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questionable.

April 12, 2009

What do YOU think about this?  I think it’s interesting.  I think it’s a shame because we (the USA) are known as the country of the free.   The hypocrisy of book burning is resounding in this new Amazon Policy.  

Check out the LA Times blog here: Jacket Copy.

You know what they say though, bad press is good press.  It just sucks because I feel obligated to boycott.  Grr.  Hiss.  Boo…

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a week of resolution.

April 11, 2009

I, mo, do hereby resolve to do the following this week:

1) Select my roller derby name.

I’m narrowed down at this point to “Black Eyed Abby,” “Jenna Tonic,” and “Little Miss Stunshine.”  Black Eyed Abby was originally Blackeyed Bea, but after more thought, and an interest in using the initials exclusively at times, I pulled it apart.  See, now even the initials spell out B… sweet!  Then Jenna Tonic, well, I’m also really into the incorporation of a real first name in the Derby Name, i.e. Maul E. Crue (Molly) and Alice Rumbledore.  Just cute all around.  Finally, thanks to my generally sunny disposition, I got the suggestion for Stunshine from a friend over drinks.  She thought it needed to be a little more rough around the edges so we went from Sunny or Sunshine to Stunshine and then it all fell into place.

2) Attend all three roller derby practices this week.

I will not let work get in the way of my fun.  I need the money from picking up all those extra shifts, but missing all of these practices has really pulled down my mood.  I didn’t realize how much it would effect me to miss the practices, so here it is.  I will go to all three practices this week.

3) Post photos of the delicious chocolates that A & M got me whilst they were in Florida.

I’ve had two of the 12 chocolates and they have been great so far.  “Florida Orange” was so delicious with a white-chocolate-orange-infused center wrapped in milk chocolate.  Then today the “Cinnamon Roll” was buttery-cinnamonny goodness inside a milk chocolate shell.  YUM!  It’s taking me some time to really enjoy these masterpieces because everytime I get home I seem to be starving and I want to appreciate these flavors instead of scarfing them down.  So… the delay has occurred.  I am here, now, committing to chronicling the flavors this week though.  I want to make sure I taste the chocolates before they are past their prime.

4) Sort out my schedule to allow for a second part-time job.  

I got the call today from Seven Stars and they’ve decided to hire me to work part time at their Hope Street location.  I anticipate starting the 20th, but they might wait to put me through the orientation after I get back from Florida, the 29th and 30th.

5) Finish Everything Is More by David Foster Wallace.

It’s a hurdle, but a very interesting and well written hurdle.  I have been reading the book for about 2 and a half weeks now and I’m not quite finished.  Now that I’m done with the first season of The Wire I think I’ll have a little more free time.  That’s at least until the first disc of the second season arrives.

6) Go bowling on Monday night.

It’s been too long and I’ve got a craving, plus it’s less expensive on Mondays and I’m on a budget!  The facebook email invitation has been sent, we’ll see how the schedules align.

7) Pack at least 5 boxes of stuff for moving purposes (if I throw out the equivalent of 5 boxes of stuff, that’s fine too.)

I am meeting a potential roommate tonight, so if all goes well, we’ll have a new place by the beginning of May!  *Fingers Crossed*

another deed, another day

March 19, 2009

i’m drinking a beer and winding down another day.  today was full of reading, volunteering, watching, searching and thinking.  certainly a full day.

mmm. beer (it’s really hitting the spot tonight).  

i finished Kiss Me Judas (KMJ) today at the coffee shop.  i only got it yesterday so i was surprised to finish so quickly, but it was a good one.  along with KMJ i picked up a book that amazon.com thinks i’ll like – 12 things that don’t make sense.  while there i also picked up a book by david foster wallace, the title escapes me right now, but the excerpts of his that i’ve read have been solid, so i’m looking forward to starting it.  

this afternoon i spent some time getting acquainted with a new project – volunteering.  i got my hands dirty at The Steel Yard, helping clean up the site and their foundry building for an event they’re hosting tomorrow.  it was a great introduction to the site and with all of the construction they’re doing at their site, i might prove to be a valuable asset to their team.

after the volunteering gig, i took a break and started watching Weeds on Netflix.   i was a cautious viewer because i’ve heard quite a bit of hype around the series.  i like it though.  and i’ve already been warned the 4th season turns to crap, but… so far, 4 episodes into it, it’s a good show.  i’m looking forward to starting The Wire this weekend too, should have disc one of season one on Saturday.

the roommate search continues.  i am still looking to move closer to downtown and i’d like to pay less than $500 if that’s possible.  soooo…. if anyone knows anyone looking for a place near providence, or if you know someone that has an extra room to spare and that person doesn’t hate and/or is not deathly allergic to cats, PLEASE, let me know.  i’m also looking for some full-time employment.  not an easy thing to do in this economy.  i’ve been in increased contact with some of my college peers and the economy is rough on a lot of industries right now, but especially construction.  it’s challenging to stay positive, but most days, i can swing it.

all in all, there’s a lot to think about.  it’s a new challenge in my life.

in other news, miller lite tastes so good some days.  this is one of those days.  if only i had more of it; i’m finishing the last one.  it went deliciously with the curry that i made tonight.  i put the sauce with some ‘fiesta veggies’ and chickpeas and it turned out great.

tomorrow will come to early, helping set-up the site at The Steel Yard for the Senator’s visit.

good night.

back in it

January 5, 2009

I’ve been trying to spend less time in front of the computer while I’m at home, but in turn I’ve been sacrificing this lovely posting site.  So, today’s the day.  

