Jun 2, 2010

My (Hopefully) Awesome New Umbrella



After having two umbrellas crap out on me this year, I had reached the conclusion it was time for a new one. Yesterday, the ThinkGeek catalog arrived...I have found my new umbrella. I promptly ordered this beauty. Of course, it doesn't collapse and I have no idea how sturdy it is, but it lights up in a totally badass fashion. What more do you want? Well, and it theoretically keeps you dry.

I'll let you know how it turns out. I think it promises to be awesome.

May 28, 2010

Sex and the Shitty (Reviews)

Okay, I would generally just ignore the very existence of Sex and the City 2...but the reviews are sooo bitchily entertaining. For instance, Roger Ebert opens his review with the pronouncement, "Some of these people make my skin crawl." David Edelstein calls it an "epic eyesore." Not to beat a dead Sarah Jessica Parker, but here's a compilation of some of the wittiest reviews.

If there is one positive to be gained from the SATC2 debacle, it's Liza Minelli's cover of Single Ladies. Positive being a relative term, of course.

May 26, 2010

Not Quite Kung Fu Panda...

Kung fu bear doesn't have quite the same ring, but hey, that's what we've got here. A kung fu bear. And it's awesome.

May 25, 2010

Fabulous Food Fashion



I can't decide whether I want to wear or eat the creations on display in Fulvio Bonavia's photographs...possibly both. I think the raspberry purse and chocolate cuff links would be delicious together, no?

May 24, 2010

A Video Tutorial on Pronunciation

Don't get me started on how Prince of Persia doesn't seem to star any actual Persians. Actually, I guess that's it. Um, it doesn't seem to star any actual Persians, even in supporting roles, as far as I can tell. Having made my objections perfectly clear...

Jake Gyllenhaal is indeed hot. And a good actor (see: Brokeback Mountain and Donnie Darko, among others). He's evidently funny, too (see: this video, below).



Btw, I am now further convinced of the excellence of Ben Kingsley and am ashamed to admit I have never seen Gandhi. I will get to it one of these days, Sir Ben. I promise. (As if he cares—he's a freaking knight!)

May 18, 2010

Migrainey

My apologies for the recent dearth of posts, but, as the late Johnny Cash sang, I'm busted. In addition to this damn cough I can't shake, I had a two-day-long migraine last week. Ugh. Now I'm still headachey, though it's not as bad this week. On top of that, we flew to California for a wedding over the weekend.

In summation: I've been sickly and busy. My posts would all be cranky anyway. You wouldn't like them. Be glad I spared you. Blogging will resume some sometime in the near future.

May 3, 2010

Superheroes + Fashion + Tim Gunn = Awesome



I thought this video would be amusing for a couple of minutes, but I found it so interesting that I wound up watching part two as well. In both, Tim Gunn and comic book historian/host of the web series Crazy Sexy Geeks Alan Kistler discuss superhero fashion choices, specifically the evolution of certain characters' costumes over the years. I particularly like Tim Gunn's take on the Hulk and poor, skanky Black Canary. Now I'm really tempted to go watch The Wonder Woman Debate and Super Hero Fashion, the latter of led to the more in-depth Tim Gunn videos. Screw it—I'm giving into temptation right now.

Apr 30, 2010

You Now Have Plans for Tonight

Since Nullsleep's upcoming Collapsed Desires Tour 2010 doesn't hit New York till June, get your blip on tonight (for free!) at the inaugural Audio Ergo Sum event in Brooklyn's Washington Park (see map).

Apr 29, 2010

Big Gay Awesomeness



Remember how, not so very long ago, I was getting all excited about the new revival of La Cage aux Folles? Sadly, with the ridiculous number of weddings and such I need to attend these days, my spare cash is pretty much committed, so it was looking like I wouldn't be shelling out any extra for Broadway shows any time soon. (Damn friends with their weddings and registries and whatnots. I don't see why they can't all elope like we did. Bah. Yeah, I think I'm turning into the wedding Scrooge.) Anyway, back to my point. I was excited but not likely to see La Cage any time soon.

...and along came my knight in shining ice cream truck. Yep, Doug (of Big Gay Ice Cream Truck fame) was giving away some free La Cage tickets. Long story short(er), I won a pair! The voucher arrived yesterday and I'm totally psyched. Even Afshin is mildly interested. Yes, he understands that men in dresses will be singing and dancing (to clarify, it's the singing and dancing he finds off-putting, not really the men in dresses), but he would like to see Kelsey Grammer.

