30 June 2011

29 June 2011

welx.

keekerz speakerz

i've been enjoying washed out's new album, "within and without", as it's streaming at NPR.

you might know of him from the portlandia credits, or just indie-hipster-buzz in general.

if you're in the mood to relax, give it a listen.

bk love

gothamist compiled a list of 100 reasons brooklyn is the bomb-dot-com. here are some of my favorites (this could get long):


98. Book Court: This is the bookstore that writers work for even after they have been published. Cobble Hill's literary gem hosts readings from some of New York's most celebrated authors —but they include out-of-towners, too. Book Court's Cousin Corinne is the shop's biennial publication, featuring fiction, photos, and graphic art.


96. Sahadi's: Since 1948, the Lebanese-owned Sahadi's has been an indispensable source for fine imported foods, nuts, dried fruits, and all sorts of delicacies that can't be found elsewhere on this stretch of Atlantic Avenue. Sahadi's hummus is arguably the best in the neighborhood, and up front there are open barrels of bulk grains and spices, an amazing array of olives, nuts, and dried fruits, coffee beans, and assorted spices. Much of the packaged fare is Middle Eastern, but there are plenty of other exotic foods on hand, plus a solid selection of cheeses. If you're on your way to a picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or just on your way home to eat an entire tub of hummus in your underwear, Sahadi's is unbeatable.


95. Peter Pan Donuts: Fact: The old school Peter Pan Donuts at 727 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint still makes the tastiest (and cutest) donuts in all the land. That Peter Pan dominates the donut game is hardly a secret, especially since Tina Fey blabbed to the press about her favorite: the white-cream-filled powdered doughnut. In an interview, Fey revealed, "I really believe, when I first tried it, if I had a penis, I would put it in this doughnut. I finally understand what you guys are thinking about and what motivates you guys."


87. Prettiest Little Sewage Treatment Plant in Town: You can spot the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint from miles around not just by its smell but also by its dramatic 145 feet high "digester eggs" which process tons of sewage into fertilizer in a complicated scientific process that we'll just call "magic." And if these four magnificent eggs weren't breathtaking enough, the DEP illuminates the eggs with a sensational blue sci-fi light. Take a tour of the eggs, which are also visible from the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, arguably one of the funniest (and surprisingly educational) parks in the five boroughs.


74. Kent Avenue Bike Lane: Hats off to the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which spent years laboring to create a safe and pleasant way to connect north and south Brooklyn by bike. The DOT finally listened, and this dedicated bike lane now takes cyclists all the way from Greenpoint to the Brooklyn Navy Yards, where it continues on other streets to offer a safer route to the Manhattan Bridge, Park Slope and beyond. As an added bonus, it also doubles as great free parking!


61. The Brooklyn Flea: If you're looking for relaxed weekend activities, it's hard to beat a leisurely stroll through the Brooklyn Flea, where a wide array of clothes, jewelry, tchotchkes, furniture, and foodstuffs abound. In addition to its Fort Greene location, this summer the Flea expanded to the almost-idyllic Williamsburg Waterfront at the end of North Sixth Street on the east river, now accessible by ferry!


60. Bowling: Manhattan can keep their glitzy new bowling alleys; Williamsburg Brooklyn has them all beat with the one-two punch of The Gutter and Brooklyn Bowl. When the atavistic Gutter opened in 2007, it was the first new bowling alley to roll into Brooklyn in half a century. It's still our favorite, and besides the bowling (which is scored on vintage computer modules), they've got a pool table, a wide variety of craft beers, and a small music venue.


53. Smorgasburg: You can't beat this all-food Saturday market at the Williamsburg waterfront. Cheekily named Smorgasburg, it features over 100 local vendors selling everything from homemade mustard to banana-ricotta spring rolls.


