Discoveries of a Has-Been

April 29, 2012 at 9:53 am (music)

I came home last night and, while Kumail played an NBA game where Derrick Rose is able to still run and jump around, I downloaded some new music after combing some blogs that I love and respect. Here’s a sampling of what I got.

We Were Promised Jetpacks- It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning

Big Black Delta- IFUCKINGLOVEYOU

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North Carolina- get ready to vote May 8th.

April 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm (GLBTQ issues, my life)

This is my best friend Morgan, her partner Beth, and their baby Izzy. Morgan is the kindest, most level-headed, funniest, warmest human I’ve ever met, and Beth is her perfect partner. I don’t know Izzy so well, as she’s a baby, but so far, she’s pretty amazing. The three of them, plus their dogs Emma and Gus, form one hell of a family, and their family is at risk if Amendment One passes in North Carolina.

If you live in NC, it is my wish that you vote against Amendment One. But regardless of how you vote, I implore you to at least go and read about Amendment One, so you at least know what you’re voting on on May 8th.

How gorgeous are these three?

 

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Power Up!

April 27, 2012 at 10:04 am (video games)

This week, we focus on difficult video games in the little show I wrote for Disney! Get to it!

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

This is an amazing blog created by a woman with Tourette’s who wanted to turn her outbursts into superhero stuff. It worked. I looooooove this.

It’s time to learn about the ways that Hollywood frumps up its movie stars.

I wrote this for xoJane about the evolution of my relationship with my body. It was not easy to do.

You heard it here second: metal and Christianity are incompatible.

The most highlighted passage in all of Kindle is from Catching Fire (the 2nd book in the Hunger Games series), and it is:

Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.
I don’t know why, but this makes me very sad.
An interesting, if not slightly simplistic, essay about the 1992 LA riots and how they affected food culture in LA.

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I think everyone just needs to relax a little.

April 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm (cuteness)

I found this at The Daily What.

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Indoor Kids stuff!

April 24, 2012 at 9:21 am (video games)

Hi guys! Here is your one-two punch of Indoor Kids for the week!

First, your ear holes can get into the podcast we did with Dominic Dierkes about video game Easter Eggs!

Second, here’s the newest episode of our webshow The Indoor Kids, where we invite wonderful people over to play video games… and film it! Go subscribe RIGHT NOW!

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I love this picture of Elijah Wood with the burning heat of a thousand suns.

April 23, 2012 at 9:20 am (Uncategorized)

From Buzzfeed‘s uproarious collection of celebs at Coachella.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

April 22, 2012 at 8:01 am (gynomite's reading room)

BlackBook wrote a fantastic article on the new gay comedians and how being gay isn’t the only schtick they have. I have some very amazing friends on this list, and it’s about time they got some love.

And speaking of all this, please go and spend some time watching “It Gets Betterish”, the webseries by Eliot Glazer and Brent Sullivan. It’s hilarious. Eliot was always one of my favorite people I didn’t see enough of in NYC, and Brent and I still text each other around 2am our respective times. It’s lovely to see them both work on a project that just feels so… them.

When you think of dating as a series of word and math problems, of course you would dump all the info about those dates into an Excel spreadsheet, and of course you would send it to a girl who asks about it!

Jezebel is expressing some concern that transgender folk are using very very strict definitions of “what girls do” and “what boys do” in order to define where they are on the gender spectrum at that particular moment. As in “I am feeling female today because I had a big cry.” Interesting read.

I’ve been spending my morning watching videos of Egghead, the Batman villain played by Vincent Price. What about you?

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Gynomite’s Self-Promoty Reading Room!

April 20, 2012 at 9:15 am (gynomite's reading room)

Here’s my Parks and Rec recap for Vulture!

Here’s a new episode of Power Up!, the webshow I wrote for Disney!

And here’s a picture my pal Ben made for me, with the caption “Has any one ever told you your name sounds like the best Title Match ever?!”

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OCD and Gaming

April 19, 2012 at 9:29 am (my life, psychology, video games)

I wrote this for another website but they never ran it, so here you go! 

I come from a long line of OCD sufferers. Not the cute “I have to hang up all my clothes as soon as I get home from the Laundromat- aren’t I peculiar?” OCD, but the fully written-out Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety, a fixation on inconsequential details, and the inability to stop ruminating runs rampant on both sides of my family tree. My grandmother had it the worst, pacing her house for hours on end, sitting next to me at family meals murmuring “What am I going to do?” under her breath over and over, like a mantra.

Growing up knowing this was in my blood is one of the things that inspired me to become a therapist. I felt like the mental illness cards were somewhat stacked against me, and my sister and I both vowed to always be vigilant for those moments when our thoughts got away from us and were turned over to the OCD tendencies lurking in our genes. And it’s not that all OCD tendencies are terrible- my brain can usually hold longer to-do lists than other people without getting flustered, and I like repetitive techno music a lot, so there are pluses. For the last few years, my training in school, coupled with a few hard-fought coping skills, has helped to keep the unhealthy thought patterns at bay… but nothing has been better for my psyche than video games.

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