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Nutrition City!

Posted: March 20th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »


I hate grocery shopping for one. And cooking for one. There aren’t a whole lot of options, nothing — except for frozen dinners — comes in a single serving size, and it’s way more tempting to just buy one of those pre-made grocery store dinners, because they’re already done and they include vegetables too, which I’m definitely not making for myself.

So anyways, what you see above is the result of my quick trip to the grocery store that’s just around the corner from the apartment. Kelsey’s working at the restaurant tonight1
so I’m on my own for dinner. It’s become a weekly thing, Friday and Saturday nights fending for myself, and this is a tradition that was started just about as soon as we moved in together. She goes to work, I go to buy myself something I can make easily and will hopefully have leftovers of so I don’t have to repeat the process for lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Yes, that’s a DiGiorno Pizza. They’re delicious, just like the commercial says. And yes, those are Oreos. I usually try to stick to the game plan (DiGiorno and maybe a six-pack of beer for the night), but they were 2-for-$5 when you walked in the door, it was over for me before it even started. I grabbed them and didn’t look back2. And yes, those are Stouffer’s French Bread Pizzas. They looked good too, and I figured I might do a little taste comparison. If there’s better to be had, I want in!

And a gallon of milk, which we needed anyways, but when you look at it next to the Oreos, makes a lot of sense. Either way, in the end, I usually look pretty pathetic standing in line at the checkout counter on these nights.

  1. It’s her last night there, so there’s a little “yay” and a little “boo” tonight, because they’re good people and she’ll miss it, but at the same time, hello time together!
  2. Though, I did send Kelsey this text message: “I’m buying Oreos. Cause they’re on sale. Fatass.”

Amazon wants me to pre-order Avatar.

Posted: March 20th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

I got an email yesterday from Amazon asking if I wanted to pre-order my copy of Avatar. Of course, I deleted it right away. Here’s why: Avatar was not very good. Cheesy dialogue, “Fullhouse” morals, cardboard cutout characters… Nothing about this movie surprised me.

I had no reason to root for the protagonist and no reason to root against the antagonist, because James Cameron spent more time touching himself than he did building emotional connections. Ok, I get it: this was supposed to signal a revolutionary new way to create movies. But let’s get to the story: on one side we have a dude who is in a wheelchair who is just supposed to do the right thing all the time (we’ll call him Charlie from the Mighty Ducks), even when it means he has to go hang out in some world that he knows nothing about, fight to gain acceptance in, and will still only be a minor character in his dead brother’s shadow (though, granted, he does get his legs back!!!!). Do I feel bad because he’s in the wheelchair and his smart, scientific brother died? No. But that’s only because he shunned everyone who did feel sorry for him. He didn’t need help slinging his feet into the Matrix tanning beds, and damned if he needs help becoming a big blue thing. So he’s on his own. And the bad guys? How courageous…

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The Slippery Slope of Online Journalism

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I’ll state this right off the bat: I get most of my news from the Twitter and Facebook reactions of the people I follow. When Haiti was shaken by an earthquake, when my congressman resigned, when balloon boy went up into… well, the attic, I was reading about it on Twitter. And frankly, I got most of the news I needed from those 140 character messages. But I like to dig deeper, so I’ll check the headlines on the New York Times (if I’m in the mood for something really watered down, I’ll check the BBC Headlines that are automatically shown by Firefox… you want to talk about hit-or-miss reporting, check that out) or Google News. But picking up a newspaper isn’t going to be in my future. Twitter does it for me. And since I follow a pretty wide array of people/organizations (from @andyroddick to @Prof_S_Hawking to @shitmydadsays), I get a decent mix of news and special interest stories. And today, I came across a link to this article from Toronto’s The Globe And Mail.

I certainly encourage you to read it, but the main idea is this:

In the world of blogs and tweets and anonymous comment, what has come to matter most is the hits a story receives

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Recent Spins

Posted: March 14th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »


So, I just went through an old hard drive of mine from college, and I grabbed all of the music off of there. My iPod went suddenly from 35 gigs to 65 gigs, and I’ve got a ton of new music to listen to… also, a headache from the mess of duplicate tracks now. But I’m gonna forget about that for now and focus on my playlist for this afternoon.


Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
This is new for me. I don’t think I’d actually heard them until this week. I know, I’m at least a decade behind on this one, but it feels like I’m about 30 years behind. They have a really mellow, polished sound that makes me think they’d fit in in a Woody Allen movie or something along those lines. I really don’t know how to describe them, they’re just refreshing.
Song That Really Grabs Me: If She Wants Me

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It's Raining

Posted: March 14th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


Not that that has anything to do with anything, but it’s nice that spring is starting to leave bread crumbs every time it visits now. It’s been gray and cold and stale for a while — I’ve been told to expect that for winter on Long Island, having only moved here in January — and I’m ready for a change, even if it just means it’ll be cold and rainy instead. Because soon, it’ll be warm and green, and we won’t be confined to our apartments, taking cover under quilts and steaming coffee mugs. And I work in the Hamptons, so I’m looking forward to a Gatsby-esque summer.

Today, I’ve got a full schedule, with a couple of hockey games and a movie from Netflix freshly arrived, and I’m sitting happy like a pig in you-know-what. Kelsey’s making apple pie, so everything is right with the world. Except that it’s been like this for a few months now. I stumble out of bed around ten or eleven (later, some days), fart around on the internet for a while, and then watch some TV. I get to do this a lot because I only work a few days a week, and sometimes at night, so I have no real good reason to break this schedule. But with the complacency of winter long set in, I think I’ve been writing not nearly as much as I want to be. So I’m going to try to keep this blog going, sharing stories, articles, and links to pass the time. I hope you’ll enjoy!

Pete

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