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15 Jun 07:01

028 Maris Kreizman - The Party Fish


Some of y'all like Slaughterhouse 90210, right? She got drunk with us and talked soaps.

Maris Kreizman, the brain behind the amazingly literary pop culture blog (and soon to be a book!) Slaughterhouse 90210 is our guest on this week’s episode of The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat. Together we talk about a shared love for Beverly Hills 90210 and equally strong disdain for Brandon Walsh’s self-righteousness, all while trying to figure out exactly what is going on in this Beach Club episode of season two.

All of Maris’ BH90210 related posts can be found here. Shout-out to listener blogs A Complete Waste of Makeup and The Anonymous Woman!

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What we were drinking: a nice bottle of red wine that I forgot to write down
What we were eating: an assortment of cheese & crackers


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04 Jun 14:13

What is Maple Water?

by Nicole

What is Maple Water?

Maple syrup is one of the most delicious sweeteners that you can have in your kitchen. It is made by collecting the sap from maple trees, then boiling that sap down to concentrate its natural sugars and flavors. The sap that actually comes out of the maple tree is much thinner than the finished syrup. That sap is being packaged and sold as “maple water,” touted as a tasty new – all natural – way to hydrate. The maple water, which is becoming more widely available, is slightly more viscous than water and has a touch of cloudiness to it, though it is almost clear. Just as coconut water has a hint of coconut flavor to it, this drink has a hint of maple flavoring to it, though it is not particularly sweet by itself. It is tasty, but, like coconut water, some will like it more than others.

Some attribute various health benefits to drinking maple water, but there has been very little research to support claims that drinking the water will do anything other than help you rehydrate on a hot day. For someone who likes maple syrup, however, this beverage is a very interesting change of pace from “plain” water and just might get you drinking a bit more water during the day than you might otherwise.

06 Jun 10:41

Shy Pudu Fawn Born at Bristol Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman


A baby Pudu, the world's smallest species of deer, was born at the United Kingdom’s Bristol Zoo in May.



Photo Credit:  Bob Pitchford

Weighing only about two pounds at birth, Pudu fawns have distinctive white-spotted markings on their backs, which help provide camouflage from predators. Because the zoo staff can’t get too close to the fawn yet, they don’t know its gender.  The fawn is being raised by its mother.

Pudus are native to lowland temperate rainforests in Chile and southwest Argentina.  They are usually active at night, when they emerge to feed on leaves, bark, and fallen fruit.  In the wild, Pudu populations are declining as their rain forest habitat is cleared for cattle ranching and other human development.  The Bristol Zoo participates in an international conservation breeding program for the species. Pudus are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

See more photos of the Pudu fawn below.




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02 Jun 17:15

Nails of the Day: 3D Troll Dolls

by Sarah Waite


Nails of the Day: 3D Troll Dolls

Nails of the Day: 3D Troll Dolls
03 Jun 20:31

Wine with your Taco Bell Sriracha Quesarito? The chain is testing alcohol options

by Jenn Harris
Taco Bell is where you might end up post-midnight, drunk on vodka Redbulls, but some new additions to the menu could get you into the Mexican fast food chain before dark.  
13 May 18:00

You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution

by Jill Layton

You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution

You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution

In case ordering pizza over the phone or the web is too time-consuming/exhausting for you (which we totally get — sometimes when you want pizza, one minute cannot be spared), beginning May 20, all you need to do is tweet Domino’s your order, and they’ll deliver.

USA Today broke the pizza news yesterday, announcing that Domino’s will be the first major pizza chain to use Twitter as a “tweet-to-order” system. Pizza is a delivery industry, and for Domino’s, 50% of their sales already take place digitally — so this move just makes sense for them. It also makes sense for us—we’re hungry and on Twitter usually at the same time, and usually always.

Domino’s has it down so you don’t even have to use WORDS to order your pizza. All you need to do is tweet a pizza emoji and the hashtag #EasyOrder to @Dominos and they’ve got you covered.

And don’t worry, you don’t have to publicly post your address and credit card info. You just need to set up a profile with your Twitter handle at Domino’s. Done and done.

