“I just have one thing to say to Domino’s, Dell, UNICO and all the other haters out there. F—- you! If you don’t want to watch, don’t watch. Just shut the hell up! I’m serious. … F—- you!”—The ever-so eloquent Snooki.
The controversial adult festish site, Kink.com is looking for a helping hand as it shoots videos devoted to BDSM fetishes. The job pays $15 an hour and minimal experience is required. But that is where the dream ends.
“It’s possible drugs just might have been a factor in a Southern California rampage that involved a man allegedly jumping out of a third-story window, killing a dog with his bare hands and then pouring coffee all over himself after running naked through a tennis club, say authorities.”—NBC LA
An “exclusive” photo that gossip behemoth TMZ.com posted Monday — and touted as something that “could have altered world events” — was actually published in the pages of Chicago's own Playboy in 1967.
The photo, showing several naked women and “a man appearing to be” JFK lounging on a yacht, was first published in Playboy’s “Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodied Complement of Ship’s Belles.”
The original photo was in full color, but TMZ’s version was in black and white.
According to TMZ’s original post, the photo was “eventually given to a man who owned a car dealership on the East coast. The man kept it in a drawer for years, and would brag to friends he had an image of JFK on a boat with naked women. The man died 10 years ago and one of his sons inherited the photo.”
First, life imitated art when The O.C. became the inspiration for a little reality show called Laguna Beach. Then, Desperate Housewives served as the basis for the original Real Housewives, and now it looks like The Twilight Saga may be spawning its own reality show too.
Once upon a time, Forks, WA was a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere, but thanks to Stephanie Meyers, who set the Twilight books in Forks, the town has become the destination for fans of the franchise.
I’m actually very surprised that there wasn’t a reality show set in a Wasilla-ish Alaskan town first.
Released in ‘99, “The Matrix” was a genre-exploding film that depicted humans as captors of a vast virtual world. The freedom fighters were the remaining humans living beneath the surface in Zion, hiding from levitating metal octopi. “The” Matrix represented the pre-apocalyptic, Y2K-ish, kozmo.com-ian fin di siecle zeitgeist: Machines bad, humans good.
Now consider “Avatar.” Like “The Matrix,” Cameron’s latest is a genre-exploding film — but one that embraces a virtual world as an agent of deliverance.
In “Avatar,” humans are evil, and humans’ big, lumbering machines are agents of destruction. The only way that the film’s protagonist comes to understand true love and harmony is by using technology to virtually inhabit a 10-foot-tall cloned alien body. So… humans bad, machines good.
“The two who came out with perfect length ratios and perfect width ratios were Shania Twain and Rosie O’Donnell. Kind of underscores our paper in that this is a way to make yourself look as naturally active as possible.”—NBC San Diego covering new research on the so-called “golden ratio,” or the “Optimal relation between the eyes, the mouth and the edge of the face for individual beauty.”
I’ve long been frustrated by the inability of big media sites to have a real two-way communication with the readers. I mean, reading Newsweek (or any other old media property) online is pretty much the same experience you have in print: We put out a story, you come and look at it. Comments sort of improve on this, in that now you can at least discuss a story in that space, but they don’t work all that well as a communications channel with the publication, because a) they’re nearly always crammed into a little, lesser comment ghetto on the page, which few readers, and even fewer writers and editors, ever look at and b) our staffers don’t have an easy way to join into the conversation.
My thought with Tumblr is, mainly, that there’s a lot of really interesting, creative things being done/talked about on Tumblr, and we want to be in on that. What I’d love someday is for every bit of Newsweek’s content to be easily rebloggable, and for readers to be able to experience the site not just as some static thing we program for them, but as a conversation they have with the Newsweek staffers they choose to follow.
The pint-sized “Jersey Shore” reality starlet said she got served with walking papers from her job when she told her boss she was skipping town to do appearances on the West Coast related to her role on the controversial MTV hit show, according to E! Online.
"I was a receptionist at a corporation," Snooki told the network. "I was getting good money, like $13 an hour. I got fired when I asked for time off to go to L.A."
"[My boss] knew I’d be crazy, so thank God that happened."
