Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

Attire Emoji

Posted in Ridiculum on April 12th, 2016 by Nathan – 1 Comment
Attire Emoji

Clearly I'm not a great attire emoji designer…

Weddings, Birthdays, Special Events: I'm at a point in my life where I'm increasingly receiving invitations that have the same basic format: who/what/when/where/attire. That last one being the newcomer, and a confusing newcomer at that. "Cocktail attire," "semi-formal," "business casual," and many other descriptions all serve the same purpose: to very loosely and confusingly tell me something that my latest idea, attire emoji, could have told me better.

What, for example, is meant by "cocktail attire"? Wikipedia ignores this concept altogether and redirects directly to the article on "Semi-formal." The only picture on that page, however, is decidedly formal: a Canadian historian in black tie. Indeed, the same article lists black tie as a suggestion, though that is also listed on the page for formal. Most other sources (sorry, Wiki, I usually turn to you first) provide a wide range of options for cocktail attire: slacks with a jacket, suit with no tie, and suit with tie are all considered options, though this is a fairly wide spectrum.

Or take, for example, "business casual," which in some parts of America means jeans with an untucked button-up are acceptable but in other parts implies French cuffs and slacks. And in both of these examples, I'm only touching on men's fashion; where women are concerned, these labels are even more cryptic.

My solution is simple: when you create an invitation, do away with the complex gibberish phrases that normally adorn the bottom right, and replace them with attire emojis. If men are expected to wear a suit and tie and women would be comfortable in a little black dress, you can try to get that across through age-old code-words like "evening informal" (as apparently that's what that means), or you can instead provide a set of two emoji that accomplish the same task.

I should clarify here that I don't intend to suggest a specific set of emoji; any custom images will do as long as they serve the emoji purpose of conveying information in a single simple character. These pictographs or hieroglyphics (which is really all emoji are) can get across a lot more information, perhaps a thousand times as much, as the old adage suggests, as the words we use today.

Pie versus Cake

Posted in Ridiculum on August 8th, 2010 by Nathan – 5 Comments

Correct. Pie is better than cake. There are no five words truer than those. Think of your favorite cake. Think of how moist and delicious it is. And the icing if you like icing, and how delicious that is. Think of it. Envision it. Now think of how much better a good apple, blueberry, cherry, chocolate cream, French silk, pecan, pumpkin, or strawberry cream pie is.

That’s because pie is better than cake. Cake has its upsides. What they are, in the face of pie’s superior dominance, is beyond me, but nonetheless I’m sure they exist. Pie, on the other hand, is only upsides.

Consider a lattice topping. How much does that make your mouth water? I know. Or consider the Bayou Goo pie from House of Pies: Pecans, cream cheese, vanilla custard, chocolate chunks, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Believe me, it is. It’s more amazing than any cake, that’s for sure.

Some skeptics might come at me and say “well nothing beats my German chocolate! Or my red velvet!” And to them I say: “False.” I will then counter with Bavarian chocolate, lemon meringue, key lime, and peach.

Pie is so much better than cake that I consider cake to be a waste of baking. Therefore, I will no longer accept cake for my birthday. Birthday pie will celebrate my years, if any baked good celebrates at all. Furthermore, I intend to have a wedding pie, for nuptials will be that much sweeter with a superior dessert.

The cake lobby has made enough of a mess of our dessert world by forcing its treat into birthdays and weddings. But it’s time to take back this territory and return the throne to the rightful monarch, the pie.

“How do you solve a problem like Maria?”

Posted in Music on July 15th, 2010 by Nathan – 3 Comments

Julie Andrews (Maria) as a nun.I think this is one of the most interesting songs in a musical. I don’t particularly love The Sound of Music. It’s alright, but it’s really not that special and is frankly kinda boring. But the song, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” is very interesting for one main reason: the nuns sing it at her (Maria’s) wedding.

What!? This is amazing. What kind of amorality or social ineptitude do these nuns display that they should sing such an insulting song at the subject’s wedding?

I wasn’t the greatest kid in middle school, high school, etc. Growing up, I could be a pain in the neck. But when I get married, it will not be the time to bring this up. I don’t care how much trouble I caused you, don’t organize a choreographed dance and song to explain to the full wedding party that at one time I was a real annoyance.

I’ve always been taught that on her wedding day, every bride is the most beautiful bride in the world. Well it follows that internally she is beautiful as well. And therefore it follows that perhaps the wedding is not the time for “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”

Back to camp

Posted in Camp Ramah on June 2nd, 2010 by Nathan – Be the first to comment

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Last year, I began this blog at camp, in the middle of the summer. Anyway, this means several things:

  • I never wrote a post about coming to camp, only leaving.
  • My “blogoversary” is approaching. I doubt I’ll do something but maybe I’ll make myself a cake. A lot of people do giveaways and then people come out of the woodwork to comment in an attempt to win whatever book or Prada bag or candy bar they are giving away. But I don’t really like this idea because people only comment on this post and the same people don’t ever comment otherwise or potentially even read the other entries. I like comments, but I don’t like the idea of fishing for them.
  • I’m reunited with some friends I haven’t seen since last summer. This is especially important because usually this leads to good conversations.
  • I need to finally write a post about Bobcats. I love Bobcats (not the animal, the construction implement. More on this later.)