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13 May 18:14

Thanks to hipster chefs, beard hair nets are now a thing

by Lauren Hansen

pretty sure ethnic food industry workers have been doing this since before "hipster chefs"

While there is no concrete data on the number of urban male chefs cooking while sporting massive facial hair, I can tell you in Brooklyn, New York, where I live, you can't swing a pair of vintage suspenders without hitting a bearded chef.

And it seems I'm not alone. "Big beards are booming," says Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley. In the food world, where hygiene is key, what's a restaurant to do about this burgeoning style trend that could introduce unsavory bacterium to a diner's plate? Enter: The beard hair net. Yes, the same thing your school lunch lady wore over her head is now being spread across some chefs' chins. And there's anecdotal evidence the facial hair-net trend is growing faster than a high schooler's mustache.

"As someone who dines out a couple hundred meals annually, I've seen beard snoods this year crop up in small independent restaurants and big corporate chains," Reiley says.

In fact, a few food industry players have already instituted a hygiene rule for beards. A manager for the Florida region Whole Foods Market tells the Tampa Bay Times their official policy states that "beards and mustaches longer than 1/2 inch must also be in a restraint and anything under 1/2 inch in length are not required to be covered."

Interested? Buy a pack of 100 beard hair nets today for just $3.24.

11 May 07:01

023 Charles Rosin - Season One Wrap Up


this episode has gotten crazy high downloads

We feel extremely privileged to be wrapping up season one of The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat with an interview with Charles Rosin, executive producer of Beverly Hills 90210 for its first five seasons. Join us as we chat with him about the behind-the-scenes creative process of creating the show in its first season, and talk a bit about the legacy of 90210 on our listeners’ lives today, 25 years later.

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What we were drinking: coffee and boba from Urth Caffe
What we were eating: Passover-friendly coconut macaroons, fruit, and matzo


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06 May 16:54

Woman saves herself from hostage situation by ordering pizza

by Meghan DeMaria

A Florida woman who was being held at knifepoint by her boyfriend has Pizza Hut to thank for her safety.

Cheryl Treadway's boyfriend Ethan Nickerson took her phone away and was holding her hostage, but Treadway somehow convinced him to let her order a pizza mid-confrontation. Treadway opened up the Pizza Hut app, and in the "special instructions" section where most people would request extra cheese or napkins, she wrote "911hostage help!" and "Please help! Get 911 to me."

When the restaurant received the order, a cook told the manager about the instructions. The Pizza Hut employees called 911, and the the Highland County Sheriff's Office sent a team of deputies to remove Treadway and her children from the house.

Florida's WFLA reports that Nickerson "may have been high on meth" during the situation. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.

28 Apr 15:00

Ringly Is Wearble Notification Under Glamorous Guise

by Gregory Han

Ringly Is Wearble Notification Under Glamorous Guise

Maybe you’re old enough to remember a time when people used to tie a piece of string around their finger as a reminder. That’s the closest approximation of what Ringly brings to this era of Google calendars, messaging, emails, and maybe even the occasional phone call. It’s technology which doesn’t look like technology at all, reminding how quickly tech is increasingly expanding into the realm of fashion.


Designed under the guise of traditional jewel-adorned rings, the attractive semi-precious stone pieces hides a light and vibration notification feature, wirelessly communicating via an app-enabled smartphone. In this way Ringly allows wearers to stay connected via Bluetooth LE, but only as needed. Users can keep their phones put away in pocket, purse, or drawer instead of always distractingly in hand. In this sense Ringly is a functional fashion accessory which severs obsessive glance-every-minute habits, yet looks attractively like any other piece of jewelry, the primary motivation of founder Christina Mercando to “make technology beautiful“.

The Ringly app supports notification for iOS and Android phone calls, texts, emails, out-of-range-from-phone notifications, calendar alerts and social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, and Uber.

The Ringly app supports notification for iOS and Android phone calls, texts, emails, out-of-range-from-phone notifications, calendar alerts and social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, and Uber.

