Television

Boxed In: Employment Of Behind-The-Scenes And On-Screen Women In 2013-14 Prime-Time Television

From the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: San Diego State University, the annual report on women in television The report is available in a downloadable PDF file: Boxed In: Employment Of Behind-The-Scenes And On-Screen Women In 2013-14 Prime-Time Television In 2013-14, women comprised 27% of creators, executive producers, producers, writers,

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If Only…

There’s a reason why every teen lesbian in the country watched The Facts of Life religiously in the 1980s. I would have bought that Jo Polniaczek and Blair Warner hated each other a little bit more if it hadn’t looked like they wanted to make out in ever scene they were in together.

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Hey You Guys (Electric Company)

Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby deliver a bottle of milk. I had forgotten what this skit was about; all I remembered was Rita Moreno shouting “Hey, you guys!” When I was a little kid, we still had milk delivered to a box on the front porch. Now the “Milk Man” is one of those obsolete

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Rage of Thrones (by Axis of Awesome)

I waited six years for Dance with Dragons… a bit NSFW. Although it’s a little problematic that they cast the “newbie wannabe geek” that he yells at as a woman. In my experience, I know as many women who’ve read the books as men have. Although I do know a lot of book worms, so…

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Warehouse 13: Endless Wonder

Nice video recap of the first 4 seasons of Warehouse 13 to promote the show’s 5th season starting April 29th. “Single brunette female seeks same for hologram play and rope tricks” – glad they kept H.G. Wells in the mix. Fun explanation of her relationship with Mika.

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Batgirl’s Equal Pay Public Service Announcement

How cool is this that the actors from the Batman TV show starred in a political public ad in the early 1960’s? You’d never see this today. In case you were wondering after watching the below video, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 did get passed, and has improved women’s salaries, but needs to be

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Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Can’t Let Go’ on Smash

I know it’s fashionable to hate on Smash recently, but you gotta at least admit that Jennifer Hudson KILLS this song. I’ve been playing this on repeat all week. Favorite line – “And when heartache comes a’calling, / I won’t even try to run / Cause it’s all that makes me know that I’m alive.”

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Sorry, Glee. We are never, ever ever getting back together

Don’t worry; I have no illusions that anyone from Glee would actually see this. I just couldn’t resist the post title. It seems perhaps the good folks from Glee have become alarmed (amused?) by the loss of lesbian viewers of their show due to their outright derision towards the “Lesbian Blogger Community“, and vowed that

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Ryan Murphy does hate lesbians, apparently

Via Vulture magazine, some interesting commentary of last night’s Glee episode, which I have yet to see. Glee Recap: Carefully Chosen Bells and Whistles — Vulture. Speaking of chaos, if you’re a casual Glee fan, you might have missed out on exactly how directly last night’s episode knocked down the fourth wall between it and

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It’s like we’re not even watching the same show

“Glee” Recap (4.01): Marley & Me | AfterEllen.com. I can’t read this recap of Glee. You read it for me. I couldn’t get through the first paragraph, because it’s like the writer and I aren’t even watching the same show. Or sitting on the same planet, even. The crazy; it burns. I thought her recaps

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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’

(‘The Newsroom’: Yesterday’s News, Today – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire) This whole review is worth reading if you’re at all interested in Aaron Sorkin or his new HBO program “the Newsroom” (a fictional take on Cable News networks), but this particular quote is pithy and a good summary of the failure of the show:

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Episodic v. Serial – Complications Ensue

Episodic v. Serial – Complications Ensue: So when we actually saw Rob Thomas (creator of VERONICA MARS) giving a talk at Banff, DMc asked him about his thoughts on episodic vs. serial. Rob busted out a factoid I’d heard before, but which really hadn’t sunk in. When people say they watch a show, on average,

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Friday Night Lights

While I’m working through my CD ripping project, I’ve been knitting and doing some marathon Netflix watching. I can’t remember what prompted me to start watching Friday Night Lights, but I’ve been working my way through the first several seasons – and it’s GOOD. The writing is amazing. I wish I’d been watching this all

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Golden Globes Nominations 2012. Wha?

Looking over the list of nominations for the Golden Globes for 2012 is just oddness. I’ve read an number of allegations that this particular awards ceremony is basically just bought and sold pretty freely, and it somewhat makes sense looking at the nominations. How on earth is New Girl nominated but for “Best Television Series

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links for 2011-09-01

Stupid Game of Thrones Characters – Dorkly Article If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the Stupid Ned Stark meme. Hilarious as it is, the other idiots get off scot-free. Let’s fix that. (WARNING: SPOILERS) (tags: GameOfThrones memes funny) Don't talk down to little girls: Lisa Bloom explains why Ask

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links for 2011-08-31

Ugly Guy, Hot Wife – Television Tropes & Idioms Nothing will make me turn the channel faster than this trope.   (tags: movies television tropes misogyny) Oak | Acne Navy Normandie Mono Crop Off Turtleneck Sweater Oak Couldn't be too expensive to make; only one arm. (tags: Sweaters Design Funny) Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles

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Lesbian Web Series

There aren’t too many mainstream television shows with lesbian main characters, but there is no shortage of online web series and shorts. Many of them are independently produced and rely on viewer contributions to keep production going. I’ve only seen the Girl Trash series so far, but have read reviews here and there — enough

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10 minutes of Santana

This has appeared on every lesbian website on the planet, so I’m just following the crowd, kiddies. Santana Lopez, being a badass, as is her wont. (p.s. – see how I used the word “wont” in a sentence. I’m so proud of myself today.)

