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The Leftovers

The new HBO series “The Leftovers” asks the provocative question, “What would the world be like if 2% of the population mysteriously disappeared forever?”

It also provides the answer, “Mostly the same, but more of a big boring bummer. More pigeons though.”

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This 48-second video is… it’s just… I don’t know, I just think the internet is great.

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MinneapolisStPaulitans - Here’s your, uh, weather forecast for this Saturday. You’re welcome.

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movienotesbyzawmer:

Hello! I’m “Zawmer” or whatever. I decided to make a separate movie-related blog, all separate-like from my blog of regular just-causal personal stuff.

But I’m planning on going with a particular format. You see, in the Spring of 2014 I finished obtaining each one of Stanley Kubrick’s feature…

Hi guys, I decided to make a separate blog for my thoughts about movies! Specifically, my notes that I take as I watch movies.

It’s called Movie Notes by Zawmer. It’s the blog that this whole post is about, yo.

I watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tonight, and am going to post my notes about it soon. Over there, though.

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Hello, new followers! If I’d known as I was writing a postcard to Jill that she would post it to her blog and have the consequence of gaining such charming new followers, I’d have, I don’t know, rewarded you with more content on this blog. Just know that even when I’m quiet on here, I’m quietly liking you!

Hello, new followers! If I’d known as I was writing a postcard to Jill that she would post it to her blog and have the consequence of gaining such charming new followers, I’d have, I don’t know, rewarded you with more content on this blog. Just know that even when I’m quiet on here, I’m quietly liking you!

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I was in Europe last month! Here is one photo from each city I visited. And below is a brief impression I had of each of those cities, explained by comparing each to an American city. Except for one.

(NOTE: of course you can easily poke holes in all of these comparisons. Whatever.)

Amsterdam is the San Francisco of Europe. Passionate about pot and sexual freedom and bicycles.

Brussels is the Salt Lake City of Europe. Clean and well managed, but largely cold and charmless.

Berlin is the Chicago of Europe. Large and kind of dirty but with pockets of urban beauty, also unable to escape its history of corruption.

Helsinki is the Atlanta of Europe. No aesthetic identity, and has perhaps surprisingly hosted a Summer Olympics.

St Petersburg is the Philadelphia of Europe. Barely able to contain its huge population, holds on to what history it can, used to be the nation’s capitol.

Tallinn is the Savannah of Europe. Smaller than its nearby counterpart, but holds on to its history much better. An oasis of old-fashioned charm.

Copenhagen is the Minneapolis of Europe. Beautiful with its ubiquitous parks, cyclists, and bodies of water, and has a feisty streak of liberal and libertarian politics.

Which leaves Stockholm. There is no American equivalent of Stockholm. However, if you’ve ever played any version of the SimCity games, and played with a cheat code so that you could make your city be totally perfect and have all of your citizens happy and taken care of, that’s what Stockholm is like.

Other analogies that have occurred to me from my earlier experiences: London is the New York of Europe, Rome is the Boston of Europe, and Spain is the Southern California of Europe.

I loved my trip very, very much. I want to go back to most of these places. Most of all Sweden and Denmark. St Petersburg is a fucking zoo; if you ever plan on going there, go in the winter so that you don’t feel like a cow in a cattle car everywhere you go. And stay off the roads.

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Today is a day of strolling through Copenhagen with tunes and cocoa.

Today is a day of strolling through Copenhagen with tunes and cocoa.

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Dave and I just ate bear meat in Estonia. So that’s what life is like for me these days.

Dave and I just ate bear meat in Estonia. So that’s what life is like for me these days.

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Hello from Stockholm, a city that makes up for in wifi hotspots what it lacks in… any negative aspects, pretty much.

Hello from Stockholm, a city that makes up for in wifi hotspots what it lacks in… any negative aspects, pretty much.

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One more lunch in Amsterdam

One more lunch in Amsterdam

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I’m eating Belgian waffles without you

I’m eating Belgian waffles without you

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This is not in Amsterdam, believe it or not

This is not in Amsterdam, believe it or not

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Interesting slogan

Interesting slogan

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I am in this picture of the place in Brussels where I am.

I am in this picture of the place in Brussels where I am.

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Hi I am having lunch in a place where vices are more legal.

Hi I am having lunch in a place where vices are more legal.