RINGLY-BlackOnyx - LR

RINGLY-Emerald - LR

RINGLY-PinkSapphire - LR

RINGLY-Rainbow Moonstone - LR

Ringly's launch collection includes: Daydream with Rainbow Moonstone, Wine Bar with Pink Sapphire, Stargaze with Black Onyx, Into the Woods with Emerald, and a limited edition Dive Bar with Tourmalated Quartz

Ringly’s launch collection includes: Daydream with Rainbow Moonstone,
Wine Bar with Pink Sapphire, Stargaze with Black Onyx, Into the Woods with Emerald, and a limited edition Dive Bar with Tourmalated Quartz

Alongside notifying wearers using customizable light and vibration patterns for incoming calls, messages, and updates with from up to 30 feet away, Ringly aids in the event you accidentally leave your phone. The rings are also waterproof, with a battery life between 24-48 hours during normal use. A smart detail is the ring case in which each Ringly is shipped operates as the device’s charging station.

At the moment Ringly’s sole feature is notification from phone to finger. But the developer hints at “additional functions in the coming months”, like unlocking car doors, sleep tracking, or wireless pay. The question will be whom will be the first person to propose with a Ringly…and will they say, “yes”?

24 Apr 23:59

Just a lost sea lion hitchhiking his way back to the ocean

by Carly Lane


Just a lost sea lion hitchhiking his way back to the ocean

Just a lost sea lion hitchhiking his way back to the ocean
13 Apr 07:01

019 Dave Holmes - April is the Cruelest Month


Dave is so great and you should listen to this.


We’re thrilled to be joined by Dave Holmes on The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat this week, pop culture maven and former MTV VJ, host of the International Waters podcast, and host of the travel show American Canvas. After a nostalgia-fueled lovefest, we dive into the episode “April is the Cruelest Month,” featuring guest star Matthew Perry in a role inspired by the real-life crime story of the Menendez Brothers. Then, we discuss the SATs, and, the return of dong talk! Also, Donna Martin has dyslexia.

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What we were drinking: wine and vodka and juice and too much
What we were eating: cupcakes!

Read Dave’s writing at Esquire and Vulture, and see him host the monthly trivia show The Friday Forty at the Nerdist theater in Los Angeles!


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17 Apr 13:55

“After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people...

“After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their heart’s impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble.”

― Richard Russo, Empire Falls

04 Apr 11:56

Two Clouded Leopards Born at Nashville Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

they look so bored

Cub with keeper 2015 - Amiee Stubbs

Two Clouded Leopard cubs born at the Nashville Zoo will help build a sustainable population of these vulnerable cats.

The cubs, both female, were born on March 13 and March 18 and are being hand raised together.

Clouded Cubs March 2015 - Amiee Stubbs

Profile March 2015 - Amiee Stubbs
Single cub March 2015 - Amiee Stubbs
Photo Credit:  Amiee Stubbs

“Nashville Zoo is on the forefront of Clouded Leopard care and conservation,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “The birth of these two cubs aids in our conservation efforts and benefits the long-term plan to create a sustainable captive population.”

Clouded Leopards are notoriously reclusive, which makes introducing the cats to potential mates a dangerous proposition.  In fact, male Clouded Leopards have been known to attack and kill potential female partners. To reduce these fatal attacks, Clouded Leopard cubs are hand raised and introduced to their future mates at a young age. Since 2009, 26 Clouded Leopards have been raised at the Nashville Zoo and have gone on to live and reproduce at zoos worldwide.

Clouded Leopards are considered Vulnerable to extinction due to deforestation, poaching and the pet trade. As a founding member of the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium, Nashville Zoo works with organizations around the world to improve husbandry, breeding, and genetic diversity for this species. 

08 Apr 15:13

Meet the New Kids at the Maryland Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to announce the birth of twin African Pygmy Goat kids.  The kids, one male and one female, were born, March 10th, to the Zoo’s African Pygmy Goat pair, ‘Lex’ and ‘Lois’.  




Photo Credits: Jeffrey F. Bill / Maryland Zoo

“We are so excited to have kids in the Farmyard again,” stated Carey Ricciardone, mammal collection and conservation manager at The Maryland Zoo. “The two new babies have been behind the scenes with Lois since their birth, giving them time to bond. Luckily she’s an experienced mother and is taking very good care of her kids.”

 The twins, named ‘Chloe’ and ‘Clark’, currently weigh 9 and 10 pounds respectively. “They are busy exploring their environment, napping and playing with their mother,” continued Ricciardone. “As always, our staff will continue to monitor them closely to ensure that they are doing well.”

