July 8th, 2010


This day in Twitter

Today's tweets:

  • 09:47 I think I need some caffeine, possibly in the form of a Diet Coke with Lime. #
  • 09:56 Apparently my money is not good enough for the snobbish vending machines downstairs. #
  • 11:06 Fire alarm test! How am I supposed to listen to Ingrid Michaelson with all this racket? #
  • 11:41 @jheaton Good idea! #
  • 11:46 Man, the kitchenette on the 3rd floor has two microwaves. And here we are one floor up making do with one like a bunch of suckers. #
  • 11:51 BEP Asset #1012 has condescended to take my money. Just in time for lunch too! #
  • 12:26 Boy, I have a lot of INXS songs. That's not a bad thing, but it kind of caught me off guard to hear nine of their songs in a row. #
  • 12:26 (Yes, I am listening to my music in alphabetical order by artist.) #
  • 12:47 @PsyDOlivia One of only three Oscar nominees ever to appear on Buffy, and the only two-time nominee! #
  • 13:56 Great song! RT @ellamorton Inspired to blast this kick-ass Roots song after today's hip-hip video: bit.ly/5xLQBk Turn it up! #
  • 16:33 Jus t barely made the bus! #
  • 16:58 Leaving my desk just five minutes later than planned put my entire transportation plan at risk, but I made it. And now, ushering! #fb #
  • 21:47 Not much of a crowd at the @madisonmallards game tonight, so they sent me home in the bottom of the 5th with the good guys up 10-4. #fb #
  • 22:28 @escape1974 I generally prefer Canon to Sony, but I haven't checked out these specific cameras. #
  • 22:29 @escape1974 The DualView is a neat idea, but I've never been impressed by Samsung's cameras. #

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Ten random things: July 8

Ten paintings of women reading found in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

  1. Auguste Toulmouche, Reading Lesson
  2. Kondô Katsunobu, Courtesan Reading a Book
  3. Edgar Degas, Visit to a Museum
  4. Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading
  5. John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass: Reading
  6. William Worcester Churchill, Leisure
  7. Mary S. Chapin, Solitude
  8. Laura Coombs Hills, Fire Opal (Grace Mutell)
  9. Edmund Charles Tarbell, Girl Reading
  10. Lilian Westcott Hale, L'Edition de Luxe

In a manner of speaking, I started this list in 2007. I was working in the bookstore at the time, and we carried a calendar that year that featured many of these paintings. I took down the names and emailed them to myself from work so I could look at them later on the MFA website. Which I finally got around to on Tuesday, when I happened to run across that email still in my inbox.

  • Current Music
    Jon McLaughlin - The Middle

Community marathon tonight!

I've mentioned several time recently that my favorite new show this past season was NBC's Community, which incidentally received exactly no Emmy nominations, which would have proved that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is history's greatest monster if their nomination of Family Guy as Best Comedy last year hadn't settled the question. I mean, OK, there were a lot of really good comedies last year, so I can't really complain about it getting passed over for Best Comedy, but nominating Tony Shaloub instead of Joel McHale in Best Actor in a Comedy? Not nominating Justin Lin for him amazing direction of the episode "Modern Warfare," which is one of the best episodes of anything I've ever seen? It's a travesty. A travesty, I say!

But don't take my word for it. Tonight, NBC is devoting its entire primetime schedule to the show. Six of the first season's best episodes, one right after another! Alison Brie, who plays Annie on the show (and Trudy on Mad Men), spoke to the LA Times earlier this week about the six episodes they'll be showing, so you can check that out if you want to know in advance what you'll be seeing. (I should warn you, though, that the still they use to illustrate "Debate 109" is actually from the episode "Football, Feminism and You." Sloppy!)

But anyway, the point is that Community is really good and you should totally watch tonight's marathon. Trust me, I wouldn't lead you astray!