Monday, May 31, 2010

The Black Keys

The Black Keys are a blues-rock duo from Akron Ohio. This is the first single off their latest album "Brothers," from Nonesuch Records.

I generally hate child actors, but this is pretty cute. Also, I'm kinda digging the tall nerdy drummer. A leather jacket with a donut in his pocket? My kinda guy.

The Black Keys "Tighten Up"

The Black Keys | MySpace Music Videos

Meet Diplo

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Scientific tools, like "questions."

Sarah Haskins hosts a segment on CurrentTV's infoMania called Target Women, both a critical and satirical look at gender stereotypes in advertising. They're smart and funny and you should probably watch all of them. This one exploring online dating is particularly relevant (apologies in advance for the preceding ad).

more Sarah Haskins

Cock Roulette #2

Hand puppet theatre edition.

Thanks, Dana!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Burning Ring of Fire

I realize I'm posting a lot about Radiolab lately, but I just listened to the Pop Music episode and had to share this.

American country-western music is universally loved, all around the world.  Aboriginal Australians love Hank Williams, for example, and Dolly Parton is a big hit in Southern Africa.  While reporting in Afghanistan, an American reporter and accordian hobbyist named Greg Warner discovered Afghans LOVE JOHNNY CASH, as evidenced in the video below.  The audio and sound quality is not great, but if seeing this crowd of guys going nuts over "Ring of Fire" doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will.

Friday, May 28, 2010

I'm branching out

I started another blog this week, called OKstoopid, devoted to personal commentary on online matchmaking sites, dating, and relationships, or lack thereof.  I plan to continue Auntie Cake, but keep it geared towards music and random geeky stuff.

Just FYI.  So you know where to stalk me.

No Cobblers.

Vintage personal ad from Married To The Sea:
Should include this comic as well, the presumable continuation:

Thanks for the links, Annie!

By the way, what is Fortunatus?  Does anyone know?  I found one site that says it's a "I Am Rich" app for PC-based phones.  Is that it?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My heart was a crap taco.

Check out this amazing comic by Matthew Inman, of Oatmeal:

The 8 Phases of Dating

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cock Roulette #1 (NSFW)

He takes what he can get.

I would not even share an elevator with this person. Not even an escalator. Or a moving sidewalk. Or a regular sidewalk. Grooooooossssssss.

My friend and I keep getting matched with this guy. WTF is going on? Is this a fake profile? I can't tell. If it's fake, it's amazing. If it's real, well, it's still really amazing but in a completely different way. I think my favorite part is where he lists his favorite foods.

I am shy, gamer, and passionate.

My Self-Summary
I'm a one man wolfpack and I'm looking for the love of my life. I'm also a level 80 orc rogue on WOW.

What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently living with my mom. I'm studying to become a licensed massage therapist.

I’m really good at
video games. sex.

The first things people usually notice about me
My blue eyes.
my level 80 orc rogue

My favorite books, movies, music, and food
I love reading steven king books and romance novels.

My favorite movies are the lord of the rings series. I also love the harry potter movies and twilight! GO TEAM EDWARD!

I really don't like music.

I love bagel bites, hot pockets and fried chicken!

The six things I could never do without
Computer, video games, droid, /b/, doritos, my cats

I spend a lot of time thinking about
the human body
On a typical Friday night I am
helping mom clean the house, playing video games.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit here
my ex and I were together for 6 years and she broke my heart when she left me for my brother.
Also I get kind of gassy when I'm nervous. (Like on first dates)

You should message me if
you're ready to meet the man of your dreams.

No, thanks.

I don't get the Wink.  What is it exactly? Is it just a "Hey, you're cute, but I'm not interested enough to put in any effort?" Or is it a "Hey, you're cute and I want to talk to you, but I can't think of anything to say in a message that might promote an actual conversation because I'm kinda socially retarded?"

The issue has been raised at the OKcupid forums, to wink or not to wink.  The consensus seems to believe winks are a lame way to contact someone.  This comment explains it nicely:
  • I ignore winks 99% of the time, because even if I reply to them with one word, I already put in way more effort into the conversation than the person who just clicked a button. It screams "boring" and "lazy" to me.
Although one person chimed in with something good to say:
  • Winking is good. It saves you time from writing stuff to someone who may not be interested at all. If they wink back then start the discussion.