Zoo visitors can now see Lois and her kids in the Zoo’s Farmyard area next to the sheep.  “Because they are pygmy goats, they are quite small and they do seek shady cool places to hang out sometimes,” concluded Ricciardone.  “They are becoming very active and will be jumping all over the place. I think everyone will really enjoy watching them grow!”

Pygmy Goats originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They were imported into the United States from European zoos in the 1950s, for use in zoos and as research animals. They were eventually acquired by private breeders and quickly gained popularity as pets and exhibition animals due to their good-natured personalities. Females can reach a maximum weight of about 75 lbs (34 kg), and males can grow up to 86 lbs (39 kg). Wither height ranges from 16 to 23 inches (41 to 58 cm). Their color and pattern of their coats can vary significantly.

06 Apr 20:30

Excuse Me, Is This Your Unruly Goat? 

by Kelly Faircloth

Have you misplaced a goat? If so, the police department of Paramus, New Jersey would like a word.


26 Mar 16:00

When Was the Last Time You Really Thought About Getting Old? 

by Tracy Moore

it's all i think about!

If there is one thing I can tell you of usefulness in your life as a woman on this planet: You need to get yourself some older lady friends. You need to sit with them, and you need to let them tell you about the world. And you need to take it all in, and you need to be very, very grateful for it.


24 Mar 20:29

Vin Diesel Predicts Furious 7 Will Win a Best Picture Oscar

by Lindsey Weber

Vin Diesel is Furious 7's biggest star — but he's also its biggest cheerleader: "Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history. It will probably win Best Picture at the Oscars — unless the Oscars don't want to be relevant," he tells Variety. Bold prediction. How could you not believe that if you lived and breathed your own franchise: "He's a really good barometer of what the characters might or might not do," says Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley. "He keeps us honest." The profile also goes into Diesel's anguished filming process after his beloved co-star died: "I went through three boxes of tissues, and I was so embarrassed. I had always been the kind of actor that other actors respect. I was just failing so hard." But you know what helped? Playing Groot, the tree alien from the Guardians of the Galaxy: "That was healing for me ... To play a character that could reincarnate, rejuvenate and represent life as trees do." 

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Filed Under: vin diesel ,furious 7 ,fast and furious 7 ,movies ,paul walker

23 Mar 01:31

Hot plate likely behind fire that killed 7 children in Brooklyn

by Catherine Garcia

The fire that killed seven siblings in their Midwood, Brooklyn, home on Saturday was most likely caused by a malfunctioning hot plate that was left on in their kitchen.

7 Sassoon family members killed in #BrooklynFire will be flown to Israel, funeral to take place tomorrow in Jerusalem

— Israel News Flash (@ILNewsFlash) March 22, 2015

Hot plates are often kept on to heat food during the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, as ultra-Orthodox Jewish people are prohibited from using fire or doing any type of work, including turning on appliances, during the holy day, The Associated Press reports. The fire that broke out spread to the upstairs of the home, trapping the children in their room, investigators said.

The children — Eliane, 16; David, 12; Rivkah, 11; Yeshua, 10; Moshe, 8; Sara, 6; and Yaakob, 5 — will be buried in Israel, where they lived before the family moved to Brooklyn about 18 months ago. Their mother, Gayle, and 14-year-old sister Siporah are in critical condition and on respirators in an area hospital. The children's father, who was away in Manhattan for an education retreat when the fire broke out, said at their funeral on Sunday they were "so pure" and "angels." "My children were unbelievable," Gabriel Sassoon said. "They were the best."

23 Mar 07:01

016 Archie Gips - Fame is Where You Find it


I thought some of you might like that our guest this week produces both "Wahlburgers" and "Donnie Loves Jenny."


Producer, writer, and director of scripted and unscripted television and film, including A&E’s WahlburgersArchie Gips joins The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat! this week to discuss his first ever episode of Beverly Hills 90210. Archie gives us his expert opinion on Brandon’s experiences getting discovered as a TV actor, and Brenda’s retaliatory success story while filling in for him at the Peach Pit.

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What we were drinking: Angry Orchard crisp apple cider
What we were eating: Mike ‘n Ike’s


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23 Mar 17:02

We’re so pleased to announce a special interview episode of our...


