This was a silly fun fluff piece I wrote for Lemondrop about the word “whatever” being voted the most annoying word two years in a row. It was reposted to AOL, giving it a much larger audience, and as a result, it was flooded with comments. 416 when I last checked. Here are my favorite:
This was an interesting post about how movie stars may be internalizing movie scripts more than the rest of us. Movie scripts in this post are not actual scripts, but rather the prescribed ways of behaving that we get from every romcom on earth. You know, like how if you hate a guy, it means you’ll end up with him (every Katherine Hiegl movie), or how every woman needs to be “rescued” from their asshole boyfriend by the nice guy waiting in the wings (Wedding Crashers, Leap Year). But I digress. This is about Ms. Jolie.
Russian Love Videos- when can we get them here in America? (For Lemondrop)
UFOs over Manhattan? Don’t worry folks, we can still be cynical about it!
Big Top Cookie, for when baby cookies will not do. (for Lemondrop)
And you thought American TV was exploitative? Here’s a Japanese game show where the object is apparently to convince small children that zombies are attacking and they are the only ones who can stop it. What they didn’t count on in this clip is one little boy going to town on the zombie’s head, terrified and doing his best to protect his brother and sister.
I caught McRib Fever for Lemondrop. Note: I did not actually eat a McRib.
Because I am tired of all these blog top ten lists but unable to fight anymore, here’s the 7 most awesome numbers between 1 and 10!
I couldn’t stop freaking out over Abed’s background storyline, so TV.com let me write about it. Thanks!
Scientists are suggesting that cancer is essentially manmade. It’s not that it didn’t exist before, but it was incredibly rare. We did this, with pollution and shitty diets. Ouch.
I wrote about a Twilight-themed class they’re teaching at California State University.
This blonde haired, blue eyed girl was runner up for Miss India New Zealand. People are furious. Also, there’s a Miss India New Zealand competition.
Finally, how to tip in every restaurant situation spelled out for me! I apologize, bussers of tables at Souper Salad in NC.
Here’s an obituary I wrote for that bathing suit-hating, chocolate-loving neurotic “modern” woman, Cathy. She ended her strip this past week with pregnancy, whereas I was expecting a massive stress-related heart attack.
This is a great essay in Psychology Today about bedbugs, terrorism, and fear.
This woman is getting married for the first time at age 85. So there.
Got $800 and a desire to eat some horrible food for the next 365 days? Well, CostCo can help! (Are they trying to drum up bomb shelter-era fear? I’m so confused.)
I had the privilege of interviewing Darin Strauss, author of the kinda-memoir Half a Life, for Lemondrop this week. It’s a great book about how he accidentally hit a girl with his car at age 18 and has been trying to deal with it ever since. Really awesome thoughts on grief and guilt and coping. The interview is fine, the book is a must-read.
These guys are begging for the powers-that-be to stop using Train songs in ads and movie trailers. And I’m with them.
$15,000 gingerbread house at Neiman Marcus? I write about this delicious atrocity at Lemondrop.
The disappearing honeybee problem SOLVED by science (this is for my Dad)
They’re making the Awkward Family Photos blog into a TV SHOW. What happened to blogs like this getting book deals? Are we already past that, ABC?
I write about how I decide if I like a new TV show or not for TV.com.
When hijab and high fashion meet- this was a great interview of Atik, hijab designer.
Why the Glee kids having more hit singles than The Beatles doesn’t matter- basically a) our record-keeping wasn’t crazy accurate back then, so we don’t know how popular their songs were exactly, and more relevantly, b) THESE KIDS JUST SING OTHER PEOPLE’S SONGS THAT WERE ALREADY HITS.
If you read it before, go read it again- the NY Times Op-Ed piece apologizing to Muslims for America being openly racist to them. As with any civil rights issue, it’s not enough for the minority being oppressed to decide they want change, the majority has to join in the fight.
“My life is just really complicated right now…” I eulogize my five favorite tired-ass boy moves at Lemondrop.
For those of you who follow this sort of thing, a breakdown of the ratings for Thursday TV.
Here’s a silly thing I wrote peeking into Daniel Dae Kim’s journal for TV.com.
Hey, ladies? Men don’t even notice your high heels. But you know who does- other women.
I wrote a Bored to Death 101 at TV.com to get you ready for Season 2 this Sunday!
Giant squids are eating people now, so that’s a thing.
Hard-hitting research on projectile pooping from SEED Magazine.
Emily Post died 50 years ago tomorrow, and in celebration, Lemondrop had me read her entire book and write about it.
Chloe Moretz- a young and amazing actress who often stars in movies that didn’t need to be made. Kumail keeps telling me the reviews for Let Me In are great, but still, why? And now she’s in an Emily the Strange movie? I repeat, why? (Sidenote- anyone named Emily who wore combat boots even once was given more Emily the Strange merch than she could count, I promise you.)
Elisabeth Moss spins me right round baby, right round. Similar to a record.
There’s a new Twitter in town! TechCrunch sums up what you need to know about it.
