Friday 19th September 2014
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Thursday links

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  • Is your favorite bad movie on this list of the 50 worst movies ever?
  • And relatedly: are these the 50 best museums in the world? (Time)
  • Well this is cute: photographic proof that Kirstin Gillibrand and Connie Britton were college roommates in the 80s. (Daily Intelligencer)
  • Another day, another bit of evidence that the NFL doesn’t get it. (Slate)
  • Considering how right the folks at Ladies Home Journal got it when they predicted 2001 would look like in 1901 in some respects,  it’s astonishing how wrong they got it in others. (Mental Floss)
Posted on September 18th, 2014 No Comments

Tuesday links

stones hidden images

  • Fun with hidden images on album covers. (Mental Floss)
  • The only reason I bring you this post about the utterly tasteless  and frankly stupid “blood-stained” Kent State sweatshirt that Urban Outfitters is (justifiably) suffering a backlash for selling is that it includes a very interesting Q&A with Jerry Casale of DEVO, who attended Kent State and was an eyewitness to the event. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Genius. (Deadspin)
  • Farewell to Nurse Jackie—the rare show that brought us a truly complicated and not-entirely likable antiheroine—whose next season will be its last. (A.V. Club)
  • An autocorrect fail so brilliant it inspired a Tumblr. (Laughing Squid)
Posted on September 16th, 2014 3 Comments

Monday links

moroccan hipsters

  • Poppy portraits of Moroccan hipsters. (HuffPo)
  • This  is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in quite some time. (The Toast)
  • Of course somebody has done a Lego recreation of the “You Killed the Car” scene of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (Dangerous Minds)
  • It’s fascinating to see the wild variety of incomes across the country on this map of the richest towns in each state. (Mental Floss)
  • I wrote for the very first issue of Vibe—and quite a few after— so it gives me the super-sads to have to report that the print version of the magazine is dead.  (A.V. Club)


Posted on September 15th, 2014 2 Comments

Friday links

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Photo via The Cut


  • This rundown of 19 “glorious” moments of New York Fashion Week—which has just wrapped itself up—is, like all things fashion week-related, both fun to look at and a tiny bit of a parody of itself. (The Cut)
  • Oh those Japanese and their wacky food trends. (Laughing Squid)
  • I’m dying to know which of your favorite crush songs did or did not make this list of the best crush songs of all time. (Flavorwire)
  • Products that were invented for an entirely different use than the one they are currently employed for: like for instance, bubble wrap was originally conceived as wallpaper.  (Mental Floss)
  • I grew up in Texas; watching football was all but a required activity, and my dad and I did our most serious bonding on Sunday afternoons  at the Astrodome cheering on the late (and never-that-great) Houston Oilers. My love for the game—and I did love it—was mitigated hugely, however, by the fact that the guys I was in school with who played it were almost invariably horrible bullies who led with their fists and got away with anything—date rape, beating on weaker kids, cheating—as long as the team was winning.  So while the Ray Rice affair shocks me, it surprises me exactly zero percent. Football is a brutal sport—so much more so than I understood as a kid—and it attracts a way disproportionate quantity of thugs. That’s why I admire these strong words from CBS sportscaster James Brown about building a culture of respect for women, delivered at the conclusion of the Ravens/Steelers pregame show Thursday night. (Slate)


Posted on September 12th, 2014 10 Comments

Thursday links


  • Really kind of great aerial photos of umbrellas on an Italian beach. (Flavorwire)
  • Toronto’s anti-littering ad campaign is pretty genius. (Slate)
  • Fun historical facts about the TV dinner. (Mental Floss)
  • Be still my heart. (Kottke)
  • Of course they knew. (Jezebel)


Posted on September 11th, 2014 2 Comments

Tuesday links

mac connor

  • I love these very of-their-moment—that moment being midcentury—illustrations from Mac Conner, whose work is currently the subject of a show at the Museum of the City of New York. (The Guardian)
  • Great photos of that disappearing American institution, the drive-in movie theater. (Flavorwire)
  • Here’s one way to solve the reclining seat wars currently raging in the skies: these airlines offer no reclining seats at all. (Slate)
  • Fantastic songs from the 90s that were almost hits. (HuffPo)
  • This fashion blogger name generator is pure silliness. (The Cut)
Posted on September 9th, 2014 9 Comments

Monday links

Sgt peppers

  • Historic moments, from unexpected angles. (Distractify)
  • Would that all exes were as entertaining as Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman. (Vulture)
  • Here’s that How I Met Your Mother alternate ending everyone’s been clamoring for. (Jezebel)
  • Of course I had to share this footage of the Beastie Boys going up against Joan Rivers on her 80s talk show. (Slate)
  • Mary Louise Parker may play poet/memoirist Mary Karr in a new Showtime series. (A.V. Club)


Posted on September 8th, 2014 2 Comments

Thursday links

the ramones

  • There shall be a Ramones movie, and it will be directed by Martin Scorsese, which excites. (Please Kill Me)
  • I’m always fascinated by tales of those people who won’t sell their homes no matter how much money developers offer them, so that huge malls and condos have to be built around them. This is a good one. (Slate)
  • Here’s a quiz for the Arrested Development fans—Who said it: Dr Phil or Dr Funke? (Mental Floss)
  • A whopping 75% of all the images in your Ikea catalogue are computer generated. (Visual News)
  • Amusingly boring British postcards. (Dangerous Minds)
Posted on September 4th, 2014 2 Comments

Tuesday links

rock n roll sports classic

  • It’s the Rock & Roll Sports Classic, an actual televised event from 1978 that you kind of have to watch at least some of, trust me. (Wifey)
  • Not so fast, Texas. (Jezebel)
  • Huh: a new study says that more adult women play video games than teenaged boys. (A.V. Club)
  • A deeply entertaining rundown of what ten notable figures brought to the grave. (Mental Floss)
  • I was disappointed to read that Michael Sam—the college star on course to become the first openly gay player in the NFL—was cut by St Louis Rams. (Deadspin)
Posted on September 2nd, 2014 10 Comments

Wednesday links

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  • Any excuse to run old pictures of Debbie Harry is all right by me. (Smithsonian)
  • Quiz time! On the occasion of its recent series finale, test your knowledge of 50 True Blood characters. (Vulture)
  • It’s your cute dog video of the day. (Laughing Squid)
  • A (deeply esoteric) state-by-state guide to the most frequently-purchased items on eBay. (Business Insider)
  • A poignant and wry goodbye-to-all-that to Manhattan’s Rizzoli Bookstore. (New Yorker)
Posted on August 27th, 2014 8 Comments