Archive | July, 2013

Stuff That Happened This Week (July 21-28)

30 Jul

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

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ONLY WINNERS GET SPACE ROCKS, TIMMY!~ If you win at the 2014 Winter Olympics- you won’t be going for the gold– you’ll be going for the METEORITE THAT INJURED MANY AND LAYED WASTE TO EVERYTHING IN IT’S PATH! The medals at the olympics in Russia will be made out of the meteorite that landed in Chelyabinsk. MEDALS made out of a METEORITE! I’ve never wanted a medal so bad in my life. I also think that is very Russian: What should we do with the giant meteor that injured thousands and laid waste to an entire city? Break it down and give it away as prizes. That’s hella metal, Russia. [Geekosystem]

REMEMBER THAT TIME NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON DEFEATED THE ILLUMINATI AND THEN FLEW INTO SPACE?~ I remember (only because it’s a recurring dream of mine). Neil deGrasse Tyson is rebooting Carl Sagan’s The Cosmos. He’ll pick up where Sagan left off– teaching us all about science and making us kind of fall in love with it. But, if you DIDN’T know that before you saw the Cosmos trailer, you would just assume it was some sort of amazing choose-your-own-adventure starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. In MY version, Neil pilots a spaceship, goes back in time, fights off wolves, meets Galileo, goes to the FUTURE, triggers a bunch of explosions, and becomes the leader of The Resistance (where I’m sure he teaches them about science and the magic of the Universe). BADASS. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes The Doctor look like a chump. [TheMarySue]

 

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– 80 Photos of Old New York (1970-1989)~ I have a slight issue with their use of “old” but these photos are amazing. Also- New York was pretty much on fire all the time in the 70s and 80s. [Superchief]

– Republican Guide to Female Anatomy [Nerve]

– 27 Cats That Immediately Regret Their Decisions [Buzzfeed]

– What Species Did You Evolve From? [Matt Chase]

– Best headline this week: “To Save The Owls, US Government Plans To Kill Over 3,000 Owls” [Geekosystem]

 

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Everyone Is Staying Friends With Their Ex’s On Facebook (Katie Heaney // Buzzfeed)

How To Be An Atheist Without Being A Dick About It (Lindy West // Jezebel)

#WhiteHouseIftar and the Tactics of Activism (Fatemah Fakhraie // Racialicious)

 

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– White People Meet: A Dating site for whites only… wait. When I say it out loud it sounds bad…. [UCB Comedy]

– Daria Movie Trailer [College Humor]

– Supercut of SNL Cast Members Breaking Character [Slacktory]

– Animated version of “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked [Heidi Jo Gilbert on Vimeo]

It’s the EARTH, y’all!

17 Jul

the worldPhoto from Nasa (Source)

One of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station used a 50mm lens to record this image of a large mass of storm clouds over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil and the Equator on July 4, 2013. A Russian spacecraft, docked to the orbiting outpost, partially covers a small patch of sunglint on the ocean waters in a break in the clouds.

Stuff That Happened This Week (July 7-14)

15 Jul

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

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DI Cool Stuff BarTEXAS POLITICIANS ARE TERRIFIED OF TAMPONS~  Texas politicians gathered at the state capitol on Friday to vote on an anti-abortion bill (which passed). The weird thing, though, is state troopers were confiscating tampons and maxi-pads at security. That sounds crazy, right? Surely there must be more to the story! The super-sleuths over at Twitchy (a site Michelle Malkin started up that draws its news from Twitter) had more to say: “Pro-aborts Whine About Tampon Confiscation at Texas Capitol; Fail To Say The Reason.

Guns were still allowed because there were no reports that people were going to either throw or shoot them at legislators [Twitchy]

Alright… so there you have it. No one FORMALLY announced that they were going to shoot a senator in the face so NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT GUNS, YOU GUYS! Just to be clear- if people DID sneak in maxi-pads and tampons- the worst that would happen is that politicians would be embarrassed. Unless someone throws the entire BOX –there is very little chance of physical harm befalling anyone. Maxi-pads and tampons are mostly cotton. They are also super light. You can’t get enough velocity behind them to do any harm– unless you fashioned some sort of tampon nunchuck (which would be awesome and please do that someone!). WHEREAS- if someone forgot to let the world know that they were assassinating someone and brought in a gun- someone would probably legit die. Yeesh. In closing, enjoy this picture of Rick Santorum being pelted with tampons and maxi pads. [Huffington Post]

QUEERING UP MARVEL COMICS (because guys in tights just isn’t cutting it anymore)~ Andrew Garfield, the actor currently playing Spider-Man suggested Spider-man have a bi-racial boyfriend and everyone agreed with him and thought it was a great idea! Just kidding. They flipped their shit. Garfield was quoted as saying:

“What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Spider-man could TOTALLY be into boys, you guys! He’s an attractive artsy type who lives in New York. AND YOU WOULD ONLY HAVE TO TWEEK THE THEME-SONG A LITTLE (Spider-man, Spider-man/your friendly bi-sexual Spider-man…). But people are HELLA sensitive about changes to the “traditional” Spider-man (“traditional” Spider-man being white and straight… just like every other Marvel superhero ever. Yawn.). The Internet was worked into a frenzy when there was a campaign to make Donald Glover the new Spiderman. People COULD NOT DEAL with a black Spider-man. Spider-man could not possibly be black! Donald Glover ended up not being the new Spider-man. There IS a black Spider-man, though. Why? Because Retroactive Continuity is totally a thing in the comic book world (and with studios rebooting franchises every eight years– it’s quickly becoming a thing in the movie world too). Superheroes have different histories and different stories depending on the series that they are in. So no matter what people INSIST– Spider-man can totally be black, or hispanic, or gay, or maybe even Canadian. If you know anyone who is flipping out over a bi-sexual Spider-Man, let them know that Helen Mirren suggested that Doctor Who should have a black, gay, LADY Doctor and watch their head explode. [The Mary Sue]

