between now and December 17th, your name will go into a special drawing for this week's "door prize": a free custom skin from Web Divas."

srah | 11:18 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Holiday Download Extravaganza: P is for Pop Project!

Here's a tune from a local band that Matt introduced to me last spring. I hope they don't mind me posting their mp3 for WORLDWIDE CONSUMPTION FROM MY MASSIVE READING AUDIENCE!

If this makes them rich and famous, I hope they will buy me a bubble tea. *rolls eyes*

Pop Project - Feel Nine

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Tags: ann arbor, holiday download extravaganza, matt, mp3, music, pop project

December 10, 2004

Step one: Get a job. Step two: Get a life.

Last night, after the last class of the semester, the students and professor of my Marketing class all went out to the bar for a drink. It was interesting because I'd mostly only associated with engineers all semester and hadn't really met any of the MBA students. We had a few drinks, chatted it up and then my classmates asked me, at one point in the evening, what I do for fun.

I couldn't think of anything!

I finally scraped up that I like to watch movies. I started to mention blogging, but apparently they don't talk about blogs all the time in the Business School the way that they do in the School of Information, so I gave up trying to explain and scrapped the idea altogether. So I only like to watch movies and nothing else in the whole wide world.

Is it because I'm a full-time student and have no time for fun? Or am I just fundamentally boring, with no interests whatsoever?

I need to get me a hobby.

srah | 11:49 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Holiday Download Extravaganza: Q is for Queen!

I went bowling last weekend with SOCHI and SAA. There were an emcee and a DJ at the bowling alley (he spun, she announced), both of whom were quite awful. I couldn't tell if the emcee was a retarded Australian or a stupid American pretending to be Australian or a stupid American pretending to be British and coming off as vaguely Australian. Anyway, the music they were playing was pretty awful, but we soon caught on that you could request things from them and that once in a blue moon, they would stop with the country music and actually play what you'd asked for or something resembling it that was actually in their collection. They didn't have Hungry Like the Wolf so we had to settle for Rio. They didn't have Lovecats so we had to settle for Friday I'm In Love.

I decided to give them free rein. I went up and asked if they would play "anything by Queen". I like a lot of songs by Queen. I figured they'd pick Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You or We Are the Champions, all of which would be okaaaay, but I was kind of hoping for something a little less overplayed-in-sporting-venues.

I got something that was less overplayed in sporting venues, but it was Another One Bites the Dust. I hate Another One Bites the Dust, if only because I know the Weird Al version better than the Queen one and always end up singing the wrong lyrics.

Anyway, here's one that's not Another One Bites the Dust and is hardly ever played in any sporting venues I've been to:

Queen - Seven Seas of Rhye

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Tags: music

December 9, 2004

Because I have so much other stuff I should be doing

... but hey, I'm waiting for email responses.

Here's a meme: Type each letter of the alphabet, one by one, into your browser's address bar and see what the autocomplete comes up with first.

[via Somewhat, Muchly]

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'No one can understand the mysteries of the Library tradition unless they have lived it'

Or, "What is this, Slap the Librarian Day?"

Wednesday night is the night that all of my SI friends come over to watch movies. This was a very special night because Matt had taped The Librarian: Quest for the Spear just for this event.

It was the perfect audience to share this terrible, wonderful movie with. It was so bad and spoofish that it was good. We bitched about Noah Wyle's character becoming a librarian without a library degree, went "an RSS feed of WHAT?", my mom squealed in pain when the "librarian" pulled books from the shelves by their spines, and we totally called all kinds of things that happened, from individual lines to BOB NEWHART TOTALLY KICKING ASS.

The best part of the movie was that it was left open for a sequel... a sequel involving TIME-TRAVELING NINJAS!

So when does the DVD come out?

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Tags: librarian, librarydom, movies, the librarian: quest for the spear

Holiday Download Extravaganza: R is for Raspberries!

I have completely forgotten what my little commentary was going to be, to go with this download. Rather disappointing, actually, because I'm sure it would have been... well, kinda mediocre. But it seemed slightly good-ish at the time I came up with it, which was tonight, on Packard somewhere between Stone School Road and Platt. I know exactly where I had this idea, but not what it was! Argh!

Anyway, here's an oldie but a goodie.

The Raspberries - Go All The Way

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Tags: music

December 8, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: S is for Squeeze!

Squeeze r4wkz. Or some such l33t-sp34k. I think I first became aware of them through the Tempted '94 version on the Reality Bites soundtrack. I then heard Pulling Mussels From a Shell on the radio and liked it enough to go out and buy a 'best of' CD: Singles: 45s and Under. Man, I love 'best of' CDs. Anyway, here's a track that I discovered on that album:

Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed

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December 7, 2004

Vote for me or I'll beat you up

I know I said that I don't care and I am ashamed of myself for bringing it up again, but there is a certain competitive spirit that is ignited by this stupid contest.

