Thursday, April 29, 2010

Short List: Falderol Songs

1. Better Version of Me - Fiona Apple

2. Metal Detector - They Might Be Giants

3. Ducks - Lemon Jelly

Monday, April 26, 2010


Spelling Bee: I Will Buy You A Vowel

1. purse
2. amend
3. epoch
4. farouche
5. capoeira
6. axolotl (spelled it wrong)
7. coulibiac (spelled it wrong)
8. ascaris (spelled it wrong)
9. sheitel (spelled it wrong)

MAN, it is painful to have to keep spelling after you get so many wrong. I ended up in 3rd place. Robert was once again victorious, good job Robert.

The guy from Everclear was there, which was slightly surreal like a boring dream. I got 3rd place and a drink ticket.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Future Brianne: What Will She Have Read?

I wasn't reading a lot.. and now I am. It's bringing up a lot of un-read book guilt and this is what it looks like. I am nearly done with Perelandra by C.S. Lewis after reading a whole lot of it on the plane back from California this evening and so I know decision-making time is nigh.

These are my upcoming book options (alphabetical by author):

How the Irish Saved Civilization - Thomas Cahill
Book 5 of the 39 Clues - Patrick Carman
Foyle's Philavery - Christopher Foyle
The Ode Less Travelled - Stephen Fry
The Human Voice - Anna Karpf
That Hideous Strength- C.S. Lewis (3rd book in the Space Trilogy of which Perelandra is the 2nd)
Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
Carpe Diem - Harry Mount
Empires of the Word - Nicholas Ostler
The Language Instinct - Stephen Pinker
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
The Linguistics of Lying - Harald Weinrich

I don't actually have access to three of these books right now, but I have so many I should have already read, this should not be an issue. I think I'm on a fiction kick and so many of these are not that... the poor non-fiction books are gathering dust.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Elsewhere on the Internet: Spelling Parts DotBiz!

Once upon a time You Look Nice Today, greatest podcast on the planet that they never update anymore but it's okay I still love them, had a podcast called "The Good Part" in which they explain the modern problem of loving a song and wanting your loved ones to love the part you love while trying to keep their attention until the good part comes up. By just making a clip of the 'good part,' you can bypass this inconvenience of modern times and my brain thought it was a good experiment to try out, by way of re-introducing myself to GarageBand.

The post on SongParts.Biz is HERE.

This is the list as you hear them. Some songs are used more than once.

American Woman - Guess Who
Asshole - Dennis Leary
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
Pump It - Black Eyed Peas
Cause I'm a Blonde - Julie Brown
Lola - The Kinks
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Damaged - Danity Kane
Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers
D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
D.I.S.C.O - Uhm Jung-hwa (phonetic korean)
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Gaston - Beauty and the Beast
Gloria - Van Morrison
Damaged - Danity Kane
Dammit, Janet - Rocky Horror Picture Show
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Lola - The Kinks
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song - Disney
M-O-N-E-Y - Lyle Lovett
Monkey Versus Robot - David Kochalka Superstar
Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song - Disney
Oklahoma - Oklahoma!
P.I.M.P. - 50 Cent
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Monkey Versus Robot - David Kochalka Superstar
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
S-E-X-X-Y - They Might Be Giants
SOS - Rihanna
Hollaback Boy - Cobra Starship
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Teen Titans - Puffy AmiYumi
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
U.G.L.Y - Daphne and Celeste
Waffle Song - Mystery Science Theater 2000
I'm a Woman - Melinda Doolittle
YMCA - The Village People
SOS - Rihanna

Monday, April 19, 2010


Spelling Bee: Not Threepeat

1. willful
2. porcelain
3. quinine
4. affenpinscher
5. dhaman (X X X I spelled it dahman but everyone got out too)
6. acritochromosy (X X X I spelled it acritichromosy but everyone got out too)
7. shawabti
8. heurige (X X X I spelled it hoiriga and tied with 3 others for 3rd)

This was my champion picture for one of the other times. Frown.

Short List: Songs You Can't Resist

1. Can't Resist It - Lyle Lovett

2. Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer

3. Irresistible - Jessica Simpson

Friday, April 16, 2010

FACT: Word Game on the Bus

Every day when I look at the glowing red sign at the front of the bus I think, "If there was an extra 'e' on that sign, that would anagram to 'Sequestered Pot.'"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Short List: Who's Your Daddy? Songs

1. Airport Song - Guster

2. Me Me Me Me - Louis XIV

3. Who's Your Daddy - Toby Keith

4. Time of the Season - The Zombies

5. Who's Your Daddy - Benny Banassi

Short List: Zombie Songs

1. My Body's a Zombie for You - Dead Man's Bones

2. RE: Your Brains - Jonathan Coulton

3. Zombie Jamboree - Rockapella

4. Zombie - The Cranberries

Short List Classic: Songs about Miles

1. I Can See for Miles - the Who

2. Miles from Nowhere - Cat Stevens

3. 500 Miles - The Proclaimers

4. 1000 Miles - Vanessa Carlton

5. 5500 Miles - Presidents of the United States of America

6. 1000 Miles From Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam

7. 1000 Miles From Everywhere - Skytree

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Short List: Episodes I Love from TV Shows I Otherwise Don't Care Much About

1. Once More With Feeling - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2. Mac Daddy - Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

3. How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back - Futurama

4. Unfinished Business - Battlestar Galactica

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spelling Bee Champion Again!

1. auburn
2. peon
3. hypnotic
4. sphingine
5. ayeaye



Short List: Songs with Tangerines

1. Tangerine Speedo - Caviar

2. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles

3. She Don't Use Jelly - Ben Folds Five (cover)

4. Sweet Tangerine - The Hush Sound

Elsewhere on the Internet: Totally Looks Like

Once upon a time at University of Portland I took a Soviet Russia class. (You would not believe how many hammers and sickles I drew in the margins.) It was a genuinely great class and we watched a series of incredibly informative videos, including one in which a soldier said that the day he finally got shoes was the best day of his life. Anyway, one of these videos focused on the USSR talking to other red-minded countries, and there was some old footage of Fidel Castro. It turns out he looks a lot like Liam Neeson.

A few weeks ago I finally submitted a picture comparing Liam Neeson to Fidel Castro. I wasn't sure if they would do anything with it, but it is now a legitimate thing on the internet. Yay!

The link is here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


1. Take it Off - The Donnas

2. Hot in Herre - Nelly

3. I Like You So Much Better - Ida Maria

Sunday, April 4, 2010

FACT: My Top 9 Ip-Op Songs According to Play Count

1. Flashing Lights - Kanye West ft. Dwele (56)
2. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz (55)
3. I'm Really Hot - Missy Elliott (55)
4. Get it Together - Beastie Boys (54)
5. We Trying to Stay Alive - Wyclef Jean (46)
6. Fett's Vett - MC Chris (45)
7. I Just Wanna Love U - Jay-Z (42)
8. Pump It - Black Eyed Peas (41)
9. Fire Water Burn - Bloodhound Gang (39)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Short List: Songs about being Quiet that are Loud

1. Shy - Once Upon a Mattress

2. Be Calm - Fun.

3. It's Oh So Quiet - Bjork

Short List: Songs that Mention Rockefeller

1. Sunny Side of the Street - Keely Smith

2. New York City - They Might Be Giants

3. Putting On The Ritz - Fred Astaire