Movie cameras are magic.

July 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm (movies)

Case in point, someone snapped this pic of The Dark Knight Rises being filmed.

It looks like a cheap Halloween prank now, but I promise you, this will look epic on film. More here!

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Please someone buy me this shirt.

July 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm (Uncategorized)

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Babies.

July 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm (my life)

I’m 32 and from a small town, so I’ve gone through two waves of female friends having babies. The first wave came around 20, when my girlfriends started getting pregnant by accident. I can’t count the number of pow-wows I had with terrified girls, weighing pros and cons of starting a family, weighing pros and cons of the guys that got them pregnant. Picking baby names was compared to getting tattoos in regards to their permanence and influence on future careers, and both decisions were made equally seriously. I hung with them through their pregnancies, visited them in the hospital, and went to raucous first birthday parties that seemed more like block parties.

These children are all just reaching teen-age now, and they are amazing- they skateboard and play drums with adorable attitudes, they have mohawks, they dream big. Never once did I have any reaction while hanging out with these adorable tykes, one of whom being my goddaughter, akin to yearning. I never thought “Oh man, this is what I need in my life!” I visited, babysat, cooed and loved the babies, and then I went home to my cat, my job as a therapist, and whatever man I was dating at the time.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

July 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm (gynomite's reading room)

Summer’s Eve, after defending this ad campaign for a bit, has decided to pull it. They pulled it because it’s racially insensitive, but I wish they would have pulled it because, with an entire team working, this was the best they could come up with.

My new favorite pretentious movie title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It’s real.

Here’s what’s happening at Nerdist Theater at Meltdown this week!

Here are some simple self defense techniques that everyone should know.

Please enjoy this collection of very bizarre old commercials, collected by IFC.

Ricky Gervais steps over the line of being fake pompous into being actually pompous. That atheist pic of him makes me wish he was still fat.

Ace of Base is still around, but while those two dudes have aged and gotten fat, the two ladies in the group have stayed young and sexy.

Just kidding! They replaced those old lady hags with two fresher, newer models.

This is just a fun moment from one of our monthly shows at NerdMelt, Two Thumbs Way Down, that I took at last month’s show. Next one is August 16th!

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Get Him.

July 29, 2011 at 9:26 am (my life, relationships, Uncategorized) ()

If you are in your early 30s and read Seventeen or YM magazines growing up, then you remember this ad:

What you might not know about me is that I ordered, and subsequently received, the Get Him System.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

July 27, 2011 at 6:35 am (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

Nerdist Theater at Meltdown, or NerdMelt, the comedy theater I run in LA, got a shiny new website! Go check it out now!

Here is a charming little article about lost words of the English language to promote a book called I Never Knew There Was a Word for It. Apparently, the trend to put words together “celebutante” “blacktress”- comes from Through the Looking Glass, and is called a portmanteau. The more you know!

This is a great piece at Sociological Images about “clowning postures” for women in advertising. I think about this every time I see a starlet on the red carpet with her feet crossed and slouched over, which is done under the guise of looking thinner. A must read.

7 hidden things in video games that you’ll wish you never learned about… The GTA IV Statue of Happiness thing tripped me out.

This review of the premiere episode of Entourage by Gabe at Videogum destroyed me.

Here’s the winner of the Bad Fiction Contest in the category of Fantasy. Go read and enjoy the other winners!

“Within the smoking ruins of Keister Castle, Princess Gwendolyn stared in horror at the limp form of the loyal Centaur who died defending her very honor; ‘You may force me to wed,’ she cried at the leering and victorious Goblin King, ‘but you’ll never be half the man he was.’”

 

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The Indoor Kids!

July 25, 2011 at 11:53 am (video games)

Please lend your ear to The Indoor Kids, the newest Nerdist-branded podcast starring Kumail Nanjiani, and this week, featuring me, Ali Baker, and Pete Holmes! It’s all about the culture of video games!

Go to The Nerdist to listen NOW!

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I never thought Blossom would speak for me, and yet…

July 24, 2011 at 9:30 am (women's issues)

Mayim Bialik, who in addition to being Blossom is also a) a series regular on Big Bang Theory and b) a neuroscientist, was interviewed recently about the social constructs of being a girl and being a nerd.

First, Bialik on finding good clothes:

And I don’t mean to sound like an elitist when it comes to being a female geek. I was talking with a girlfriend of mine about clothing and there used to be a very specific way that we nerd girls would dress. Now, you can go to your local Urban Outfitters and find the stuff we used to go digging through thrift stores for to hone that perfect look.

Then, Bialik on being an outcast:

If you get very specific about more of the elitist intellectual aspects of geekdom, I think that there are parts that will always be preserved, but I think that there has been a definite – I don’t want to say watering down – but a definite commercialization of some of the aspects that I used to feel set me apart.
So, liking the Violent Femmes is high school was so rebellious, they were naughty and they cursed and who could imagine liking the Violent Femmes? And then, they had a top 20 hit, and everyone was singing Violent Femmes. Part of this geekdom isn’t exclusivity, it’s an identification with being different from mainstream culture. And for me, it was alienating and still is to a certain extent, but there’s a power in that exclusivity in that you make your own club.

Preach on, sister. We went from being outcasts in high school to being considered cool, and you know what changed? Not us. Keep reading to hear more smart stuff from Bialik and Kary Byron from Mythbusters about what it’s like to be constantly called out as either being too authentic or not authentic enough. Just a lovely read.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

July 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

Men who pay for sex tend to commit more crimes- an interesting study. From the writeup- “Sex buyers ‘seemed to justify their involvement in the sex industry by stating their belief … that women in prostitution were intrinsically different from non-prostituting women,’ the study’s authors said.”

Rebooting the National Lampoon’s Vacation series, with Anthony Michael Hall’s “Rusty” as the new patriarch? Yup, that’s happening.

Ask for what you want and be decisive- two of the points I definitely agree with in this woman’s essay about what she learned from living in NYC.

The Spiderman reboot trailer looks just like Mirror’s Edge trailer. Discuss.

This is a woman who has probably never felt the joy of completing a crossword puzzle without looking up the answers- listen to her explain why Twitter needs 280 characters.

Please please go look at these gorgeous scenes of Barbie as a serial killer over at Buzzfeed. They satisfy my love for weird stuff and for miniatures. (Thanks to Mr AG himself, Craig Andrew!)

This is a deleted scene from Ghostbusters in which Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd inexplicably play bums.

Check out other fun deleted scenes here!

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Hi, it’s me on top of the massive G4 bunker at Comic-Con!

July 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Someday, all this will be mine!

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