Saturday, December 28, 2013

Did Fox News allow a segment on the dangers of GMO's to air? Yep. They did.

I know I've been uber serious recently and I promise I'll geek out soon, but I just saw this and I'm sort of feeling like I should share it before someone figures out what it says and takes it down.

Carol Alt on Fox News, of all things, discussing GMO's and there's actual talk of the dangers and the chemical companies machinations.

I kept waiting for a white wash. It never came. Wow.


Friday, December 20, 2013

My thoughts on the Duck Dynasty debacle, and a note to my intellectual friends.

I'm not sure how to say this, so I'm just going to say it and we'll go from there.

To all of the people I know who are responding to the Duck Dynasty issue with statements like "Redneck hates gays. Big shock." and the assured, intellectual surety of people who decided they're rednecks and, of course, they think things like this, I ask...

Have you ever watched the show?

Up front, let me say. I'm not going to recap the situation. If you're aware of the Phil Robertson thing and you know about the Duck Dynasty flap, then you do. If not, I'm not up for rehashing it. Cause, frankly, I'm tired.

I also spent a lot of time going back and forth on Twitter yesterday because I sent a tweet and people wanted to jump all over me. So I'm a bit...raw right now.

But here's the thing I wanted to discuss.

Yeah, I think the situation is fucked up. Yeah, I think Phil said some stupid shit and yeah, I think A & E had the right to fire him. I also think A & E was playing with fire. If they knew Phil thought this way - and, as Chez Pazienza and so many others pointed out, there's no doubt they did - then they were taking their chances and hoping this wouldn't come to light. But, they did, he said things publicly, they opted to suspend him, okay fine, whatever.

However, I'm seeing a lot of people who seem to be judging the show without ever having seen it.

I've watched the show. I sat with my husband the other night and we watched something like 4 episodes and we were rolling laughing in a few places. Amused, touched, and thoughtful in others.

Sure, the DD guys call themselves rednecks. They also have a successful business, loving families, well disciplined kids and a real love for God. On air, they espouse nothing but kindness and Christian values.

Now, I'm not a Christian. But I am totally down with all of the above because, really, there's a lot going on with them on the show that makes them pretty likeable.

So it would be easy for people who have never watched it to just brush it off that Phil Robertson thinks these things and, when asked, espoused them. But I was shocked when he said them, and saddened and I hoped that it was more a case that he was "that relative" that we all seem to have but who doesn't think like the rest of the family.

Maybe he is, maybe he isn't. Maybe the entire Robertson family lights bonfires and burns people in effigy while flying Nazi flags and quoting Leviticus. But there's nothing I've ever seen on the show that would ever lead me to believe that.

And that's why I'm bothered that people I know, people I consider intelligent and funny and intellectual and open minded, may just be dismissing the whole thing out of hand without ever having seen the show.

Because, if you make decisions based on your uninformed opinion, then you're just as guilty of judgements about people as the ones who say being gay is a "choice" without ever having actually left themselves open to what gay life is like. Even on TV.

If you've watched the show and you hated it and you say what you say, hey, go you.

But I'm pretty sure lots of the people opining have never invested 30 minutes in the show and are judging the show, the family and anyone who watches it as idiotic.

Which means, in essence, you're calling me an idiot.

I'm pretty sure that's not your intention, is it?

I'm asking you to consider that, maybe, we all do this from time to time. But the world is a better place when we stop to consider other people's point of view. That goes for people who want to want to push their ideological agenda on other people. No matter what the agenda is.

If you got this far, thank you. I appreciate you reading. I appreciate you period.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Geeky Jerseys makes a Firefly, Supernatural, TARDIS, Wesley Crusher & more. Want!

My current love for Supernatural is well documented, so you know this made my little heart flip over repeatedly.

But the really cool part is that the company is called Geeky Jerseys and they have all kinds of, you guessed it, Geeky Jerseys. They have stuff for Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Ghostbusters, even a Wesley Crusher jersey.

Get over there and take a look.

I posted more pictures after the break for fun ;-)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This new Apple ad is a brilliant kick in the feels.

I'm just going to leave this here. You're going to watch it. Because I said so.

Just a thought, next time you see something like this.

Monday, December 16, 2013

This picture is offensive, I love it and I would totally make it my holiday card ;-)

Sure, I'm going to Hell. But I have friends there, so it's all good. ::grin::

(via Facebook)

Larger breasted & bra challenged ladies: Now you can have "Boobs by Vasquez" at Jenette Bras ;-)

If you know me, you know I'm one of those gals who's been graced with/tormented by a rather large set of boobs.

It really is a love hate things because, while I love posting good cleavage days (hey, when the girls look good, I say so) I also hate buying bras.

