Wednesday, December 24, 2008

cold weather blues

Well friends, it's Festivus, which means the holiday season is winding down fast and pretty soon you'll be fighting off the dreary days of January while counting down the seconds till Spring. However, if the thought of facing all that snow is already giving you cabin fever - fear not, as masters of procrastination we here at TCKiT are ready to pass on to you some of our time-wasting wisdom.

Ridicule and Oregon Trail are two of my favorite things, I devoted hours to them as a child, and now some brilliant person has taken the best part of the latter (hunting, obvi), combined it with all of the former, and created a hunting trip with would-be VP Sarah Palin; together you take aim at (endangered) wild game on the Alaskan tundra and get points for everything you kill, it's really a thing of beauty. Just be sure you don't accidentally hit the little McCains who appear from behind trees because that'll cost you points. If you get tired of playing, addicting games (the parent site) has plenty of other equally inappropriate alternatives to help you fill your time.

Ever since a friend of mine began using an internet dating service we've all been helping her think of answers to the questions potential hookups use to sound each other out. My personal favorite was trying to help her figure out which celebrity would play her in a movie of her own life. I didn't know about this site then, but if I had it would have saved me a painstaking search though IMDb's catalogue of blondes.
While I'm sure it can do many great and amazing things, myhertiage is a personal favorite because it lets me upload pictures of me and my friends and then tells me which celebrities we look most like. Your results will change from picture to picture as well, and it's fun to see how a different haircut or angle can completely change the outcome, though I'd imagine going from Audrey Hepburn to Nick Nolte is probably just a lesson on what to avoid. Myhertiage also has a feature called celebrity morph that creates a video of your transformation into said celebrity. Sort of like The Swan but without all the heartbreak, pain, and skin-crawling visuals.

Would you prefer to see how you measure up in a less stomach-churning way? The baby name wizard's got you covered.
The baby name wizard tracks the 100 most popular baby names in the United States by year, going back to the '60s. Besides the pretty pink (or blue) map showing the name's current popularity status, it also graphs the name's popularity over the years by region, the state's political leanings, economic status, and population density. Trust me, hours (or at least half hours at a time) are filled comparing your name's popularity to that of your siblings, friends, favorite celebrities, etc.

As always with TCKiT, please use these sites responsibly, and by 'responsibly' I mean don't get caught playing Hunting with Palin at work/in class/on the subway causing you to get fired/thrown out/miss your stop, respectively. I hope this helps stave off your Cold Weather Blues, and happy holidays from Charm City.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

'Twilight' is terrible.

Texas likes to spare you pain. Texas likes to spare you suffering. And thus, dear reader, Texas would like to spare you 'Twilight.'
If you've been thinking of caving in to (ex) friends and/or (not so) loved ones who would like you to go see this film, let me save you your $8.00 and tell you everything you need to know right here:

I give it a grade of...... F-minus.

I'm not going to summarize the movie for you, because every single other site on the internet has done that. Instead, I'm just going to let you know: 'Twilight' is terrible.
The acting sucks, the lighting is that stupid gray wash (which I thought we had all moved past, Film Industry), the dialogue is stilted and awkward, the premises are unbelievable (200 years old, immense wealth and unlimited power and the vampires choose to repeat high school? Really?), and the overt abstinence messages are disingenuous and insulting in their delivery.
I want my money back.*

*Actually, I don't - I live in the middle of nowhere, and I brought my lunch with me to the theater, so all in all, it was a pretty cheap place to sit and text without anybody hassling me for two hours ($3.50 a ticket). Cheaper than getting a coffee at Starbucks.

1. Check out's writeup for a 12-minute version of this 120 minute movie:
If 'Twilight' was 10 Times Shorter and 100 Times More Honest.

2. Get a more intellectual analysis by reading PSA's:
'Twilight' Sucks...And Not In A Good Way.

3. If you still want MORE like the ravenous vegetarian beast that you are, you can check out the Wiki plot summaries of each book here:

First Book: Twilight

Second Book: New Moon

Third Book: Eclipse

Fourth Book: Breaking Dawn

4. Last but not least, give my hometown a shout-out by reading their own dire review:
Action in 'Twilight' has no fangs

At this point, you will be a TCKiT Twilight Scholar (tm), and call tell everyone who invites you to see this movie to bite you. Not literally.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall Into the Gap: The Best of the Classic Gap Commercials of the 90's

Everybody In...





