Alphabet Soup Battle


In which 2 MTA employees duel announcing skills and drop knowledge.



You got all that?


For the perplexed among us, there was no shortage of helpful passengers to translate. The edgy banter had been going a good ten minutes before I hit record regarding today's A/C/E and D/F bungle and the "super abundance of trains" causing a delay. I held off transferring for a few stops because the chattier the MTA employee on the mic, the more fun the ride.


Transfer bonus: walking directly into The Still Of The Night.


9-11 WTC Memorial 8th Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony

9-11 WTC Memorial Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony



In 2008 I attended the 7th Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony for the first time.  As I've found words are often an insufficient medium to articulate both the personal experience of September 11th, life after;  the same goes for this annual ceremony on Pier 40.  Among a crowd of strangers, of many cultures and faiths, I am grateful for the personal comfort I have found in attending this memorial the past two years.  Out of respect for the event, the speakers, those in attendance, and you…I wanted to share the audio of the ceremony, without my own commentary. in the hope that those unable to attend in person may benefit from hearing it.


*Shinji Harada, Eriko Fukui , and the Japanese American Association of New York Chorus with Reono Ito, Conductor, performed beautiful musical tributes. My apologies for having to edit those segments down to short snippets, but unless audio or video clips appear online (and I can get permission to post them), the only justice I could do to these gorgeous moments was to remove them and try my best not to remove their context entirely.  I borrowed a small audio device to record and didn't know how to use it properly.  I will insert video clips if/when they appear online.  Aside from that I, editing was kept to a minimum. 

9-11 WTC Memorial 8th Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony

Sponsored by the New York Buddhist Church
Partner with Interfaith Center of New York
Supported by NY de Volunteers and New York Kayak Company
Supported by Buddhist Council of New York, United States
New York Disaster Interfaith Services
LIC Community Boathouse
and NYC Downtown Boathouse

Delicious and generous feast provided and served by the UNITED SIKHS


Sincere and humble thanks (and hugs) to all the volunteers and organizations who participate and make this event as perfect as they do, I appreciate every moment of what they have done to commemorate a tragedy I wish we didn't need to.  Please donate to them when you can.

Something Found Podcast #11 – Open Source Urban Exploration



If you have found yourself searching for the urban industrial sites in and around New York City, you're likely to stumble upon the following online:

I was personally really excited to have the opportunity to wander along the Harlem River on a sunny Sunday with these three incredibly talented photographers and curators of NYC history.  Listen to their experiences of avoiding injury, tales of discovery, and why they are drawn to the often broken-down sites of the city (and beyond).



A few of the sights from the day:

 along the Harlem River



More photos and details can be found:
Nate K – The Harlem River: "New York's Forgotten Waterfront"
Vacant Beat – Harlem River
My Flickr set

It's been a long time since I powered up the mic and hit record.  Re-learned a few lessons, if you stick with it a few minutes, the sound improves.  Many Thanks to Rob Blatt for his help trying to salvage it what I had.  Check out Blattcave Productions and hire him from the get-go…  He knows how to do it all and do it right out of the gate.

Misc. Endings

I wasn’t able to stick with NaPodPoMo

But, Mat, aka Langley was:

No sleep IN Brooklyn:



And, babble!


ARG, “The International” and being a viral marketing pawn

Forgive the very nasal audio summary…I’m still getting over the latest flu.  Detailed recap is captured here:

or scroll to the bottom and use the browser player

I had no idea what ARG was before today.  It means Alternate Reality Game.  I found myself taking part in one today for “The International”, a movie on its way to theatres from Sony Pictures. 

It started with a friend who saw something interesting on the unfiction forum



Participants were instructed to go the Guggenheim Museum in NYC on November 25, 2008 and find a man in a hat at 1pm. 

Next we were given our “Security Brief” which instructed us to head to the obelisk in Central Park and note the first letter of a number of words on the southernmost translation plaque (we figured out this was Cleopatra’s needle) .

That directed us to another location in the park where a phone would ring every 15 minutes and provide the next location.

From there, we went to the Bethesda Fountain to find “relief” with more clues

Finally, we found our next destination – the Central Park Zoo, more specifically, the “little dog”, where we found our cache of “blood money”.

Much fun was had, including a payoff in foreign currency.  For me, I was intrigued by the integration of live action role play and viral marketing.

Scan of the "Security Brief"


Mariachi Saves the Day



A truly annoying weekend.  I realize my life is pretty easy and if just the small things add up to big angst.

Alternate Titles:

  • Creative panhandling
  • Train Circus
  • Express Train to Mexico

More on Mariachi




Was losing faith in the #NAPODPOMO

Recording in Midtown, NYC while I wait for the next bus to go and see family

Sounds in the moving van…in the rain

Letting go and letting myself love, kicking and screaming at the zip codes and time zones

Morning always turns the focus wheel on what's important


I Want to Defy Time and Space


A day in the life…
Not including when I go out after work. 
Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

Friend’s Grand Opening of Puppy Loft

Wishing I was in Denver, Colorodo at the Thin Air Summit
(I play it cool, there’s also a boy love there, but shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone)

National Podcast Post Month



NY state of mind

Some Brooklyn sounds as I exit the subway station and walk home.

