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The Post For When You Are Feeling Music-y

I think the music someone listens to really defines a person. My preferences are all over the musical spectrum. So that must mean… I’m well rounded? Or maybe I just spend a lot of time on music sites. Either way, I spend at least 53% of my time doing something related to music. Be it attempting (once again!) to teach myself the banjo, or just listening to Pandora, it’s a massive part of my life. And because I feel so strongly about the whole “music tells a ton about someone” situation, I feel the need to share with you some  of my favourite music. This is going to be less of a “Dagny attempting to write all witty-like” and more “man, I really love this” list-y type thing. So deal.

And now I present to you, in no particular order, my favourites!

Barenaked Ladies
I have known them since I was itty-bitty. They’re a Canadian band. Also, I got to see them in concert at the Taft Theater recently and it, was pretty awesome, I mean, I bought a t-shirt and everything. They have the best, funniest and wittiest lyrics of any band I know, hands down. Not only that, but there’s not any of that auto-tune crap with them. They’re completely real and original.
My favourite song by them is Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank, followed by Get In Line, and then Who Needs Sleep so definitely look those up. But, the video below is probably my 4th favourite, just because it’s so catchy.
Barenaked Ladies – Alcohol

Arctic Monkeys

I don’t know much about them except that they’re a British band, they sound awesome and a lot of (English) girls have a crush on the lead singer, Alex Turner (and rightly so). I like them because all of their songs have that catchy, gets-stuck-in-your-head-all-day quality about them. I can’t pick a favourite song by them, because there are quite a few that I love equally. Also, Kate Nash did a cover of their Fluorescent Adolescent and that’s pretty cool in itself. Besides the song below, also look up the songs D is for Dangerous, Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend and When the Sun Goes Down

Arctic Monkeys – From the Ritz to the Rubble

The White Stripes

I assume they would be more known than the previous two, but maybe not. I cannot express how much I love The White Stripes, they are, and have been for quite some time, my absolute favourite band. I have just about every album (on my iPod, at least) and I listen to them literally every day. I just think that the fact that they got so many different sounds from just two people  is incredible. There is a song by them that fits any mood whatsoever. I just adore them so much.
The White Stripes – A Martyr for My Love for You

Cake is definitely another band that has it’s very own, original sound. Their lyrics are good (sometimes a bit weird) but, their bass lines are always great. They’ve got a bunch of pretty amazing songs. And if your dream girl isn’t one with a short skirt and a long jacket, then you need to re-think your life. Also, they recently came out with a new album, and I must admit, it is not as good as I had hoped it would be.
Cake – The Distance

Also, some of my favourite songs at the moment, make sure to check them out:

Us3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Home

the Strokes – Reptilia

The Section Quartet – Such Great Heights (cover of the Postal Services’ song)

Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her – Double Life

The Mountain Goats – No Children

The Hives – Love in Plaster

Of course, I obviously love a ton more songs, but that would break the Internet if I  posted them all.

Posted: June 15th, 2011
Categories: Life, Music
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the word nerd has no synonyms

Very frequently, words such a “‘nerd”, “dweeb”, or “bookworm” are used interchangeably. This is wrong. There are many different breeds of such “losers”, and calling them by the wrong, uh, title, could offend them, especially since the different kinds of “geeks” do not always get along with  each other (another common misconception). So, to make you feel more comfortable around the every-day “dork”, here are the definitions of each, defined by yours truly.

Nerd: prominent figure on the schools honor roll; enjoys homework; sometimes that kid who reminds the teacher about the homework and all the slacker kids grunt in disapproval and resentment. Do not assume that all nerds love school.

Geek: the kid that your grandmother calls over to turn her modem back on because “that newfangled intreweb died again.” The one who is all-knowing of any kind of technology ever invented. They know how to write code, dude. Also may like vintage video games, but that’s up for discussion.

Bookworm: this one is easy. They like to read.

Dork: likes things that seem like rarities, but are actually quite popular (or were at one point), such as World of Warcraft and superhero comic books; optionally, could own a D&D player’s handbook, to perfect his or her skill.

Loser: contrary to popular belief, the “loser” does not have much in common with the previously mentioned “nerd”, “geek” and “bookworm”. “Losers” aren’t really smart or perhaps they don’t “apply themselves”. The one similar characteristic of a “loser” and the rest are that they still more prone to ridicule than the “cool” or “popular” kid. Even then, “losers” tend to travel in packs.

Dweeb: the last on this list, but possibly the most interesting and misunderstood. “Dweebs” are complex beings. They are exactly like “losers”, but for some unknown reason, people think they have the intelligence of a “nerd” or “bookworm”, when in reality, they don’t.  This is probably due to their social awkwardness similar to the two. Their faux-smarts causes them to be hated by the actual intellectuals.

Now don’t get them confused! Your life may be at stake. They hang with those corrupt ginger kids, ya know.

Posted: February 26th, 2011
Categories: Life
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How to Spend a Snow Day Like a Lonely Person

  1. Wake up  at 5:50, only to be informed 10 mins later that school is canceled.
  2. Listen to the 7 episodes of the indie music podcast that you subscribed to this summer, because you could hula hoop to it and it made you feel hip. Feel lame.
  3. Watch Season 3 of 30 Rock.
  4. Sleep for 3 hours.
  5. Work on the children’s book “Walcott the Lonely Water Droplet.”
  6. Clean rat cage.
  7. Explain to friend that she is the reincarnation of William Shakespeare.
  8. Feel sad that Lindsey Lohan hasn’t died yet, so you can’t be a reincarnation of her..
  9. Type instructions on how to spend a snow day as a Facebook Status update.
  10. Get overly angry that the instructions have over 450 characters and throw a pencil at the wall.
  11. Retrieve pencil and apologize to it, and the wall.
  12. Post instructions to blog no one reads.
  13. Make tea.
  14. Sleep.

