Season 2, which drops January 24 on Hulu, will seemingly focus on what Annie is doing after she quits her alt-weekly job post-newfound-blogging-fame. Her future is somewhat bleak (she’s offered an unpaid internship) but also fun (she has sex in a meadow). And there are, thank god, many, many cute outfits. … [Read more...] about Get Ready for Season 2 of The Only Good Show About Blogging
On The Lotanything good comes out of Hollywood? It was encouraging this week to hear that two contestants will be cut for each of these next two rounds, but that's still going to leave six contestants behind, and likely another month-plus of mediocrity and malapropisms. (The latter coming from both Garry Marshall and Adiana.) What may be the most frustrating aspect of On The Lot isn't the creative bankruptcy of the actual films, but the fact that Hollywood could've used the sensibility of an unknown plucked from outside the showbiz bubble; and yet, all of these contestants are trying so hard to be what they think Hollywood wants that none of them are bringing any personality or regional specificity to their work. (The closest may be the Christian action movie dude.) What a waste. Anyway, I can't abandon On The Lot for good without noting this week's catastrophe by Shalini: a preachy short about magical glasses that help a shallow shop-bot chick learn what really matters in life. … [Read more...] about Your Weekly Summer Reality TV Roundup – 07/13/07
Hate-reading is an activity that's, well, exactly what it says it is. Have you ever found yourself visiting a website, Twitter feed, or Facebook page for the express purpose of ridiculing — or indulging your disdain for —the author and/or content? Then you're hate-reading. And unless you're a saint with limited Internet access, you're probably guilty of doing it at some point. Real Housewives or Jersey Shore producers present an edited version of their ridiculous protagonists, the Internet is rife with uncensored, unedited folks with, it would seem, nary an ounce of self-awareness. And that's what makes it so much more entertaining – if a subject has absolutely no idea how they're coming off to readers, then it's all the more outrageous and, for me, all the more enjoyable. Some of my tried-and-true hate-reading regulars include an ex-roommate who refers to her significant other as "The Boyf" and brags about how she only eats at Michelin-starred restaurants; a former … [Read more...] about The Art of Hate-Reading
When most people with even a cursory knowledge of modern tech hear the phrase "search alternatives" or "non-Google search," they might think Bing. Bing is growing in market share, and has some very robust search offerings. But Bing covers the same wide scope as Google, with an invitation to search for anything, everything, and sometimes get "quick answers" back with data tidbits. It does some topics in unique ways, like its Visual Search, video thumbnails, and robust travel visualization. But they have a lot of competition in each of those areas. If you find Bing to be head and shoulders above Google and specialty search sites, we'll gladly take the hint in the comments. … [Read more...] about When Not to Google: Searches You’re Better Off Making Elsewhere
Vitamin D deficiency is rampant. The latest research shows that current recommendations for 600 International Units a day are too low. Part of the problem is that recommendations are made solely on vitamin D's role in bone health, while newer research takes into consideration the multitude of functions vitamin D is necessary for. I urge all my clients to take 2,000 to 4,000 International Units a day. If it seems like too much, keep in mind that if you get your vitamin D from the sun, the body produces 10,000 International Units and then ceases production. … [Read more...] about Do Vitamins Actually Work?