Sunday Sixah

Sunday Sixah feat. The Internet

I realize it’s Super Bowl Sunday, so I thought it’d be appropriate to give you all something to look at on the interwebs incase your team starts to play horribly or the commercials stink.

I haven’t done a good ol’ Sunday Sixah in a while, and today we’re talking about the internet, boys and girls. Below are not one, but TWO lists of things I enjoy when I’m not sick of my computer yet. If you check any of them out, please let me know what you think.

 

6 New-ish Web Things I Can’t Live Without

1) Sunrise. This service will send you a daily agenda straight from your inbox including Facebook birthdays, Google calendar events and LinkedIn information. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re bad at remembering birthdays.

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2) IFTTT. If This Than That uses connections from one web app to another, called ‘recipes,’ to make your life easier. For example, have IFTTT text you after your alarm goes off in the morning to give you the days weather before you’re out of bed. Have it back up all of your Instagram photos to your Dropbox account. I have a recipe that sends me a text reminder every time I put an important reminder on my GCal. You need better-than-average knowledge of how the internet works to use IFTTT, but it’s definitely worth using.

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3) Box. Cloud storage for easy access to your files from anywhere you can access the app or Box.com. Like Dropbox, but with larger starting space for free accounts. I personally prefer their web interface, too.

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4) Saymmm.com. Copy & paste recipes you’re making this week and Saymmm will give you a grocery list in an easy to read and check off format. You can save up to 100 recipes on the free account, and after that it’s still only $3/mo. The Saymmm Plus account gives you unlimited recipe storage and keeps track of both calories and cost of ingredients.

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5) We Are Hunted / Spotify. Those of you that are regular readers know that I love me some Spotify. But what I may not have mentioned before are the apps that Spotify integrates into their desktop application. One of my favorites is a music discovery app called We Are Hunted. It will just take you through playlists of up and coming artists and tunes to give you a unique view into the non-radio music scene. Don’t have/want Spotify? No worries, We Are Hunted has a web app too.

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6) Fab. Curated toys, trinkets, games, clothes and household goods. All beautiful and some hand-made by designers around the globe. I bought at least 5 of my Christmas presents from Fab in 2012, and I’ve purchased a few things for myself that I was very pleased with. On top of it all, the customer service has been stellar thus far.

Interested in checking it out? Join for free here.

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6 Awesome & Hilarious Tumblr Blogs To Check Out

1) Your L.L. Bean Boyfriend. Every gal from the Northeast dreams of an L.L. Bean boyfriend. This blog brings your fantasies to life. Oh Patrick, you handsome devil.

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2) Bad Kids Jokes. Think of all of these being said by the cutest 4-6 year olds you know. The one below is likely wearing dress-up clothes, costume jewelry and Mom’s shoes.

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3) Get Out Of There Cat. Cats where they do not belong. In your bananas, for instance.

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4) Hungover Owls. Hehehe.

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5) Texts From Bennett. WARNING: Not for the under age, the easily offended or the delicate flowers of the world. Bennett says the craziest stuff. If you’ll permit him, he’ll wax poetic on the lines at public restrooms, autocorrect and unenthusiastic strippers.

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6) Menswear Dog. “The best menswear blog in existence,” says Andrew Paulo.

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Happy Sunday!

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Sunday Sixah, Updates

Sunday Sixah with Pizazz!

Things might look a little different. I know what you’re thinking – am I in the right place? What was I smoking to find this nonsense?! I assure you, ladies and gents, you’ve arrived at the new and improved Leaving Lobster. I decided to actually put that domain name I’ve been paying for to good use and start up with a little web design action. It’s been a few years, and I’m a tad rusty, but stick with me, kids. Check out my handy work at aerinelisabeth.com.

