Monday, August 30, 2010


Dear Space,

Thank you.



from discover magazine---

"A Ring of Light Around the Sun

Photographer Miloslav Druckmuller artificially removed the blue sky around the sun's surface in this image of an eclipse. The result reveals the green hues of the inner ring, or inner corona, which gets its tint from a form of highly ionized iron known as "coronium."

In this photo, the corona becomes redder the farther it is from the sun. That's because dust particles deflect shorter wavelengths of light more than longer wavelenghts, so only long-wavelength light--i.e., red--finds its way to the camera."

Image: Thierry Legault
When the Sun's Surface Erupts

Arc-like solar prominences like these form when hot gaseous matter erupts from the sun, then is drawn back to the solar surface by strong magnetic fields.

Solar prominences, which are the most common solar activity, don't disappear instantaneously; in fact, they can last for months. They can also extend for thousands of miles above the solar surface and release the gas they contain into space.


if you want to laugh a little bit

Sunday, August 29, 2010


st. louis' first real festival in forest park!

jeff tweedy

fruit bats

corey chisel

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quick question...

Am I a ghey for really really diggin' this band lately?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Delta Spirit - Streetwalker

Here before the Shanty crowd I submit that a good part of the magic of Mumford was the result of someone attempting to extract some kind of emo-punk out of folk music. In this way, it's probably safe to say that the combination of the two genres should yeild some exciting stuff. With that, take a look at Delta Spirit.

After the San Diego-based emo outfit Noise Ratchet called it quits in 2004, the bassist and drummer decided to ditch their punk influenced sound for something more rootsy. Welcome to the Shanty, Delta Spirit.

This is fucking sick!!

Philip Selway's solo project (dude from radiohead).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Autotune the News

Excuse me while I go geek out on this for the next few weeks. The rape was actually a pretty recent news story. These guys have taken the video recording of that story and run it through some software (sort like the stuff that T Pain uses). Now they're making "Billboard Top 100" money. Story at Techdirt.

vetiver and fruit bats

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Broken Bells Video

Click to start. Move your mouse. Stare. Repeat.

The Indecision

Another Steve Porter gem:

Fans of the Great Lake Swimmers...step inside!


"SISKIYOU is the recorded work of colin huebert in collaboration with erik arnesen. Until recently colin huebert was a member of the group Great Lake Swimmers. Erik arnesen continues to play banjo and guitar for Great Lake Swimmers. The forthcoming self-titled album was recorded by huebert inside stairwells, bathrooms, hotel rooms, and on beaches and rooftops in the greater Vancouver area."

Justin Bieber, so hot right now

So, I found some time today morning to dick around on the iPhone for a few minutes. A fellow psych intern posted on facebook a link to this article describing a Justin Bieber song that actually sounded pretty good if you had the resources to slow it down by about a factor of 8.

Now I know what you're thinking, Mander. "But wait, Justin Bieber sounds mindblowingly awesome enough normal, assholes." And you're right, but...

I checked it out. It's actually pretty interesting. If you download the MP3 and play it on Windows Media Player (you may remember this from the pre-iTunes era that we all enjoyed during our first years of college), you can speed it up using the available enhancements, verifying for yourself at least the similarity between the downloaded track and the pop single recorded by Justin Bieber.

I'm not here to draw lines between drafts, that's entirely Rusty's job. But, it was worth the wait between initially catching wind of the thing at 0945, and finally getting the opportunity to explore it at 2020. Vague, unhelpful references to post-rock icons notwithstanding, it's still worth the download.,44254/


Justin Vernon, the dudes from Megafaun, and 19 others started a band earlier this year. Stream the full album below or download a few of the songs from Brooklyn Vegan.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quick and Easy Whiskey Sours


Lime Juice
One Glass


Pour ice into the glass.
Fill up the glass 1/4 full with whiskey.
Fill up the glass 1/4 full with lime juice.
Fill up the glass 1/2 full with Sprite.
Repeat as necessary.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jeremy Messersmith

This guy is good.
Funny and True

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
13. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -ever.
14. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
15. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
16. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
17. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
18. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
19. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.
20. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
21. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
22. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent someone from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
23. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
24. My check engine light has been on for three months now and nothing's happened. I'm starting to think that my car just wants attention.
25. My GPS says "Estimated Arrival Time." I see "Time to Beat."
26. Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".
27. My keyboard needs a removable crumb tray like my toaster.
28. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?
29. I wish it were appropriate to say to a complete stranger, "Excuse me, would you like me to show you how to discipline your child?"
30. Chocolate is not a treat, it is a food group.