Love these creative displays of necklaces.  So excited to be moving into a new apartment/room this week...A friend gave me her bedframe, a 70 year old wooden frame her grandmother bought in Mexico, that is painted with flowers - incredible!

Are women better managers?

Left: gorgeous lanterns.

Bitch Tapes: Lady Country.

More amazing street art.

Food-lovers guide to Portland, Oregon - who wouldn't love Portland??

VideoGum gives love to the awesomely choreographed wedding.

On a Smiths kick recently - loving "Ask."

Finally, the Bar exams are this coming week, Tuesday - Thursday (depending on which state you are taking). If you know anyone taking the test, please send us all good luck during the week!  We won't know the results till November, so don't bother asking...believe me, we are already wondering ourselves...Thanks to all the friends and family who have supported us all through the last three years of school and then last three months of studying craziness!  xoxox

“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.” - George Carlin
I remember reading this couple's Vows column in 2004, and I loved getting to see a "State of the Union" about them.  I was especially moved when they discussed the support of their broader community, and got pretty choked up when they talked about showing their sons a loving marriage.  Gosh darn, I love the Vows!


This has gotten a lot of play, but I have to say I've watched it three times and still love it.  It's just so...joyful.  Especially at minute 3, I definitely start grinning.


<--- To all my ladies,

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The collected wisdom of Angela Chase - amazing!  Related: the Angela Chase syndrome.  I'm definitely guilty.

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Love these yellow shoes.

Photos of parkour.

Love these earrings.

Summer mix inspiration.

With Friends Aplenty, Many Widows Choose Singlehood: "Many older women are adept at building social networks that obviate the need for companionship through remarriage."  And the Jezebel take.

Photoblog of experimental aircraft!

Cronkite's Vietnam commentary.


Loving this song.  Bowerbirds, "Northern Lights"
Food Inc. Shines a Light on the Immigrant Labor That Makes That 99c Patty Melt Possible.

Roger Ebert loves the New Yorker's cartoon caption contests just like me!

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The drug war quiz in Mother Jones.

From Paper Cuts, "An Indie Bookstore Road Trip: Mark Fitten is visiting 100 independent bookstores across the country, and blogging about their virtues. The results are seriously cool."

Yay Roxbury!

Camping awesomeness.

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Kitchn comes out with a food-lovers guide to Boston. I agree with certain spots they note - Formaggio and Flour chief among them - but not others (Harvest as the best grocery store, for instance).

A New Yorker's awesome Texas escape.

The Bostonist on summer beers.

The Hen House!  I keep meaning to go here but haven't made it yet.

From the amazing Bill Withers, "Hope She'll Be Happier."
"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?" - High Fidelity

Image source: loving her work!


A good summary of yesterday's transgender rights hearing at the statehouse, from the blog Dym Sum.

Dan Auerbach going on tour!  Really hope to catch him when he's here in Boston.

Left: the beautiful and insanely talented Jeff Buckley.

From the NYTimes, a history of the gyro.

Illustrations of Missed Connections.

In honor of bread.

Episcopal bishops vote to end moratorium on gay clergy.

The trailer for Oceans makes me weak in the knees...can't wait!

Still listening to "Try Me On" on repeat - song of the summer for sure. Interview with Steve about one of my Hubcap favorites, "KSW" and the making of their 2004 album "Between The Rails."


Kelly Clarkson sings a simplified version of "Already Gone" on Letterman. Love love her!

Massive shark washes ashore in New York - this is both my worst nightmare and my dream.

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NYTimes: Watching Whales Watching Us. I love whales! Amazing essay.

Instructables on beer!

Beck does Modern Guilt acoustic.

On PBS, NOW: Maximum Capacity: "The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system's ability to hold them all. In one startling example, California prisons hold 70,000 more inmates than they're designed for, even though the state has built a dozen new prisons in the last 15 years."

Excellent. "A Massachusetts appeals court has ruled to uphold a law that provides a 35-foot safety buffer zone around the entrance to abortion clinics. The law, described as "content-neutral," was found not to infringe on free speech."


Awesome!  Independent comic book artists draw Marvel's superheros.

Live tonight on NPR, The Dead Weather.

