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One of the local coffee shops in has gone from being an combination anarchist bike shop/coffee house to a place that serves bacon infused lattes. Does that raise or lower the hipster quotient in my neighborhood? Discuss.

Also: links. I think I have more of them somewhere, but these are the tabs I have open.

The Big Map Blog: Old maps with high resolutions and a decent zoom interface. Pretty, yo.

Also: Graphs of population change in US Urban areas from the 2010 census. Meaning: OMG 2010 CENSUS DATA IS OUT AND READY FOR US TO PLAY WITH SO EXCITE. Look, I like these things, okay?

China Mieville writes a pitch for Iron Man. Why am I not living inside his brain full time? Plz be letting me know.

Castiel, the motion picture: Just in case anyone hasn't seen this yet.

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I just found out that Iain M. Banks's Consider Phlebas is available for both the Nook and Amazon Kindle for 99 cents. I haven't read it yet, but it's one of those books people periodically throttle me for not having read yet, so it's probably worth checking out.

Also, Barnes & Noble's Free Friday book, God's War, is still available for free. There's been a lot of low-grade buzz about it lately, and again-free. I'm not that far into it, but so far seems to be a light read with an original world.

This is all to say: If I've promised you my thoughts on Palimpsest any time soon, it might take a little while. I seem to have gotten distracted by other shiny things.

In other literary news: I refound the bookslut's blog the other day. It's amazing-I used to check it religiously my senior year in high school: it was one of those things I thought that I should be into, that I should read all of these books and be able to talk about them at length and know the temperament of every critic employed of the New York Times' book review (all four of them now). Literary fiction and I had a bad breakup my freshman year of college-it's gotten better over the years, we're friends now, and we get along for my parent's sake, but it's been at least six or seven years since I read Bookslut. It looks exactly the same, layout and all. Anyway, they do have good links in their blog section, especially about writers, writing, and trends in the literary world-so if that's your thing, check it out.

I went to a two-part lecture on the Munsingwear underwear advertisements (you know, these guys) from the early 20th century-pretty much talking about the changing social mores of the first decades of the twentieth century, but also a lot about the homoeroticism in a lot of these advertisements, and how much of that would have been coded as homoerotic by their contemporaries, and why these ads would include homoerotic content. Now, when I think vintage homoerotic underwear ads, I think my friendslist. So I've spent a ridiculous amount of time on the internet looking for more information on this to share with you guys, but mostly, I keep on finding the same ad over and over again: I think it's important to note that there were multiple series of them, stretching between the 1930's to the 1960's, and with various shades of homoeroticism. The best thing I could find was the author's book trailer, here and someone else's writeup of the same lecture I went to, here. Ah well, maybe one day they'll actually update their website with more information.

The other half of the lecture was on Gil Elvgren, the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake pin-ups, who is mostly notable for being the first famous cheesecake pin-up artist to have a boring personal life. He was the sort of pin-up artist you could safely introduce to your mother. You know, if that's what you look for in a pin-up artist.

In something that has nothing to do with reading whatsoever OMG NEW DOCTOR WHO TRAILER (stolen from zeitheist) OMG OMG OMG OMG


Other thoughts on other things (spoilers)!

The City & The City )

Downton Abbey )
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So, I was planning to make a 'it's gotten above freezing-it's a heat wave!' post, but then we had an actual heat wave. For a week. The igloo's roof collapsed. The ice sculpture has gone from this five feet tall unwitting homage to beekman tower to a couple of six-inch high spikes. The mannequin heads have been brought back inside (apparently my downstairs neighbors made a decision not to move them around, so they got covered by layers of snow and then slowly rediscovered-random bits of flesh exposed as the snow slowly melted.)Yesterday I thought 30 degrees felt cold.

It's still mid-February. That's just not right. I'm almost glad for the temperature plunge and the next round of snow coming up.

I'm apparently four months late in reccing this, since apparently it was everyone's twitter-darling around Halloween, but if you like horror and aren't allergic to comics, check out His Face All Red by Emily Carroll. If you're more interested in romance, there's also Anu-Anulan and Yir's Daughter, which is super cute.

So apparently google has a lot of neat gadgets to help you create fancy-looking interactive charts with not that much work. I don't have enough time to play around with this now-but I'm leaving it here just in case any of you do. I'm expecting you to use your powers for good. Or at least for lulz.

