Monday, October 02, 2017

Toxic Pizza Face

 [Oof, I had this post below prepped in draft form and ready to post for today but now in light of recent events it just seems to be the wrong tone. Choosing to still soldier on...nonetheless..]


++Have always loved the Jimbo Phillips Santa Cruz logo, and he really knows how to capture tfw ya gots to have ya pizza!

++Went to see some much needed standup comedy this weekend after a tough week and was pleasantly surprised by Adam Devine. I didn't know much about him and I just assumed it was gonna be juvenile bro humor or what my husband likes to call broad humor (a favorite slag he often employs, just like when he labels a woman "plain" when he mean, uh, not sexy.) And while still pretty bro-ish in content Devine has a real nice buoyant energy and a rubbery face that's suitably cartoonish and bordering on mime. Also good was the more cerebral Neal Brennan, mostly because he did an extended bit on talking to dogs in a Hannibal Lecter voice that had me the dog lover rollin'.

++I also got the chance to finish up Jack Whitehall's Travels with Father and it ended with a nice bang showing this surreal mountaintop village in Vietnam I'd never heard of...and of course some well earned father and son bonding. Maybe there's something to be said for the the stiff upper lip of posh Brits; heartfelt emotion seems more valuable..

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Critical Slide Society


++I'd like this sweatshirt more if it had actual bumper stickers on it but I guess that wouldn't be as cool. (As long as none of the stickers are "No Bad Days" or "Coexist." Don't wanna appear crazy. It's funny how if I see a bumper sticker that says "Coexist" I assume crazy, but "Visual World Peas" means yer cool.

++"This is a messy book":I'm no history buff so there's absolutely no reason why I should read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and what's up with that snoozy 90s cover art?( PS: I'm totally gonna read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.) Also, I've listened to this entire Fresh Air podcast about Winston Churchill mainly because Jack Whitehall's dad Michael(aka bae) has such a love for Winston Churchill that he named his real boy doll "Winnie." (PS: I'm totally watching "Travels with Father" and it is mostly mildly entertaining.)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Phoebe's Phriend

++Ooh what a treat it would be to see one of my faves in one of my very fave cities!


++So a little change of pace today to chase the boredies away (been feelin restless lately)..a buncha of pix past and future of designs from 23 year old Maggie Marilyn Hewitt from New Zealand whose stuff can be found on Net A Porter.



I can't say I could ever see myself wearing any of these babies but I like that she's still a little green..and you can definitely see some themes emerging.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Where I'll Find You

++Ugh, exhausted's all I can do to post up this Live KEXP performance...

++Am here for any and all Young Sheldon jokes, even the hacky corny ones.

++Surprising lack of nutritious comments/contributions to the songmeanings page for Here Comes the Hotstepper aka the song that's been stuck in my head for 15 years. Do I log on and make up a story about an asphalt accident? Hm.

++That confused David Spade/Cobain mural kinda sums up 2017, lol.

++yes yes yes, I know how Boy-1da is stylized and how it is to be pronounced but I will never not read it and think of Ore Ida potatoes whenever I read it in emails.

++My twitter feed is filled with stories of strippers and gang members who have ended up doing well for themselves. Who needs college, anyway.

++This is the only thing amusing me today. I want this to be a real show.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


++99.9% of the time I will have what I think is an original thought and I Google it and someone has gotten there first. But *this* time I had the song "Hooray for Hollywood" stuck in my head and thought, "Hooray for Woolyhood" and thus far no one has thought of it first! I don't know what I will do with this info but you heard it here first. FIRST!

++Is there seriously a market for people who hate things to make videos? Because I hate many many things.

++Up until this year I didn't know that the smell of burning toast was an indication/symptom that one is having a stroke. Then suddenly, like in the course of a month, whether through Twitter or Big Fat I hear this particular factoid everywhere. #synchronicity #confluence.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Guyaba y Queso

++Until the return of my beloved Terrace House on the 26th I guess I'll run thru as many Big Fats as I can. I know a good bulk of the quiz answers, it's the casually tossed off references that mystify me, like: bhuner and Malteasers (what we call Whoppers here in the States.)

