Future movies

August 31, 2010 at 11:58 am (movies) (, , )

The awesome Jazz Ponce gave us some X-Files related magazines from the 90s, but even more fun than the Duchovnyness are the other articles, giving you sneak previews into movies coming out soon.  Here’s my favorite:

Highlights include an upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie starring Jenny McCarthy, Michelle Yeoh, and Drew Barrymore, a romantic movie called The Notebook starring Tom Cruise, and a very sad blurb about the fourth Indiana Jones movie, due out in 2000, tentatively called “Indiana Jones and The Lost Continent”.

Sad.

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Welcome to my Tuesday

August 31, 2010 at 11:46 am (science) (, , )

I found this huge treasure trove of medical objects online and I’ve digging through them for the past hour.  You should too.  Go to the site and pick a theme (surgery! birth and death! mental illness!) and then get horrified by medical stuff from the 1300s on up to today.  Here’s a random sampling!

This is a cramp ring from the 14th century.  Back then, the English monarch would bless rings by touching them, which gave the rings the power to heal. They were given out every Good Friday at the altar of the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London. They were said to ward off cramps and epilepsy.

This is a jar for Nervin, a nerve tonic used in the 1700s in the Netherlands.

These are prosthetic lower limbs, made for kids born with their feet attached to their bodies without legs, a condition that happened a lot in the 60s thanks to horrible “morning sickness drug” Thalidomide.

Cranial crochet hooks, used by Egyptians to very very carefully remove the brain through the nose after death.

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Internet: the Early Days

August 31, 2010 at 12:16 am (my life, Uncategorized) (, , , )

This is a tale of the early days of the Internet, when modems were slow and beepy, phone lines were tied up for hours, and my newfound typing skills were put to use on Prodigy Net’s Bulletin Boards.

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It’s the Willy’s Eric Show!

August 30, 2010 at 11:07 pm (Comedy)

Watch this!  It is funny and stars Eric Acosta, Willy Roberts, and Kumail Nanjiani!

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Stereotype Check-in

August 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm (politics, research) (, , )

In light of the several drownings of black kids across America this past summer (six in Louisiana, one in Ohio), I decided to check in with my good friend L, who is a writer, thinker, truth teller (as dumb as that phrase is, it’s true), survivor, and also the guy who I tell more stories about than anyone else.  On top of all that, he’s a black guy, so I asked him to shed some light on the stereotype of why black people don’t swim.  Have you heard this stereotype?  I thought everyone had, but I’ve learned recently that it’s not as widespread as I thought.  Either way, kids unnecessarily drowning needs to be called out as much as possible, so jump if you’re intrigued.

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Lyrics.

August 29, 2010 at 10:15 am (music, my life, Uncategorized)

“When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.”

This is the quote that begins the album “Set Yourself on Fire” by the band Stars.  I heard this song in 2004, and for whatever reason, that quote spun around in my brain endlessly.  It was me.   At the time I was spending most of my life at the wilderness camp for troubled teens where I worked as a family therapist- I would eat all three meals there, stay until it was too dark to see my way to my car, come home and crash hard.  I wasn’t satisfied with my personal life but felt like I could get some mastery at work, so I buried myself there, telling myself that those kids needed me.

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This guy has too much time on his hands, and yet….

August 27, 2010 at 10:02 am (music) ()

…there is something terrifyingly compelling about watching Britney Spears make what appears to be her “singing face” in every video.  In slo-mo.

Also, remember how lovely this young lady used to be?

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Gynomite’s Reading Room

August 27, 2010 at 9:35 am (art, cool things i've found, relationships, television, Uncategorized, women's issues) (, , , , , , , , , )

It’s true!  You can make phone calls through Gmail now! For those of us who have AT&T and live in a large apartment complex in LA and therefore never ever ever get reception unless you’re on your balcony leaning into the sun-baked corner and standing on a plastic table that will probably break at some point and you can’t hear well because of the breeze, but you welcome it because it keeps you from sweating as you bake yourself just to talk to your friends and family, this is a godsend.

Gross, guys. Gross.

I took up the helm of defending grown ass women reading young adult literature over at Lemondrop!

John K, the genius behind Ren and Stimpy, took to his blog to post some sketches of Justin Bieber. Genius.

This is an amazing article about the secret world of Trader Joe’s.  My friend worked there in NYC and would always tell me that Trader Joe’s just buys products from other companies, like PepsiCo, and repackages them in their own cute wrappers.  It’s also got some interesting stuff about how TJ’s relieves people, because there are less options for them to regret not choosing. A must-read.

I plead with people at TV.com to please stop telling me what shows I HAVE to watch.  (PS, I wrote this as a TV fan, not an employee of TV.com, but it didn’t stop the commenters from destroying me)

MIT students make a Tardis materialize on top of one of their buildings, AND IT LIGHTS UP AT NIGHT.

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Ladies, you’ve got more than just job performance to worry about…

August 27, 2010 at 8:47 am (commercials, women's issues) (, , , )

This ad was recently placed in a Women’s Day magazine as an advertorial, which is the term they use when they try and disguise ads as copy of the magazine.

And as people lost their minds trying to figure out why the hell anyone would equate job performance with douching, or whether or not it was satire, brand manager Angela Bryant released this statement:

“I would like to first of all apologize if this ad in anyway has offended anyone. We are taking immediate next steps to remove the ad from circulation. We want you to know that Fleet Laboratories and the Summer’s Eve brand have the utmost respect for women. While we understand how some may come to an alternative conclusion regarding our recent ad, that was never our intention. Thank you.”

Sadly, some of their other tips aren’t bad, they’re just drowned in douche.  Maybe it’s a good idea to show Summer’s Eve that you’re not afraid of silence either- douche silence.

Full story at AdFreak!

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Discoveries of a Has-Been

August 26, 2010 at 11:44 am (discoveries of a has-been, music) (, , )

Here’s the Neon Indian remix of Au Revoir Simone’s “Another Likely Story”.  Ignore the visuals, I have no idea how they are even slightly relevant to the song.  Just Swedish children making out.

Hey, remember when Kumail was on a bowling team with the Neon Indian guy?  That was weird fun.

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