Hearing today at the Massachusetts State House on civil rights legislation to protect transgender people. "The bill, which has languished in committee for two years, would add gender identity to the antidiscrimination law that protects people based on sexual orientation, gender, and race. It would also amend the state hate crimes law to cover transgender people."  GLAD provided great step by step coverage of the hearings via Twitter; thanks GLAD and all who testified in favor of the bill.

Why The Wires playing at No Radio (RIP!)  Man, I have some talented friends.

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Neko Case releases iTunes Live album. Yes, please.

This email from Steven Colbert to Mark Sanford really doesn't sit right with me...
FDA approves new one step emergency contraception.

Photos from state fairs.
Gay soldiers can't be out on Facebook - but white supremacists?  Ok!

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This tent is dreamy to the max.

"NYC now has Jane Jacobs Way, named for the [awesome] famed author-activist who changed the course of urban planning in the 1960s."

Dr. Li-ann Thio - "the potential NYU Law visiting professor who equated anal sex to shoving a straw up your nose" - digs the hole deeper and deeper...


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Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes fame) covers NMH's "Two-Headed Boy."  Don't know that he adds much new to the song, but I love covers so...

Yay! Hubcap releases some new singles on MySpace (I especially love "Try Me On").  Keep your eyes on iTunes and CDBaby for their new album, out any day!

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"The Daily Beast's Jason Bellini reports that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand may introduce a bill seeking an 18-month moratorium on gay military discharges as early as tomorrow."

"In 2001, Hilary Leung started a personal illustration project called 1000strangers in which she would illustrate a different stranger she noticed in Toronto each day. It’s 8 years later, and the project continues."

Awesome choice for Surgeon General: "Dr. Regina Benjamin of Bayou la Batre, Ala., who All Things Considered listeners will remember for the compelling stories of her work to rebuild a clinic for the poor that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then again by a fire in 2006, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next surgeon general, the Associated Press and Washington Post report."
The list for Boston Restaurant Week is out.  I always mean to participate, but never do...

WSJ Law Blog: Are women at law firms too passive?  (Thanks to LL for the link).

For reasons I will never fully understand, I love the album "Back In Black."  Here's one of my favorite tracks  (live), "What Do You Do For Money Honey."

Ha!  From Refinery 29, "Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist"

Interesting article: The Contrarian: Sheila Bair and the White House financial debate. (Thanks to AA for the link).

Pitchfork interviews Beck.

Really in the mood for a Marathon concert recently.  They remain some of the best shows I've ever seen and "Marathon" is still one of my favorite/most listened to albums.  (And one more, from their amazing last show: really bad quality but high on the nostalgia scale.)


BostonTweet on the best outdoor dining in the city.

Ha!  The emotional rollercoaster of studying for the Bar...

NYTimes: 36 hours in Aix-en-Provence.  I tried to resist Provence because it seemed to predictable to love but...

A pretty sweet Vows column this week.

Loving these feather earrings!

The Day Facebook Changed: Messages to Become Public by Default: "One of the most anticipated days in the history of social networking site Facebook has finally come: the company announced today that it has begun making status messages, photos and videos visible to the public at large by default instead of being visible only to a user's approved friends."


Scavenger hunt!  Wish I wasn't in Bar mode...

New single from The Avett Brothers, "I and Love and You"

Cell phone pics submitted to the NYTimes.

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A pretty entertaining interview with Sam Yoon, candidate for Mayor of Boston.

Right up my alley: BitchTapes does The Best of Motown.

“Someone once told me that the power in all relationships lies with whoever cares less, and he was right. But power isn’t happiness, and I think that maybe happiness comes from caring more about people rather than less.”


Urban renovation with Legos.

Frank O'Hara reads "Having A Coke With You."

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Took a much needed break from Bar studying today and tried the Allagash Hugh Malone - excellent stuff!  A perfect summer ale.

Radio from Gorilla vs. Bear.

John Vanderslide, "Too Much Time."

I want to go to there.

Sigh.  Boston had more rainy days than Seattle!

Who wouldn't make a rainbow canopy for their kid??

"Beery" events in Boston this month.


Nobody can touch the Dolly version but still likin' it: The White Stripes cover "Jolene."

A misery of one mix from NPR.

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Pizza is one food I like both the cheap and fancy versions of: NYTimes on artisinal pizza.

Adorable earrings - I love Steven Alan.

Feministing on adult sex education.