++In Dubious Battle: Sometimes I don't know what an article is trying to tell the old jokes about Lassie "What are you trying to tell me, boy??"

++The other day I said to myself, "won't that be something if Colin Farrell and ___________ (once the party boys of 90s) become some of our finest actors?" Now I can't remember who the other guy was and it's driving me bonkers. Stay tuned.

++Wonder if this development will drive up the cost of their budget cans of coffee at the market. Have always liked the old school look of the DF can and The Godfather-like interior makes me swoon.

++Brianstorm: So I guess one of Kevin Hart's accusers is named MoMo. That's a new name. Will they ever run out of names for celebs and storms?

++At the end of that episode of BFQ they brought out mariachi to play the theme song of GOT and it sounded sublime.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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++Bomberman: Richard Vreeland, who goes by the handle Disasterpeace, is on board to do the music for the film Under the Silver Lake. He got his start doing chiptunes and I will be honest and say I plan to listen to this lecture today for no good reason. Mostly because my current ringtone is an 8 bit chippy and it's a source of continual delight. (lol the guy who introduces Vreeland is best! This is dry but fascinating; takes such discipline to work within limits.)

++In what is becoming my own personal Number 23, I can't stop tallying the growing number of celeb alumni from Northwestern! They are my Iluminati, my Masons.(This needs to be a movie!)

++And you may ask yourself, why make a Taj Mahal out of sugar cubes? (To watch it melt, of course.)

++We Notice You Don't Come Around: I quite like this song with a caveat. You have to get past the long ole intro right around say, the halfway mark for it to actually be the lyric video that it promises to be..

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Thousand Times


++Gonna be a whole new meaning to the phrase "IT girl" this year.

++Just saw a toy skeleton in a motorcycle sidecar; love!

++It's taken a few decades but I've decided that an easy, non-commital response to a "Good morning" from a stranger is "Hi there." It was used on me this morning and imma steal that.

++This'll work just fine for today!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Got My Eyes On You

 ++Supercharger: For someone with a passing interest in social experiments and psychology I thought this goofy guy intentionally spilling pennies was interesting because, like, if you were a passerby, would you help out? It would take a lot of your time and it is only pennies after all. 
Secondly, what does the guy filming the video hope to get out of this experience? He's likely not getting paid much. An eventual payoff if the guy gets famous?
Thirdly, one of my favorite things to do is try to determine what song a ripoff song is trying to sound like. (or did they just use parts of the real song? Great, now I will take hours suss this out.)

++My Joshie Homme's gonna be on an NPR quiz show? Hijole, all my fave things are colliding and R smushing together into one big fruit roooolll-up! Happenings like this are not helping my delusions of grandeur that I control media, lol.(Also, Gen Xers continuing to make themselves at home on CBS Sunday morning and NPR like the old stodgies we've been since birth is hilarious.)

++My husband is not a big fan of DIY and whenever we pay for something and he is forced to DIY he always leans over to me and says about the establichment "why am I doing your job for you?"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Squares of Linoleum

++Ugh, currently terminally obsessed (more so than before) with Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding. Aack, it's pretty bad.

++Oh man, it's a terrible kind of comical when your best-selling work is also your sh-ttiest work. Never get tired and half-ass it, kids. #proudandhorrified #oppositeofhumblebrag(Meanwhile, the work you love and treasure the most lives a lonely, solitary undiscovered life. Cruel, dumb incurious world!)  

++Another example of my growing appreciation of things that are not perfect is this ditty by the earnest Samantha Crain. I like to listen to it with closed eyes because you really hear how strong her voice is, tonally. She's at the wheel. I get a little lost in the woods with whatever the plotline of the song is and yes the higher notes are a reach but she really makes herself at home in the lower register and 60's britpop stops make it worth the time.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


+++Soooo, I try to just write about whatever I am interested in at any given moment...seems to have worked for me in the past.

Right now, because I've been busy, I've been watching this one very long episode of Big Fat Quiz Show in fits and starts from way back in 2006. It seems like an eternity ago. (Yes, I've written about TBFQ before, I keep coming back to it!)

