Last spring a screening of Handmade Nation made its way to Portland, OR, where I was living at the time. Because I was a little slow on the up-take, the screening at the Museum of Contemporary Craft sold the hell out and I was left a little bummed. Now how was I going to catch this documentary on the DIY craft movement that has made its way into every corner of America?! Well well, just in time for the holidays is the release of Handmade Nation on DVD (yay!). For ... Read More
In an earlier post today, I brought you the joy that is Gwen Verdon's dance number, Mexican Breakfast, with her various moves helpfully explained.  An astute reader pointed out that the dance moves looked suspicially like Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video dance moves (beloved by single babies around the world).  Now it turns out that not only are Beyonce's moves similar to Gwen's, they are directly  cribbed from her. Here are the two videos intercut ... Read More
Listen up all you ladies suffering from a low libido, the "Viagra for women" is here. Doctors testing a new anti-depressant drug, fibanserin, discovered that it didn't do much to brighten moods. It did, however, unexpectedly increase sexual desire and satisfaction for women. Like Viagra, which was originally tested as a heart medicine, the discovery was completely accidental. The big difference with fibanserin as opposed to Viagra, is that it targets the brain ... Read More
Kid Sister (AKA Melisa Young) is really fun to talk to on the phone. For the first five minutes of our conversation she asked me questions about where I was from, having called me out on my Midwestern accent. Born and raised in suburban Illinois herself, Melisa credits the drought of suburban entertainment options for the creativity that grew from it. When there's nowhere to go but the yarn barn and the local Walmart, might as well start banging some pots and pans ... Read More
My Roald Dahl-loving heart sure got a treat this weekend and boy, it was satisfying. Normally, movies intended for children and their parents really don't get me too hopped up at all. Up looked extremely cute but eh, I still haven't seen it. Where the Wild Things Are has the extremely well crafted puppets, stunning scenery, etc. but that still wasn't enough to get me counting down the days until its release. Fantastic Mr. Fox, on the other hand, has ... Read More