How Watson could have been beat

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Did you watch IBM’s super computer, Watson, play Jeopardy’s most notorious players the other week? Despite some funny computer glitches like betting a strangely precise amount of money when getting the Daily Double, he ended up winning. Here’s one take on how he could have been defeated. Nerdy robot programming humour alert!

Via Neatorama

Toronto tattoos in New York

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment


My friend Lizzie Renaud, owner of tattoo shop Speakeasy Tattoo, is visiting Brooklyn from Toronto in April. She’ll be guest tattooing at Three Kings in Greenpoint and is now taking bookings!


Lizzie is a great artist – she designed my back tattoo years ago, when she was just a counter girl, and has done work on so many of my friends, I’ve lost count. She will be in Brooklyn April 6-10. Check out her work online here and email speakeasytattooshop@gmail.com to reserve your spot now.

My long weekend

February 21, 2011 § 4 Comments

Nick and I started off our long weekend with dinner at our current favourite restaurant, Paulie Gee’s. We have come up with the perfect pizza: The Greenpointer with prosciutto added. Yum! (photo: Flickr)


I bought the new Radiohead “newspaper album” and downloaded the record, King of Limbs. It’s a lot different than In Rainbows, but it’s growing on me. What do you think?


We watched Harold and Maude for the first time and really enjoyed it! Fans of dark humour rejoice.

While Nick went to see Immortal on Saturday night, I stayed home and watched Never Let Me Go. It was breathtaking, but so sad. I’m surprised it’s not nominated for Best Picture.

Sunday night I met Courtney and Jesse and their out-of-town friends for dinner and drinks at Schiller’s. So tasty and a such great time! (photo: Flickr)

I’m sad the long weekend is coming to a close, but I feel like I definitely took advantage of my time off. What did you do for your President’s Day/Family Day off?

A preview of Spring

February 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m currently celebrating my first President’s Day long weekend! If I was in Canada, I’d have Monday off as well, with a recently-created holiday called “Family Day”. Sure, it sounds much more made up and less legitimate, but has a sweeter ring to it, don’t you think?

My weekend is already off to a great start. How about that Friday weather? It reached a high of 17 degrees (celcius) in New York yesterday! Some of the things I saw on the street in Brooklyn included:

  1. a man shoveling snow in shorts and a t-shirt
  2. a guy riding his bike while pulling a wheely suitcase alongside him
  3. about 30 kids under the age of 7 on the street after 9pm
  4. many flip flops, Spring skirts, and shorts

I’m glad Canada isn’t the only place that gets this excited about a shockingly nice day in the middle of Winter! I can’t wait for that ‘beer on a patio’ weather.

photo: Maurizio Strippoli

Siamese Dream Girl

February 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

This is still blowing my mind.

 

Lately

February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Oh, hey there.

Sorry I’ve been pretty bad at keeping my New Year’s goal of blogging at least every other day. It seems that succeeding in every goal you set for yourself to accomplish in a year is much easier when you are unemployed. I’ve been pretty busy working for Insound, trying to find the energy and strength to go to the gym or yoga afterwards, doing some freelance design, attempting to ignite some new projects, then spending the remaining time with Nick and friends, and so unfortunately, writing is taking the backseat. Which is sad and I’d like to put this drought to an end. So, I know it’s not much, but here’s the latest thing I’ve written. As a full-time employee, I am now subject to contribute blog entries to the Stuff We Like page. Check out my blurb on the new Mogwai here!

photo: Maffashion

Peter Luger is my (other) Valentine

February 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Many of you have probably heard me rave about Peter Luger Steakhouse before – it’s become mine and Nick’s favourite special occasion restaurant. We decided that lunch there would become our New Year’s Day lunch tradition and now I think it’s official that this is where we will spend the many Valentines Days we have to look forward together as well.

Since I’ve given most of my friends and family an idea of how delicious their food is through words, I thought it I’d step it up a notch and give you a play-by-play of our favourite things to order there.

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Step 1: The Bread Basket

When you arrive at your table, you are greeted with a basket of amazing bread and a gravy boat full of Luger sauce. This sauce is meant to be eaten on almost anything in the restaurant, including the bread. Butter up and dip!

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Step 2: The Bacon

I know it’s hard, but don’t eat too much bread. Limit yourself to one or two buns at the most and save room for our favourite appetizer, their thick and juicy pieces of giant bacon. I usually eat one, Nick goes for two.

