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20 Nov 22:52

Oh, sure, like you've never thought about doing this

by adamg

From the files of the C-6 police district:

11/18 10:50am 239 Boston Street, next door neighbor caught pushing trash and leaves through victim's front door mail slot.

19 Nov 12:58

“So sick of feeling like I should appreciate this kind of attention from men.” | Lorraine’s Story

by admin
allie

YES!

The other day I was pumping gas and a guy was calling out to me from his car window as he drove out of the station, said Hi, I stupidly said Hi back thinking ok I’ll be nice. Then as he’s still driving he calls out “what’s your name”, I don’t reply this time. He asked me again, then said something about me not wanting to answer. Two minutes later when I got back on the road I happened to pull up next to him at an intersection. He sees me, says Hi again, and I say “that was very rude”, he asked “what is?” I said “You shouldn’t call out to people from your car, it’s rude and disrespectful”. He gave me a look of frustration, then drove past me as much as he could so that he was no longer next to me. But then as I drove by he said “I apologize.” I actually think he thought about what I said for two seconds, and that he meant it. I hope so. So sick of this crap, and feeling like I should appreciate this kind of attention from men.

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17 Nov 20:00

How To Tell If You Are In A Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Video Game

by Felix Kent
allie

for swift

Somebody you have never met has been nursing a grudge against you for years.

You are tapping a sheaf of papers and looking smug.

You have no trouble balancing your career as a prosecutor with your career as a rock star.

Read more How To Tell If You Are In A Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Video Game at The Toast.

19 Nov 19:30

Rewrite of the Day: The Internet Reboots Sexist Book That Says Engineer Barbie Can't Code

Rewrite of the Day: The Internet Reboots Sexist Book That Says Engineer Barbie Can't Code

The book "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" sounds promising from the title, but as many have discovered, the plot turns out to be a misogynistic disaster.
In the story (which was released in 2013), Barbie is designing a video game (yay!), but instead of doing the coding herself, she requires the help of two men (boo!). Because try as she might, it takes more than a silly girl with a heart-shaped flash drive necklace to do the heavy lifting, according to the children's story.
After infecting everyone's computers with a virus, and begging for help from her friends Steven and Brian, Barbie ends up taking all the credit for her completed game.
As a result of this discovery, the Internet has decided to re-write the book.
On the site "Feminist Hacker Barbie," users can submit their own take on the story, to "help Barbie be the competent, independent, bad-ass engineer that she wants to be."


Casey Fiesler, a PhD student at Georgia Tech, has also remixed her own version of the story.

Her main issue with the book:
The problem isn't even that Barbie isn't a 'real' computer scientist because she isn't coding. (I am one of those mostly-non-coding computer scientists myself, though now I'm tempted to make a game about robot puppies shooting lasers anyway.) The problem is the assumption that she is a designer, not a coder, and the coders are boys.

Maybe the new "normal Barbie" Lammily will be more successful at an engineering career.

Submitted by: (via Feminist Hacker Barbie)

Tagged: code , rewrite , Barbie
15 Nov 18:43

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11 Nov 18:30

Dave Holmes Is Writing a Book

by Jesse David Fox
allie

YAY


Here's some exciting news from one of Vulture's own: Dave Holmes, TV personality and our “Somewhere in Time” columnist, has signed a deal to write a comic memoir. Set to publish in the spring of 2016, the book is tentatively titled Party of One. Read the full synopsis below. Mazel tov, Dave!

Charting Holmes’ painfully hilarious trip through a life lived on the outside, desperately trying to get in — from his youth as the artsy kid in a sportsy family to his time as a closeted gay kid in a conservative Catholic school, through his experience losing the first “Wanna Be A VJ” contest on live television and subsequent career as a big fat grown man at MTV in the eye of the teen pop hurricane, up to his life as a man in his 40s who has finally learned to accept himself, simply because he’s tried everything else — Party of One will detail every wrong turn that’s led him to the right place, and will take the reader on a nostalgic ride through the music and pop culture of the '80s, '90s, and '00s that shaped his journey.