    I’m an expert on lonely person tutorials.

Posted: January 20th, 2011
Categories: Life
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Why I Shouldn’t Have a Blog

First off.  Neglect. If my blog was a pet/small child, it would’ve died from starvation by now. I looked in my drafts. 10 unfinished blog posts. Most of them more interesting than the ones that I’ve actually posted. This is probably the result of me not being able to concentrate on one singular thing unless I’m really excited about it. I’m already losing interest, and it’s the 6th sentence, and the first two really shouldn’t count as sentences.

Secondly, my neglect is also probably due to the fact that my life is barely interesting enough to keep me awake. So I have nothing to share with the vast universe of the Internet.

Last. I’m lazy, and that’s the biggest part of it. Whenever something interesting does happen to me, I’m too lazy to type it out, and on top of that, find an interesting way to write it.

So, the moral of this story is that I’m a lazy, uninteresting person who can’t take care of a pet/small child/blog in a respectable manner.

But I think way too much of myself to admit that.

Posted: December 29th, 2010
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I own a cat. She is the only cat I have ever owned. I love her. So obviously something just had to go wrong, I mean, the world would end if just one thing in my life was perfect, right?

I am allergic. And it’s gotten worse as I’ve grown up.

I can’t pet my beloved feline without her shedding and my face getting blotchy and itchy and then just ending up shoving her off my lap so I can go wash my face. No one, human or kitty-cat, is happy about that.

I know exactly what she is thinking. Thanks a lot, you fiend. I was completely comfortable sitting there with you petting me, but then you just had to push me, your favorite thing ever, off and go to that bright room and look at yourself in that mirror. You’re so selfish.

Life isn’t fair.

Posted: August 1st, 2010
Categories: Life
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Hot Doug’s

Ever stand in line for close to an hour for a hotdog? I have.

I went to Chicago on the last two days of my vacation, and the first thing we did (if you don’t count sitting in traffic for eight miles an attraction) is go to a place called Hot Doug’s. The actual restaurant is on a corner, the line goes around the corner and down the street, and yes, I stood in this line, with nothing to do but stare at a dying cell phone, and talk about how long the line was, oh, and this is on a very sunny day in July.

When we got near the doorway, we saw the hours, the place closed at four. It was about 3:46. That sounds devastating, but it never ended up being a problem, due to the fact that they have this kind of line almost all the time, even in almost four in the afternoon on a Friday.

Believe it or not, we got through the perilous line and ordered. The guy taking our order was the Doug from the name of the restaurant (a fact I didn’t realize until we were out of the restaurant, and in the car again). I ordered The Dog which is described as “Chicago-Style Hot Dog with all the trimmings: ’nuff said”. “All the trimmings” means yellow mustard, caramelized onions, relish (which was unnaturally neon green, but tasty), tomatoes, a pickle (half of a full sized dill pickle, just about as big as the hotdog), and celery salt. I was expecting this to be good, and it really was. I have no idea how they make a hotdog, especially with those random toppings, taste so good, but it does.

But wait, there’s more! Not only did this hotdog completely fill me up, we also ordered duck fat fries (something only available on Fridays and Saturdays) which we good enough to eat without ketchup.

I think Doug must have an obsession with ducks because we also ordered something to share, and I’m glad we shared, because it was insanely rich. Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel – a nine dollar  hotdog. And with this, I didn’t know what to expect, but it was good, but completely different than anything else I had ever tasted. The foie gras (duck liver) was surprisingly creamy, and it was really nice.

Oh, and they had Fanta, one of my favorite sodas, so that just confirms the pure awesomeness of Hot Doug’s.

Posted: July 19th, 2010
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Bloggity blog blog blog.

My life is so, truly uninteresting that I don’t have anything to put on the internet. Pathetic? Yes.
I haven’t tasted a crepe in so long. It’s quite sad, actually. I’m pretty sure going this long without crepes is considered cruel and unusual punishment in 38 states. But, when I finally do get to taste the joyous flavors of the crepes, I shall eat a sweet one. Maybe. Perhaps the one with Nutella! Ok, the rest of this blog shall be about my love for Nutella.

Nutella is the best. It has the consistency of creamy peanut-butter, but tastes much better. It’s a hazelnut spread with some kind of cocoa power or something in it. Because it is definitely slightly chocolatey. I’m not usually one for sweet things. But Nutella is an exception. It just sits there in its modest, white wrapper, practically saying “Pssshht. Peanut-butter? That loser? Well, I’m way more tasty, and not as flashy. So eat me.” In fact, it has said that to me before. Food speaks. You just gotta listen*.

I, personally like Nutella when it’s cold, even though it isn’t supposed to go in to ‘fridge. But, I like it that way. Mwahahaha. I find that Nutella is tastiest on a croissant. It’s delicious. Hazelnut out.

*Disclaimer: Food doesn’t actually talk to me. I’m not insane.

Posted: June 28th, 2010
Categories: Food, Life
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