When birds attack
January 15, 2009, 10:41 pm
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Pilot does a really good job not letting anyone die when birds stuff up the engines of an enormous man-made winged beastie

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

January 6, 2009, 11:55 pm
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2009 marks the first year in over 50 that Polaroid instant film isn’t around. Here’s a video celebrating the SX-70, which came out in 1972. Anyone who’s remotely nerdy will find the tech specs explained in here fascinating! FASCINATING!!!

Instant photography was unveiled in 1947, with a presentation made to the Optical Society in New York City. You know what this means? TEH POLAROID WAS COOL BEFORE TEH HIPSTERS.

September 3, 2008, 11:25 pm
Filed under: 6-pack beef cutlets=yes, america, hummus=no, payday

One road trip and 40+ electronic resumes later (tangible evidence=0), I finally got an interview at the end of August. The managing editor couldn’t resist when I showed up pertly dressed in business formal…probably immediately smitten with my sharp wit, raven-like eyes, the homemade “CONFIDENCE = COMPETENCE” pin on my lapel, and love of artisanal cheeses and anal-retentive workflows. AHA! And so I was offered a job.

(This isn’t what happened at all. In fact, one of her interview questions was this: “As a stagnating bean sprout in the primordial pool of the entry-level, how do you sooth yourself to sleep at night through the shuddering sobs of self-denigration and hopelessness?” and I cried a little bit when I told her about a camp song that I sometimes sing)

I did get the job. I’ve finally moved into my Bushwick (or, in realtor speak, “East Williamsburg”) sublet. I have a new home, and a new job. My new grocery store is the Food Bazaar and I can afford Top Ramen every other week. Could it be the American Dream?

So it’s not exactly glamourous. But then again, isn’t it? You get swept up in the Machine with your well-painted mask of apathy, but it’s one that mercifully cracks from time to time. Holy bodega, look at us go. I can see all of Manhattan out my window, and I don’t hate it.

What’s up, thousands?

(“applying for entry level,” http://www.toothpastefordinner.com)