Can you recall the last time American women were given Indian men as love interests or sex objects through cable television programming? I can’t either.
Indian men are so hot right now! And surprisingly, it’s not related to tantric sex or Bollywood…
( I kid, The Guru is super entertaining – way better than Eat, Pray, Love)
Aasif Mandvi, from The Daily Show
Besides his regular gig on The Daily Show, Mandvi is appearing in three films this year. Mandvi’s coolest roles so far would have to be his TV work in “Jericho” and “ER” , and the only notable movies of his worth watching are “The Siege” and “Die Hard With a Vengence”. Because of his coloration, poor Mandvi has played his fair share of terrorists.
This is a film commercial based off a car commercial. Yes, this happened.
As for the film, is this advertisement saying fathers will enjoy watching this movie with their sons? Or that Thor cares more about destroying cars than saying hello to his father when he comes home?
I watched the second episode of Game of Thrones last night, and I was even more pleased with the adaptation of the book than I was last week. After the episode ended though, the first thing I thought about was Ginia Bellafante.
Like most female fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, I was very disappointed in Bellafante’s review of the first episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but I passed off her disregard for the show (and fantasy in general) as part of the same sentiment older women have for video games – the view that fantasy (and video games) are just for children or young males. When Bellafante says she doesn’t know any woman that likes fantasy, I believe her. She is from a time before video games, before the rise of the internet. Bellafante’s culturally learned distaste for the fantasy genre (and most geek culture) is also indicative of her outdated view of gender constructs. Ilana Teitelbaum writes it well in her Dear New York Times: A Game of Thrones is not just for Boys: Read the rest of this entry »
In case you don’t already know, I write a Top 10 list on Chicago Art Magazine. Somehow the absurdity of a Top 10 list has not translated over well with the street art community, nor has my sense of humor. They’re all cry babies, or hate women. Well, maybe not all of them… :p
Here’s all the stuff I left out of Chicago Art Magazine’s “Top Street Art of March” because as the post was approaching 3000 words I thought “f*ck that. 3,000 words? Who’s going to read 3,000 words?” It’s cool though, because here, I can display the photos and embed an awesome video –
The Graffiti News Network:
This Billy guy is pretty rad – and I am not saying that because he stole my cadence and vibes, or because he is male. The response to his video has been generally positive – and people understand satire easily when it is in video form. I have to wonder if all the misconceptions about my column would go away if I just made videos like his instead of “Top 10” lists. I think if Billy and I combine – him with his superior knowledge of graffiti crews together with my hated art critic character, we could make some funny videos. Ahh, a girl can dream. Read the rest of this entry »
Now that I mainly watch all my TV through the internet, I am exposed to very few commercials – but because of the way commercials are sold on the internet, I get very familiar with certain advertisements. And yeah, I actually like writing about commercials so expect more on a regular basis. (Someone told me commercials on the internet are just old TV commercials, and if this is true I am very disappointed. I am going to pretend otherwise…you hear that, ad firms? I want you to make ads specifically for me!)
Let’s weigh in on the commercial battle between 4G smartphones not named after fruit. Verizon 4G LTE and HTC EVO Shift 4G appear to be competing for the same market; if you see one during internet programming, you are sure to see the other shortly after. The Verizon commercials are very MythBusters-y with countdowns, a sense of urgency, and the occasional explosion.
Upon watching one of these commercials, one notices a lack of hard data. How many kilobytes were downloaded? How many seconds was that? What are the sizes of these files? What are the 900, feet? I like that Verizon is trying to sell me with science, but if they’re going to do it they can’t half-ass it. Watching the video on youtube reveals white text on the bottom of the screen – for 2 seconds – revealing Verizon’s 4G network is nothing special. Or so say the internet commenters.
Sprint goes with a graphic approach, displaying all the wonderful things people say about the phone to upbeat (and catchy) music and cute but slowly moving robots.
The Sprint commercial would be better with less talking – but they can’t all be car commercials. Sprint doesn’t imply fake claims, mislead me with science rhetoric or prey on my love of MythBusters. After watching the Verizon commercial and becoming irritated by their blatant pandering to my consumer group, the 30 second Sprint commercial actually makes me happy. Sprint gives me bright colors, cheerful music, and friendly feelings towards our future synthetic overlords. What’s not to love!?
Sprint – 1
Verizon – 0
Abstract: This image problem is rooted in a failure by the mainstream media (and film) to treat video games as an acceptable pastime, making gaming “a dirty word“, and perpetuating the notion that women shouldn’t have authorship over technology around them. The male gaming community is only partially responsible, and this will be discussed in a subsequent post. This post was formulated after analyzing video game coverage by major female-oriented publications and by my personal memory of video game scenes in movies.
