Did you guys watch the premiere of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey tonight? Wasn’t it awesome?!
I’m so glad it was awesome since I’d been super excited about it ever since I found out about it months ago. I love Neil deGrasse Tyson. But who doesn’t love Neil deGrasse Tyson? (Well, other than the people who are still butthurt about Pluto’s demotion.)
Science is awesome, you guys. You know what else is awesome? Having 12 more weeks of Cosmos to look forward to.
I just want to hug the person(s) responsible for these two things I discovered via Twitter today:
The Infinite Jukebox – the link is for “Billie Jean,” which I have been listening to for 17 minutes now, but there are other songs available. And you can also upload your own song if you want, but why would you want to listen to anything other than “Billie Jean?”
The James Hetfield Soundboard – admittedly, this would be better as an app, but it’s still pretty awesome. I think my favorite part may be the labeling, such as “gimme dabajabaza” for “give me that which I desire.
As much as I’m enjoying my “Billie Jean” dance party, I should be doing something slightly more productive, like reading. It would really suck to break my “read every day” New Year’s Resolution on December freaking 19th.
We all like awesome things, right? Here are some things I’ve found in the past few days that I think are awesome.
Jeff freaking Mangum is touring in January & February. In my dream world, I would be seeing him in Wilmington, DE on February 5. (Fun fact about me: I was born in Wilmington, DE. Have I mentioned that?) Because I would be gainfully employed in the Delaware Valley by then. (I’m not sure if that was clear.)
San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam is possibly even cuter than Corgi Cam. You guys, baby Xiao Liwu looks just like the stuffed panda I have in a box somewhere. Except, you know, he moves, which is even better than a teddy bear 🙂
Oh, and if you like laughing at the Miami Marlins and their shady owner, this ridiculous trade will make you laugh and laugh and laugh. (The last I heard was that MLB still needs to approve the trade, but there is every reason to believe it will happen.) I’d feel bad for the Marlins’ fans if I believed such people existed.
Yep, some days just call for a link drop of awesomeness 🙂
So the O’s won, which is rad 🙂 And the Braves lost, which is also rad 🙂 It’s kind of a bummer that Larry didn’t make the last out, but whatever.
Meanwhile, I shouldn’t have even been watching baseball. (I mean, I gave myself a papal dispensation for the O’s game because they’re my postseason team, but still.) I have to write an essay for my class that is interesting in theory, but dull as dirt with the most god-awful boring readings in reality. It’s due on Sunday so I should really have worked on it this afternoon. The essay wouldn’t be so bad if the assignment was to write an essay on any topic we’ve covered thus far in the class. But no, the professor assigned a topic. And I am currently drawing a blank. Furthermore, I have no idea what readings I can call on for my response because the readings are kind of one big, boring blur in my head. This is gonna be fun.
The worst part is I can pretty much guarantee you that I will be watching the A’s – Tigers game tomorrow evening. I know I shouldn’t, but I’m just not ready to give up baseball.
This is a legit holiday for Phillies fans, you guys.
And this was one of those boring days where nothing inspired me to write, so you get me blabbing on about Chase Utley some more.
He went 2-for-5 with a home run for the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs. And if all goes according to plan he will be back in red pinstripes tomorrow! *Kermit flail*
Needless to say, this is great freaking news 🙂
It’s almost as exciting as the shots of him doing fielding work at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. In a sleeveless t-shirt. Oh my God, his arms. Look, I’ve had a thing for Utley forever (dudes with dark hair and light eyes are kind of my type), but he’s even hotter now. Just sayin’.
Y’know, Utley was the reason I finally caved and bought MLB.tv last season. He was making his season debut, it was about a month before my birthday, it seemed like an awesome early birthday gift to myself. And it was.
Oh yeah, and the Phillies won as well! Chooch is on another tear. As of right now he leads all of baseball with a .361 batting average. And he’s still third in All-Star voting. That is downright shameful.
Alright, I’m tired, it’s almost midnight, and I haven’t read anything yet today. (I’m currently re-reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park if you’re interested.) I am off to bed.
The Phillies are playing the Rays this weekend. In Philly. (It figures that they’re playing my local team during my birthday weekend, but in Philly.) Unfortunately, I am now at the mercy of the crappy MLB blackouts (since the Rays are playing and they are my local team), which means I have to watch the Rays broadcasts.
I’ve said before that as annoying as the Phillies’ TV broadcasters are, I’d still rather hear them than the other team’s broadcasters. (This is, in fact, why I pay for MLB.tv Premium.) So I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to watch the game. But then Juan Pierre hit his first home run as a Phillie (the 17th of his career), giving the team the lead in the process. That made it easier to watch the Rays broadcast.
Things got a little hairy in the eighth inning and I realized that I actually preferred the Rays broadcast to the Phillies at that moment. Wheels’ negativity is so annoying that I would rather listen to the Rays’ broadcasters being hopeful. Plus, the Phils managed to get out of the inning pretty much unscathed, so that helped.
The ninth inning was a different story. At first, I was still glad that I was watching the Rays broadcast and didn’t have to listen to Wheels. But when Papelbon blew the save the Rays’ announcers became a different kind of annoying. So rather than subject myself to what I assumed was inevitable torture, I decided to just stop watching.
I flipped over to Oxygen because they were showing Pride & Prejudice and I love that movie 🙂 But I hadn’t realized how late it was and was disappointed that Lady Catherine de Bourgh was already at the Bennets’ house. I had hoped to have a lot of Jane Austen goodness in which to drown my sorrows.
During the first commercial break I decided to check Facebook, just to see if there were any updates on the game. And were there ever. Not only had the Phillies won, but Jim Thome walked it off!!!!!
That is just so damn pretty. I’m bummed that I missed seeing it live (on TV), but still. And TMac got legitimately excited on that call, so good for him. Honestly, I’m not even mad that Papelbon blew the save since it gave us that moment. That was the 609th homer of Thome’s career (tying him with Sammy Sosa for 7th place on the home run list). It was his 101st with the Phillies. His fifth of the season. And the 13th walk-off homer of his career (giving him the most in MLB history). Not too shabby for his first pinch hit of the season.
Yep, my cousin got a pretty awesome birthday present from the Phillies. I, on the other hand, got a rained out game for my birthday (to be made up in a day-night doubleheader tomorrow). But that’s okay, because I got pretty awesome birthday presents from people I actually know.
As if all that wasn’t awesome enough, I saw Seeking a Friend for the End of the World this afternoon and it was phenomenal. It made me laugh. It made me cry. Plus I liked seeing Keira Knightley in a movie that wasn’t a period piece. And she and Steve Carell were fantastic.
Now I will end this great day by watching the end of Pretty Woman.
I just found 40 bucks in my wallet that I didn’t know I had. Hooray! It was in some random zippered pocket that isn’t where I normally keep cash. I wonder how long it’s been there and why I put it there in the first place. Of course, the important thing in all this is that I found 40 bucks!
In other news, today is the 9th anniversary of the release of Brand New’s second record, Deja Entendu. For some terrible reason I didn’t remember that until about an hour ago, though. It makes me sad to think of how many times I could’ve listened to it today had I remembered earlier. C’est la vie. I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t include one of the videos from that record in today’s post. So here’s the “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades” video. It’s directed by Marc Webb, genius director of music videos and feature films.
The worst part about today is that I have to try to get to bed at a reasonable time by normal people’s standards so that I can get up on time. I have trouble getting my ass out of bed at 7 AM, so 5 should be a lot of fun. Wish me luck.