I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about hipsters.  This is mainly due to the fact that an elementary school friend and I have been sending each other funny ‘hipster’ links back and forth… often featuring a shared  hatred toward the band Nickelback.  When I showed one of the aforementioned links to my brother and sister-in-law (the ones that call me ‘the modern day hippie’)… they failed to see the humor in the link and I was met with a few disturbed looks and the following line of questioning:

“What is a hipster, Sara?”

I replied, “Someone who wants to be cool by being uncool and NOT mainstream.”  I should have stopped there, but my word vomit continued: “Like an anti-establishment arty college kid that listens to weirdo music and dresses uncool.” 

 “So basically, like you?”

“Um… I’d say I’m more of a ‘wanna be hipster.’ I’m not a very brave dresser. [translation: cool/uncool dresser]… And I have a needy desire for constant approval and socialization.”

At this point, Peter starts to roll his eyes, and I realize that I’ve started to sound more like a cheerleader than a hipster.  My stomach turns… not from a disgust towards cheerleaders, but from a disgust for society’s labels making me feel like a two-headed psycho-hose-beast with split personality disorder… and for spending ANY amount of time contemplating my IMAGE at all.

I should change the name of my blog to: DOES EVERYONE FEEL LIKE THIS? subtitle: The dichotomy of my personality splitting my psyche in two on a daily basis for your reading and viewing pleasure.  Or maybe, NARCISSM! subtitle: Inordinate fascination with oneself. Or better yet, maybe I should spend much less of my ‘writing time’ thinking up weirdo FB status updates and/or writing self-involved blogs… and more time writing poetry and/or lyrics.

 Truth be told, I love obsessing.  I’m an obsessive, narcissistic, non-conformist self-deprecating Audiophile-Xenophile-Philomath [feel free to google/wiki/dictionary ap here]… with an insatiable compulsion to spazz out on stuff that I think is cool, and a need to incessantly talk about the BS internal conversations that I have with myself. 

Yes, I think hipsters are cool… even though, I’m certainly not ‘cool’ enough to be one.

the funnies:
Superhero Hipsters

Bullied by Hipsters

Coming Soon to MTV: Hipster Shore

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The Obsession Continues

Posted: February 5, 2011 in nature, random

Riley and I tumbled around a few ideas for what mural to paint in his room… from a “Skateboarder” theme to a “Surfer” theme… but I just couldn’t find the inspiration for either.  All I kept envisioning in my head was a forsaken vessel enveloped by a huge Kraken.  Probably not ideal for a 5 year old… but the idea mutated from giant scary Kraken to the heart of Riley’s soon to be mural:  the Octopus aka “Devilfish,” as they were sometimes called.

Drawing octopi just flows out so easily for me… like the graceful and awe inspiring dance of an octopus floating through the water, arms undulating in sinuous wavelike motion.  They are so beautiful!!!

WHAT IS IN A NAME?
from wikipedia: The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. Octopuses have two eyes and four pairs of arms, and like other cephalopods they are bilaterally symmetric. An octopus has a hard beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms. Octopuses have no internal or external skeleton (although some species have a vestigial remnant of a shell inside their mantle), allowing them to squeeze through tight places. Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates.

The octopus inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, pelagic waters, and the ocean floor. They have numerous strategies for defending themselves against predators, including the expulsion of ink, the use of camouflage and deimatic displays, their ability to jet quickly through the water, and their ability to hide. An octopus trails its eight arms behind it as it swims. All octopuses are venomous, but only one group, the blue-ringed octopuses, is known to be deadly to humans.

In the larger sense, there are around 300 recognized octopus species, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species. The term octopus may also be used to refer only to those creatures in the genus Octopus.

From www.octopus.com:
Each of the octopus’s arms have two rows of suction cups each of which has ‘taste sensors’ to allow it to identify food. It is able to distinguish different textures and tastes with these sensors. With the ability to regenerate lost arms and an eye on each side of its head Octopi are hardy predators with unique self defence mechanisms and very good eyesight. Octopuses have acute vision and are able to detect colors. Just like the human eye, the octopus eye consists of a light-sensitive retina, lens and two fluid-filled chambers. They are however deaf due to the fact that they lack hearing organs.

Most Octopi have a globe-shaped ‘head’ or mantle that contains all the vital organs and mouth which hold a sharp beak which is used to kill and decimate prey. The brain is highly developed and they are able to learn fast. Their skin is smooth and ranges in color most normally from a tan to light brown with some coloration, but many are able to change colors by contracting skin cells filled with pigments to allow it to hide when hunting for prey. Some Octopi can even mimic other fish and objects, and their defensive arsenal includes the ability to squirt an ink like substance at an attacker to mask their getaway.