I talk about Madonna and meat dresses and Lady Gaga and the problem with kids these days at Lemondrop.
Here’s a great mini-documentary about Threadless, badass Chicago tshirt company that has become huge in the last four years.
Brilliant brilliant brilliant- a collection of “sorry I haven’t posted in a while” posts from random blogs.
Ant Death Spiral isn’t the name of a band you should already know. It’s real, and it’s terrifying.
This guy was vegan and vehement until he read Meat: a Benign Extravagance. Now he says “I no longer believe that the only ethical response is to stop eating meat.” Read why. (thanks to Kevin Slaughter)
The charm just oozes out of Alie and Georgia- watch their show Drinks with Alie and Georgia, and read my scintillating interview with them next week when it comes out!
Tim Gunn on Taylor Momsen: “You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you.” Daaaaaaayum.
Old School plus Gran Torino? Produced by Ryan Reynolds? I think I’m on board.
Here’s a thing I wrote for the comedy magazine Re: Com about why watching comedy at festivals is better than watching music at festivals.
This is a really interesting article about why more people believe Obama is Muslim now than ever. Essentially, it’s about their dissatisfaction with his presidency and the way the questions are worded more than anything. If you ask someone if Obama’s a Muslim you get one number, but if you ask a person what race they are and then if Obama is Muslim, the number jumps because they’re reminded of how he is different than them. A must read. *NEWSFLASH* He’s not Muslim, but why on earth would it matter if he was?
A creepy experiment with men’s pants at Esquire, where they measured the actual waistband of size 36 pants to see how big they actually were. Every single one they measured was over 36 inches. It’s ingenious, because if you go to Old Navy and are pleasantly surprised to fit your fatass into a 36″ waist, you’re going to keep going back. Often. Plus then they can accommodate plus sizes without having a plus sized line. Evil genius.
Disappointing 90s movies. Dig it.
I just interviewed Alie and Georgia for Lemondrop (it’ll go up next week sometime), and they are the coolest. Their webshow “Drinks with Alie and Georgia” premieres this Monday at Food2, and here’s one of the YouTube videos that got them the show!
This Chinese woman sued a movie theater for wasting her time. Sounds like Coupon: the Movie: the Sequel.
First, let’s kick it old school. The article about Lorne Michaels in the newest Rolling Stone (the one with the unfortunately photoshopped Mad Men cover) is amazing. Go read it not online.
Here’s a thing I wrote for Lemondrop about how the BMI for measuring fatness is outdated.
Here’s an amazing interview with Banksy, yes, the Banksy.
Paper Magazine had lovely girls made over like boys for a photoshoot. Here’s Veronica Webb.
A quick writeup by me of horrible toys for girls at Lemondrop.
This is an insane looking video of rough seas on a Pacific Sun cruise ship. It’s made more insane by the fact that the camera is fixed in place, so to us, it just looks like someone is pushing furniture and people back and forth. A must watch.
Everyone freak out! Google changed the way their logo looks!
What is going on in the “rape by deception” case? (The one where the woman cried rape after finding out that a guy she slept with wasn’t Jewish) It is way worse than you thought.
“I Love Boobies” bracelets for breast cancer research- good or horrible? My thoughts at Lemondrop.
It’s true! You can make phone calls through Gmail now! For those of us who have AT&T and live in a large apartment complex in LA and therefore never ever ever get reception unless you’re on your balcony leaning into the sun-baked corner and standing on a plastic table that will probably break at some point and you can’t hear well because of the breeze, but you welcome it because it keeps you from sweating as you bake yourself just to talk to your friends and family, this is a godsend.
Gross, guys. Gross.
I took up the helm of defending grown ass women reading young adult literature over at Lemondrop!
John K, the genius behind Ren and Stimpy, took to his blog to post some sketches of Justin Bieber. Genius.
This is an amazing article about the secret world of Trader Joe’s. My friend worked there in NYC and would always tell me that Trader Joe’s just buys products from other companies, like PepsiCo, and repackages them in their own cute wrappers. It’s also got some interesting stuff about how TJ’s relieves people, because there are less options for them to regret not choosing. A must-read.
I plead with people at TV.com to please stop telling me what shows I HAVE to watch. (PS, I wrote this as a TV fan, not an employee of TV.com, but it didn’t stop the commenters from destroying me)
MIT students make a Tardis materialize on top of one of their buildings, AND IT LIGHTS UP AT NIGHT.
Research has proven that men who make significantly less than their women are more likely to cheat on them, in some stupid quest to up their manliness.
My hard-hitting research as an audience member of Tosh.0 for TV.com!
The circumcision rate for American boys has dropped way way off. Is this a good thing or is this a bad thing? Dunno, but has anyone seen the movie Tremors?
Other research has proven that women are more affected by beer goggles than men are. Careful ladies. (from me at Lemondrop)
This is a horrible horrible story about a man jumping to his death during a Swell Season concert and landing on the stage. (That’s the band of the guy and girl from the movie Once) Everyone’s traumatized.
And here’s a cool article about negative branding, exemplified by Coach’s rivals sending a Coach bag to Snooki for free.