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The Bechdel Test: Simple way to assess if a movie has roles for women

1. It has to have at least two women in it 2. Who talk to each other 3. About something besides a man Many movies don't pass this test.

posted at 11:49 am
on Jul. 29, 2010


Who are these Guys? (An interNETional man hunt for 5 dudes from the ‘70s)

I'm happy NOT to meet them, actually.

posted at 3:31 pm
on Jul. 28, 2010


A baby in a Watermelon

Thank you Internet, for this bounty of video happiness we are about to receive...

posted at 11:09 am
on Jul. 23, 2010


Silver Lake’s Shirtless Walking Man Dies at 58

Goodbye, walker.

posted at 5:11 pm
on Jul. 22, 2010


Video: Super fantabulous (yes it’s a word) aerobics routine competition

Peter Dale is amazing at aerobics, and BOY does he look happy about that.

posted at 10:21 am
on Jul. 22, 2010


Video: All the different bows that mean you’re sorry in Japan

Useful stuff.

posted at 10:42 pm
on Jul. 21, 2010


It has come to my attention that you have not seen this video of an exploding whale

And, it being Friday at 4 p.m., you should fix this oversight IMMEDIATELY.

posted at 4:00 pm
on Jul. 16, 2010


How a nine-person actuarial company saved Californians tens of millions in health care costs

A story about health care rates that reads like a Grisham novel instead of a phone book.

posted at 10:34 am
on Jul. 16, 2010


Vampiric Dogs Spotted in Texas

No word on what the weather was like where they were spotted.

posted at 5:58 am
on Jul. 15, 2010


Jewel Dresses Down and Pulls a Karoke Prank

The number of people who don't realize the stunt even AFTER it's revealed is amazing.

posted at 12:17 pm
on Jul. 14, 2010


Star Wars Scene of Leia’s Capture, Staged in a New York Subway Car by Improv Anywhere

I have to say, this was WAY better entertainment than the Phantom Menace.

posted at 12:08 am
on Jul. 14, 2010


A list of all Vancouver hotels and apartments with bedbugs

For extra grossness, get an email alert whenever someone within a mile of you reports bedbugs.

posted at 7:43 pm
on Jul. 11, 2010


Video: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time (VERY CRUDE LANGUAGE)

But a superb, stupendous collection.

posted at 12:35 pm
on Jul. 9, 2010


Video: Working on the Enterprise is pretty much a non-stop party (Tik Tok)

Sadly, I recognize ALL the clips.

posted at 1:28 pm
on Jul. 8, 2010


Parents are less happy than non-parents

I know, you're thinking, "but what about ...," but no, the studies show that, however you ask or frame it, childless couples are not less happy, and that couples with child(ren) sometimes are.

posted at 1:35 am
on Jul. 8, 2010


Winner, dumbest headline 2010: Expletive written on Lindsay Lohan’s fingernail raises new questions

Also, why doesn't the article say what the swear word is? That's kind of critical to this stupid, vapid article.

posted at 10:00 am
on Jul. 7, 2010


Want to hear a scary prediction? Dow at 1,000 in 5 years. Yikes.

By then, however, we'll all be allowed to raise chickens in our backyards, so it balances out.

posted at 11:39 pm
on Jul. 5, 2010


NYTimes: Venting your emotions overtly helps you make better friends, be healthier

As long as you don't do it too often, or in, say, a job interview.

posted at 11:34 pm
on Jul. 5, 2010


Slate article: Why I no longer speak to the brother who raised me like a father

Just a fascinating and beautiful and sad article.

posted at 10:14 pm
on Jul. 2, 2010


California State to pay Jaycee Dugard (kidnapped girl) $20 million in settlement

That's more than $1 million for each year in captivity.

posted at 11:15 am
on Jul. 2, 2010



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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