A Go-go:









Love Train:

Crazy Stripes/Love Train:

West Side Story

America (When you're a Jean):

Cool (When you're a Khaki):

Are you a Jean or a Khaki?:

Loose Fit/Stretch Fit:

Stretch Fit:

Loose Fit:

Celebrity Endorsements

Lena Horne:

Claire Danes/Patrick Wilson:

Mary J. Blige:



Luscious Jackson:

Madonna/Missy Elliot:

Willie Nelson/Ryan Adams:

Will Ferrell:

Audrey Hepburn: the skinny black pant

and my personal favorite of all time - Juliette Lewis/Daft Punk:

Black&White/Denim Invasion

Ashton, Zooey, Scarlett & Jay:

Orlando & Kate:


Jessica Miller: the pants of fall

Bonus: A pretty decent effort by Gonzaga High:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Your Weird Daily Digest: Odd or Interesting Images & News

So you're sitting at work. You're bored. You want to get connected to the world, but you're sick of checking, and the BBC uses too many big words for you to understand. Also, too few pictures.

For so long, you would have wallowed in ignorance and silence. Well, no longer: Tex and Coda are here to save you.

First, you're going to check out BuzzFeed.

After that, you're going to set a new bookmark for Dark Roasted Blend, your morning mix of interesting and odd stories from around our world.

If you're the type who's a little more image-conscious, then you're going to want to check out Frost Fire Zoo, a daily blog of funny, interesting and odd images from around the world.

If you happen to be feeling a little fancy, you can check out Unusual Life, a site that collects images and stories about all the unique homes, museums, and other institutions from around the world.

And last, but not least, we have our Ol' Faithful: Oddee, a collection of lists of Odd Things from around the globe.

Monday, September 8, 2008

one week of danger

Well kids it’s fashion week in New York, which means the world’s highest paid consumers are seated in tents at Bryant Park right now while bloggers, oglers, and the odd stylist are seated behind them soaking it all in; but thanks to the internet it also means that even if you weren’t one of them you can still get all the details.

pretty much lives up to its name, as a blog about the latest goings on in the world of high fashion. Their posts are generally about models, designers, new lines, everyone ripping off everyone else's designs, the staff's crippling obsession with Gossip Girl (which I totally share), and a fun little section called ‘streetwalker’ where they stop fantastically dressed people on the street near the Fashionista office in SoHo and take their picture. The site in general can be a little pretentious and name-droppy (which makes when they get stuff wrong sort of refreshing – see the entry when they mixed up their Olsens) but they do have great insider information on sales and what the next big thing is.

For a more grounded, and entertaining, look at the world of fashion try Go Fug Yourself.
While I’m sure the site is old news for most people, if it’s new to you consider it the gift of procrastination. Jessica and Heather, along with Intern George (Clooney), post pictures of celebrities at events, openings, and pretty much anything that requires (or at least should require) formal wear and pass judgment the likes of which have not been seen since the Old Testament. Or at the very least since you last saw your exboyfriend.

But perhaps you think the denizens of Bryant Park are a bunch of overpaid hacks?
Style Shake is here to give you a chance to be your own couturier. Just design your masterpiece online, be it the perfect little black dress or your dream romper (I’m not one to judge, that’s what the Fug Girls are for), then sit back and wait about a week and a half while the pros at Style Shake put it together and send it to you. The best part is, your designs will be made according to the measurements that you put in, so there’s no need to stress about your dress being too tight in some places or too loose in others, and if you run out of inspiration you can browse other people’s designs to see if there’s anything out there you like.

Alright dahlings, get out there and make Karl proud.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Texas Loves Travel: Tripwolf Invites & Vayama

I'm in love with a new site:

It's an awesome little travel site meets social networking site. It's Lonely Planet meets Facebook, and I am loving it. On the site, you can create a page, make lists of your favorite places, best and worst travel experiences, etc. You can also make recommendations to other readers, network and coordinate travel, check out trip reviews, and even keep an interactive map/journal of your own experiences!
Best of all? It's free. Love it.

