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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! 

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

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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]

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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! 

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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]
DI other stuff bar

– 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]

DI articles bar

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)

DI videos bar

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]

The Best Responses To The Tragedy In Boston

22 Apr

 “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Last week, the news was pretty much dominated by everything going down in Boston.

After bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, there was a lot of chaos and confusion. The attack was savage and pointless. It was a dark and painful time for the people of Boston (and everyone holding Boston in their thoughts).

People rallied around Boston.

And despite everything, ultimately, people helped each other out.

With all the awfulness of the bombings, it was heartening to see.

Stephen Colbert’s cold open is a tribute to Boston (and their badass-itude)

Stephen Colbert addressed the bombing at the top of his show. He offered condolences to the people of Boston, but also declared his confidence that Boston would not be shaken by anyone:

“As the President said, we don’t know who did this, but they will be found and will be brought to justice. But whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sakes! Boston was founded by the pilgrims– a people so tough they had to buckle their goddam hats on!

It is incredibly moving… as well as incredibly funny.

(Jon Stewart also had some touching things to say about Boston.)

mr rogersMr. Roger’s tells us to “look for the helpers.”

There really isn’t a time where quoting Mr. Rogers would go amiss. The man was a beacon of kindness.

Anyway, in light of recent tragedies, this quote has been making it’s way around the internet (here is the actual clip).

In times of trouble, “look for the helpers.

It’s helpful to remember.

Patton Oswalt reminds us that “the good guys” are there… and they are badasses.

Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a statement that to echoed the same thing Rogers was saying.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.

  • People from around the world offer Boston their support…  [Buzzfeed]
  • Amy Poehler On Coping With Excessive/Violent Images (“I love you, Boston”) [Smart Girls]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts remained open to help Emergency Responders (because that’s how Dunkin’ Donuts ROLLS!) [Bostino]
  • There were a handful of runners who ran the Boston Marathon AGAIN to show how un-terrorized they are. [Buzzfeed]

How You Can Help Boston

Stuff That Happened (April 1-7)

8 Apr

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COOL STUFF

Get It Together, North Carolina ~ When Amendment One became part of the North Carolina constitution, it was not only incredibly sad– but super embarrassing. North Carolina is a pretty cool place. Usually South Carolina is the one doing upsetting/distressing things. All North Carolina had to do was be cool and lay low for a while and we could regain some of our dignity. So many other states had been campaigning forWorst State” award (yeah, all those are individual links to stupid fuckery happening in different states). But this week, North Carolina introduced a bill that would make Christianity the state religion. I want to stress that it was struck down— but it is still super bewildering that it got as far as it did. They also introduced a voter suppression bill: Bill 666. For a supposedly Christian state, you would think that they would pick up on the stigma a bill named “Bill 666” might have attached to it. Yeesh. [Huffington Post]

Leno And Fallon Stay Classy Through The Power of Song ~ The past two weeks have been full of rampant speculation of what will happen with The Tonight Show. The whole thing was fueled by statements/rumors NBC executives were leaking to bloggers (the execs remained anonymous– because NBC is run by adults). Shortly before an official announcement came down, though, Leno and Fallon sang a duet (a spoof of West Side Story’s “Tonight”) right in between the two shows. It was classy and touching. Even if it was completely staged, and the two have nothing but a vicious burning hatred for each other, this video proves that they are both substantial and talented performers. Jimmy will be taking over The Tonight Show in spring of 2014 (when Leno’s contract runs out). Right now, Seth Meyers seems to be the most viable candidate to take over Jimmy Fallon’s time slot. [Hulu]

Jon Stewart Defends Egyptian Comedian ~ About a week ago, the Egyptian government put out an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef. Youssef has a show in Egypt called al-Bernameg (which literally translates to “The Show”). The show pokes fun at Egypt, its politics, and its leaders (particularly Egyptian President Morsi). Some of the jokes on the show have gotten Youssef in trouble with the government (watch Youssef poke fun at the whole ordeal here). Quartz looked through episodes of the show and translated some of the jokes that got the comedian into trouble. Humor can be subjective– but, you guys, the jokes are pretty innocuous. Jon Stewart covered the story at the top of The Daily Show. Like some of his best pieces, the most effective/damning piece is simply a clip of President Morsi pledging to never imprison Youssef. Since Stewart covered the story on his show, Egypt has responded… via Twitter (sigh), to voice it’s deep displeasure at such disrespect! I am just continually amazed at how uncomfortable serious/powerful people are unable to cope with humor.   [Hollywood Reporter]

