old habits die hard.

I’ve finally decided to give the Chrome beta for Mac a test drive. I was resistant to Chrome when it came out for Windows because I’m attached at the hip with Firefox. I jumped on the Firefox bandwagon pretty early, and now I can’t live without my carefully manicured bookmark manager, plugins, and custom search engines. Since I use my browser nearly every single minute I am on my computer, I feel that comfort and familiarity is very important. I tried Chrome for Windows for probably a week before waving the white flag and going back to Firefox. However, this time I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’ve come to appreciate the stripped down simplistic look, which seems to free up that much more screen space for viewing. Things look uncluttered and very tidy. Most importantly, I’m impressed at how gosh darned snappy everything feels. I don’t think I’ll be abandoning Firefox just yet, though. The beta is still pretty buggy, and it needs a proper bookmark manager and RSS feed compatibility before I consider a total switch.

I guess it’s a sign that not much is going on if I’m writing about my use of browsers.

jingle bell rock

For those of you still studying, here’s a rather lengthy and hipster-ish holiday mix I put together. I found a holiday mix I made for my friends during high school and then kind of went nuts with it. For no particular reason other than procrastinating instead of studying, I now have over half a gig of holiday music. One final left, zero motivation. I would hope that holiday music would make you nice and cheery, but some of theses songs are really depressing. Anyways, for those of you still studying, power through, and happy holidays!

Part 1

1.    Calling On Mary / Aimee Mann
2.    Christmastime / Aimee Mann
3.    I’ll Be Home For Christmas / Aimee Mann
4.    holiday mood / the apples in stereo
5.    donna and blitzen / badly drawn boy
6.    Little Saint Nick / Beach Boys
7.    Merry Christmas, Baby / Beach Boys
8.    christmas time (is here again) / the beatles
9.    Are You Coming Over For Christmas? / Belle & Sebastian
10.    Bizarre Christmas Incident / Ben Folds
11.    Rock Of Ages / Ben Kweller
12.    peace on earth/little drummer boy / bing crosby & david bowie
13.    Blue Christmas / Bright Eyes
14.    Mistletoe / Colbie Caillat
15.    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / Coldplay
16.    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Death Cab For Cutie
17.    everything’s gonna be cool this christmas / eels
18.    Christmas is Going to the Dogs / Eels
19.    The Winter Song / Eisley
20.    lo, how a rose e’re blooming / feist
21.    Frosty The Snowman / Fiona Apple
22.    a change at christmas / the flaming lips
23.    christmas at the zoo / the flaming lips
24.    White Christmas (demo for Tom Waits) / The Flaming Lips
25.    ding dong, ding dong / george harrison
26.    Donde Esta Santa Claus / Guster
27.    Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Jack Johnson
28.    No Christmas For Me / Jack Johnson
29.    12/23/95 / Jimmy Eat World
30.    Last Christmas / Jimmy Eat World
31.    happy xmas (war is over) / john lennon
32.    Blue Christmas / Johnny Cash

Part 2

1.    river / joni mitchell
2.    Christmas / Leona Naess
3.    Silent Night / Lisa Hannigan/Damien Rice
4.    Christmas With You Is the Best / The Long Winters
5.    Just Like Christmas / Low
6.    All I Want For Christmas / Matt Costa
7.    xmas curtain / my morning jacket
8.    santa claus is back in town / my morning jacket
9.    xmas time is here again / my morning jacket
10.    wonderful christmastime / paul mccartney
11.    Let Me Sleep / Pearl Jam
12.    Santa God / Pearl Jam
13.    I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day / Pedro the Lion
14.    Do They Know It’s Christmas / Pete Yorn
15.    Winter Wonderland / Phantom Planet
16.    Happy Christmas (War Is Over) / The Polyphonic Spree
17.    The Christmas Song / The Raveonettes
18.    Xmas Cake / Rilo Kiley
19.    Christmas / Rogue Wave
20.    maybe this christmas / ron sexsmith
21.    Merry Xmas Everybody / Rooney
22.    Spotlight On Christmas / Rufus Wainwright
23.    hey parker, it’s christmas / ryan adams
24.    Winter Song / Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
25.    christmastime / the smashing pumpkins
26.    Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! / Sufjan Stevens
27.    All the King’s Horns / Sufjan Stevens
28.    Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!) / Sufjan Stevens
29.    Joy to the World / Sufjan Stevens
30.    Amazing Grace / Sufjan Stevens
31.    christmas party / the walkmen ft. nicole sheahan
32.    it’s christmas time / yo la tengo
33.    baby, it’s cold outside / zooey deschanel & leon redbone

Real post soon, I promise.

what’s next?