So Hurricane Sandy, huh? Let me tell you, Connecticut is a flutter. Andy and I went to Wal*Mart yesterday to buy a fan (turns out they don’t stock them after summer – weird) and it was a terrible experience – there were people everywhere and shelves were absolutely bare. That’s the media for you. And what gets me most is that you can go to various local news websites, radio station websites, weather.com, accuweather and the actual National Weather Service website and they all have different stories. But aren’t these sites getting their information from the NWS? Why is it all so varied? Did I really need to buy that many Goldfish Crackers? (Yes. Yes I did.)

In other news, it’s almost Halloween. Since I’m really too old to be trick-or-treating (damn adulthood), Andy and I have decided to check out the local folks that go all out with decorations, and then watch a horror movie. We haven’t decided which one yet, but here’s hoping it’ll be a good one. We’ve actually been doing that all month long – so far we’ve seen Thirteen Ghosts, Troll 2 & Best Worst Movie (documentary about Troll 2), Cabin in the Woods, Zombieland, Gamebox 1.0 (with Topanga from Boy Meets World and Harvey from Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Paranorman, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Twilight Rifftrax, and another Rifftrax Live: Birdemic. I will say again, if you ever get a chance to experience a Rifftrax Live, I highly recommend it. I rarely laugh that hard on a weeknight.

Next month is Sci-Fi month. Any suggestions? We’re looking for honestly good as well as campy and terrible.

 

And now on to the latest Sunday Sixah! No theme on this one, just cool stuff I found. Brought to you buy the Dunkin Donuts Peppermint Mocha coffee in my system. *twitch twitch*

1) Bonsai Trees. This is a teenage band out of Glastonbury, CT. I’m absolutely shocked at the quality and goodness of this track. I hope they make it.

2) Diane Millsap. Her New Orleans prints are amazing – incredibly colorful and accurate. The way she gets the paint to look painted and realistic on the wet streets of the French Quarter makes me stare for way too long at these. Gonna get a few some day.

3) GiftRocket. A really cool way to give gift cards. The site is really well designed, too.

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4) Stereomood. A great music discover site where you can hear playlists based on how you’re feeling. It doesn’t have to be as simple as “happy” or “sad” either – they also have “asleep on my feet,” “stargazing,” “just woke up” and more.

5) Dog-Shaming.com. This hilarious site depicts dogs with their deepest, darkest shames. For example:

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6) My neighbor for being super creepy at the right time. This bastard scares me on my way to my apartment and on my way from my apartment. And even today, doing laundry, I forget he’s there and rather than avoiding him, I walk right into the buttface. Gah!

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Look for a new recipe or two in the coming weeks – easy, quick and flippin’ delicious.

Happy almost Halloween! Leave some comment love.

Music, Sunday Sixah, Updates

Sunday Sixah: Pitch-Off

For a few years in college, I worked for WMEB 91.9 FM. I started out on Sunday evenings with a show called Staring At Sound (a Flaming Lips reference) and an intermittent cohost. When he stopped joining me in the studio, I had to face my on-air fears and evolve into a one-woman show.

I switched to Tuesdays and changed my show name to Aerin in the Afternoon. Every Tuesday I brought listeners an eclectic mix of current and not-so-current music from the bins and beyond. This is where I really began to discover how much awesome music existed, and I may have over done it. I spent hours in the WMEB CD library and on my computer at home researching and listening to all the bands that sounded interesting. My music library grew to an obscene size. Loved. Every. Minute. Of. It.

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After graduating and thus losing my easy access to days and days of music I’d never heard of, I sort of lost touch with the music scene. I listened to the same music over and over, and though there was a lot of it, it wasn’t the same. Every once in a while I’d surf a music blog or go to Bull Moose to pick up a new CD or two, but at the end of the day, I’d lost my musical mojo. It was like that for a long, long time.

Enter Spotify! Somehow it feels like I’m back in the game. I’ve discovered a lot of great music through this nifty little application in the last year or so, and I’ll share some of it with you now. Enjoy!

1) By now you’ve probably heard Gangnam Style by PSY. He’s an enthusiastic South Korean pop star that dances like nobody I’ve ever seen. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out the video. It’s silly-awesome.