So, as if I needed another reason to be enamored of Doug and his fabulous ice cream truck, there it is: he gave me La Cage tickets!

As my good fortune does not directly affect you (sucker), here's another reason for everyone to recognize the awesomeness that is Big Gay Ice Cream/Doug. Coincidentally, I was listening to Cyndi Lauper for the first time in months about 10 minutes before I read that announcement. Now you're intrigued, aren't you? Now you're gonna have to click the link.

Apr 26, 2010

End Game



And now we have the conclusion of Doctor Octoroc's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game. (I'm way more on top of things this time—Part 3 was just posted today.)

Also, you can apparently download the soundtrack here. For free, which is pretty awesome. Or you could, you know, donate something for all the enjoyment you're getting out of it. Oh, and if you have a spare $10-$12, check out Doctor Octoroc's 8-Bit Jesus, too. It's one of a pitiful few Christmas albums I own. And the only one that doesn't feature Judy Garland sounding a little drunk and bungling her lyrics.

Apr 23, 2010

Julia in the Sky With Diamonds



Can I possibly begin to explain how badly I would love to own this necklace? Of course, it's a one-of-a-kind diamond and sapphire creation by Marc Newson for Boucheron inspired by fractals—more specifically the Julia Sets of fractals discovered by Gaston Julia in the early 1900s. The Julia necklace contains 2,000 individual stones, took Boucheron craftspeople 1,500 hours to fabricate, and is the most expensive piece of jewelry the house has ever produced.

I have never claimed to have cheap taste.

Apr 22, 2010

He's Really Most Sincerely Dead



Sad news: One of the few surviving Munchins—the legendary Munchin coroner, no less—Meinhardt Raabe, died at the age of 94 last Friday. There's an article in the Times about his life—he sounds like he was a lovely, remarkable man.

Apr 20, 2010

La Cage, Encore



I've always had a soft spot for La Cage aux Folles—the original French film, The Birdcage, and the 1983 Broadway musical. Yes, I went to see it when I was three. This is probably why, to this day, I have an odd fascination with drag. So I was delighted to read that the new revival has been getting great reviews. (And it stars Kelsey Grammer; now that's a bit of casting I never would have considered!)

The Times also has an interesting article about the process of creating the poster for the show, complete with a nifty slideshow. Naturally, I like several of the rejected poster options better than the final selection, which I find a bit generic and not at all cleverly suggestive of the gender-bending aspects of the show in the way that most of the other posters are. Still, at least it's not the weakest of the options. Rounding out the Times' coverage is this profile of actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Albin in the newest iteration of La Cage (and won an Olivier for his portrayal of the same role in London last year).

It's all rather exciting and makes me want to kick-step over to the Longacre Theatre pronto. Ticket info is available on the show website.

Apr 19, 2010

The 8-Bit Dr. Horrible Saga Continues



So the second part of Doctor Octoroc's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game was posted last week (I know, I'm a bit delinquent). Anyway, go watch it. Even the little pixelated version of Captain Hammer is amusingly smug.

Interesting side note: You'd be surprised how many totally irrelevant (but completely SFW) hits you get when you search for images using the phrase "the hammer is my penis."

Apr 16, 2010

Between Butterflies



Why oh why are all of Joshua Petker's exhibitions in California? His first solo show in over a year opens this weekend and it's in LA. I know he's based in California, but surely he could travel east once in a while! I've adored his paintings for years and keep checking his website for new work and new shows, but I've never so much as glimpsed one in the flesh (in the canvas?).

Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself in LA any time soon, the exhibition runs from April 17 through May 5 at the Corey Helford Gallery. If not, here's a nice (albeit brief) article about Petker's newest works.

Apr 15, 2010

Not Your Granny's Lace



I happened upon this skirt today and must say that I think it's fantastic—a clever combination of girly with an edge. I've discovered that I have sort of a thing for nice lace skirts (though I'm quite particular about them), so I'm rather tempted by this one, but I'm just not sure about the elastic waistband. Too many gorgeous skirts are ruined by elastic waistbands...they twist and bunch and give even the skinniest girls little rolls of pudge around the midsection. Sometimes one small detail—say, an elastic waistband—can make an expensive, otherwise beautiful garment look cheap. I will probably err on the side of caution and fiscal prudence in this case, but a different waistband would totally have won me over. Still, you might not have the same issue with waistbands that I do. In which case, carry on! Buy it, wear it, look fabulous!

Via NOTCOUTURE.