50. McCarren Park: Though McCarren Park in Greenpoint/Williamsburg has developed a reputation as hipster central, in reality it's enjoyed by a wide range of New Yorkers. And for whatever reason, the Parks police just don't seem to care about the liberties many parkgoers take with impunity. Stop by on any given weekend, and you'll find families barbecuing right next to "No Grilling" signs, brazen beer and alcohol consumption, and the scent of reefer wafting in the air. Sadly, the pool is no longer for concerts (someday they're supposed to open an actual pool), but McCarren Park remains a great place to picnic, play tennis, softball, and kickball, dazzle the public at the piano, or just drink a beer and sunbathe in your bikini, which we can't advocate enough.


45. Low Riding: Unlike much of Manhattan, Brooklyn has an abundance of low-rise buildings, which means (fact!) Brooklyn gets more sun, which means Brooklyn's fauna is more lush, residents' souls are more buoyant, their sperm is more potent, and their children will one day rise up to rule the world!


43. Franklin Street: This quiet little corner of Greenpoint by the East River is one of Brooklyn's most charming commercial districts. Toward the north end there's TBD, Hayden-Harnett, and Permanent Records; at the bottom you've got the adorable bakery/coffeshop Cookie Road and Gothamist favorite The Diamond bar. In between, there's an ever-increasing number of cute boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, bars, and craft beer purveyors. Because this neighborhood has always been a little isolated from Manhattan (the G is the only subway), an atmosphere of small-town community friendliness prevails. With the new East River ferry service, we sure hope the city slickers don't move in and ruin it!


42. The Open Space Alliance: Formed in 2003, this successful organization partners with the city Parks Department to green up North Brooklyn, and they're damn good at getting it done. Among OSA's achievements: the concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront, opening Greenpoint's Transmitter park, a kayak launch and mini park at the north end of Manhattan Avenue, a new skateboard park in McCarren, and much more.


28. Ferries: East River Ferry service has been restored to whisk you away to Manhattan, Governors Island, or—even better—points south and north in Brooklyn.


22. Spectacular Views: Obviously, one of the great things about being outside of Manhattan is that you can step back and take in the skyline from a removed vantage point. From the Red Hook piers to the Brooklyn Promenade to the end of India Street in Greenpoint, the stunning Manhattan skyline is right there, seemingly within arm's reach, day and night. It's not just the view from the Queensboro Bridge that, as F. Scott Fitzgerald put it, "is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world."


9. Brooklyn Beers: Local brewers Kelso, Sixpoint, and Brooklyn Brewery have happily become almost ubiquitous in Brooklyn, and even in parts of Manhattan. At the latter brewery in Williamsburg, they've expanded operations so that now most of their product is actually made in Brooklyn. They offer tours on weekends and weekdays, and a $4 Friday night happy hour that lasts until 11 p.m., with your pick of up to 8 draft beers and our growing number of Big Bottles.


8. Brooklyn Heights Promenade: It's not just a made-up place where Ed Norton went to brood in Spike Lee's 25th Hour; the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is real and it is breathtaking. "There may be finer views than this in the world, but I don't believe it," said President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 when he visited Brooklyn Heights. These views of the city skyline are so mesmerizing you'll totally forget you're sitting on a bench above the BQE.


4. Green-Wood Cemetery: Yet another urban oasis in Brooklyn, and this one the dead can enjoy, too! The dramatically sprawling Green-Wood Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark cemetery has been around 170 years, and continues to draw those who come to pay their respects and others who just want to savor its serenity... or its spookiness. The cemetery's website tells you all you need to know about visiting this extraordinary place, which is currently hosting an evening summer time musical theater performance called The Spoon River Project. Come to one of the midnight shows and get a private tour inside the cemetery’s Catacombs, built in the 1850s, normally not accessible to the public.

i hope you'll share some of yours!

you have one hour.

to vote for your favorite on the voice! here are last night's performances (original songs):


this was my favorite original song.







BONUS:

this was my favorite performance of the night.

so i voted for javier, because he has the most unique / technically good voice, but i also voted for vicci, because she tries so hard.

who are your favorites? voting closes at 10am, and the winner show is tonight!

even bristol agrees

...michele bachmann and sarah palin are the same person:
"I think she dresses a lot like my mom. A lot of women have done that over the last few years. I think it's odd, you know? Seeing people with red blazers with their hair up with glasses. I don't know if [Bachmann's] wearing glasses, but you want to be like, hmmmm, 'Do you think that people don't notice you're dressing like my mom?'' (via)
-bristol palin

gay marriage?


