We've been fighting a major battle with some ants over the last few months. Because I have pets, I've been using some hippie organic spray that ends up killing the ants but the residual smell causes me to flashback to my days of relying on Ben-Gay to loosen up the throwing arm. Then after a few days, the damn ants return. I'll see a few gathered around the sink, obviously the scouts, then before long they're all headed to a few forgotten crumbs which I failed to wipe off the counter. Spray. Kill. Repeat. Thing is, I don't know what type of ants these are. They don't sting and they'll die if you stare at them too long. I think metafilter has helped me figure out a way to find out. I'll be submitting a photo to "What's That Bug?". I'm frustrated and I want to know what I'm dealing with in this war of wills. I'll let you know what I find out.
Now for a few interesting items and a pretty good song for you to download:
Headed to Edinburgh? You might want to consider taking the Trainspotting tour, in which "an essential piece of contemporary work [is] brought to life on the streets where it belongs." Heroin detox hallucinations will cost you extra.
The Alternative Dictionaries: Slang, profanities, insults and vulgarisms from all the world.
You Ain't No Picasso has done it again. This time he's made an "indie covers album." Seventeen indie bands convering some familiar (and often bad) songs. Be sure to check out the Mountain Goats doing Ace of Bases' "The Sign."
What's so special about the video for Smog's "I Feel Like the Mother of the World"? Think Chloë Sevigny in a maid outfit and sporting an eye patch. Can't confirm that the eye patch happened during the filming of Brown Bunny. Here's the video.
The Summer Music Issue (the seventh in the magazine’s history — the last one won a National Magazine Award in 2003) will come with a companion CD with 29 songs, perfect for chugging along the highway in a ‘66 Chevy, given that you can get the ‘66 Chevy to run. The CD looks like a mix of little-known cuts by big names (Al Green and Elvis) as well as “unduly obscure gems.” A wide mix of eras and styles, as you’d expect, with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bessie Smith, Erma Franklin (Aretha’s older sister), Loretta Lynn, and loads of others, getting their due. Also a song by Zora Neale Hurston (yes, she sings!). Lots of good writers doing the appreciations too (Charles D’Ambrosio on Joe Tex, for example).
In honor of this news, Syntax of Things will offer, for a limited time, a free download of a song from the 5th annual edition of the OA's Southern Music edition. And it's an interesting song, but I guess I'll let you be the judge of that.