Washington is beckoning. So is the Peace Corps, Teach for America, backpacking through Europe and Latin America, studying abroad, grad school, and maybe just curling up with my headphones, an iced Americano, and a good book.

Suddenly, I have no idea what I’ll be doing 8 months from now, and yet, I feel strangely liberated.

Turns out there’s life without law school after all.

home is where the heart is.

Driving in San Francisco at night, off the beaten path, really reveals how truly amazing this city truly is. Too bad that, at least at this point in my life, it doesn’t feel like home. Maybe someday.

media junkie

Haven’t done this in a while (since the days of Xanga), but I always liked it, so I’m bringing it back.

Listening To: Stéphane Pompougnac – Hôtel Costes: Vol. 6
Reading: Lush Life by Richard Price
Watching: Wall Street

extreme!!!

Today, a guy was standing on Telegraph handing out samples of Monster Energy Shots. Although the generosity is greatly appreciated during a particularly sleep deprived finals week, I’m still wary of the packaging. I’ve always been turned off by energy drinks like Monster and Full Throttle that come alarming-looking cans, complete with jarring colors, flames, and claw marks. The energy shots are new to me. These have bullet holes. I understand this stuff is probably marketed at testosterone-crazed frat boys, but still. I already know this stuff is going to kill me. I don’t need to be reminded of that when I pick it up off the shelf.

Just in case you’re wondering, the shot has 6 grams of sugar, 2000 mg of taurine, 400mg of ginseng, and 5000 mg of something called “energy blend” (glucose, l-carnitine, caffeine, inositol, guarana, glucuronolactone, and maltodextrin).

Holy shit I’m going to die.

I should definitely be studying.

permanent daydreaming.

I’m always amused that the only times I get a hankering for blogging are when I am horribly behind on schoolwork. On a side note, screw you, Professor Crawford. A 10 page takehome midterm? You sadistic bitch, as if I really needed another reason to hate you and your class.

Sorry, just had to let that one out.

Anyways, I’ve noticed something about myself that really disturbs me. This trainwreck of a semester has probably been the toughest that I’ve had since I’ve gotten here, yet as the semester continues, I just don’t care anymore. I stopped doing actual work about a month ago, and I simply don’t go to a lot of my classes anymore. I’m really not sure why. I’ve got plenty that I should be doing – a mountain of LSAT homework, 2 10-page papers, and internship applications are just the tip of the iceberg. Usually I have this irrational fear that sets in when I fail to be productive, but I’ve found that fear has now been replaced by apathy. Right now, coasting for the rest of the semester and blowing off finals and the LSAT is sounding like a prettygood plan to me. It should be scaring the hell out of me that I’m even thinking this way, but it’s  not. What is it all for anyways? Law school? Graduate school? A job? I don’t even know what I want to do next weekend, much less what I want to do for the rest of my life.

It’s not as if I’m spending the time doing something I shouldn’t be doing, but rather, I’m spending time doing nothing at all. Case in point – I had set aside yesterday afternoon to do homework and failed rather miserably. Was I out at one of the many parties on frat row? Lounging in the sun? Catching up with friends? No, I spent the entirety of yesterday lying prone on my bed, surfing the web. Maybe this is a sign that I’m not ready for law school in a year, but I actually think it’s more than that. The ironic thing is that up until this point, I’ve actually been doing really well this semester. Maybe I’ve just burnt out.

All semester, I’ve been using my return to DC this summer as motivation to keep going, but after an endless stream of rejections, I honestly don’t even really feel like going back anymore. Is it strange that I just want to leave school and travel? Too bad that’s not a financially viable option.

Like always, I start posts like this to try to sort out my feelings, and like always, all I find is a jumbled mess of thoughts.

Basically, I think at the moment, I’d rather be anywhere but here.