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Heifer International
May 1, 2008, 3:48 pm
Filed under: news

So, the recent Help the Honey Bees campaign by Häagen-Dazs reminded me of my Art Honor Society days back in high school doing fund raisers for Heifer International. I’ve mentioned it to a few people somewhat recently and they hadn’t heard about it, so I figured I’d give it what meager press I could.

Heifer International

Ms. Topazio introduced us to the project when I was in, hmm 10th grade maybe? And I think we did it three years in a row. At least I remember donating a pig and honeybees. Anyway, if you’re looking for a charity to donate to, I can’t suggest this one enough. They make it easy to donate as much or as little as you want (you can give a town a pig for $120 or a “share” if a pig for $10) and, if I remember correctly, they send you updates on where your donation is being used.

I love that Heifer International encourages self-reliance and really gives a community an opportunity to grow and create a future for itself. Here’s an excerpt from an article written about one of the towns that received honey bees from Heifer:

To complete Heifer’s Cornerstone requirement to “Pass on the Gift,” the farmers will repay the cost of the hives in honey, pollen or cash. “Everyone is in agreement,” says Velasquez. “They all read their contracts, agreed to the plan and signed. It’s like a loan but without charging any interest,” which is an important consideration in a culture where banks typically charge more than 30 percent interest on short-term loans.

It would be reasonable to ask why donations are required if they’re all paying it back to Heifer, but they also give the recipients extensive training to ensure that they’ll be successful.

In short, you should help the honeybees as well as developing communities.


Maybe Tony went into hiding at a High School?
April 10, 2008, 12:06 am
Filed under: strange pictures | Tags: , ,

So, I’ve been making this face at Adam Brody pictures ever since he started getting all scruffy. Actually, I probably always made that face, but that’s because I don’t really like him and I hate the O.C. But I kept thinking he looked like someone, and I had the feeling that it was someone I feel fondly toward.


With heavy heart, I realized who he was reminding me of… one of my true loves… Tony Almeida. Well, the actor’s name is Carlos Bernard, but I’m not in love with Carlos.

As we mourn a year without 24, few more pics for comparison…

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My ipod might be an e-meter
April 4, 2008, 2:40 pm
Filed under: music, Uncategorized, undead, work | Tags: , ,

It definitely read my mood this morning. On the commute it played a grand selection of greatest hits:

Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
I just love this song, I was belting it in the apt before I left. That continued into the stairwell. I do not like the Van Morrison song Brown Eyed Girl, I’ve heard it played at a wedding where the bride didn’t even have brown eyes, and there are other songs I prefer more than Moondance. This is one of them. It is my favorite Van Morrison song ever.

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

A Better Son/Daughter – Rilo Kiley
I’ve always identified with this song, it reminds me of college and Loopay. I don’t really know if it makes me hate my job more or less. Every time I listen to it I get a little bit sad and a little bit hopeful. Quite an anthem.

But you'll fight and you'll make it through
You'll fake it if you have to
And you'll show up for work with a smile
And you'll be better
You'll be smarter
More grown up and a better daughter or son
And a real good friend

The Mariner’s Revenge Song – The Decemberists
This song reminds me of the July that Ben was living in Allston and I stayed with him for a week or two. I love all of their lyrics, this song Legionnaire’s Lament and Red Right Ankle are my all time favorites. Another darkly themed song for a similarly dingy day. This song live was one of the most fun things I’ve ever experienced at a live performance.

Don't know how I survived
The crew all was chewed alive
I must have slipped between his teeth

But, O! What providence!
What divine intelligence!
That you should survive
As well as me

It gives my heart
Great joy
To see your eyes fill with fear

So lean in close
And I will whisper
The last words you'll hear
Ohh Ohhhhh

Justifiable Fisticuffs – The Street Dogs
This is the only song I couldn’t find on seeqpod, so check out the video tab of the playlist if you want to hear it. Or I think it might come up on the playlist on their website. I love this townie punk band, this song is a big part of why. I mean, c’mon, the name alone should tell you why I like it.

We've passed the point of argument, the tension fills the air
I try to mediate diplomatically, but you don't even care
It's time to put them up and throw them down
Take this squabble round to round
Have a row, time to throw, can't see nothing but red

Talk to Me, Dance with Me – Hot Hot Heat
Ah, Hot Hot Heat, I do love you so. You played at one of my first, if not the first Siren Festival on Coney Island that I ever went to. It was definitely the one where I hung out with Rosalie for a while. This song is just plain fun.

