Halloween.

October 31, 2012 at 8:36 am (Uncategorized)

Here are my two favorite Halloween videos of all time.

First, of course, Tim Curry’s musical number from The Worst Witch.

This one comes from some dark place that I wouldn’t dare to imagine.

Bonus! Hipsters being scared right here at LA’s Haunted Hayride, proving once again that no one looks cool when they’re frightened or falling down!

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

October 29, 2012 at 9:07 am (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

Seriously? Were there no actresses available that didn’t need a prosthetic nose and dark makeup to look like Nina Simone?

Brand new Indoor Kids episode up today, with Tony and Justin from Motion City Soundtrack talking about scary movies, music, games and more!

Hey fatties, watching a horror movie burns calories!

Someone wrote something cheesy for GuySpeed and it was so universally reviled that GuySpeed asked me to rewrite it- so I did! Twelve signs you’re playing too many video games!

Jesus is in the Quran. Go read about it at TYWKIWDBI!

Starting tonight at 10pmEST/7pmPST, you can watch Love in the Time of Robots, the dating advice show for the connected age, at our site, Mashable, and UStream! I cohost this show with Gabe Delahaye!

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Ask Gynomite!

October 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm (gynomite's reading room, 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 askgynomite@gmail.com- all emails stay confidential.  Today, Gynomite takes on a toxic family member.

I’m a 21 year old guy who lives at home in England, with my younger brother, my mother and grandmother. For further context, I have general anxiety which is very intense at times and my mother is both profoundly deaf and physically disabled to boot.

My grandmother is very manipulative, and often causes arguments and conflict in a way that I feel crosses over into emotional abuse at times, and has been like this for as long as I can remember. She also isn’t afraid to slap me across my face if she is close enough and has even hit my mother, thrown stuff at her on various occasions and apparently even raised a knife once or twice. She never ever listens to reason and if I try to assert myself or retort against disparaging comments she makes towards me (without actually engaging in physical aggression, obviously) she threatens to call the police, which is something I’d rather not go through with the stress of regardless of whether I’d land in any real trouble.

If it were anyone else this would be much more straightforward, but the fact that we’re talking an elderly woman really complicates matters in my mind. I don’t think her behaviour is excusable coming from anyone and not something me or my mother should have to put up with, but I am at a loss as to how to deal with it, emotionally or tangibly. (It’s probably also worth pointing out that I’ve been out of full-time work for all of 2012 so far, although I make a lot of effort to occupy my time and stay out of the house during the day one way or another, and don’t have anywhere near enough money to move out, a potential job offer that I’m not particularly confident about notwithstanding. You’re probably also be wondering about my brother’s stake in this – he works full-time and so generally isn’t around at home as often but he does end up in the odd argument with her, but I guess it’s either a lot harder for her to push his buttons or she just doesn’t get much opportunity to.) What do you think? 

Oh my, you are in it. You are in it so deep right now that there’s not even a chance to get a glimpse of the outside world. And that’s a terrible situation to be in when you have a toxic family member.

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

October 23, 2012 at 10:07 am (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

Emma Stone, once again proving that she is the coolest, humblest, funniest woman out there, with a cameo on iCarly.

I totally called this on our Comic-Con episode of The Indoor Kids- Jem and the Holograms are BACK!

Speaking of, here’s this week’s episode of The Indoor Kids, with Guy Branum, in which we discuss everything.

Do not call Taylor Swift a feminist.

People are terrible, but they’ve always been terrible. Having a story about how “trolls are ruining Adele’s post-giving birth glow” because some people tweeted shitty stuff at her is ridiculous. These people were saying bullshit to celebrities before Twitter, but suddenly now their brainfarts earn a story? Come on, son. Let’s be better than that.

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Discoveries of a Has-Been

October 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm (music)

I’ve loved Ian Svenonius, aka White Prince, since The Make-Up, and it’s good to know he’s still kicking it with bandmate Michelle.

Please enjoy Chain & the Gang with “Certain Kinds of Trash”  (get their newest album, Music’s Not For Everyone, just for the song “Not Good Enough”)

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This is true.

October 22, 2012 at 11:27 am (cuteness)

 

 

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

October 19, 2012 at 8:49 am (gynomite's reading room)

More coverage on women’s “ever-expanding” bodies on TV, this time from the New York Times.

Bret Easton Ellis threatens LiLo with Patrick Bateman.

Happy Spirit Day! Support LGBT youth today!

My only addition: “I have PopPop in the attic.”

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Stephen is not a fan of the press.

October 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm (Uncategorized)

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Lana Del Rey wants to be a mess so bad.

October 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm (music)

I watched this ten minute “movie” of Lana Del Rey’s new song and became so disgusted and enraged at its glorification of mental illness, it’s romanticism of prostitution, it’s complete and total recasting of women’s freedom to be about the freedom to be a crazy whore that I sat down to write a really long thing about it.

And then I read this.

Kat George wrote such a stunning indictment on this stupid ass terrible piece of whatever that I can only tell you to go read what she wrote immediately. Here’s a taste:

What Lana is selling isn’t necessarily an untruth. Whether or not you believe she’s a prostitue in this stupefying video, we’re all guilty of trying to fill our lives with superficialities (men we should be ashamed of and drugs and alcohol) to defeat whatever absences and demons we carry around inside us. But that’s not the point; the point is that Lana is consistently glorifying and glamourising what I can only call “mental illness”. She makes destitution covetable and depression sexy as she transforms into this deeply scarred creature whose wild ways aren’t destructive but editorially cinematic and gorgeously tragic.

The only thing she forgot is that you should NEVER EVER EVER put a monologue in your fucking music video. It makes you sound like an asshole.

 

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Gynomite’s Reading Room!

October 13, 2012 at 11:00 am (gynomite's reading room, Uncategorized)

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are fighting? 16 year old me is very conflicted.

This fascinating expose of Reddit’s “Creepy Uncle” helped teach me a lot about Reddit, which is a thing I know very little about. Read!

One step forward, one step back: the sad evolution of overweight female actresses.

NBC cancels Dane Cook’s show before it was finished filming, in an unprecedented and brilliant move.

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