the everyday adventures of sabrina

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in which ik ben gek–

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Obviously I’m an American, and I’ve always spoken English, but I’ve also always loved learning other languages (ik houd van talen; j’aime bien des langues) and what no one tells you about learning multiple foreign languages is how they all get bundled up in the “non-mothertongue” section of your head and they just kind of … leak.

So, I’m studying Dutch now, but I’ve studied French, German, and Spanish in the past. I’m trying to focus on Dutch, but the process that happens, when I get to something I don’t know or I’m more familiar with in another language, is that I grab the nearest not-English thing I can think of.

This leads to conversations with myself like:

Ich brauche….nee, dat is Duits… ik heb nodig de quelque chose… nee, dat is Frans… Ik studeerde depuis j’au eu negen jaar… wait. Shit. Start over.

Thankfully I didn’t study Latin for more than a single 12-week quarter, and that mostly for etymological curiosity than anything else, otherwise I’d be completely screwed. God, I wonder how real polyglots do it. I feel so grappig right now!

So, last year I decided to learn Dutch, and I traveled to the Hague to take my two week vacation as an immersion course, and I promise to say more pithy things later, but all you really need to know of what I’ve learned at this point is this:

MEER SNEEUW, MEER SNEEUW, MEER ^*&(&^*(*)&(^*&^*&%^% SNEEUW!


today’s cute animal

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Look, sometimes you’re working super late and a rsync is taking for freaking ever and you pop on youtube and start looking for cute animal videos. Don’t judge me!


NYR: Quit posting all the silly stuff only to Facebook. Poor sad abandoned blog needs love too!

This is my official link of the day. It’s the world’s happiest turnstile!

via Metro.

So, last year I decided to track which music videos I posted to my Facebook feed — half for a lark, and half to make sure I wasn’t annoying everyone by posting the same thing over and over. All things considered, I think I did pretty well in not repeating — especially the emo anthems after having one particular dream crushed out.

Here are the 2013 results.

