Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2010

Mr. T, you are so wise.


Science is awesome.

May 2, 2010

Really, really awesome.  This video is beautiful, nerdy perfection.

Not a Peep out of you

March 30, 2010

An awesome celebration of what is undoubtedly the best thing about Easter.

– Willa

Ladies and Gentlemen: Good Journalism

March 24, 2010

And no.  Not my journalism.  Apologies for the unnaturally long post.

There’s been a fad in the last couple decades for following up on famous snaps.  National Geographic went on a mission to find the Afghan Girl with the haunting eyes, and lord knows I lost a lot of days in college to things like “Where are they now: Ferris Bueller Special!”

You’ve probably seen this picture before – in a newspaper story about what’s wrong with the British class system, your European History textbook, or someone’s blog.

The Guardian undertook a follow up.  But this time, rather than just indulging in nostalgia, a reporter managed to actually take a single image, and use it to break down our cultural assumptions about class and complicate the picture, rather than give a pithy sum up.

I definitely usually stick to the brief of putting nothing that will take you more than about 2 minutes, and two brain cells, to consume up on this blog.  But if you want to see why I still think journalists, and good journalism, are the heart of a functioning society, take some time to read a really good piece.

Or, if that’s all a bit much: take a moment to consider the absurdity of Public School uniforms and then get caught off guard thinking suddenly and inexplicably about penguins, and then go find that really cute clip from Happy Feet of a penguin learning to dance, and then start considering what, really, is the cutest clip from any Pixar movie ever ever.  And then, obviously, because it’s the only answer, settle on this one.  No contest.  And then spend the rest of the day looking at rescue dogs.  It’s probably better for you.

Except you should probably know that its totally embarrassing to dance along with the penguin in your library chair.  I do.  Now.

– Willa

Beware the Ides of March!

March 15, 2010

The Ides of March have come…but not yet gone.  So why not celebrate the day with some young Marlon Brando, hm?



Lady Kanye, or “the woman who runs the snack counter at my synagogue’s Purim festival”

March 9, 2010

So, yeah. We’ve all seen the “Lady Kanye” moment from the Oscars.  Which was like watching my high school drama teacher all over again.  Bad flashbacks.

The Daily Show, of course, managed to make light of it in a way that only Jon Stewart, John Oliver, & Samantha Bee could.  “Suck it dry.”


Bad Pop Wednesday

March 3, 2010

Happy humpday, world.  Today I present some bad Japanese pop: Gackt singing U+K with gigantic kawaii cats.  Interestingly enough, in Japan, cats say ‘nyaa’ instead of ‘meow’.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Gackt.  I love Gackt a little too much sometimes.  And he’s an amazing musician and performer.  And the song U+K is a lovely tribute to another musician who died much too young.  But every time the damn guys in cat suits come out on stage during one of Gackt’s concerts, I want to either kill someone or hug everyone.  Either way, I would be laughing hysterically while doing it.

Then again, if I had this kind of star power, I probably would also use it to make an entire stadium say “meow” after me, too.  Nyaa nyaa, bitches.