Friday, March 16, 2012


For the Flickr set of the event, navigate to DLA Piper’s Flickr page.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bathroom Shenanigans.

My office has two bathrooms, one of which used to be the women's room. I haven't considered it as the women's room, really, since the guys refacing the building set up the scaffolding outside the window, and I took to using the windowless men's room. Around that time, someone took down the signs on the doors which read, "Innies," and "Outties."

In theory, though, the room with the windows and no heat is the women's room. This plastic rat has been sitting on the mirror above the women's room sink for at least as long as I've worked here:

Yesterday, the rat was sitting along the wall, next to the toilet:

This morning, the rat had mysteriously moved again:

Now, far be it from me to allow Mr. Plastic Rat to build a nest using our toilet paper! We must conserve office supplies - I mean, there's a recession on. Seriously. So I took matters into my own hands:

Yes, that is an ant trap. But - next to it? How about a close up?

A little board gaming on the john? Don't mind if I do!

(P.S. - Did anyone else learn about Rube Goldberg from playing that game? Man, I loved that game, even though it never worked exactly right.)


MWAH HAH HAH HAH HAH Everything is going according to plan . . .


And he took the toilet paper? Oh, rat, this means war. I will string you up by the bits your mama gave you, so help me god.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Dying Is Fine.

It's the day after Christmas, and I'm listening to Ra Ra Riot's "Dying Is Fine" - this particular theme being a big one for me today. I think the video below is fantastic, in the literal sense of the word - it has a great Lewis Carroll feel to it, with the extraordinarily tall violin player next to the band members' leaves on the tree (what is it about British pop culture and anthropomorphization? The Young Ones, anyone?), and the drawing style reminds me of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I wouldn't be surprised to see LeVaur Burton show up at the end and beginning singing the lyric, "Butterfly in the sky . . ."

Ra Ra Riot first came to my attention after I attended a pre-inaugural fundraiser for 826 Boston's Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute in 2007. I'd wanted to volunteer for 826 NYC ever since I'd wandered past its Superhero Supply Co. near my old Brooklyn apartment years before, oddly enough while having a conversation about choosing superhero costumes for a rugby tournament, but my schedule had never meshed with theirs. Of course, when 826 Boston opened, I was excited to jump on board, but again scheduling conflicts have precluded me from being a part of the organization. This particular fundraiser, however, was one of the few events I could swing, and as it was hosted by Eugene Mirman, recently of Flight of The Conchords, I felt that I couldn't say no.

The video featured in this post is for the track from The Rhumb Line, the band's newest release, and it's what I'm picturing in my head as my iPod plays, but the particular version I've chosen to listen to is from the Dying Is Fine single, as I appreciate the fullness of the intro., even though I think 6:12 is, uh, a bit excessive, shall we say. There are actually three versions of this song on my iPod, I realize, speaking of excessive, including the 6:09 version from Daytrotter Session and the 5:50 one from Ra Ra Riot - EP, which has a pretty sweet drum count in - oddly, no Rhumb Line version for me aurally.

Link of the day: MS Paint Adventures!
Thanks to Kevin for The Young Ones dvds!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry YouTube of Christmas past, present and future.

Go ahead and suspend your disbelief and imagine my present is sometime around 1997, because apparently I'm trying to have a nostalgia-filled Christmas out here in the BK.

"Christmas in Hollis" - Run-D.M.C., A Very Special Christmas, 1987, 7 years

We had this on tape and used to listen to it over and over andoverandoverandover again. And at 7, I appreciated the street cred. this song conferred upon me, the little girl from Rockaway, which was also in Queens.


I'd never seen the video, however, until Pam sent it out this week. So I am thankful for Pam. Wrong holiday, but still.

"Fairytale of New York" - Dustin and Dervla Kirwen, Faith of Our Feathers, 1997, 17 years.

For those of you who don't know - which, until three days ago, included me - Dustin The Turkey was a puppet on Radio Telef√≠s √Čireann's The Den. Dervla Kirwan is probably known to those outside Ireland and the UK as Assumpta Fitzgerald in Ballykissangel - and if you don't know her from Ballykissangel, you might know her as Assumpta Fitzgerald from Ballykissangel on a Father Ted special. Ah, see that there? That's recognition dawning, right? Right.

Whatever. Say yes.

So, Pogues' song, had never heard it before and can't figure out how I managed that for so long, but Pilate (now Pilot Speed) covered it on Nettwerk Music Group's "Maybe This Christmas Tree" in 2004 and I just downloaded it last week, and now it's on repeat on my iPod. So now you know.

"White Winter Hymnal" - Fleet Foxes, The Fleet Foxes, 2008, 28 years.

It's just sweet.

And one more for the road - the WPIX Yule Log! Yes! This was always on WPIX Channel 11 at Christmas when I was growing up.

Love youse guys -

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

‘SNL’ and ‘RNC’: And Never The ‘Twain Shall Tweet?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Olympic Compassion

Sunday, August 10, 2008

‘Last Comic Standing’ Goes Out with an Olympic-Sized Bang