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Space Girls

The song is by The Imagined Village. Source in order of appearance: Raumpatroille Lost In Space Outer Limits Doctor Who The Giant Behemoth Twilight Zone Attack Of The 50 ft Woman Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Avengers Forbidden Planet Queen of Outer Space Space 1999 V Sapphire And Steel UFO Star Trek Logans Run 5th

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A Song of Ice and Fire

The HBO series A Game of Thrones starts tonight, and author George R. R. Martin responds on his blog to the off-base New York Times article by Ginia Bellafante claiming that the fantasy genre of literature is “boy fiction” and that his series attracts women by spicing up his novels with graphic sex. As he

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Elizabeth Mitchell confesses

Shamelessly cribbed from Dorothy Snarker’s very nice blog post about Elizabeth Mitchell: this cute video of her “confessing” to TV Guide magazine. Gosh, she is really funny. I thought she was a great actress in Lost, but had no idea what she was like as a person. Dorky and cute, as seen here.

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Glee Recaps

I really enjoy reading recaps of Glee episodes because it’s funny to read someone trying to write a coherent narrative about a program that doesn’t actually make any fucking sense whatsoever. It’s mostly “and then this happened” followed by “yeah, I don’t know what that was about, either. WTF.” And yet I watch the show

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Skins: British vs. American

Skins is a British TV show finishing it’s fourth season in the UK. It’s fictional, set in Bristol, England, it focuses on teenagers, and it’s very raw and realistic, covering drug and alcohol abuse and sexuality as topics. It’s raunchy and hugely popular in Britain. I’ve been watching the British version streaming through Netflix, and

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links for 2010-12-16

Cable TV’s Top Shows For 2010: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ ‘The Closer,’ ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Deadliest Catch’ See? I'm not the only one who thinks you should be watching Rizzoli & Isles. (tags: television) A Call to Men An organization for men committed to ending violence against women. (tags: men activism feminism violence)

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Another thing I love about fanfiction.net

The site has great mobile stylesheets You can read on your mobile device, which is why I was the only blissfully happy person standing amidst a crowd of very disgruntled people for an hour and a half in the security line at La Guardia. So yes, I was basically reading what amounts to very light

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Well, hello there, hot cop.

Call me a juvenile goofball, but this email made me the teensiest bit giggly this afternoon: Ahem – For your reading enjoyment: Fanfiction.net’s Rizzoli and Isles channel. I haven’t read fan fiction in quite a few years because it was always so hard to hunt down good stuff and separate it from the crap. But

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Fringe: Better than the X-Files

A smart, funny, brainy show with the strongest female lead I’ve ever seen and interesting story lines. A version of the X-Files done right, and infinitely smarter; It doesn’t go off the rails or take itself so seriously that it’s over blown the way Mulder and Scully did. I don’t know what I can say

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Fall Television 2010 – What We Picked

In my extended exam of the reviews of new television shows this season, I ran out of space to track what we actually decided to watch. I made a list and we then cut it down to 8 shows – 6 1/2 hours a week. How I Met Your Mother The Event Castle Glee NCIS

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Fall Television 2010 – New Shows

In times past I made big elaborate lists on my blog of the fall television I was going to watch, using the Fall TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly as a guide. I formatted the whole list as a table cell grid with times and shows, highlighted what I was going watch, what was new

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Sapphic matchmaking

Apropo of nothing, on the way to the restroom at work, this notion popped into my head: “Hey, wasn’t Joan’s roommate Carol (played by Kate Norby in season 1 of Mad Men) a lesbian? They should write a scene where she meets Peggy’s new friend Joyce (played by Zosia Mamet, appearing in season 4) so

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links for 2010-04-18

Qanat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Qanats are constructed as a series of well-like vertical shafts, connected by gently sloping tunnels. Qanats tap into subterranean water in a manner that efficiently delivers large quantities of water to the surface without need for pumping. The water drains relying on gravity, with the destination lower than the

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links for 2010-04-13

Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas | 9 to 5 Mac (tags: html5 flash webdevelopment) MONDAY ARTS SECTION: Time to Check In With Tina Fey’s Feminism! — Feministe Tina's feminism is a bit different than mine or yours. Mine is about women. Tina's seems to be about Tina Fey. (tags: feminism television TinaFey) Poe's