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Filed Under: dave holmes ,books ,book deals ,vulture

10 Nov 20:05

Here Are the Lyrics to ‘Too Many Cooks’ — Sing Along!

by Sean Fitz-Gerald

If you found yourself subconsciously humming or trying to sing the words to "Too Many Cooks" this weekend, we don't blame you. There's no escaping the subliminal, hypnotic powers of the Adult Swim parody, which veteran scribe and producer Casper Kelly (Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell) unleashed on innocent TV watchers last Friday. Kelly penned the lyrics to the repetitive, cornball-but-catchy song featured in the video, and Shawn Coleman and Michael Kohler scored it. We've written out the lyrics below in full so you can succumb to their dark powers and properly sing along. (If you want to overachieve, we've also included the few instances of actual character dialogue.) There are a few voices on the track, but we figured you'd want to do it as a duet, so click play, grab a friend, and have at it.

Man: It takes a lot to make a stew
Woman: A pinch of salt and laughter, too
M: A scoop of kids to add the spice
W: A dash of love to make it nice, and you’ve got
Both: Too many Cooks
W: Too many Cooks
B: Too many Cooks
M: Too many Cooks
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W: Too many Cooks
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M: Too many
W: It takes a lot to make a stew
M: When it comes to me and you
W: And him and her and the baby, too
B: Too many Cooks, it’s true
M: The saying goes, it’ll spoil the broth
W: Honey, I think that’s not true
M: Well, maybe too many Cooks will spoil the broth, but they’ll fill our hearts with
B: So much, so much lo-o-ove
Too many Cooks
M: A family is like a soup
W: Everyone adds an extra scoop
M: Mix an ounce of smile so sweet
W: A dash of cool to add the heat, and you’ve got
B: Too many Cooks
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M: Too many
It takes a lot to make a stew
W: Especially when it’s me and you
M: And him and Steve from corporate, too
B: Too many Cooks, it’s true
M: The saying goes it’ll spoil the broth
W: Honey, I think that’s not true
M: Well, maybe too many Cooks will spoil the broth, but they’ll fill our hearts with so much, so much lo-o-ove
W: So much lo-o-ove
M: They’ll fill our hearts with lo-o-ove
W: Fill our hearts with lo-o-ove
B: Too many Co-o-oks
Too many Cooks
W: Too many Cooks
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M: Takes a lot to make a stew, I couldn’t face these streets without you
W: A dash of crime to add some spice
M: This city’s like a pressure cooker turned up to high
[Hushed] Too many Cooks, too many Co-o-oks
Some people say it’ll spoil the broth, but that’s not the American way
Too many Cooks
Too many Cooks will serve a helping of freedom and resist the forces of evil
W: [Operatic] Too many Cooks
M: It takes a lot to make a stew
W: A pinch of salt and laughter too
M: A scoop of kids to add the spice
W: A dash of love to make it nice, and you’ve got
B: Too many Cooks
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B: Too many—
M: Cooks
B: Too many Cooks
W: Too many
M: It takes a lot to make a stew, especially when it’s me and you
W: And him and her and the baby, too
B: Too many Cooks, it’s true
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[Woman screams]

M: Too many
It takes a lot to make a stew, a pinch of salt and laughter, too. [Man screams] A scoop of kids to add the spice, a dash of love to make it nice, and you’ve got
B: Too many Cooks
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M: Too many
It takes a lot to make a stew, when it’s made of me and you, and him and her and the baby, too, too many Cooks, it’s true

Narrator: This is the story of COOKS — Cybernetic Operational Optimized Knights of Science — defending humanity against Beast Rebels of the Hellscape. When it comes to the future, you can never have too many COOKS.

M: [Robotic] Too many Cooks, too many Cooks, too many Cooks

Patient: You can’t talk that way. That’s your sister. That’s a fine how-do-you-do. Laugh track. Oh, look at the neighbors. They’re not gonna fit in here. Ha. Ha.

Male doctor: This is the worst case of intronitis I’ve ever seen. You can even hear the theme music.

Female doctor: And the thing is, we have no idea how contagious this strain is. Now, look …

W: A pinch of salt and laughter, too.

MD: No.

M: A scoop of kids to add the spice.

W: A dash of love to make it nice.

MD: Kill me.

W: And you’ve got
B: Too many Cooks
W: Too many Cooks
B: Too many Cooks
M: Too many Cooks

MD: KILL ME!

B: Too many Cooks
W: Too many Cooks
B: Too many Cooks
W: To make a stew
M: Especially when it’s me and you
W: Fill our hearts with so much love
B: Too many Cooks, too many Cooks, too many Cooks, too many Cooks, too many Cooks, too many Cooks

[Woman screams]

M: It takes a lot to make a stew
B: Too many Cooks
M: Especially when it’s me and you

[More screaming.]

