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2008-03-04 - 9:13 a.m.

I don't know what's cuter--the tiny fossil from Mississippi, or the New York Times' use of the words "wee" and "monkeylike."

The Catchin' Up with 2007 Festival continues here at IHOP HQ.

Last night I viewed the delightful Mira Nair film The Namesake, based on Jhumpa Lahiri's novel.

It's a fairly straightforward two-generation saga of a Bengali family transplanted to the U.S. The magical thing about this domestic drama is that nothing much happens, the characters and their relationships are rather opaque, but by the end, you love this family.

And as much as I am resisting the phrase "sumptuous feast of colors and sounds," it is a sumptuous damn feast! Of colors and sounds!

If you're fond of the Malian desert-blues tradition, you may enjoy the debut album by Vieux Farka Toure, son of the late Ali Farka Toure. Lots of trance-y instrumentals, with some added reggae influence. Nice.

My general stance on yoga videos is that the best yoga video is not as beneficial as the most mediocre real class. However, if you are housebound or broke or short on time, you could definitely do worse than the daily video-casts at Yoga Today. The instructors are good, and I like that each class introduces a different style/lineage. Each class is set up outside in the splendor of Sedona, which is a nice touch.

The other day I led folks astray about the CB2 store having a make-your-own-pen bar. It turns out that, due to some confusing signage, I was not in the CB2, but in Muji's newish flagship store in Soho!

Apparently you can also buy Muji stationery supplies at the MoMa Design Store.

I still heartily endorse the pen bar, but to answer Mr Lojban's inquiry: they do not have fountain pens, only ball point and mechanical lead pencils.

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