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Step 3: The Burger (!!!)

Peter Luger is known for its amazing steak, but Nick and I love to go for the burgers. They’re easily the best burgers either of us has ever had, as they are basically ground, high quality steak, covered in melted processed cheese, then topped with a thick slice of onion and of course, more Luger sauce. The simplicity is amazing. No other condiments are necessary or recommended. This baby is also about an eighth the cost of a steak.

Please note: the burgers are only available at lunchtime!

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Step 4: The Cheesecake

I hope you did your Peter Luger prep work and made sure you were very hungry before arriving because you can’t leave after eating all that meat – you need to finish off your amazing meal with the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

The plain cheesecake is unbelievably creamy and is accompanied by a bowl of real whipped cream bigger than your slice of cake. Black tea is a great pairing.

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And that’s Nick and Christina’s Valentine’s Day Peter Luger guide!

Have you ever been there? What do you order?

Musical “meh”s

February 5, 2011 § 3 Comments

I have a confession to make… I am finding it incredibly hard to be excited about any new music these days. You may say that’s no big deal, hardly worth a confession, but to me, it is. For most of my working life I’ve been involved in music somehow whether it be working at record stores or in the actual live music industry and I’ve always had something to be excited about. I’ve always marked down upcoming concerts on my calendar and looked forward to new album releases. These days, I find myself listening to more old music than ever; music older than me even, such as The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Hank Williams, Led Zeppelin, and more. The more recent music I select on my iPod is at least a couple years old. I don’t know if I’d realize this was happening so much if I didn’t currently work at an online music retailer. We get in shipments every day and every day I look at what comes in and shrug. New bands that sound like inferior versions of bands I already like, new bands that are trying to bring back disco mixed with gothic rock, and douchey rap artists *cough* Kanye West *cough*. It’s like 2011 is recovering from an emo pop-punk hangover.

I think a big part of my new music drought is that I miss Canadian music. It doesn’t really reach America and I miss hearing about new artists through my old job at the booking agency in Toronto. I would discover more bands because I’d go out to shows with friends for work and realize “hey, these guys I wouldn’t have normally gone to see are actually pretty good!”

Another big part of the drought is that music sharing is almost non-existent at my office. Only a few people even have speakers for their computer, so for the most part, we all sit at our desks with our headphones on, and you can only guess what everyone’s listening to. We make top ten lists for our website, but it’s pretty unlikely that I’m going to buy every record someone recommends to me with the current track record I’ve been experiencing.

So what are you listening to these days? Is it just me having a hard time? Is anything interesting out there worth a listen? Eli Klein, I’m looking in your direction. And anyone else who wants to share. Pick up my musical spirits!

Time for the weekend

February 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

Do you have any interesting weekend plans? Nick didn’t get much of a weekend last week, so we plan on some sleeping in together tomorrow, but also heading into the city to pick up a couple things before we celebrate the lovely Courtney‘s birthday with her at one of our (mine & Courtney’s, not mine & Nick’s, haha) favourite restaurants, the Sidewalk Cafe. Sunday morning, if I’m up to it, I might stop by my current yoga studio to do Gentle Kripalu on TV! We’ll see about that one ;)

Here are a couple posts from around the interweb that I’ve been enjoying & forwarding on today:

Speaking of yoga, I’d love to ditch my mat and try out Yoga Paws!

Everything in this listing of Nerd Valentine ideas is amazing, especially the someecards with the Steve Jobs reference.

I love my giant sectional couch, but these ones are so stylish and have built-in coffee tables.

This trinity of Black & Grey tattoo books feature some really amazing artwork on skin. It got one big WANT from my husband!

A wintry update

February 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

This past week has been rather exhausting!

On top of starting a new position at Insound and meeting with a new web company about doing some part time work for them, the weather has continued to be very wintery, which makes it hard to want to leave the house or do more than is required each day. Last night I had to cancel dinner with a friend due to an impending ice storm, and what an ice storm it was! When I woke up this morning, the trees, cars, and most importantly, the ground, was covered in a thick coat of ice. It’s a good thing about a third of my block is an apartment complex that has a wrought iron fence around it, because holding onto that fence as I slid by was the only thing keeping me from falling down.

This winter has been a landmark – both because it’s my first winter in New York and also because we were incredibly close (or maybe we did?) to breaking the record for the most snow in January ever!

How are you liking the winter of 2011?

photo: Mother Firefly

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