Leave me a note in the comments if you want an invite!


The best site I've found so far for international travel search. Like Kayak, it searches multiple carriers' websites at once, so you really can find some fantastic deals. I use it whenever I buy flights to get my second opinion.

My first opinion, however, still comes from:

Kayak is the best travel search website that I've found so far. It reliably provides low prices, it searches multiple carriers, and it's fast and simple, requiring only one browser window to open (I'm looking at you, Booking Buddy). I love it. Check it out!

Alright, you lazy sonsofguns - get out there and do something! Go somewhere! Be somebody!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

You Need Retail Therapy

So being broke makes Texas want to shop. Sick, right? Well, in vain hope that my little dance around the internet will make it rain, I am presenting to you Texas' top 5 shopping sites. They are, in order:


Uncrate is the coolest little mens' shopping guide since Esquire got pages. It lists cool stuff by category, gives price in the lower left corner, and always finds the hottest before it's hot. I like to shop here for watches and cool tools. However, if you're more interested in engaging your feminine side...


Outblush is the sister site of Uncrate, and although the more enlightened women among us will find it a little difficult to swallow (women don't even have a category for watches, let alone tools (although "gadgets" is offered), it's overall a cool site, designed in the same style as its masculine counterpart.


I know I've already posted about ThisNext, but that's how much I love it - I'm telling you again. This is a really cool site, where people can join, make lists of their favorite things, mark them by level of necessity, and then aggregate those recommendations with other people's to make lists about what the Next Cool Thing is. I love it, I'm addicted to it, and I check it religiously before I buy. (There are some great watch recommendations on there!)


If you don't know Overstock by now, you should. It's like an outlet version of, with everything on sale from 15% - 92% off. After I check ThisNext to help me decide what I'm going to buy, I go and look for it here. Check out the watches section (can you see I've got a theme?) for some awesome deals on amazing stuff.


A new discovery by me, NOTCOT is a nifty little site that's very similar in some respects to Uncrate/Outblush, but is more fashion-general and offers less in the way of guidance about actual purchases. It's visually well-designed, although not always the easiest to use.

Well, kids, you've got a little of the daily roundup of random cool shit about shopping. Hope this helps you in your life quest to buy a Dolce bag/order flowers online/save $100 grand for your children/buy a giraffe. Laters!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hilarity ensues!

Boy, it's been a while, hasn't it, folks? Well, to refresh your palate for some total TCKiT deliciousness, I have composed a post of the funniest comics we've found on the web lately. Kill some time, have some laughs. You'll love it! (Love not guaranteed)

First up, the awesome Achewood. The characters are based on a pile of stuffed animals; there's a 5 yr old, an IT guy, a couple of drunks, an elder gentleman and some really hilarious references. Sample below:

Next, check out Dr. McNinja. He is a doctor who is also a ninja. Although I think he is predominately a ninja. Sample!

If you're not dead with laughter yet, move on to #3 - Don't Forget to Validate Your Parking! The best part about this comic is the dialogue. It's like a graphic novel version of Entourage, and just as funny. The narrator is a young screenwriter, and the comic centers around the friends, agents, and clients in his life. Sample, people, sample:

Last, but certainly not least, check out dinosaur comics. Again, this strip is a master of language; the same panels get reused, but the dialogue tells a million hilarious stories. Sample now:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

radio nowhere

For those of you who are like me and just got terribly depressed when they realized that winter won't be ending any time soon I'm here to offer my solidarity and a healthy dose of distraction; neither of which will involve blackberry wine and orange Fanta.

First up: TV. I’ll be honest, I couldn’t be happier about the end of the writer’s strike, and while I count down the seconds until the new Office episodes begin I feed my John Krasinski addiction on Sidereel.

Sidereel might have its faults (the wait for a show to load can be longer than some of my classes), but I love it for being one of the final holdouts against those bastards at the RIAA – all the shows on Sidereel are both free of commercials and charge.

