Friday, April 29, 2011

here we go again

1. Important events which have occurred since I last blogged: I found the text of the next book in the Hunger Games trilogy online. Read nearly half of the book in three hours. The website stopped working. Went to local book shop. No luck. Went to the grocery store. Bought it. Now rationing it.



Long Winter

By Tim Nolan

So much I've forgotten
the grass

the birds
the close insects

the shoot—the drip
the spray of the sprinkler

the heat of the Sun

the impossible

the flush of your face
so much

the high noon
the high grass

the patio ice cubes
the barbeque

the buzz of them—
the insects

the weeds—the dear
—that grow

like alien life forms—
all Dr. Suessy and odd—

here we go again¬
we are turning around

again—this will all
happen over again—

and again—it will

Thursday, April 28, 2011

dear old dad

1. Weather warm enough that I can sleep with my window open. Which means that I get to listen to the stream in my back yard. I also really like that I have a stream in my back yard.

2. The weather was so nice yesterday (before the tornado warnings) that I spent a few hours laying in the grass reading. I read the Hunger Games, the first book in a young adult fiction trilogy, in 24 hours. I've put the next book on hold at the library, but I'm third in line. I'm going through Hunger Games withdrawal. I've even considered buying it. But I gotta stay strong.

3. Sharing a Beautiful Sunset (another gem found on Ben Valentine's art blog).

4. Dads: The Original Hipsters
The first post reads: I’m here to make a point and prove that hipsters aren’t original, they’re just trying to be like dear old dad.
This inspired me to look on my computer for some pictures of my dad when he was younger. I think that the glasses he's been wearing for the past 30 some years are proof enough. 

5. The facebook ads trying to get me to take out loans and get a graduate degree in psychology are varied and hilarious.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Here's something that most people don't know about my toenails

1. A gardening store on the side of the road had a sign that said "Hooray! It's spring! Well, sort of."

2. Today a family from my meeting came into the diner and brought me daffodils.

3. Thunder storms.

4. I gave up biting my fingernails for lent. Even though Easter has passed, I'm trying to not bite them all that much. But thinking about it reminded me of something that one of our youth attenders once told me:
"Here's something that most people don't know about my toenails: they're free range. They're happier and taste better in the end."

5. Today I babysat for a nine year old who decided to make a game out of getting me to laugh. Doesn't take much when you dance like that, little guy.

6. Yesterday I was dropping Anna off at Ithaca College where she's auditing a class, and this small dorky looking college girl walked across the crosswalk with two nerf guns, a strap of amo, and a bandana tied around her arm.... zombies vs. humans!  That shit went down at Earlham too, and although I did not participate, making fun of those who did provided endless entertainment. It's nice to know that there are people like that everywhere, and that they have enough friends with similar interests to play such a game.

7. I think this might be the best sing/scream along with in the car by yourself song I've encountered. It's super cheesy, which is what makes it so perfect. I was inspired by a scene in Friday Night Lights in which Lyla sings/screams along to it in her car. I decided to try it for myself, and Lyla Garrity was right. 

8. There are tumblrs for everything. Here is a tumblr where someone puts mustaches on gifs from tv shows and movies.

9. National Geographic's photo of the day. It's almost always amazing.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our love is like Jesus, but worse.

Happy Easter!
In honor of this here holiday, here are some of my favorite songs with references to Jesus or related events or persons.
- Going to Marrakesh by the Extra Glenns
"Our love is like Jesus, but worse: though you seal the cave up where you've lain its body, it rises."

- Citrus by the Holdy Steady 
"Lost in fog and love and faithless fear, I've had kisses that make Judas seem sincere."

- Wooden Boy by the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center (this is a rather dark and incomplete video that I took of them performing the song in 2008)
"Can't stop now cuz it's Easter, and God brought me beer and rum."

- the Transfiguration by Sufjan Stevens

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Barefoot driving

1. Barefoot driving! I know it's against the law, but I live on the edge. Driving barefoot today after a long winter threw into harsh relief the fact that I need to vacuum my car. Real bad.

2. I like how in Ithaca, I can sit in a long line of cars at a green light for no apparent reason and no one will honk. I have no idea what was causing the hold up, but I sat there until the light turned red again, and not a single person honked.