Apr 14, 2010

The iPad's Target Audience: Cats

Yes, the entire internet wants me to know that cats love the iPad. You know, I didn't want an iPad before, but I kinda do now. Just for my cat. Oh, and I also want a cat.

Apr 13, 2010

Wonder Walls



I cannot wait till my wallpaper glows. That's all I've got to say about this amazing OLED wallpaper. Okay, so I'll say a few more things.

1. It should be available in about two years.
2. I have no idea how much it'll cost.
3. It's both more energy-efficient and more decorative than regular lighting.
4. I don't know anything about the logistics involved, but I'm really curious.

Via Cribcandy.

Apr 12, 2010

The Icing on the Bride



This is kind of the classy/cute version of having a stripper pop out of a cake. Except here the bride is the cake. It's a little NSFW, a lot messy, and looks like it was a bunch of fun to shoot. Also: delicious.

Thanks, Afshin!

Apr 6, 2010

8-Bit Dr. Horrible



I haven't had time to watch more than the first minute and a half or so, but I'm greatly looking forward to checking out Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game, Doctor Octoroc's 8-bit tribute to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. (I know, that's a lot of doctors in one sentence.) And no, it's not an actual game. You can read more about it here, but I'd suggest just watching it. Looks amazing.

Apr 5, 2010

Peep This



Happy day after Easter, people! Or should I say peeple? Yes, this is a post about Peeps. While I find them gastronomically gross, they're awfully cute, and once a year some overly ambitious folks get mighty creative with them. Some of the entries in this year's contest are pretty freaking awesome, particularly "Creating a Masterpeeps," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents 'The Peeps,'" and, of course, the winning "Eep," (based on Pixar's hilarious and surprisingly touching Up).

Apr 2, 2010

Shat My Dad Says



At first I thought it was an April Fools' Day joke, but it appears that William Shatner has been cast to play the titular dad in the sitcom version of Shit My Dad Says. (If it had been posted on April 1st, I'd still be convinced it's a hoax, but I just happened to learn about it yesterday.) This could be great, or it could be terrible. I'm not sure which. Either way, I'm still excited for the book. Yes, the dude got a book deal, which I've also just discovered. And it sounds like it's getting good advance press. I'm certainly intrigued. I'm also dying to know what they'll retitle the show, since Shit (or, per the book cover, Sh*t) My Dad Says isn't exactly the family-friendliest of names. I hope they don't come up with something horribly inane and generic. (See my suggestion above. Royalties, please!) Could be very funny if done right.

If anyone reading this post is horribly confused, go follow Shit My Dad Says on Twitter. Pure genius.

Mar 30, 2010

Testing Tarina Tarantino



It's nasty and wet out and I'm still sick. It's totally the kind of day that could use a little brightening up...and I've now found another option that'll do just that. You see, Tarina Tarantino has launched a beauty line at Sephora.

I tested a bunch of the products last week, and the Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a clear winner: light, sparkly, and it comes in a cute little atomizer. I was a bit disappointed in the shadows (frankly, every color I liked seemed like a weaker version of an Urban Decay shade) and glosses, none of which imparted much color to the lips, but I'd give some of the eyeliners another shot. They seemed pretty vivid, and the test marks I made on my hand didn't wash off easily.



So the verdict is still out. As much as I love me some Tarina, I can't wholeheartedly drink the Kool-Aid here; the makeup just doesn't do it for me as a collection. Aside from the lackluster glosses, it's not bad makeup—it's just that the colors are all so similar to shades I already own. Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a yes, though. A definite yes.

Mar 24, 2010

Sick Leave

Just a quick post to explain my absence: I'm sick. I feel thoroughly poopy. Head is too stuffy to think of anything beyond work, then sleep. Maybe eat in between.

That is all. I will go back to work, all the while wishing I were going back to bed.

Mar 18, 2010

I See London, I See...Syria?



Apparently some of the world's sauciest (and/or most over-the-top) lingerie comes from one of the world's most buttoned-up countries: Syria. In their new book, The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie, authors Malu Halasa take a peek at the vast variety of racy underwear choices available to Syrian ladies looking to spice up their bedroom antics. Frankly, it's a little startling how overtly sexy, playful, even a tad trashy the lingerie is in such a conservative, religious country.

I think the description from this Independent review is quite apt:

Intrigued by the disparity between a nation of demurely dressed women and this garish underwear, designer Rana Salam and writer Malu Halasa set out to chronicle these magnificent items of erotic kitsch and discover their provenance.

Intrigued? For more, check out the slideshow.

