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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! 

A weekly collection of kickass stuff I find on the internet.

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

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]

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Stuff That Happened This Week (May 6-13)

15 May

TOO MANY BIRDS STHTW

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

A weekly collection of kickass stuff I find on the internet.

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

**This is late (cos I’ve had a lot of shows recently) but still quality! SO ENJOY!!**

DI Cool Stuff BarGin Is The Best Because Of Reasons! ~ In my experience (experience here meaning unapologetic drinker of gin) gin gets a lot of undeserved slander. I blame Hogarth. The New York Times ran an article titled Gin Doesn’t Make You Sad. I read it thinking it might reveal some amazing scientific discovery about my favorite liquor (I don’t need science to know that gin is amazing, but for everyone criticizing my drink of choice, sometimes it’s nice to throw science in their face). The article is basically one person’s discovery that gin wasn’t making him sad… his life was. Yikes. Anyway… gin is awesome. The key to establishing something as a scientific fact is the ability to replicate an experiment and that yields consistent results. FACT: Gin is fun and delicious EVERY TIME! (That’s right– I’m drinking for SCIENCE!)    [The New York Times]

In Terms Of Awesome Space News– CANADA IS KILLING IT!! ~ So, two weeks ago, Canada announced they were redesigning their $5 bill and putting astronauts on it. Which is awesome (WHY DON’T WE HAVE SPACE MONEY, AMERICA??). Chris Hadfield, the commander of Expedition 35, returned to earth on the 15th of May, after a six month long mission in space. He will be returning with Roman Romanenko (RSA) and Thomas Marshburn (NASA/USA!). Astronauts are clearly very cool. What makes Chris Hadfield double cool? Right before he came back to earth, HE DID A COVER OF DAVID BOWIE’S “SPACE ODDITY”– IN SPACE.  [Space.com]

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– You can’t really be punk when you are attending a gala at the MET. [Jaded Punk]

– Just in case you were wondering how to ask if “you can touch someone’s butt” in elvish. [Tumblr]

– “How to Converse Properly.” A collection of quotes from old etiquette books. [Mental Floss]

  • “Avoid any air of mystery when speaking to those next to you; it is ill-bred and in excessively bad taste.”
  • “Never gesticulate in every day conversation, unless you wish to be mistaken for a fifth rate comedian.”
  • “Never ask a lady a question about anything.”

– Arya is the fastest growing name for girls. Arya (from the TV show Game of Thrones) is becoming a popular name. Given that Bella (the main character from Twilight) was the most popular name last year- it’s going to be interesting when all of these children grow up. It’s basically going to be like that weird epilogue in the Harry Potter books… except none of your children are wizards. [UPROXX]

– Your states highest paid employee is probably a coach. [Deadspin]

– “13 Creepiest Things A Child Has Ever Said To Their Parents.” Yeesh. Kids are so creepy. [Buzzfeed]

DI articles barDepression Part Two (Allie Brosh // Hyperbole & A Half)

How To Be Funny On Twitter, By Expert Funny Tweeter Megan Amram (Megan Amram // Vulture)

Jenny Johnson’s Mother’s Day Etiquette (Jenny Johnson // GQ)

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– Street Performer and kick-ass violinist, Bryson Andres performs “Secrets” and makes you wonder what you are doing with your life. Watch/listen. Tis awesome. [YouTube]

Portlandia sketch on the dangers of concept art [Hyperallergic]

DI trailers and tv news barThe World’s End  (trailer) — Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movie about a pub crawl in a city crawling with aliens.

Brooklyn Nine Nine (trailer) — New TV show on FOX starring Andy Samberg. (Also starring: Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chelsea Peretti).

Arrested Development (trailer for upcoming season on Netflix)

Sleepy Hollow (trailer) — New TV show on Fox

– What got on TV (and what got cut) [Business Insider]