Ask Gynomite!

March 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm (ask gynomite)

In her former life, Emily “Gynomite” Gordon was a couples and family therapist licensed in 2 1/2 states.  In this life, she’s a freelance fighter of your emotional woes with Ask Gynomite.  Write her at all emails stay confidential.  Today, Gynomite takes on hating your girl/boyfriend’s parents.

I really don’t like my gf’s father and step mother. They are ignorant, sluggish and communicate with me like I am 12. How on earth should I deal with people like this?

What they say is true: you can pick your girlfriend, but you can’t pick your girlfriend’s family. Hating one’s mother-in-law is a tale as old as time, but what it comes down to is that they are people you didn’t choose to interact with that you have to be cordial with.

 Because that’s the really short answer: you have to be cordial with them.

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Power Up!

March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm (video games)

Hi all! I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to write on a webseries about video games for Disney in the last few months, and the first episode just went up today! Please watch and enjoy Power Up with Christina Grimmie!

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

March 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm (gynomite's reading room)

I’m in Melbourne Australia for a bit, so my posts may arrive at weird times and sometimes not at all, but worry not, I’ll be back soon and in full speed ahead mode. In the meantime, read these things!

My dad pointed me to this amazing article about a guy who invented an artificial heart that works like a turbine and renders you alive and yet pulse-less.

There’s a new Indoor Kids up, and in this one, we discuss video game-related books!

I don’t mean to drag down this party, but here’s George Zimmerman’s account of what happened that gave him the right to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin. This story just disgusts me all the way around. And in case you haven’t heard, please learn all about Shaima Alawadi, the Iraqi woman who was beaten to death in her California home for being Muslim.

A horrifying article at Jezebel about race in movies, after people freaked out that Rue is black in the Hunger Games movie. (Spoiler alert: she’s described as having dark skin in the book too, morons). But beyond that, being married to a man who is Pakistani and a damn fine actor, I see how he often has a hard time, going out for auditions where he plays a cab driver or a convenience store clerk, being told to “crank up his accent”. When he goes out for roles that anyone (read: white guys) could play, he’s often told that they’re going a “more traditional route”. At the very least, Hollywood, casting good, funny, non-white dudes in roles where race is not specified (which are most roles) is a good way to diversify your shit without trying too hard.

Please watch this sneak peek of the Nerdist YouTube Channel, featuring Steve Agee, Kumail and me for The Indoor Kids Nerdist webshow!




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Ask Gynomite!

March 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm (ask gynomite)

In her former life, Emily “Gynomite” Gordon was a couples and family therapist licensed in 2 1/2 states.  In this life, she’s a freelance fighter of your emotional woes with Ask Gynomite.  Write her at all emails stay confidential.  Today, Gynomite takes on rekindled Facebook relationships.

I’ve been trying to start up a romantic relationship with this girl that I’ve met through one of my classes early in college. Somebody that I didn’t fully trust told me she was interested when we first met about two years back, and I didn’t really give it much thought, which might have been a mistake on my part looking back. A really big one. Over the next two semesters following that first class together, I had her in two different classes, so we always had a decent amount of contact. As these classes went on, we got to know more about each other, learning that we like a lot of the same things: comics, reading, old movies, Doctor Who, etc. And there have been points where I did try to start up a relationship, but she started dating someone else before it could lead anywhere, but eventually broke up with and then another girl came along before I could …but that’s not a relevant story. After that, I didn’t really pursue her romantically but we remained good friends.

Moving up to the present day, one of my close friends found out about this girl through a piece of art that she drew in reference to an issue of Batman and had posted on my Facebook wall. And his specific words on the matter were “marry her right the fuck now”. So, naturally, after a great deal of encouragement on my friend’s part, I started texting her, exchanging tweets and Facebook posts and the like. And more often than not, these text conversations would last until 2 or sometimes 3 in the morning. So, naturally, I thought I had a chance. So I ask her to dinner.  

Which she said she couldn’t do. But she was open to a reschedule. But didn’t say when. And I don’t know where to go next or when, or if, I bring up the prospect of a date again. And it feels clear to me that she feels comfortable talking with me, but might not feel like it’s worth her time getting into a romantic relationship with me. So, I suppose the whole purpose of this entire ejaculate of information boils down to a rather simple question: should I keep trying for something with this girl or just let things be as they are and move on? 

This is a big question that encompasses a lot of things, but at the heart of it, it seems like you realized years later that this girl was worth pursuing, but you’re having trouble pursuing.