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links for 2010-03-29

WEEKEND ARTS SECTION: Dear Leslie Knope of TV’s “Parks and Recreation,” — Feministe I do not have to make a list of how much I love Leslie Knope, because Sady makes one for me. And it is so true! And very funny. And makes Parks and Recreation one of my favorite shows, like, ever. It

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links for 2010-03-26

City of Pawnee – Parks and Recreation April Ludgate was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where her parents were giant stone heads. She has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of her hands and she can turn her legs into tigers. On Sundays, April enjoys reading

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links for 2010-01-16

Of Rats and Jen » From Childhood Toy to Fiber Art Ploy A yarn swift from tinker toys. That rocks. (tags: knitting howto tinkertoys) Progress Trackers in Web Design: Examples and Best Practices – Smashing Magazine Sweet – I'm in the middle of redesigning one, so this is quite a dandy help. (tags: webdesign navigation

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2009 Fall TV Season

Checking out EW’s cheat sheet of when the fall TV shows premiere, — either they left shows off here (Lost is the only one I noticed missing) or I just don’t watch that much TV anymore. My selections this year: Wednesday, September 9: Glee, 9 p.m. (Fox) Thursday, September 17: Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox) The

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I’m Not Here To Make Friends

A video aggregate of the number one thing I hate about reality TV — people acting like asses for money. This is why the love of money is the root of all evil. Just once I’d like to see someone make friends and try to win the cash, too.

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Rachel Maddow in the NY Times

The New York Times interviews Rachel Maddow at home, and includes this excellent picture. I had no idea she lived at our house in the corner of our library. Pardon me, I’ll be back in the stacks.

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL

In the comments on MetaFilter, posted by Naberius: Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me… we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!! She’d totally pull it off. She’s perfect. If Sarah Palin’s

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My reality show concept: Celebrity Karaoke Roulette

Shakespeare’s Sister question of the day the other day was: “You’ve been given unlimited resources and creative control to create your own contest reality show (a la Project Runway) or game show: What’s your concept?” I’ve had this one rolling around in my head: Celebrity Karaoke Roulette. Take five famous musicians, throw them up on

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links for 2008-01-14

Esquire Magazine’s feature on Dateline NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’ – Esquire Esquire covers a NBC sting that goes horrible wrong, and raises many questions about the ethics of the show. (tags: ethics crime media television) A scrapbook career in shreds – Los Angeles Times This scrapbooking thing – very weird. Hmmmm. Very. (tags: culture

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links for 2008-01-11

Subtraction: Word on The Wire One of the many folks who think The Wire is the best show on TV. Kohi Vinh is the Design Director of the New York Times, and writes here about why he loves the show. (tags: television) Home Page: New York Times Polling Photos (tags: photography election politics) Sweet Jesus

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links for 2008-01-08

The Sun | Torchwood, season 2. Oh, that is the hotness. John Barrowman K-I-S-S-I-N-G with James Marsters (AKA Spike on Buffy.) (tags: television) Golden Globes Telecast Canceled: MTV Movie News Winners will be announced on NBC News instead. This doesn’t bode well for the Oscars. (tags: movies 2007) Shakesville: Men on Abortion Read this article

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Fascinating Interview with David Simon

David Simon is the producer of HBO’s “The Wire” – a highly acclaimed series that I have on my Netflix queue since I’ve heard so many rave reviews calling it “The Best Show on TV Ever.” Here is part of an interview he gave with Nick Hornby for The Believer: We got the gig because

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My Theory about the Sopranos Finale

I haven’t watched the last two seasons (tired of springing for HBO; they’re in the Netflix queue) but I have read the volumes of controversy over the series Finale, online and in print. Here’s my theory, which I haven’t yet seen posited anywhere, yet… I don’t think Tony got whacked at the very end. I

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“I’m here to shoot a pilot”

Boing Boing is questioning whether this is actually true, but it seems to be making the rounds and has shown up on numerous news sites: Director Mike Figgis spent longer at LAX airport than intended. He’d arrived in Los Angeles, along with half the acting and directing world, for what is known as ‘pilot season’,

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Favorite Quotes

“Stop feeling sorry for yourself because someone said you’re going to die. I got an idea that’s gonna help us both. Now it is dangerous, and there’s a very good chance you will die. But if you don’t die, then we win. I don’t know about you, but things have really sucked for me lately,

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The Ladybug Picnic

Awesome – Shakespeare’s Sister posted YouTube clip of Sesame Street’s Ladybug Picnic, and I had to grab it because it’s one of Stephanie’s and my songs. She put together a great CD for me of all kinds of Sesame Street songs, including some like that this that I hadn’t heard since I was a little

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Locked on the roof? Seriously?

