Archive for August, 2009

31
Aug
09

Santogold vs Santigold

I’m sure you have, like me, spent the weekend wondering whether the press reporting on Santigold are all crazy and have no clue what the hell they’re talking about, or whether maybe you are the one who has no clue, since you have spelled her “Santogold” all this time. “Who?” you say. Consider this really cool song with a really weird video:

(Click here if the link is dead.)

For pretty much a whole day at work last week, I listened to the Santogold album “Santogold” over and over, because it’s really good and it helps me work. Then I came across some article or something online, maybe even two, who mentioned Santigold, so I thought to myself, “Hey, you have it wrong!” Then coincidence has it that I was reading an article on a band called The XX in the Sunday paper, and who does the author mention? Santigold. By now I was convinced this was a vast conspiracy of dunces (heh), and so today I decided to set the record straight and what do I find? Santogold, whose real name is Santi White, changed her name to Santigold after being sued by some dude called Santo Gold! At least this is what the Los Angeles Times reported back in February. Which just goes to show you that I’m totally out of the loop.

Since it’s also reported in said article that the lawsuit wants Santogold Santigold to destroy all the CDs that infringe on Santo Gold’s copyright, (and according to a Wikipedia discussion, they already did destroy CDs), maybe this would be a good time to order her album. It might become valuable one day.

And last but not least, here’s a capture I took from the Amazon.com website to show that they sell both “Santigold” by Santogold and “Santogold” by Santigold. :)

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26
Aug
09

Imogen Heap – “Ellipse”

If you have the flash player installed, you can currently listen to Imogen Heap’s new album Ellipse on spinner.com. It sounds like it might be worth getting.

If you don’t know who Imogen Heap is, educate yourself:
Hide and Seek [YouTube]
I Need A Hero by Frou Frou (=Imogen Heap) [YouTube]
Speeding Cars [YouTube]
Official Imogen Heap Channel [YouTube]
Imogen Heap Article [Wikipedia]

25
Aug
09

Chaotic evening with free books

Today, after a long day at work, I wanted to go home and what happened? The subway station was on fire. I’m not making this up. It was a small fire, though, and nobody got hurt, but of course all the trams that did go were packed and so it took me twice as long to get home.

Also, I didn’t go straight home, I stopped by a friend’s house. He’ll be moving soon and was giving away many of his books for free. So I took many of them and gave them a new home:

Of course, I already have plenty of books to read, but I figure, they don’t have a “best before” date, and if I decide I don’t want to read them after all, I can still give them away.

18
Aug
09

Tegan and Sara & Tiësto – “Feel it in my bones”

I just stumbled across this on the Tegan & Sara website: They did a dance song with Tiësto, the DJ from Holland. It’s called “Feel It In My Bones” and for a dance song, it’s actually surprisingly good. Tiësto also did “Back In Your Head” remix on the “I Take All The Blame” single.

Stereogum.com is streaming “Feel It In My Bones” today (only today), and then it will be streamed on myspace.com/tiesto. So check it out!

18
Aug
09

Vanna’s Axiom and espresso makers

This is what experience taught me:

Vanna’s Axiom: The number of trash bags you carry is direclty proportional to the number of people in the elevator.

I had two bags of trash today, hoping for an empty elevator, and there were two tall men in suits and ties in it when it arrived. Also, since I had a bag over my shoulder to get my hands free for the trash bags, I couldn’t really turn around once I got inside, so that I stood there for 11 floors staring to the floor, while the two men were staring at the display above my head.

However, I did get up 30 minutes earlier than usual because my siblings gave me an espresso maker for my recent birthday and I wanted to try it out again. I made a Latte Macchiato (i.e. espresso and milk) and it was pretty good once I added some sugar. The truly fascinating thing about the espresso maker, however, is how it works:


(This image was taken from www.espressokocher.eu.)

It’s ingenious. The water is in the bottom part of the espresso maker, it starts boiling, the hot water is pushed through the funnel, through the espresso powder (which is between two filters), and pours through a little hole into the upper part of the contraption. Tadaa! I love simple ingenious things.

15
Aug
09

Back from my vacation

Hello, dear blog readers!

It’s August 15th, 2009, and I’ve been back from a very nice vacation in Hungary since Tuesday. I spent 10 days there visiting my “bff”, as the young kids say these days, and she’s been a great travel guide, interpreter, host and buddy. Here are some photos of the vacation:

Flickr Set of Hungary 2009

I think Flickr is a bit annoying to use unless you have the Piclens Add-on for Firefox installed. So go ahead and get Piclens here.

Anyway, I arrived on August 2nd in Budapest and we spent three days there. We went to the labyrinth they have there, the Budavári Labirintus, which was pretty awesome. For one thing, it was cool down there, despite the 30+ Celsius (86 Fahrenheit?) above ground. Then we went at the time when they switch off most of the lights and you get to explore with only an oil lamp. At some parts it got slightly creepy but it sure was en experience.

Later we went to Kaposvár and we made some excursions to Pécs, Visegrád and to the Balaton. And then I came back, had another free day to unpack and to buy groceries, and the daily grind had me back. *sigh* But hey, the next vacation will be here soon.