Posts filed under ‘2008 Presidential Election’
From this week’s news:
Another reason to love Target.
This guy is awesome. Just look at his picture:
Coffee cups in NYC. (Mom and Dad, you’ll enjoy this one.)
A store review for a store where I’ve actually shopped! Here’s a lovely quote from the review:
“If you were to secretly dose the celebrated Japanese artist Takashi Murakami with LSD, spin him around in a swivel chair, bounce him on a trampoline, then repeatedly hit him over the head with a piñata, the interior of this store would be his hallucination.”
To shock no one, this story on ‘energy shots’ focuses on College Park, Maryland.
A look back on a decade of SpongeBob SquarePants.
NPR on tourists.
Newspapers cutting out crossword puzzles?!?! Sad face! (This has been all over my twitter feed, but I did read it first in the Times, so I am not going to attribute it to anyone. Sorry.)
The “Real World” DC crew looks VERY young. Does this mean I’m old?
I went to this game with my parents, and I think you should all read about the crowd cheering “We want the apple!”
Coolest inauguration photo.
Who has Nationals season tickets?
@coloradosumi and I both ate mac & cheese for dinner last night and the Times ran an article about it too!
What you’ll get if you tag me in a “25 Random Things About Me” facebook thing. Thanks Katy!
While we’re on the subject of facebook, obviously the Times wrote an article about the social repercussions (or free hamburgers) that result from defriending.
Why you see so many more infomercials on television.
There are towns called Crotch Crescent, Titty Ho, Wetwang, Slutshole Lane, Thong and Crapstone. Thank you Britain, for being so weird and thank you New York Times, for enlightening us.
Will Shortz obvi made an inauguration themed puzzle. And it’s not a crossword!
This video from Alex MD is CRAZY.
As promised, my photos from the Inauguration of Barack Obama!
“No one has ever accused the Atlanta rapper T.I. of harboring a weird streak, but his taste in protégés would seem to indicate that beneath the blank grin and neatly constructed rhymes beats an oddball’s heart.
The T.I. apprentices Young Dro and Yung LA, who share this mixtape from T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint, offer competing versions of the hip-hop eccentric. Of the two Young Dro is the star, a word nerd with a voice like a revving engine and a gift for fantastical imagery. He namedrops the Thundercats, Punky Brewster and ‘hammerhead sharks in Bermuda,’ describes his car as looking ‘like Almond Joy’ and taunts, on ‘Ain’t I (remix),’ ‘The choppers in the trunk will make you do the Macarena.’ He’s also a vocal comic, adopting a surf-prep accent on a series of interludes and, on ‘Shower,’ sculpturing a rhyme where there is none: ‘All my diamonds are tangerine/Throwing this money like Dan Marino’ (leaving the ‘o’ on the cutting room floor).
This arresting collection of lean, stinging synthesizer-driven beats suits Young Dro well, their velocity acting as a counterbalance to his density. Yung LA, on the other hand, seems to slither atop these songs, a goofball who bleeds words into each other so that it sounds as if he’s almost always slurring. Mohawked and incessantly describing himself as futuristic, Yung LA suggests a twice-mimeographed version of André 3000 of Outkast, the early years. Which is why it’s so shocking, on ‘Woah,’ to hear him complain about other rappers imitating his style. Even a cursory listen makes it clear he’s not the one worth copying.
Stay tuned, I hope to compile a video post of my favorite Super Bowl commercials!
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I worked a youth conference that ran in conjunction with Obama’s inauguration. Since I averaged around three hours of sleep every night, I didn’t have much time to blog, but in the sleep-filled days since, I’ve managed to compile a bunch of presidential links.
Here are some photos of the crowd at inauguration. Search for the yellow ear warmers. Those are kids at our conference (there were 15,302 of them, so they shouldn’t be that hard to find.)
Lincoln s at his audience
All of the presidents’ signatures so far (still waiting on number 44).
I’ve been holding off on posting this for two days now because I wanted to add my photographs from all of the inaugural events I attended, but it’s taking me longer than I expected to upload and label of them, so please stay tuned!
Dancing, White People, Toilets, People Who Should Have Married Liza Minnelli and a Rant on Baby Names
This guy is better than Beyonce.
I’m fairly certain Stuff White People Likes follows me around.
Voter turnout in 2008 highest since 1968!
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist marries, even the Associated Press is skeptical of his sexuality:
“Crist kissed Rome briefly at the end of the ceremony — perhaps too briefly.”
Karly found this awesomely fun website.
In related news, “All I Want for Christmas is Jews.“ Thanks, Dad. (Don’t watch the whole thing, it drags on at the end.)
