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Posted in language with tags , on July 10, 2010 by kevin

A friend of mine recently showed me this site. It is a whole lot of fun, especially if you have any sort of interest in linguistics. Just click around the globe and hear a fairly banal section of text read with an accent from just about any region of the globe. The phonetic alphabet will accompany every selection. It looks kind of bizarre, but I’m told it can be learned on your own with a small amount of dedication. Anyway, have fun.

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No surprise

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, music, show review with tags , on June 26, 2010 by kevin

I went into the Woods show reluctantly. I had come for San Francisco’s Fresh and Only’s, but it turned out they had just finished their set the second I walked in the door. My mood immediately sank. I think Woods are a fine band for a strange afternoon, but they have no place packing the Music Hall of Williamsburg; they did. This is what that produced: Boring jam sessions that bordered on self indulgence, adequate reproductions of decent tracks, and a serious sense of buzz-kill. Don’t see them live.

Millionyoung

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, music, show review with tags , on June 25, 2010 by kevin

It’s the Northside Festival here again this weekend. Thursday (being a Thursday) was a soft opening if you will, but I already found a pretty great band I had never heard of before. I thought Millionyoung were brilliant live but, as Sara might say, of course I did. The singer reverbed his vocals to the point where they were barely recognizable and a computer, guitar, and bass did the rest. It made for some dance-heavy bliss. It was one of the best times I’ve had at a show in quite some time—gotta love going into a show with zero expectations. Catch their EP here. I’d be willing to bet you will be hearing more about them soon.

Haptograph

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, mixtape, music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by kevin

Locally sourced, organic, and of the times: Haptograph. I hope you feel it. Track list after the… Continue reading

Bread

Posted in Bread, EAST COAST, food, How To Do Things with tags on February 11, 2010 by kevin

If there were any public advocate that needed to convince all you schleps out there that you should make your own bread (why? cheaper, far tastier, ect.), Jim Lahey would be the one. Knead? Why? Lahey posed that question about four years ago and forever changed home baking. Buy some flour, yeast and turn on your faucet.

I will admit that the interview is kind of dull if you aren’t into these things, but I do look up to this man when it comes to creating the staff of life. Ignore the interviewer. He is a bit pompous.

England has a pint sized problem

Posted in 2010, beer, food, public intoxication with tags on February 6, 2010 by kevin

“First Australia considers banning pool cues and now the British are redesigning their pint glasses to decrease bar injuries.

Almost 87,000 citizens of England and Wales (total population: 64 million) are hurt every year in “glass attacks.” Many of these people suffer horrific injuries because the glass shatters and flies everywhere, including into heads, limbs, and other body parts.

The Home Office recruited Design Bridge to help solve the problem. The firm came up with two ideas, one that involves coating the glass with a clear sheet and another that actually turns the pint into two separate glasses. They hope to have the first solution in pubs within the next 12 months.

Maybe instead of fixing the pint glass, the Home Office should focus on reducing the country’s massive anger issues.”

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More pizza related things…

Posted in 2010, food, tubes with tags , on January 20, 2010 by kevin

Sorry for the second pizza post in a row, but I felt the “Franken Weber” or “Bride of Franken Weber” was a must see. Ignore the annoying music and stand in awe of this fire breathing monster. I want one. Article.