Send us your questions about season one!

We’re so pleased to announce a special interview episode of our podcast with Beverly Hills 90210 executive producer Charles Rosin, coming to you after the season one finale episode “Home Again.”

Listeners, if you have any questions for Mr. Rosin, especially about season one, please send them to by Friday, April 3rd.

20 Mar 17:09


by Winterbuzz

If you are following the news, you might know that things are in turmoil in Colorado City. Our Brothers and Sisters in the FLDS are having their community torn apart while they live under the unstable reign of Warren Jeffs, who continues to dictate revelations from prison that drastically affect the lives of his followers.



We are teaming up with someone who runs an underground Food Bank for refugees and current members of the FLDS.

We are organizing a FOOD and TOILETRIES drive this week. ALL donations will go directly to  canned goods and toiletries for FLDS peoples.

Due to current politics of Short Creek, the highest need is for elderly women who are being kicked out of their homes and forced to sleep in their cars (or worse).

If you want to participate, it is CRITICAL that you follow the guidelines below. (If we stray even a little bit, we risk outing someone in need and they could lose their home and family).

Please bring the following items to Corey Howard‘s work by March 27th.
1785 South 4130 West, Salt Lake City, 84104.

She will be in the office Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm. Message her to arrange a drop-off time. If you are out of state but want to help, please paypal Corey a donation that will go directly to food.

Paypal money to:

We are collecting:

  • *Non-perishable food- pasta, canned food, bottled water, large bulk items, etc.
    If you can get brands that are purchased at Walmart and Costco, those are less likely to cause problems for those who receive the items.
  • *Toiletries- shampoo, tampons, adult diapers, infant diapers, deodorant, q-tips, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.
  • *Socks. MUST BE PLAIN COLORED (only black and white). Absolutely no designs and all sizes needed

You can call Corey’s work as well to arrange a time: # 801-326-8383

Please have donations in by the 27th.


09 Mar 07:01

014 Tony Rodriguez - East Side Story


If you tried to download this episode before 8:23am PT today, there was an audio problem with the file. Try downloading again, the file has been fixed!


We’re absolutely charmed by our guest Tony Rodriguez on this week’s episode of The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat! He joins us to discuss race, class, and romance on this Image Award-winning episode of Beverly Hills 90210. Catch Tony on the 2nd Friday of every month at UCB Sunset in Quick and Funny Musicals!

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What we were drinking: SkinnyGirl cosmos with boozy maraschino cherries
What we were eating: kettle corn and homemade sugar cookies


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06 Mar 15:59

Only a goat dressed up as Frozen’s Queen Elsa could make this everlasting winter funny

by Blaire

Only a goat dressed up as Frozen’s Queen Elsa could make this everlasting winter funny

Only a goat dressed up as Frozen’s Queen Elsa could make this everlasting winter funny

This snow is making everyone a little loopy. Since most of the US is frozena ridiculously silly video like this is sure to go viral. Watch as a goat named Peppa Lass dresses up as Queen Elsa of Arendelle to command the snow to go away. It’s silly and pointless but perfect for a snow day:

“I’m Elsa and I command this snow to go away …. now!”-Peppa Lass

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27 Feb 18:20

L.A. Zoo Loves Leo the Giraffe Calf

by Andrew Bleiman

Giraffe Baby Leo JEP_6871[1]The Los Angeles Zoo welcomed a male Masai Giraffe calf, on November 20th

Giraffe Baby Leo Kiss JEP_6114[1]

Giraffe Baby Leo JEP_9090[1]

Photo Credits: Los Angeles Zoo

The calf was born to six-year-old mother ‘Hasina’, and 18-year-old father, ‘Artemus’. This is the second calf for Hasina, who came from the San Diego Zoo in 2010.

This is a birth the L.A. Zoo is thankful for, as the population of giraffes across the African continent is drastically declining due to hunting and habitat loss.

A Los Angeles area couple also felt a connection to the baby giraffe, and they made the decision to ‘adopt’ the baby and chose to name him ‘Leo’. In making a significant gift to the Zoo’s animal acquisition fund, which promotes vital wildlife preservation and breeding projects locally and around the world, donors Patricia and Stanley Silver chose to name the baby giraffe after Mrs. Silver’s late father, Leo Guthman.