Like, gnarly levels of hate. I've been poked by underwires and sold stuff that doesn't work even when they tell me it does and, as such I'm gun shy.

Friends of mine have been telling me I need to go to Jenette Bras and how awesome they are and how it's saved them and I sort of went "I will, I know" while keeping my pain close and my bra anguish stoked.

But now I know that Jenette Bras is owned and run by Jenette Goldstein.

I can get a bra fitting from Vasquez?

Yeah. It's a selling point. Even just so I can say "Boobs by Vasquez" in my head.

So, if you're like me and you need bras but hate buying them, I'm dropping the suggestion here. I mean, if we have to go, we might as well have fun, right?

p.s. I'm sorry it took me this long, Theresa. When are we going?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Have you heard of a V-Steam? Do you know they have parties? ::headdesk::

This is an actual ad I spotted on FB for a Groupon deal for something called a "V-Steam" at a spa in Metairie called Body In Motion.

The text reads:

Body In Motion - Metairie 
One, Two, or Three V-Steams or a V-Steam Party for Six at Body in Motion (Up to 53% Off)  
In a Nutshell
V-steams work as internal cleansers of the vaginal tissues' and uterus's membranes; party gathers girlfriends to rejuvenate their bodies

So not only is there now a thing where you steam your vagina and uterus, but they invite you to do it with friends?

Oh yeah, this can't go wrong at allllllll. I mean, besides the inherent bullshit involved in whoever thought there was a need for it, that is not a place anyone needs to shoot steam. Ouch.

I've heard of blowing steam up someone's ass, but this is ridiculous.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Why I love Supernatural.

I have no idea why I need to write this, save that some part of me feels the need to explain.

Maybe it's because I feel like people don't get it. Or maybe it's because I feel like I should have to explain why my 40-something self is all wrapped up in the lives and (gotta say it) deaths of the Winchester Family.

A little background, because it adds to the narrative.

Back in 2005, my life was very different. I was working in the entertainment industry as an assistant to my aunt who was a personal manager at the time. I was also teaching acting classes. So my life was pretty much all industry and all actors night and day.

One of her clients, James Snyder, is also a friend and he got an audition for this new pilot on the CW called Supernatural. He asked me if I would help coach him, so he came over and I sat down and read over the sides (aka the audition pages) so I could go over them with him.

There I was reading lines like "Dean. When I told him I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45!" and quietly grumbling to myself about how the CW was going to do a show like this and that it sounded like Charmed with boys but, at the same time, some small part of me thought it might be neat to see something like this on TV.

However, James didn't get the part. I pretty much shrugged it off and when the show aired, all I saw were teen hearthrobby promos with two hot guys and I sniffed in a knowing way about how the CW was just going to ruin things I liked AGAIN.

Flash forward about 5 years.

The GeekBoy watches Supernatural. Has for years. Religiously. Me? I don't get it, but hey, I'm a supportive girl and it's not like we don't all have our guilty pleasures, right?

Then one night I hear "Carry On My Wayward Son" really loud coming from the bedroom. I'm in the living room, I figure the boy's rocking out, I shrug a bit and keep on keepin' on.

Then I hear it again.

Then again.

On the fourth time through, I finally get up and I go see what the heck he's up to. I mean, sure, good song, but why are you playing it over and over on a week night and only a certain section? I'm thinking he's got some bizarre GarageBand loop going or something.

Nope. That wasn't it.

It turns out that he's been watching the "The Road So Far" montage on the Supernatural "Swan Song" episode. (S5 ep 22) over and over and, when I walked in, he was just laying there with all kinds of feels going on and his eyes shining and looking...rapturous, maybe? Excited, happy, sad, anticipatory, nervous. I don't know. Whatever that look a kid gets when they're ready to face the tallest, fastest rollercoaster in the world and they just can't wait...that was the look.

And, y'know what? Right there in that moment, I realized I had to watch the show.

Because that look on the GeekBoy's face wasn't a look that comes from some "stupid CW show". That look was the look of love. Of absolute frakkin' surety. I knew that look. I knew how it felt and, damnit, if Supernatural made him do that, I was gonna watch it.

So, I started the marathon. I started right from the pilot and pretty much devoured every episode until I was caught up. I haven't missed an episode since. I doubt I ever will.

And here's why.

Because Supernatural isn't about hot guys or CW marketing or sexy vampires or trite storylines. It's not 'tween fodder about two brothers who kill stuff and look good doing it. (okay, sure, some of those things happen but it's not intentional)

Supernatural is about family. It's about your blood family and the family you choose. It's about kicking ass and taking names and getting your ass kicked by things that should never exist, but they do and, because they do, you gotta fight them.