For those of you who’d like to like to turn your attention in a more musical direction start with Deezer.

Deezer lets you stream music from their impressive database, and if you become a member (sign up is free) then you can create and save your own playlists to keep coming back to. If commitments aren’t your thing then you can just stream music, sans playlist and registration and be happy with your freedom.

As for me, I've been playing on Pandora for awhile and just realized I've been listening to a station based on Sugar Magnolia for about two hours, so if you'll excuse me I have to go wash off the e-patchouli before I feel the need to start a revolution.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Time to do the Texas Two-Step

Alright, people. The day is here: March 4th. Date of the Texas primary elections. Remember, y'all, it's a two-step process: Primary THEN caucus. Find out more about the Texas Voting Process here.

Find your polling place. Find your caucus place. And on March 4, 2008, do the right thang. A lot of people worked very hard to make sure you were able to vote today, people. Don't waste it.

And in case you're undecided? Here is this:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

[music] makes the world go 'round...

Being blessed as I am with the attention span of a gnat, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I spend about half the time I’m supposed to devote to Kant and Kuhn searching for new music or impossible to find songs that I heard once about six years ago. Lucky for me the internet is around.

When in search of new music I head for pure volume.

Pure volume took over where the now defunct left off, giving both signed and unsigned bands a chance to be seen and heard. Bands can make a page and give as much or as little information about themselves as they want, most add music, and some even link to their personal websites or their iTunes site. Best of all the search feature is easy to use and there are a plethora of charts, videos, tour dates, and new album listings, making browsing effortless.

Or maybe you’ve been looking for an album by an unsigned/foreign/long broken up band? Check out

I know, I know, it sounds like the only thing you’ll be finding on a place called shopindi is the bright eyes demo or something, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but despite appearances you can find pretty much anything in any genre in here, and the prices are really reasonable.

If finding the name of the CD is a bigger problem than finding the actual CD itself try allmusic.

It’s not perfect, and sometimes you have to finesse the data you put in to get the information you want, but in general allmusic is the most comprehensive music encyclopedia I’ve found online. Think IMDb meets music. With the ability to search by artist, song, album, and classical work you’re almost guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for.

No matter how entertaining the name, orange soda and blackberry wine will never lead to good things. Don't go down that road.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Texas' Truck Stop Drinks: Lesson #1

Babies, Texas done gone and mixed her up some alkyhol. And because she is a generous type, she's going to share the recipe with you. Now, keep in mind, this is a drink only for the classiest among you; it is an elementary recipe, but one guaranteed to rattle your tastebuds. Get prepared for episode one of Truck Stop Bartender, featuring...

The Paternity Test! (working title)

Oh, yeaaaahhh.....

Alls you gotta do is take one part Orange Fanta and slap it in the face with one part Mogen David (or a substitute of comparable quality) Blackberry Wine and bam, baby. There it is. I'll be taking name suggestions.

+ = awesome.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Congratulations! It's a ballot!

We here at TCKiT know that if there's one thing the American public loves, it's responsibility. No, seriously - you better love it. And if you don't, you better take two shots of rojo, paste on your best botox smile, and tell it you think you're ready to move in together. Because baby, it's time.

That said, check out the following three links to get a better handle on the gorgeous little bundle of HANDLE IT that's about to come screaming into the world exactly 9 months from right now.

Start with VA Joe's Candidate Calculator to get a handle on who you even like.

Answer a series of (fairly) simple questions and get at least an idea of who you'd like, custom made while you wait!

Then hop on over to MPR's Select A Candidate to get a second opinion. (Yes, that's MPR, not NPR, you pedantic jackholes.)

After you are done there, hit up 270 to Win, where you can get an immediate visual and check to see if your pony (party) is ahead.

And last, but not least on this wondrous journey to the voting booth, be sure to give a little gander to, and check out each candidate's scorecard. Not that I'd promo them on my site. Just saying. In case you want to know. And if you find you get too frustrated and need a little perspective on the whole damn thing, just hit up The Onion for some delicious satire and a little election humor.