I had been reading an article in Time Out NY on "Essential NY" on the train and thinking about what I consider being a "New Yorker"

I keep it short, which is rare.


"Essential NYC" in Time Out New York

Calling Yourself a New Yorker?

National Podcast Post Month NAPODPOMO


the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

The day after the election, I've nixed political talk in favor of a book review of the one I finished tonight…

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddin

My first attempt at a book review, via audio.  I now refer to this as "book babble".

Empathy vs. Sympathy

Get's a "walking while reading" rating

and I ponder what I will read next…




Baby Powder Goodness


Posting Post-Shower.

What do you think about in the shower?  I think about weird things…

This is not an advertisement; this is merely a musing on baby powder, and smell, and advertising…

Is there another product like baby powder?  Something you can use from birth to old age that just feels (and smells) so good?

Marketing/Invention brilliance and I don’t even want to eat it.

Wikipedia offers no insight on the matter.




I Had a Crush on Stuttering John…

Wikipedia entry for John Melendez

tableau =

style – high waisted pants, rock tee (tucked in), cocky stance

decor – ballet meets glam rock / heavy metal

technology – current



People Who Know People That You Know

aka “doucebaggery”

more insight from @danpatterson on social media

“The medium is the message”

@robblatt and @theambershow and Laura and John

John’s coming out party for:


The Challenge

A  Saturday evening in my Brooklyn apartment.  Not the most auspicious start, but something about a  podcast a day breeds quantity over quality.


Email: missomething at gmail . com

Dan talks about Bob Larson

@robblatt and @danpatterson put me on the spot.  I threaten to beat up Dan Patterson and well, you can hear the sounds of marbles in the background.

with @theambershow and Laura and John

more on napoodomo / National Podcast Month here:



Episode #9 – Relationships 2.0


In preparation for Podcamp Montreal, MissSomething and WankerGirl delve into the presentation they gave at Podcamp NYC. The topic “Relationships 2.0″ is about all those fun internet tools that allow us to meet new AMAZING friends, stay in contact with family and even find that special someone. As always, we babble, complain about the heat and plan the next WankerGirl/MissSomething meet up. Enjoy.


For extra fun you can follow along and watch the actual presentation below. How exciting!


View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own.

Note: A little shout-out to Levelator, for helping us out with our ridiclous audio editing challenges.


Episode #7 – The Spontaneous Experiment


This week we conduct an online experiment by recording our show and posting videos to Seesmic all at the same time. We manage to entice some of our Seesmic friends to join the podcast by posting questions and comments for us to answer.  I'd love to share the link, but Seesmic changed all their urls and it's lost in the interwebs.  In the midst of this online interaction we discuss the possibilities of more NYC visits, marriage for immigration purposes, long-distance relationships, that time of the month and the beginnings and endings involved with dating.


Episode #6 – Encountering Birthdays


The calendar turns to Dana’s Birthday and the festivities have begun! But before we celebrate, we look back on vacations, new found confidence, rational dating, goodbyes and being born stoned. As well, we play with our new toy Seesmic. Have a look at our videos below.


Episode #5 – Podcamp NYC 2.0


Dana and Nicole attempt to recap 10 days in utter delirium.



End of Day 1

Presenting 1 and Presenting 2

Dana at rebar

seesmic folks Night 1

Hotel bar Night 2

Exhausted at brunch (Day 3?)



Lunch Day 1

Night 2

BK Promenade

BK Bridge

Episode #3 – Drinking From the Bottle


We capture ten wine-filled days in Brooklyn for your listening enjoyment. We warn you that some parts are naughty, some parts are silly, but most parts are ridiculous and a little bit incoherent. Our mom’s would be proud. Enjoy.

Episode #2 – Waiting by the phone


@ Hoboken Train Station

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I was coming home from a long day of work and travel. There are a few commuting options for the 30ish mile trek, which takes anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours, depending where in NY I’m heading from, the day of the week, and time of day. It was rush hour on a Wednesday and taking the PATH to Hoboken on to NJ Transit was the best route. I’ve always had an affinity for the Hoboken train station. It’s just over 100 years old and beautiful in the way I find half deteriorating/restored infrastructure to be. It’s vital and works, often more seamlessly then Penn Station in midtown NY. And being there just makes me happy. With some time to waste before my train left, I walked over to where the new(ish) light rail station sits at the far end of the station, just right of the NY Waterway terminal. I looked across the Hudson River toward the Manhattan skyline, listened to the ferries come in and depart, the planes flying in the crowded corridor above, and the trains idle in the station. Like every night, I joined the crowds heading home, glad I switched up my routine and took some time to enjoy it.