Beck launches interview series...starting with Tom Waits.


More great shows coming up, courtesy of WorldMusic/CRASHCarts (and Dan at the helm).  Definitely wanna see Jolie Holland and Nomo, probably others as well (schedule and wallet willing...)

A store devoted entirely to robots?  I shall buy all presents here...

A classic from Mission of Burma.

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A.C. Newman live album now out on iTunes.  As I am on a self-imposed "no buying music," I will not be purchasing it...but if you do, burn me a copy.  And a sweet B-side from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Gorgeous red zinnia mug from Etsy - I want a whole set!

I love me a vanity.

Sorta into this bed.  So lux.

Just looking at this picture makes me nauseous...but it looks pretty sweet.

Interesting arbitration issue: "The Fairbanks Police Department demoted a lieutenant for disloyalty after he met directly with the Mayor to complain about denial of a promotion. The lieutenant grieved the demotion, arguing that his communication with the Mayor was protected by the 1st Amendment." via AK Employment Law Blog.
New Sarah Haskins, "Hair."  Not her funniest but still worth a watch.

Love this "manilla folder" computer sleeve.

Nicholas Kristof on the best kid's books.

Summer Brings a Wave of Homeless Families: "For various reasons, including the end of the school year, the homeless population swells in the summer."

"At 12:01 a.m. today, our nation's capital began recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the District of Columbia, however, remains illegal."

Slate: a history of blowing up national landmarks in the movies.

Love this kid street-art critic: source.


Breakfast at Sulimay's is back for a second season!

A beautiful and entrancing short by someone named Joseph Mann. Loved it.

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More outtakes from Rogue Femme Art - can't wait to see the final project!  It's gonna be amazing.

Frank Lloyd Wright embroidery?  Pretty random, pretty awesome.

In Two States, a Lower Bar for Conviction: "The Supreme Court is being asked to review criminal trials in Oregon, which, along with Louisiana, does not require juries to reach unanimous verdicts."

Amy Winehouse tattoo sweater.  Sort of brilliant.

Read Eight Pages From the ‘Masterpiece’ Graphic Novel Reviewed in This Week’s New York.

"It's a Dolorean."  This song (and video) rock.

Piecing Together an Immigrant’s Life the U.S. Refused to See: "The story of a detainee and his death, kept in official oblivion for three years, shows how 9/11 changed the stakes for those tangled in U.S. immigration laws."

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Another impossibly awesome house from The Selby.
Great band, great song.  The Be Good Tanyas, "Light Enough to Travel"

On my wish list - a leather jacket, faux or real.  These are both calling my name....

Also loving the blazer thing now.  This one looks pretty perfect.

Awesome pic.  Image: source.

NY Mag on the P.S. 22 phenomenon.

Interesting discussion: are transmen butch?

From Feminist Review: Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.

"Let us live gladly! Quite certainly we are free to do it. Perhaps it is our only freedom, but ours it is, and it is only phenomenally a freedom." - Wei Wu Wei


Prisoners at Cambridge jail evacuated after disturbance and flooding.

Check out Pitchfork's sweet weekend mix.

Loving Worn Fashion Journal.

Great song: Tom Waits "Hold On"

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Awesome boots from Frye. Me likey.

Some amazing sales at Tulle right now - and use the code luckybreaks3 and get an extra 30% off!

Gorgeous yellow tote!

Hadn't seen this in a while - it's still great.

Andrew Sullivan speculates on Sarah Palin's real motives.

Can't wait to get home to the West...
From Sociological Images: "Jeffrey T. found this page on Amazon suggesting gifts for different people in your life. He thought it nicely illustrated not only '…gender roles in our society, but also of age roles and, perhaps, class roles as well.'"

I love this idea of a hanging garden.

NYTimes: At Berlin’s Movie Theaters, There’s Art-House and There’s Underground.

The Prophets, "You Wonder Why" (from the awesome YouTube station by blacflag)

Pretty much obsessed with these rings.  They are definitely at the top of my current unattainable wish list.

In Prisoners’ Wake, a Tide of Troubled Kids: "New long-term studies that followed children with parents in prison found they experienced social isolation and depression and had fewer prospects as adults."


10 theories on why Palin resigned.