B: Too many Cooks
W: Him and her and the baby, too
Too many Cooks, it’s—
M: [Subdued] It takes a lot to make a stew, especially when it’s me and you.

[More screaming in the background]

M: Too many Cooks, too many Cooks, too many Cooks
Too many Cooks will spoil the broth, but they’ll fill our hearts with so much, so much lo-o-ove
W: So much lo-o-ove
M: Fill our hearts with lo-o-ove
B: Too many Cooks
Too many Cooks
Too many Cooks
M: Fill our hearts with lo-o-ove

[Laughter]

Dad: Honey, I’m h—

B: Too many Cooks
W: Too many Cooks
B: Too many Cooks
M: Too many Cooks
B: Too many Cooks
M: It takes a—

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Filed Under: too many cooks ,adult swim ,cartoon network ,sing along! ,tv

12 Nov 08:00

Hot Slut Of The Day!

by Michael K

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The Alterations & Repairs Lady who has been a “fixing shit” mascot for years and years and years! 

Dlisted reader Liska dropped the Alterations & Repairs Lady into my inbox yesterday and took the words right out of my finger tips when listing the reasons why she’s a HSOTD all day, every day.

I would like to nominate the ubiquitous Alterations and Repairs Woman! This is the hardest working bitch in the business because homegirl is everywhere! She has been altering and repairing for so long she hasn’t had time to even change her blouse or hair since the early 1980′s! We should pay homage to this hardworking woman whose familiar face we know and love and never gets the recognition she deserves!

It’s rare when I walk into a dry cleaning place and don’t see this frazzled, overworked tailor throwing me a look that says, “It’s you again. I hope you don’t want me to sew another easy access zipper into the ass part of another pair of pants.” We see her all the time yet know almost nothing about her. She is as mysterious as she is hard working. That picture pulls out so many questions from my brain. For why is she wearing black lipstick? Is she a goth and is trying to finish her work so she can change into her latex catsuit and go to the club? Is that why she’s always throwing a “Bitch, stop bothering me so I can get back to work” look? Why do her hands look so enormous? Are they swollen from doing alterations and repairs all day? Does she use a Sharpie or a regular black brow pencil to achieve that immaculate eyebrow situation? Why isn’t she on Project Runway? Shit, why isn’t she the mentor on Project Runway? Does she hate Tim Gunn?

So many questions!

Hopefully Aaron Sorkin does SOMETHING RIGHT for once and answers all these questions in the greatest project of his career: The Alterations & Repairs Lady biopic starring Kathleen Turner.

10 Nov 08:07

Hot Slut Of The Day!

by Michael K

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The strawberry hard candy that everybody’s grandma, auntie and teacher seem to always have a stash of!

I don’t know the history of these shiny-wrapped drops of strawberry deliciousness and I have no idea how they just magically appear at the bottom of your memaw’s pocketbook. It feels like these have been around since before the beginning of time and I bet Methuselah’s nana kept these in her purse and gave them to him when he needed to be entertained by something shiny and sugary. The question, “What came first: the actual strawberry or the strawberry hard candy with the soft center?”, is not a question that can ever be answered.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen these for sale at any store, but yet they’re everywhere. When a teacher becomes a teacher, they get a packet of magic strawberry candy seeds so they can grow these in their apartment or backyard. When a memaw or pepaw turns 65, AARP send them a map to the hidden aisle in the Dollar Tree that sells these child taming candies.

But I do know where my abuelita got her stash of strawberry hard candies. Nearly every Chinese restaurant we went to had a bowl of these candies on the host table and eventually everything in that bowl would find its way into my abuelita’s pocketbook. There could be 10 hosts guarding that bowl of strawberry hard candies and an abuelita will still find a way to empty it into her purse without any of them knowing shit. Every abuelita is a strawberry hard candy ninja.

The best thing about being a pepaw or memaw (besides the fact that you get a free pass to yell at brats) is that when you reach into your pocket, a strawberry hard candy with the soft center magically fills your hand.

13 Nov 17:37

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10 Nov 15:40

Your Tattoo

by admin

09 Nov 11:15

Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew Is All Too Real

by Rufus Larsen
dewitosembedPhoto: Courtesy of Imgur.
Perhaps, you're the kind of person who thinks all food ultimately ends up in the same place, so there's little point in separating your dinner and your dessert.

In that case, we have some great news for you. PepsiCo is now testing the monstrous mashup of Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew, fittingly dubbed Dewitos.

