Thursday, May 26, 2011

"What song are you listening to?"

This amuses me to no end. This guy asks random New Yorkers with headphones what song they're listening to. Gives you an idea just how many different atmospheric moods are happening around you every time you walk down the street. Plus how typical or surprising (or embarrassing) people's selections are. I also find it interesting how most have have to look at their iPods or the like to find out what they're actually listening to.

Ok, ok, on to the video...Oh, what was I listening to on my way to work? I'm with my fellow nerd girl at 5:03: NPR - This American Life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

oM Covers The White Stripes

My buddy Marcus over at The Onion's AV Club sent me a pic of Kevin Barnes in their office the day they recorded this. Of course I was jealous, but luckily was seeing them at the Vic that night! Yay!

Of Montreal covers The White Stripes

Monday, May 23, 2011

"It really chokes you up when you see what's happened here..."

It really does. I've posted a lot about tornado victims lately, but in one of the most deadly seasons our country has ever seen, I can't ignore it, especially when it's affecting my home state. In this video, The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes chokes back tears after surveying the damage in Joplin, Missouri, where Sunday night an EF-4 EF-5 tornado destroyed more than a quarter of the city.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Two Happy Tails

Two tales of pets who miraciously find their way home after being ripped away by the tragic tornados that hit Alabama last month:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No More Code

It's a sad day in Chicago...One of my favorite TV shows, "The Chicago Code," has been canceled. Now, I'm not saying it was a great show, but I loved it. I loved it in the same candy way I liked "Prison Break." In even worse news, another favorite of mine, "Lie To Me," wont be coming back either. But in even worse news, "Glee" has been renewed for yet another season.

FOX, you are dead to me.

Thank goodness "Community" is still hanging on by a string...

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's Friday!

of Montreal @ the Vic last night*...

Peter, Bjorn & John @ Lincoln Hall tomorrow night**...

I don’t want this weekend to end...

*the second tier tour truly is more fun.
**I may not totally dig the new album, but I still love me some PB&J.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Too Far?

Festival footwear? This is a thing now? I think this is a sign that the music fest gamut has gone too far.

Monday, May 2, 2011

We Got Him

You may have heard by now...Osama bin Laden is dead. Killed by a US raid in Pakistan. There are a zillion hilarious internet memes exploding on the internet today, too many to keep up with or even pick a favorite. There are also a zillion opinions and feelings circulating...most reminiscent of 9/11. It's honestly the news we never expected to hear after almost ten years.

But the thing I think is so interesting is the significance of Twitter. At first there was zero information besides a little scroll at the bottom of the television screen that President Obama was about to make an important speech (obviously odd news so late on a Sunday evening). I went straight to Twitter to find out what was going on. Many times in the past few years, Twitter--or social media communication in general--has been a quicker source of information than television or radio news, including during February's blizzard. The way we communicate and get information has truly shifted.

I was having a rather lazy Sunday, monitoring my feed pretty closely, and it was a slow day to say the least. Until about 9:30pm. Twitter estimated that there were upwards of 5,000 Tweets per second around the time of the announcement. It started with speculation of what the speech would be about, and then clever jokes and observations continued late into the night. I could barely keep up with my own feed, reading, tweeting and re-tweeting, right up until I saw this one:

"I lost 6 friends on 9/11. u can be cynical, or shit on this moment, but I'd like to say, hey, Jim, Matt, Andy, Clint, Tommy, Tim, we got him"

I'll hold back the name, as they have deleted the tweet since, but I still think it's poignant. My joking and laughing with my boyfriend stopped in it's tracks as I read that tweet, and I decided it was time to go to bed. It was getting late, and there wasn't really anything more to say or learn anyway.

(Photo: Michael Appleton for the NYT, taken in Times Square)