Friday, October 31, 2008

Those of you who know me well will know exactly where I can be found at 10:30 pm (Central Time) every Monday through Thursday.  Usually, I am curled up in front of my television with a bowl of ice cream watching The Colbert Report.  This week, he had TWO excellent musical guests.  I would like to share these with you, my loyal reader.

Yo Yo Ma
He's hilarious.  And phenomenally talented.
The interview:

The performance:
Don't forget to check out the crazy girl on the bagpipe-like instrument...

Jeff Tweedy & the crew, premiering "Wilco: The Song."  
Love it.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's a large possibility...

... that no one will find this amusing except me.  But here goes.  One of my favorite music blogs that I read almost daily is known as I AM FUEL, YOU ARE FRIENDS.  A woman named Heather Browne writes it, and it's great.  Well, the other day, Nick Hornby, debatably my favorite author of all time, and who coincidentally also has phenomenal taste in music, wrote about his playlist here in the New York Times.  Besides describing a rather interesting playlist, the article gave a shoutout to Fuel/Friends as being one of his favorite sites.  After congratulating myself on the fact that Nick and I are obviously soulmates (we share taste in music AND music blogs) I proceeded to read the comment section.  Almost immediately, a posting by one "RGT" caught my attention.

Dearest Nick. You realize that Gen X indie geeks the world over seethe with intense jealousy that you get to write things like this for the NY Times, right?

Ah well. One day *I’ll* sum up modern pop-culture-steeped maledom in the Novel Of My Generation, and then I too will be paid to tell millions of people worldwide about my awesome playlists. Of course, everyone’ll justifiably accuse me of being a “Hornby-esque” poseur, but hey, what’s a tarnished reputation when you’re living the dream?

‘Til then, more power to you, brother!

I couldn't have summed it up better myself.  Thanks, RGT.  

And thanks, Dr. Honkanen, for making today's biochemistry exam next to impossible.  Happy Halloween!

P.S.If I have to see the word "phosphorylates" again, I think I might throw up. 

P.P.S. New post at Musical Moxie.  Obviously I'm studying hard. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Okay, so I've always been kind of obsessed with personality tests.  It used to be all those random ones on the Internet, like "which Friends character are you?" and "which Disney princess are you?"  (I'm pretty sure it was Ross.  And Belle.  If anyone cares.) 

But now that I'm all in med school and everything, I've turned my attention to slightly more legitimate kinds of personality tests.  And as much as I hate to admit that something in Fundamentals of Doctoring class has sparked my interest... something in Fundamentals of Doctoring class HAS sparked my interest.  Namely, the Myers-Briggs test.  We took it in class the other day and I'm an ISTJ.  Known as the "Inspector," I apparently share my personality type with the likes of George Washington, Herbert Hoover, George H.W. Bush, Condolleezza Rice, Julia Roberts, and Eeyore.  (Some of those are more encouraging comparisons than others.)  

I also found this article the other day.  It talks about the Myers-Briggs personality types of three Presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain.

I think it's kind of fascinating, and it explains a lot about my feelings toward each of the three.  For example, Obama (an ENFP) is my complete opposite, while Hillary and I are surprisingly similar.  Anyways, I don't know the accuracy of this stuff or how much it can actually be taken seriously, but it's something to think about.   :)

A few other notes of interest:
1. I'm going to see GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS in two days.  I am unbelievably excited.  It's been way too long since I've been to a concert.

2. Newest addition to my ever-expanding music library: Simple Times by Joshua Radin.  It's excellent in every way.

3. I think I might have a sleep disorder.  More on that later.

4. Battle of the Sexes is a really fun game.

5. I've been playing the guitar a whole lot lately.  I can now play "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," which is my favorite hymn ever.  Also the new Taylor Swift song, "Fearless," is really fun to play.