Mazel tov!

I am doung a shout out, because two amazing people are starting new jobs today. And knowing that first days at new jobs are more akward than school dances, here is some stuff to read to appear being busy. My most awkward first day at work was at the ‘faw, because my boss had no idea how to supervise me or what to do with me. This actually continued through my whole time there. I digress. Here are some good reads for the day.

Andrew continues the quest for the best movie music moments, totally picking up my slack. How could I overlook “Anything Goes”?

Speaking of movie lists, here is 25 thoughts about upcoming summer movies and the similarities between Tony Soprano and Harry Potter.

Also, a critical analysis of the sure-to-be-awful The Starter Wife, from my new favorite blog.

Also, the great debate continues: Seth Rogan: Hot or Not? I think you know where I stand. (A lil NSFW)

Ok, let’s get serious. A look at standardized testing for children entering kindergarten.

Nation’s Leading Alarmists excited about bird flu.

A passive-aggressive vegan grocery cashier: a day in the life.

the megatron matrix

I got back from a fantastic weekend in DC last Tuesday and I never wrote about it like I meant to. Along with spending time with people I love, seeing crappy Irish dancers, eating at Busboys & Poets, I also ran out in the freezing rain to go to the National Portrait Gallery, which was closed the whole time I had lived there. I have also been a huge critic of the Smithsonias musuems, but if you have a chance, GO THERE. If you appreciate art, go there. If you appreciate history, go there. If you appreciate civil rights and social movements, go there. It’s so much more than the collection of presidential portraits. They have a whole range of contemporary portraits, from Tom Wolfe to Brett Farvre to Philip Glass.

Connected to the Portrait Gallery is the newly opened Musuem of American Art. A great collection of contemporary art, included two large installations by Nam June Paik. The best was the Megatron Matrix, which I sat in front of for over an hour. It’s hard to explain, and I wouldn’t do it justice. There’s a clip here and here.

I know my artiste friends probably think his stuff is not that great, but with my six undergraduate credits in modern art, I was pretty impressed.

The other crazy thing about DC is the incredible amount of condos going up. When I first moved there, people claimed I would get shot if I lived east of 16th street. Now I will never be able to afford something on 10th street. Plus, I can’t even go by the Columbia Heights metro station without being ill from the construction of a the new Target. Down with gentrification!

The Good, The Bad, & The Queen

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Well, Andrew was reading my mind, because I have been totally obsessed with this album as of late. The very recognizeable singer is Damon Albarn (mostly famous for Blur, and also a part of Gorillaz – remember the song “Clint Eastwood”) and some other well known musicians. As Andrew mentions, it is a good album right off the bat, but takes a few listens to really appreciate its true awesomess.

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