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and they call it puppy love


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RIP friendly bear


this bear was too friendly so they KILLED him!

bad move. miss you friendly bear.

28 June 2011

nErD aLeRt!

i kind of love this library made of empty bookshelves.


"sometimes you need perspective"




You’ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time. This is the dressing room rehearsal for American Idol. NO MICROPHONE. No effects.
-Jay-Z

this is the pregame for her american idol performance that was referenced in the nytimes review, and that pitchfork called the best music video of the year.


i was bitten by the winchester goose!

let the idiot parade begin!

It took about twelve seconds as an official candidate for president for Michele Bachmann to say get caught saying something unintentionally hilarious. Speaking to Fox News shortly after on Sunday before her announcement in Waterloo, Iowa, earlier today, Bachmann said, "What I want them to know is that, just like John Wayne is from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit that I have too." As the Washington Times pointed out, movie star John Wayne was born in Iowa — but Winterset, Iowa, which is about 140 miles from Waterloo. There was, however, a famous John Wayne who used to live in Waterloo. His name was John Wayne Gacy, and he was a terrifying clown who raped and murdered 33 young men in the seventies, which is about as far from "heroic cowboy" as you can get. (via)
thx joey tony!

history lesson:

sufjan stevens - john wayne gacy, jr.

beyonce review

from the nytimes:
It should really come as no surprise — Beyoncé has made a career of impeccability, even as she’s swum in pop waters that no longer demand such a thing. But no longer is she interested in taking the temperature of the room. This week she releases “4” (Columbia), her fourth solo album, and one that all but relinquishes Beyoncé’s claim to the pop here and now.
She must be relieved. As modern as Beyoncé has allowed herself to be over the years, from tech-savvy club R&B with Destiny’s Child to the insistent pancultural stomp of “Run the World (Girls),” on this new album, she has always been a torch singer in waiting, anticipating the day when she could just get down to business. (via)
agreed. here's a bit of her glastonbury performance that everyone's talking about. stick around for the second song to see some classic beyonce dancing.

what's for breakfast???


grapefruit. not sliced. peeled and pulled.

This is very sad. You're welx Kylie

The Dunblane massacre was a multiple murder-suicide which occurred at Dunblane Primary School in the Scottish town of Dunblane on 13 March 1996. Sixteen children and one adult were killed by Thomas Hamilton before he committed suicide.

Possible motives

Hamilton's motives remain unknown, though there were complaints to police regarding his suspicious behaviour towards the young boys who attended the youth clubs he directed. There were suspicions prior to the massacre that Hamilton's interest in boys was paedophilic with more than one complaint being made regarding him having taken photographs of semi-naked boys without the parents' consent.[8]

He claimed in letters that rumours about him led to the failure of his shop business in 1993, and in the last months of his life he complained again that his attempts to organise a boys' club were subject to persecution by local police and the scout movement. Among those to whom he complained were local MP Michael Forsyth and Queen Elizabeth. In the 1980s, another MP, George Robertson, who resided in Dunblane, had complained to Forsyth about Hamilton's local boys' club, which his son had attended. On the day following the massacre, Robertson spoke of having argued with Hamilton "in my own home".[10]


The professional tennis player Andy Murray discussed his recollections of the Dunblane massacre in his autobiography Hitting Back (2008). The victims were mostly children who were in a younger age group class than Murray, but he has discussed his recollections of taking cover in a classroom.[16] Murray says he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews, but, in his autobiography, Hitting Back, he says that he attended a youth group run by Thomas Hamilton, and that his mother gave Hamilton lifts in her car.[17]

this happened to me today at 5:30


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27 June 2011

wimbledupdate!

oh no. both williams sisters lost today. and so did #1 seed, something wozniaki. so the ladies' draw just got BO-RING. better luck on the doubles court, girls. ;(
on the gentlemen's side, who's still in?
all of 2Pz favorites: feddy, rafa, djokovic, and that scottish idiot, andy murray. (djv, tell everyone your massacre story, so i can make massacre jokes when he inevitably loses another wimbledon!)
who's out?
every american except mardy fish. (?)
right now:
rafa's 2 games away from defeating del potro.
feddy's up two sets to one on some no-name.

and now you're all caught up!