Oh. And here's some free shit:

Skitch is currently my #1 favorite free application and probably my #2 most frequently used, after iChat. It is awesome, small, and streamlined. So download it, play with it (if you've got a Mac), and hit me up if it's still a private beta and you need an invite.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

25 Of The Saddest Songs I Ever Heard

So Texas is gray tonight, sweeties, and in honor of that fact, Texas is making a list of the saddest 25 songs she thinks she's ever heard. Pitch in if you want.

1. I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
“Turn down the lights; turn down the bed. Turn down these voices inside my head/ Lay down with me, tell me no lies: just hold me close - don't patronize. Don’t patronize me.”

About: Self-explanatory.

2. Brick - Ben Folds Five
“She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly – off the coast and I’m heading nowhere. She’s a brick, and I’m drowning slowly.”

About: His teenage girlfriend's abortion the day after Christmas.

3. Angie - The Rolling Stones
“Angie…Angie…when will those clouds all disappear? Angie…Angie… where will it lead us from here? With no loving in our souls and no money in our coats, you can’t say we’re satisfied…but Angie…Angie, you cant say we never tried.”

About: Love as a casualty of poverty and time.

4. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
“You got a fast car; I want a ticket to anywhere. Maybe we make a deal - maybe together, we can get somewhere.”

About: A first, foolish love that serves as an escape, but quickly turns into a prison of its own.

5. Dress Blues - Jason Isbell of the Drive-By Truckers
“Your wife said this all would be funny when you came back home in a week.
You'd turn twenty-two and we'd celebrate you in a bar or a tent by the creek.
Your baby would just about be here, your very last tour would be up; but you won't be back. They're all dressing in black, drinking sweet tea in styrofoam cups.”

About: Jason Isbell's high school friend, Matt Connolly, who died in the Iraq War. An evocative vision of the destruction of life, sung beautifully in the heart of patriotic Texas.

6. Romeo & Juliet's Theme - Henry Mancini

About: Self-explanatory.

7. On My Block – Tupac
“Teardrops and closed caskets - the three strikes law is drastic, and certain death for us ghetto bastards; what can we do when we're arrested but open fire? Life in the pen ain't for me, cause I'd rather die…but don't cry through your despair - I wonder if the Lord still cares for us niggas on welfare?”

About: Poverty destroys, and nobody helps or even seems to care.

8. Wonderwall – Oasis
“And all the roads we have to walk along are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding - there are many things that I would like to say to you…but I don't know how.”

About: According to Noel Gallagher, "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."

9. Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright
“Maybe there's a God above, and all I ever learned from love was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you. It's not a cry you can hear at night, it's not somebody who's seen the light, it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah.”

About: God & Love. One and the same, equally powerful and equally painful.

10. Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
“All our times have come here but now they're gone…Seasons don't fear the reaper;
nor do the wind, the sun or the rain. We can be like they are…”

About: A murder-suicide pact made between lovers. Although the band itself says the song is about "the transcendence of love beyond the physical realm."

11. Highwayman - The Highwaymen
“I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads I did ride, with sword and pistol by my side. Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade; many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade. The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five - but I am still alive.”

About: The eternal ghost of the western highwayman; the ever-living spirit of the dead and forgotten; the bloody legacy of the American West.

12. The Weakness In Me - Joan Armatrading
“Why do you come here, when you know I've got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can't answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don't want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you're so strong then resolve the weakness in me.”

About: The one who always seems to get to you.

13. Seasons of Love – RENT
“525,600 minutes - 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes…how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee? In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? In…525,600 minutes…how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love.”

About: From Rent; considering the multitude of ways in which we chop up and measure our lives; giving value to each moment of our lives. Also reminiscent of Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky: "But because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."

14. If We Hold On Together (Theme Song from Land Before Time) - Diana Ross
“When we are out there in the dark, we'll dream about the sun. In the dark, we'll feel the light. Warm our hearts, everyone…if we hold on together, I know our dreams will never die. Dreams see us through to forever - as high as souls can fly, the clouds roll by for you and I.”

About: In The Land Before Time, this song and a single treestar (read: leaf) are all Littlefoot has left of his dead mother, who died sacrificing herself to save him from a predator.