The American Festival Project- Photo essays of America's lesser known local festivals. I really hope they add more to this-it's a great idea.

Alan Taylor, the guy who used to do the Big Picture (my favorite news photoblog that I keep on linking to because it's pretty damn awesome) has moved to here. Now with a 1280 px option for extra pretty! The Big Picture is still going on, with a revolving set of editors.

Felicia Day as an elf in a webseries spinoff for Dragon Age. Hi, my name is Switchbladesis and I am a giant fangirl. Interview with Felicia Day about this can be found here.

Speaking of which-apparently there's going to be a walking dead game? Considering this is telltale games making it, I'm guessing it's more of a point-and-click adventure than a first person shooter. The same release mentioned a fables game (like the comic-not fable 4), which means I'm reimagining Snow White and Bigby as Sam and Max.

Thoughts on SPN 6x13 and 6x14 )
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 My downstairs neighbors have decided to put manniquin heads on one of the giant piles of snow on our front lawn.  I'm not wondering where they got the heads from (I think it's the next door neighbors with a giant igloo on their front lawn-they had some mannequin arms out a while ago-otherwise, Ax Man), but I am wondering how long they're planning to keep them there.  Are they going to let them get covered by the next few inches of snow?  Are they going to let them tumble around when the thaw comes, get half-buried in the mud?  Or are they going to carefully monitor their upkeep over the next few months, brushing the snow out of their mannequin hair?

My neighbors on the other side of us from the igloo made a really lovely ice sculpture.  I'm not quite sure how me and my boyfriend managed to become the squares on this block, but I don't really mind.  I just wish I had some more free time so that I could contribute.

Anyway:  voice meme!

. . . which I managed to fuck up.  I did this in three separate parts, but mangled the first two trying to splice them together in audacity (grargrarinterfacegrar).  Since I don't know the next time I'll be alone in a quiet place, I'll just post the part I managed not to mangle.  You'll get the general idea anyway.  Also, since I did this on my cell phone, the sound quality is horrible.  

What I was supposed to do:

Voice Meme Instructions! )
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I haven't been able to go more than a block from my house all weekend (20 inches of snow in less than 24 hours followed by a high of 3 degrees. . . before you factor in the 20 mph winds? Yeah, I'm staying indoors), but I have not idea what I've been doing with my time. Or how it's already Sunday afternoon. Wasn't it just Friday night?

Also, I'm kind of bummed that the gigantic snowstorm of doom had to happen on the weekend-I would have liked to have my first ever snow day from work. Because I'm still 12.

Merlin, Season Finale  )

Reaction to the first episode of Misfits:

Boyfriend:  So, this show is all about what the Tomorrow People would have been like if they were all douches?
Me:  Pretty much.
Boyfriend:  Awesome.

Walking Dead 1x06 )

PS:  Am listening to this, think you should all know.

Also this. Oh God, it's Sophomore year of college all over again.  Warning:  highly catchy.
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 Yes, yes, I realize that linking to It Gets Better videos is passe at this point, but still watch this.

Like Pixar needed yet another way to a) convince me that they were wonderful and b) make me cry.
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I think I'm going to give up and post my SPN 6x06 reaction with my 6x07. . . . when I'll finally have time to watch the episode.  Which might be a while from now.  I'm so jealous of everyone who's already seen it-my friendlist is FULL of  *reactions* and *feelings* and I'm trying very hard not to spoil myself.
Walking Dead 1x01 )
Reverend Horton Heat, feat. Legendary Shack Shakers and Split Lip Rayfield )

Merlin 3x08 )
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First, the fandom related one:    Cosmic Love, song by Florence and the Machine, vid by [info]affablyevil   Awesome song, awesome clip selection, Cas-centric.  

Random links on Chicago (it's been coming up a lot lately.  Not just on the internet, but coworkers asking me for sightseeing ideas, friends asking me why I think Daley's stepping down, other friends asking me to explain white sox fans . . you get the idea)

I am Chicago is a series of street portraits grouped by neighborhood.  Not all of the neighborhoods are covered (most of them seem to be on the north/west sides, but it's an interesting mix.

Vivian Maier was a street photographer in Chicago from the 1950's-1990's.  Here's a selection of her pictures.

