Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Credit due to the always clever NPR.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Worth a Listen || Tuck the Darkness In

"North Carolina based Bowerbirds had a lot of life experience to pour into their forthcoming album The Clearing, and a lot of it wasn’t pretty. Band members Phil Moore (vocals, guitar) and Beth Tacular (accordion, vocals) suffered a rift in their romantic relationship, which subsequently resulted in a yearlong dissolution of the band. During that time, they experienced the trials of illness and loneliness before finally reuniting both personally and creatively.

In a six-minute documentary on the making of the album, produced by Creato Destructo, Beth and Phil chronicle the struggles that brought them back around to the musical process and how their experiences shaped the tone of the EP. Of the process, Beth says, 'We wanted to make the album as beautiful as we can and have it contain all of the darkness that we have in our minds on a daily basis...and have it sort of contain that but also have it contain all the amazingness and beauty and wonder that we have and try to make the wonder win.' "

They seriously make some magical tunes, plus they're building their own cabin in the North Carolina woods. We should really know these people. (Also, Dylan- I saw you at 5:52. You know secrets dont make friends.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Dynamic Ham Bones are Killing Dogs

Our friends just posted this on facebook this morning. Apparently a company called Dynamic Pet Products are selling bones that have been killing dogs by splintering and ripping into the intestines causing blockage. This has been going on since 2007. You can read the horror stories here on Consumer Affairs. Please spread the word, and most importantly, never feed your pup this product. Here's to hoping Jack dog will pull through alright.

From our friends:

Yesterday Abby and I gave Jack (our Dog) a bone made by Dynamic Pets called a Real Ham Bone. Jack has eaten many real bones before and he's never had any type of problem with them. About 5 - 6 hours after giving him the bone he got really sick. He was obviously uncomfortable and appeared to be very gaggy. Jack is kind of a gaggy dog as those of you that know him well know. Jack had to go out several times last night. This has happened before so I didn't think anything of it. At 5:30 am Abby and I got up to go running. Jack wasn't in the house and he wasn't answering when we called him outside. Abby and I live in a remote wooded area and Jack has never run away before so we just let him out when he needs to use the bathroom. We spent 1.5 hours looking for him. Finally, Abby decided to drive down the road looking for him in the car. Abby found him about a half mile from our house on the side of the road. He had dug a hole under some brush and was sitting there looking horrible. We called the vet to see if there was anything we could do to help him from home. Anyway, long-story-short, we ended up taking him to the vet. He has a blockage in his intestinal track and he needed to stay at the vet for the day on an I.V. The doctor sounds optimistic that he's going to pull through. As this was happening this morning Abby and I read several reports of other people's dogs dieing from ingesting Dynamic Pets Real Ham Bones. I have included a link below to just a few consumer reports as well as a website devoted to getting these bastards shut down. Please don't feed your dog any products from this company and please re-post this to spread the word about this product.

The FDA said pet owners can report any health problems their dogs experience with Dynamic Pet Products chew bones or treats to the agencys Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. So please tweet, email, fb share, contact the FDA, and do something to help stop this!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Major General

 I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's;
I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox,
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus,
In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous;
I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies,
I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes!
Then I can hum a fugue of which I've heard the music's din afore,
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform,
And tell you ev'ry detail of Caractacus's uniform:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin",
When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a Javelin,
When such affairs as sorties and surprises I'm more wary at,
And when I know precisely what is meant by "commissariat",
When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery,
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery—
In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy—
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.

For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury,
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century;
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

If you grew up knowing what this is from, 
you're my new best friend. (Picture found here.)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

If we don't, remember me.

IDWRM, a gallery of living movie stills. I wish I could put them on my wall.

 “As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. 
Very odd, what happens in a world without children’s voices.”
                                         Children of Men (2006)

                                                  “I’m going to kill myself tomorrow.”
                                     The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

 “How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders?
                        The man can’t even trust his own pants.”
                              Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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