Mar 17, 2010

Wearable Bluths

As previously noted, I seriously love me some Arrested Development, and have now made it my mission to own the two greatest Arrested Development-themed shirts ever. I cannot believe I didn't already blog about this one. It bears both the most awesome design and title—yes, it's called "I just blue myself."



This one's my newest purchase. Sure, it's not as clever as the other one, but it's incredibly applicable, considering how often I whip out my assorted Bluth family chicken impressions. Oh, and the same design is available on multiple products.

Mar 16, 2010

The Awesome Power of LAZERTITS



I had previously seen this original image a while back, but I didn't know that it was a thing. Apparently it is. A thing called LAZERTITS. Yeah, it's so epic it requires all caps. Now marvel in the glory of some more LAZERTITS.



Via Boing Boing.

Mar 15, 2010

Charming Chairs on Chains



Anyone with both an appreciation of jewelry and design should see the appeal in these Tiny Little Chairs necklaces. Because they are adorable. A-freaking-dorable. The gold versions aren't cheap, but the bronze and sterling versions are pretty affordable.

Via If It's Hip, It's Here.

Mar 10, 2010

One Last Oscar Highlight

Just had to share what is undoubtedly one of the most adorable pictures from the Oscars.



Do I know why Kelly Osbourne and Johnny Weir are gallivanting around together? No, I do not. Do I think her dress is great? Absolutely. Do I wish her hair didn't look accidentally lavender? You betcha. More pics here.

Mar 9, 2010

A Post-Oscars Fashion Assessment

Yeah, I didn't actually watch the Oscars—I just laid around on the couch, feeling ill and dozing through The Simpsons Movie. However, I did catch up on the important points (i.e., the fashion) after the fact. My conclusion: meh. Pretty tasteful overall, but nothing that took my breath away.



If I had to pick a favorite, my vote would go to Helen Mirren's elegant silver ensemble. Partially, in truth, because it looks a bit like an adult version of my Ozma of Oz costume that I wore in kindergarten. Only the spangled tulle overlay, but hey, it works for me. I was pleasantly surprised by Cameron Diaz's entire look (she usually looks a bit deranged, or at best unwashed). And, while there were a few contenders for least attractive ensemble, I think Sarah Jessica Parker's won (er, lost?). The dress is frumpy, shapeless, and confusing (how is it even staying up?), her skin's an unhealthy shade of orange, and I've heard her hairdo compared to challah and Gary Oldman's Dracula coiffure.

Check out Jezebel's roundups of the best and worst of the red carpet and the high- and lowlights of the Vanity Fair afterparty.

Mar 3, 2010

Under the Covers



I love learning the behind-the-scenes stories, so this slideshow was right up my alley. In it, art director and magazine consultant George Lois talks about the geneses of his 12 favorite Esquire covers that he created during his 1962-72 tenure at the magazine. Really interesting stuff.

Mar 1, 2010

Dishes Dry Decoratively

I've been on the lookout for a new dish drainer for a while; have been trying to find something compact, inexpensive, and—here's the kicker—not crappy. The standard Ikea model wasn't bad, except that it fell apart repeatedly—I kept having to nail the damn thing back together. Bought a replacement along the same lines but made of metal that's just too small all around. The dishes don't fit right, you have to wedge the cups in the bottom shelf (thereby risking chips and/or broken handles every time you wash the dishes), the silverware falls through the slots in the basket, and the basket itself attaches poorly. Overall, I hate it.



I think, however, I may have found my dream dish rack. (Yes, you can apparently have such a thing.) The Black + Blum High&Dry Dish Drainer looks like something Santiago Calatrava might have designed, and it's not cheap, but really, isn't $60 a relatively small price to pay to end the daily frustration of the current dish-drainer-from-hell situation?

I had no idea, incidentally, how many lustworthy products Black + Blum is behind. Some of these are nearing iconic status in the design world, yet I'd never heard of the company. How'd that happen? Well, now I'm spreading the word as atonement for my sins. And hopefully I'll get a dish rack as well. That can be in-home advertising, right?

Feb 25, 2010

Mourning Glories


Somewhat unsurprisingly, I'm rather a fan of jewelry. Sparkle alone is enough to grab my attention, but it's always more interesting when there's a story of some kind behind the glitter. So yesterday, while killing time in the doctor's waiting room, I read an interview with a collector of antique sentimental and mourning jewelry. Very informative, not to mention plain ol' neato. No pics of mourning tiaras, though. Seriously, they exist and are often gorgeous. Some are made from iron, which means that it looks like you're wearing a wrought iron fence on your head. An awesome wrought iron fence, obviously.