MMORPG gamers of the world, rejoice.

In case you were wondering if PepsiCo's test kitchens had been momentarily invaded by the kind of hormonally motivated pregnant women who find themselves desperately craving maple fudge and horseradish at dawn, PepsiCo confirmed that its flavor scientists are constantly working on new ways to do the Dew.

"We are always testing out new flavors of Mountain Dew, and giving our fans a voice in helping decide on the next new product has always been important to us," PepsiCo's reps said in a statement to Quartz. "We opened up the DEW flavor vault, and gave students a chance to try this Doritos-inspired flavor as part of a small program at colleges and universities."

A Reddit user named joes_nipples was the first person to reveal Dewitos to the world, writing that PepsiCo had offered several different varieties of Mountain Dew in the course of a product-testing event. "I think the flavors were lemon ginger, mango habanero (also weird), and rainbow sherbet, which tasted like medicine," the user wrote.

Of the Dewitos itself, which was served at room temperature, the user said: "It honestly wasn't that disgusting. It tasted like orange, with a Doritos aftertaste. It tasted like straight Doritos afterwards, though. Weirdest thing I've ever drunken." The user added that the flavor was "like if you shoved a handful of Doritos in your mouth and chugged some Dew at the same time."

"Someone at the Mountain Dew design department was getting really high," joes_nipples added. (Mashable)

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06 Nov 19:00

Talking to the Top Female Filmmaker on Kickstarter, Bee and PuppyCat’s Natasha Allegri

by Abraham Riesman

Despite having zero Hollywood clout, no major awards, and little risk of ever being described as a household name, Natasha Allegri recently made filmmaking history. She raised $872,133 for her surreal animated web series, Bee and PuppyCat. Not only does that make her the sixth-most successful filmmaker on Kickstarter (bested only by Spike Lee, Zach Braff, the Veronica Mars movie, and other big names), it also makes her its most successful woman filmmaker. It’s safe to say Allegri and her series are cult phenomena.

Bee and PuppyCat is difficult to describe, which is part of its charm. It debuted in July of 2013 on Cartoon Hangover, a YouTube network of animated series run by a company called Frederator. Allegri, who was at the time working on the hit cartoon Adventure Time, crafted a two-part saga about an unemployed woman named Bee (voiced by actress Allyn Rachel) and a strange half-dog/half-cat creature she finds, thereafter known as “PuppyCat.” PuppyCat speaks in a strange, electronic lilt created not through voice recording but rather through a computer algorithm called a "Vocaloid." PuppyCat and Bee end up going on cosmic temp jobs such as babysitting a planet-size fish named Wallace. But the pilot episodes’ true charm came in the odd dialogue, especially that of Bee, who mumbles a lot to herself and involuntarily slips into weird voices. Again, it’s hard to describe, but it’s oddly compelling.

And now, after more than a year of waiting, fans are finally getting what they paid for. Cartoon Hangover will debut the first episode of the first full season of Bee and PuppyCat tonight, and Vulture caught up with Allegri to talk about dogs, turtles, and holographic Japanese pop stars.

The dialogue in Bee and PuppyCat is unusually, almost unsettlingly naturalistic. Which of Bee’s lines have you said in real life?
Oh yeah, there’s a lot, actually. She says “hello” like a parrot. That’s basically me and my roommate. When I used to live with her, we would just walk into each other’s rooms and say that. I think what’s really important to me is people talking like how they talk, so when someone is stumbling through a word, that’s really, like, a special moment! A lot stuff comes from how people talk in anime.

I don’t follow. How is the dialogue like anime?
At least in the anime that I watch, people talk and their conversation goes in a natural flow. They can talk about one topic and then maybe steer it to a different direction. People get easily excited and then become very — I don’t know what the word is, but they’re like, “[dour voice] I’m going to do that, and [excited voice] I’m going to try to look good!” They’re not preachy, but they will treat their emotion changes very naturally.

Why call the animal “PuppyCat”? Is there a real-life puppy or cat you based it on?
I want to keep talking about anime.

Okay! Talk as much about anime as you like.
So, when they come up with new Pokémon, they try to think of syllables that sound cute. So there are a lot of pa sounds or po sounds that have cute and short little sounds. You usually avoid a guttural sound. You don’t want to put a na or a guh in there. So "PuppyCat" is, like, pretty cute sounds put together. I wanted the word itself to sound cute and make you happy when you hear it.

