Gynomite’s Reading Room!

August 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm (gynomite's reading room)

An interesting post at Salon about how fat-hating is the new gay-hating, and how the two compare. A lot to chew on.

I wrote this for about what I’m hoping to see in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. I’ll be covering the new season for every week, so look out for that!

Okay, so MAAAAYBE this guy didn’t know who Hitler was when he named his clothing store, but how can you not know who Hitler is but know enough to put the swastika in the I? I call bullshit.

This is a silly thing I wrote for The FW pitching new reality shows for celebrities!

Well played, Barack Obama.

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Discoveries of a Has-Been

August 30, 2012 at 7:58 am (music)

Today’s selection: Oberhofer- Away Frm U

(it’s nice to take song-naming cues from Prince)

This is not even my favorite song of theirs, but the video is too adorable.

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Back to School Shopping

August 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm (my life, Uncategorized)

I’m the blonde on my first day of 1st grade, I think. At the top of the stairs is my sister, then our neighbor Teresa, and to the right, my other neighbor Kristi. Our bus driver was named Linda Rash, and she was crabby forever.

This time of year, I see back to school sales at office supply stores, I see commercials for back to school clothes, I see pictures of my friends from childhood sending their own kids back to school on Facebook, and I, like most people, get a little jolt of some emotion I cannot name. It’s part anxiety, part excitement, part mystery.

It is the feeling of back to school.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

August 29, 2012 at 9:27 am (gynomite's reading room)

Campbell’s has decided to celebrate the life of Andy Warhol with a line of soup cans that are Warhol-inspired. Andy Warhol’s corpse will start spinning momentarily.

Curse you, Ann Curry controversy, for making the Today show so damned juicy now. Al Roker offhandedly slams Matt Lauer on the air! AAAAAAAAAAAA!

This very long article about hookup culture, sent to me by Eli, is really interesting and worth the time. A good quote, about women who hook up:

Zoom out, and you see that for most women, the hookup culture is like an island they visit, mostly during their college years and even then only when they are bored or experimenting or don’t know any better. But it is not a place where they drown.

Wanna know what Lindsay Lohan spends on hotel rooms? TMZ found out for you.

Benign girl! Blandness girl!

Sorry, totally separate note: can someone tell me how to buy this Chloe dress? I’ll pay ANYTHING. Seriously.

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Trash Talk with Adam Pally on The Indoor Kids

August 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm (video games)

Hi all! Please enjoy the season finale of The Indoor Kids webshow on the Nerdist YouTube Channel! We’re taking a bit of a hiatus to play some games off camera, retool the show, and come back for more, so come and get it while you can!

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

August 27, 2012 at 4:46 am (gynomite's reading room)

This dude has some serious issues with Tyra Banks saying that she has a degree from Harvard Business School, because apparently what she has is a certificate from a non-degree program that anyone can buy into at Harvard. I love/hate Tyra until the end of time, so I half-relished this and half-thought the dude should calm down a bit.

A selection of the best Romneyisms around. Hilarious.

I’m a juror in this year’s Indiecade, which is a bit of an awards ceremony for independent video games, and the nominees just got announced! Enjoy!

New episode of The Indoor Kids up today, and in this one, Kumail and I reflect on our Edinburgh experience! And make dick jokes.

This product claims to zap your bug bites away using heat. Check it out. Gizmodo did!

Why do female comedians pretend they are ugly? An interesting piece in The Atlantic.

I wrote this for xoJane about what it’s like to work with my husband!

Arizona has just passed a new anti-abortion law that states that abortions are illegal after a certain point of pregnancy, and that point is two weeks earlier than all other states, because it calculates the age of the fetus starting with the first day of the woman’s last period, not the day she had sex. This means that to Arizona, conception occurs BEFORE CONCEPTION. Go read up.


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Let’s check in on fashion!

August 26, 2012 at 9:15 am (fashion, Uncategorized)

It’s been a while since we checked in on fashion, so let’s go for it! Ideeli, which is my favorite site, seriously, has some winners up today.

First up, this gorgeous frock, which I’ll call zombie white trash. It retails for $60 and is on sale for $30, despite the fact that you could buy all three of the shirts that make it for a total of $10 at Dress Barn.

I actually think this dress is pretty cute, but it looks like someone shat during the photo shoot, and the model just got a whiff of it. $395 retail, on sale for $129.

Oi, the poorly fitted, bright pink, RUFFLED pantsuit. Just like Blanche Devereaux used to wear! $88, a steal at $30.

This shirt is kinda boring and vomit-colored from the front….

But a sexy long party in the back! $50 retail, on sale for $25.

Pro tip: always pull up the shirt of your frumpajamas just a little bit to show your naughty side.

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Ask Gynomite!

August 26, 2012 at 3:32 am (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 happiness.


Hi! Um, a friend recommended I give this a try since it helped her. I just started a PhD program this month, which I realize isn’t that long, but I hate it. I’m so miserable and I don’t know what to do. The research is so much more than I expected, and I like research but it feels overwhelming, and it seems like the school is geared towards something different then what they described to me and what I basically signed up for. My classes are terrible, too, and I dread going to them. And I’m alone in a new town, so I don’t have anyone to talk to or any way to really decompress. I want to think that it will get better, but part of me is starting to think that maybe the career path I chose isn’t for me.


I’ve been reading about the job market in that field, and hearing horror stories about what it’s like to actually do this work. What if I’ve made a terrible mistake? The thought of years of this, and it being my life… I can’t really stomach that. But then I also worry if maybe I’m just stressed now and will get used it? Maybe it’s just horrible for everyone and I have to suck it up? It makes me feel horrible that I got into this great program, that my parents helped me move, that I have an apartment and furniture and everything here. I mean I painted the walls. I know that probably sounds silly.


The thought of walking away from that makes me feel like an asshole. I don’t even know where I’d go or what I’d do if I did walk away. That’s what I mean about being stuck. How do I figure this out? Another factor in this is that I really want to write. I’ve done some work writing for blogs and magazines. I also like fiction, screenwriting, etc. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I know that you started writing so I’m curious about how you got started, especially since it was a career shift for you. I’m sorry that sounds creepy, I’ve heard a lot of podcasts! I’m not really cut out for the starving artist route, and I don’t have a lot of confidence in my work though other people tell me it’s good. I also have trouble finishing things and getting motivated. I know everyone has that, but again I’m stuck. 


Hi there! Well, there are a lot of parts to what you’re asking, but they’re all fairly similar. Here’s how I see it: you’re in a rut deep enough to hang up posters. You’re wallowing. You’re miserable and basting in your own misery so much that you can’t see outside of it. That’s a terrible place to be, but a weirdly comfortable one. I’ve certainly been in ruts like this before, and they feel unsurmountable. The good news is that it is surmountable. This rut is fixable. You’ll just need to make some adjustments.

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August 23, 2012 at 8:50 am (my life, Uncategorized)

Hi there! I’ve been in Edinburgh for the past ten days or so, and will be for a few more, so I thought I’d share a few of the pictures I’ve taken so far.

Flyers for Kumail’s show, made by Dave Kloc!

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The Indoor Kids Webshow!

August 21, 2012 at 11:45 am (video games)

Here’s the second installment of the Indoor Kids webshow with Pete Holmes!

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