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Friday Random 10: Sexy ass fruit flies edition

Scientists in Canadia say they have discovered a way to genetically tweak fruit flies in such a way as to make them utterly irresistible. Not only do fruit flies of the opposite sex flock toward the modified flies, but many of the same sex apparently turn gay for these sexy little monsters.

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Professor Joel Levine, who led the study at the University of Toronto, genetically tweaked fruit flies so they failed to produce a particular pheromone or odour, which is used by the flies to communicate.

The effect on males and females when the cuticular hydrocarbon pheromone was removed was a ‘sexual tsunami’, he said.

The research has a long way to go, but I think it’s good that we’re on our way to explaining why Father Scott is so damned alluring. To insects, anyway. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to zip up my mosquito tent and get back to work.

The songs:

I Don’t Want To Die In The Hospital — Conor Oberst
Fell in Love With a Girl — White Stripes
Time is on My Side — The Rolling Stones
Sweet Illusions — Ryan Adams
Saved by Old Times — Deerhunter
Balcony/Green Eyes — Joe Purdy
The Bunker — Beirut
Don’t Look Back in Anger — Oasis
A Fool for You — Ray Charles
Take Pills — Panda Bear

Bonus Video:

Dashboard — Modest Mouse

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Friday Random 10: Goodfellas edition

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Our good friend Reverend E forwarded us this tremendous piece of food journalism, courtesy of The Times (UK).

dog_tongue.jpgHere’s the backstory: An newspaper writer in Northern Ireland slammed a West Belfast restaurant called Goodfellas in print. The restaurant sued the paper, alleging that the writer got many of the “facts” wrong by writing things like “the chips were pale, greasy and undercooked.” The restaurant won the first round, but then that ruling was overturned by another judge.

Times food scribe Giles Coren then flew to Belfast, newly emboldened by his reaffirmed freedom to eviscerate restaurants at will. He booked a table at the same establishment and ordered the same dinner as the original writer.

He was unimpressed:

Then my pollo marsala arrives: an oval dish containing a chocolate coloured liquid and pale lumps of something. I eat a mouthful. The sweetness is, indeed, alarming. As is the consistency of the meat. Without the court papers to confirm what I had ordered, I’d have guessed I was eating thin strips of mole poached in Ovaltine.

It is revolting. It is ill-conceived, incompetent, indescribably awful. A dish so cruel I weep not only for the animal that died to make it, but also for the mushrooms. Ms Workman said it was inedible but, to be honest, as it sits before me, congealing quietly, I cannot leave it alone but return to it every few minutes with the grim fascination of a toddler mesmerised by a pile of its own faeces, nibbling at it, gurning with revulsion, then nibbling some more. If you’ve ever sniffed your finger after scratching your arse, and then done it again, then this dish may not be entirely wasted on you.

Ordinarily I despise food writers who go out of their way to slam restaurants (that business is tough enough already) but when a restaurant sues for a bad review, I say bring out the big guns.

The songs:

Under the Bridge — Red Hot Chilipeppers
Moment of Clarity — Jay Z and DJ DangerMouse
Roadrunner — The Modern Lovers
November Rain — Guns ‘N Roses
The Last Time — Gnarls Barkley
The Young Thousands — The Mountain Goats
Tired of Sex — Weezer
Tiny Dancer — Ben Folds (Live)
In The Aeroplane Over the Sea — Neutral Milk Hotel
Promise What You Will — Iron & Wine

Bonus video: Dashboard, Modest Mouse

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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