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Archive for May, 2008

(Note:  normally I don’t like posting the sources of lyrics, but because the above are in Icelandic, I will–this is from “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós’s album Takk… and if you haven’t heard this record, download it immediately.  It’s one of my favorite albums to listen while commuting because you can just leave it on and it sounds so good. )

I’m one of the very few people in my group of friends who has a commute that lasts more than ten or fifteen minutes one-way, and I easily take the cake for longest commute at three hours round-trip.  The bulk of this takes place on the Metro North which makes it more palatable–I can sit, zone out to music, work, or read Jezebel if I want to and completely avoid the clusterfuck that is driving I-95 anytime during rush hour.

In short, it’s pretty great.  There’s only one downside, really–I can’t park at the train station in New Haven because the waiting list for a parking space at Union Station is five years.  So I have to park at nearby Temple Street and trust in CT Transit’s free shuttle to get me to the station and back safely.

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Not sure if you’ve heard or not, but there’s this movie based on this show on HBO coming out in a few weeks…Sex and the City?  Does it ring any bells?

Oh, right–it’s been fucking promoted EVERYWHERE.

Don’t get me wrong–I loved the show, and still watch my VHS tapes of certain seasons in addition to owning all six seasons on DVD.  Certain seasons provided much sartorial inspiration (the fourth and six seasons spoke to me, for some reason), but you will never, ever, see the “Which SATC character are YOU?” Facebook application on my profile, nor can I ever order a Cosmopolitan again.  I won’t lie and say I was completely immune to that when I was in college when it was on, but that was then, and like the fabulous foursome, we’ve all gotten a little older (if not a little wiser).

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“Tag clouds,” like the one to the right of this entry, are just fancy ways of organizing the topics discussed most on a particular blog.  The larger the type, the more entries are tagged with it–it helps you get a feel for the subjects an author will write about the most.  On this blog, for instance, “commerce,” “fonts!,” “fashion” and “photography” are tagged the most, so they are the most noticeable.  In a report I did for work, I acutally used this kind of layout to emphasize the words and phrases most liked and disliked among respondents to provide a stark visual contrast that would be immediately recognizable, and overall it worked quite well. 

Now it seems that there are those out there who want to look at whole brands from this perspective:

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It’s a little frightening how often I tend to source the many characters Gwyneth Paltrow has portrayed on the big screen–I’ve been a verson of Margot Tennenbaum (complete with faux-wooden finger that I made out of clay and vintage fur coat), and in the process of planning my honeymoon, I’ve been devising a packing list in my head that bears a strong resemblance to Marge Sherwood’s in The Talented Mr. Ripley:

In fact, last Sunday afternoon found me in my closet figuring out what to wear to an upcoming event where I have to be dressy, but not too dressy, without having to run out and buy anything.  I settled on a look that I wore a few weeks prior when Michael and I took a friend out for dinner at Barcelona, that was heavily inspired by Ms. Sherwood…

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In honor of the fact that this blog gets by far the most hits from people looking for transit maps (specifically, for some reason, Milan), here is Massimo Vingelli’s updated vision for the MTA Subway map for New York City, courtesy of Men’s Vogue:

 More images can be found here.

I’m completely drooling, and I’m very tempted to go to the MTA’s online Transit Museum store and order a print of the original.  Some people collect art–I collect transit maps.

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