More horrifying news out of Iran. Thanks to Setareh for the links. Arrested, beaten and raped: an Iran protester's tale: "Afshin, a shopkeeper from south-west Iran, alleges that one of his friends was beaten and repeatedly raped after being arrested at an opposition rally after last month's disputed election. He gave this account to Esfandiar Poorgiv, a journalist and academic. It is published here as part of the Guardian's project to trace those killed and detained during the unrest. The Guardian has been unable to independently verify the account."

Couldn't find a good recording of X's "4th of July" on YouTube but heartily recommend giving it a listen today (or really any day).

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I want a dumpling-maker!

Via Juxtapoz: "Matt Lee just sent us over these pictures and an awesome video of the creation of South Indian film posters in and around Bangalore, India."


Audio of Johnny Cash reading the Bible.  Oddly enthralling.

So many things to love: burger insanity in Portland, OR.

From Paste, If You're Happy and You Know It: The 13 Best Songs With Handclaps. I would add that there's some good handclapping action in the Shout Out Loud's "Hurry Up Let's Go" and "Close to Me" by the Cure.

Great photos of some of the crazy lightening we've had recently in Boston.

I love me some good book jacket design.

The NYTimes brings us possibly the perfect house.

Named after my favorite park in the city!  Timbuk2 introduces the Dolores Chiller.

Is it possible to joke about rape?  An interesting look at The Onion's best and worse rape jokes.

"Lori Adelman at Feministing is taking on Google for its strange policy of banning abortion providers from advertising on Google AdWords in specific countries." h/t Jezebel.

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Adam and Eve Did What? A Visit to the Creationism Museum Makes Scientists Laugh, Cry: "The museum argues, among other things, that war, famine and natural disasters are to blame on belief in evolution."

Jerry the Dachshund plays catch with himself (yeah, I like cute pet videos, what about it?)

Wilco (The Irresistible Journalistic Construct).

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What?? Finding Debt a Bigger Hurdle Than Bar Exam: "Robert Bowman, an aspiring lawyer, was refused entry to the New York bar because of $400,000 in student debt."

SCOTUS to reconsider Troy Davis' appeal later this summer.

Pitchfork: "Back in February, we reported that former Silver Jews frontman David Berman would release a book of cartoons called The Portable February. Well, the book is out now via Drag City. And now that we've seen a copy, we can report that it is absolutely ridiculous."

“Oh man, isn’t it crazy that you were fighting against John Malkovich in Con Air and then two years later you were crawling around inside his head in Being John Malkovich? I remember the late 90s as a time when great actors named John were always fighting each other over an airplane full of convicts / John Malkovich’s head.” - Dear John Cusack


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Weirdest website of the day: Fancy Fast Food.

Courage Contagion: Social Influence in Protests.

"David Park, a student graduating from PARSONS SCHOOL of DESIGN created this dope video for his thesis project, featuring the history of sneaker culture" h/t The Bonafide Chainblinger.

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Interesting discussion about those annoying, but possibly well-intentioned, street canvassers.

The NYTimes on the perfect burger.

I love LOVE this red vanity!  So dreamy.

An open letter to Jenny Lewis.  Hells yeah.

Reading: Just finished The White Tiger (easy, enjoyable read, nothing earth-shattering) and currently reading Unaccustomed Earth (uneven, but love love love some of the stories).  Still taking Up In The Old Hotel piece by piece and appreciating Joseph Mitchell as always.

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I love Kate Harding: "This is not a trick mirror: you are beautiful"

More on District Attorney’s Office for the Third Judicial District v. Osborne, in which "the US Supreme Court’s conservative majority marched stolidly backward in time, ruling that there is no constitutional right to post-conviction analysis of DNA samples."

Seriously drooling over this Alexander Wang bag.  Talk about unattainable.

The Believer's 2009 Music Issue is out!

Left: blazer and thigh highs and soft bag - love this look.  From You Look Great, one of my new favorite blogs/Tumblrs - great mix of famous and nonfamous fashion plates.

Loving these sweet new Vans.

Despicable. Military Panel Calls For First New York Discharge of Guardsman Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Favorite blog discovery of the day: Best Beef Jerky.

Yes, I'm on a big Thermals kick.  If you don't have it already, I'd strongly suggest getting their "Live at the Echoplex" cd (only like $5.99 on iTunes...or ask me for a copy of it).  Really want to see them in concert again.