Archive for July, 2007

Things that made me laugh (damn you cute lolcats)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Yes, I am ashamed. I *know* lolcats is a completely worn out meme but this still makes me laugh.

Things I saw lately (the chicken dance/all roads lead to pirates, matey)

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

In a work conversation with Coralie a week or so ago (yes, well, it started out about work anyway), she suggested requiring someone to do the “Danse des Canards” in front of the whole team as a completely reasonable consequence for causing some work inconvenience (pirate!). I wasn’t entirely sure what the “Danse des Canards” was, though it sounded like it had great potential as retribution so she showed me this:

“The chicken dance!” I replied. Now was my turn to educate her to ways of polka which all Pennsylvanians are subjected (at least those who grew up in the sticks like me) and the surreal world of Lawrence Welk, which still haunts my subconscious long after the times when, as a child, careless adults exposed my little eyes to miles of chiffon, beehives and accordions.

For those of you brought up without the exposure to the heady world of high culture in which I was raised as a child, here’s a how-to (a one and a two):

“Beaks… wings… tail feathers and four claps!” I told Coralie that it’s common to do the dance at weddings. I’ll skip over the part where Coralie asked me if I’ve ever done the chicken dance (or at least the part where I answer). She then showed me this video mash up of Jack Sparrow and the chicken dance – is it any wonder I like her so much? (we both love how he runs waving his arms in the cave):

Now just try to get that song out of your head :) Enjoy!

Things I’ve read today (blog entry title)

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

How wearing underwear led to increased medieval literacy. Who says history is boring?

What I’m listening to lately (Arcade Fire)

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Dean kept recommending Arcade Fire’s new album Neon Bible. In a kind of lazy contrariness it took me a while to finally buy it and as usual, he’s right, it’s brilliant and I’ve been listening to it constantly.

Here’s an amazing video Dean pointed out of the band playing Neon Bible in an elevator and then Wake Up in a crowd of fans outside.

It’s worth waiting through the intro stuff and, in fact part, of what becomes interesting about it is how the group twice transitions from kind of scattered, chattery individuals to transform into a beautifully synchronous group. The scene with the crowd is great with the mix of the band and the people — think how unusual it is for a band to be standing so close to their fans performing. I especially like how Win Butler’s unique, passionate almost plaintive voice sounds even more heartbroken through the bullhorn.

The only person getting his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Pascale forwarded a joke which was titled “The only person getting his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe“.

Of the 20 signs “You Need a Really Long Vacation” and “You Are "Burned Out" Because of Work“, here’s my selection:

  • You refer to the tomatoes grown in your garden as deliverables.
  • You think a “half-day” means leaving at 5 o’clock.
  • You leave for a party and instinctively take your ID badge.