Were you watching last night? There was…a mighty…duel. Just one of those epic showdowns you won’t soon forget. I’m talking, of course, about the Scripps Spelling Bee. What, you thought I meant basketball? Oh you don’t know me very well. I heart the Spelling Bee so here are some tips for any parents out there on how you can raise a Sukanya Roy of your very own. Yay, awkward smart kids! (GOOD)
Awkward smart kids like Star Wars, right? And muppets? How about STAR WARS MUPPETS. I want them all. I also covet all these old-school Disney Tees. Mostly because they’re unofficial. I like unofficial things. (DesignerLand)
Speaking of Star Wars, here is a gorgeous Art Nouveau Princess Leia for all you closet Mucha and Guimard fans out there. (Pigtails and Combat Boots)
Leia is my original spunky female icon. She displayed that sort of Spice Girls feminism that I have always identif-WAIT. SPICE GIRLS FEMINISM? Oh, eff you, Shia LeBeouf. Read more of his repulsive interview in which, I think, he tries to smear Megan Fox. In fact, I think Fox comes off looking pretty good. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still super untalented and does really grotty stuff like this, but I’m beginning to think there might be a cool person somewhere underneath the blow-up doll veneer. (Celebitchy)
Let’s talk some real feminism for a second. Jill Abramson has been named the first female executive editor of the New York Times. Hurray! Interestingly enough, Abramson once famously wrote a piece for the NYT entitled: “When Will We Stop Saying ‘First Woman to _____’?” (Boing Boing)
By the by, if you can think of your favorite female minor character from “Seinfeld,” she will be the First Woman To Appear On This List of Best Minor Characters From “Seinfeld.” (Buzzfeed)
I can’t bring myself to crack wise about the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. I actually support his philosophy and I think he was a very interesting man. So, R.I.P. (NYT)
I feel far less delicate, however, about the death of this Russian man who asked his friend to bury him alive. You know, for luck. So…yeah, he died. So I suppose that was sort of assisted suicide, there. Astonishingly, the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg says it is not the first time this has happened in Russia. It’s like their version of planking. (BBC)
If Kenny Rogers should end up “accidentally” buried alive (you know, for luck!), I think we know who to blame. (Death To Kenny Rogers)
Did Kenny Rogers make cool music videos? I don’t remember any. I’ve always been a fan of arty music videos, however, and with the recent feature film debut of music video director Richard Ayoade (Read Dustin’s review! It’s terrific!), Indie Wire takes a look at some other music video directors who might follow in his footsteps. I love Ray Tintori! (Indie Wire)
You know who was having a laugh, surprisingly? MI5. They hacked an al-Qaeda site and replaced bomb recipes with cupcake recipes. Oh, MI5, you scamps. (Telegraph)
My two favorite scamps, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy sat down for an interview with some teenager. (I assume she’s a teenager…no? She’s so very awkward.) The two are predictably adorable and I have really good news for you all. I’m seeing X-Men tonight. After which I might maybe shut up about Fassbender and McAvoy. Maybe. No promises.
And, finally, I really want to believe in the innocence of Anthony Weiner. I really REALLY do. (Read this!) That being said, this Daily Show bit made me choke on my coffee. Welcome to the club, Rep. Weiner.