So the word PuppyCat came before the idea of having something that is part puppy and part cat?
Yeah! Yes.

But you then had to come up with visuals for PuppyCat, of course, and for Bee. What was your first doodle for the series, and when did it happen?
The first doodle was right after [Frederator] contacted me to pitch. I just sat down and I — I think they came out right away! Bee got chubbier as time went on, because my style changed and I think chubby things are really cute. PuppyCat kind of stayed the same. I had to make him look like a dog with dog markings, but I think I got those backward.

Wait, what does it mean to have dog markings “backward”?
So you know the Shiba Inu? The one with the curly tail and little eyebrows over its head?

Of course.
I didn’t even bother to google it. I was just like, Oh, I’ll just draw it how I remember it, and I remembered it wrong. So the fur colors are reversed and the eyebrows are wrong.

Speaking of eyebrows: PuppyCat always looks so disapproving. Is he actually mad all the time?
No, that’s just his eyebrows. He’s, like, very stern, but no, he’s not mad. But that means everyone thinks he’s mad, so maybe that’s why he’s so stern all the time.

The most distinctive part of PuppyCat, though, is his voice, which is very singsongy and synthesizer-y. How did you create that?
It’s a Vocaloid, and a Vocaloid is like a sound string of computer-generated syllables that make sound. You Auto-Tune them, lengthen them, and shorten them to make sound. There’s a Vocaloid named Hatsune Miku —

Oh! The Japanese pop star who’s just a computer-generated hologram?
Yeah! Whenever I talk about Vocaloids, if I don’t hear anything [from the person I’m talking to], as soon as I mention Hatsune Miku everyone is like, “Oh yeah!” [Laughs.] Around the time she had started, I was really into J-Pop and then she started doing concerts and me and my friend Patrick would google the concerts and watch them on YouTube. Then there’s always related videos on YouTube after you watch it and you just start clicking and going down the hole of Vocaloids on YouTube. And then based on that, oh there are so many different kinds! I picked a favorite and I was like, If I ever make anything, I will use my favorite Vocaloid in the thing. And I did.

What’s the name of the Vocaloid you use?
OLIVER.

How much control over the Vocaloid do you have? Do you, like, type in speech for it to say?
If you type in a word, it breaks it up by syllables. You can change its pitch, but not too much. The way he says each syllable, that’s kind of how you get it. You can put breaths in; they recorded them like inhaling, which is really cool. You can time it as much as you want. You can try and get them to say words; you could pitch up the syllable to modify the word you want them to say, and you can have pretty good control.

[Editor’s note: Vocaloid construction and manipulation is, as you might guess from Allegri’s description, extremely difficult for a layperson to understand. Here’s a tutorial video, in case you’re interested in learning more.]

How long did it take you to make the two Bee and PuppyCat shorts that debuted on Cartoon Hangover?
The first two shorts, I think, took a year. I don’t know for sure. I don’t remember. I was still working on Adventure Time at the same time.

When it first went up, what surprised you most about people’s response to it?
How many girls were like, “Oh, that’s me.” I was super stoked that people could identify with [Bee] so much or even a little bit. That was the best part.

Where were you and what were you doing when you found out the Kickstarter had reached its initial funding goal?
[Long pause.] Shit.

You’d think this would be embedded in your brain.
I don’t know where I was! I used to live in this guest house and I think it was really cold around that time. I want to say it was still winterish and I had just bought these boots that were really soft and warm, and that is the thing I remember about that time most, these amazing boots.

So the main thing you remember about your Kickstarter victory is that you were wearing your special boots?
Yeah! [Laughs.] They never came off. Like, I was still wearing them when it was inappropriate to be warm, and I was like, No they are really soft, it is okay. But they were making me sweat. Like crazy, crazy sweaty.

Then after that, the Kickstarter went on to make nearly $900,000, which made it the most-funded web series in Kickstarter history. How did you feel when you hit that milestone?
I’m not sure. I just remember someone saying, like, you beat Video Game High School, and I remember being really depressed because I really like Video Game High School!

The initial episodes ended on this cliffhanger about PuppyCat’s true identity and whether he was a fairy-tale prince who went through some serious love-story trauma. Are we going to get resolution on that this season?
I think that’s such a large story that it is something that can be told over time. You want to see how it has affected PuppyCat more than you want a resolution to that fairy tale. At least I do, because I feel like what it does to someone is more interesting than the actual story. What it is for someone to live with something like that. But I mean the short answer is [you’ll learn] a little bit, but not too much.

