November 2008


We are both recovering from this years epic Thanksgiving, Kyle by committing some violence on scenery, I by channeling my lethargy into grad school personal statements. I am always struck by the slightly ridiculous nature of a specific day marked by the consumption of obscene amounts of food (a little wasteful, no?) – however, we are lucky enough to have a fairly tight-knit and loving family, and this was the first holiday in many, many years that our whole extended family was able to come together and share stories, quality time, games, and, of course, food.

We were out in a painfully quaint* part of Cape Cod near Orleans, which was calm and quiet and nautical. The food was all home-made and amazing, from Kyle’s mozzarella, shrimp and artichoke casserole to the amazing spread of antipasto to the sweet-potato rolls made by yours truly + SO, from our cousins seasonal fruit dressing to our grandmothers onion pie, from many different pies to rocking traditional green bean casserole, topped off (of course) by brined turkey in a bag. Holy crap.

We did manage to do some non-eating things. Many games of Ticket to Ride: Europe were played, as well as more wordy/partyish games. Many walks were taken. We also managed to get out to Provincetown to take advantage of the end-of-season sales, which were truly amazing. I picked up a fantastic enameled ring from Century, and Kyle did some scarf shopping at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Of course there’s a Marc Jacobs in P-town. Also, more good food.

Since the economy out there goes by the tourist season, everything is pretty much shut down from December through April – so going in November to do some quality shopping at deep discounts (50% in my case, and most stores were offering at least 10-30%) isn’t that bad of an idea for Boston locals.

Now I’m disappearing into application land for a bit. I hope that everyone managed to have a warm and happy Thanksgiving, and best of luck keeping sane through the next month!

*I’m a city boy at this point, sorry!

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Headline:

SAMURAI MAN KILLED AT SCIENTOLOGY CENTER HAD TIES TO THE CHURCH

First Paragraph of the AP story:

LOS ANGELES — An Oregon man who was fatally shot as he wielded samurai swords and tried to attack guests at a landmark Scientology building was a former follower of the religion who had made at least a dozen previous threats against the church, officials said Monday.

This is a Sundance Film Festival winner waiting to happen.

Threadless is having their holiday sale! Great graphic tees from 5$ up. I personally own a number of threadless shirts, and they are (a) comfy (b) sweet and (c) good conversation pieces at parties. Check it out if you haven’t gotten it around to it yet. Looks like I’ll have to search to see if anythings left in my size…I’ve had my eye on this shirt for a while, but it’s already sold out of medium!

So, last night, I decided I needed a ridiculous winter hat. Emphasis on the ridiculous; I wanted pom-poms, vibrant colours, the kind of hat that makes a statement along the lines of “It’s too freaking cold for me to care what I look like”. And Hootenany in Harvard Square just happened to be perfect place to find one.

Hootenany is located in “the Garage” off the Square (and apparently owned by Newbury Comics), and happens to sell some of the funkiest, hippterish, quasi-punkish clothing around. It’s kind of like Hot Topic, if Hot Topic had a modicum of class and didn’t make me want to take a rusty meat cleaver to my digits (ironically enough, I’m pretty sure Hot Topic sells a shirt that says something along those lines…)

Anyway, heres the deal. If your looking for a cool t-shirt, some red plaid pants, or pretty much any style of Levi’s Jean ever made, this is the place to go. That is, if your willing to dig into your wallet. The clothing is awesome, but these are definitely not thrift store prices.

The accessories are a bit more affordable ( I managed to find a rad hat for only $14.00), and there is definitely a wide selection. Basically, if you know what you want, and you want something weird, this is the place to go.

For more check out the yelp or the store’s website.

Like all of my generation, I think that pirates are awesome. For example:

So, obviously, the Pirate Name Generator is necessary. Some options for me:

  • Tuan Chappy Keenan
  • Tuan Jello Jiminez
  • Raja Lawrence Easter. I’ll go with this one. Obviously, I used to be with the Dutch East India Company before falling in love with an Indian girl, abandoning my family back in England and taking to the seas for adventure and profit.

And my ship:

  • Lady Loisa Killer Of The North. Loisa was my mother.

Any random generation thingy make my think of Abulafia. It’s a Wiki that’s set up to generate random lists, and it’s user-extensible. So, anyone can (a) make a list and (b) generate random entries from the lists. It’s originally a tabletop gaming resource thing, but hey look….more pirate names! Looks like I have my crew: Hard Tack Jack, Fourteenth Mate Alberts of The Whirlpool, Kenneth The Rusty Epee (you don’t want to know why it’s rusty, trust me), The Dread Pirate Pete, Jack “Stormy” Sparrow, Lieutenant Ishmael “Whalebone” DiCaprio The Storm Chaser, Long Abílio Brass, Bawdy Elisabeth, and Four-Eyes Kitty.

Y’ar indeed, mateys.

Yes, Mary-Jean, according to Rolling Stone the Decemberist’s 6th Album (Reportedly baring the title Hazards of Love)will be no simple piece of Indie music storytelling, but will in fact be an epic rock opera the likes of which have not been seen since… well, awhile ago, at least.

What makes this news even more fabulous is the following:

“At first, Hazards of Love was going to be an actual musical, staged by director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). The story that Meloy came up with, however, was “practically unstageable,” the frontman says.”

Awesome.

Check out Head Hoods. Hand-printed hoodies with famous faces! I think my fave is the yellow one with the Lego head. Also, this T-shirt:

I Can't Afford To Love New York City

I don’t wear shirts with words, but I appreciate this. Only 15 bucks. Cool.

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