Thursday, October 14, 2010

it was just one snicker I don't even

Kiran: i laughed at outsourced
me: :o
Kiran: i...am a disgrace to my people and the world
Kiran: laura
Kiran: do it
Kiran: take the gun
Kiran: and do it
Kiran: we talked about this
Kiran: now is the time
me: no kiran
me: I can't do it
Kiran: YOU HAVE TO
me: you'll have to find someone else
Kiran: oh god
Kiran: damn it laura
Kiran: we practiced
me: there has to be another way
Kiran: WE PRACTICED
Kiran: I WOULD DO THE SAME FOR YOU
me: I KNOW BUT IT'S HARD
me: I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND I CAN'T BEAR TO DO THIS TO YOU
me: BUT
Kiran: ITS LIKE
me: I KNOW IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE
Kiran: MICE AND MEN
Kiran: REMEMBER
Kiran: REMEMBER
me: GIVE ME THE GUN, KIRAN.
Kiran: TAKE IT
Kiran: TAKE IT
me: I...I HAVE TO DO THIS.
Kiran: I KNOW
Kiran: GOOD BYE LAURA
me: CLOSE YOUR EYES KIRAN
me: CLOSE YOUR EYES
Kiran: SWING LOOOOW
Kiran: SWEEEET CHARIOOOOOT

Mad Women

Washington Post: Why 'Mad Men' is TV's most feminist show

"Mad Men's" authentic portrait of women's lives in the early 1960s makes it hard for some women to watch. Over the course of its first three seasons, I interviewed almost 200 women from the same era for a new book on the Greatest Generation's wives and daughters. Many had suffered from the same numbness that plagued Betty Draper in the first season. They had seen psychiatrists who were as unhelpful and patronizing as the one Don Draper hired for his wife, or they had been married to men who displayed a sense of male entitlement similar to Don's. Those who had worked, whether before or after marriage, had experienced the same discrimination and sexual harassment as the female employees at the show's ad agency.

Yet to my surprise, most of these women refused to watch "Mad Men." Not because they found its portrayal of male-female relations unrealistic -- in fact, many recounted treatment in real life that was even more dramatic and horrifying than that on the show. It was precisely because "Mad Men" portrayed the sexism of that era so unflinchingly, they told me, that they could not bear to watch.

The rest of us, however, should tune in for a much-needed lesson on the devastating costs of a way of life that still evokes misplaced nostalgia. We should be glad that the writers are resisting the temptation to transform their female characters into contemporary heroines. They're not, and they cannot be. That is the brilliance of the show's script.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Me: And I got a new shirt, see?
Roommate: "The...velvet...underground." That doesn't make sense. What is that? Is that a band?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

THIS IS THE LAST ONE

But for real, watch this.

I swear, I have more in my soul than just YouTube links.



But this one is still pretty excellent.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"I painted a tunnel on the side of the library. When it dries, I'm going for it."



If you thought for a minute about watching Community but FOR SOME REASON need further convincing, watch this.

BRAAAAAAAAAAAMMMM



Inception as black-and-white thriller. Bonus points for use of the Dali bits of Spellbound at the end. (And I didn't even have to look that up! I remembered it all by myself.)