Miss Letting-Go-Getting

Books and Music and Blogs, Oh My!
July 14, 2008, 11:21 am
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Photo courtesy of Chilsta via Creative Commons & Flickr

I like blogs, I like books, I like book blogs. I also like music. Paper Cuts, one of my favorite book blogs has this really great feature called “Living With Music” wherein various authors discuss the effects of music on their lives and in most cases, offer up 10-song playlists complete with reasoning behind each selection.

This concept clearly isn’t new. Starbucks has their “Artist’s Choice” CD’s and I-Tunes has a similar feature, but I appreciate that this particular voyeuristic peek into the musical tastes of the famous is devoted to authors.

Measure for Measure, another of my favorite blogs courtesy of the New York Times features musicians discussing the art of song-writing.

“With music now available with a single, offhand click, it’s easy to forget that songs are not born whole, polished and ready to play. They are created by artists who draw on some combination of craft, skill and inspiration. In the coming weeks, the contributors to this blog — all accomplished songwriters — will pull back the curtain on the creative process as they write about their work on a songs in the making.”

Finally, the blog for my one of my favorite NPR shows, All Song’s Considered, has started a new feature in which they post the lyrics of a song, and readers post their interpretations.

“I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” by Wilco

“Everything in Its Right Place” by Radiohead

They also have a great post called “Sigur Ros vs My Spell Checker” Check it out I tell you!


Miss LGG


Miss LGG’s Book of the Week: The Culture Code
July 12, 2008, 4:31 pm
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The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille, 202 pgs.

The Culture Code by cultural anthropologist (and French ex-pat) Clotaire Rapaille explores the unconscious meanings we apply to products, relationships and our country through the lens of the culture in which we are raised. Below are some of the codes discussed in the book; some of which are incredibly obvious, and others, somewhat shocking. You’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Some American Culture Codes explored in the book:



Love=False Expectation



Beauty=Man’s Salvation

Fat=Checking Out



Work=Who You Are


Quality=It Works


Luxury=Military Stripes



Shopping=Reconnecting with Life

Culture Codes for countries:

France=IDEA/French code for America=Space Travelers

England=CLASS/English code for America=Unashamedly Abundant

Germany=ORDER/German code for America=John Wayne


“The Culture Code offers the benefit of great new freedom gained from understanding why you act the way you do. It gives you a new set of glasses with which you can see the world in a new way. We are all individuals, and each of us has a complex set of motivations, inspirations, and guiding principles–a personal Code, if you will. However, seeing how we think as a culture, how we behave as a group in predictable patterns based on the survival kit we received at birth as Americans, or English, or French, enables us to navigate our world with a vision we’ve heretofore lacked.” — Clotaire Rapaille

Fast-paced, easy to read and peppered with examples from Ropaille’s extensive marketing work, The Culture Code is A fascinating read for anyone interested in how we as a culture operate, our reasons for doing so and how others view us.

If you’re at all interested, you can also check out the Frontline episode “The Persuaders” part of which features the work of Monsieur Rapaille.

In a similar vein, check out this awesome on-line project by Noah Brier, “a collective experiment in brand perception.” I think the brand clouds for American Apparel and Fox News are my personal favorites.


Miss LGG

Please Boycott Heinz!
July 5, 2008, 3:40 pm
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My dear friend has started a campaign against Heinz due to the removal of this British commercial based on a ridiculously small number of customer complaints:

After 200 complaints (and some allegedly posthumous crowing by the American Family Association, whose aim is to promote bigotry under the guise of “values”) Heinz has pulled an ad for its Deli Mayo featuring two men “kissing” from the UK airwaves.

Some may call this a manufactured controversy – that Heinz knew that this would cause such a stir, except there’s nothing controversial about it. It’s two men who have a very brief smack on the lips. English broadcast TV, no slouch in the swearing and nudity department, finds THIS so offensive that it has to be pulled? In the year 2008?

If it’s a created controversy, so be it. It’s still an insult to gay people everywhere.

Bill O’Reilly – that paragon of moral virtue -taking credit for helping to get this scourge of an ad off the British airwaves within a week of its first airing, couldn’t have said it better when he said “You don’t put on a commercial that is number going to offend millions of people, because” and this is where he scrunches up his face in an EW GROSS manner, “they don’t want to see that!”

And there you have it, ladies and gentleman! People don’t want to see that because at the end of the day, demonstrative displays of homosexuality (particularly MALE homosexuality) just icks them out, even the benign displays found in this ad. And mayonnaise should really just be for one man and one woman. And it’s high time we do something about people using mayonnaise in a way god didn’t intend.

Gay men gross people out so much that even a kiss between men pretty much devoid of any sexuality can’t even exist as a joke in a mayonnaise commercial. This is how far we’ve come?

That said, I urge all of you to boycott Heinz and all of its subsidiaries until they issue a public apology to the gay community for their cowardly, pandering act. Some – not all – of Heinz’s products include the following:

Heinz Ketchup
Heinz 57
HP Sauces and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Jack Daniel’s Sauces and Marinades
Mr Yoshida’s Fine Sauces
Ore-Ida products
Deli Mex
Bagel Bites
TGI Fridays supermarket items
Wyler’s Bouillon
Weight Watchers frozen items
Boston Market supermarket items
Classico Pasta Sauce

This list is by no means comprehensive, but once I have the website up and running I’ll try to keep it as up to date as possible.

You can contact the US division of Heinz at (800) 255-5750 and let then know what you think.

I guess this means I have to get rid of:

Oh and also, here’s another little gem from our genius friends at the American Family Association.

Now go throw out your Heinz products!


Miss LGG

Happy Birthday USA, Happy Birthday Jason Dabrowski: A Weekend of Encased Meats
July 4, 2008, 4:40 pm
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“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” Barbara Ehrenreich

“”We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” Edward R. Murrow

“My country, right or wrong” is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” G.K. Chesterton


Happy Fourth Friends! I am going to join fellow patriots for some dangerous lawn games, encased meats and explosives. On Sunday, I am going to Johnsonville, Wisconsin for a real Sausage Fest….SO EXCITED! I hope we make it in time for the Polka Mass.


Miss LGG