So perfect you paint it... yet so manipulated.
So calm and so patient... yet oh so calculated.
So safe and comforting... this doesn't feel like flirting.
So fun I'm distracted... forgot you keep track of it.
So perfect you paint it... yet so manipulated.
So calm and so patient... yet calculated
So perfect you paint it... yet so manipulated.
So calm and so patient... yet calculated.

The Calendar Girl – Stars
The first thing this song brings to mind is Step. It’s very melodic and a bit eerie, I honestly don’t really know how depressing it’s supposed to be. Seems like there’s supposed to be a silver lining to it though, right?

I dreamed I was dying; as I so often do
And when I awoke I was sure it was true
I ran to the window; threw my head to the sky
And said whoever is up there,please don't let me die
But I can't live forever,I can't always be
One day I'll be sand on a beach by a sea
The pages keep turning, I'll mark off each day with a cross
And I'll laugh about all that we've lost

August – Rilo Kiley
Seriously, I’m not depressed. I just like these songs on rainy days. And I do kind of wish it were August. I miss old Rilo Kiley. New RK is just a biiiit too out there for me.

someday we will meet beyond the stars
and it'll be away from here
someday we'll meet beyond the land that you call miles away
away from here

Dammit – Blink182
I still have the CD that I made for my friends Katie, Mae and Janene when we graduated high school. This song was on it, partially because it was played in the art room a lot and partially cause Janene and I went to their show. Actually I probably saw my first two concerts with Nene, The Monkees and Blink182. We’re an eclectic bunch. Did I mention I hate my job? “Dammit” (the word, not necessarily the song) pretty much sums it up. Though I am being forced to be more of a grown up lately and that’s strange and somewhat unfortunate.

And it's happened once again I'll turn to a friend
Someone that understands
sees through the master plan

But everybody's gone
And I've been here for too long
To face this on my own
Well I guess this is growing up

Bridges, Squares – Ted Leo and the RX
This song aptly came on as I was walking to my wonderful job in Kendall Square. Everything in this song is accurate, especially the weather forecast. I love Ted Leo, I really need to make it to one of his shows again. I really need to make it to any show again.

As i walked to kendall square,
and crossed the river basin there,
the charles was black, the sky was blue,
the view was old, the bridge was new.
and past the flow's constricted mouth,
commercial lines flowed mostly south,
or east across a boundless sea,
where rising soon, the star would be.
the tides are moved by sun and moon.
the spring will last from march to june.
the red line train will pass behind,
as long as bridge joins stream and sky.
and from that point where i did stand,
i wondered at the works of man.
i wondered how this walk began,
til red line train came round again.

Honesty is the best policy
March 20, 2008, 8:08 pm
Filed under: strange pictures, undead | Tags: , ,

How do you sign an anus?
March 19, 2008, 6:37 pm
Filed under: news | Tags: ,
Justine: look at this article:
just the headline
Rose: WHAT
Lizzy: oh weird
we were just talking about Germany
I don’t think Lizzy was disturbed enough.

Hip Hop Dobermann
March 18, 2008, 3:35 am
Filed under: dogs, strange pictures, tchotcke | Tags: , , ,

So, I’ve got a lot of bizarre pictures on my various cameras of random things that have caught my eye.

Big Lots is a treasure trove of ridiculously cheap regular stuff and moderately priced crap. Last holiday season I was lucky enough to encounter not just a Hip Hop Dobermann, but a Holiday Hip Hop Dobermann. I wish I could remember what he sings, but he’s wearing the most bling I’ve seen since the season premiere of Flava of Love 3000.

Holiday Hip Hop Dobermann

Coincidentally my favorite dog on earth, Ginger, is a Dobermann/German Shepherd. She has not shown an inclination toward hip hop.


Hopefully I live up to the name.
March 18, 2008, 1:31 am
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Welcome to my blog, so named because of my love of zombie movies (despite my apprehension in conversations about any realistic apocalypse) and my abysmal track record of keeping a regular livejournal. Thus I [am] RoseFromTheDead. Get it?