“One of the things we were trying to combat with 3G was how girls are discouraged from learning anything about technology beyond how to use it, [not] to be responsible or have a form of authorship with it.” – Terence Hannum, Internship and External Relations Coordinator at Columbia College
Any female in her 20’s that plays video games knows gaming has an image problem. Not only does the community you play in make you feel unwelcome a la the blog “Fat, Ugly or Slutty“, your parents find your enjoyment of video games off-putting, as do 30-somethings co-workers. I’ve had more than one conversation at slightly older dinner parties become painfully awkward when I mention I like/want to write about video games. The women scan the room and decide it is time to mingle. Then I am left with some guy, and as the silence continues between us, I begin to question his intentions. Sometimes I can see this male have an OMG-GIRL-GAMER-freak-out moment, all in the eyes, and when it abides he hesitantly remarks I must be the male gamer fantasy or some other weird crap. Then I decide it is time to mingle.
My mom keeps thinking I will grow out of my love of video games. She is not impressed when I tell her I am laying down plumbing because my city’s population explosion is forcing me to expand my city limits.
There is a common thread behind these awkward interactions: people born before the 80’s view video games as either a waste of time or a childish hobby. How can that be, when video games have been around for 30 years – and adults now play video games and teachers use video games as part of their curriculum? Read the rest of this entry »
Will Congress balance the budget? Will there be a government shut-down? Are we going to rob from the rich to give to the poor, or are we going to rob from the poor to give to the rich? Are we going to become communists? Are we going to become corporate fascists? Are we all going to die?
Every time I feel myself getting sucked into the media hysteria that is the budget deficit, I go back to an interactive deficit puzzle created presumably by the New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt in November of last year.
This interactive deficit puzzle has soothed me many times, and each time I begin the puzzle, I am reminded of how simple and effective it is. I can balance the budget without hurting the elderly or the poor, and upon balancing the budget, I am left feeling joyful. My euphoria only lasts for a few minutes though, because in completing Leonhardt’s puzzle, I am left wondering why the budget has taken months to balance when I can balance it in less than five minutes… has every member of Congress sat down and used a tool like this?
I know all those fogies in Congress probably don’t remember anything from their last economics class, so maybe a puzzle/tool/application like Leonhardt’s would be most helpful in getting these elected officials to think about budget deficit concepts in terms of money and not social agenda. Leonhardt’s project breaks down US spending and tax areas in concise and understandable language, and with its point and click format, even new computer-using Congressmen can understand how to solve the deficit.
Can’t the Speaker of the House and Joe Biden send out a mass e-mail to all Congressmen demanding everyone use Leonhardt’s interactive puzzle before the next session? That mass e-mail should close with a line something like… “Any elected official that refuses to use Leonhardt’s puzzle because it is on the New York Times site will be barred from the floor.”
^^ If the rest of the United States looks like this, I just might move to Canada. Collecting firewood is only fun the first couple of times… ^^
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This is a secret street artist show, that now might not be so secret any more. I blame myself.
He did something like this last year.
Here’s the promos for this years party (is this really a birthday party?), taken from snacki’s flickr: Read the rest of this entry »
So, I am not a “snake expert”, and the post below is based off my limited experiences with snakes at friends houses and from my observations at the zoo. Oh, and, the fact that snakes are cold-blooded, meaning snakes are the temperature of their surroundings.
Psst, New Yorkers! The cobra is a cold-blooded reptile, and it’s 40 degrees outside! Why would the escaped cobra even leave the Reptile building?
Because there is obviously nothing to fear, I have to assume this is all because New York, New York was feeling jealous over all the national (and international) media attention Chicago’s been getting because of our newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As proof of how awesome our new mayor is, his fake twitter account is being made into a book. Does Mayor Bloomberg even have a fake twitter (a good one)? And are the tweets of the fake Bronx Zoo Cobra going to be made into a book? I scoff at myself for even posing the question. Well, maybe if the cobra actually kills someone.
You can probably tell, I don’t find the fake Bronx Zoo Cobra twitter account funny mainly because I refuse to forget that snakes are cold-blooded… (just like how squirrels can’t pickpocket people because they don’t have hands – I’m looking at you, Justin Kaufmann-)
As to why journalists (and their readers/viewers) have eaten this silly story up, my guess is the escaped Bronx Zoo cobra story lightens an otherwise somber international community worried about Japan, Libya, and budget deficits.
UPDATE: Before I hit the Publish button I google-newsed “bronx zoo cobra”, and do you know what was at the top of my search? The Egyptian cobra was found inside the Reptile building. I am soooo good.
Like me, the director of the Bronx Zoo Jim Breheny also doesn’t understand all the hub-bub over the snake, as evident by his behavior in the above press conference video.