Leo can now be seen on exhibit with the other giraffes daily, weather permitting.

27 Feb 20:25

It Came From Craigslist: The 10 Most Horrifyingly Tiny LA Rentals on Craigslist

by Adrian Glick Kudler

Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more!

Listen, I know what it means to inhabit a shoebox. I once lived in a studio apartment so small that, when one sat on the toilet, one also could touch the oven. And a fridge? Forget about it. Who has room for a fridge? And, more to the point, the self-respect to, as a human adult on Planet Earth, require one in their home? Certainly not me, and certainly not the unfortunate future residents of these glorified hovels. Los Angeles can definitely be a tough town. These debasingly minuscule dwellings prove it.

$225 Tiny Unfurnished Space (w/curtain for privacy) 4 Rent in my Small Apar (East Hollywood)
Now, while this "big enough for a sleeping bag" floor space surrounded by soiled sheets may look like the perfect permanent home, don't get too excited—it's "temporary ONLY for one to two months." But if you're "420 friendly" and willing to inhabit an East Hollywood studio apartment with a self-described "artist" named Parker, his unnamed half-brother, and two cats for only 60 blissful days, you'll surely create a lifetime of memories.

Female or male, Filipino or non-Filipino, who wouldn't enjoy waking up every morning with a tube television staring back at them? I mean, I'd relish the opportunity to go to bed every night in fear, praying the "Big One" doesn't strike and cause a 200-pound idiot box to come crashing down on my head. But just because I'm not Filipino, I don't get the opportunity to live my dreams by living in Manny's "private residence"? Why, there oughta be a law! (Hey, wait—there is a law.)

$560 LOOKING FOR FEMALE ROOMMATE (Hollywood/Melrose)
Poor Angelyne. It appears she's fallen on such hard times, she's resorted to renting out her living room. Now, granted, she doesn't "use the living-room [sic]" in question, but still. It'd be nice for her to at least have the option, should she choose to exercise it. Her loss, however, is your gain. For a mere $560 a month, you can sleep within spitting distance of the Pink Princess herself!

$499 Furnished Living Room REAL BED Cross the ST of Trendy Grove Shopping (GROVE (CBS Television City))
Now, I don't know about you, but to me the only thing better than having unfettered access to the Grove's American Girl Café would be sleeping on a "REAL BED" across the street from it. Granted, said bed might be located in the living room of a seemingly uptight MySpace user who wants to know the weight of my pet, but it has"$1200 worth" of a "real mattress" sitting atop it!


free rent free utilities and free Wi-Fi (females only)
Sure, we've all been in our share of financially and romantically trying situations. But the idea of sharing a bed and a "relationship" with a stranger in exchange for free room and board requires a level of desperation I personally cannot fathom. Although I must admit, the fact that said man and bed are located in the "beautiful San Fernando Valley" is a tempting selling point.

$550 Furnished room with private bathroom for rent (Walnut/Rowland Heights)
This spartan and yet still somehow cluttered looking living space appears to have been left by a previous, presumably now-dead tenant—how else could one explain the Post-it notes and praying hands poster on the wall? Good thing the furnishings also include a bottle of free lotion—you're gonna need it, as you won't be able to have "overnight visitors."

$1050 / 300ft2 - Quaint and Cozy Seaside Bachelor (Playa del Rey,CA)
Ever wanted to live in the "'million dollar' beach neighborhood of PDR Bluffs," but without the million-dollar price tag? Look no further! For the pittance of $1,050 a month, you can live in this "Spotlessly Clean" (the pictures speak for themselves) bachelor pad! Sure, it has "NO KITCHEN !!", but you'll be saving so much on account of not having to shell out a million dollars to reside mere steps from "the sand" that you can exclusively eat takeout!

$645 Small Furnished Room for Rent (Burbank)
According to the owners of this prison-cell-sized room in Burbank, it's "cozy." In the parlance of Craigslist, "cozy" means "too small to sustain human life." Although it is, I must admit, a helluva deal. For a mere $645 a month, you get your own twin-sized bed, a plastic patio chair, two (count 'em, two) bathmats, and a bleak IKEA bookshelf. What inflation, am I right?