Episode #1 – Girls (S)talk


We finally tell the stories that we have been keeping secret. In particular we let you in on how we stalk, date and seduce boys online. Learn how you can stalk your current crush with a simple google or myspace search. As well, hear our stories of online dating, online flirting and online sex.


Episode #0 – Primer


The goal of our first recording was to create a starting point of sorts, so that if someone found us a long time from now, they could listen to this and skip to the current place in time. We introduce one another, tell the story of how we met (complete with our first emails to one another), the genesis of “Spin the Bottle” and generally chew your ear off.



The first emails:


From: Nicole
To: Dana
Date: Oct 8, 2006 10:30 PM

I was directed to your podcast for the sad news about your relationship (i have sort of a wallowcast all about my break up and the fall out and so i guess now i’m associated with that…oh joy)…wow…WOW! i started at show 1 and i was first struck by your great voice, great recording set up, your joy, your location – honestly new foundland is my next vacation. i decided this a few weeks ago and i’ve been over the moon about it even if it does take a few years to be able to realize it. so of course when i heard that’s where you are, i was immediatly hooked, for my own intel on how to plan my trip. anyway, i just wanted to reach out and tell you that your last show stunned me. having been through an awful break up the past few months, i could relate to so much of what you said and you did it beautifully, and so intimiately i give you much props. of course i’d never wish this on anyone, even if not to feel a litle less alone in the whole mess. but, i’m babbling…this little window is throwing me off. it will get better, your attitude is amazing and you will find something even more perfect for you…though i know myself that when you’re going through it you don’t want to hear any of it. i guess i don’t have much to offer, mostly because i’d feel like a hypocrite. i guess the whole point of this message is to thank you for sharing and to let you know there are many of us out there.

i mentioned your show on my last one. if you have a promo, i’d love to play it. best and take care of yourself!

To: Nicole
From: Dana
Date: Oct 9, 2006 1:38 PM

Hey Nicole


I just listened to your last two shows and Ioved them. And thanks for mentioning me :)


I am thinking that both you and I are sort of in similar places in our lives at the moment. Well, I only have 2 weeks of distance from the breakup so far and basically I think the whole thing sucks! I mean, I know this is the right thing to do but there is just so much up in the air for me. Where will I live? What will I do on Friday nights? How do I get a date? Do I need to shave my legs more ?


See, I am just babbling now :)


So I am unsure if i can ask you completely personal questions, but I guess I will be obnoxious and give it a go anyway. Why did you and your ex-boyfriend break up? You had moved so far to be with him and then BAM!!! I mean, that must of been such a shock for you. should totally visit Newfoundland. I can tell you anything that you will need to know to make it a great visit. I am sure it will be the complete opposite of NY and NJ. Although I have to admit that for one of my next vacations I have to visit NY. I have been so desperate to go there for so long and I think maybe next year or so I will go there. All I have to do is find someone to go with me. Ugh – that is soo depressing. I am just getting adjusted to doing all of this stuff by myself.


Ok – I am babbling more now so I will shut up :)


Hope to hear from you again
Dana (aka, WankerGirl)

1 – Something Found

Something Found…
Where I've been and where I'm headed…

Walking – I wander down a mountain and am oddly enamored by the sound of my own footsteps

Insects…or why I own a bug vacuum

I want a ridiculously expensive hairbrush


45 1/2 – Sick

A short dispatch…
This is how nicole is under the influence…
of cold medicine

more chick lit:


45 – Home Improvements

Home Improvements
Thoughts on Dad

Song "Take Me Home" by Adama




Nicole's To Do List:

  • freelance stuff
  • walk the dogs
  • clean my room
  • count to ten in Japaneese

me and a gi

44 – Windy

I recap life on Planet Nicole

5 items I couldn't live without
a few years ago vs. now

a listener weighs in on what might go through the minds of the boys I meet

absinthe in Prague

Song: "Absinthe Minded" by Adrienne Pierce

Adrienne Pierce

fighting off invisible coyotes

Thank You

43 – Larvae

Almost a year…
and meeting new boys

Song: "The End Is At The Beginning", by Vatican DC

Vatican DC - Bugs - Single - The End Is at the Beginning

semi precious weapons video podcast – magnetic baby

fear of the furry slug
my dogs are funny

Song: "That Day", by The Kellys

42 – Wankergirl Comes To NY (Again)

Dana has this fabulous podcast called BLARM!
After listening I decided I had to be her friend
We recap her second NY adventure



41 – George Interrupted

George and I sit outside by a lake and catch up.

Song: "Misery Loves Company" by Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears

Drug Rug

GOAL! – Link to YouTube video

Trying to bribe the airlines

Brazil !

and just as it seems I'm going to hear a risque and drama-filled tale of Rio, my phone rings…