Catwoman knows how to pose.

July 31, 2012 at 10:44 am (pop culture)

I usually give comic books a bit of a pass for being way too sexy, but this looks like they cut Catwoman in half and just put the two halves next to each other.

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Get it, Brienne of Tarth!

July 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm (fashion)

 

From The Independent!

 

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

July 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm (gynomite's reading room)

Kumail and I were on Jordan, Jesse, Go! this week! Go listen! We talk about dental dams, video games, the Olympics and more!

Between my Mom and me, we’ve bought most of the things on this website: This is Why I’m Broke.

New Indoor Kids episode with Stephen Johnson discussing this uber-long console cycle and what it means for gaming!

25 behind the scenes photos from movies that will delight your face- my favorite is the Fantastic Mr. Fox one!

These Breaking Bad bloopers will charm your pants off. Completely.

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Two Batman-adjacent videos that make me feel weird.

July 29, 2012 at 8:28 am (movies)

One: Tom Hardy rapping with a baby strapped to him back in the 90s (Kumail showed this to me yesterday, from BadassDigest)

Two: A Tom Waits interview that was certainly the inspiration for Heath Ledger’s Joker (as seen on Kotaku)

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When ladies live as dudes.

July 27, 2012 at 9:56 am (women's issues)

I’ve recently become fascinated with people who lived their entire lives as another gender, and especially fascinated when women live as men to do jobs that they wouldn’t have been allowed to do otherwise.

My two favorite stories:

James Barry with his manservant John and his dog Psyche.

James Barry was born in 1789 and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. After graduation, he started work as a doctor in the British Army. He was placed as a Regimental Assistant, then a Hospital Assistant, then Assistant Staff Surgeon, serving in India and South Africa. He performed the first successful Caesarian section where both mother and child survived, and then became an Inspector General and the Principal Medical Officer. Along the way, he got in lots of fights, was arrested and deported from Saint Helena for “internal politics”, and was generally known for being feisty and opinionated. During the Crimean War, he actually got into an argument with Florence Nightengale. (!!!) He was insistent on good hygiene and treating the poor with dignity, and his only constant companions were his manservant John and his pet dogs.

When he died in 1865 of dysentery, the female chairwoman who examined his body discovered that he was actually a female, and told everyone at the funeral. James Barry was actually Margaret Ann Bulkley, and she took her uncle’s name when she registered for college so that she could become a doctor.

Billy/Dorothy “Tippy” Tipton was born in 1914, and was in school bands from the get go. He was an accomplished musician, and when he started leading bands in 1936 for radio stations, he was dressing as man on stage, but by the 40s, he was living as a man onstage and off. During this period, he was living with a woman named Non Earl Harrell who was believed to be his lover. They broke up in 1942. He then lived with a woman named Betty Cox, who said that she had a heterosexual relationship with Billy. How? Well, he taped up his chest and wore a cup every day, and told Betty (and subsequent women) that he was injured in a car accident that left his ribs and genitals permanently messed up. After Betty, he lived with a popular stripper named Kitty, and together they adopted several children. Billy was signed in the 50s and toured and released albums as The Billy Tipton Trio.

Kitty has said about Billy: “He gave up everything… There were certain rules and regulations in those days if you were going to be a musician.” Their children became rambunctious and Billy and Kitty separated over how to raise them, with Billy becoming the primary parent.

Late in life, Billy became a talent booker and would play standards as different characters like Liberace and Elvis. He then became a teacher to other musicians. He retired due to arthritis, and in his 70s, his health started to fail. He attributed it to emphysema, but he was wrong: it was a severe hemorrhaging peptic ulcer. As doctors tried to save Billy, his son William discovered that his father was, in fact, a woman. The doctors told the entire family. When he died, Kitty tried to have his body cremated so no one would find out, but one of the sons went public.

Please enjoy the Billy Tipton Trio with “Sweet Georgia Brown”.

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Gynomite’s Reading and Watching Room!

July 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm (gynomite's reading room)

John Scalzi on who gets to be a geek. Spoiler alert: it’s anyone!

Patton Oswalt on the differences between the old days of comedy, where a sharp five minutes on Carson could get you a sitcom, to today, when it’s the comedians’ entire body of work that precedes them and makes their careers.

Today, let’s learn about Lichtenberg figures, which are the gorgeous patterns left behind on a human being after they are struck by lightning.

Here’s me on the Nerdist Channel show Four Points, alongside hosts Alison and Alex and guest Mary Lynn Rajskub!

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

July 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

I love this Uproxx post about CDs that a Chicago record store has been ordered to never buy from customers. I read somewhere once that Ministry’s Filth Pig album was, at one point, the most “bought back” CD of all time for record stores. Spoiler alert: it was pretty bad.

Whoa, someone made a F Yeah Indoor Kids Tumblr!

Answering plot questions about The Dark Knight Rises (spoilery)

Also whoa, we were just picked as the best standup show in LA by LA Weekly!

Two great posts about being Muslim that tackle the important stuff: how to go see TDKR when you’re observing Ramadan, and getting fat during Ramadan. We need more news pieces like this, that present Muslims as real live human beings with favorite movies and weight issues and etc.

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New Indoor Kids webshow with Street Fighting!

July 24, 2012 at 10:33 am (video games)

Hi all! If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s this week’s episode of The Indoor Kids webshow with guest Pete Holmes schooling us on childhood video game perversions and Street Fighter!

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

July 22, 2012 at 10:48 am (gynomite's reading room)

I love Mary Elizabeth Williams’ writing. Read her essay “Alone in the Dark“, about the horrible shootings in Aurora.

I wrote about the newest season of Project Runway for TV.com!

A fantastic essay from Maureen Ryan about what’s wrong with the female characters of The Newsroom.

Rating Breaking Bad characters on their moral reprehensibility.

Revealed: the video game characters that will be majorish characters in Wreck-It Ralph!

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…in which I realize that I’ve been copying Suri Cruise’s hair.

July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm (my life)

I was tired of my hair, which looked like this:

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