Coming soon:  a review of Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S.Gina Choi.  In short: it was awesome.  Longer version later.

Check out Steve Tignor’s love letter to Madrid.  Between that and FortyDeuce‘s tweets, I’ve been wishing I was in Madrid this week, enjoying the tennis and Retiro Park and stopping for a tart or sweet from La Mallorquina in the Puerta del Sol.

The Dairy Queen commercial for ice cream cakes for Mother’s Day seriously squicks me — it’s the bubbles filled with kittens.  They remind me of a scene in Bujold’s Cetaganda, in which that idiot Ivan plucks fruit from a kitten tree, only to realize that since it wasn’t ripe, he’d essentially killed a fetal kitten.  Ick ick ick.  There’s a lot of subtext and ethical undercurrents to the Cetagandan genetic manipulation and scientific experiments, but that image of a dead kitten made me ill when I first read it.  I have to skip that scene when I re-read the book.

Have I mentioned how much I like Panic’s The Ballad of Mona Lisa?  Also, I have a ticket (via The Biochemist) for their show as part of the DC101 cook-off/festival at RFK in a couple of weeks…but it turns out I have a graduation party at the same time 😦

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  1. Is that Panic show the weekend H was thinking of coming in? You should totally come down to the Norfolk concert on June 2nd – it’s the day before my bday. 🙂

    • Yep, she gave me her ticket since she couldn’t use it, but now I can’t use it either 😦
      Hmm, Norfolk? Haven’t been there in a while.

      • Well, boo. That’s the weekend that our karate tournament is actually here in town, b/c H & I had talked about it.
        My BFF is in Norfolk, and her hubby’s bday is June 1, mine is June 3, and the concert is the 2nd, so it’s our bday present. I used to go to Charlotte NC for all my concerts because it’s closer, but since Amy moved I’ve been doing Norfolk instead. We actually have karate in VA Beach that Saturday, so we’re gonna stay down there for the weekend.

  2. D: I am still sort of sad about the party/concert weekend. I WANT TO BE THERE. But it’s just not a good weekend, travel-wise. I talked to Mom tonight, and she wanted to know if I could come to the actual graduation. Uh, no? Seriously, I am pushing it just to take off the time for Bonnaroo, which I have reserved as annual long weekend and anniversary trip, because of our grant deadlines. I can’t manage an additional long weekend trip in May/June. D: D: D: D: Maybe sometime later this summer? Or definitely fall?
    I am, however, glad to have pimped the Discos to someone else. Dear Muppet-Faces: keep being ridiculously awesome live, and I’ll keep buying tickets. Love, Me
    Also. Cobra’s new album title: Night Shades

    • Okay, first, Gabe in those glasses? Why do you do this to me, Gabriel? Also, they look like frames that Janko Tipsarevic wears, fashion forward guy that he is.
      I saw the link to the new title on twitter the other day 🙂
      Are you planning on visiting? Don’t feel like you have to on my account, that was more a general query. I’d sort of assumed I’d visit you in Houston at Thanx or some other point in the fall.
      Also, I should be at work. But no, I’m twiddling around at home, watching tennis.

      • I think that’s from still of the Good Girls video. Maybe? I know at one point I did a picspam of band dudes in glasses, and I had to trim down the number of Gabe-in-ridiculous-frames or it wouldn’t fit in one post.
        You are absolutely welcome to come whenever is convenient. Mom would like us to visit, I am sure, but I have no idea when that will be possible. Most of June is booked, and we have plans to go to Chicago for Lollapalooza in August, so it would be late summer or early fall at the earliest.
        I had to mute the commentators. There’s laundry in. That counts as getting a chore done while I watch, right? :D?

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