15. Abraham, Martin, and John – Dion
“Didn't you love the things that they stood for? Didn't they try to find some good for you and me? And we'll be free…some day soon, and it's a-gonna be one day ...”

About: Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Written after the assassinations of Dr. King and the President Kennedy in April and June 1968.

16. Somewhere Out There - An American Tail
“And even though I know how very far apart we are, it helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star. And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby, it helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky.”

About: Fievel has been separated from his family, and although she cannot see him, his sister sings this lullaby to give him comfort on a lonely night.

17. Heaven (9/11 Remix) - DJ Sammy
“Oh, thinking about all our younger years, there was only you and me.
We were young and wild and free. Now, nothing can take you away from me - we’ve been down that road before, but that's over now.”

About: Actually, this is just a wack slow ballad. But then somebody mixed in tapes of people's last wishes to their families who died in the World Trade Center attack. And it tears your heart out.

18. Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy
“I never made promises lightly, and there have been some that I’ve broken. But I swear in the days still left, we’ll walk in fields of gold.”

About: Ostensibly, a walk through a field with a departing lover. But this is one of Eva Cassidy's last recorded songs before her death of melanoma in 1996, and it is poignant with the presence of her.

19. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
“Southern trees bear strange fruit: blood on the leaves and blood at the root. Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”

About: Lynchings in the Jim Crow South. Dead bodies dangle from trees - strange fruit.

20. Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs N Harmony
“Can somebody, anybody tell me why? Hey, can somebody, anybody tell me why we die, we die? I don’t wanna die, no…but I’ll see you at the Crossroads, so you won’t be lonely...”

About: About death; a tribute to those who have passed on. What makes this song hit you is hearing a grown man plead like a little child to have his dog back in verse three, and again in the verse quoted above.

21. Sister Golden Hair Surprise – America
“Well, I keep on thinkin’ bout you, Sister Golden Hair Surprise. And I just cant live without you; cant you see it in my eyes? Now, I been one poor correspondent - I been too, too hard to find; but it doesn’t mean you ain’t been on my mind…”

About: A man who intends to go and get his lover back, but finds he just can't seem to make it out the door before depression takes him back.

22. Runnin' (Dyin' to Live) – Tupac
“You know, I wonder if they'll laugh when I am dead. Why am I fighting to live, if I'm just living to fight? What am I trying to see when there ain’t nothing in sight? Why am I trying to give when no one gives me a try? Why am I dying to live, if I'm just living to die?”

About: Trying to survive in the deathtrap of the ghetto, with no hope, no dreams, and no one who believes in you. Recorded after Tupac Shakur's death by drive-by in 1996.

23. The Freshman - Verve Pipe
“My best friend took a week's vacation to forget her. His girl took a week's worth of valium and slept, and now he's guilt stricken, sobbin' with his head on the floor - thinks about her now and how he never really wept; he says: ‘I can't be held responsible. 'Cause she was touching her face. I won't be held responsible - she fell in love in the first place.’”

About: A pair who suffer through an awful abortion; the girl kills herself in guilt, and her boyfriend and their friends rally together to try to (not) forget her. Brian Vander Ark wrote this song about the guilt he felt over his own ex-girlfriend's abortion.

24. If You Love Me - B. B. King
“If you love me, you will know the truth - I wasn’t born to lose. And I love you.”

About: Love. But listening to B. B. King and Van Morrison wail together on this short, dignified piece gives entirely new dimension to what could just be a lifeless ballad.

25. Levon - Elton John
“Levon sells cartoon balloons in town; his family business thrives. Jesus blows up balloons all day, sits on the porch swing watching them fly. And Jesus, he wants to go to Venus, leaving Levon far behind…Take a balloon and go sailing while Levon, Levon slowly dies.”

About: Jesus' father and grandfather, reimagined in modern day, and the tensions that exist in their lives.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It's a good day. I recommend you celebrate today by doing what I like to do: listen to the I Have A Dream Speech, delivered in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and believe in America, in yourself, and in the human spirit again.