You don't want to. You have to. You do it because it's what you do. It's the Winchester Family Business. You may do it kicking and screaming. You may have days where even you cant believe what's happening, but you fight and you keep going because that's what you do. For each other.

And when I say it's about family, it's not just the fictional one. Over the years, the folks who make Supernatural have embraced the people who watch and love Supernatural and have made them as much of the experience as any thing else. Supernatural has dedicated episodes to the fans. They've made fun of themselves, they've pushed the boundaries whenever possible. They've even sent Sam and Dean to a Supernatural convention. (One of my fave episodes of all time).

When they cast and crew go to cons, they have fun. They interact and they genuinely seem to enjoy it. They know just who keeps them on the air year after year and, while I'm sure they're amazed they got this far, they're not about to take anything for granted.

I've seen acting on the show that is, without question, right up there with any Emmy winning actor. I've laughed hard enough to need my asthma inhaler. I've cried more times than I can count.

And, really, I love any show that goes delving into things like angels and comes back with an idea that "angels are dicks."

It's a lot of things. It's so many things. And it makes me get all warm and fuzzy and gushy.

If you haven't watched it. Take the time. Really.

Yeah, season one is kind of "meh" in places, but once the showrunners figured out that he had some room to play, man, does the show get good. And, once you get into season's 4 and 5, the ride is balls to the wall amazing.

So, that's it. That's why I love Supernatural. I just wanted to share that. No real reason. Just...there ya go.

I want some pie.

Monday, December 9, 2013

This Supernatural Dean/Cas "Wrecking Ball" video may be my fave new thing ever.

I fell into a Supernatural YouTube hole and came across this Dean/Castiel "Wrecking Ball" video.

Now, I don't ship Destiel as a general rule...but this video is frakkin' amazing.

It also made me like the song.

Mad props to YouTuber soberdenatural. Because the video is just that good.

p.s. On a side note, it's kind of crazy how long it took me to find a "tame" pic of these two with a "Destiel" search. Oh, Internet. I love you so. LOL.

The newest Sherlock trailer; in which Sherlock considers jumping out of a cake for John. ;-)

Oh Sherlock. You make me happy. You know John should have waited for you ;-)

Via the ever lovely Joanna Robinson at Pajiba.

Friday, December 6, 2013

This Baby Sloth Cake Is Nomdorable!

This adorable baby sloth cake is described by cake maker Conjurer's Kitchen as a "Wildly alcoholic rum fruit cake. We call him David Lee Sloth".

(found via the lovely Miss Cakehead)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Barney The Dinosaur on a rampage during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Barney attacks the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and is summarily vanquished by the citizens and lightpoles of NYC.

Kids of NYC 1, Barney Zero.

p.s. Yeah, I know, my posts are all over the place today. ::grin:: But, you know me, random as ever.

Bread and Circuses: A ponderation on Black Friday, Wal-Mart and Jerry Springer

I have a thought about the Wal-Mart Black Friday videos and reactions to them and I'm not sure how to say it, so bear with me.

I'm really having a hard time with the whole thing. From the fact that those things happened to the way many people are reacting. Because it seems to be a lot about the people in the videos being "Those people."

I think we forget the bigger picture. The many of the people who have to camp out and go to those Wal-Mart sales are people who are desperate enough for a nice TV, or a doll for their kid, or some other deal that they save up their money and go to the store knowing it's going to be fucking insane.

It's The Hunger Games. It's about getting what they need, no matter the obstacle, no matter the pain. To them, it's their one shot for that nice thing that they have been told by all the commercials year round that they NEED.

And when those things happen and people get hurt, those of us watching tut tut and talk about how horrible and sad it all is.

But are we tut tuting at the wrong people? It seems to me that many of us are acting just like the people of The Capitol; watching the games and seeing them as something separate from us. Those people. They aren't like us. Those people who are doing things we would never do. Those people.

But we never tut tut at the Gamemakers. We don't post those death tolls and point to the people who have created a world in which people will literally kill one another over a waffle iron.

That person doesn't kill for an item because they want to. They've been driven to believe they can't live without it and they have been left with no option but to fight for it.

Panem et circenses.

It feels like we're blaming the wrong people.

It's like when I watch Jerry Springer (yes, I admit, I do from time to time) and I see a girl with a cheating boyfriend. When the girl he's cheating with comes on stage, the two women go at one another like rabid dogs. I have never understood why both women don't just turn around and pop the guy upside the head. I mean, he's the one who cheated. He's the reason their both unhappy. But, no, the women fight each other and the guy just sits there looking bemused.

Maybe it's easier to get mad at the wrong people. Because looking at the issue and really going after the bad guy means we might have to look at ourselves and why we're contributing to the problem.

I don't know. I just know I'm bothered and wish people would be bothered as well.



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