Gynomite’s Reading Room!

September 30, 2012 at 5:46 am (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

I was completely enthralled by this video that gives a behind the scenes look at the guy who actually juggled the glass balls in Labyrinth, because it wasn’t David Bowie! He’s not that perfect.

I wrote this for GuySpeed about how men feel about Batman, both anecdotally and confirmed by research.

Remember when Ween tried to write a jingle for Pizza Hut? If not, read about here, and watch it NOW!

Informal, unspoken rules we have around gift giving or peeing.

My review of the newest episode of Doctor Who, The Angels Take Manhattan, at!

Speaking of TV…. this is happening.

If you think Jersey Shore is bad, check out these humans on the British MTV reality show The Valleys. Do not adjust your screen. This is how they all look.

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You and Me and Rainbows

September 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm (music)

We used to listen to this 16 minute bizarro opus from The Tear Garden while driving around our tiny town late at night. It made me feel like I was in on a secret. It made me feel more interesting than I was.

The Tear Garden with “You and Me and Rainbows” off of the album Tired Eyes Slowly Burning (in two parts, because YouTube)

Bonus: The Tear Garden with “A Search for My Rose” from To Be An Angel Blind, The Crippled Soul Divide

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

September 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm (gynomite's reading room)

Lady Gaga responds to criticism about her weight by taking Polaroid photos of herself, 25 lbs heavier, telling everyone she loves how she looks, and asking her readers to submit photos of their bodies too.

Sorry dudes- Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons, is also apparently dater of douchebags.

New Indoor Kids! This one is with Jordan Morris, and is all about Borderlands 2 and other amazing co-op games!

There’s a new revolution of queer, gender-bending hip hop artists. It’s pretty badass.

You can register to vote online! Go do it!


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Songs that make me dance

September 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm (music)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- Bellbottoms

Scene Creamers- Here Comes the Judge Part 2

Le Tigre- I’m So Excited (seeing them play this live was the hardest I’ve ever danced in my life)

Missy Elliot- Lose Control

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Emmy thoughts.

September 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm (television, Uncategorized)

Instead of livetweeting the Emmys, I’m liveblogging and not publishing it until the end of the show, because I don’t do things on your schedule, buster. Watch as I grow increasingly bored with the festivities and my observations decrease.

Is Jimmy Fallon on drugs? On the pre-show red carpet, he was sweating, making bad Amanda Bynes jokes, and then jumping in the air for press photos. It’s one thing to see the cute in-the-air pic later, another entirely to see Fallon going “1-2-3-JUMP” to cue the photographers.

Nice touch with Amy Pohler wearing a huge plastic ring on her wedding finger as a fuck you to anyone attempting to ask her about her recent separation.

I like how Modern Family’s Manny is giving a subdued, nuanced performance in his sketches (read: Audi commercials) about going to the Emmys with his mom. Lord, how long are these things?

Famous dudes’ non-famous girlfriends are always starting campaigns and foundations.

George RR Martin sighting behind the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos! Best dressed!

Jim Parsons and Zooey Deschanel would make a tremendously sexy couple.

I’m finally sold on Lena Dunham’s new hair.

Nice to see Community represented somewhere at the Emmys… #comedymontage

Is it too early to wish that Louie CK and Amy Poehler would fall in love? Is it too late to wish they had done a bit that didn’t require that Louie seem so awkward onstage?

Listen, I’m not saying they stole it from me, but I had an idea months ago to reimagine Girls as a CBS sitcom. The Breaking Bad Andy Griffith show was pretty great though.

Lily from Modern Family as a hateful, homophobic monster? Fairly genius.

At some point, we need to stop giving awards to Modern Family.

I’d like to see, once, instead of a fat woman being sexually precocious for laughs (I’m looking at you Melissa McCarthy), a skinny, traditionally pretty woman being sexually precocious for laughs. I think it’d really fuck people up.

