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I was born and raised on the frozen tundra of Minnesota -somehow managing to survive on a diet consisting of nothing but "hotdish" and various flavors of hamburger helper. Rice Oriental was my favorite, it inspired me to learn Mandarin. Feichang hao!

March Madness – Divas Edition

Hello all, and greetings from down under. Every year around this time I feel a bit bored and listless. At first I wonder if it’s the weather, or the fact that I haven’t had a proper “Spring Break” in years. Then I realize that it’s March Madness, which turns everyone around me into basketball watching cast members of the Living Dead.

I could give a shit about March Madness, basketball players are too gangly and awkward looking to be cute anyway. To entertain myself (and those of you like me) I have instead organised my very own Sweet 16. Each day – or when I get a chance to put together the next post – we will have a face-off until the Queen of the Divas reigns over all – Sophie’s Choice! Continue reading

1998: My Life in Music

1998 was a pretty great year. I got my first car (a seafoam green ’93 Pontiac LeMans), I had stopped going through “the change” and I performed with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra for the first time. Looking back on it, it was a great year in music as well – rocking out to intergalactic on the way to parties; smoking herb with a little Marcy Playground in the background…

My First Car - I added the KOSS CD player myself

Below are my most-listened to songs that year – a veritable trip down memory lane. Please share any seminal years in your life and the music associated in the comments!

  • Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy: The one-hit wonder of 1998. A Minneapolis band, I lived next to Marcy Playground in College
  • Eve 6 – Inside Out: Not much to say about this one, I just couldn’t get away from it.
  • Semisonic – Closing Time: Another Minnesota band – how many times did you hear this at the bar at 2 am?
  • Liz Phair – Polyester Bride: The theme song for our AP US History class –  I’m not quite sure why. I think we all thought we were cool and indie by listening to Liz Phair. Many of my friends that liked this song later moved into the McKibbin Lofts in Williamsburg, go figure.
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Torn: I washed dishes on Sundays at a restaurant and this was always on Casey Kasem’s top 40 countdown
  • Air – Sexy Boy:We listened to this in French IV all the time because it’s a French band and we didn’t want to do any actual schoolwork
  • Madonna – Ray of Light: Bitchin’ song, bitchin’ video – showed everyone that Madge still had it goin’ on after Britney and all the other sluts starting to make the rounds
  • Massive Attack – Angel:I heard it BEFORE it was in The Matrix – which by the way was the first DVD I ever watched
  • Garbage – Paranoid: My uncle went to high school with Butch Vig, so I got to go backstage at the “Zone for the holidays” concert with Garbage, Beck, Semisonic, Soul Coughing, and Goo Goo Dolls. Pretty sweet!
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore: Billy Corgan as a young Uncle Fester
  • Hole – Celebrity Skin: Courtney is a train-wreck, but this album was the tits – maybe because Billy Corgan wrote it?
  • Soul Coughing – Circles: Wasn’t this in a VW ad?
  • Cake – Never There: My parents were pretty “with it” (I stole my first Beck album from them) but they never quite got the appeal of Cake
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You: This song wore out its welcome after about 3 weeks
  • New Radicals – You Get What You Give: I had this album – I thought the guy on the cover with the big floppy hat looked pretty cool
  • Alanis Morissette – Thank You: No – Thank You, Alanis!
  • Beastie Boys – Intergalactic: The manager at the restaurant I worked at got me this album for my 16th birthday. Thanks, Theresa!
  • Third Eye Blind – Jumper: One of many great songs on this album

There you have it – my life in music for the year 1998.

My fetish for cookware

After spending the last 6 years of my adult life using the Farberware my parents got for their wedding as my cookware I finally decided to by my own pots and pans. Morale at the Firm has been pretty low this year (we had layoffs last year and it wasn’t handled well) so they decided to throw money at us this Christmas to make us happy again. I decided spending some of that money on beautiful French copper pots & pans would ease the pain.

I was right. Good lord I love this cookware. Mauviel – hand made in France by the same family for 130 years – a brilliant copper sheen glowing in my cupboards.

I would probably have sex with it if that were physically possible.

Stay tuned for a regular cooking post featuring the best my kitchen has to offer!

Appetite for #Crasstalk liveblogs

"The Sinking Ship"

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome, fellow #crasstalkers. Denton’s latest fiasco has made me reconsider my longstanding desire to leave Gawker permanently. The main pages have become a wasteland and most of my favorite commenters are already over here.

The only thing I’d really miss about Gawker is the liveblogs of Top Chef and Project Runway, so I was thinking (regrets to Mr. Hippity) of starting up our own Liveblogs over here.

Is this something that would interest people? If so please let me know in the comments and I’ll let the brain fluids start gestating some liveblog ideas.