Personally, I’ve read a couple books since the last post, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Graphic Novel) and Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman.  Both books were pretty good.  Batman was kind of depressing, and that surprised me since the Batman is kind of a personal hero.  Owl was good, but also pretty depressing on the surface.  It showed the perspective of three people of three generations within a town of approximately 800, and each gave a story from each of their perspectives.  It wasn’t a specific story that they focused on, they just told their own stories, and narrated their own lives.  While they never really interacted much, in the end their stories culminated in tragedy.

Now I’m reading Catcher in the Rye, I don’t think I really read it in high school like I was supposed to, so here goes nothin’.   Now for some links:

Submissions are due by January 25, 2009 for the lip-dub contest for Flight of the Conchords.  If you want be featured on the mother flippin, enter here!

Controversial and intriguing, British television aired a documentary about assisted suicide last month.  The man had a disease called “motor neurone disease (MND), which deprived him of the use of his arms and legs and caused him to be on a ventilator.”

More in science, Harvard researchers are developing “sophisticated microfluidic diagnostic devices, called microPADS, are made out of little more than paper and sticky tape [that] cost about three cents each” to diagnose diseases.  

I love a good mash-up and this NSFW tune is no exception, Lil Jon & Nick Jr. WHAT!?

As much as I love me some bacon, srsly guys

and this?  WTF?! 

Indexed does it again, BOOBS!

til next time, *mo*

so many links, click ’em

December 8, 2008

I whittled through a bunch of links in the good ol’ Google Reader last night and tonight since I slept away most of today trying to get rid of the sore throat, headache and fever, blah.  Most of these links are a little overdue, but they’re still goodies.

Art

* Although this is a beautiful piece, they’re using an incredibly questionable media.  I don’t think that it’s worth the dangers that it poses to the animals.  Simultaneously, I think that it’s an ingenious commentary on the rage that’s present in these fights.

Books

* I just finished reading Watchmen and it’s the first novel that I can say with certainty that I’ll read again.  Many of its scenes and characters provide room for various perceptions.  This companion novel, Watching the Watchmen, is definitely on my Christmas list.

Games

* Mario Kart is old school and has become a classic Nintendo game.  One of the sites I frequent, Geekologie found two articles within one week that feature this game.  The first video was a man from Italy who acted out the game in the city streets.  The second video is a young guy with his own little emo song on YouTube.  It’s too emo for my personal taste, but the lyrics are a great tribute to the game.

Food

* Dinner tonight.  I needed something that was easy on my throat, and I’ve heard that onions and garlic are full of vitamins for colds, so I loaded it with both.  

* Whoever knows me, knows I like to cook and especially bake.  Thanks to a friend in DC, she led me to a link of Gormet Magazine’s Favorite Cookies from 1941-2008.

Music, T.V. and Movies

* Students taking prescription medication to increase brainpower and focus is not only is the in the news, it’s on my TiVo.  I was catching up on my Boston Legal episodes yesterday and one of the cases they heard was about a girl who admitted that she used Adderall to focus her studying for the SATs.  After the school she was planning to attend, Harvard, found out about her using a medication that hadn’t been prescribed to her, they rescinded her acceptance.

* Amazon listed its top 10 DVDs and Albums.  They include customer picks too.  

* This is just funny.  Another Andy Samberg hit.  Jizz in My Pants.

The Web

 * The Boston Globe updates this site almost daily, The Big Picture features a series of photographs taken at a very high resolution and the stories they tell are very poignant and relevant.  Check it out.

* I’ve been hesitant to use one of the new themes for Gmail and Google reader, but this one, Helvetireader, is nice and lean.  

* This is just fun if you’re an avid Google user as I am.  I will be putting my envelope in the mail tomorrow.  FREE STICKERS.

* I think we’re all smart enough to know better, but if you use Facebook, beware of the latest Facebook virus.

* I love her website, Indexed.  This is one of her cards from about a week ago, but it’s so good.

News 

* Roland Fryer has the idea to pay students for good grades, $50 per ‘A’ per every 5 weeks.  I saw this on Colbert, and was floored.

* Crate and Barrel, my part time gig, got a glowing write up in the New York Times Business Section.