I really loved the West Wing, most especially when Sorkin was writing for it, and I really do like Studio 60, for the most part. But lately the weird thing Danny’s doing to Jordan, the sort of creepy-stalkerish, pre-rapey, not really romantic, “refusal to take no for an answer” thing is really disturbing, especially since

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On the Subject of the words “Faggot” and “Dyke”

Other that some passing linkage, I haven’t weighed in on the controversy surrounding actor Isaiah Washington and his use of the F-word twice in the last three months on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy” and at the Golden Globes. The New York Times summarizes the events. Given that there has been lots of commentary, I

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Song of Ice and Fire to be HBO Mini-Series

According to George R.R. Martin’s blog, and according to Variety: HBO turns ‘Fire’ into fantasy series HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Fire & Ice” into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “Fire” is the first

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Slush Mug Commecial

We used to have these. Now that I recall, we had this type of Slush Mug, then later another version. I still have my second, newer one; mom gave it to me a couple years ago when we were cleaning out stuff at her house.

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The number 8 rabbit

The white rabbit with the number eight on it from Lost is in Stephen King’s book “On Writing.” I haven’t read a whole lot of Stephen King, so I don’t know if it’s a plot point in one of his fiction novels also.

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Veronica Mars & Fall TV Schedule 2006

“Here it is… first day of college. What do you say Veronica? New school, fresh start, how about you try not to piss anyone off this time around.” Heh. Barely made it home to watch the season premiere after water aerobics last night — which I must repeat, I am really enjoying. We managed to

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Fall Television Viewing Season

Every year I sit down with my Entertainment Weekly and put together the list of fall TV shows that I think might be interesting viewing. I try to watch the first few episodes of each of them, and some inevitably fall off the viewing chart, never to be heard from again, when I pare my

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Daylight Savings Time and Cable

I noticed with some grumpiness this morning that although my digital cable had adjusted correctly to the new daylight savings time, my DVR settings did not, so my show recordings are all off by an hour — instead of recording Desperate Housewives, then Gray’s Anatomy, my DVR recorded Gray’s Anatomy and the evening news instead.

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Dark Kingdom

I keep seeing the ads for “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” on the sci fi network premiering Monday, March 27th — a dragon slayer, a two strong warrior women, a ring of fire — Nibelungenlied? Yep, after further investigation, I called that one correctly. I’ll definitely be watching that; my ancestors are Rhinelanders.

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Natalie Portman Rapping on SNL

Wow. That’s truly funny, and much better than the Lazy Sunday video. I want an mp3 of this. And the lyrics. Darn it. The video has already been yanked from Youtube.com, so my embedded file no longer works. Well, it’ll be on iTunes; go look at it.

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AFA boycotting Desperate Housewives

The American Family Association is urging a boycott of Desperate Housewives. Of course my response to TV censorship is always “unplug the TV” — but this time the nutjobs are addressing my retort: Some people have said to pro-family viewers who dislike indecent network TV programming simply to turn it off, Wildmon notes. In response,

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The Office

Back when the Ricky Gervais version of “The Office” premiered on BBCAmerica, I watched the first season and loved it. Eventually I had to stop watching, though, not because it wasn’t funny, but because it was too real, and watching it was too much like actually being at work, and there’s only so much of

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Veronica Mars on delay until March

According to AfterEllen.com, UPN is delaying airing new episodes of Veronica Mars until March due to poor ratings. Huh. This is the best show on TV, people. It airs Wednesday nights opposite Lost. I expect each and every one of you to start watching, pronto.

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The Dick Button Drinking Game

For those of you watching skating on the Olympics this week, check out the Dick Button Drinking Game written by Trudi Marrapodi. It was written quite a while back, but it’s still perfectly dead on when it comes to Dick’s commentary. Or you could play by watching the sport with my figure skater girlfriend, and

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Close to Home

I’m watching Friday’s episode of “Close to Home” the crime drama set in Indianapolis. I’ve written about it a couple of times on IndyScribe because it’s pretty interesting to see how they portray the city on a national TV show. This episode called the “Romeo and Juliet Murders” has some eerie parallels to a crime

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Which Serenity Character Am I?

Your results: You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) 80% Jayne Cobb (Mercenary) 80% Wash (Ship Pilot) 65% Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command) 50% Derrial Book (Shepherd) 50% Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic) 45% Alliance 40% River (Stowaway) 35% Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic) 20% Inara Serra (Companion) 10% A Reaver (Cannibal) 5% Honest and a defender

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The L-Word and Hot Sex (or lack thereof)

While we were watching this weeks episode of The L-Word, (episode 4, season 3) we noted that so far this year, there has been a distinct lack of hot sex such as existed in previous seasons. In the past, the characters were shuckin’ clothes and doing the deed several times an episode, whereas this season