Here goes nothing...

starla's half-birthday wishlist

a state-of-the-art floatin' lounge!

jazzy?


5-month-old Qannik the polar bear is scheduled to fly UPS Boeing 747-400 on Monday to the Louisville Zoo express from Alaska, where caretakers have monitored her since rescuing her as an orphan. (via)
thx melissa!

pey-pey and eli

football cops.

i bet it's never even been inside a 70's brothel.


thx hannah!

26 June 2011

the empire state:

come get gay married! #happypride

24 June 2011

thx beeun.


for introducing me to my latest obsession, gayngs. #sopranosax

new beyonce streaming!

over HERE!

UPDATE: i didn't think i was going to like it....but i LOVE IT! 11 biscuits!

Hey Miss USA, should Evolution be taught in school?

This is long but it is really interesting. I guess I didn't realize that people were still contentious about this. I guess I assumed that after the pope said evolution was cool with him, people would calm down.

Here's a quote that sums up almost every contestant's bet-hedging answer: "im personally a christian so I believe the Bible's version, but you can't push opinions or beliefs onto children so they need to know every side that's out there." Brittany York, North Carolina

I make a living pushing opinions and beliefs on children.

23 June 2011

2Pz dictionary

pominated
[pom·uh·neyt·ed] 
verb, -nat·e, -nat·ing.

1. To be raped (in the mouth, specifically) by a pomeranian wearing a Donald Duck outfit

pom·in·a'tion n.
pom'i·nant adj.

thomas wilhelm's birthday wishlist

thomas wilhelm's birthday wishlist

 
tiger buddy blanket!

it wont get out of my head

Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger by joao-ricardoxd
here's the studio version of that maroon 5 song i was telling you about.

commence repeat.

aawwwwwAWW!


this sheepdog is afraid of sheep!

thomas wilhem's birthday wishlist

a back-n-belly pillah!

and here's a question.


remember when cee-lo was awesome? 15 years ago when he was in one of the best southern rap groups of all time, goodie mob?

i do.


"beautiful skin"

"forget you" sucks. and so does gnarls barkley.

there, i said it.

22 June 2011

raise your hand if you like maroon 5's new song (feat. xtina)


mine's raised, jicyww. stick around for xtina in this video. so many mixed emotions.

i think it's official. i don't hate adam levine. in fact, he seems to be a genuinely nice guy.

best friends for EVER




you may remember Suryia and Roscoe from a previous post on this blog (which i cant seem to find). now they have cowritten a book!

look at how suryia tries to get roscoe to eat a banana! omfg.

proud of you, tracy.


tracy morgan returned to splashville to apologize in person for his gaycist rant. i'm happy about this.

check out bun-bun...


 ...singing my fave track off bon iver's new album on jimmy fallon.

stephen colbert visits jack white.

in NASHVILLE!

yacht : utopia / dystopia


the new album is 11 biscuits, jicyww.

Summertime

Happy summer everyone! Days are getting shorter...

AJV's Gregorian Trance remix

My brother makes music

"for me its all about discovery" - jake gyllenhaal


bear grylls, about jake gyllenhaal:
"He said he wanted to to be pushed and afterwards said he'd never been pushed so hard."

don't worry, i am ALL OVER this one. via.

21 June 2011

good design


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barack obama baby whisperer


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robot dog



Naki’o's tragic life — his owners abandoned him as a puppy when their Nebraska home was foreclosed, and he lost his paws to frostbite after getting stuck in an icy puddle — took a turn for the best when he was adopted by veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson, who raised funds necessary to purchase prosthetics for Naki’o's hind legs.
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carry me home ryan gosling


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just close your eyes and wait for the weekend


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what is Kismet doing???





