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I love music like I love oxygen. (Quite a lot, that is.) I could have music on in the background at all times. Favorite genre: alternative.

My new obsession…

When I first realized that The Postal Service had a song besides “Such Great Heights”, I probably listened to Give Up exclusively for almost a month.  When my iPod played a song from a Death Cab for Cutie album that I’d never listened to fully, I became an instant fan of them too and probably listened to them irrationally for a few weeks.  I’m one of those people who would love for The Postal Service to release another album.

However, I recently found something just as good, maybe better than these:

Owl City

A friend’s brother put a slide show of pictures taken from a camera hanging from a large helium balloon, and it was awesome.  Best of all, the music for the slide show was “On the Wing” from the album Ocean Eyes.  A great album.  I’ve only listened to it about 15 times since I got it.  That’s all.

Not being a listener of the radio, I am usually behind in my music discoveries.  Bear with me.

Currently listening to: The Tip of the Iceberg by Owl City

A blast from the past…

So yesterday, Sav and I stumbled upon some CDs that I acquired whist serving in Argentina.  And for your viewing pleasure, I have found some of the videos to some of the more popular songs I remembered from the CDs:

Ah, Argentina was a wildly different place.  It was crazy fun remembering hearing these songs.

Not all iPods are created equal…

Hello world!  It’s been an eventful week.  AT&T finally let us iPhone users send MMS (which I think was much ado about nothing).  I realized that I can save photos from the web now on my iPhone.  And I saw Pan’s Labyrinth, among other things.

Pan’s Labyrinth wasn’t what I expected.  I read this on Wikipedia:

In 2007, del Toro noted the striking similarities between his film and Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: both films are set around the same time, have similar child-age principal characters, mythic creatures (particularly the fauns), and themes of “disobedience and choice.” Says del Toro: “This is my version of that universe, not only ‘Narnia,’ but that universe of children’s literature.”[48] In fact, del Toro was asked to direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but turned it down for Pan’s Labyrinth.[48]

In addition to Narnia, Pan’s Labyrinth has also been compared to films such as Gabor Csupo’s Bridge to Terabithia and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.[49][50] Del Toro himself has noted similarities with The Spirit of the Beehive.[51]

Ok, if you read that, wouldn’t you think, “Oh, Pan’s Labyrinth is a movie like The Chronicles of Narnia“?  That’s what I thought.  Couldn’t have been more wrong.  This was the movie that nightmares are made of.  The little girl dies!  I mean, in most kids’ books and movies, the main character never dies, even in Harry Potter, when we all were hoping Harry would die and instead J.K. killed off Dumbledore.  Anyway, not what I expected.  I think if it would have just said it was like Bridge to Terabithia, I wouldn’t have been so surprised.  Del Toro is a bit, um, twisted.  Still–a pretty good movie.

This week I’ve also fallen more in love with my iPod nano.  It’s red, and it always plays me the best music on shuffle.  It has Genius, and I love it.  I seriously think it is capable of picking better random songs than my old iPod or my iPhone.  Maybe it’s because I use Genius from a song I want to hear right then, but even when I just shuffle, I get better luck than my old 5th generation iPod.  Maybe I’m crazy.  We can’t dismiss that.  What I do know is that I’m very happy that I got it free with my new MacBook Pro.

Sav linked to this cool music video on her blog.  I downloaded the album.  Big let down.  Starts strong, ends weak.  It is super mellow music though, so if you’re into that, it’s for you: The Opposite of the Sea by Oren Lavie.

Oh, and I wanted to share this random photo with you all:

Looks like someone went to Macey's.  This one is going to be a bugger for the bag boy.
Looks like someone went to Macey's. This one is going to be a bugger for the bag boy.

Currently listening to: Our Time Now by Plain White T’s

Chris Merritt rocks…

This weekend has easily been the best weekend of my life.  Friday was date night.  Started off looking for sustenance.  Went to Jason’s Deli–always a winner.  Then Sav and I went out to the Riverwoods to see 9.  We were a bit early, so we stopped at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  The Apple Pie Apple is probably my favorite thing to eat.  (Though the southwest burrito from Jason’s was very good too–recommended.)  So after buying apples and some new clothes, we headed to the movie.  We liked it.  Very visually appealing, very good story telling.

We also saw the previews to the new Christmas Carol film coming out from Disney.  Looks amazing (credit I think goes to the company Disney has working with them).  Also, Surrogates looks pretty cool.  We’ve added these two to the Perpetual Movie List.

So after snogging Sav in the parking lot at the Riverwoods, we came back and hung out.  Awesome Friday.

Saturday–started with french toast breakfast.  I love my new griddle!  One of the best $20 ever spent.  Nicely fed, we went shopping.  Sav is a great sister (not mine–that would make the aforementioned snogging something that’s only permissible in Bancroft).  She bought groceries for her brother–best sister ever.

The day continued with a quest to fix Sav’s internet connection so that her apartment could be connected to the world.  She’s got Comcast, and she was using an old Linksys cable modem/router with built-in wireless.  The modem kept losing its connection, and a tech suggested that we get a new modem, preferably a dedicated modem and a dedicated router.  Well, being who I am, I have multiple routers.  So I bought a new Linksys dedicated modem.  Using a Linksys router with DD-WRT I already had, I setup a new modem and router configuration that works.  Night and day difference, so if you have similar problems, I recommend this solution.  (That was boring, but I thought it would be handy if you have similar problems.)

This is getting long, but it was a great weekend.  After that small period of nerdiness on my part, Sav and I headed to Cafe Rio to meet my parents.  It’s pretty great to have your three favorite people all in one room.  Even better when that room is the Cafe Rio dining room.  My parents left me with an electic scooter.

Then the game.  The only fun part of that was being with Sav.  That’s all.

Then we took a nice walk to Velour to see CHRIS MERRITT.  He was great.  Probably my favorite live performance I’ve seen.  I highly recommend checking him out.  It was the perfect rounding out of a weekend.  And the perfect ending to a great Saturday.

Sunday was pretty chill.  Just church and then hanging out with Sav all night.  And that, my friends, is how you have the perfect weekend.

Currently listening to: Your Call by Secondhand Serenade