Thursday, May 27, 2010

Infographic: International Number Ones

Things I learned from Sex and the City 2

 I really did love the series. It was a thoughtful, inspirational, guilty pleasure.

However the films make me CRINGE.

My biggest problem is not the over-the-top, unrelatable, impracticality of the plot (I am a woman who loves True Blood. Tacky doesn’t bother me). My source frustration is that the characters refuse to freaking grow up.

  • Carrie has everything she ever wanted and still complains
  • Samantha’s whole horny routine is LAME. Her over the top behavior seems weird and desperate. 
  • Charlotte is still whining all the time.
  • Miranda is the only one with a lick of sense.

Any who, I won’t go into a full blown rant, but here a list of some of the things I learned from the film.

Don’t worry, there are no spoilers because there is barely a plot.

  1. Liza (with a Z!!!) Minnelli is shockingly sprightly and light on her feet. Home girl may not be able to sing very well anymore but she can still move.

  1. Gay dream wedding = Rogers and Hammerstein musical set (I gues???)

  1. The characters in SATC live at an income level that make them no longer relatable to 99% of the population. In the series the women were clearly well-off but there were aspects of their lives that you could identify with—the women rented their apartments, Carrie had no savings, they took taxis. In the film this is not the case at all. These women are multi-millionaires who live absurd lifestyles. Carrie’s biggest problem is that she doesn’t want to spend time in her multi-million dollar apartment on the Upper East Side. Charlotte doesn’t like the Help.

  1. Actors can  get top billing in a film for 2 minutes of work (I’m looking at you Penelope Cruz)

  1. SJP’s does a lot of arm reps.

  1. Pat Fields is punking us all. Seriously those outfits??

  1. There is no limit to the number of bad puns that can be wedged in to a script.

  1. Muslims are soooo weird and repressed. I mean come on,  they are offended by a woman giving a man a hand job at the dinner table in FULL view of everyone else. I mean seriously waaay to be uptight. Right? Right?

  1. As the characters get more ridiculous, Miranda has evolved from the uptight one  to the most likeable and reasonable of the bunch. She also has some of the best outfits –the dress she wore to the wedding was awesome.

  1. Bad behavior is rewarded with big jewelry.

  1. It’s completely reasonable to wear couture to do housework.

  1. Carrie’s upper torso must be horribly bruised from constantly sleeping in under wire bras.

  1. Women are so desperate for entertainment options that speak to us that we have tricked ourselves into thinking these films are good and our blind enthusiasm for this kind of fluff demeans us (much like black people demeaning ourselves by going to see shit like Soul Plane).

P.S. : On the positive side, while the characters are absurd, I have to give props to the women who play these roles for being willing to age naturally. You can see every line on their faces but that does not distract from their beauty. (take note art department who turned them into photoshop horrors)

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Non-news: Bill O'Reilly still an ass

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Clear line in the turf battle: Tourists vs. New Yorkers

Odd collection of self serve ads

I recently checked my Facebook profile and was served up the most random collection of self serve ads.

None of these services are interesting or relevant to me (seriously a dance class with Maskim?) and I was actually slightly offend that this is what my generic interests lead their algorithm to assume that I am interested in. 

Am I being a bit of a snob, yes, but since our Facebook profiles are supposed to be authentic representations of ourselves does this mean that at some level I categorized with discount seeking, pregnant, Dancing with the Stars fans?

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Separated at birth?: Hurley and Junior Gorg

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bros Icing Bros

I can't tell if this is really clever marketing or some niche trend.

Either way, it explains why you can't find Smirnoff  Ice in Murray Hill anymore. 

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Website of the Day: Talk like Stefan

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Job Seekers get more clever: The Google Job Experiment

The Wall Street Journal on Af-Am Hair vs. Dominican Hair Salons

Image via The Wall Street Journal

Slow news day,  I guess.

"Armed with a blow dryer and brush, deft wrist action and shrewd promotional tactics, immigrants from the Dominican Republic are snipping away market share from African-American stylists whose mastery of black women's hair ensured for generations that their customers wouldn't, or couldn't, leave them. Promises of seemingly healthier hair, swifter service and far lower prices are wooing away a growing number of black women."

This article is totally meh for me. 

It's not deep enough for those who are unfamiliar with these salons to really understand the racial and economic politics involved 

For those who are familiar with the salons the article does not provide anything new. 

For those who have read it, any thoughts?

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Wisdom from the mouth of babes

I have been on the fence regarding precocious fashion blogger Tavi.

For those of you unfamiliar with her, she is a 14 year old fashion blogger whose wise beyond her years analysis has made her the talk of the industry.

I've been a bit reticent to get behind her because I refuse to believe that a child of her age could actually produce that level of insight,  but this quote that she recently gave about creepy photog Terry Richardson sold me on her.

Word Tavi.

(via @jezebel)

Read Tavi's blog at

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Monday, May 10, 2010