Thanks to Andy, I discovered an incredible deviation from the original: Oppa Spacejam Style. That’s right, Space Jam.

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2) Miike Snow. Here’s a band worth knowing about. They’re like Fun. if Fun. was less poppy and more electronic. I can’t get him out of my head most days, and I’d love to share some of his songs with you. Please check out the below (my favorite) as well as Paddling Out, Pretender, The Wave and Mark Ronson’s awesome cover of Animal.

3) Mayer Hawthorne. If we’ve talked in the last 6 months about music, I’ve probably mentioned this guy. Nerdy white dude from Michigan with the soul of a Motown singer. He swears a little more than most Motown legends do, but he’s got the genre down pretty well. Here are two of my favorites (one even feat. Snoop Dogg Lion).

4) Jake Bugg // Trouble Town. Here’s a song that reminds me of the old west or perhaps a modern day Tarantino soundtrack. Knee slappin’ good.

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5) Gotye. I’m sure I don’t need to post his most famous song, especially since I’ve already kinda gushed about him on my blog once. (Three days until the concert!) But I did discover him back in February thanks to Spotify. So, here’s one of his lesser known tunes that I really love. The whole album is worth listening to, though.

6) Since I mentioned Gotye, I’ve got to mention Kimbra. She’s the bombshell that’s featured and standing next to painted Gotye on Somebody That I Used To Know. I happened to get a sweet deal on her EP during Record Store Day this year, and I fell in love. Her album finally came out in August, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Here’s Something in the Way You Are.

Happy listening! Leave comments if you got ‘em!

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Sunday Sixah + Slackin’

Long time, no blog! Sorry about that. I came down with a nasty cold thing last weekend that’s still poking me in the ribs as I post, and the weekend before that, I honestly don’t remember. Life happened, probably.

Andy and I have done a couple things of note since my last blog – we went to see a live Rifftrax (creators of MST3K) simulcast of Manos: Hands of Fate at the local movie theater. If you ever get a chance to do something like this, I highly recommend it. I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time. Here’s a little taste of what we saw:

We also got to check out some jazz at the Wadsworth Athenium. They had an interesting modern art exhibit of which I only enjoyed a couple pieces. The only really striking one was this cube of toothpicks using no adhesive. Whoa.

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Last and most notably, we went to this place in Niantic called The Book Barn. They house over 500,000 used books under the many barn roofs on the property, each housing a different genre of used books. Most of them are $1. And on top of the cheeky, awesome atmosphere of the place, they also have gardens, cats and goats. Needless to say, I will be returning in the near future.

And now it’s time for another Sunday Sixah! You lucky dog, you.

1) Impress a Penguin.

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The penguin publishing group is looking for a new and impressive member of their team in London to cheer up this here penguin. Had I the skills for the job and the drive to move across the pond, I’d be applying for the sheer creative awesome that is this website.

2) If you’ve ever owned a pet, this is a game you’ve probably played.

3) Baby Gap Maine Collection.

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I don’t have baby fever yet, but if I did, I’d be going goo-goo-ga-ga over this seriously cute set of tiny human clothes.

4) When I die, I want to become a tree.

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No, this isn’t hippie nonsense I’m spouting. I’ve honestly always thought I’d like to be buried at the foot of a tree (way cooler than a headstone) with a bench near by for my future kids and grandkids and great grandkids to sit and ponder on. But as it turns out, you can become a tree instead. Your ashes can help it grow. Can I be a ficus?

5) Bad Lip Reading of Twilight.

I realize this fad is probably long over with, and I don’t really have a leg to stand on having never read or season anything regarding Twilight, but still – watch and giggle.

6) Gotye Youtube Orchestra

I realize that for many of you, Somebody That I Used To Know is a long over played tune that you might not jump at the chance to hear again. But I urge you, if you enjoyed the song at all from the start, this video is worth watching.

Also, I’m going to see Gotye in two weeks with Marsha Bard!! Can’t wait.