Kismet is in recovery; he did lose half his body mass in fluff. Turns out he is still chubby under there though.

sweet tea vodka

UPDATE - kylie taught me how to embed

c and p that
dummy


i don't know how to embed videos from nytimes.com, so you'll just have to click the link.

rico, mugler, colette, paris


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new zoe



new hot brad. via.

look at this look at this look at this


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20 June 2011

muppet movie trailer

RIP ryan dunn

he was one of my favorite jackasses. very sad. ;(

tea with tucker


a-thank you, g.animalz.

what is kismet doing???




the fluff mountain is contemplating the haircute he has scheduled for today. update to follow.

go vols!

my dad fwd'd me this pixie of him playing golf in his new shorts. looks like the weather wasn't great, but those shorts are absolutely breathtaking. i'm so proud.

what is hank doing?

swimmin' himself into a hot mess.

and making pig noses.

thx erin!

mm.

(via)

#hipsteradvocacy

a surbway map for hipsters! (c2e.)

congratulations, miss tennessee!


first runner-up means first winner, right!?!?!?

thx for the heads-up, joey tony. you pervert.

youtube classix


gabe and i used to ask each other for food this way. i taught joel this weekend. he claims to have never see it even though....

guess what started today!

it's wimbledon! my favorite tennis event of the year! nadal and venus are getting things started today. free live streaming on espn3.com.

i was obsessed with this song 4 years ago

19 June 2011

the grizzlies are the tits.


ESPN the magazine ranked all of the major league professional sports teams in their Ultimate Standings, and the Memphis Grizzlies came in 9th overall.

The overall ranking is based on how much the organization gives back to fans for the time, money and emotion invested in its product, determined by eight categories – bang for the buck, players, fan relations, affordability, stadium experience, ownership, title track and coaching.

Memphis was ranked No. 1 overall in the “bang for the buck” category, gauged by wins over the past two seasons per dollar contributed directly by fans (adjusted for differences in league schedules).

Among NBA teams, the Grizzlies trailed only the San Antonio Spurs (No. 5) and Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 6).

The Grizzlies, the second-highest jumper on the overall list this year, clawed 66 spots higher than last season’s edition, trailing only the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, which moved from the No. 70 spot to the No. 2 position as the highest chart-climber in the Ultimate Standings.

Additionally, Memphis was rated the hottest team in sports in a separate survey by ESPN The Magazine, asking fans to rate recent changes in their commitment to their favorite team.

love the grizz.

call your girlfriend


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oh, hi.... i was just barking. i mean meowing. yes. meowing.


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17 June 2011

in basevol news...


dave serrano is our new coach. and joan cronan looks fantastic introducing him. she is like the mom i never had.

yeehaw.

"if this isn't a post for 2pz, then my name isn't a.."


She's so right.


this dog lacks spatial reasoning.


thx liz!

ok?


what happens when a chilean volcano rains ash all over an argentinian lake.

breezy and biebz


when i listen to this song, i imagine that they're singing to each other.

want some night terrorz?


check out the snake house.

how aggressive

“having sex at 85 miles per hour while drunk on a freeway is willful and wanton negligence.”


85 miles an hour. cruise control. drunk driving. having sex. in the back seat.
story

from @dantrharne

youtube classix


he's a very loving cat.

finally, a useful how to of the day

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wikihow did you know?

If you have a disability that makes taking your socks off difficult, or if you just think it would be fun to let your dog take your socks off, this trick may be something that works for you and your dog.

thanks igoogle!

how gauche!

thx rob.

do you want to watch gaga's boring new video?



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16 June 2011

matt + kim : block after block

ceeyute!

people arent wildin' out actually right now



"i performed last night it was like mainly a hipster crowd. but um, the vibe was crazy because i like to party and, the hipsters love to party and they love me and it was just like a big party"

"ima party tonight all over it"

weinergate : live feed

click here to watch live video of weiner's p-conf, which hasn't started yet.