Ask Gynomite!

August 31, 2009 at 11:50 am (ask gynomite) (, , , , , , )

Gynomite is a licensed therapist in 2 1/2 states and would love to take a crack at your emotional dilemmas.  Write her at all emails stay confidential.  Today, Gynomite takes on bosses from hell.

Hi.  I have a job that I’m actually ok with for once.  The problem is that my immediate supervisor is a soul-sucking douchebag.  He’s not bad at being a boss, he isn’t trying to destroy my career, he’s just a lame guy who is very insecure about himself and hides it by bragging about EVERYTHING.  It’s almost impossible to listen to him, but I have to listen to him, and smile and congratulate him on being a brown belt in karate, or for making the best coffee in the city, etc and so on.  It’s excruciating.   What do I do?

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Wearing a bowtie does not negate hitting your girlfriend, asshole.

August 31, 2009 at 10:52 am (pop culture) (, , )


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A bit of the old Ultraviolence

August 31, 2009 at 8:59 am (music) (, , , )

I’ve been writing this thing about how I was goth in high school, and it got me all churned up to find some of the CDs I had back then.  Luckily, I had the sense to keep the ones that were so insane that no one would believe me if I didn’t still have them.

For example, Ultraviolence.


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Has anyone told the rapists that their job just got a lot easier?

August 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm (pop culture) (, , , )

Via Chris Burns' Facebook

Via Chris Burns' Facebook

This slogan just squeaked by “Turn ‘date rape’ into ‘having sex with you just so she can leave sooner’”. Way to go Dial.  Go maybe yourself.

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Autotune the Cats

August 29, 2009 at 9:39 am (cuteness) (, , )

In honor of Bagel’s birthday today, here is a video of Autotuned cats meowing.

Via Rather Good, via Videosift, via Neatorama, via who knows what else?

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Depression = a good thing?

August 29, 2009 at 9:31 am (ask gynomite, research, science) (, , , , , )

As some of you know, I’m kinda fascinated with the benefits of emotional problems, from small things like choosing the wrong romantic partners over and over to big things, like schizophrenia.  These benefits are real (if not overshadowed by their huge costs), because not only have some of the greatest works of art been created by people in the throes of mania or depression, but evolutionarily, mental illness has continued to survive natural selection.  Why?

Why would it ever be helpful to have hallucinations, or not sleep, or feel so sad that you cannot work?

Welp, people are working on that right now.

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Gynomite’s Emotional Assignment of the Day

August 28, 2009 at 4:57 pm (gynomite's emotional assignment of the day) (, , , , , , )

Hi all!  This is a random little mental health tip, but since I’m actively using it today, I thought I’d pass it along.  It may or may not be helpful to you.  I have to use an inhaler very very rarely, and I always always forget how much it makes my heart race, which in turn stresses me out, which makes my heart race more, etc.  So to help calm myself, I am using an old trick I actually learned from a client who had panic attacks all the time.  He was always on the lookout for things that would occupy his mind without racheting up his stress level.

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A Grand Celebration of Sweetness

August 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm (cool things i've found) (, )


Take the colorful fun of the whimsical M&M’S® characters with you wherever you go when you enjoy the comfortable styling of this M&M’S fleece jacket. Introducing one-of-a-kind M&M’S character apparel featuring embroidered artwork of your favorite candies across the front, back and sleeve, in a grand celebration of sweetness.

This cozy M&M’S fleece jacket for women is expertly fashioned of high-quality mid-weight fleece for incredible comfort and wind resistance. Featuring a flattering princess cut, this wardrobe essential showcases an artful representation of the iconic M&M’S logo and characters. For a special treat, the front, and the two side zippers of this women’s outerwear are graced with metallic M&M’S zipper charms. Sporting a drawstring waist and collar that can be worn up or down, you don’t want to miss this sweet and wearable work of art. Order now!  Only $99.99!

Available in women’s sizes S to 3X; Small (6-8), Medium (10-12), Large (14-16), Extra Large (18), 1X (20), 2X (22), 3X (24)

(Might want to shake a tailfeather if you want it in size 1X or higher)

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Two facts about Richard Gere

August 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm (movies) ()


1.  Richard Gere’s middle name is Tiffany.

2.  Richard Gere stars in movies with some of the most generically awful titles on earth.  (This is not about the quality of the movies, just their titles)


  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Shall We Dance
  • Autumn in New York
  • Red Corner
  • Pretty Woman
  • Primal Fear
  • First Knight
  • Final Analysis (my personal fave)
  • Internal Affairs
  • No Mercy
  • Days of Heaven
  • Report to the Commissioner

See, I didn’t mention anything about gerbils.

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Les Poochs VIP

August 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm (pop culture) (, , , , )

Do you have a dog, a massive sense of entitlement, and cash to burn?

Well, Les Poochs is for you!  They sell a wide variety of upscale dog products like brushes, carriers, organic treats, and clothes.  Now you could make the argument that these are mostly things that are necessary for a dog, and if you did, I would direct you to the “fragrances” section of their website.

That’s right, they sell perfume for dogs.

And before you’re like “Oh Emily/Gynomite, it’s so hack to make fun of boutique animal products”, let me clarify:  I’m talking about $3000 perfume for dogs.


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