Emily is not the most popular name in America for the first time since 1996! The girl names sound kind of presidential this year (see #s 5 and 6). I like that trend. Alternatively, Aiden, Jayden and Caden are all on the boy top ten list. In a few years, kindergarten teachers across the country will have rhyming rosters.
I also don’t like the second page of this article that alludes to “the end of Emily” and that “the reign of Emily may be over.” I’m here to stay. I’m also disgusted that people are naming their children after Britney Spears’ son, this guy (I liked that character, but STILL), and this lady with her ridiculous eyebrows and over-dramatic television commercials (I’ve never actually watched the program; the commercials are always too much for me). God help my future husband when we have to pick children’s names. I’m going to want to name them all after politicians I admire and children’s book characters. Little Eloise and Wellstone? Cute.
Best Story of the Week: Micky Dolenz of the Monkees went out for a smoke while dining the other night. When he got outside he heard a bunch of drunk 20-somethings singing along with a recording of his song “I’m a Believer” at Pat O’Brien’s next door. Clearly the revelers at Pat O’Brien’s had parents who gave them sufficient musical educations because they obvs recognized Micky and made him pose for photos.
Women are better at assembling IKEA furniture than men. My apartment agrees.
People in New York City search for different things on Google than the rest of the country (e.g. the top ten in the U.S. included “David Cook” and “Fox News.” Neither of these items made the New York list.)
Politicians in one of Austrailia’s states must be breathalized before voting.
Noise violators punished with an hour of Barry Manilow.
This book sounds awesome and comes out on my birthday!
Despite the fact that this woman needs a makeover and her church is a little much (really, a stage and light show?!), her song is pretty funny.
Jailer said he’d let a prisoner go free if he voted for John McCain. He posted he bail and voted for Barack Obama, natch.
A perfect holiday present for PETA members: A calendar of famous(ish) conservative women dressed in mink. Mmmmmm Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin in dead animal…
My Mom made PostcardsFromYoMomma.com!
Today in cool maps, this shows the average distance to the nearest road. Notable because you can see the Rocky Mountains, the Everglades and other real things, even though it’s not a topographical map. The guy who did the research also wrote the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) which I just put on hold at the library to read over break! (Woohoo! Geek out!)
If you’re worried about universal health coverage turning America into a socialist nation, read this first. Yeah, we should totally live in a country where a woman induces labor so she can have her baby before her insurance coverage runs out…
My Dad taped hours of fine television from the late 80s to the mid 90s when my favoriteeeeee moiveees everrrrr were on the tube. I’m really glad I forced him to keep the majority of those VHS tapes, because if this Mental Floss blog is any indication, I’m totally in for a treat when I watch them.
“I had great faith that, you know, perhaps when that voter entered that voting booth and closed that curtain that what would kick in for them was, perhaps, a bold step that would have to be taken in casting a vote for us, but having to put a lot of faith in that commitment we tried to articulate that we were the true change agent that would progress this nation.”
Note: It was not the woman wearing the t-shirt that strung together such a fine, fine sentence.
The ads for the new “Shrek” musical are all inside jokes for theatergoers. Love.
Daily Kos brings us the Airmen’s Suicide Prevention presentation, which is, erm, Purpose-Driven… (Thanks, Phylan)
No acorns this year, which can’t be a good sign. (Thanks, Dad)
Prop. 8: The Musical (So fantastic)
“Couch Doctor” Makes Big Furniture Fit in Small Spaces (That’s what she said?)
This is just such a great idea.
Worst Christmas presents in television and movies
Fun words from the Brian Lehrer Show (other people hate the word “moist”)
Shannon is famous, obvi.
Hannity & Fill In the Blank
Karly made Postcards From Yo Momma!
Awesome Diary today
New Lionel subway trains! They recorded the real subway noise for the model!!
How to tour NYC via city bus
And I can’t link to it, but Self Magazine just ranked Bethesda as the healthiest city in America. Here’s what they wrote:
This affluent suburban area boasts proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, 34,000 acres of parks and 100 miles of trails. But the true secret to residents’ healthy lifestyle may be a subway stop: The Metrorail has created a commuter’s heaven, where women can live, play and work without a car. “My running partners and I can jog the Capital Crescent Trail into the heart of Washington, D.C., have breakfast and take the Metro home,” says Kimberly Price, 36, a mom in nearby Gaithersburg. Women here have some of the nation’s lowest rates of smoking, obesity, cancer, depression and heart disease, and access to more doctors per capita than anywhere else we looked. Farmers’ markets offer up Maryland-grown produce, and Bethesda
is home to 200 restaurants within 300 blocks, many catering to local demand for healthy bites, says Stephanie Coppula, director of marketing for the Bethesda Urban Partnership. “People love to walk downtown,” she adds. “You see everything from jogging strollers to the late-night crowd.”