$1100 Great Starter Bachelor Unit in Santa Monica (1224 Stanford St.)
I find the words "starter" and "$1,100" to be incongruent—after all, I'm 31 years old and the idea of being able to spend $1,100 on housing is as outrageous as the idea of affording dignity or decent health insurance. But if you're a "student" whose parents are temporarily paying your way through the hell that is this world, why not consider living in this bathroom-sized room? It comes with its own "hot plate combo unit"!

Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure the caps lock-friendly sociopath who posted this ad has a loose definition of "NICELY FURNISHED." To me, withered futons sitting below nausea-inducing art purchased from the side of the road does not a nicely furnished living space make, nor does a cramped bedroom room filled with sterile, uninviting bunk beds. They're asking $600 a month. For the privilege of sleeping in a bunk bed. For $100 less, you could be sleeping on a "REAL BED" across from the Grove, for God's sake. Megan Koester
· Micro Week 2015 [Curbed LA]

24 Feb 15:25

Guy Fieri Officiates Mass Gay Wedding in Florida Flavortown

by Kelly Faircloth

Terrible news: if you're half a gay couple looking to tie the knot in Miami, you just missed your chance to be joined in joyous matrimony by none other than Food Network personality Guy Fieri. The love boat has passed you by, my friend.


18 Feb 18:00

Ribbon Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

by Caroline Williamson

well this is beautiful

Ribbon Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

This is a wedding chapel unlike any other wedding chapel out there. Located in the garden of a resort hotel in Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan, the freestanding Ribbon Chapel boasts panoramic views of the Inland Sea, which can be viewed from its two spiral stairways that are intertwined. Hiroshi Nakamura, of NAP Architects, designed the spiraling structure with two stairways to help make the volume more structurally sound.


The two ribboning forms seamlessly join together, just like the two lives getting married, after going through twists and turns, before uniting together as one at the very top.


Centered at the core of the structure is the light-filled chapel that’s hugged tightly by the smooth spirals on the exterior.


There’s a summit at the top for the couple to meet.



The stairways widen at points to help protect the chapel from the sun.


The chapel is set up with a particular route in mind – the bride walks down the aisle with her father and after the ceremony, the aisle becomes the departure route for the bride and groom. The bride and groom then climb the stairs to meet at the top where they are to ask heaven’s permission to join as one. They then walk down the stairs together.














Photos by Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

17 Feb 19:58

Los Angeles Things: Los Angeles is the Least Sprawling Big City in the US

by Bianca Barragan

[Image via Atwater Village Newbie / Curbed LA flickr pool]

It sounds like a joke, but it's not: a new study proclaims Los Angeles to be the least sprawly large metro in the US. The study, conducted by a sociology doctoral student at NYU, uses aerial images of Census tracts in the 150 largest US metros (according to 2010 data) to estimate the portion of the metro population living below three "thresholds": 3,500, 8,500, and 20,000 people per square mile. Then, explains CityLab, those thresholds are averaged to get a metro's index number—the higher the index number, the more sprawl in that metro. Of the 150 largest metros, Los Angeles has the lowest index number, meaning that despite its spread-out rep, it's actually not so bad at all.

Los Angeles's "sheer lack of very low-density development" helped the region get its highly non-sprawly status, which is great because the analyst goes on to quantify all the negative effects of sprawl: "For every 10 percent increase in sprawl, there is an approximately 5.7 percent increase in per capita carbon emissions, a 9.6 percent increase in per capita hazardous pollution, and a 4.1 percent and 2.9 percent reduction in the owner and renter housing affordability index, respectively." Ooof, bit of a double-edged sword there, sprawl. It makes sense that less polluted, less sprawly places are more expensive to live in—who wouldn't want to live in them? And that certainly does ring true in LA, which is both one of the most unaffordable places to live and, by this study's count, the least sprawling large metro in the nation. (You can also see how its many suburbs cancel out some of the benefits of its urban density.)

If this sounds bogus, keep in mind that this is not the first time LA's been found surprisingly non-sprawls; an analysis last year by Smart Growth America called LA the "biggest success story" in the scaling-back of sprawl and Census data from 2012 showed it was the most densely populated urban area in the US.

