September 24, 2006

pandora radio is the absolute best

pandora and the mission statement of the music genome project.

September 22, 2006

the russian bmw bike

who knew there was such a thing?
During the break-in period the noise and ‘crunchiness’ is normal ... After about 2,000 kilometers, the stiffness and noise significantly decrease.
love it! nytimes story.

September 18, 2006

m. ward rocks and sings too

nina reviews m. ward's concert last night which was the best rock show i can remember. it's indie folk noise rock, extremely beautiful and supremely crafted. check him out.

reality tv? not any longer

for those with a thirst for pop culture as big as mine, laguna beach (the real orange county) has been a thrill. now, mtv plans to introduce the virtual laguna beach. it can't get any better! i am already planning my avatar. nytimes story.

September 10, 2006

weird al's white and nerdy

weird al's latest parody has started diffusing through the blogosphere and i thought i'd chime in to help it go critical, since it's so right on and clever.

the parody is inspired by chamillionaire's debut single "ridin' dirty" which has been conveniently gvideoed:




al transposes the ghetto fab imagery and the infectious beat of the song to the popularly neglected part of youth culture that consumes rap: "the white and nerdy."

here is the mp3. and the lyrics:
White & Nerdy
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Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire
New lyrics by Al Yankovic

They see me mowin'
My front lawn
I know they're all thinking I'm so white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Can't you see I'm white and nerdy?
Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
I wanna roll with
The gangstas
But so far they all think I'm too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
I'm just too white and nerdy.
Really really white and nerdy.

First in my class here at MIT
Got skills, I'm a champion at D&D
MC Escher - that's my favorite MC
Keep your 40, I'll just have an Earl Grey tea
My rims never spin, to the contrary
You'll find that they're quite stationary
All of my action figures are cherry
Steven Hawking's in my library
My MySpace page is all totally pimped out
Got people beggin' for my top eight spaces
Yo, I know pi to a thousand places
Ain't got no grills but I still wear braces
I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise
I'm a whiz at Minesweeper - I could play for days
Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed
My fingers' movin' so fast I'll set the place ablaze
There's no killer app I haven't run
At Pascal, well I'm number one
Do vector calculus just for fun
I ain't got a gat but I got a soldering gun
Happy Days is my favorite theme song
I could sure kick your butt in a game of ping pong
I'll ace any trivia quiz you bring on
I'm fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon

They see me roll on
My Segway
I know in my heart they think I'm white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Can't you see I'm white and nerdy
Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
I'd like to roll with
The gangstas
Although it's apparent I'm too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
I'm just too white and nerdy
How'd I get so white and nerdy

I've been browsin', inspectin'
X-Men comics, you know I collect 'em
The pens in my pocket, I must protect 'em
My ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored
Shopping online for deals on some writable media
I edit Wikipedia
I memorized Holy Grail really well
I can recite it right now and have you ROTFLOL
I got a business doing websites
When my friends need some code, who do they call?
I do HTML for 'em all
Even made a homepage for my dog
Yo, I got myself a fanny pack
They were havin' a sale down at The Gap
Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap
Pop, pop, hope no one sees me
Gettin' freaky
I'm nerdy in the extreme
And whiter than sour cream
I was in AV Club and Glee Club and even the Chess Team
Only question I
Ever thought was hard
Was do I like Kirk
Or do I like Picard
Spend every weekend at the Renaissance Fair
Got my name on my underwear

They see me strollin'
They laughin'
And rollin' their eyes 'cause I'm so white and nerdy
Just because I'm white and nerdy
Just because I'm white and nerdy
All because I'm white and nerdy
Holy cow, I'm white and nerdy
I wanna bowl with
The gangstas
But, oh well, it's obvious I'm white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
Think I'm just too white and nerdy
I'm just too white and nerdy
Look at me, I'm white and nerdy

September 05, 2006

foie grassimo

the other day, nina, her parents and i sampled todd english's olives in charlestown. though the restaurant was struggling a bit to keep up with the diners, the food was fundamentally good.

of particular note was an appetizer of black truffle flan, still warm and sprinkled with generous slivers of truffles, served atop a mixture of pan fried mushrooms and foie gras in a demi glace reduction. what a treat!

jeffrey steingarten agrees about the need for foie gras.

oh no, we love france and england

i am among many with a fetish of things french, and things english. but what if one had to choose?

marc levy does.