Anyway, my trip to camp was as follows: I flew from the wedding in Rochester to Minneapolis, where I was picked up by Bryan. I then went to Macalester and picked up donated computers. Then the following morning, I drove out.

The route to camp is ridiculous. Google suggests just taking two highways, but Benji has other directions, and in areas of this kind of thing, you don’t argue with Benji. So instead, I took at least six different highways. I stopped along the way for a Dr Pepper and gas, and some toiletries in Eagle River. Total trip time was just over five hours, which is great.

More importantly, though, I’m back at camp. It’s beautiful, as expected, even though it rained pretty hard today. I’m excited for a great summer, and I think this tweet says it all:

I'm at camp! @RamahWisconsin How Ya Doin?less than a minute ago via Nathan

The First of the Weddings

Posted in Ridiculum on June 1st, 2010 by Nathan – 1 Comment

Sunday, I was in Rochester for the wedding of two friends. The ceremony was beautiful, and the whole event was really lovely. Because I was among other friends as well, it became quite obvious that this wedding would be the first among many of our group of friends.

Of course, that thought is an interesting one, because this particular wedding required us to travel to Rochester, either by plane, car, or bus. Future weddings will also be in odd places, other parts of America we might not otherwise see.

It seems to me that these weddings will be similar, in that they will contain many aspects of Jewish weddings that are considered staples, but also very different, in that there will be so many traditions and other things that are not shared. For example, in this wedding, the groom wore a kittel, a traditional white robe that Jews of Eastern European descent sometimes wear on the day of their wedding. This is a tradition that I expect to see again, but not at every wedding I attend. Seeing the wedding in the format it was in allowed me the opportunity to reflect on the multiple differences of our group, even as we share so much of the same culture.

Another nice part of this wedding was catching up with old friends I hadn’t seen in some time. Some friends from my year in Israel were present, and it was really nice to see them, catch up, and think of the time that has gone by.

The wedding was beautiful, as I’ve stated, but I think what made it most beautiful is that the bride and groom, two friends of mine from different spheres of my life, fit like two puzzle pieces. During the whole night, the two of them were social and involved, but it was nonetheless obvious that the only people there, in their eyes, were each other.

2009, A Wacky Year in Haiku

Posted in Ridiculum on December 31st, 2009 by Nathan – Be the first to comment

2009: A wacky year. Two thousand and nine:
You started on a Thursday,
And end on one too!

Most months were wacky,
With wacky events therein.
Thus, here’s a wrapup:

First, January:
Barack, Recession, Gaza
Some Mango Smoothies

Next, February:
Nothing interesting happened.
Quite uneventful.

June 11 Skittle DistributionAlong the same lines,
March and April were boring.
May was not better.

On the contrary,
June brought Swine and took MJ.
I had some skittles.

I began blogging
and Cronkite died in July.
“That’s the way it is”

August had more deaths.
Clinton went to Korea.
I took a huge trip.

I turned twenty-two,
New CuDi and Jay albums;
Awesome September.

An aptly named month
For my Oktoberfest fête.
My cousin married.

November was tough.
Dubai ran out of money!
Yuk: the Yankees won.

Lastly, December!
I wrote a bunch of haikus.
Thus, we end the aughts.

“Love is patient, love is kind”

Posted in Travel on October 5th, 2009 by Nathan – 1 Comment

That quote is from I Corinthians, a book of the Christian Bible. My mother pointed out to me this weekend that it’s been quoted in every Christian wedding she’s ever attended. Having been to two in recent months, I must say I didn’t notice it, but nonetheless, it’s worth quoting.

Saturday night was my cousin Scott’s wedding. I flew in to Dallas to attend, and a lot of my family was there. Scott is the first of my generation of cousins to marry (he’s the second oldest of all of us, only his brother Brad is older. I’m third.) and it was a very exciting and beautiful wedding, held at the Piazza in the Village in Colleyville, TX. [Pictured above.] Some brief thoughts:

  • It’s been a while since I’ve seen most of my cousins. I talked about this previously on Rosh Hashanah, but similar feelings arose when I saw the other five of my cousins, namely the children of my Uncle Andy. Obviously Scott looked great, as it was his wedding day, but the rest of his siblings were also very different and it was shocking to realize how long it’s been since we’ve all been together.
  • Scott and his bride Jessica played this game at the reception: each of them had one shoe of each other. The emcee/dj guy asked a question (who is the better tipper, who will be taking out the trash, etc) and then each raised a shoe to represent their vote (they were back to back – if they both thought Scott, they both raised his shoe. Etc.) It was a cute game.
  • There is no bar like an open bar. Enough said on this topic.
  • DFW is not a great airport, but I have this to say: I transferred through IAH (Houston’s airport) in and out of which I’m used to flying, but I’ve never transferred through it. Surprisingly, not a very good airport for a layover. The screens, for example, that tell you where your next flight is, are few and far between. Disappointing.
  • It was colder in Dallas than it is in NYC right now. What!?

Anyway, the wedding was beautiful, and it was great to see some family that I haven’t seen in forever. I wonder who the next of the cousins to marry will be, and how far from now that will be!