further elsewhereness

budapest - polgar

The fine folks at Pure Slush have published a (very) short story of mine. It’s called “Last Night In Budapest” and it’s about my last night in Budapest (I suck at coming up with titles).  You should go read it, then maybe read a couple other stories on their site.

The photo above is of the jewelry store in Budapest that I briefly mention in the story.  If you read the story, you’ll understand why I took it.  So go – GO NOW!! – and read the story.

this week in instagram

Slim pickings by me this week – I was in a pretty boring part of Connecticut the first couple days, then was too busy focusing on avoiding potholes in Queens during the rest of the week, and now I’m in New Jersey, which never has anything worth photographing. Click on any picture to enlarge.

Since I provided so little entertainment for your eyes today, I’ll use the rest of this space to remind you that I have a separate blog on Tumblr that’s called Motel Interiors, and it features many surprisingly-appealing pictures of . . . well, motel interiors. Feast on all these curtains, then go over there and check out the rest of the site:

Find me on Instagram by searching for ‘carnibu1′. A more varied selection of photographs can be found at my Flickr page.

motel interiors

I’ve started a new Tumblr page that consists entirely of pictures of comforters, curtains, carpets, and couches from the various motels that I’ll be staying at during the remainder of my time on the road (+/- two months). It’ll be updated several times a week as I venture around the few affordable places to lay my head down in New England.

It’s called Motel Interiors. The world needed this.

family of the year

I haven’t posted much from outside of my own orbit lately, so – since I’m currently in one of the least-scenic parts of the country, thus having no new pictures to post – here are two videos from a band that I’ve really been digging lately, Family Of The Year. Both songs are from an album that’s coming out next month.  The first song, in particular, has done a good job of getting stuck in my head frequently over the past week.

brief bests

My favorite music blog, Said The Gramophone, has come up with their annual list of top 100 songs for the year.  Their musical tastes are wonderfully eclectic (and kudos to them also for introducing me to my second favorite music blog, Far From Moscow) – you’re bound to stumble upon something unique if you dig around enough.  Go there now and give a listen to a ton of great music.

 

“everyone has the single most powerful weapon that we need — dignity”

Aleksei Navalny, a popular blogger who has helped mobilize young Russians over the past year, sent an address from the prison where he is serving a 15-day sentence for resisting the police. Mr. Navalny was arrested Monday night after the first of three demonstrations.

“Everyone has the single most powerful weapon that we need — dignity, the feeling of self-respect,” said the address, which was read by the journalist Oleg Kashin. “It’s impossible to beat and arrest hundreds of thousands, millions. We have not even been intimidated. For some time, we were simply convinced that the life of toads and rats, the life of mute cattle, was the only way to win the reward of stability and economic growth.”

“We are not cattle or slaves,” he said. “We have voices and votes and we have the power to uphold them.”

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“WOOOO!!!”

patton oswalt’s “asshole” tweets

This inspired burst of genius occurred late last night. I read them just as I was going to bed, and couldn’t stop laughing. Granted, I was a bit drunk at the time and in good spirits, so pretty much anything moderately witty could have spurred a similar reaction. However, after waking up this morning, I went through them again, and still found them to be funny as hell. Enjoy.

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