3. Two of my favorite movies, the Great Muppet Caper and Cool Runnings, are included in this video!

4. An enjoyable if somewhat cheesy short film: the Butterfly Circus.

5. Today is Bill Palinski's birthday. Happy Birthday, Bill. Love and miss you.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Topless Presentations

 Hello dear readers. Today's blog post is dedicated to one of the people that I love most in the world, Isabel Nashingwa. Today is Isa's birthday! Happy birthday, Isa, from 2,710 miles away.
Here are some pictures of the wonderful Isa, and some of her famous quotes.

“I’m not gonna lie… I would eat your goat.” – Isa

“I just wish he would do his presentations TOPLESS” – Isa

Isa: You’re weird.
Hel: Jenny and I do it all the time!
Isa: That doesn’t make it less weird.

“That is definitely something that the Queen of Ding Dongs would say.” - Isa

“You know how I know that you’re drunk? You’re walking slower than me.” - Isa
Isa's 23rd birthday picnic at Earlham last year

Monday, April 18, 2011

swim in a pool of golden retriever puppies

1. Former NBA player John Amaechi on Kobe Bryant's recent anti-gay slur use. Please read it. I think it might be the best articulated and accessible explanation for why words matter that I have ever read.

2. Cute Roulette (thanks, Jenny)

3. the Before I Die participatory street art installation. My favorite: "Before I die I want to swim with holding my nose." You and me both, anonymous street art participant, you and me both.

4. Last night I had a truly amazing vegan lasagna. As in, it was in the top 5 lasagnas I have ever eaten, cheesy ones included. I believe the recipe was from Veganomicon, and it definitely involved cashews. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Toenail painting is way more fun in neon

1. On Tuesday, I was watching Fox News at the diner, and saw a little news story about some internet ad for J Crew where a little boy had pink toe nail polish. "Who cares?" I said, and the conservative Christan rapture-preaching cook who had turned on Fox News in the first place agreed with me. We wanted to hear more about the serial killer on Long Island. I didn't think much of it until I later found out that many news stations had reported on the ad. I then read this article on the Fox site. While the ad itself might not be newsworthy, the response certainly is. I mean, come on.
This is the ad:
The response to the ad was enough that John Stewart did a segment on it on the Daily Show. And I like it.


3. Cranes For Kids


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easy Rider!

1. Another gem of a facebook ad. Become a social worker, maybe you can help this baby with crazy eyeballs.
2. This Sketch Swap thing is really cool. It's hard for me to draw, I can't make a straight line on this thing. But the picture that I got in return for my scribbles was awesome:

3. I think I might try to grow sunflowers this summer.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Now mow down these vampires.

1. A Coming Out Story in Two Parts

2. Today it was in the low seventies! Apparently we've skipped right over spring and gone into summer.

3. Rupaul's Drag Race.

4. What Your Favorite Kid's Book Then Says About You Now

5. Movie-a-Minute. I have to confess, I have not read them all. Here is one of my favorites so far, though:

From Dusk Till Dawn, Directed by Robert Rodriguez, 1996, Ultra-Condensed by Samuel Stoddard

Quentin Tarantino

I'm so messed up.

George Clooney

I like you, but shut up. Harvey Keitel, help us.

Harvey Keitel

I'll help, but with righteous indignance.

Robert Rodriguez

That's enough character development. Now mow down these vampires.

6. More Bent Objects here.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

1. Living in a part of the world/country/state where I can forget my ipod on the car seat of my unlocked car for two hours, and have it still be there. Also where people leave their car running in the parking lot of the grocery store.

2. This this oh my goodness this is so cool.

That's it for today! It's Sunday, and I think that that second link is enough to occupy you for the night.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


1. Second hand clothes shopping! I'm not a big shopper. I don't go to the mall for fun. But I do love thrift stores. Fancy "vintage" stores are okay, but when I'm in a bad mood, I need Salvation Army. I need Goodwill. I was raised sifting through moth ball scented clothing to find the perfect sweater. I thrive on that shit. It is where I feel at home, where the bad music plays and that woman who can't stop sneezing looks at Christmas decorations behind the glass case for ten minutes, preventing me from checking out. It's where I find angora sweaters for three dollars.

2. iTunes genius playlists are often hit or miss. Today I hit a Blondie genius playlist, and I hit it hard.