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· A New Index to Measure Sprawl Gives High Marks to Los Angeles [CityLab]
· Los Angeles is the Biggest Anti-Sprawl Success Story in the US [Curbed LA]

12 Feb 23:18

"Excerpt" from 50 Shades of Grey

by: me

Christian Grey was 50 Shades of Grey, there was no doubt about it.

Sometimes he was hungry, sometimes he was confused, and sometimes he was angry, like when he thought about bar napkins being smaller than regular dinner napkins. But no more than 50. That was all the shades he had.

“Today, I am dark Grey. VERY Dark Grey.” He was Dark Grey because somebody just explained what ‘Casual Friday’ was to him, and honestly, he couldn’t believe it.

“Wouldn’t that be just black?”

Annabella KhakiPants was very beautiful, in a way that could be described as 'plain, but with a little extra.’ She always had a book in her hands. He sure didn’t know if that added to her beauty or not, but he did like that sometimes the book would change.

“No, it’s not BLACK.”

Something about her indigination made him 22 shades of horny. Honestly, I should mention right now that his shades were 26 shades of horny, 20 shades of angry, then hungry, confused, and 'on a plane.’

“I want to show you my sex room.”

He said this abruptly, furiously, like he said all things. Even take out orders. He also only liked lemon juice on his salads, he was that insanely sexy and bonkers. No oil or anything. That way, he could lips could pucker sexily even while eating.

“Idk Christian, I don’t really know what sex is. Sometimes my body gets wet, which I think is sex, but also I’m in the shower when I’m wet, so maybe not.”

He hands her his extra laptop, even though he was p sure she went to SCHOOL and should KNOW THIS. He is so rich, he has an extra laptop in his bags at all times. Once, he gave it to a dog, just to watch him chew on it. It was one of the nicest moments of his life.

“Google it. Let me show you the room first, though. Then you can Google it. I don’t have time for this. I have to fly to Japan, just so I can feel what it is like to pound my fist on a table in Japan. My job…me…I’m very complicated.” Christian Grey didn’t always have time for full sentences.

He takes her to the Red Room of Pain, which is what others feel when they have to talk to either of these people. He painted the room himself, with paint from Home Depot. He chose red because it only has one shade, because if you give it different shades it becomes pink or blood orange. He likes that, because he is 50 shades and more complicated and better.

“There’s just a bunch of Christma lights and chains here. that..where you lift weights?”

“I can lift two ladies worth, or maybe two large dog’s worth. But that’s not the point, how well I lift. We all know I lift well, Armando. That’s not the point.”

“I’m feeling very nervous.”

“Great. That’s what sex is, Aladdin. Feeling nervous…and also letting me kinda slap you and stuff.” He says this last part very rushed and quiet, like how he used to say “idiot says what” when he was a young lad, and his teachers would say what, and they would be idiots.

“Hit me during sex?”

“Please say DOING IT in front of me. It’s the first rule in a series of arbitrary rules I have. And yeah, I mean, a little light hitting and also a lot of control over your life, basically. Relax. Like light slapping and then, you know, control everywhere else.”

“Like BDSM? I read about that in one of my many books that I hold around you.”

“No, thanks, I’m not hungry.”

“ B..D..S..M?!”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Alex. Don’t say letters I don’t understand. I just want to control every aspect of your well-being, and control you mentally. Will you sign this contract? All people sign contracts before doing it, because it’s copyrighted.”

“Let me Google Sex, and then I’ll get back to you.”

Inside, Allebellxa Khakipants felt something, but it’s too boring to even describe, and basically it was being horny. She isn’t too good with knowing what things her body does. Last week, she went without peeing for a week because she thought that she was just feeling excited.

“I hate that you are making me wait.” Christian Grey’s eyes narrowed, which was one his A+ ways of letting women know he was angry, because he was always angry at women. This should be a warning sign for literally everyone who came across him. The guy was an animal.

“No, thanks, I’m not hungry.” Alessandra went to sleep on the weight lifting station.

Christian Grey hated that she was making him wait, yes, but he also liked it. These warm feelings were new to him.

“Maybe I am more than 50 Shades after all,” he thought, as he locked her in the room and went to burn one of his many suits, just to see how it felt.