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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]

Stuff That Happened (March 25-31)

1 Apr

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

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

**NOTE: With the Supreme Court reviewing the constitutionality of gay marriage, last week was a pretty important week for the LGBT community. So, Ima put out extra “Stuff That Happened This Week” that just focuses on all the stuff that happened around the hearings.**

COOL STUFF

Barbara Walters Can Hear You ~ Last week, people were all abuzz about Barbara Walters looming retiring. People spent the rest of the week speculating wildly about who would replace her on The View. She announced today that she won’t be retiring. It’s rude to talk about someone as if they aren’t there (NBC, I’m looking at you). SHE WILL LEAVE THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN SHE IS GOOD AND READY. You tell ’em, Barbara. UPROXX did a pretty great Barbara Walters appreciation post, though. Even though she isn’t retiring, it’s always a good time to celebrate awesome people. [Huffington Post]

Also– Everyone Who Ever Hosted Anything Might Also Retiring ~ The maybe news continues! The completely unofficial-but-actually-happening mess between Leno and Fallon is still happening. Ugh. But you guys— something WAY BIGGER IS (maybe) HAPPENING! People are speculating that Alex Trebek might be considering retirement. DISASTER. No one can ever truly replace that man. He is a national treasure (despite being Canadian… but whatever). Not just anyone can be the Jeopardy host. It takes a specific skill set– and Trebek has MAD SKILLS.

  1. Even after 28 years, he is able to appear interested in every insane/boring/sad story Jeopardy contestants tell him. He is usually pretty respectful even in the face of the weirdest stories. He has only had a couple slip-ups.
  2. Despite his occasional tendency to be smug and condescending, he is still beloved by all (I think it’s one of his powers as a Canadian).
  3. You secretly believe that the answer cards at Trebek’s podium are all blank because he already knows all of the answers.
  4. Finally, he belongs to that very rare subset man that can grow a mustache and NOT look like a child molester.

There were rumors that Matt Lauer would replace Trebek. Other, more viable options, include Tim Gunn, Ken Jennings, and Anderson Cooper. But, for now, Trebek will just continue to kill it. Bow down, bitches. [Vulture]

“Anyhoo” Is In The Dictionary Now ~ I have been using it this whole time… because I’m from the future. [The Atlantic Wire]

 

AND ALSO

Game of the Thrones is an awesome show on HBO that involves dragons, swords, political machinations, and HORRIFIC DEATHS. That isn’t a spoiler. In general, being in the vicinity of dragons, swords, and power hungry politicians leads to death. Vulture created the Game of Thrones Death Generator. Go see what brutal death you would suffer in this violent fantasy land. [Vulture]

– Obscure and obsolete words are an obsession of mine. Here is a list of 27 Obsolete Words We Should Revive- and we really should. Crapulous? Cockalorum? Jargogle? All awesome words (and still relevant and useable in everyday conversation). The fact that most of them sound vaguely like cusswords is just a bonus. [Buzzfeed]

– Stephen Colbert will interview Bill Clinton. So… awesome. [Entertainment Weekly]

– Jennifer Lawrence is scared of ghosts and struggles with that same black-hole of temptation that we all do: the hotel mini-bar. Who among us can resist its inexorable pull?. So… just me? [Fabulous]

 

ARTICLES

Generations Naive: Why Young People Can’t Help Falling For Strangers Online (Caitlin Dickson // The Daily Beast)

What I Learned Hate-Reading The Internet (Richard Lawson // The Atlantic Wire)

Why Doctor Who Needs More Female Writers (Mathilda Gregory // The Guardian)

The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language! (Rebecca J. Rosen // The Atlantic)

 

VIDEOS

Pain And Gain Trailer ~ Dark comedy from Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson (I will never NOT write his name like that) are great action stars for obvious reasons. I am really happy when I see them do comedy, though. Both of them are really funny guys. Also, it is super satisfying to see a manic Wahlberg smack-talk a kid. Movie stars Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Tony Shaloub, Anthony Mackie, and Rebel Wilson. [YouTube]

Amy Poehler Interviews Her Idol ~ Amy Poehler interviews Irma Kalish, who wrote for famous TV comedies such as Maude, Good Times, The Facts of Life, and I Dream of Jeannie (just to name a few). Nowadays, whenever anyone dredges up that archaic question, “Are Women Funny?”, most sensible/intelligent people will respond with scorn and derision. Kalish, however, worked in a time where people around her were of the opinion that women weren’t funny.

“When I first started writing, women were not writing comedy. They said, women can’t make you laugh. They can make you cry– but they can’t make you laugh. And– now I could make men cry–that’s true. But I thought I could also make them laugh.”

Irma says at one point that she thinks of Amy “as a descendent of mine” and that she “paved the way” for people like Amy. What might sound like an unchecked ego coming from anyone else-  in reality, it is really incredibly moving and touching moment. Firstly, because Amy and Irma are both adorable and clearly have an incredible respect for one another. Secondly, because you see it for what it is- as a sort of passing of the torch from one generation of comedy to another. It is the meeting of two great comedic minds and it makes me weepy every time I watch it. [Smart Girls At The Party]

Anna Kendrick Joins A K-Pop Band ~ I posted this earlier, but I think it deserves a repost. Because it is HILARIOUS. [Funny or Die]

Everybody Wants To Kill Bruce Willis~ Pierre-Alexandre Chauvat spliced together 39 different movies to create a 10 minute film that has Bruce Willis running for his life. The artist’s sums up the film thusly: “When he wakes up one morning, Bruce Willis finds himself pursued by an entire city.” Helicopters, machine guns, daring chase scenes. It’s pretty epic. Bruce’s hair comes and goes- but otherwise, it is a pretty great mashup. [Pierre-Alexandre Chauvat]

Trailer for Burning Love Season 3 ~ Burning Love is a show that spoofs reality dating shows such as The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. The show is kind of perfect (and mega-hilarious). The show is airing on E! now, but you can still catch all the episodes on Yahoo. [Splitsider]

Louis C.K. Sort Of Explains The Title Of His Show ~ I’m pretty sure HBO makes him put out these promos, resulting in these simple (yet earnest) kinds of clips.  [Flavorwire]

**Remember that there will be another “Stuff That Happened This Week” for all the LGBT stuffs that happened this week**