Thursday, September 18, 2008

Call it Off

Tegan and Sara have released the video for their new single "Call it Off". Being that it's quite possibly my favorite song off "The Con," I was predisposed to love the video. My own biases aside, it's a fantastic video. One simple, beautiful, powerful image is all you need in a music video if the song is equally simple, beautiful, and powerful.

Also, I love Sara's new haircut. I like it much better than the Forest Fone era haircut (remember back when T & S had the same haircut?). Back then it was too much of a pseudo mullet. Speaking of which, does Tegan just have one long bit of hair now? I mean, she's awesome and can do whatever she wants, but objectively, I'm not sure how I feel about that. Let's just look at pictures of Sara's pretty new hair:

I'm starting to about cutting my hair again. I don't know if I'd go quite as short as Sara, but I do like how her bangs kinda swoop into that side bit of hair.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pet Peeve

I've been big on apartment therapy this week, but tonight I saw a post that touched on one of my biggest pet peeves. The post is about one-sided toilet paper holders. The post and all of the comments talk about how much easier and less annoying it is to change the roll on one-sided holders than on normal holders.

OH COME ON! I will never understand this. When I use up a roll, I grab another. It's not difficult to change the roll! I happen to live in a house where half the people never change it, so usually I notice that there's no paper right away and change the roll while I'm peeing. So it's not like I'm taking any extra time to change the roll. You know what really pisses me off, though? When someone takes a new roll out, and just sets it on top of the old, empty roll. Ugh!!! You've taken the time to notice there's no paper, you've taken the time to get a fresh roll, but the ten seconds it would take to switch rolls was just too much for you? AHHHHH!!!

And you know what? When I grab the last extra roll from under the sink, I'll actually walk to the garage and grab more. That way I'll never be stuck in the bathroom with no toliet paper.

I wanted to post something along these lines on AT, but I didn't want my first comment to be calling everyone else lazy and inconsiderate.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I just took this fun color IQ quiz that I found on apartment therapy, you should go take it too. I scored an 18, which I guess isn't too bad. (The lower the score, the better.)

Anyway, it reminded me of my attempted creativity the other day while rearranging my dvd shelves. I had to adjust my shelves because I own too many dvds. I thought about arranging them by genre, which I still might do, but my favorite attempt was this guy right here:

I really liked the way it was starting to look (obviously I wasn't finished arranging the colors quite yet), but you have to realize that this is only about 1/5 of my dvds, and that's almost all of the colored ones. Many of my dvds have white or black spines, which doesn't really work asthetically. Also, it would be really hard to keep this in order. It would be even harder to find the movie I was looking for. So for now I'm sticking with alphabetical.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jason Bourne for President

Have I mentioned recently that I'm in love with Matt Damon? Here he is sharing his opinion of Sarah Palin. The phrase "bad Disney film" is used.

And while I'm youtubing, I recently checked out the How I Met Your Mother dvds from the library, and this song has been stuck in my head for days.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Wish List Personality Test

Play along at home.

Tonight I was examining my wish list on Amazon and I discovered that pretty much every item on the list falls into one of two categories: "Nerdy" and "Nerdy?" That question mark is very important. The items in the second category are things that aren't stereotypically nerdy, but having them on my list doesn't in any way make me "cool." Here we go:

The Original Star Wars Trilogy (the one that includes the original versions of the movies)
The first Four seasons of The X-Files
Heroes, Seasons 1 and 2 (I almost put this in the "Nerdy?" category, but then I remember it's about superheroes)
Bones, Season 3 (same as above, except it's about forensic anthropologists)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition
All seasons of Futurama
The Princess Bride (book)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Special Extended Edition)
Freaks & Geeks Special Yearbook Edition (This also very nearly made it into the "Nerdy?" category, but I put it back here because I added the special edition with 2 extra discs of bonus features to my wish list instead of the significantly cheaper 6 disc version)
Pretty in Pink Special Edition (only on the Nerdy list because I already own the $5 Wal-mart bargain bin version of the dvd, which means I'm asking for this one only for the special features)
Trivial Pursuit 1990's edition

Total Nerdy Items: 21

Psych, Season 2
The Watson Twins, Fire Songs and Southern Manners
Pulp Fiction (I almost created a third category for this one ("Relatively Cool") but that would have been a lot of work.)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
The Shawshank Redemption
Beverly Hills, 90210, Seasons 3,4,5, and 6 (this probably should have gone in the first category, I know)
Gossip Girl, season 1 (Hey, we all have our guilty pleasures!)
To Kill a Mockingbird (the movie)
The Royal Tenenbaums
High Fidelity soundtrack

Total Nerdy? Items: 15

So I guess I'm officially nerdy. Without the question mark.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Every once in a while, I will actually use my spare time doing something productive.

Recently, I used a bunch of old magazines to make myself a coffee table. I found the idea for this over on Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest site (although, they used thicker magazines. Where they used two magazines to complete each circle, I used between 8 and 10). I've been lacking any sort of coffee table for months and I have years worth of Entertainment Weeklies lying about, so I was really glad to kill two birds with one stone here. The magazines that make up the table top are ones that I just couldn't fold, either because they had cool covers (Like Elton John with the caption "I'm Not Cranky!"), or hotties (Helloooo Matt Damon!). Also, anything with Heath Ledger on the cover didn't get folded, although only one made it onto the table top. It's actually a little uneven, but it's perfect to hold my fan or to set my drink down while I'm watching TV.

Also, I spent some time rearranging the furniture. I put my bed back against the wall, but that's not really interesting enough to warrant a picture. However, I finally found a place for my awesome silk scarf, which is now draped across my green chair. My mother hates this chair with the fire of a thousand suns. She'll be so happy when I move out and take that chair out of her house. It'll be like an exorcism.

I'm most proud of the pajama pants I made for myself. I bought this awesome "Nerds Rock!" fabric on clearance last week. I also bought the original Star Wars trilogy for 75 cents at a garage sale. Obviously I had to watch the movies while I made my pants. When was the last time you watched Star Wars? The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite, and I'm in love with Han Solo.

Here are my finished pants. The material is actually pretty thin, but they're still awesome. On my TV Luke and Leia are zipping around the forest moon of Endor.

I know you're jealous.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I will freely admit that I have not read all the books on my bookshelf in my bedroom. I even have a select few that I have no intention of reading (Project Pope, I'm looking at you. You were purchased for humor and irony). However, the vast majority of my books were purchased with the intention that one day I will read them. They were not purchased to decorate a shelf or to make me look smart. I'm already smart and, honestly, my room could do with a little less clutter.

Apartment Therapy today linked to a company that is selling three themed sets of paperback books. While the idea of grouping similarly themed books together isn't a bad idea, what pisses me off is that the books are listed in the HOME DECOR section of the company's website. These are for people who are far too concerned with what other people think of their book collections. Read all about it here.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I don't know what intern wrote this announcement for Jenny's facebook page thing, but he or she obviously doesn't understand basic grammar. "Its" vs "it's" is a really common mistake, but you'd think they could have proofread it. Also, check out the awkward commas and sentence structure. Most importantly, the song is freaking called "Jack Killed Mom."

As previously mention elsewhere, her new cd entitled, "Acid Tongue," is being released September 23, rather than an earlier mention of September 9th. Her new CD features some of her past tour favorites, including, "Jack Killed the Moon," "Carpetbaggers," and featuring the band, She & Him, Elvis Costello, among many other fabulous artists. So please go buy the album
when its released 9/23!

Despite the intense disappointment that was Under the Blacklight, and my lukewarm feelings toward the title track (hear it on Jenny's myspace), I will be purchasing this cd as soon as possible. I still love her.