If you like video, see the man speak here.

ideeli invites

Want to shop crazy expensive designer brands in private sales for ridiculous percentages off? Then you want an ideeli invite. Leave your email in the comments if you're in.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Texas' Holiday Clusterf--- of Cool Shit

OK, so usually I try to keep things in a theme, which I am sure you people appreciate because you are relatively classy individuals. However, today, I am so inundated with really cool shit that I can barely walk, let alone organize it into a simplified theme. With that in mind, I give you:

Meebo, a website where you can go and, with absolutely no obligation or messy downloads, logins, or extra windows, use your AIM, Yahoo! messenger, GoogleTalk, MSN messenger, or ICQ in-place. It's awesome for if you happen to be at work, or in a library or the computer section of a BestBuy or something like that.

GrandCentral by Google is a website that lets you register a phone number in any part of the US, then have your calls forwarded through that number to a number of your choice. Allows for great consolidation - the only downside is that your callers will be required to state their name before the call will even connect. If you call that a downside.

ELDUB is a random, cool, visually appealing blog that seems to serve no putative purpose whatsoever. However, it is pretty motherf---ing cool.

Treasure My Text is a site that lets you (for a fee) store your text messages, picture messages, voicemails etc. in an online lockbox. Perfect for all you stalkers and seriously obsessed ex-girlfriends out there who want to relive the glory years. Psychos. is a really cool and well-designed site, not to be confused with, which is a really weird/empty site if you go to it. Anyway, is apparently founded with the same idea as Flickr, that photo site with the fish, Facebook photo albums, and the little cardboard boxes that your pictures come in when you pick them up from Kmart. Except their little cardboard boxes also contain loads of cash. That is, when you upload pictures to ShareAPic, you get credits for the amount of clicks you get. Translate those clicks into cash and you've got yourself some essentially free moola. And all it cost you was your privacy. Mmmm.

OK, for the next one, let's say you are going to a dinner party hosted by yours truly. Perhaps you are standing next to the farm-raised and ethically-fished mahi mahi sampler table when a hottie hottie boombalottie comes up to you and starts talking away. Well, you don't want to look stupid, and you definitely don't want to seem too drunk. However, this hottie is babbling away in smarty-talk. You did your undergrad in English. You've got no idea what the f--- this little hottie is saying. You know it will only matter for fifteen minutes or so, until you can find an empty bathroom, but dammit, you want to make those fifteen minutes count. Luckily, the National Science Foundation has given us the perfect answer:

Science Buzz is a fun and fresh website where you can learn a little or a lot about science in a quick and orderly fashion. Visit it for fun, or if you just want to feel smart, or are trying to get laid today. Whichever. I won't judge.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Show me (or a reputable charity of your organization's choice) the money!

Good morning, babies. Texas is back at work and back in Texas. Fortunately, I had a spectacular winter break, so that means I'm starting out the day feeling charitable. And greedy. Hence, this:

Join up at Moola to play fun, free online games. The site is ad-supported, so there's a buttload of commercials everywhere you look, but the games are pretty awesome and more importantly, you can win money! You start with a free, site-given penny, then build your way up by doubling it on each win. At eleven dollars, you can cash out!

Now, that is not to say that I am all about building my stacks/stacking my cash. Sometimes I like to use my furious finger-clicking skills to help out the little guy. This is why my homepage is set to Search Kindly. It's a website where, through your everyday google searches (pineapple hat, pictures of Mount Everest, Welshman dating, drawing scooby doo), you can donate funds to a charity or non-profit organization. Yeah, that's right. Do something nice for a change.

Now, normally, I love a trifecta. However, money making sites are hard to come by these days, so I'm just going to direct you to LiveMocha, a free online site with a whole new video-integrated concept platform for learning a new language! Check it out, people. Treat yourself. Then next summer, we can pick up sexy guys at a bar together in Swapandarenchese. ($3 Prize to anyone who can name all the languages in that)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Well, well, well...look who decided to show up.

Hey y'all! I'm back in CSTX and quietly winding down from a beatific winter holiday. On Monday, the posts will begin anew, but for now, I'm tired and lazy. So I'll offer my personal favorite thing to get for free - laughs. Check out Achewood, the best comic I've read to date, web or not. A sample below: