Good Times in New Hampshire

January 8, 2008

Exit poll links, the New York Times politics blog, the ever-excellent electoral-vote.com, and Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire.

East Village Redux

January 8, 2008

Comfortably ensconced in A + A’s Manhattan abode, between three brick walls, Raptor and Chelsea, nursing the remainder of my cold, listening to In Rainbows, I revised this site. To be specific, I combined two sites: my TypePad blog and my [previously static] personal site, ydnar.com.

The design is a derivation of some recent work, an attempt to push the primary forward, and supporting content into the background without rendering it completely illegible. It’s set in a very desaturated olive, with subheads in 11px capitals, all around a uniform 15px baseline. The type is set in Helvetica Neue, with slightly condensed letter spacing. Links are Pantone 213 on hover. The only images on the page are in posts, and there is nothing except text, links and whitespace otherwise.

Back to this french press and finishing Amelie!

Vox in Pink

January 7, 2008

Ben used my theme. That’s pretty flattering!

Vegan Junk Food

January 7, 2008

made of vegan taste One might be tempted to call it fast food, but it was definitely not the former. Reading an old post lamenting dearth of organic/slow (heh) fast food I was reminded of Saturday’s visit to Williamsburg. Amidst the hipster slapfights, between a gallery opening and a visit for second dinner to a sardine-packed Japanese restaurant whose matron assured us that the 45 minute wait was definitely worth it, even if we were not worthy, we paid a visit to Food Swings. Peter ordered buffalo wings, Courtney a pair of onion/ketchup/mustard laced hot dogs, Annica a veggie burger, and YT got the chicken bacon ranch sandwich and a latte. No murder (or milk) around. I kneejerked “that is soy, right?” when ordering the latte.

My inner vegan hipster danced a little that night, I think.

Made of Salt and Win

January 7, 2008

ramen!!! Thanks Anil for the tip: Ramen Setagaya is the best ramen I’ve ever had on this side of the Pacific. Or the country.

I’m not quite sure what won me over—the salt broth, the perfect noodles, the blessedly cooked fatty pork or the mega-kawaii uniformed staff.

Japan, New York, Texas, Fixies, Faxes and Dixie

January 7, 2008

Mad rad Japanese track bike + music + other blog, definitions of success, morale, and how lawyering and doctoring aren’t sexy rockstar like making websites or running hedge funds, and emo electropop from Texas.

A Storm?

January 5, 2008

I hope all my friends in SF are okay.


January 3, 2008

With a little help from my friends and some Dopplr I hacked out this magic 8-ball in the parlance of HTTP:

Is ydnar in ?

Whistler Singer Songwriter Agitator Remixer

January 1, 2008

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in December 2007.

Distilling a batch of ten from a rough cut three times that size is a craft. Despite feelings of being unsuited for said craft, I humbly present my list of the ten best songs of 2007.

When initially making this list, Krissy asked if I was making a personal list or a critical list. Despite aforementioned ability to compile a reasonable cut of the latter, I made two lists. It turns out the intersection was actually pretty significant, even discounting remixes or covers. In the end I decided on the following rules: Song or source album must have been first released in 2007. For remixes and covers, the date of the derived song’s release is counted. It must have 4+ stars in my iTunes library and a pretty high listen count.

Surprises: The Streets, Bloc Party didn’t make the cut this year, despite heavy presence in last year’s top 10. No hip hop. No Air, M83, or Ratatat. No drum & bass. Hot Chip and Peter Bjorn and John barely got sliced out. Four songs are remixes, and every song has lyrics. Huge thanks to Xis, .tiff and the Toof for introducing me to most (if not all) of the songs on this list.

I’ll repurpose a tweet of a quote from Erika: each is a simple verse in a complex love story. For a lazy monday afternoon, sitting on the rug in the living room of my friend’s upper east side apartment, it seems framed correct. I have two goals today: write this post, and party. And I’m almost out of post.

  1. Klaxons - Golden Skans
  2. Cloud Cult - Take Your Medicine
  3. Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms) (CLASSIXX Remix)
  4. The Bird And The Bee - Fucking Boyfriend
  5. LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
  6. Digitalism - Pogo
  7. LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
  8. Thom Yorke - The Eraser (XXXChange_mix)
  9. Klaxons - As Above, So Below (Justice Remix)
  10. Midnight Juggernauts - Road To Recovery (Miami Horror remix)

Young Folks violates the “released in 2007” rule, but it makes the list as the bonus secret track 11 because of one night in October with my friend Elise in the middle of an epic flurry of rock shows around San Francisco. We were standing in line at Popscene to see Tokyo Police, the sounds of Peter Bjorn and John were tumbling out of the door of 330 Ritch when a dozen-odd hipsters around us started nodding their heads and whistling along.


December 29, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in December 2007.


Sometime before Flickr and Twitter scratched my lazy itch, I used to blog. Whole paragraphs! Structured sentences, posts with conclusions and enclosures! Double entendre! Exclamation points!

Retirement’s been mostly a drag, just kidding. Yesterday I woke up to the sounds of my parents’ neighbors dogs barking. Apparently they’re redoing the kitchen and they’d given the kids a Wii for Christmas. All Wii and no wee, ah nevermind. Poor pups. My newly slashed thumb was stitched up, and I managed to gimp along with just one opposable digit.

Parents had an epic holiday party, with the whole congregation and a large part of the caucasian, largely older, largely richer than you crowd came by for a drink of pinot gris (and not chardonnay, as my unscientific testing proved). I took photos, poured wine & Diet Coke and generally played the good PK (that’s Preachers Kid). Dad was a good host, and Mom made sure stuff happened. I’ve never seen them cook more food consumed so quickly. Where lesser mortals would have catered the whole sum bitch, they made. Everything. From. Scratch.

Can I just say that phylo-wrapped white asparagus is basically crack?

Met some interesting folk including a Baltimore inner-city school teacher and an elderly gent who’d lived the entirety of his life in Cambridge Maryland. He kept asking me if I was applying to move back. I wasn’t quite sure if he was fucking with me or not.

Apres party, Mom and I took off to head back to Alexandria, Virginia. She works 5 days out of every 2 weeks at the hospital in the ICU. It was good to kick it with the moms. We got stuck in traffic on the Chesapeake bay bridge, drove by Annapolis and circled half the beltway back to Old Town.

Met up with an old friend Dennis at his place of business, and he gave me a CD of his noise/ambient including a remix of a track I’d made a decade ago. It sounds like he just slowed it down 75% and added noise, but my now unsophisticated ears aren’t attenuated to the sounds of ambient like they used to be. Maybe if it was sped up and covered by a singer-songwriter.

Afterwards, I ran into the Korean crew, drinking & smoking in one of the Old Town locals, and my resident BFF Dabysan dropped in. We made to another bar, and watched (some of us Sang) karaoke amidst the Virginia-legal cloud of tobacco. Technically it was day six without a smoke, but it didn’t feel like it this morning.

This morning I had a cup of my old favorite, Misha’s. Harrar Americano, short cup, less water pls thx. Ran into Misha, Andrea, Joel, Sang, Dabysan and a few other folk. The place hasn’t changed much in the 2.5 years I’ve been absent, except for a coat of paint and a new logo on the cups. And onesies for sale.

Today was an epic battle against the internet gnomes, rain, designing, photographing and drinking more coffee. It’s almost midnight here on the east coast, and the rain’s let up. Time for something new, like fomenting plans for flights across the globe. There are 5 tabs open to Expedia, one to Vox and one to Twitter. This place is closing in 6 minutes, and I’ve got an itch to scratch.