I don’t think you’re going to love my answer.

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I don’t want my vapid pop stars mixing with my guilty pleasure video games.

March 24, 2012 at 7:52 am (video games)

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Gynomite’s Reading Room

March 23, 2012 at 11:31 am (gynomite's reading room)

Jeremy Sisto is the worst at naming kids. His first girl is named Charlie Ballerina Sisto, and his newest child is named Bastian Kick Sisto. That is all.

A brief history of dehydration as a celebrity excuse.

Rich at fourfour writes a stunner of an essay about while he’ll never recap a TV show again. I only recap one show, and I found myself going from loving the show to feeling like it’s a time crunch job, so I can’t imagine how he felt. And yes I know, it’s a horribly wonderful present of a job to complain about, but he makes good points about the nature of recapping and the quick turnaround, regardless of how sorry you feel for him.

I don’t love Bill Mahr, but I did love this op-ed he wrote pleading with people to stop being fake outraged.

Obama handles hecklers like a comedian.

I love this opening that a guy named Lawrence Welk (I’m sure that’s not his name) made for our Nerdist Channel Show version of The Indoor Kids!

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Ask Gynomite!

March 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm (ask gynomite, Uncategorized)

In her former life, Emily “Gynomite” Gordon was a couples and family therapist licensed in 2 1/2 states.  In this life, she’s a freelance fighter of your emotional woes with Ask Gynomite.  Write her at all emails stay confidential.  Today, Gynomite takes on telling new suitors about your medical past..

I had a organ transplant about a year and a half ago, when is the best time to bring this up in a new relationship?

This is a fantastic question- what do you do when you have a medical issue in your past that could seem quite serious to a stranger, how do you bring it up in those early dating stages, when the most serious thing discussed is how you take your coffee?

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Lest you think things are getting worse…

March 22, 2012 at 10:46 am (pop culture)

This is a live performance of Jordy, who was 4 when he reached the top of the charts in 1992 with a song that translates to “It’s Tough to Be a Baby”. Please enjoy this performance, where such artists as Prince, Whitney Houston, and Kenny G are forced to watch a 4 year old dance around with a bunch of grown women.

In 1992. Toddlers and Tiaras ain’t got shit on this.


PS- Jordy is now 24, and he’s in a band called Jordy and the Dixies, and he grew up weird.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

March 21, 2012 at 11:19 am (gynomite's reading room)

I dunno, the headline of this CNN story made me laugh- Muslims Urged to Return Tickets to Lady Gaga’s Jakarta Concert.

I bet you didn’t know these couples were married! I didn’t! CELEBRITY!

Holy shit, Elizabeth Banks mentioned Meltdown Comics and “the comedy back there” in a Slate podcast!

I really liked this post about a guy who went from working a desk job in Iowa to being a screenwriter, thanks to Reddit.

Mass Effect 3 set to get an “altered ending” after weeks of protest of how lame it is.

This is the hypnotic theme to Frasier, as interpreted by Drew Spears, our Social Media Coordinator.

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A timeline of Regina Spektor discovery.

March 19, 2012 at 10:30 am (music)

  • From birth until Thursday, March 15th- I know Regina Spektor exists, and that people love her, and that she’s well respected, but I’ve never heard a single song of hers. I’m not avoiding her, I just haven’t sought her out.
  • Friday, March 16th- While driving back from WonderCon, Matt Mira forces me to listen to her newest song, All the Rowboats. I love it more than anything.
    • Saturday- Sunday- I cannot stop listening to “All the Rowboats”, and I tell other people about it, and they look at me like I’m stupid, because they’ve all been listening to her for years.
    • Monday 11am- I tell my friend Vivek about how much I love that one song, and he makes a joke referencing the song “On the Radio”, which I know but did not realize was Regina Spektor.
  • Monday 11:15am- I listen to “On the Radio” again and get a little bummed, as I find this song cheesy and appropriate for a shampoo commercial.
  • Monday 11:20am- I find out that On the Radio was actually used in a Grey’s Anatomy episode.
  • Monday 11:30am- I take to ITunes to look into Regina Spektor, and find that her song “Fidelity” was used in Grey’s Anatomy, Love and Other Drugs, Las Vegas, and a million other things. And that song, while adorable, grates on my nerves.
  • Monday 11:40am- I start questioning my new love for Regina Spektor.
  • Monday 11:58am- I appeal to those of you out there who are Regina Spektor fans to tell me her best songs. I want to love her, but I don’t adore the Grey’s Anatomy songs.

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