Archive | October, 2012

The Best Jack-o-Lantern to Ever Exist

31 Oct

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. You get to dress up, carve pumpkins, and beg people for free candy. I see no downsides whatsoever.  Okay, maybe the whole “sexy” costume thing, but that’s another post entirely. They don’t really celebrate Halloween here in France, which is downright criminal. I think I’ve seen one pumpkin this entire month, and it was at the veggie stand in town.

This, however, makes up for it. If you thought you were good at carving pumpkins, you have been totally and completely outclassed. This person has won the internet, real life, and my undying adoration.

For your consideration, Pumpktris.

That’s right, it’s a pumpkin that you can play TETRIS on.

The mad genius over at HaHa Bird decided to create a fully functional tetris jack-o-lantern. You can head over to his site to see the full breakdown of how he managed it; it’s pretty technical, but still awesome.

I might not have the technical expertise to try something like that on my own for Halloween, at least not this year, but hot damn, I am so aiming to try that in the future.

29 Oct

For whatever reason, kids in France get two weeks of vacation in the beginning of November. I’m a little jealous, but we all seem to be enjoying our time off by dealing with sore throats, sniffling noses, and general sleepytimes.

I’m going to be a little boring this week (the most excitement I had this weekend was falling down a flight of stairs, whooee.), but next week, I’m headed to London to see my good friend, S. In lieu of anything better no wait, I’m lying, this is best, I give you Joss Whedon’s presidential endorsement.

h/t to Anibundel.

Suffrage

26 Oct

It’s kind of wild to think that women have only been able to vote in our country for less than a hundred years. Via the Missouri History Museum, a bit of history for you.

I almost want to print one out and hang it on my wall.

 

Women voter’s cast 53% of all votes in the 2008 presidential election. I like to think those suffragettes are pretty damn happy with how that turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

Election 2012

24 Oct

I just sent in my absentee ballot yesterday. No surprises on who I put down for President. It’s amazing how giddy I was at the post office. Many thanks to Democrats Abroad, who clarified what paperwork needed to be done.

Remember, early voting has probably already started in your state! Get out and vote!

 

 

C’est la vie!

19 Oct

 

I first heard this song on one of those top-clip shows on French TV. Khaled is a pretty famous singer in Africa and Europe and this is his most recent single. Rai music is a mixture of Algerian folk songs and more modern music influences like rock and hip hop. It’s surprisingly addictive, even if I have no idea what the lyrics are saying in Arabic.  Believe it or not, the chorus is in simple enough French that even I understand it.

Stonehenge

17 Oct

All arguments that coming to Paris was a bad idea are now null and void. Why? Because Paris has a inflatable Stonehenge art installation… that you can bounce on.

Yeah, let that sink in for a moment. Right next to Invalides, they have a giant bouncy-house that looks like a Stone Age megalith.

 

According to the literature on the site, this is “Sacrilege” by Jeremy Deller. “The work represents the famous temple of Stonehenge, a megalithic monument located in Great Britain. By re-imagining Stonehenge as an inflatable artwork, accessible to everyone, the artist questions the sacred and untouchable quality of spaces and emblems of power, especially that of political and religious power.”

My friend and I thought it was an insanely fun piece of art. I mean, come on.

Sacrilege is on display from Oct 16th to the 21st, from 3pm to 5:30pm. If you’re in Paris, I highly recommend you go visit.

The Louvre

15 Oct

Sorry about the lack of a post on Friday, but I have a real doozy to make up for it. Yes indeed, today I bring you terrible photos from the world famous Musée du Louvre!

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The View From Abroad

10 Oct

I was walking with some friends the other day when I came across this advertisement on a newsstand. The main article is what caught my eye.

For those of us who don’t speak French, it’s titled “Romney the Alien: millionaire, Mormon, bumbler.”

This is a pretty accurate view of the Mittster in the international media. From what I’ve gathered*, most people are a little worried about Romney becoming president and hope Obama carries off this election.

I lived abroad during the Bush years – during Katrina, as a matter of fact – as well as during Obama’s tenure.  Frankly, I was sort of getting used to not being embarrassed about our democratically elected leader. So for all of you who aren’t planning to vote, think again. Because this is your most important civic duty.

And for god’s sake, pick the guy who isn’t going to make us look like idiots on the world’s stage.

 

 

 

*In the wholly unbiased and random polling of female au pairs in Paris, aged 18-27. Very scientifically sound, I know.

Game Over

8 Oct

I wasn’t a big football fan before I went to UF. During my time there, I managed to get season tickets twice, but I was just as likely to sell ’em to a friend as go to the game myself. Win or lose, I have fond memories of the band. The student section in the Swamp was right next to the band and so we could hear whatever they were playing pretty darn well. They had all these cool little shorts that they’d play at appropriate times, like an abbreviated William Tell’s Overture for when a player rushed a bunch of yards unopposed.

They were good, but they never did a halftime show quite this awesome. Sorry guys, but Ohio State’s got you beat.

via Kotaku

Notre Dame

5 Oct

Like I said last time, my class is pretty centrally located. It’s only a fifteen minute walk to the heart of Paris, and some pretty key tourist attractions. Exhibit A: Notre Dame. The cathedral is 850 years old this fall. That’s pretty damn old.

 Not seen: Hunchback of, or moving gargoyles.

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