Archive For June, 2010

Huge, Episode 1: Goonies never say die.

By | June 29, 2010

Note: I wasn’t going to recap this show. Seriously. I had explicitly decided against recapping it. I was only going to write up some generalized thoughts and criticism. But then suddenly a recap was happening. Those of us who were around when My So-Called Life originally premiered tend to remember it. The show first appeared […]

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Miscellany: A tale of first-class flying, a new Fatcast, and a Huge game-changer.

By | June 24, 2010

On our flight back from Los Angeles, a red-eye arriving in Boston at 5AM, I wrangled a couple of heavily-discounted first class upgrades. For the past, oh, six years or so, I’ve only flown Jet Blue, an airline so delightfully egalitarian that it does not have a first class. For this flight we took Virgin […]

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[Meta] Say Hi.

By | June 22, 2010

Say hi, Rufus! There’s something unavoidably surreal about being recognized in public as this… blogger. Recent conversations elsewhere have pointed out how the anonymity of the internet promotes bad behavior and plain old stupidity, but it also has effects that are less obviously negative. Even when one is using one’s real name, there’s no way […]

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Pet sounds.

By | June 14, 2010

Hello loves: the blog will be unusually quiet this week as tonight I am [anxiously] (fat-)flying to Los Angeles for three days, where the husband will be attending and reporting on E3 and I will be visiting museums and hopefully meeting up with a few far-flung West Coast friends, including the inimitable Joy Nash. Though […]

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Reading List: Links, commentary, and Cobb Salad.

By | June 10, 2010

Golda at Body Love Wellness has the first of a three-part interview with Kai Hibbard, former finalist on The Biggest Loser, a show which I have recently disparaged on this blog: You get poked and prodded by complete strangers and nobody will tell you a single thing about what’s going on. And that point was […]

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Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Breaking the Male Gaze: A Close Reading of “Alejandro”

By | June 9, 2010

The idea of the “gaze” as a broad psychological concept beyond the simple meaning of the word comes to us from Jacques Lacan, a French theorist (a psychoanalyst, really, but we won’t hold that against him) most influential in the mid-20th who was really very interested in how we look at things. Like many giant […]

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Video: Megan Carter brings some body diversity to So You Think You Can Dance

By | June 3, 2010

EDIT, 6/7: The video clip above has been removed from YouTube because apparently fair use is dead. But check the comments for a link to a clip that’s still up. I love but one reality show in all the world; that show is So You Think You Can Dance, the equally exhilarating and tear-jerking dance […]

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Reading List: Links, commentary, and a musical recommendation

By | June 2, 2010

Ohio State University: ‘OBESE’ BMI DOES NOT HARM CURRENT HEALTH OF YOUNG ADULTS, STUDY SAYS Brant Jarrett, of Ohio State University, one of the researchers, said: “There is a myth going on. Our findings show being overweight is no different from being what we believe is a healthy weight and this is across a person’s […]

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“Now THAT’s a trainer!”: Our abusive relationship with Jillian Michaels

By | June 1, 2010

Warning: I generally don’t do “trigger” warnings, but these two videos are pretty disturbing to me. Given that I am not real easily disturbed, I figured it’d be smart to give y’all a heads up about that. The Washington Post has an article up today reviewing Jillian Michaels’ latest effort in her life’s mission to […]

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