But I’m sure you’ve had fans accost you and demand that you tell them how the cliffhanger plays out, right?
Yeah, and I don’t know how to answer it! All I can say is that if I told you everything, that’s not fair. But I understand and I want to put more.

Your animation style is very obviously influenced by Hayao Miyazaki. What’s your favorite Miyazaki movie of —
Oh my God, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Like, that is super easy because I watch it once a month.

I wasn’t expecting such a swift answer.
I love them all, but my favorite, my absolute favorite is Kiki’s Delivery Service. There’s something about how slow it is and how quiet and beautiful [it is] that is really special to me. Yeah, I think I’ve watched it once a month for the past seven years.

A final thing we have to talk about: One of the best parts of the pilot episode is the weird posters at the temp agency Bee goes to. No one acknowledges them, but they all have turtles on them and they have confusing slogans like “WHAT EVER” and “When life gives you lemons, crawl in your shell.”
I struggled to come up with what to leave with those stupid posters; I had so many, and then my favorite one didn’t get put in! [Laughs.]

Wait, what was the one that didn’t get put in?
I did one that was, “Burn In Shell.” Kind of like “burn in hell,” and it was a turtle with its shell on fire and it was, like, riding a motorcycle, I think.

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Filed Under: bee and puppycat ,kickstarter ,natasha allegri ,animation ,crowdfunding ,interviews ,cartoon hangover ,hatsune miku ,vocaloids ,cosmic temp workers of the world unite

06 Nov 17:00

Lena Wolff + Erica Tanov Collaboration

by Grace Bonney
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I’m a huge fan of artist Lena Wolff, so I was excited to hear from her about a new collaboration she produced along with Bay Area designer, Erica Tanov. Together they designed and produced a full fall collection of bedding, tabletop and clothing using Lena’s collages and drawings. I love the way her quilt-inspired patterns came to life in the form of pillows, fabric and bedding. It’s always interesting to see traditional textile techniques and designs turned back into modern clothing and fabrics. This limited edition collaboration will be available at Erica Tanov stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York and at two upcoming pop-ups: one at Barrow Salon in San Francisco on Saturday, November 15th and in New York City for the entire month of November at Michele Varian. Prices range from $72 for a set of pillowcases, up to $450 for king-sized quilts, so if you’re looking to bring some gorgeous new textiles into your life, be sure to check out this beautiful collaboration. xo, grace

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Photographs by Terri Lowenthal

Click through for more photos of Lena and Erica’s collaboration after the jump!

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04 Nov 15:44

The Show Must Go On

by Michael Popek




Six photographs, all have the "George B. Evans" stamp on the reverse. Photo of man and woman walking on the street has the International News Photos stamp, it looks like the set was part of a press packet.

That same street photo has "Mary Healy and P.J.H." written in pen, referring to the actress Mary Healy and her husband Peter Lind Hayes.

Based on the poster advertising "The Stranger" with Edward G. Robinson and Orson Welles, I would put these photos around 1946 or so.

Found in "The Cross on the Drum" by Hugh B. Cave. Published by Doubleday, 1959.

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05 Nov 00:00

This kid is going places

by admin

04 Nov 02:00

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28 Oct 18:14

A Wrinkle In Time: Dirtbag Mrs. Whatsit

by Mallory Ortberg

INT. THE MURRY'S home. NIGHT.

MRS WHATSIT: hello
is anybody home
MRS. MURRY: excuse me?
MRS WHATSIT: i'm coming in for sandwiches and to take some of your sheets
also your children, i will be taking them
MRS. MURRY: you're what?
MRS WHATSIT: oh by the way your husband is in space
and your science is terrible
just terrible
you have barely any science and your husband is trapped in space
i'll just take these two children and those sheets over there
bye

 

MEG: where are we going
MRS WHATSIT: shut up and just enjoy the ride, baby
MEG: i was just wondering if--
MRS WHATSIT: well don't
MEG: don't...wonder?
MRS WHATSIT: don't ask me stupid questions
I used to be a goddamn star, Meg
like in the SKY
what did you used to be
a seventh-grader?
lets compare those two things okay
MEG: i'm sorry, i didn't--
MRS WHATSIT: everyone here who used to be an actual fucking star in the sky raise your hand
thats what i thought

Read more A Wrinkle In Time: Dirtbag Mrs. Whatsit at The Toast.

