Monthly Archives: March 2011

Adele at the Brit Awards

This video is a few weeks old now, but I’m not tired of it yet! Adele had a great performance at the BRIT Awards on Feb 15, singing her newest single “Someone Like You”.

While I was browsing the BRIT Awards entry on Wikipedia, I saw that Mumford & Sons also performed this year, and that they did the song “Timshel”. At 68 plays on my iTunes, this track is one of my favorites from the band. I’m surprised that they’re releasing it as a single, since it’s relatively quiet and not geared for the radio, but it’s a great song nonetheless. (Make sure to check out a non-live version for better quality.)

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Flashback: 2008

Around this time three years ago, I was traveling around Spain on my spring break from the University of Leeds. British students get a much longer spring break than the United States — around four weeks, if I remember correctly. I took this photo at Real Alcazar, one of my favorite places in Sevilla. Time flies, doesn’t it?

Spring Week

This is a busy week! Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year, Pi Day, which occurs on March 14th because the first few digits of pi are 3.14. In school, we always celebrated by eating real pie (preferably apple) and deriving the definition of mathematical pi.

Today, March 15th, is both the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?) and my cat Leo’s 3rd birthday. He celebrated by chasing his new raffia toy all around the house and getting it stuck underneath a dresser.

Later in the week we have St. Patrick’s Day followed by the vernal equinox, which occurs this year on Saturday, March 20th. It’s predicted to be 55 to 60 degrees in Boston this weekend, so the weather is getting in the festive mood too. In case your weekend weather ends up feeling a bit more like winter, here’s a great song to get you in the mood, taken from Noah and the Whale’s album appropriately titled “The First Days of Spring”.

Bear Naked: Smart Granola

I recently got a free sample of Bear Naked granola, and on the back of the package I noticed an interesting piece of information:

“Bear Naked is a proud partner with TerraCycle(TM) in an effort to rethink the way packaging impacts our planet. Please join us by returning this bag to us so it can be upcycled into cool gear. Visit http://www.bearnaked.com for more info.”

I took a look at their website, and they’ve got a pretty cool program going called the Bear Naked Sustainable Packaging Project. Bear Naked takes all of their bags back, then rewards you points based on the size of the bag. You can redeem the points (between 1 and 5 per bag) for items like t-shirts (36 points) and reusable grocery bags (30 points).

There’s also a system where your school or organization can collect the bags, and receive $0.02 per bag. Check out more at the company website. Besides all of the above, they make pretty good granola too!