So this project was making the rounds a few weeks ago, based on this image of segregation in Chicago by Bill Rankin.  And while the racial segregation was interesting, I'm a lot more surprised at the income tab (on the Bill Rankin site, click on income).  Sure, there's still large blocks of mostly-blue (and one large block of mostly-red on the north shore), but it's far more integrated by income than it is by race.  I was saving this one for a while, trying to figure out what to do with it-but I'm not sure where to go.

The first link's nice too-a little less detail, but it's a nice way to compare the makeup of various American cities.  Unsurprisingly, Minneapolis/St. Paul is pretty damn white, but still in need of a Native American tag.

Via Jewcy of all places, a New York Times article on Rahm's chances for becoming mayor.  I personally think that he's not likely to win-the ties with the President are more likely to hurt than help him (liberals blame him for giving away too much to the Republicans, conservatives think he's a bully, and the people in the middle are largely machine voters).  I'm still really excited to watch this.  A real mayoral election!  In Chicago!  the last time something close to that happened, I was four.

Also on Jewcy:  Schmekel is your friendly neighborhood transgender jewish polka-punk band.  Look, if you're going to have a shtick, you better make it good.  Here's a song called Pharaoh/Moses slash. Yes, it's what you think it is.

In other music related news, this makes me die a little inside.  D:  Oh, Moe.  No.  No, Moe, No!

And now for something completely different:  How to degauss a cat.

If that's not enough, here's a dog that will do the dishes, the laundry, and start the coffee for you. 

Other Youtube Videos You've Probably Already Seen, but Just In Case:


The It Gets Better Project.  Just in case you've somehow missed this, it's been everywhere, but it's worth linking again.  
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boyfriend just informed me that I'm like, two months late with this shit.  Whatever.  I'm still posting.



Things I learned from these movies:

1. If you are in a horror film, remember to dress wisely. If you’re male you’ll get most of your survival powers from your six-pack-try to have your shirt open at all times. If you’re female, you’ll want some sensible ‘science’ gear. Cargo pants and a tank top are also acceptable-remember, you want to show off one, but not both, of your assets (T or A, not T&A). Wear a bikini at your own peril.

2. A stick is a much better weapon than a knife, crowbar, scythe, AK-47, or grenade launcher. If the stick fails, try a different stick. Or a set of aluminum knitting needles.

3. Government contracts can be negotiated poolside in Mexico-no signatures required. This might require the presence of a magic sombrero.

4. All civilians should be visibly drunk when meeting with high-ranking military officers.


6. There is nothing more important than the comic book convention. Go to the comic book convention.

7. If you want to kill someone, go for the leg. People can survive multiple head wounds and getting stabbed in the chest with few ill effects, but one jab to the leg will get anyone. Or just tackle them.

8. If you suspect that you’re being hunted down by an entire town of crazed cultists, GO TO THE NEXT TOWN FOR HELP. Don’t ask someone else from the same town!

9. 90% of the resort-goers in Puerto Vallarta are women aged 18-25. Unless sharktopus only attacked the young lesbian beaches.

Butterfly Mittens )
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Don't know if there's anybody here who isn't already involved, but figured I'd spread the word. It's everything you think it'll be and more!
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Currently watching on Netflix:  Top Gear!  I don't know if my complete lack of understanding of cars or car culture is making this show better or worse.

Currently knitting:  Butterfly hat in malabrigo.  I might have a few more ends to weave in the layering shrug, but .  . . malabrigo.  It's so soft, and squishy, and ooh. . . 

Currently listening to:  Romantica, America  This is shaping up to be one of those purchases that seemed like a good idea after an awesome set, but isn't actually anything I want to listen to on a day to day basis,  

Currently open in other tabs:  Somewhat old article about what it's like to be black in Utah.  It came up earlier.
Clothes on Film A collection of essays about. . . clothes on film.
The political implications of fast vs. slow zombies.
A dozen job applications I said I'd finish this weekend.  Whoops.

Sherlock (why yes, I'm late) )

Dragon Quest IX )
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 I have a larger entry planned, but last night's Mad Men deserves its own entry-mostly because this will be chock full of spoilers.  If you need a good download link, PM me, otherwise, you've been warned:

spoilers for The suitcase ahead )
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