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On Jessica Simpson's Many Enviable Qualities

By Genevieve Burgess | Pajiba Love | February 19, 2013 | Comments ()


Good morning, everybody! I wish I hadn't stayed up quite so late last night. Pass me some tea, and lets see what the internet has to offer us this morning.

Dustin wrote a nice piece over at Warming Glow tying together some different pieces about violence in television and movies and how they affect viewers. The bottom line seems to be don't let your preschoolers watch violent programming unless you're trying to create new supervillains. (Warming Glow)

My alma mater, the University of Miami, has been under investigation since 2011 when an athletic booster talked about giving gifts to players in violation of NCAA regulations. Yesterday, Donna Shalala fired back about the rampant unprofessionalism of the NCAA. There are no winners here, just a lot of headaches. (Deadspin)

Patrick Carney of The Black Keys trolled some Justin Bieber fans, which is hilarious but not particularly difficult. (Gawker)

For Downton fans who are tired of reading about certain other plot points that happened recently, here's a nice piece on the evolution of Lady Edith's character over the three seasons of the show. Still spoilers. (Not The It Girls)

In news straight out of some sort of a teen movie; skinny, rich, popular Gwyneth Paltrow apparently admires down-home, curvy, adorably messy Jessica Simpson. Grass is always greener, right? (Celebitchy

Are you interested in polishing up your language skills or possibly even getting a start on a new language? Who isn't, right? Check out Duolingo, which offers free language learning software. The languages offered are a bit limited (Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian) but I'm sure there's something there you can use to impress someone. (Duolingo)

Last night HBO and Best Buy threw a big old nerd party for the release of the "Game of Thrones" Season 2 DVDs. Being big old nerds, my brother and I went. Here's some pictures of that. (Rusty's Ventures)

I know there's a lot of Buffy fans around here, so you guys might be interested in the great Buffy rewatch that Jenny Trout is working on. She's got eight themes she's focusing on, and so far she has an analysis of the first episode up. (Jenny Trout)

One of my favorite current internet trends is the Harlem Shake trend. There's been a lot of words written trying to explain it, but probably my favorite part of this trend is that it literally defies explanation. It just is. Here's a few excellent examples for those who are unfamiliar.

Seriously, I can lose so much time watching these things, it's insane. Y'all probably think I'm crazy now, that's ok.

In more logical news, there's a project on Kickstarter to fund a company that makes a pen that draws in three dimensions. Go take a look and see if you can throw some money at them.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Buck Forty

    You've all seen this, right? What people in Harlem think of 'the Harlem Shake'...
    I'm offended because those videos are so stupid.
    (Stupid as in 'Stupid', not 'Stupid Fresh')

  • TheAggroCraig

    I don't get it, either. That's just people moving around with no rhythm. The Harlem Shake is actually a dance.

  • blacksred

    um how could you not put up jon stewarts failed attempt of the harlem shake

  • Skyler Durden is not logged in

    Good lord, I clicked on the duolingo link and have been tearing through it like a crack addict all day. I haven't done any actual work for the last three hours. If you get me fired, I am going to write a sternly worded letter.

    Also, das Mädchen trinkt Orangensaft.

  • BiblioGlow

    Me too! It's been three days and I speak French now. I feel like I'm living in the Matrix. The future is awesome, memes or no.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    That language link is super cool! Thanks, Rusty!

  • Aaron Schulz

    I need a well trained seal

  • Just say NO to the Harlem Shake. No, no, no. Go away. Get off my damn lawn. Get the next stupid meme up already.

  • MissAmynae


    But Sea World wins because: Clyde & Seymour and Walruses.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Apparently, there are a few problems when you're late to the Harlem Shake party.

  • e jerry powell

    And the NCAA ain't playin' about the unprofessionalism, either. They fired a b*tch over it, and not just any b*tch, a VICE PRESIDENT.

  • TK

    The bottom line seems to be don’t let your preschoolers watch violent programming unless you’re trying to create new supervillains.

    Right. Right. Because who would want to do that? HAHAHAHAHAHA THAT WOULD BE CRAZY HAHAHAHAHAHA.


