The Squeaky Robot

A Meddling Robot in a Human's World

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Posted on April 27, 2014

It was a two day affair in the woods, right next to Ba Vi National Park. An open air music festival and art exhibition called Quest. There was: a well-stocked bar and okay food; neon cubes; psychedelic tents with swaying glass disco balls; amazing live music in between subpar beats; a brown lake in which to swim; volleyball, my favorite; swings in trees; statues of giant elk; workshops for belly dancing and yoga and more; fire dancers and the smell of something burning; there was sideways rain and sky shattering lightening; dancing to Ray Charles in said rain; there were good friends and picnics and new friends; there were drugged-up expats, swallowing white pills and inhaling something from white balloons, letting them fart up into the sky and then scatter all over; there were pirates and tigers and characters of all sorts; there were fire ants, too, I think.

It was a two day affair in the woods, but I was happy to call it quits around 3am. I rolled into Hanoi when the sky was turning pink and I thought about Ba Vi, and how it was nice to see the stars.

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Photo Essay: An Austrian Love

Posted on August 2, 2012

I feel glad to be alone here. I’m often at peace, but the calm is especially pronounced as I wind through the Bavarian Alps. The crystal clear water probably splashes clarity. Talking with some Argentinians in Amsterdam, they find out I’m traveling alone. Then they relinquish a group “awww” and look at me with sad brown eyes, saying preciosa and pobrecita. Poor me, indeed! Achieving my travel dreams whether or not someone will accompany me on them! And then this thing called cultural relativism kicks in: to them, it’s extremely unorthodox for a young blonde woman to go without steady companionship for extended periods of time, especially in foreign places.  But I say in Spanish with that unique Argentine flare as I point to…

Happy 4th//Americana Playlist

Posted on July 4, 2012

Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Gimme Shelter – [Need I say it?] Where It’s At – Beck Folsom Prison Blues – Mr. Cash Ain’t Nothing Like You [Hoochie Coo] – Blakroc One Headlight – The Wallflowers Who’s Gonna Save My Soul – Gnarls Barkley Disparate Youth – Santigold Wake Up – Arcade Fire Gone – Kanye West La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong Gorgeous – Kanye West/Kid Cudi/Raekwon I Get a Kick Out of You [Cinematic  Orchestra Remix] – Ella Fitzgerald Don’t Gotta Work it Out – Fitz and the Tantrums My Brain is Hanging Upside Down – Ramones Sea Green, See Blue – JayMay Bohemian Rhapsody – Jake Shimabukuro What I Got – Sublime

5 Ways to Better Your Day

Posted on January 26, 2011

Despite the colossally bad weather that has plagued the DC conglomerate, my day has started well. This got me thinking – how can I keep it going? 1. Rebuild bridges: Contact a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. It’ll be fun to reminisce and the lucky person will appreciate the effort. 2. Keep your To-Do List short and sweet: List your two most important/urgent tasks of the day and only two. Work to accomplish those and then save the rest for another day. Why run around like a headless chicken when you don’t have to? 3. For God’s sake, listen to this song. 4. Eat a green, leafy vegetable as a meal: Your digestion and conscious will thank you. 5. Don’t take…