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Oscar Classic Movies on TCM

Beginning February 1st, Turner Classic Movies will air 360 “Oscar winner and nominee” movies, 3 per evening, until the Academy Awards (which airs March 5th). All of them are uncut and commercial free. Of course, the criteria to qualify as an “Oscar winner or nominee” is pretty open; they’re not talking all “best picture” noms

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New TV

My friend Joel gave me his old 36″ TV because he upgraded. It’s funny, I’ve never actually bought a TV myself. My very first TV was a 13″ color set given to me by a college roommate. My second TV was a really old 19″ color TV that wasn’t cable ready and didn’t have a

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Four Things Meme

Four Jobs I’ve Had Public Library Page Assembly Worker of Industrial Gas Shut-off Valves Chicken Restaurant Cooking Staff Website Designer Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Auntie Mame The Wizard of Oz Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut Much Ado About Nothing Four Places I’ve Lived Ankeny, Iowa Canton, Ohio Muncie, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Four

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ABC kills reality show because winners are gay

The television show “Welcome to the Neighborhood” was supposed to be a huge hit. Seven families compete to win a McMansion on a cul-de-sac in an suburban neighborhood, with the winners being chosen by the neighbors. Turns out, the popular couple who won, by changing the hearts and minds of the redneck republican residents, were

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The Book of Daniel

Man, you ignore political news for one day around here, and the shit hits the fan. Everyone’s talking about the Terre Haute TV station that’s refusing to air the NBC TV show “The Book of Daniel.” that premieres tomorrow night. I hadn’t even heard of it, and had to go look up what all the

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Outrageous Firsts in TV History

YesButNoButYes lists controversial first in TV broadcast history. 1947: First Couple to Share a Bed – Mary Kay and Johnny, on…Mary Kay and Johnny 1957: First Toilet on Television. – Leave it to Beaver 1957: First Exposed Rack on Television – Jayne Mansfield, 1957 Academy Awards 1967: First Time the Word Hell was Used on

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mental notes

I need to remember to set the DVR in January for: Fox’s “Skating With Celebrities” – Wednesday, January 18th Showtime’s “The L Word” – Sunday, Jan. 8th “My Name is Earl” – Thursday, Jan 5th NBC’s “The Office” – Thursday, Jan 5th CBS’s “Love Monkey” – Tuesday, Jan 17th CBS’s “The New Adventures of Old

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Melissa Etheridge and other cool stuff

My friend Amy gave me Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled by Melissa Etheridge a few weeks ago. I’ve been listening to it, but didn’t get around to paying attention to some of the new tunes on it until this week. There’s a very beautiful song called “This Is Not Goodbye” about going into surgery

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Lost for the Lost

I watch Lost religiously, and I actually picked up a few tidbits of information from this article on the show by Paul Scheer. I didn’t catch that there were six Dharma Initiative science stations around the Island. I didn’t catch the Dharma Initiative logo on the shark, or that ghost Walt was speaking backwards. Ethan

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Welcome, WISH-TV Viewers

If you’re here because you saw Dick Wolfsie’s report on the news this morning, thanks for thinking of me. My pictures of “Big Things” are here. I think when I talked to Dick I mentioned some “Lost Big Things” that I took pictures of at one time or another which are no longer around. I

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I’m going to be on TV Again

I’m going to be on WISH-TV’s morning news on Friday morning for my “Big Things” photographs again. I did an updated interview with Dick Wolfsie a few weeks ago, and it will air then. So check me out being all famous and stuff. On top of that… I won first place in the Nuvolab 2005

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Dolphins sing Batman theme

I hate to follow up such a serious post with something silly, but I couldn’t pass on mentioning this: according to ABC science news, scientists have taught dolphins to sing the Batman theme song. The down-side of this is that now I have the Batman theme stuck in my head.

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FCC is seeking to expand it’s reach into cable

According to Salon Magazine, Commissioner Kevin J. Martin of the FCC has been meeting quietly with religious leaders and industry leaders to try to organize a push for new stricter standards on what is broadcast over cable stations. Pardon me, please, because I’m going to lose it right here. USE YOUR FUCKING ‘V’ CHIP, PEOPLE.

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The Long Tail

[Navigated to by way of Steven Johnson’s Blog. Johnson is the author of Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter which I read recently.] Quoting from Wikipedia: The phrase The Long Tail, as a proper noun, was first coined by Chris Anderson. Beginning in a series of

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Six Feet Under

Given everything that’s happened in my life in the last couple years, why would this weeks episode of Six Feet Under be the thing that keeps me awake half the night terrified of death?