I find it entertaining not only because of the wit and repartee between the contestants and Jimmy Carr(and their use of high falutin' vocab that you don't get here). Anyway, am only halfway through and am thoroughly charmed by Noel Fielding. I've tried to get with Mighty Boosh in the past w/o much success (I think its an acquired taste but am starting to get there). Am not a complete Anglophile, but I do love how men can be dandy and fey and are just considered eccentric. Sure, there's still a slight mocking, but between him and Brand I find it interesting how you can be both effeminate and studly which is so different from here....

Also, this is also very dated, not just cuz of the fashion but the "Go team" attitude that may be more Euro and maybe never existed here?

Monday, September 11, 2017


++Someone on the news just described an impulsive decision made by Trump as "glandular."Not sure if I approve of that as an accurate adjective, jury's out. 🤔

++And speaking of politics, I try to stay pretty neutral on these pages but am tottttallly down with any tweet that starts with "Tucker Carlson always look like..." and then an example.

++Also mixed on whether or not I want to see this, but I do suddenly want to experience the what it feels like to destroy a pool cue? Internet brings out most random desires.

++Hey, why not start the week off with a little headbanging? Come across the pond and make a wrong turn at Albuquerque (apricot?) and into California, Bo Ningen!


Wednesday, September 06, 2017


++This is what it was like when I used to babysit. (i.e., no supervision..I was a bad babysitter. Almost Billy Bob level bad.)

++Thinking back fondly about a movie a couple of years back that was mostly forgotten and largely unpopular and how much I loved how original and uneven it was. One of the few things to enjoy about getting older, learning to embrace your own personal unpopular opinions and even accepting imperfect forms of entertainment. I think it's courageous to be a little out there, creatively, even if it doesn't all pan out.

++Speaking of which, I listen to Badge by Cream all the time, and it's not a very good song, lol. The fun part is when he mentions "Mabel" and always whispering to myself "F-cking Mabel!"

++He's already been The Bachelor, The Doctor...what's next? The Butcher, the Baker the Candlestick Maker?! Perhaps tinker, tailor, soldier, spy?

++The mark of a good ensemble cast is when you see a lil of yourself in each of the separate characters.

++Have said in the past that even though I am frequently on Twitter, I'm far too sensitive to actually use it. So I was a little startled when I found out that someone famous that I've long admired blocked me! At first I was miffed but then I was like, this person or their handler is aware of my existence? 👍? It's all very personal yet removed, modern and Ingrid Goes West and a reminder that I need to stop shooting off my mouth here on my blog.#cantstopwontstop

++Been trying to find the Will Shortz puzzle that was on NPR this weekend, the one with the scrambled letters that gets you a chance to play live on the radio and more importantly the chance to chat with the effervescent Lulu Garcia Navarro. Couldn't find it online and spent the next half hour searching, curious to see if Shortz had ever been terminated and if the accompanying headline said "Shortz fired."  I adore him and wish him no ill but if you were his boss wouldn'tya kinda constantly fantasize about handing him that puzzle? (H/t to my husband for supplying that scenario.)

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Lipstick's Black


++Chicano Batman: Uhh,  I guess I'm buying a shirt? So Cali meets Wordless Chorus.Internet taking all my money in the past two days. Must.stop. buying.finger.

Sophia's Sleuth

++Well it doesn't happen too often anymore, that a book or movie will ensnare me just because time doesn't allow and apart from being mostly jaded, there are way too many choices to sift through..

And yet here I am again chasing another wide stallion hoping it provides for a good ride. What got me intrigued was the colors of this gorgeous poster for Crooked House, a book Agatha Christie cites as a personal favorite of her works. The trailer itself and Gillian Anderson's extreme bangs are equally intriguing, featuring Jeremy "Necklace""still somewhat hot though not a felon"  Irons' winsome son Max. (Is Larry just pretending to listen to his views on h20 only to sell him on some fish oil after the video cuts off? That's my fantasy. Guess we'll never know.)