Can Julia-Louis Dreyfus do anything wrong, ever? I’m soooooo glad she won, I love her dress, and I want her to be my friend forever. Also, amazing bit with Poehler.

Aaron Paul cries better than anyone else on the planet.

“Hold my nunchucks” -Tracy Morgan

“I don’t really believe in judging art, but I thought I’d show up anyway…” -the guy from Homeland who won best actor

Louie salutes comedy audiences, and I clap along in my hotel room.

Do you get the impression that Claire Danes might be insufferable? She says a lot of words, very eloquently, but I have no idea what she’s saying.

Tom Berenger: shiny, puffy, not funny.

I got bored and went and got sushi. Where is Idris Elba?

Great, Modern Family won again. How relevant.

And after the jump, everyone had deep side part tight updo hair tonight, and I don’t know why.

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Two Fun Party Facts

September 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm (Uncategorized)


Jerry Zucker (director of Airplane!) and his wife started an organization called The Science & Entertainment Exchange that “connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming.” Basically, they supply scientists to movies so that their science stuff is at least slightly plausible. How rad is that?


This is story about philosopher A.J. Ayer. In 1987 77 year old Ayer was at a party when he heard that a man was roughing up a woman in an adjacent room. He went into the room to find Mike Tyson forcing himself on a young Naomi Campbell. Ayer told him to stop, and Tyson growled “Do you know who the fuck I am? I’m the heavyweight champion of the world”. Ayer replied “And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic. We are both pre-eminent in our field. I suggest that we talk about this like rational men”. They began chatting and Campbell chirped out. 

Both facts came to me from Mental Floss magazine. I love the site, but man, the magazine is amazing.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

September 23, 2012 at 8:11 am (gynomite's reading room)

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail is coming to NYC! November 8th! Get your tickets here!

Is this the scariest haunted house ever? (Hint: it’s in a prison, so it may be a yes)

A thought-provoking column about how Muslims want Islam to both to be taken seriously as a political force, but also be immune from criticism because it’s a religion. Ahhh, young religions.

My newest review of the latest Doctor Who for!

Why are the tomatoes in soup always a million degrees hotter than the soup? SCIENCE EXPLAINS!


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Who’s who?

September 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm (pop culture)

Damien Echols and Johnny Depp at a recent book signing- which one is which?


Bonus info:

1) They are good friends and have matching tattoos

2) I am reading Damien Echols’ book, Life After Death, and it is fantastic. Get it!


Trick question! They’re both Johnny Depp! (JK, Johnny’s on the left)

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Get em, Gaga.

September 22, 2012 at 11:57 am (pop culture)

After weeks of hearing people losing their minds because she’s gained maybe 6 lbs, Gaga decided to strike back, and I just gained a bit of respect for her.

As I said a few days ago, we freak out over our pop stars getting fat, but Gaga, the woman who has made her body a blank canvas on which she can hang raw meat, wire clothing, extra appendages and more- it’s interesting that the one avant garde thing we cannot accept hanging on her frame is human fat. She’s objectified her appearance past the point of human comprehension, so we get confused when something human happens to her.

See more pics here.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

September 21, 2012 at 8:41 am (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

Underwater dogs. Go get you some.

I wrote this for Rookie about my experience with sexism in gaming, and sexism in general.

DMX doesn’t know how to use a computer. There’s video.

This is a recent MTV blog post asking people to leave Fat Lady Gaga alone. It’s interesting, Lady Gaga has always used her body, face, and hair as a palette for some of the most bizarre art pieces in pop culture, and people apparently don’t like it when her body behaves like a body.

At a recent BBQ at my friend Jonah’s house, Wade and I decided to revive our old circus routine with watermelons and Ginsu knives.

LMFAO broke up- what are you going to do with your life?

Our neighborhood has been crowned the hippest neighborhood in America. What are we going to do with our lives?

Further proof that Greg Dulli and I would be best friends, he co-curated this festival that is full of musicians I love.

Pete and Pete go to NYC!

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