I am saddened by my drop from 5.something% to 4.something% of the voting in my category. Clearly I'll never catch up with the others in the category, but do you think you could help me end up at or above 5% by the end of the poll on December 12? Click here to vote... you can vote again in 24 hours!

Thank you for helping a poor, sad, pathetic young lady feel better about her ppor, sad, pathetic blog.

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Holiday Download Extravaganza: T is for Twisted Sister!

I couldn't have timed it better if I had done it on purpose, which I didn't. Here I am, cramming for the final in my programming class - the last assignment between me and freedom... from that class anyway.

You know what will be true, as of 5pm tomorrow? I'm not going to be taking that class anymore. I'm not going to take it. I'm not going to take it. I'm not going to take it anymore.

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

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December 6, 2004

What I am going to have to find a democratic way of expressing this evening:

Dear My Project Group Member,

The use of Comic Sans is a delicate matter. There are certain circumstances in which this font should be selected. These are:

  • never
  • never ever
  • not in a million years
  • well, maybe in a flyer advertising a bake sale, but...
  • not the hell in any Powerpoint presentation that I will be associating my name with and on which will be based 30% of my grade in the class

Comic Sans is the tool of the devil. Long live Trebuchet.


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Will somebody get this scantily-clad carpet out of my way?!, a site which I certainly do not have in my RSS feeds and do not read daily updates from, has posted an article about Hasbro's recent release of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith action figures.

"This mighty Wookiee warrior comes with a blaster, a bandolier, a helmet and a base."

This mighty Wookiee warrior also seems to come with some kind of armoured loincloth. It's very strange that an armoured loincloth would have been invented or that a Wookiee would wear such a garment, but it's even stranger when you consider that Chewbacca never wore anything at all.

Mr B------ and I are sad, pathetic people with no lives and as such have spent hours on end speculating about Episode III. One of my favourite scenes to imagine is the one where the Jedi are trying to convince the Wookiees to join their cause:

Scene: Some sort of Wookiee den

... electricity out of his fingers. So you see, that's why you should fight with us, against the eeeeevil Senator Palpatine.

I say, old bean. It does seem raaahther a good plan, what what.
    (thinks it over, puffing on a pipe)
Right. We're in, then. Just let me slip out of this smoking jacket and into my armoured loincloth.
    (gets up)


(shocked and embarassed) Oh, I say, Chewbacca! Can't you see we have guests? Do try and put some clothes on for Daddy, won't you?
    (aside, to OBI-WAN)
He's a little... special, you see.
    (to CHEWBACCA)
Say hello to the nice Jedi, Chewie.


No, you can't have another cookiee*. You'll spoil your dinner.
    (shakes head, turns to OBI-WAN)
Ah, Chewie. Always thinking with his stomach.

* Ha! I laugh at my own typo and leave it for you to laugh at as well!

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Holiday Download Extravaganza: U is for Usher!

This song is bad. Seriously, it's bad. It's dangerously bad. It's so bad that I will be removing it from my server at the end of the day today because I'm afraid it will get around that I have a copy and everyone will want it. This is, apparently, a song by Usher that isn't on any of his albums. I can't fathom why, with lyrics like:

I wanted to link up with you baby at first sight
with you I get to use my f keys...yeah..
I can't wait to give you megabites
I got all the memory you need

Oh my! Such a turn of phrase! Good sir, I am completely Ctrl-Zne!

You want to hear this, believe me:

Usher - Dot Com

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December 5, 2004

My analysis

Pepsi Holiday Spice: tooooooootally weird. Weirder with every sip. Strange and bizarre. Seriously very weird. As is this.

Update halfway through the can: Forget "weird"... this stuff is nast!

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Holiday Download Extravaganza: V is for Vincent Delerm!

Vincent Delerm - Tes parents

This is a nice little French song about a fellow fantasizing about how horrible his girlfriend's parents could turn out to be...

(And hey - as long as you're here... have you voted for me yet today?)

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December 4, 2004

Unconscious Mutterings

Another week, another set of free associations. Terms to free-associate on are provided by the lovely (I'm sure) pea... click on the icon to play along in your own blog! </advertisement>

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Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

We thought about naming him Barry Manilow because he's sappy

I find it odd that I wouldn't have already blogged about this but I can't find it in my archives...

When I was younger, everything had to have a name. Names were very important to me. When I saw a dog on the street I would ask my mom what its name was and she would have to make something up.