Tue 31 Dec 2013 – Elbow, “One Day Like This”
Fri 20 Dec 2013 – Jonsi, “Go Do”
Wed 18 Dec 2013 – Pink Floyd, “Have a Cigar (remastered)”
Mon 16 Dec 2013 – Guus Meeuwis, “Het is een nacht”
Fri 13 Dec 2013 – Spandau Ballet, “True”
Sun 20 Oct 2013 – Kanye West, “All of the Lights, ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi”
Fri 18 Oct 2013 – The Clash, “White Man in Hammersmith Palais (Live, Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ March 1980)”
Sun 13 Oct 2013 – Kid Cudi, “Immortal”
Mon 07 Oct 2013 – Everything Everything, “Don’t Try”
Sun 06 Oct 2013 – Johnny Stimson, “Human Man”
Wed 02 Oct 2013 – Kylie, “Your Disco Needs You”
Mon 30 Sep 2013 – Kid Cudi ft MGMT, “Pursuit of Happiness”
Fri 27 Sep 2013 – Bastille, “Pompeii”
Thu 15 Aug 2013 – Pixies, “Wave of Mutilation”
Tue 13 Aug 2013 – Bastille, “Things We Lost in the Fire”
Tue 13 Aug 2013 – Florence + the Machine, “Dog Days are Over (2010 version)”
Sun 11 Aug 2013 – Tiesto, “Century (feat. Calvin Harris)”
Tue 6 Aug 2013 – Everything Everything, “Duet”
Tue 30 Jul 2013 – Snow Patrol, “Called Out in the Dark”
Mon 29 Jul 2013 – The Vaccines, “Melody Calling (Audio)”
Sun 28 Jul 2013 – The Chemical Bros, “Block Rockin’ Beats”
Wed 24 Jul 2013 – Justin Timberlake, “Take Back the Night (Audio)”
Fri 19 Jul 2013 – REM, “It’s the End of the World”
Fri 19 Jul 2013 – Pet Shop Boys, “Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Audio)”
Sun 14 Jul 2013 – Elton John, “I’m Still Standing”
Thu 11 Jul 2013 – Janelle Monae, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
Wed 10 Jul 2013 – REM, “Stand”
Sun 7 Jul 2013 – Foals, “My Number”
Fri 5 Jul 2013 – Gogol Bordello, “American Wedding”
Fri 5 Jul 2013 – Beck, “Hell Yes”
Fri 5 Jul 2013 – Bastille, “Laura Palmer”
Thu 4 Jul 2013 – CHVRCHES, “Gun”
Mon 17 Jun 2013 – Kid Cudi, “Up Up and Away”
Mon 10 Jun 2013 – Fitz and the Tantrums, “Out of My League”
Sat 8 Jun 2013 – The Tragically Hip, “Poets”
Sat 1 Jun 2013 – Etienne Charry, “Je Tue le Temps”
Wed 29 May 2013 – Stromae, “Formidable”
Mon 20 May 2013 – Spitting Image, “Commons of House”
Sun 5 May 2013 – Arcade Fire, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
Fri 3 May 2013 – Peter, Bjorn and John, “Amsterdam”
Wed 24 Apr 2013 – Ben Howard, “Call Me Maybe (Radio 1 Live Lounge)”
Mon 22 Apr 2013 – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
Sat 20 Apr 2013 – Scissor Sisters, “Baby Come Home”
Wed 17 Apr 2013 – Greg James, “22 (parody)”
Thu 11 Apr 2013 – Example, “Kickstarts”
Tue 9 Apr 2013 – Foster the People, “Warrant (live)”
Sat 6 Apr 2013 – The Commodores, “Brick House”
Fri 5 Apr 2013 – Filter, “Take a Picture”
Mon 1 Apr 2013 – M83, “Reunion”
Sun 31 Mar 2013 – The Naked and Famous, “Young Blood”
Wed 27 Mar 2013 – Fitz and the Tantrums, “Moneygrabber”
Mon 25 Mar 2013 – Deadmau5 ft Kaskade, “I Remember”
Sat 23 Mar 2013 – Ke$ha, “Fuck Him (He’s a DJ)”
Thu 21 Mar 2013 – The Tragically Hip, “Bobcaygeon”
Tue 19 Mar 2013 – Steve Goodman, “Lincoln Park Pirates”
Sat 16 Mar 2013 – Kid Cudi, “Immortal”
Tue 12 Mar 2013 – Capital Children’s Choir, “Shake it Out”
Tue 5 Mar 2013 – Out of the Closet thrift shop, “(One Stop) Thrift Shop (parody)”
Tue 5 Mar 2013 – pomDeter, “Call me a Hole (mashup/parody)”
Wed 27 Feb 2013 – YACHT x ADHD, “Second Summer”
Wed 27 Feb 2013 – David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Sat 23 Feb 2013 – Kid Cudi ft MGMT, “Pursuit of Happiness”
Sat 23 Feb 2013 – Jane’s Addiction, “I Would for You”
Mon 11 Feb 2013 – Scissor Sisters, “Let’s Have a Kiki”
Sun 10 Feb 2013 – Bob Mould, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind (live)”
Sat 9 Feb 2013 – Basement Jaxx, “Red Alert”
Thu 7 Feb 2013 – Laura Mvula, “Green Garden”
Tue 5 Feb 2013 – Capital Children’s Choir, “Shake it Out”
Tue 5 Feb 2013 – HAIM, “Don’t Save Me”
Mon 28 Jan 2013 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
Sat 26 Jan 2013 – Talking Heads, “Life During Wartime”
Mon 21 Jan 2013 – Elbow, “Grounds for Divorce (live acoustic)”
Tue 8 Jan 2013 – HAIM, “Don’t Save Me”
Tue 1 Jan 2013 – British Sea Power, “Carrion”

Curious to see what new (and beloved old) music 2014 will bring!