Tune in next time – same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

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Sunday Sixah: Birthday Edition

As many of you may have heard, today is my birthday. I am 25 plus three years young, and I’m spending the day with Andy. Our plans include brunch at the Town Line Diner (Challah French toast – it’s awesome), followed by playing with my birthday present and eating a large bowl of nothing but Lucky Charms marshmallows.

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Those of you that know me really well, know that I used to say, “All I want is a man that will serve me breakfast in bed with a bowl full of nothing but Lucky Charms marshmallows – is that so much to ask?” Give him kudos, the man pays attention. And thankfully, our bed is not set up so that breakfast in bed is feasible. Chalk that part of the request up to naivety, because breakfast in bed is not as exciting or as clean as they make it out to be in the movies. It’s a lot easier to wipe down a dirty table than it is a dirty comforter.

Yesterday we celebrated my firthday, or ‘fake birthday,’ because let’s face it – Sunday birthday’s suck. You can’t party because you have to work the next morning, and a lot of businesses close early or entirely on Sundays. So we’re celebrating both days.

Yesterday Andy let me drag him around the Christmas Tree Shop, and took me out to a loverly dinner at Max Fish, and finally we picked up a Fudgy The Whale ice cream cake from Carvel. Those of you reading from Maine may not know – may not understand – all that is Carvel. It is the creamiest, most delicious soft serve ever, and they have the most amazing flavor combinations. Most recently, they’ve had the Girl Scout Cookie Dashers:

Yeah. ‘nough said. They’re amazing. (Note: Much as I loved and appreciated Fudgy The Whale, it does not remotely compare to the ice cream cakes my Mom used to make. If you were lucky enough to share one of those with me – you’re welcome.)

We finished off the night with our continuing marathon of Boy Meets World – which I can safely say, has held up over the years. I still find myself guffaw-ing at bits in the show.

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And finally, we finish with the Sunday Sixah – a little different this time, because it’s my party and I’ll change-my-blog-style if I want to.

If Richie Rich and I were friends, and he asked me what I wanted for my birthday, this is the list I’d give him:

1) The Optimus Tactus Keyboard. This keyboard has little screens embedded in each key, so the board itself is not only completely customizable, but you can tailor it to have settings corresponding with the programs you use most often.

2) A 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Need I say more?

3) An all expenses paid trip back to New Orleans – preferably during Mardi Gras, in a hotel that has a balcony that overlooks some of the best parades. I can sip Abita and Champagne while watching drunk idiots on the streets from the comfort of my private balcony with Andy and Marsha and Reed.

4) My own personal masseuse for a year. No pictures, just want one.

5) The new Microsoft Surface Tablet. Fast, beautiful, easy to use and comes with an attached stand AND a keyboard that’s also a case.

6) This house. And all the wine and furniture and bathtubs and food and pools and movie theaters it comes with.

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That’s all for now! Happy day everyone!

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Sunday Sixah #2

And we’re back for another wild & crazy installment of the Sunday Sixah!

It’s been an average week here in Nutmegvilleshireston. Work and play are both abound – always too much of the former and too little of the latter, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Andy & I plan to go see Brave this week for our date night. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about both the movie itself and the Pixar short before it that I can safely say I’m pretty excited to see this one. I still have not seen The Avengers, however. Wah.

Without further ado, here are six things that have peaked my interest  on the internets this week!

1) The Sexy Hotness Sleeping Bag by Alite Designs

And here I thought I was upgrading by finally getting a caterpillar style bag with ‘vents’ and an insertable pillow! In this weird-yet-sleek sack, not only can you sleep – you can also run, jump AND kick. Stay warm, sleep tight and karate chop that racoon, all without leaving the comfort of your sleeping bag.

2) This beautifully produced short is totally worth a watch. Sand and Snow fall in love.

