the good, the bad, the sheer

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Baja Here We Come

See you there, Jesus. Can't wait to end 2009 in style.

(image via partlytruthpartlyfiction)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice

Bet you wish you had one of these to keep you warm!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bye Bye '09 -- Another Sheer Year

2009 was pretty sheer. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being stellar), I'd rate this year somewhere around a 6. Thank goodness I have awesome friends+family+dear people in my sheerniverse that helped me survive the trash. In my life, the only year that was more retarded was 2006. Fuck 2006.

Go ahead, think for a moment about this year: there was a plethora of celebrity deaths, creepy sicknesses, crappy jobs (or lack thereof), and just plain uninsured/unemployed stressful nonsense. MJ died, for God's sake. I have no doubt that 2010 will be much better (if only because Jacko can't die again in 2010). If it does in fact get any worse I might make like R. Branson and move to outer space.

But '09 wasn't that bad. In fact, scrolling through my photos, there are more than a few delightful memories. From a boat named the "Shearwater" to a mystery trip to Jamaica, front row seats at the Maury show to a rowdy family vacay with the love of my life, here are 12 highlights from my year in sheer trash:

January - Winter Hike with Lola

February - Wild Teens on Maury

March -- Britney Spears' Circus Tour (in Newark, NJ, No Less)

April - Hanging out in the Shire

May - Paris in the Spring

June - Field Trip to Chester, NJ

July - The S.S. Shearwater

August - Fire Island

September - Autumn Commences

October - Thrillist's JetMystery

November - Hayden Hatteras Trip

December - Lola and Her Mini Tree

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Top Ten Animal Videos of 2009

I've finished the most amazing assignment ever: a countdown of the best animal videos from this year. Jenny the Stroller Pug, Orgasm Turtle, Tickling Slow Loris -- they're all there for your viewing pleasure. So click over to Paw Nation for the full list and each video.

Seriously, if only life were always this fun!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Wish This Was Real

After all, it's not that far-fetched. And I do wonder what X-mas is like at the Haus of Gaga....

(via Landline TV)

UPDATE: Apparently it IS REAL -- via my Buzzfeed post, I was directed to this Amazon link and Lady Gaga's "Christmas Tree." YOWZAH!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pan and James

Alright, so this is a thing. A thing in Japan. And because the Japanese tend to get super weird with their animals, I can't say I wasn't expecting a show about a chimp and a bulldog BFF duo who "complete human tasks" to be anything less than nonsequitor amazingness. And the proof is in the puddin'.

After doing more research (a.k.a. looking at a Wikipedia entry) on Pan and James, I discovered that they're featured on a television show called "Tensai! Shimura Dōbutsuen" ("天才!志村動物園", lit. "Genius! Shimura Zoo"). The "Pan and James Running Errands" episode is often cited as their finest work. But that's BS, since "Pan with James' Babies" is clearly the cutest thing ever.

Zany language and cultural barriers aside, these two take my emotional cake for today.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Surprised Kitten #2

Thank goodness this is becoming a trend!

Looks like surprised kitties are all over the place, and according to some experts the tiny-cutie-jazz-hands-freak-outs are "a normal postural play response." After the kind of week I've been having, this is fantastic news. If you find any more clips of 'em, send my way, because I need warm fuzzy things in my face more than ever.

(via Gothamist)

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Shout Out Louds Are Coming (Back)

After a hiatus in 2009, one of my fave Scandinavian indie sensations will be returning with a new LP in February. The Shout Out Louds fill the void somewhere between The Cure, Stars, and borderline terrible emo-pop – and I love it.

Here’s the video for “Walls,” c/o Merge Records.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blame it on the An-An-An-Ani-Animals

Hello, you sexy world!

There's an exciting development in the Sheer!niverse: I've begun blogging for This means a new place for me to funnel my fervent love for fuzzy bunnies/animals that look like Lola, my Great Pyrenees/tiny kittens/helpless creatures/Shetland Ponies/dogs in general et al. So far I've written pieces about Operation Migration, Twitter for Animal Lovers and the Cutest Dog Competition outcome (que scandal!!!).

You can subscribe to my posts here -- but only if you are prepared for the most important content EVER, buddy.