“A bald man with a gray beard and tired eyes is sitting in his oversize Washington office, talking about the economy. He doesn’t have a commanding presence. He isn’t a mesmerizing speaker. He has none of the look-at-me swagger or listen-to-me charisma so common among men with oversize Washington offices.”—The lead-in to Time’s pick for “Person of the Year” — Ben Bernanke
Always wanted to design a condom wrapper? Well, now’s your chance.
All New Yorkers ages 17 and older now have a chance to put their innovation and artistry to work – to design a condom wrapper that represents the city of New York. While the NYC condom wrapper will retain its classic image, the winning design will grace a special limited-edition package that debuts next fall.
Craving more details? Here they are:
To submit: Go to nyc.gov/condoms and upload your design or mail it to the address listed on the site Deadline: January 22. Only one design per entrant, folks More info: Check out the NYC Condom’s Facebook page and get condom-related tweets via twitter.com/nyccondom. For complete rules and regulations, or for more information on the contest, visit nyc.gov/condoms.
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California’s medical marijuana statute is a bit of a joke, basically a back-door legalization. But it may be moot in a year:
A measure to legalize marijuana in California has enough signatures to qualify for the November 2010 ballot, advocates say.
The Tax and Regulate Initiative has far more than the nearly 434,000 signatures needed to make the statewide ballot…
The proposal would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older. Residents could cultivate marijuana gardens up to 25 square feet. City and county governments would determine whether to permit and tax marijuana sales within their boundaries.
That sounds like a common sense law. I have yet to see anyone make a convincing argument why marijuana should be treated any differently than alcohol.
Willard and other waitresses told NBC Philadelphia that the couple started the chain reaction by paying double: for their own meal and for the tab of another table of diners at the restaurant. There’s no evidence that one group of diners knew the others…
For the next five hours, dozens of patrons got into that same holiday spirit and paid the favor forward.
“What happened to “Snooki” was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing. After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air “Snooki” being physically punched in next week’s episode.”—MTV Pulls “Jersey Shore” Punch Clip (via burningdinner)
“I’m an unmarried heterosexual woman, and since I probably won’t be using my right to get married, I would like to give it away. I would like to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds since the government designed to protect all of us is picking and choosing based on what they think is icky, weird, or unknown to them. Bid now, and you can have my super wonderful privilege and legal ability to get married as many times as you want. You don’t have to know the person, you don’t have to like them, you don’t have to think through your decision to get married or anything - you can just do it! Because you can! And if it doesn’t work out, just get divorced. Half the cool people who get married do that anyway.”—Jamie Frevele selling her right to get married on eBay (via urlesque)
“Obviously, running time was no detriment to the success of “Titanic.” But think about what that movie had going for it. It had public fascination with a known historical event. It had a love story between two gorgeous and talented actors. “Avatar,” by contrast, is not based on any known quantity, something extremely rare in Hollywood these days. And its love story concerns a giant blue alien and a man disguised as a giant blue alien. I have nothing against giant blue aliens, but I really hope there isn’t a nude portrait scene.”—Drew Magary on Avatar’s reported 161 minute runtime. (via culby)
What is SantaCon? According to organizers, it is “a not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-logical Santa Claus convention, attended for absolutely no reason.”
Rule No. 1: Dressing up is mandatory. And that doesn’t mean phoning it in with a red hat. You need to go full Santa. Creativity is encouraged – some host suggestions include takes like a Santasaurus, the Santichrist, Stewardess Santa, and even a Chanukah Squirrel – but jeans will not be tolerated. Does Santa come all the way from the North Pole wearing a pair of Diesels? We didn’t think so.
Rule No. 2: Santa doesn’t get arrested, because that just looks bad. So while this is a pub crawl that starts at 10AM (…), maintaining a level of decorum is essential. Participants should be jolly, not three sheets to the wind. Also, Santa does not mess with kids, cops, security or other Santas.
Rule No. 3: Santa being Santa, he’s full of generosity, so you’re asked to bring 1-2 non-perishable food items to the starting point. SantaCon NYC ’09 donated 1,000 lbs. of food to the NYC food bank; this year, they’re aiming for a ton.
Somali fashion, do-it-yourself henna kits, children’s books that draw inspiration from the lives of Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor: it’s not hard to find gifts created for and by people of color this holiday season.
What can you look forward to? Check out “Asian Faces” or “Baby Jamz” if you don’t know what to buy for your non-white friends.