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3) Mike Thompson is one of my favorite YouTube stars – he does all vocal (with a little post processing) covers of popular songs. I totally love his cover of P.Y.T. and his cover of Taio Cruz’s Dynamite. His latest venture sounds pretty daunting – Skrillex with Santigold all done with mixed vocals? He pulls it off, though, that clever monkey! Be warned, if you’re not used to a little American dubstep, you may not like this.

4) Another good one from Andy Paulo: the Llama Font. Type anything and you’ll get playful llamas that spell out your message. I, of course, went with the mature choice.

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5) This dog. I believe he squeaks I MEAN SPEAKS for himself… *squee*

6) Bo.lt.

Here we have a website that is one of the many Pinterest clones, but this one has a special and worthwhile difference – Bo.lt saves the things you post forever. Not only that, it doesn’t need an image to save something – hell, it can save entire webpages for you. If I weren’t a Pinterest vet (3000+ pins deep), I’d be switching over right now. Perhaps they’ll come up with a way to import/export from one Pinterest clone to another?

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Sunday Sixah (bub)

I thought I’d teach myself to write more often by creating a list-style post one day a week like some of my favorite blogs do. (each of those is a link)

Being a Mainer (4 LYFE) and having a love for alliteration, I decided to name this new segment SUNDAY SIXAH. For those of you that don’t speak Maineiac, a ‘sixah’ usually refers to a six pack of beer, but can also apply to anything that comes in a pack of six.

Without further ado, the very first Sunday Sixah:

1) LiveME

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I learned about this company through a friend earlier this year, and I can say I want one of each of their “loveME” and “liveME” products. They’re well designed, simple and more recently they came out with postcards that I’d like to frame and hang up in the new place. If you have a special place for Maine in your heart, check these guys out. Everything is pretty reasonably priced and just plain awesome.

2) Really interesting covers of really catchy songs. Surrounding a friends wedding this spring, I’m not ashamed to admit we all fell for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” They even played it twice at the reception, and there may or may not have been a choreographed dance.

Mashable recently posted an article with a YouTube Sing Off consisting only of covers of the song. And in that article, I discovered this gem:

Looking past the interesting open, I really enjoyed his take on the song. Even if you’re not a fan of the tune (be it because you’re not a girlie pop fan, or because of overplaying on the radio), I’d suggest a listen-through. It’s got a jazzy-soul-hip hop feel.

3) This really unique wedding website. I love everything about this website. The love story, the design, the seriously awesome graphics and animations – I especially love her school portrait Halloween costume. (Thanks for sharing this, ez!)

4) Rock Music History. Check out the video below to see a phenomenal display of musicianship as well as a seriously great list of songs. He plays 50+ years of rock and roll in 100 badass riffs. If you’re a fan of music, the guitar, or awesome things – watch.

5) The “MTV’s First 24 Hours Playlist” on Spotify. It’s full of sweet and nostalgic songs, starting off with the well known Buggles’ hit “Video Killed The Radio Star.” And, if you haven’t delved into Spotify yet, I recommend it. You can create and share playlists with all of your Spotify/Facebook friends, download the app for free on pretty much any mobile device, and it’s also available for both Mac and PC. The service has quirks (don’t use it to play the music you already have on your computer, trust me), but makes up for those in it’s ability to stream to your mobile device, offline playlists so you don’t have to use data while listening, and awesome user created playlists and apps within the Spotify app itself. Best of all, the service and vast majority of features – completely free. If you do try it, let me know what you think. (Note: I have a seriously sweet 90’s playlist that I’ve been building – 260+ songs strong so far!)

6) Winning solitaire. A web browser ‘game’ where you can recreate the bouncing cards that happen at the end of the Windows solitaire game. When Andy first mentioned this to me as a possible Sunday Sixah, I thought it sounded pretty lame. And then he sent me the link. I clicked. Confirmed, pretty lame.

Then he told me to click and drag. I played with it for a good 5 minutes straight. Try it, you’ll see.

So there you have it! Your first Sunday Sixah. I hope you enjoyed it, and will look forward to the Sundays to come.

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