Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Junk Food Habits Just as Addicting as Cocaine

Watch out, junk food aficionados. A new study published earlier this week in the Nature Neuroscience journal finds that binging on high-calorie food is just as "addicting" as cocaine.

Apple Girl: Amazing iPhone App Genius

Meet Apple Girl, a genius of iPhone app usage.

Here she is performing an iPhone app rendition of Lady Gaga's "Pokerface."

Here is her first video, her iPhone app version of "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce.

You can also follow Apple Girl on Twitter here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The US's Only Legal Male Hooker Calls it Quits [Surprise, Surprise]

Well, the only legal male hooker in the US is calling it quits, because, like, he only had ten customers at a time. Ever.

What does this tell you?

Women don't have to pay for sex! Also, he spelled his name "Markus." I don't think the women were into that, either.

Turn Your iPod Touch into an iPhone for Free!

If you have an iPod Touch, you can turn it into an iPhone by downloading this Skype app for the iPod Touch. As long as you have an internet connection, you can chat via Skype.

I'm talking with a friend now this way and it's pretty awesome! Let me know how you like it if you decide to try it.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kurt Cobain

I'm watching Kurt & Courtney right now. It definitely seems a little forced- the filmmaker, Nick Bloomfield, seems to have an agenda. Definitely interesting to watch, and get a glimpse of all the people "involved" in Kurt's life and the effect his celebrity and death have had on their "memories" of him.

The best documentary I've seen on Kurt Cobain is About a Son, which is in Kurt's own words. So beautiful.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Google is Going to Rule the World

Google is hiring bond traders. World, get ready to become Google's bitch!

The Recession Will Not Hurt Rich Teen's Birthday Parties

Not to worry if you're a financially privileged teenager- you will still get an awesome birthday party/bar mitzvah/quinceanera/graduation party/whatever it is you dream of.

Despite the fact that many people in America are struggling to find employment, the teen party industry is booming.

My grandfather is rolling over in his grave; I can't imagine what he would think of our present-day highly frivolous and materialistic culture after living through WWII and the depression, where providing shelter for his family and putting food on the table was enough of a challenge.

Spending $15-20,000 on a birthday party for a teenager would seem thoroughly absurd to him. Which it is.

Blog Network Gothamist (Reportedly) Sold for $5-6 Million.

I'd be sporting a thumbs up too if I were Jake Dobkin, founder of the 14-city Gothamist Blog network, which was reportedly sold to Rainbow Media for $5-6 million.

Do you see now why I am building up a blog network? I could use $5-6 million.

Total Eclipse of the Heart - Literal Version

This is absolutely brilliant. Try not to laugh out loud when you watch it. It's not possible.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My, How Things Change!

It is quite amazing how rapidly the social climate has changed in the past 50 years. Large breasts are highly valued in this culture; they are a great source of a woman's sex appeal, and much of women's clothing styles are designed to reveal this particular asset.

Flashback 50 years. In 1960, 24-year-old Sandy Cherniss, who boasting a bustline of 41 inches, was asked by school officials at the college she attended to "tone it down" in effect, so her bosoms would not provide such distraction to the male students.

There is no way this would ever happen in the modern world of 2010. Halter tops and other "club wear" type clothing are manufactured for and marketed to pre-teens just on the cusp of puberty, many whom haven't even developed breasts yet or started menstruating. Girls are shown that exposing their breasts and showing as much cleavage as (legally) possible not only helps in securing a boyfriend but oftentimes a job or promotion, too; many girls learn that it's often their body, not their brains that are their assets most valued by others.

One of the most fucked up things about this ad is that it places the blame on the female student, telling her to tone it down, as if she should be punished for her biology rather than expecting the oggling boys to behave like decent men and not gawk at her endowments while in the classroom. Rather than holding the male students to a certain standard of higher level academic decorum, they blame the female student.

After reading the text that accompanied the first photograph, I realized that this incident took place here in San Francisco, at City College. San Francisco is arguably the most politically progressive urban area in the United States and is seen as a counter cultural and queer mecca throughout the world, yet even here, just 50 years ago, things were vastly different.

Here is a clearer picture of the student, Sandy Cherniss.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

They Have Pole Dancing Championships?

I didn't even know they had Pole Dancing Championships. Then again, I live in a cave.

Here is Jenyne Butterfy practicing her routine for the US Pole Dance National Championship in Manhattan.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sexism in Advertising: Your Vagina is a Void

Women's genitals are not portrayed with nearly the same reference, respect, and even admiration that the male phallus is given in media and throughout society in general. Here is (another) sexist vag-negative ad that just reinforces womens' already low genital self esteem.

Read more about it here on Feministing.

Heinz FINALLY Revamps Ketchup Packet After a Long 40 Years

It's taken them nearly 40 years, but Heinz has finally revamped the ketchup packet.

Read more here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eldery Couple Married 62 Years Jams Out in Mayo Clinic Lobby

This couple has been married for 62 years. I haven't even been alive half of that time yet. I want to be able to jam out with my wife like that when I'm their age!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Legos FTW!

One of my favorite toys to play with as a child were Legos; I liked anything you could build with - Legos, blocks, Erector set. I also am a big fan of stop animation film and social media, and this is the perfect marriage of all three.

Click here are ten geeky things created from Legos, such as a Lego iPad: