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This, my friend, is what they mean by new math.

South Park style. Artist Kuroi-Tsuki imagines what Kenny, Cartman, Stan, and Kyle might look like as high schoolers…

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Who knew? Stan and Kenny turn out hot!

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Director Spike Jonze has started a BLOG!

Something is in the air, indeed.

We Love You So shares this blog’s ADD. Jumping from movies to music to favorite people, the blog is a juicy-joyful inside look at one of the wackiest, creative minds working in film. [Though a part of me will never forgive Spike for letting Sofia go. Spike and Sofia. Forever and ever.]

I LUUUUV the trailer for WHERE THE WILDS THINGS ARE. Admittedly, when I first heard about the development of the film, I rolled my eyes. Puh-lease. The book’s like 12 pages! And then I saw this…

I dropped to my knees to repent to the film gods. Oh yee of little faith indeed. Mea Culpa.

Rev. Michael Pfleger.

Because he stands adamant in flying the American flag upside down to protest gun violence. Despite objections and protests.

Because he states the obvious — “there’s more attention being given to the flag than to children dying” — but suffers the wrath of veterans.

Because he himself is a son of a veteran, and a father of a son in the army.

Because the sign of flying the flag upside down is meant to signal distress or grave danger. Which is the point the Rev. is hoping to make.

VIA Huffington Post

Judy Blume.

Because she’s written some of the best children’s/young adult books ever. Because she dared to teach young girls the truth about sex and their bodies. And because of the following appeal she made on behalf of mother’s day and Planned Parenthood…

Dear Friend,

If you are the daughter whose mom had the guts to give you the answers to questions you couldn’t quite figure out how to ask…

If you are the son whose mother raised you to love and respect your sisters and wives and daughters…

If you know a mother who is struggling to raise strong, independent, and confident children in the face of unbelievable odds…

…Say thanks. Say thanks this Mother’s Day with a gift that honors her courage by making a donation to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in her name. I guarantee you that she’ll be pleased. I know I would be.

I’m a mom, and I’m also a writer and an activist. Nothing has made me prouder than seeing my own children — and really, all young people — grow up to be healthy, educated, and in charge of their bodies and their lives. That’s where Planned Parenthood comes in. There is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That’s why I’m honoring moms everywhere with my gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund today.

It’s not easy to be a mother these days. And right now — with more and more women seeking care from Planned Parenthood health centers — we need to do all we can to support them. By honoring a mother in your life with a gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, you’ll be making a gift that protects and advocates for the health of millions of mothers and families. That’s a gift any mother will appreciate.

Sincerely,

Judy Blume
on behalf of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Who opened links to stories like this — Which U.S. Cities Are the Cats’ Meow?

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently did a survey of 18 countries on lifestyle matters. According to the results…

– The French spend more of their time eating and sleeping than anyone else. The average French person sleeps nine hours at night.

– Americans come in second. Sleeping 8.5 hours. Though I have no idea who those people are. I’m lucky if I make it to seven hours these days. I think it’s because…

– Koreans and Japanese sleep the least. They average 8 hours. As a Korean-American, is my sleep-clock perpetually cursed with identity issues? Damnit. Body. Sleep. You live in America!

– When it comes to eating, the French spend TWO HOURS A DAY eating!!! And they’re freaking skinny. They drink. They smoke. Life is indeed unfair.

– The Japanese spend 47% of their leisure time watching tv or listening to the radio. This explains all those wacky game shows they watch.

– The Turks spend more than a third of their time entertaining friends. Thus, I must meet more Turks. Please, befriend me. Entertain me.

Lesson learned? You are where you live.

In an interview with PLAYBOY magazine, Shia “BABY FACE” LaBeouf has these fighting words to say…

Probably the sexiest woman I know is my mother. She’s an ethereal angel. Nobody looks like that woman. If I could meet my mother and marry her, I would. I would be with my mother now, if she weren’t my mother, as sick as that sounds.

Okay. Let’s give BABY FACE the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he meant that his mother is the only… wait. Drawing a blank here. What the fuck?

Oh Shia. Come back from the dark side. Success and fame are playing with your head. You need some better role models in your life. I suggest you turn to your co-star. Optimus Prime will know what to do. Here are some OP kernels of wisdom. Soak, my young friend. And learn…

Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.

Sometimes even the wisest of men and machines can be in error.

We can’t deal with human beings as we do with Decepticons.

Prime: Your pumping days are over, Megatron!
Megatron: I’ll see you on the scrap pile first, Optimus Prime!

Hang on to your dreams, Chip. The future is built on dreams. Hang on.

Torture isn’t sport, but I accept your challenge.

Megatron: Humans don’t deserve to live.
Prime: They deserve to choose for themselves.

That does not satisfy my logic circuits.

Really. Can he be our next president? POTUS Prime. Has a nice ring to it.

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According to a recent study by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, it might be possible to trick our bodies into thinking we are younger…

[NEWSWEEK] Langer did a study like this with a group of elderly men some years ago, retrofitting an isolated old New England hotel so that every visible sign said it was 20 years earlier. The men—in their late 70s and early 80s—were told not to reminisce about the past, but to actually act as if they had traveled back in time. The idea was to see if changing the men’s mindset about their own age might lead to actual changes in health and fitness.

Langer’s findings were stunning: After just one week, the men in the experimental group (compared with controls of the same age) had more joint flexibility, increased dexterity and less arthritis in their hands. Their mental acuity had risen measurably, and they had improved gait and posture. Outsiders who were shown the men’s photographs judged them to be significantly younger than the controls. In other words, the aging process had in some measure been reversed.

This is AMAZING. I’m going to put this into work RIGHT NOW. But wait. I can’t decide how old I want to be? What’s the optimal age for a thirty-something woman to trick herself into believing?  28? 21? 16???

A recent IM conversation between myself and my friend Nels…

me: ok i need help
i am having too much fun blogging.
i don’t do any work
help!

Nels: stop blogging

me: should i cut off my hands?

Nels: stop!!!
STOP!!!!

me: ooh i need to blog about this…

And another conversation with my friend Bob —

Bob:  wouldn’t you say that blogging is similar to free-writing?
me:  yes
it’s like talking to myself
which I do anyways
so why stop now?
me: hmmm… why does anyone need a how to on freewriting?
weird
Bob:  anyways, can’t hurt
me: true dat.

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