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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day is a minor holiday to the rest of the world, but we Americans like to celebrate the heck out of it. Some might say it is due to the large number of Irish immigrants who came to the US, others might say something about how St. Patrick *mumble mumble* snakes in Ireland, but realistically, it is a day to celebrate Guinness, Bailey’s, green beer, and corned beef and colcannon.

I hope you all are having a blast celebrating the death of St. Patrick, a very nice Welsh boy who spent six years as a slave, found God, and brought the Holy Trinity to Ireland with as many green beers as you wish. Also, I think you all will enjoy what I believe to be the definitive rendition of the classic Irish folk song, “Danny Boy”.

Yosemite

10 Mar

So yeah, my love for time lapse videos of the stars is well documented on this very blog.  Today iteration is from Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, who spent ten months backpacking around Yosemite National Park to bring me such lovely lovely things.  (And hey, the music is M83!)  I’ve never seen the Milky Way before – too much light pollution – and this video makes me want to go on a long hike into the wilderness so that I actually can see it.

Frozen

17 Feb

Over the weekend, I finally went and saw Disney’s Frozen.  I realize it’s been out for at least two months now, but if you haven’t seen it yet you should try to catch it in theaters.  I was super impressed.  The storyline is clever, the characters are lovely, and the music is quite catchy.  Idina Menzel sings a showstopping number called “Let it Go”, which fankly wins all awards and all the love.

However, Youtube also suggested the link for the multi-lingual version.  This is surprisingly fun as well, since you find yourself singing along in Japanese or German despite not being able to say anything in either.

Meditations on Snow

10 Feb

ImageOne of my neighbors has this lovely Buddha at the head of their driveway. I feel like the Buddha is dealing with the weather much better than I am. (Why yes, it snowed even more last night, why do you ask?)

summer daze

19 Jul

I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled on Wednesday. Needless to say, I’m not really up to doing anything more than watching Planet Earth and napping. Sorry, but you all are going to have to wait until Monday for the cool catacombs post. Them’s the breaks.

Have some cat videos instead. As always, Simon’s Cat is a favorite.

Summer Splendor

8 Jul

Well, I’m finally back in the States. During my little hiatus, my cousin came to visit Paris, I packed everything in my room into two bags, I flew to Chicago for a family shindig, United lost my big red duffel bag (the one with all of my clothes) for a week, and I returned to New York state for the summer. Oh, and I had a birthday. Not a bad two weeks, all in all.

Now that I’m no longer in an exciting and exotic place – suburban Long Island is no one’s idea of exotic – I’m going to relax my posting schedule to twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. I know this kind of schedule slip is usually the death knell for web comics and other blogs on the internet, but have a little faith here. I’ve invested this much time and effort in this weird little blog, I’m not giving up that easily.

So, sit back and relax; on Friday I’ll finally show you the Eiffel Tower up close and personal.

The Great Gatsby

29 Mar

Last week, I reread “The Great Gatsby” for the first time since high school. I had to read it in 12th grade, but I honestly couldn’t have told you what it was about if you paid me in chocolate bars. I did remember that I didn’t like it back then.

It’s amazing how much a few years can make a difference. I found it riveting this time around and not just because I was waiting to get through 3 hours of bureaucratic waiting room nonsense. Maybe it’s because I was reading it on my own this time. I guess this means I should probably go back and try “Catcher In The Rye” again. (HAHAHAHA no. That one I legit hate.)

Did you know that the guy who made Moulin Rouge is doing the Gatsby adaptation? This trailer says I will be seeing it at some point.  Who knows, this might even be the role that gets Leo his Oscar.