FCC Cares About What You Think? ~ So, the organization that arbitrarily decides what is right and decent is making some changes and suddenly cares about what you think? To be fair, this uncharacteristic move is a result of a Supreme Court decision rather than a sudden desire to be more democratic/inclusive. You can comment here. [The Mary Sue]

Roger Ebert Died ~ When people die, the internet is flooded with grandiose headlines. When TODAY posted an article entitled “Why There Will Never Be Another Siskel & Ebert,” though, it was pretty accurate. All I remember is Siskel & Ebert. When Gene Siskel died, they replaced him with… someone. No idea who. Nowadays, everyone fancies themselves a film critic. Anyway, here is a collection of the best tributes to Mr. Ebert:  What Roger Ebert Knew About Writing40 Hilariously Mean Roger Ebert Reviews, and Outtakes from Siskel & Ebert (they are so adorably crotchety!).

 

AND ALSO…

– Jason Segel is writing YA novels. Despite being totally random, everyone quietly agrees that it totally makes complete sense. [Vulture]

– Ellen Degeneres is reprising her role as Dory in Finding Dory. [The Washington Post]

– Prison reviews on YELP [Buzzfeed]

– Dead Authors on Twitter [The Atlantic]

– 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Ever Will [AV Club]

– Hindus celebrated Holi this week. Holi is the Festival of Colors and celebrates the coming of spring. It’s a huge festival and one of the festival’s traditions involves throwing different colored powders over everyone celebrating. That description is terrible. Click through the photo-set to see how awesome it actually is: Colors of Holi Photo Collection [The Atlantic]

* Check out The Atlantic’s 2012 photos as well

ARTICLES

How To Fail For A Month, Year, Or Decade And Be Okay (Christina Fitzpatrick // The Hairpin)

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (Neil Gaiman // Neilgaiman.com)

Not All Trans People Feel “Trapped In The Wrong Body” (Thomas Page McBee // Buzzfeed)

Why Do We Laugh At North Korea Bu Fear Iran? (Jullian Hattem  // The Atlantic)

If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is A Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into A Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? (Lindy West // Jezebel)

VIDEOS

Conan O’Brien Joins A Baptist Choir from Atlanta. [Team Coco]

100 Years Of Style in 100 Seconds. Very cool.  [BoingBoing]

Community is going to have an episode with puppets- because of course it is. [NBC]

Noteworthy (a ladies a cappella group from Brigham Young University) does an awesome mash-up of Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” and Usher’s “Without You.” They shoot the music video in the middle of a glacier (because where else would you shoot a music video?). The song is pretty awesome, though. [Awesome A Cappella]

TRAILERS AND TV/MOVIE NEWS

HBO is doing a Nora Ephron documentary. Hooray! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Nasim Pedrad was cast in John Mulaney’s sitcom. In equally exciting news, John Mulaney is writing a sitcom! Both are currently on SNL, but will leave the show if the sitcom is picked up in the fall. [Splitsider]

The Axe Cop trailer debuted at WonderCon. It’s about a cop who doles out justice with an ax. Axe Cop is the creation of 5 year old Malachi Nicholl. Initially, the series existed in comic book form (with Malachi’s older brother Ethan illustrating whatever insane storyline his younger brother thought up). Now, it is going to be a animated show on FOX. [The Mary Sue]

Steve Carell and James Gandolfini will be dueling paleontologists in Big Bones. I would comment on its hilariously outlandish premise- but it’s based on a true story. [Deadline]

Trailer for Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer. [Laughspin]

Stars: They’re Just Like Us… when the apocalypse comesThis Is The End trailer features a smorgasbord of celebrities (as themselves) partying at James Franco’s house when suddenly the alien apocalypse happens. The highlight for me was a quick cameo by Emma Watson. Remember the joy you felt when Hermione sucker-punched Draco? Relive that joy when she busts into James Franco’s house and attacks Seth Rogen. [YouTube]

Hermione isn't fucking around