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So as mentioned just started noshin' on the book which will inevitably ruin the movie for me, but the foreword by Aggie is charming. She wrote about how much she enjoyed the process of coming up with this family and I hope to share her enthusiasm soon.

(PS: there's a very similar line in the trailer for Julian Fellowes' Gosford Park and Crooked House about hating someone you love. Are the two related? Stay tuned! PPS: Also this! wowzies.)

Monday, September 04, 2017

Mrs. Worldwide


++Fine, look into my soul, random picture. More like good luck looking FOR my soul!

Oh man, I've been in the most beautiful, restful fugue over the past few days and neglected to post these thoughts from last week:

++It's kind of hard to believe that I hadn't heard of Karl Knausguaard until last week, given that his brand of introspection is on brand for me.

++I took the advice of someone I respect to watch a show I ended up HATING...(HATING!) and now I have lost a ton of respect for the person who made the recommendation. Lesson here is, don't share your opinions on anything..sayeth the blogger.

++Not very, Diplo-matic.

++Won't it be funny if Pamela Anderson is the objet d'affection and a player in an international love triangle between former flame President Kid Rock and Julian Assange? That would be some pulpy Judith (still alive!) Krantz- level intrigue.  Gotta watch out for those world travelling Pamelas.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Don't Need A Friend

++Grommitas: Attitude of grommetude. #grommets

++Algae, too? I know someone who supplies her with her pollen #namedrop. It all seems like so much work to keep up with...

++I don't know why all of a sudden everyone is using "back on my bullsh-t" but I say it to myself at least once a day.

++Meeting with someone tomorrow with the surname Slocum and it will take everything in my power not to get sing his name to him and get all up in his face while doing some windmill air guitar power moves.

++If you have dogs and are about to make guacamole, before proclaiming "It's Guac Time!" stop and consider how much Guac sounds like "walk." Durrrrrr.

++No, YOU'RE playing both of these songs simultaneously on Youtube because you fancy yourself a DJ. (Also, it's really funny with all those WOO HOOs!)

++Day is done and no one melded the jealous girlfriend meme with the "vs. what she actually wants" outrage? U have let me down, internet.

++Surprised no one has used the headline "Art of the Biel" with all the Sinner articles, in these Trumptimes.

++When I wrote the word character autocorrect changed it to charcuterie, clearly overestimating the life I am living.

Monday, August 28, 2017

City Slang

++Pretty sure Beth Behrs is a Sim. She's adorable but def Sim.

++Just chuckled remembering "Jeansus."

++Sheesh, I am off to an inauspicious start to the week if I'm already in veged out/shell shocked mode, excaping into mediocre movies and listening to echoes of grunge. I really am enjoying what EMA is doing here h/t to @Doritoshangover! 

Sunday, August 27, 2017


++Kinda hilarious, all the hidden and unexpected internet love all over the world for Rowan Atkinson.

++Get the look.

++Today's pick seems like the right choice for Sunday going into a necessary pick-me-up Monday. Sure, you think it's a lighthearted little ditty and then it whops you with some socioeconomic theories behind caffeine! (Love the chord/key changes.)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Useless Class

++Haha, when I thought that this song was sung by some basic chick I was like just ok with it, mostly tolerable, but then I comes to find out it's actually the dude from Portugal the Man and now think it's hot as hayale.

++Credit to Lorde for doing that weird dance of hers to come up out of the sophomore slump but I would have loved if she would have gone for a more Sade and slinky sound like she do on Magnets.

++Just finished watching this marvelously thought provoking interview on a show I'm unfamiliar with..(pretty backdrop! Are they in hayle?) wherein noted historian Yuval Noah Harari posits that sometime in the near future the war won't be between man and robots as we have all long anticipated. Nope, it will be a class war between those who can afford to add tech gear to their enhance their bodies and the poor who can't. See, *WE* become the robots. Forget Botox! I want that thing where your arms are in the other room doing dishes for you. And the Paralympics will make Iron Men out of all of us. Imma slap some rims on my feet, tell you whut.

He also says that those who survive will be those who are mentally tough and emotionally healthy. (This probably puts people who walk around saying Urshers Herpers and laughing to themselves out of the running?)

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