03 Nov 17:00

Spotify Is Not Taking Its Breakup With Taylor Swift Well

by Nate Jones
allie

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Taylor Swift just broke up with Spotify, and the streaming service is not taking it well. Like many of Swift's breakups, this one resulted from an unattractive spat of passive aggression: Spotify put public pressure on Taylor to release 1989 on streaming, essentially telling her to abandon a strategy that makes her money in favor of a strategy that would make Spotify money. To express her disapproval of this idea, Swift decided to remove all of her albums from the streaming service. (You can still listen to "Safe and Sound" from the Hunger Games soundtrack as many times as your heart desires.) Spotify is not hiding its heartbreak with this very desperate statement:

We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.

The begging doesn't stop there. Spotify has released two playlists for the occasion: The first, "Come Back, Taylor!," is full of pleading love songs; the second, "What to Play While Taylor's Away," is an unconvincing attempt to show Spotify's friends and family that it's doing just fine without her. If only the streaming service had more indie records — we hear they're a great way to hide away and find your peace of mind after a breakup.

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Filed Under: taylor swift ,spotify ,1989 ,music ,streaming

02 Nov 17:06

Someone May Have Ruined Beyoncé’s Surprise Album Drop

by E. Alex Jung

A photograph circulated yesterday of what looks like the "release confirmation" of another super-secret Beyoncé album drop, Beyoncé Volume 2, an addendum to the eponymous fifth album that broke everyone's brains last December. Of course, the big question is "Is this real?" Without any comment from Beyoncé's camp, all we can do is speculate: Did some hapless intern Snapchat this to a friend and tell them "OMG Don't share pls!"? Are heads rolling over at Bey's entertainment company, Parkwood Entertainment, as we speak? Or is this actually just a ploy to fuel more of a buildup than another surprise album drop because Beyoncé is like, "Nah, that was so last year"?!

Come, take a journey with us into our rampant speculation. First off, here's the photo:

Confusing! Intriguing! There is one immediately fishy aspect to this, which is the date. As you can see, the digital release date on iTunes is Friday, November 14, and the physical album — a four-disc set — is set to drop on Monday, November 25. However, it turns out that November 25 is a Tuesday, so either this is an egregious typo (embarrassing!), or some faker is not very good at their calendar.

But there are some aspects that make this seem totally possible, like the letterhead with the accurate-looking Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records logos. (On the other hand, anyone with Photoshop could put that in.)

The track list suggests that if someone faked this, they are part of the Beyhive: One of the tracks, "DONK," featuring Nicki Minaj, was actually registered by Beyoncé with ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) a couple of weeks ago. It also seems very Beyoncé to assert her dominance over the booty hoopla.

Another track listing "Cherry" (also registered on ASCAP) also lists Rihanna, which plays into long-standing rumors that the two are supposed to be collaborating on a track together. Is this it?

Here are the possible tracks on volume two:

Sweet Illusion
DONK, featuring Nicki Minaj
Good in Good Bye
Loyal
Renouncement, featuring Justin Timberlake
Sensation of Pain
Fashion
KO
True
Cherry, featuring Rihanna
Flawless (Remix), featuring Nicki Minaj

The box set looks like it will include 28 music videos, the On the Run live show from Paris and her Mrs. Carter world tour. Is this ultimate fan wish fulfillment, or a sadistic joke?

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Filed Under: beyonce ,beyoncegate ,surprise! ,albums ,music

31 Oct 16:24

The CAPTION THIS Contest WINNERS For October 31st!

by Michael K

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Hot off the Preserve.us press:
“As we harken back blissfully to ephemeral harvest seasons of yore, let us remember fashionable belles of the day who were known to indulge in desirability maintenance regimes like seedless squash body wraps and organic pumpkin face masks. These treatments, when applied and removed by properly trained servants, left a lady’s skin as luxuriously silken as the glow from a waxing autumnal moon that would emanate, richly, over seemingly endless hallowed plantation fields…” – Shadeball

Upvote winner:

I wish I’d never signed up on Ancestry.com. - M from Toronto

Pic: VT

31 Oct 19:15

Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly at the 20th Annual Artwalk NY

by Tom and Lorenzo
allie

V. cool ppl

Paul-Bettany-Jennifer-Connelly-Artwalk-NY-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Louis-Vuitton (1)Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly attend the 20th Annual Artwalk NY at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Jennifer Connely is wearing a Louis Vuitton look from the Spring 2015 collection.