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Open-Heart Surgery on TV

Battlestar Galactica: on a recent episode, Captain Adama was shot, and was starting to code blue. Not having a defibulator handy, the medic opted to crack open his chest and massage his heart to restart it. Immediately after the procedure they show him lying on the table, with very few monitors around, with a simple

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Martha Stewart

Martha has just wrapped up filming of her “Apprentice” reality TV show, which will probably air in the fall. That makes me really sad, actually, and I think going for this kind of a show was a bad move on her part. It will cement her image in people’s minds as a wealthy executive, and

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The Brawny Man

Nuvo has an article on the Brawny Man website, where the paper-towel icon stars in some short movies that are basically cheesy romance novels come to life. I saw one of them broadcast as a commercial during daytime TV the other day, so they’ll probably be making their way to prime time eventually. As NUVO

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TV Shows on DVD

My friend Doug loaned me the DVDs for several TV shows to watch while I’m home recuperating from heart surgery. So my girlfriend and I watched the first season of “Mad About You” over the last couple weeks. I always liked the sitcom about a happy New York couple, Paul and Jamie Buchmann (played by

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Veronica Mars

Just finished watching the season finale of Veronica Mars — and I have to admit I didn’t piece the whole thing together before the end, although all the elements were there and I should have figured it out. I did predict that Aaron Echolls was the one who had the cameras in the boat house,

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‘Doctor Who’ via wikipedia

Wikipedia article on Dr. Who. I understood very little about the program, other than I caught a few episodes on cable when I was a kid in the 1980s, and had a crush on Sarah Jane Smith. An article like this would have been very helpful when I was young. It has since become one

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This is what people are freaking out about?

Here’s the online clip (courtesy of ifilm) of the Desperate Housewives promo of Monday Night Football. it’s silly at worst and just plain tame at best. What the hell is up with people that this is what they’re protesting? What are people smoking these days, anyway? I’m sorry, but it’s a handful of religious nutjobs

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HoYay

One of my favorite things about the really stellar website Television Without Pity is that most shows have a HoYay forum. It’s fun reading what the recappers thought of my favorite shows, but it’s even more fun reading what other gay people think of my favorite shows. Especially when people in the forums link to

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Fall TV View Reviewed

So far this year, “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” have been standout hits on my list of new shows. Both have interesting/different concepts, excellent character development, and unpredictable story lines that are keeping me interested. “Veronica Mars” is a bit odd and not perfectly developed, but it’s interesting enough that I’ll probably keep watching. The story

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Weekend Update 2004-09-27

Stephanie and I did a ton of work at my house this weekend to get the place ready for the party I’m throwing this coming Saturday. Mainly we did a lot of cleaning and organizing. The party will be a retro 80’s party… and in gathering up stuff to wear, we’ve seen tons of appropriate

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map of Springfield

One of my co-workers printed this Map of the Simpson’s Springfield to the plotter and has a large poster of it. Unfortunately, I don’t have print drivers to the plotter. Damn it.

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Gratuitous Wonder Woman linkage

For no real reason, except that I happened to click on it on someone else’s site, a really nice photo of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Which is coming out on DVD on June 29th, BTW. You’ll want to pre-order that right away. I did.

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Speaking of Survivor…

I completely forgot to blog that we saw Rupert from Survivor at P.F. Chang’s on Wednesday at lunch. There were a bunch of us there from work, and he came in and sat at the bar. A few minutes later his friends came in and sat with him. I completely refrained from running over to

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Rory & Paris, sitting in a tree…

Apparently, on the April 13th episode of Gilmore Girls, the “Spring Break: Gilmore Girls Gone Wild” episode, Rory and Paris kiss. Finally! How much fan fiction do people have to write before they figure out what everyone really wants to see? Update: of course it was played off as an experiment that Paris was doing,

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Weekend Update 2004-03-29

So I spent the whole weekend moving at a leisurely pace, which was very refreshing after months of whirlwind activity. Friday night was Girl’s Game Night at Vic’s/Outword Bound, which is always very fun. I bought The Truth About Jane and Tipping the Velvet on DVD from Outword Bound, which now has an online store,

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Reading, TV….

I finished The Eyre Affair on Sunday, and last night wrapped up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which I’m reading for one of my book clubs. Both are highly recommended.

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You can’t Do That On Television

Wow, there’s a blast from the past… My friend Lori B. mentioned that she used to have a crush on Moose (Christine McGlade) the host of this Nickelodeon show… so did, I big time. I looked around for more info on her, but there doesn’t seem to be much on what she’s doing now, except

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L-Word recaps Episode 7

This week’s recap is up. And the first quote that made me laugh out loud is: ‘Bette is packing (well, packing a suitcase; I can’t say for sure whether she’s packing in the other sense too).’

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More L-Word Recaps

Scribe Grrrl has more recaps of the L-Word on afterellen.com, thus causing more of the embarrassing laughing out loud at work… this time, this line was the culprit: “Usually when women have sex on film, it’s all kind of abstract and shadowy and you can’t figure out what’s going on and nobody really seems to

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The L-Word recaps

Afterellen.com posts some hilarious recaps of past episodes of The L-Word. Funny, funny. I want to know who that recapper is, so I can marry her.

