Monday, January 08, 2007

Random Cultural Notes

In the world of music, I was listening to WXPN (88.5 fm in philadelphia, from the campus of the hallowed University of Pennsylvania) the other day, and they had a fellow named Ryan Shaw doing their free lunchtime concert. OooooWEE! Please go here and listen to "We Got Love". The play count when I visited this morning was 1,196; probably 1,150 of those were me. I lurve that song - it's full of soulful, poppy, throwback-y goodness. (I didn't like his other songs even a little bit as much, but no matter.)

In the world of television: I was thrilled this morning to discover that HGTV is now carrying "Knitty Gritty" - a tv show about knitting, by gum! I changed channels with alacrity (I was actually considering watching "Human Spontaneous Combustion" on the Discovery Channel), only to find that they were knitting fuzzy dice and steering wheel covers. Feh. Then they had a segment on how to knit with size 50 knitting needles and how you could combine four different novelty yarns (all from Lion Brand). The secret is to find a common color in each of the novelty yarns!!! Double feh. Is this show aimed only at beginners or hipsters? I was so demoralized I don't know if I'll check back in another day. I did turn back to "Human Spontaneous Combustion" - it was creepy. But not as creepy as knitting four different (but color-coordinated) Lion Brand novelty yarns on size 50 needles!

In the world of movies: My friend Anne gave me the French movie "Amelie" for Christmas. She raved about it, so much so that I told her to stop because she was setting my expectations too high. Well! I watched it this morning and it was completely and utterly delightful from beginning to end. Now excuse me while I go cut my bangs really short and find some fabulous gamine clothes in my wardrobe, so I can look exactly like Audrey Tatou.

Obligatory sports note: E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: "Knitty Gritty" -

blatant plug for my employer, but there are currently 30 Knitting podcasts available on iTunes:

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and this too. in case your iPod gets cold at night:

Only 1 day to Macworld!!!!!!!

4:13 PM  
Blogger diana said...

EPP - knitted Ipod socks! WA HA HA! I like the Santa one on her website (note to self: knit Santa Ipod sock next Christmas). My Ipod just knocks around naked from my messenger bag to my car back to the bag to my kitchen. If ever an Ipod needed a sock, it is mine.

And if I didn't only have like one eensy-squeensy tiny bit of memory left on the old Ipod, I'd subscribe to every one of those knit podcasts. Thanks for pointing them out to me. I'll put them on Itunes.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Hi! I enjoyed meeting you with Francesca last week or so at the TG.

I am so conflicted about Knitty Gritty. They often knit sucky things. Wait until you see the episode where they knit a toilet paper cozy that looks like sushi. I am not making this up.

But on the other hand, I get to see Annie Modesitt on TV. And it is great to have in the background when I am knitting lace. You just can't watch 24 when knitting lace.

Fly, Eagles, Fly!

7:16 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Liz - I'm so glad you chimed in! If there's a chance of seeing something other than Fun Fur steering wheel covers, then I will give KG another chance.

The only way I can watch "24" is with my mouth gaping open, staring googly-eyed at the screen until a commercial releases me.

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are 30 podcasts about knitting on iTunes and 4 are labeled "explicit"

am i missing something about knitting?

8:00 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Excuse me, I have to go check out those EXPLICIT Knitting Podcasts!! Talk about an oxymoron..... though I must say there have been moments in knitting crises when I've sworn like a sailor. (no offense)

7:39 AM  

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