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Paul-Bettany-Jennifer-Connelly-Artwalk-NY-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Louis-Vuitton (4)Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 Collection

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[Photo Credit: Getty Images, IMAXTree]

30 Oct 19:08

Dollface

by Erica
timwalker4Just a creepy, hair raising editorial by the ever so talented and imaginative Tim Walker to wish you all a happy Halloween! ...
29 Oct 19:00

Tumblr of the Day: What Would Yeezus Wear?

Tumblr of the Day: What Would Yeezus Wear?

It's what you ask yourself every morning as you stare into your closet, right? What would Kanye West and Kim Kardashian wear today?

If you need fashion inspiration from Kimye, or some Halloween costume tips, Katie Burroughs and Kathleen Lee have created a blog and Instagram account to help you out.

Called "What Would Yeezus Wear" the two women recreate numerous paparazzi photos of the couple down to the finest detail, even including baby North West.

Submitted by: (via What Would Yeezus Wear)

30 Oct 00:00

“You’re all dicks!” —God





“You’re all dicks!” —God

29 Oct 19:03

Companies that win contracts with city will have to outfit trucks with bike protectors

by adamg

The City Council today passed an ordinance under which all trucks over 10,000 pounds used by city contractors will have to be equipped with side guards and special mirrors to reduce the odds a bicyclist or pedestrian will be crushed when the truck makes a turn or changes lanes.

The ordinance, which goes into effect in six months, is the first in the nation. The measure, first proposed by at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley, does not apply to emergency vehicles or trucks used for snow plowing.

According to the mayor's office:

29 Oct 14:30

Joys of Parenting

by admin

29 Oct 16:00

Wear it like it is…

by admin

24 Oct 13:33

Greta Gerwig Is Probably Going To Play An Adult Wiener-Dog In A Follow-Up To “Welcome To The Dollhouse”

by Michael K
allie

oh. my. GOD. YESSSSSS

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I’ve watched all of Todd Solondz’s fucked-up, weird movies (Happiness, Storytelling, Palindromes, Dark Horse, etc…) several times, but the one that speaks to my soul the most is 1995′s Welcome to the Dollhouse, because it perfectly sums up how awful, awkward and shitty junior high school is. In that ode to 90s preteen awkwardness, Heather Matarazzo played Dawn Wiener, a fashion forward, nerdy 7th grader who’s constantly bullied at school and has a home life that is just as crappy. In Palindromes (SPOILER ALERT), we learn that Dawn Wiener offed herself in college. IMDB says that Todd Solondz wanted Heather Matarazzo to play Dawn again in Palindromes, but she told him, “Drop dead, lesbo.” No, but she didn’t want to play Wiener-Dog anymore for some reason, which makes no sense to me, because why wouldn’t she want to put on that white nutsack hair ponytail again?

The Hollywood Reporter says that Todd is working on another Welcome to the Dollhouse follow-up called Wiener-Dog and indie actress Greta Gerwig, who was in Frances Ha and To Rome With Love, is in talks to play grown up Dawn Wiener. Todd is also talking to Julie Delpy about taking a role. THR explains Wiener-Dog’s plot like this:

The script tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.

What I’m getting from that HIGHLY detailed plot line is that after Dawn Wiener killed herself, she was reincarnated into an actual wiener dog. They better cast a wiener dog who can work the hell out of a ruffled clown blouse and who will keep the Special People’s Club alive.

What I really want to know is, who in the hell is going to play Dawn’s only friend Ralphie?

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Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs kind of looks like Ralphie, so my vote for the grown up Ralphie is Glenn Close in her Albert Nobbs drag.

Pics: Wenn.com, MNPP

24 Oct 15:00

DIY Project: Copper Snakes Pumpkin By Liz Libre

by Grace Bonney

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I’ve been reading Halloween books to my four-year-old son before bed and all the same kinds of spooky things are mentioned: bats, mummies, skeletons, owls (are they really spooky?), witches. I realized I would use this project to paint something that really spooks me: snakes! Snakes totally freak me out, but if you forget the whole poisonous venom thing, the body of the snake and the patterns on their skin are actually quite beautiful. I really liked that contrast, so I decided I’d make a “spooky” but beautiful pumpkin. I hope this will inspire you to try some metallic painting on your pumpkins this year! -Liz Libre of Linda & Harriett

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Click through for tips on replicating this look after the jump!

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