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Weekend Update 2004-01-26

I finished sanding the edges of the floor in the living room, and did the full-scale cleanup of sawdust required. I hoped that I’d have enough time to start staining the floors, but that was overly ambitious. The edger sander was really hard to control — I was exhausted when I finished Saturday, and today

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New Favorite Quote

Again from the Television Without Pity recap of Carnivale, this time from the season finale: “Libby crosses the carnival to find Sofie hanging out by a tent, and they both kick off their date by lighting cigarettes. Flick…ahh. Then they stare deep into each other’s eyes and kiss. I think it’s kind of sad that

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“Mary Sue” in Online Fan Fiction

MARY SUE (n.): 1. A variety of story, first identified in the fan fiction community, but quickly recognized as occurring elsewhere, in which normal story values are grossly subordinated to inadequately transformed personal wish-fulfillment fantasies, often involving heroic or romantic interactions with the cast of characters of some popular entertainment. 2. A distinctive type of

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Now I’ve read my Foucault like the best of them…

Tom Coates wins my heart as he shares his feelings about “The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” phenomenon. Notable Quotes: “Bollocks to happy gay people on TV, bollocks to the straight audiences, bollocks to the producers, bollocks to the bloody cameramen, bollocks to any passing trannies. Bollocks, if you will, to absolutely bloody everyone.

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Joan of Arcadia

The good folks at teevee.org do a much better job of reviewing the new TV show Joan of Arcadia than I was doing while trying to explain the show to my mom over the weekend. I like this show, and the best explanation I could come up with about why is that “She talks to

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Buffy The Canine Spayer

You might be aware that one of my favorite shows is Animal Cops on the Animal Planet network. Here’s a guy who doesn’t have cable (!) and saw the show for the first time at his grandmother’s house. Then he started riffing on other potential Animal Planet shows. Like “Welcome Back Otter” and “Queer Eye

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I got your gay reality show right here….

Apparently, Julie Millam from the Montana Family Coalition doesn’t like the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” show on TV: “To me, that’s not a reality show about gay people. A really good reality show for gay people would be five gay men dying of AIDS.” No… A REALLY good reality show for gay people

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TV Dogs

Brush up on your canine TV history with this list of fictional dogs in live-action television. “What’s that Lassie? Timmy fell down the well?!”

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I’m Glad That’s Over

According to the New York Post, Roseanne Barr’s new “cooking” show, Domestic Goddess, has been cancelled. There’s no word on the fate of her “reality” , The Real Roseanne about the making of the “cooking” show, but it’s fate is likely not good. And that makes me happy, because I watched part of the first

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Fall TV Schedule, Revised

I reworked my fall tv schedule to highlight new shows as well as show I’m planning on watching. I also linked all the new shows to their websites and linked all the shows I’m planning on watching as well. Next, I’m going to put a tiny pink triangle next to shows that have gay or

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Canadian Idol

I’m sorry but the phrase “Canadian Idol” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. It sounds too much like “Canadian Bacon.” Plus, the contestants look like what you would get if you had, say, “Indiana Idol.” They are quite average-looking people. Apparently American has more than it’s fair share of hotties.

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Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator: Nothing about this really, I was just trying to remember the name of it. Because I’ve been reading my friend Lori’s chronicle of experiences with her Vagus Nerve Stimulator (electronic device that helps prevent epileptic siezures) and I was thinking that the VNS sounded like some sort of Ray Gun.

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You Were Watching What?

So I’m reading my friend Lori’s website, and she has this post about the Amber Alert System: So, i’m watching the sunday night repeat of The Practice on channel 6 and the tv goes freaky – buzzing and making weird noises…then at the top of the screen there’s an announcement about a Civil Alert for

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Number of Times Buffy Has Saved The World

Six, according the USA Today. Actually, that’s only in season enders. She also saved the world in midseason, in episodes “Innocence”, “The Zeppo” and “Doomed”. And technically last season, it wasn’t Buffy that saved the world, but Xander, and Giles. So she’s saved in eight times, so far. I’m guessing number 9 is coming in

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I Love Television

There are tons of people I know who say things like “I never watch TV.” I’m not one of those. I watch TV. A lot. Usually while doing other things, like laundry, reading, working on the house… but I watch TV. I love TV. Well, the good shows, anyway. Because of the harsh winter this

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It’s a Minstrel Show, Folks.

My friend Lori posted some thoughts on the new season of Queer As Folk, and this caught my eye: interesting – the showtime website has a question in the FAQ – “Which of the cast members are gay in real life?” Showtime’s answer: “Some of the actors are gay, and some of them are straight.”

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Car trouble/ big brother

Driving home from work — no annoying noise at all. I hope it was a fluke. I have an idea — when Roddy get’s voted off Big Brother 3 tonight (and he will) lets go to his house and kick his ass for making Amy Crews cry. What a dick.

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Marcellas

Check out the website of the company that employs Marcellas from Big Brother 3. Also, check out the page for Marcellas himself under the male models. Looking good, M.