DI other stuff bar– Shitstorm added to German Dictionaries. [Planet Ivy]

– There is a giant T-Rex in Paris. T-Rex gloomily discovers that Parisians are all carbs. [Colossal]

– “15 Things That Escalated A Bit Too Quickly” [Buzzfeed]

– “Is This The Most Interesting Opening Paragraph Wikipedia’s Ever Published?” I want my Wikipedia page to have the same sort of gripping narrative. Also– I want to have a Wikipedia page. [Foreign Policy]

– The Miss Zandry Shop has awesome swag for ladies and feminists.  [TheMissZandryShop]

DI articles barA Closed Letter To Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes (Patton Oswalt)

What Did You Tell Your Kids After the Zimmerman Verdict? (Gene Demby // NPR)

DI videos bar“Everyone Is An Asshole” [College Humor]

“It’s Not About the Nail” [Jason Headley]

“Watch Alan Cumming Read Anything We Put In Front of Him” [Vulture]

The Time You Have (In Jellybeans) [Ze Frank]

Wadjda is the first movie to come out of Saudi Arabia that is directed by a woman. The movie looks like it will be funny and heartbreaking and I want to see it now. [Jezebel]

DI trailers and tv news barKristen Bell will be on Parks & Recreation [Entertainment Weekly]

Charlie Kaufman and Guillermo Del Toro are going to make a Slaughterhouse Five movie [Film School Rejects]

I just like mobs, yo!

9 Jul

angry mob - tom gauldCartoon by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist who is often featured in The Guardian. He also has a book called You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack which, I think we can all agree, is an amazing title for a book.

Stuff That Happened This Week

5 Jul

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

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Whoa. You guys. I have totally been neglecting you.

I was updating all the time (basically NAILING this blog thing) and then I abandoned you.

Forgive me.

I got a job (like an ADULT) and so I’ve been dealing with that.

I know what you are thinking– and I agree.

It’s no excuse.

And after this post– I’ll be back to posting on the regular.

Let’s DO THIS!

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BUT WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE BUTTERSCOTCH LOVERS? ~ NPR is usually pretty good about giving a voice to the disenfranchised. I’ve heard from displaced refugees and from Arab revolutionaries in Cairo– all of them finally able to tell their stories of bravery and perseverance in the face of adversity. “Bringing Back Butterscotch” is another heroic tale NPR was brave enough to air. Rina Rapuano talks about the stigma surrounding butterscotch– chiefly the strange looks people give her when she orders it and her 80 year old mother thinking that she was “uncool.” How does she have the strength to go on? You guys, we have got to MOBILIZE! Is there a Butterscotch Lobby in Washington?

Whatever. I’m being unnecessarily harsh and kind of an asshole. Butterscotch is for reals delicious. “Bringing it back” is a crusade I can totally get behind.  [NPR]

IS “GAY FOR PAY” PASSÉ? ~ The answer, of course, is “YES.” Buzzfeed put out a list of “31 Actresses That Went Gay For Pay.” It’s a list of ladies who have played LGBT characters in film or television. The list is meant to be celebratory but there are a few things about it that irk me– chiefly the phrase “Gay for Pay.” Dana Piccoli wrote a great article in response (“Is “Gay for Pay” Passé?“) and you should read it. Piccoli notes that the phrase “has pornographic origins.” All I’m sayin’ is if you are singling people out to honor them- using “Gay For Pay” seems a little backhanded to me. It is awesome that queer/LGBT stories are starting to be told and that actors feel drawn to these roles– and to some degree these actors should be celebrated. So when we single them out for recognition- surely there is something we can say that denotes gratitude.” I’ve been working on it and If you had to have a term for straight actors who play LGBT characters in the media: Faux-mos. It’s perfect.

Really, this whole paragraph was just so I could demonstrate how amazing I am at creating portmanteaus. Jealous?

[AfterEllen]
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– Amazing Wide-Angle shots of the Segrada Familia in Barcelona [Laughing Squid]

– Amy Poehler Does not know what makes comedy funny (or, perhaps more accurately, she knows— she just won’t distill it into a soundbite.) [Salon]

– “Emo Scientific Phenomenon”: You guys, sometimes nature is super emo. [Mental Floss]

– Behind the scenes of some of the best television shows EVAH (Firefly, I Love Lucy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and MORE!) [The Mary Sue]

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Denouncing The Classics (Sam Sacks // The New Yorker)

Joss Whedon’s Wesleyan Commencement Address (Joss Whedon // Wesleyan University)

You Gave Away Your Babies? (Dick Cavett // The New York Times)

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Sarah Silverman’s Perfect Night [JASH]

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Judd Apatow talk comedy at #ComedyFest [ComedyFest]

Kelly Clarkson is a national treasure. The end. [Queerty]

Chris Hadfield talks about his time in space. [Canadian Space Agency]