With life spans of approximately two years Octopus are often confused with squid, another Cephalopoda which has two longer arms called ‘tentacles’ – in an octopus all eight appendages are of a similar length and are called ‘arms’ not legs.

Living primarily in dens which provide refuge from predators including other octopi and various fish their staple consists primarily of crustaceans and molluscs such as crabs and scallops. This diet is supplemented by other bivalves, snails, fish and even other octopi. They gain access to shelled prey either by pulling it apart, biting it with their beak to break it apart or by drilling through the shell and secreting a toxin to dissolve the connective tissues.

Although difficult to maintain in captivity it is not unheard of for some people to keep them as pets, although they are very sensitive and their short life span discourages many would-be owners, as does the ability to escape from even well secured tanks due to their well known problem-solving abilities and high intelligence, which has been compared to that of an average house cat. They also are a food source in many parts of the world and some species are even bred and raised exclusively for that purpose.

A misconception is that octopi eat their own arms when stressed – but studies have show that this behaviour is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system although stress may allow the virus to attack more readily.

There are over 160 different species of Octopus, broken into two large groups:
• Cirrata: Finned octopi that live at depths between 1,000 and 24,000 feet
• Incirrata: non-finned shallow water dwellers
Octopus have a sharp beak that it uses to crack shells and inject poisons and digestive fluids into shellfish and other prey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus_(genus)
Species links!!! 🙂

The memories we’ve buried
Have just taken seed
When springtime comes
They’ll turn into weeds
And they’ll creep through your window
to smother your dreams
~DR. DOG – THE BEACH

I love Elton John.  A LOT.  And I’m sort of mad that I’m actually in love with someone named Bernie Taupin who wrote ALL of my favorite Elton John songs.  I knew Elton John didn’t write his songs, that’s not the point.  The point is, TODAY, in reality, I hear what a stretch it is to believe Elton John singing in his magical voice about leaving society hounds to go back to the plough… or pirate smiled blue jeaned babies.

I’ll be optimistic here, and say that I do still believe in the cheesy 80’s movie endings… OMD playing If You Leave on a 7 minute loop until the Duck tells the girl of his dreams (you know, the one he has subsequently been stalking up to that point) that she should GO!! GO to the man of her dreams and not ruin the moment… with an omniscient view of how everything will turn out as the stars intended.  Yes, maybe Kristy Swanson making bedroom faces at him helped a little.  But we don’t get to see sweet nerdy Duckman’s happy ending, do we?!  You should have picked him John Hughes!!! ….er um, Molly Ringwald… er um, whatever your name was in that movie.  God, I’m such a sucker for movies with a record store… ANY movie with a record store.

I think most of my ‘after 30’ blog posts have, in large part, been about feeling old.  Coming to terms with not being a child, but still feeling like a child.  Growing up and realizing that I still want to believe all the bullshit I believed when I was that naive, under 30, dreamer.  I still live with my head in the clouds… my scatter-brained idiosyncrasies spilling out all over the floor when I trip over the responsibilities of being a functioning member of society. 

I don’t want to feel like the dream is dying.  I want to keep living in a childs eye of things.

When I was putting my boys to sleep last night, as we were listening to a Paul Simon song, they asked me what Hearts and Bones really meant.  I smiled with the pride of a mother who has two little boys that are actually interested in 1: Paul Simon and 2: Lyrics.  It’s amazing that I have more stimulating conversations about music with my babies than most other people. 

I thought about how to answer and I said, “Well… people say the heart is where all your emotions come from, and your bones hold up your body and help you to move along.  Without heart you wouldn’t be a whole person… no love, hope, or bravery.  You wouldn’t have much to move for, would you?” 

Lathan’s reply?

“And without heart you would die… because your body would have no blood.”

And that, my friends, is perspective. 🙂

Ho-hum

Posted: January 3, 2011 in random
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Monotony – Wearisome uniformity or lack of variety, as in occupation or scenery.

So it’s a new year… not much has changed.  Same car, same house, same job, same groceries and laundry piles every week, same scheming back-stabbers and cranky regulars at work, same Saturday night FB posts that I hate myself for on Sunday mornings.  Does anyone else want to pull their hair out thinking of how tiresome the SAMENESS of life can be? 

Not that stability is a bad thing… more like the drone of Listzomania by Pheonix playing on the radio EVERY FREAKING TIME I TURN IT ON!  In general, not a bad song.  I even sort of liked it the first few times I heard it.  And then it was ground into my brain day after day, at which point I start to shut down… turn off my radio… and turn on the weirdest Talking Heads song I can think of.  Ho-hum.

