Archive for April, 2009

100 Books in 100 Words #1: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Note: We’re going to try this out as a regular feature.  The premise is simple- we’ll use only 100 words to sum up the next 100 books we deem worth reviewing.  No plot summaries (you can get that on Amazon or Wikipedia), just opinions. norwegian-woodI enjoyed this much more on a second reading. Someone said that what Murakami isn’t telling you is more important than what he is, and I think that definitely applies here. The narrator is a narcissist, not in any sinister way, but in the way  most people in their late teens/early twenties are. Everything we learn about his world comes from his very narrow point of view, and the reader must infer nearly everything about the other characters in the book. You’ll get exactly as much out of it as you put in. Take your time; it’s worth the effort.

April 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm 4 comments

The Worst Thing That Ever Happened

Before you assume that title is mere hyperbole, hear me out.  And be warned that the story involves one of these:toilet

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April 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm 13 comments

Apologies For The Lack of Posts

Here at googly-eyes, we’re all extremely busy.  Hey, the real world is demanding, ‘kay?

In the meantime, please look at this adorable picture:

You’re welcome.

April 26, 2009 at 2:35 am 1 comment

Paul Walker: The Anti-Skeet

Sometimes skeeting isn’t about crushing on talented, under-the-radar specimens of male intelligence. With the inherent standards of skeeting, there comes an unfortunate and inverse set of dislikes. Paul Walker, it seems, embodies everything that skeeting aims to subdue.

 

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April 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm 3 comments

Talking Sex With Mom & Dad

Yes, I know this is a show on MTV. Yes I think it’s horrifying (especially since the title of the show is just, “Sex With Mom & Dad” to increase shock/gross factor.)

Anyway, for Christmas this past year I gave my Dad Superbad on DVD, because I thought it was really funny and he’d enjoy it. I thought my Mom was mature enough to enjoy it too, but she described it to me as being “disgusting, crude,” blah blah blah and seemed to get all offended by the excessive boner talk in the beginning especially. What a bummer.

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April 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm 4 comments

Greg Gillis

 

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The creative genius behind the musical phenomenon known as “Girl Talk”, Gregg Gillis has simultaneously managed to both sample hundreds of tracks into artful mashups and STEAL MY HEART. After dropping out of biomedical engineering school to focus solely on music, Gregg has managed to make a living touring the globe, even though you can get his album here for free. Check out my favorite track, “Still Here”, which somehow combines Radiohead’s “15 Steps”, Cyprus Hills “Jump” and a slew of other well-known music that’s mashed in ways you wouldn’t believe.

Despite his very foreceful music, Gillis claims to be less than intimidating.  “I think I have a positive outlook on life. I think the music reflects that to some degree. But the music is very in-your-face, kind of commanding attention, which is probably the opposite of me in real life.

This Youtube video of a performance begs to differ. Check out video #2 for footage of Girl Talk’s music being discussed in the US House of Representatives (snap!). Scientist by day, hardxcore DJ mastermind by night, Girl Talk is probably the intellectually hottest piece of ass club-culture has ever seen/scene. Did I mention he’s 28? Perfect. 

April 3, 2009 at 12:26 am 5 comments

How to: Navigate the Subway (Letters)

120px-nycs-bull-trans-asvg1A Train: The A train can either be your best friend of your worst enemy. If you live downtown, then golly, that train sure is fast! If you live above central park, then shit goddamn, I hope you get used to taking a shuttle every weekend when the A train decides to mysteriously stop working on a regular basis. If you’ve got an Inwood commute, chances are you’ve almost slit your wrists trying to leave your neighborhood on a Saturday night. If you’re heading to Bed-stuy, your commute’s a little better since the JFK terminal is serviced by this line, which means more $$ for the MTA, which means that your swipe to Nostrand Ave isn’t so superfluous. Score.

 

 

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April 2, 2009 at 1:01 am 5 comments

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