Via Boing Boing.

Feb 22, 2010

Happiness is a Warm Arm

Dear lord, I've been so freaking busy. No time to post. So sad. It's been three weeks. Three freaking weeks! First, by means of apology, have the most adorable bunny ever. (Ever, people.)



Second, this product, Happiness in Bed is brilliant. I have this exact problem on a nightly basis. It seems pretty simple—gloves/sleeves attached to a blanket, but could be totally helpful. I think the description says it all: Because it's really, really annoying to have cold arms when reading in bed. I couldn't agree more.

Happiness in Bed isn't available for sale yet, but you can sign up for the mailing list. Via Josh Spear.

Feb 1, 2010

George Costanza Invents Sex Robot!



Holy crap. George Costanza invented a sex robot! Okay, okay, I know the inventor—Douglas Hines— isn't actually George Costanza, but he does look awfully Costanzan. And I suppose if Costanza had invented said robot, she probably wouldn't, well, work...but come on. Doesn't she look like something Costanza could have designed? I mean, doesn't she look a little...special? Slack-jawed, dead-eyed, a little bit corpsified, a little bit retarded?

As noble as Hines' goals may be, the whole story is just as creepy as his doll looks. Believe it or not, the dude created his sex robot in tribute to a friend who died on 9/11. So, not that I ever thought it'd be necessary to spell this out, but please, if I die tragically, don't create a sex robot version of me, okay? Thanks.

Jan 26, 2010

We All Steep in a Yellow Submarine

Sorry for the week-long absence, but I was on vacation in Hawaii (I know, cry me a river), where I just got married all impromptu-like. However, am back and blogging. Still a tad swamped, but should be able to post something fabulous every couple of days at least.



So here's today's bit of cleverness: a tea sub. Seriously, how cute is that? Of course it'd be perfect for a kid, or for those of us who are still deeply juvenile...er, young at heart. Of course you know you'd get Yellow Submarine stuck in your head every time you made a cup of tea, but that's just a risk you'd have to take.

Jan 12, 2010

Barbie's on the Job Hunt

Apparently even Barbie's shopping for a new career in this crappy economy. And you can vote, which is the cool part. The choices, incidentally, are environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor, or computer engineer. Bitch is taking all the good jobs.



And, while we're on the topic of Barbie (of course, when am I not on that topic?), have you seen Lady Gaga Barbie? Pretty freaking funny, I tell ya what. Let's face it though—that Kermit coat just isn't a good look on anyone, even Barbie.

Jan 8, 2010

Revolt(ing)

I try to restrain myself, honest. But sometimes I'll post a link or pic from one site and then, a few measly days later, something so awesome will appear on that same site that I'm forced to revisit it. And then you think I'm just derivative. In this case, I'm back on Go Fug Yourself. But I can't help it.

I say a lot of things are the "best x ever" ...well, this is the best picture of Michael Cera ever. I'm not posting it here—you'd lose the scrolldown impact. Just trust me. It had me nearly in tears, which I initially typed as "teras" in an earlier message about the same topic. Tears + Cera = teras. It's a new thing. I just invented it.

Jan 7, 2010

Notes From Under the Sea



What an adorable card. It's a bit like steampunk sea life...which could make it reminiscent of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I suppose, but doesn't. Too much cute, not enough creepiness. You know that I've never read the book, only seen the Disney movie? I really need to remedy that situation one of these days.

Jan 6, 2010

New Heights of Photobombing



You've all seen and enjoyed the classic squirrel photobomb; now, prepare for the best photobomb ever. No, really. It's the greatest. I kept it open all yesterday, just so that I could keep clicking back to that tab and surprising myself. My coworker was beginning to think I was a bit nuts. Okay, she's actually thought that for a while, but this confirmed it. My new Cute Overload desk calendar isn't helping the case for my sanity, either.

Anyway, are you ready for it?

Ta-da!

Jan 5, 2010

Posting Issues

Ugh. Due to technical difficulties (i.e., the combination of Blogger and my old laptop), I cannot post photos. Hence no post tonight. And I had such an awesome pic to share with anyone I hadn't yet assaulted with it yet, too. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

Jan 4, 2010

Fugly New Year



It's back to work, bitches. If anything can make the first day back at the office a bit better, though, it's a New Year's welcome from Hennifer Lopez (channeled by the Fug Girls, naturally). Also, the bejeweled brown bodysuit? Aside from being alliterative, there's nothing good about it, honey.