May, 2012

“How you doing, daddy?”

By · Thursday, May 31st, 2012 · 6 Comments »

I want to be on this train: Or maybe I just want to be drunk. In my twenties and drunk! See, these people were all rock stars and everything, but really they were just kids in their twenties getting shitfaced. Which is what kids in their twenties do. It’s especially fun when you’re in show […]

Blast from the past: This ev-psych bullshit must stop

By · Friday, May 25th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

In the past week or so I’ve received a number of emails about a post I wrote several centuries ago (okay, actually it was just 5 years ago, but whatever): This ev-psych bullshit must stop. I’m not entirely sure why this post is garnering current attention, though my spidey sense tells me it might have […]

God almighty, Bob Dylan is 71 years old

By · Thursday, May 24th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

I just realized that today is Bob Dylan’s birthday. He’s 71 years old. It’s shocking how old everybody’s getting. My parents are old. I’m old. Everybody I ever listened to as a kid is old. Or dead. I feel like it’s time to just curl up and fade away. Here’s a picture of Dylan from […]

Doggies! Doggies! Doggies!

By · Thursday, May 24th, 2012 · 2 Comments »

Charlize Theron talks to Ellen about how her two canine boys are helping her raise her human boy: This is a really nice interview, but I want more about the doggies! DOGGIES! DOGGIES! Also, it irritates me when people (in this case Ellen) refer to a dog as “it” even when they know the animal’s […]

Americans’ views on abortion unchanged, but they like the term “pro-life” better than “pro-choice”

By · Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 · 11 Comments »

That’s really the gist of the latest Gallup poll. The percentage of Americans self-identifying as “pro-choice” is at a record low, with a majority now preferring the label “pro-life.” But their actual views on abortion haven’t changed: See? No change. What’s changed is the label people prefer: I’m not saying this is good news; I’m […]

Mormon underwear revisited

By · Sunday, May 20th, 2012 · 8 Comments »

Today’s New York Times has a squishy piece from Jodi Kantor about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism: Romney’s Faith, Silent but Deep. Doesn’t that sound like a James Cameron movie? The article is full of hilarious shit like this: He and others say that wholesomeness is deeply authentic to Mr. Romney, whose spiritual life revolves around personal […]

I’m all about Ashleigh and Pudsey

By · Friday, May 18th, 2012 · 3 Comments »

The most important news story of the past week was, of course, the fact that Ashleigh and Pudsey won Britain’s Got Talent. Ashleigh is a 17-year-old girl and Pudsey is her dog. The two of them have had a super-glue bond ever since Ashleigh got Pudsey as a puppy on her eleventh birthday, and now […]

The unbearable uselessness of television

By · Monday, May 14th, 2012 · 11 Comments »

Sean Carroll, the very nice physicist who runs Cosmic Variance, was featured on L.A.’s Channel 5 in a short piece about the Higgs boson. Watch it: Here’s my question: if you didn’t already know what the Higgs was and why it was important, would this TV piece enlighten you? Would it help you to understand […]

Happy Mother’s Day

By · Sunday, May 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments »

Mom and Pup: The Movie (Alternate titles: “I Bite You,” “Who Needs A Toy When You Have Mom,” “My What Big Teeth You Have,” “My What A Bushy Tail You Have”):

This is nice

By · Thursday, May 10th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

Hey, I see President Obama is now in favor of same-sex marriage. That’s good. I’ve been away from the news for several days, so I’m not entirely clear yet on what led up to this. (Apparently something involving Joe Biden and a microphone; always a dicey situation.) I’m also not sure how much of an […]