Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two things.

This dress and cape from Tom Ford.

This seasonal brew from Abita being released today.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

One of the best I've seen all day, from me to you.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Sweet jeebus.

Men's Jumpsuits, 1970s

You must embiggen and read the copy on this one. omg. I cannot believe I was alive when this also came into existence. Epic.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

I am 11, and just got MTV on the DL in my tiny town because a family member is dating someone who works for Viacom. I am mesmerized.

Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Too young, so sad.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Bravo, Joss Whedon. Bravo.


Buffy's Choice: Joss Whedon Gets Political

I think strongly that teen pregnancy and young people having babies when they are not emotionally, financially, or otherwise equipped to take care of them, is kind of glorified in our media right now. You know, things like Secret Life [of an American Teenager] and Juno and Knocked Up – even if they pretend to deal with abortion, the movies don’t even say the word “abortion.” It’s something that over a third of American women are going to decide to have to do in their lives. But people are so terrified that no one will discuss the reality of it — not no one, but very few popular entertainments, even when they say they’re dealing with this issue, they don’t, and won’t. It’s frustrating to me.

I don’t think Buffy should have a baby. I don’t think Buffy can take care of a baby. I agree with Buffy. It’s a very difficult decision for her, but she made a decision that so many people make and it’s such a hot button issue with Planned Parenthood under constant threat and attack right now.

A woman's right to choose is under attack as much as it's ever been, and that's a terrible and dangerous thing for this country. I don't usually get soap box-y with this, but the thing about Buffy is all she's going through is what women go through, and what nobody making a speech, holding up a placard, or making a movie is willing to say.

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

There's an instrument that's been developed in the last 25 years, where you can point it at a product and it will tell you exactly what chemicals you need to make that smell. We can duplicate anything. If you can smell it, we can duplicate it.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? And there's no cure for cancer?

As someone who hates being assaulted by smells -- chemical, natural, "good" or otherwise -- UGH.

Inside Smellvertising, the Scented Advertising Tactic Coming Soon to a City Near You

Though I must admit a certain amount of adorable squee for the term "jacket potato."

As an aside, my mom said when she came to the United States one of the first things she noticed was that Americans had a bad smell -- something she attributed to the large amount of meat and dairy in our diets. I know Japanese households have a distinctive and consistent smell for me, so I'm not surprised.

I wonder what chemicals that contraption would list to recreate my smell?

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

One other thing: I think it rips through your clothes when it takes you over. Windows found Bennings' torn and bloody clothes in the storage room after he was taken over. Earlier, Nauls found a pair of shredded and dirty longjohns in the kitchen trash can, but the nametag was missing. They could be anybody's. Nobody, nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired. There's nothing more I can do, just wait. This is R.J. MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31...

Russian Scientists Bore Into Ancient Antarctic Lake

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012


Revenge of the Econobox: Early Japanese Imports Find Admirers

I have a longstanding crush dating back to junior high on these great little cars, a crush that is not only aesthetic, but practical: my mechanic says the engines are practically indestructible. My love lives on as an adult; I recently chronicled a 1972 Honda 600 Coupe I saw at my corner gas station. I am so happy to see these cars making a comeback -- even though it means my dream of owning one is probably getting sidelined by a few more thousand dollars.

And that also means I'll have to be content with my 1986 Honda Civic sedan for now, and my memories of Trevor's first car: a rusted out 1977 Datsun 510 wagon.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Oy vey.

DC Plans Prequel to Watchmen Series

Guess how Alan Moore feels about it?

I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.

This zinger is true. Also true: it's pretty likely this money-making measure will turn out meh. But, at the same time, I'm over "no one can touch my sacred cow" and "I had to hand over my firstborn when I signed those contracts."

Alan Moore was gifted to be sure -- Watchmen is genius -- and I'm thankful that genius was recognized, but sadly, this is the way it is for artists, especially when they are first starting out. How much literary and visual work have my friends signed away, sometimes after doing it FOR FREE, just to get their work seen? Yet these are also the folks I know who have found success.

I'm not saying these practices are okay, and I definitely don't mean to blame the victim -- it's more like 80/20 for me. In a lot of ways I appreciate Moore's protests of mainstream publishers' predatory and some would say unethical modus operandi; at least when prompted for a grouse he not only cements his place within the comic canon but reminds us of the realities of being any kind of artist. But business is business, and he's famous because of those contracts -- they afforded him the place in said comic canon he occupies now. When one chooses to play the game there comes a time to let your great work stand, and then let the inevitable go.

Or, if you're going to dine with the devil, best to use a long spoon.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

If I ever kill you, you'll be awake, you'll be facing me, and you'll be armed.

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