These poor guys winked at me within hours of posting my profile. Sadly, they will only get ice cold silence in return.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Juana Molina, one woman wonderband

WNYC's Radiolab recently produced an episode devoted to Juana Molina, an Argentinian singer, musician, and one woman wonderband. I'm fond of experimental music and hers combines folk, latin, random electronic noise. At once, challenging, odd and beautiful. Along the same lines as The Books.

Just watch her loop samples of herself in this song. Pretty amazing.

This video is from WNYC's Soundcheck series.
You can listen to the Radiolab podcast here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just saying.

Isn't it funny how you can spot a member of the desirable sex and think to yourself, "yes," but then spot another who's perhaps not all too different and you think, "no way." What is that? What are the secret ingredients?  

img by Richard Haines of What I Saw Today

For the most part, I'm striving to be perfectly happy-- no, more like perfectly content-- with being single. Solitude is rewarding in many ways. I'm accepting that. But another part of me just wants a cute boy to be nice to me. And by nice to me I mean put his mouth on my mouth.

Dear Universe, are you listening?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hipsterest Budgie EVER

Hipster Runoff & The Alt Report are in the midst of creating a bird-based meme with Rattytat. He's an albino budgie who appears in the lastest Ratatat video for "Party With Children". And yet has allegedly left Ratatat to collaborate with Animal Collective and M.I.A. Watch the crazy mashup video here. Ahh! WTF? Too funny!

Anyway, I had budgies growing up and have always been fond of birds. I'm hoping RattyTat takes off and becomes some YouTube meme.

Love is a Mixed Tape

My "Spring 2010" aka "Best-of 2010 (so far)" playlist can be downloaded HERE [193.03MB].

Some of the tracks were technically released in 2009 but somehow didn't make it onto my Best of 2009 list. The songs & artists are listed below. CD version of this playlist available upon request.


img by missnita

  1. Tune-Yards—Sunlight—BiRd-BrAiNs—3:41
  2. Broken Bells—The Ghost Inside—Broken Bells—3:19
  3. The xx—Vcr—xx—2:57
  4. Shout Out Louds—The Candle Burned Out—Work—5:09
  5. Jónsi—Go Do—Go—4:41
  6. Massive Attack—Paradise Circus—Heligoland—4:58
  7. Woodpigeon—Woodpigeon Vs. Eagleowl (Strength In Numbers)—Die Stadt Muzikanten—4:31
  8. Beach House—Used to Be—Teen Dream—3:59
  9. Local Natives—Airplanes—Gorilla Manor—4:00
  10. Yeasayer—Ambling Alp—Odd Blood—3:57
  11. Spoon—Who Makes Your Money—Transference—3:45
  12. Taken by Trees—Greyest Love Of All—East Of Eden—3:41
  13. Happy Birthday—Girls FM—Happy Birthday —3:00
  14. The Morning Benders—Excuses—Big Echo—5:17
  15. Lake—Don't Give Up—Let's Build a Roof—4:15
  16. Vampire Weekend—White Sky—Contra—2:59
  17. YACHT—Psychic City (Voodoo City)—See Mystery Lights—5:09
  18. Archie Bronson Outfit—Shark's Tooth—Coconut—3:12
  19. LCD Soundsystem—Dance Yrself Clean—This is Happening—8:58
  20. Gorillaz—Rhinestone Eyes—Plastic Beach—3:20
  21. Caribou—Odessa—Swim—5:16
  22. jj—You Know—nº 3—2:55
  23. CocoRosie—Lemonade—Grey Oceans—5:14
  24. Real Estate—Fake Blues—Real Estate—3:41
  25. The Pharmacy—Coldest Morning Light—Weekend—2:13
  26. The New Pornographers—Your Hands (Together)—Together—3:33
  27. Xiu Xiu—Dear God, I Hate Myself—Dear God, I Hate Myself—3:08
  28. Hot Chip—One Life Stand—One Life Stand—5:24