3. I had to roll down the window today! I was too warm! Too warm! Next step: green. Please, God, I want green things so badly.

4. I've mentioned oyster mushrooms before. If I had unlimited funds, I would spend my time trying to find the perfect recipes to do justice to oyster mushrooms. Tonight, I modified this recipe a little, and it was delicious. Of course, I didn't make my own pasta. I used white wine instead of vermouth, used earth balance instead of butter, and added some diced onions and sun dried tomatoes. The tomatoes gave the whole dish a smokey taste, so if you don't like that, don't do it. Also, I'm not sure what that 15 cloves of garlic is about... maybe he grows his own garlic and has very small cloves. I used six fairly large cloves.

5. Another interesting internet tool to look at distribution of wealth, this time specifically in the US.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Red Light Green Light

1. When I am driving and there's no one behind me, and I see the light ahead turn red, I like to slow down significantly so that by the time I get to the light, it's turned green again.

2. Global Rich List. Even at my practically non-existent income, I am in the top 14% in the world, and I am grateful.

3. Due to the rain and melting snow, the stream behind my house is running at full capacity. At night, if you stand outside quietly, the sound of running water seems like it's coming from everywhere.

4. The guy who made this ad for YFIR looked at our blog to try to find a vertical picture with a few of the interns. This is the best he could find, and therefore, this is the ad appearing on Quaker websites (that's us dressed up for Halloween):

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

small reprieves of coffee and birdsong

1. Google body. An internet distraction that will actually make you smarter.

2. Today at the Diner:
Mike (my boss) to costumer: Do you want anything else?
Costumer: Well, the waitress, but I guess she's not on the menu.
Mike: She's young enough to be your grand daughter.
Costumer: My grand daughter don't look that good.

3. This ad from Facebook:
 That picture is supposed to make me want to be a social worker? A demon child? Really?

4. 100 Greatest Hits of YouTube in 4 Minutes


I am Learning to Abandon the World
By Linda Pastan
I am learning to abandon the world
before it can abandon me.
Already I have given up the moon
and snow, closing my shades
against the claims of white.
And the world has taken
my father, my friends.
I have given up melodic lines of hills,
moving to a flat, tuneless landscape.
And every night I give my body up
limb by limb, working upwards
across bone, towards the heart.
But morning comes with small
reprieves of coffee and birdsong.
A tree outside the window
which was simply shadow moments ago
takes back its branches twig
by leafy twig.
And as I take my body back
the sun lays its warm muzzle on my lap
as if to make amends.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"I've seen this one before."

1. Yesterday the Young Friends in Residence program got enough funding to finish 2011, and was given a line in the NYYM operating budget for 2012! Thank you, New York Yearly Meeting! Dear readers, if you know anyone who might be interested in being a Young Friend in Residence, please send them my way.

2. the 56 Worst/Best Analogies of all time, collected by high school teachers. My favorites:
- From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
- He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
- Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
- Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like “Second Tall Man.”
- I felt a nameless dread. Well, there probably is a long German name for it, like Geschpooklichkeit or something, but I don’t speak German. Anyway, it’s a dread that nobody knows the name for, like those little square plastic gizmos that close your bread bags. I don’t know the name for those either.

3. Playing for Change

Dad: I've seen that one before.
Me: Really dad? It came out in 2010.
Mom: He says that about everything! We'll be watching the daily news and he'll say "I've seen this one before!"

5. My Earlham friends Laura and Caitlin have started a comic strip about my former college roommate Jenny Lawson. The most exciting part for me, other than seeing my college friends portrayed in comic form, is that I get to see these comics earlier than the general public because I watch America's Next Top Model with Laura on a weekly basis.
Even you know Jenny, Croatian readers, because I like to make fun of her on this here blog. She even has her own tag. Go to the list of tags on the right and click on "Q-Shack" to see all of the posts that reference Jenny. She is certainly a character. Do not let this sudden fame go to your head, Punky, you're still a Bungholio.

6. Stephen Colbert singing Rebecca Black's "Friday" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. What had happened was Colbert made a promise on TV that Jimmy Fallon would donate a large sum of money to Donors Choose, so Fallon made a promise on TV that if that large sum of money was donated by viewers, Colbert would do this:

7. Found picture of me in 2008 trying to be Amelie.