Even that is repetitive!    IE: Sara gets mad a the world, shuts down, turns on Talking Heads… just as she has done a thousand times before.

In a memento mori kind of way, I wonder if any of this monotony is worth it?  I want to be like Office Space guy:

“I hate my job, and I don’t think I’m going to go anymore.”
<So you’re going to quit?>
“No, I’m just not going to go anymore.”

Of course, I would never just quit my job or stop doing the laundry… although, the man might disagree on the latter statement.  But there are so many times I just want to walk away from the tedious things in life.  I’m not lazy… I just don’t think they are IMPORTANT.  It’s the Talking Heads that keep me going.  The Lathans and Rileys… the mushroom chicken quesadillas, the weird looks I get from my husband and the rest of yas when I stop caring what others think about me and let my crazy flag fly, the walks through the park, the murals on the wall.

But alas, I am not doing any of that right now.  Those things may not even make up the majority of my week.  That’s when the daydreaming and slacking begins… when the longing becomes too much to endure. 

Don’t worry, I’ll be all happy and optimistic again tomorrow… which is also my modus operandi.

2010 in review

Posted: January 2, 2011 in random

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 93 posts. There were 357 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 361mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 28th with 62 views. The most popular post that day was DFdub’s Concerts that Won’t Suck.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.live.com, en.wordpress.com, deadhomersociety.wordpress.com, and davermfarm.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for spiders in texas, spider identification chart, black widow spider, immature widows, and nierembergia hippomanica.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

DFdub’s Concerts that Won’t Suck June 2010
2 comments

2

King Charles, Cadillac Sky, and Mumford and Sons November 2010
4 comments

3

Yin Yang October 2010
9 comments

4

The Dirty Blog April 2010
7 comments

5

The Shinning October 2010
2 comments

It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t tell you a gift early… cause, let’s face it, surprises are overrated… and I have no self-control! Merry Christmas y’all!!! I deviated from the normal ‘new music only’ format… bonus points if you can guess the theme! 🙂

Disc One
1. Howlin’ for You 3:12 The Black Keys Brothers (Deluxe) Alternative  2
2. Roll Away Your Stone 4:21 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More Alternative  2
3. The Breeze 3:59 Dr. Dog Fate (Bonus Track Version) Alternative  2
4. Oh Well (Live) 2:45 Fleetwood Mac Men of the World: Fleetwood Mac – The Early Years Rock  2
5. How You Like Me Now (Single Edit) 3:37 The Heavy The House That Dirt Built Rock  2
6. Young Folks 4:39 Peter Bjorn and John Writer’s Block Alternative  1
7. That’s the Way 5:37 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III (Remastered) Rock  1
8. Everlasting Light 3:24 The Black Keys Brothers (Deluxe) Alternative  1
9. Home 5:06 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Up from Below (Bonus Track Version) Alternative  1
10. Baby It’s You 3:22 Smith Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
11. Can’t You See 6:01 The Marshall Tucker Band The Marshall Tucker Band Rock  1
12. Your Song 4:04 Elton John Elton John Rock  1
13. Love to Hate You 3:57 Erasure Erasure: Pop Deluxe Box (Audio Version) Pop  1
14. Sea of Love 2:19 Cat Power The Covers Record Rock  1
15. When the Night Comes 3:56 Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid Rock  2
16. Do You Realize 3:33 The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Rock/Pop  1
17. Eclipse 2:04 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Rock  1

Disc Two
1. These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ 2:46 Nancy Sinatra Boots Pop  
2. A ll You Ever Wanted 2:56 The Black Keys Attack & Release Alternative  1
3. First Day Of My Life 3:09 Bright Eyes I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning Emo  1
4. The Cave 3:36 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More Alternative  1
5. Hang On 4:01 Dr. Dog Fate (Bonus Track Version) Alternative  1
6. Go Your Own Way 3:38 Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits Rock  
7. I Put a Spell On You 2:26 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie R&B/Soul  
8. Miss You 4:49 The Rolling Stones Some Girls Rock  
9. The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) 2:56 Joe Tex Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)  
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out 3:49 Eric Clapton Unplugged (CD Version) Pop  
11. Could You Be Loved 3:58 Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend [Bonus Tracks] Reggae  
12. Need You Tonight 3:01 INXS Greatest Hits Rock  
13. Smile Like You Mean It 3:55 The Killers Hot Fuss Rock  1
14. Cut Here 4:13 The Cure Greatest Hits [Bonus CD] Disc 1 Rock  
15. I Summon You 3:56 Spoon Gimme Fiction Alternative  
16. All I Want Is You 6:30 U2 The Best of 1980-1990 Rock  
17. Fade Into You 4:56 Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See Rock  
18. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 13:31 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Rock