If I lived in St. Louis

I would be buying tickets for this.

Breakfast Club live

I’m not familiar with the theatre company but man I love The Breakfast Club! And the friggin song that I always refer to as “The Breakfast Club song,” played below!

Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds

Worst trip ever

If you’ve been following my twitter feed you saw that this trip to Chicago sucked. The actual time spent in Chicago, that was nice, but the travel part… not so much. A 4 hour direct flight on Thursday turned into a 19 hour travel day with a massive layover in Austin. Thanks to the American Airlines MD-80 inspections, our initial flight was cancelled. We re-routed to Austin, where we got trapped for something like 6 hours because of snow at O’Hare.

This morning we woke up and prepared for our return flight and at about 11am learned that our 7:30pm flight had already been cancelled. BOOOO. And I finished my book so I have next to nothing to read! Waaah! So, now we hope to fly out tomorrow. At least this time we’re not stuck in an airport.

Anyway, in my ample free time of browsing I ran across this – a home designed as a nautilus shell. It’s wicked cool looking, check it out!

Nautilus shell home

Dr. Pepper Rules

From CNN:

PLANO, Texas, March 26 /PRNewswire/ — Tired of a world in which Americans idolize wannabe singers and musicals about high schoolers pass as rock ‘n roll music, Dr Pepper is encouraging (ok, begging) Axl Rose to finally release his 17-year-in-the-making belabored masterpiece, Chinese Democracy, in 2008.

In an unprecedented show of solidarity with Axl, everyone in America, except estranged GNR guitarists Slash and Buckethead, will receive a free can of Dr Pepper if the album ships some time — anytime! — in 2008. Dr Pepper supports Axl, and fully understands that sometimes you have to make it through the jungle before you get it right.

“It took a little patience to perfect Dr Pepper’s special mix of 23 ingredients, which our fans have come to know and love,” said Jaxie Alt, director of marketing for Dr Pepper. “So we completely understand and empathize with Axl’s quest for perfection — for something more than the average album. We know once it’s released, people will refer to it as “Dr Pepper for the ears” because it will be such a refreshing blend of rich, bold sounds — an instant classic.”

Show your support for Axl and get on the nightrain of encouragement at http://www.chinesedemocracywhen.blogspot.com

*howling laughter* Awesome!

Sometimes those robots just get out of line…

…and ya gotta drop kick em.

So this guy I worked with in St. Louis is this crazy talented musician. And he started a band called “Dropkick the Robot.” They’re really good and now have an album available to download for the low, low price of $4.99.

Dan’s got a couple of videos up on the Dropkick MySpace channel for you to check out, if you want to hear some Dropkick before you buy it.

Dropkick the Robot album art

How we spent our Easter Sunday

The weather was gorgeous (sorry mid-westerners) so we took advantage of it this weekend. I am, in fact, a little sunburned from yesterday’s 5 mile walk about.

Today though, after a yummy brunch, we took advantage of Stanford University’s Art Museum and Rodin Sculpture garden. I’ve uploaded a slew of pictures to my flickr account.

Overview of the Rodin garden

Rodin's Orpheum

Dead driftwood but bronzed horse

Buddha

There’s a bunch more so check ’em out. How was your Easter weekend?

The power of Oprah compels you!

A Chicago woman is running something of a social experiment – to live her live based on the principles espoused by Oprah. She has a daily blog detailing her “progress” and it’s a pretty fun read. Here’s a sample from today’s post:

Ever since I went to the Oprah boutique in Chicago, I’ve been a bit stirred up by what I see as a pretty major contradiction. Oprah seems to have “mastered” the lessons in A New Earth to a level where she feels enlightened enough to teach a class with the author. As those who have read the book know, Eckhart Tolle teaches that our egos are our obstacles in living from a place of truth. Now, the Oprah boutique is filled with clothing, housewares, stationary, etc, all with Oprah’s name or her initial emblazened on them. I have to wonder…isn’t this an incredible display of ego? I think it’s brilliant, from a commercial perspective and I don’t actually think it was a wrong choice for Oprah to make. Clearly, a smart business woman, she understands that people will spend their hard earned dollars on merchandise that has her stamp. However, I can’t reconcile this with the fact that every week she gets online and “teaches” us to live without ego, without facade. Is Oprah more of a “do as I say, not as I do” educator? I’m curious to hear what you think: should she really be a flawless example of the lifestyle she suggests (ie. commiting to eat on the Best Life Challenge diet plan since she asked us all to sign contracts to do the same)? Or is it ok that the messenger doesn’t live the message?

Also – a few of you have voiced a hope that I share: that Oprah’s shows, after the reruns end, reflect the egoless lifestyle she is teaching from her online pulpit every Monday night. That she no longer equate dressing more stylishly or owning the items on a “must have” list with feeling better about ourselves and living our “best” lives.

There’s an Oprah boutique???

I used to work at a big bookstore and we always HATED Oprah book club day. And sometimes the book club fans. Or the one time Oprah told everyone to go out and buy this one album that was “widely available” and was, in fact, a hard to get foreign album in limited release and NOT prepared for Oprah-ification. “But Oprah SAID” was the bane of our existence.

In any case, the blog’s worth a read so go check it out!

Oprah is watching you

I’ve been meaning to mention

Is it just me or is this season of LOST crazy good?! I can’t wait to see where it’s all going – maybe they actually DO have a plan?! The only downside of not working is that I can’t go to work tomorrow and have an “OHMYGODDIDYOUSEELOSTLASTNIGHT” fest as usual.

If you’re not watching it, you should be. I made my pal Nick start. He started with the free episodes on abc.com and then I made him Netflix a bunch of disks so he could watch them on the couch at home. I’m rewatching Season 1 on DVD right now and I’d forgotten how damn good it is.

If you need to get your LOST fix on, there’s a couple of websites you should visit:

ABC’s Lost Connections is kind of interesting

Lostpedia is a giant wiki for Lost and it’s pretty awesome

Ack Attack’s Lost recaps are friggin hilarious

OK, I must finish cleaning so I can settle in for a new episode tonight.