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Sun, Jan. 28th, 2007, 01:22 pm
"Blipster", wha!?!

Back from our two and a half week trip through England, France and Germany. Lot's of fun, food and music which I will detail at some point soon when I upload pictures. It's also the first trip i've taken in a long time where i'm not totally broke when I got back. Until then I direct you to the following.

Often, when discussing the New York Times, I sound like it is printed in gold considering the way I discuss its excellence. However, with today's 'Style' section article on the "Blipster" (a Black person who is a hipster and likes indie rock apparently) I couldn't believe my eyes. The whole piece is uttery ridiculous and poorly thought out and I can't understand why they would think it would be a good idea to print it. Read the article for yourself here.

Sun, Jan. 28th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)

Sweet, I'm going to be the world's first Chipster.

Sun, Jan. 28th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)

we're going to be travelling through england and germany (well, berlin) in september and i'd love to know where you stayed, etc. since we plan on doing it on the cheap!

blipster?! i'm rolling my eyes. god.

Sun, Jan. 28th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)

Well I might not be of much help b/c we stayed with friends/family everywhere we went which was one reason it made it affordable. Berlin (compared to other areas of Western Europe) is fairly cheap though so I think you'll likely find a cheap place to stay (stick to East Berlin, the West is rather dull and sprawling).

England is utterly oppressive on the wallet and it's hard to get around. Last time I went I stayed at the Astor Museum hostel in downtown London. Not the nicest, but it's right across the street from the Brit. Museum and 4 mins. from Tottenham Court Rd. It's about 14-22 pounds a night. The prices get better the farther away from London you get.

And i'll also say, if you're booking cheap flights within Europe, on Easyjet or another carrier, be careful which airport it leaves from or arrives and what time it leaves, b/c it can be hassle even though it's extremely cheap. Flying out of Stanstead or Luton in England is a pain, and it costs more to get there then your actual flight.

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)

Everything about that article is absurd.

Plus, I love how The Killers and Death Cab are used to define what indie music is, and both are on major labels. Apparently on some CBC show somebody was telling me about, they did an episode trying to define "indie" and they polled hundreds of musicians, fans,label reps, etc and they came up with three main different kinds of definition. Having not heard they article, I can't tell you what they were. I'd be interested to hear their findings, but I imagine the actual episode would be irritating to listen to.