  • Geez. Next you're gonna tell me my weekend plans for a Quentin Tarrantino marathon with my 7-year-old is ill advised. I mean, his mom's gonna be out of town, and it's either that or take him to the skeet and pistol shooting event our Sunday School class has planned. (And, no, I'm not making that last bit up.)

  • TK Jr's first movie: Reservoir Dogs.

  • BWeaves

    I don't get the Harlem Shake. Is it supposed to be a live action version of the Hamster Dance?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    More like that Badger thing.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Thank you for bringing up the NCAA thing. The NCAA as an institution is disgusting, they should have been put in check a LONG LONG time ago. I can't believe it hasn't happened before, but I have to say I'm glad this is a big time university that has said enough is enough. Hopefully some sort of change will come from this.

  • BWeaves

    I don't get why the 3-D pen is "printing." Isn't it "drawing?" Printing would be drawing it once and somehow having a 3-D printer to reproduce it multiple times without needed the pen.

  • Gabs

    I don't get the Harlem Shake thing, but that's ok, because that Duolingo link you posted made my life complete. I have a 6month paid LiveMocha subscription that I haven't used yet, but plan to start in April. After that, I'll hop on Duo. Thanks!

  • Gabs

    ...and then I said 'fuck it' and started re-learning French on my lunch break. Damn, do I love languages.

  • Kailan_Sunshine

    Duolingo is a lot of fun. At risk of destroying more of your productivity, you can also try Memrise

  • The Harlem Shake thing makes me feel older than anything I have ever seen, because I can tell the young people must think this is entertaining since they keep making videos, but I couldn't tell you why it amuses them if my life depended on it.

  • Caitlin_G

    Dude I'm 24 years old and I think I'm too old to understand this trend...

  • Sirilicious

    It is surreality done right.

    Not in every HS video, but in the concept and original it is. And i love me some sureality. Also, I am not exactly young.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Exactly. I love it when surrealism infiltrates pop culture and the Harlem Shake phenomena is probably the best example I've ever seen. It's beautiful.

  • HMDK

    It's the humor-lite home-kit of the internet. The meme. Running slightly amusing "huh, that's kinda funny" non-jokes into the core of the planet.

  • mairimba

    Still best Harlem Shake:

  • Sirilicious
  • Captain_Tuttle

    Awse. But does this mean that if I let my kid watch this video he's going to become a super villain? Captain Anti-Meme?

  • logan

    Jessicas boobs and the 3-d doodler look awesome!

  • Tom

    I don't know. I would be worried her boobs would knock me out.

  • Maguita NYC

    Talk about impressive assets. No wonder Goopy is envious.

    And I wanted a 3D Doodler for my birthday! I would draw me a silent Momoa or Christian Bale in a nano second.

  • Sherry

    I was going to say that the UT Harlem Shake wins because of the nice men in Speedos but the walrus brought it home for Sea World. (And let's just add that sentence to my list of "Words I Would Never Have Expected To String Together.")

  • Zirza

    I hadn't seen the Sea World one which wins because Walrus, but the Norwegian Army one is fun because you can watch it twenty times and still find something new that's funny (if you're a simpleton, like me). I don't know which cracks me up more: the guys in the sleeping bags, the guy with the diver on his back or the guy casually falling out of the window.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Basically ALL the Harlem Shake videos filmed at universities feature men in Speedos, including the one at University of Michigan shot outside in the snow. I think there's just a portion of young, American men waiting for any excuse to throw one on and strut their stuff in public.

  • Sherry

    Hm. I would think that the snow one might leave them, er, wanting?

  • Brown

    I haven't seen a temp here where I can 100% say that I won't see somebody without a jacket or shorts on, and I'm talking single digit weather. For most of my life I didn't even put on a jacket until it was below freezing. I think the only reason I do now because I have some cool looking jackets.

  • Maguita NYC

    Re: Harlem Shake.

    WTF did I just watch?

  • alwaysanswerb

    I know the week has just started, but I already know that Sea World one is going to be the best thing I see all week

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