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Big Brother 3 live feeds

That’s one advantage about seeing the live feeds for Big Brother 3… you get to hear all the really good Amy Crews quotes that didn’t make it to the TV show. God damn that girl is funny. Now I wish she had been a little more diplomatic about dealing with the couples alliance, maybe she

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the “Possibilities” commercial

Have you seen the “Possibilities” commercial for Colorado Tourism? They play it alot on BBC America, and it’s annoying. It’s scary to discover that the online version is extended and even more doofy than the one they play on TV. The dialogue is really silly and on top of that, the actors are really bad.

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Weekend Update 2002-07-22

This weekend I finished painting the foyer and entryway, which now looks great. I also bought a round table for the foyer ($20) and a hat rack ($12) both of which I need to refinish. I got started on both yesterday afternoon. The table isn’t perfect, but it’s the right size. I’m thinking of painting

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Leather Tuscadero

Strange things that come up in conversations at work: Leather Tuscadero from Happy Days (Suzi Quatro). Until I saw the pictures, I really didn’t remember her, and now I’m wondering why I didn’t, because I have a vague memory of Mom hating that character and saying she wasn’t very feminine. You’d think I would have

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Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you? We got some work to do now. Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you? We need some help from you now. Come on Scooby-Doo, I see you… pretending you got a sliver. But you’re not fooling me, cause I can see, the way you shake and shiver. You know we got a mystery to

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Liza Minnelli’s Wedding

So what’s the deal with people freaking out that Liza Minelli married a gay man? So? Her mother married a gay man. Her grandmother married a gay man. It’s a family tradition. Leave them alone. I think it’d be weird if Liza married a straight guy.

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Top Willow/Tara euphemisms for Sex

I found this, and must repeat it on my site: TOP *THIRTEEN* WILLOW/TARA EUPHEMISMS FOR SEX 13. Searching the Nether Realms 12. Practicing Dianic rituals 11. Not driving stick 10. Working as a “single delicate implement” 9. Dripping wax on the Wymmin Power Shrine 8. Doing the “Wiccan Wiggle” 7. Riding the broomstick 6. Plucking

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Rosie Comes Out

“They’re saying I’m not gay enough. They say I lied because I said I love Tom Cruise. I do love Tom Cruise. What do I have to do, have sex with Angelina Jolie on TV?” — Rosie O’Donnell, lashing out at people who quibble with her coming-out technique at a benefit for ovarian cancer in

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their members. She is the Slayer.

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Bon Jovi?

So, do you think that David Kelley happened to see an HBO rerun of “Moonlight and Valentino” and, because he couldn’t think of anything new to write, decided to lift part of the plot and drop it in Ally McBeal, Bon Jovi and all?

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Shannen Doherty

“I don’t really like being touched. I’m unbelievably claustrophobic, and I have really bad anxiety. There were a few moments when I was very dramatic and thought, ‘I’m not going to live through this. I’m going to hyperventilate and just die. Right here in jail.’” — Shannen Doherty on the 10 hours she spent in

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weird happy

The whole week has been…. weird and sweet, and, kinda happy in that weird way that happy has happened lately. After last week, with the depression and unhappiness going on… any relief has been good. I realize that much of my unhappiness was self-wrought… I could’ve dealt with it much more matter-of-fact-ly than I did.

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The Road to Springfield

The Road to Springfield: [link deprecated] Vote on your favorite supporting character in NCAA playoff-style matches. To be eligible, the character must have appeared in at least two episodes. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are ineligible. This weekend was laid-back but pretty busy: I went to the lesbian picnic on Friday night. Saturday, we

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birthday!

It’s my birthday, and Beth bought me new new comic book Fray by Joss Whedon, which is very cool. My co-workers took me out to dinner, despite my persistent grumpiness, and I got fortune cookie and free dessert. Doug called to wish me Happy Birthday. Very cool.

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Young Americans

The summer season of the WB’s show “Young Americans” ended last night. This is, certainly, one of the strangest shows I’ve seen on TV It’s almost a homoerotic wet dream with dozens of gorgeous, doe-eyed, apple-cheeked, buffed young men running around at an all-boys pre-ivy league prep school. Almost homo. They try to clean it

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The Friends Refrigerator

I have the same refrigerator as Monica and Rachel. That old International Harvester from the 1950’s with the rounded top, and the copper-colored strip across the middle? The very same one. It even looks sort of the same as theirs on TV, with the pictures and magnets and stuff. Although, I’ll bet theirs doesn’t have

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Bart’s Chalkboard

The opening credits of “The Simpsons” shows Bart Simpson writing on the school chalk board the same sentence over and over again, (the ole "write it 100 times" punishment). Each episode however the sentence is different. Someone (not me, thank you) went to the trouble to tape the shows, watch and copy down many of the sentences that Bart writes on the chalkboard.

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