When I was three or four, my best friend, Nathan G-----, got a new rocking horse. My first question was, of coure, 'What's his name?' Nathan hadn't given much thought to this question and told me the rocking horse didn't have a name. I insisted that he had to have a name; everything had a name. Finally he gave in and told me that the horse was called "Horsey G-----." I was not appeased, because this was a name, but it was a stupid name and lacked any kind of creativity.

Our family's cars have always had names (right now we're driving Dan and Charlie). Our computers have names (mine are Maximilien and Isidore). And our Christmas trees have always had names.

There have been a lot of Christmas trees over the years, so I don't remember a lot of the names. I believe there was a rather short, wide one called Porky and perhaps a Porky II. I think you will not be surprised to learn that I have not outgrown my obsession with naming things. This year's tree is called Colin.

Because he's a Fir.


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Holiday Download Extravaganza: W is for World Party!

Another song that reminds me of a movie... This one comes from The Matchmaker, a little-known romantic comedy with Janeane Garofalo and David O'Hara. It is used in the scene where two of the movie's characters have broken their legs, then they get into a car accident that results in a third character breaking hers. Not that the song has anything to do with broken legs or anything. Sigh. What a great introduction. Anyway, here's the song.

World Party - She's the One

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December 3, 2004

Yet another tale of my family being dorky together

My family all went to the movies together last weekend and saw Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

I imagine that at screenings of this movie, there were a lot of people who squealed the first time that Colin Firth appeared onscreen. I imagine that there were also people out there who squealed when Hugh Grant appeared. Maybe Neil Pearson (Richard Finch) or Jim Broadbent (Bridget's dad) have a sizable fan following.

But I highly doubt that there was another theater in the entire United States where four people people squealed, poked each other and whispered excitedly when Neil Dudgeon appeared as the taxi driver.

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I give your life directions/ I make everything so clear

One of my most frequent duties here at work is to direct people to the Office of International Programs. It makes perfect sense that people would be confused between all of the "international" offices on campus. There's our office, which deals with non-UM-affiliated study abroad programs; the OIP, which handles all of UM's own study abroad programs; the International Center, which deals with the needs of international students coming into UM; and the International Institute, which is an academic unit comprised of the Area Studies departments.

Anyway, I think at least half of my interactions with visitors to the office consist of directing them to the OIP. I have developed a spiel:

"Just go down this hall, all the way to the end. Go through the door, across the lobby, through the other door... just go straight until you hit a wall and then turn left."

People who chuckle at me instructing them to hit a wall get Ten Imaginary Dollars. People who just nod and start off down the hall get Ten Imaginary Punches Upside The Head. The guy who I forgot to add the "and then turn left" to and who looked at me with confusion and sorrow because my directions ended in tragedy gets One Imaginary Look of Pity.

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Holiday Download Extravaganza: X is for XTC!

C'mon... how many options do I really have for X?

Now we come to the reason this music is ordered Z to A... I kinda felt it might not be appropriate to present this one so near to Christmas. I am nothing if not thoughtful!

XTC - Dear God

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December 2, 2004


I normally love my dreams. They are wacky and inexplicable and can't be analyzed (by me anyway) with any kind of normal dream-symbolism. Generally I like it when I can remember a dream. What I don't like about remembering my dreams is when they affect my real life.

During the course of my dream last night, a bunch of my friends rented some kind of beach house, we got trapped there (in a rainstorm?), there may have been some kind of argument about Elmer's Glue and people kept walking in on me in the bathroom. Then at one point in the dream, someone did something that really made me mad.

I am now having trouble convincing myself that it was not their fault that they annoyed me in my dream and that they didn't really do it and that I shouldn't blame them in any way for what happened in a dream. It's completely irrational!


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Bit o' campaigning

Voting is open for Wizbang's 2004 Weblog Awards. Unfortunately, there's a multitude of political blogs in there, so I'll probably just avoid all of the big categories and just vote for my friends.

srah blah blah hereby endorses:

(I'm sad that not all of the sites I nominated made it to the ballot. I don't think it was made very clear that there was going to be a pre-selection process.)

Vote early and vote often! (The rules allow one vote per day, per poll. Voting ends December 12.)

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Holiday Download Extravaganza: Y is for Yaz!

Yaz - Only You

This song came out in 1982 so everyone who's a little older than me is going to hate me when I announce that I've liked it since the first time I heard it - in the last scene of the classic film Can't Hardly Wait ("Why y'all gotta waste my flava? Damn!").

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December 1, 2004

Holiday Download Extravaganza: Z is for Zenaida!

'Tis December today! I have decided that from December 1-25 I shall offer an mp3 a day. Lucky you! I'll be starting with a song in some way related to the letter Z and working my way to A. Today:

Zenaida - Gymnopédies by Erik Satie. It's a lovely mellow classically sort of song.

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