Archive for September 20th, 2011
Five years ago, the idea of handing your kid a Blackberry to play with would have seemed crazy. Today, kids (and parents) are snubbing portable game systems for a smart phone, teens are totting tablets to class, and you’ll regularly see parents placating whiny toddlers in restaurants with a shiny, black, $500 gizmo. Given that these mobile devices have infiltrated the ranks of our children, how do you go about making a smart phone or tablet kid-proof?
Char and I are waiting for Mandy out in front of the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre, which should not be confused with the Official Loch Ness 2003 Monster Exhibition Centre, also known as “the ORIGINAL the Loch Ness MONSTER Visitors Centre,” the unyielding grammar of which I cannot help but admire. All that separates the two centres is a hundred yards of highway A82, with the added diversions of a hairpin turn (the site of numerous yearly accidents), the Loch Ness Monster Booking Office (a mostly gutted office that has the look of a broken-up telemarketing racket), a Bank of Scotland (the cash machine of which is broken), and a store called Bits & Pieces (which sells large, Damoclean swords that, according to the sign on the window, can go “abroad, on a plane, AS LONG AS YOU DECLARE IT AT THE AIRPORT”).
WOMEN OF REDDIT: Men complain about being in the friend-zone, but I’m rather curious to see if women have the same issue with the friend-zone. Is this so? Please share your stories. : AskReddit
WOMEN OF REDDIT: Men complain about being in the friend-zone, but I’m rather curious to see if women have the same issue with the friend-zone. Is this so? Please share your stories.
This is an interesting read. For anyone who has entered ‘the friend’ landscape.
Nicolas Winding Refn may have made viewers of BBC1 show Breakfast choke on their cornflakes this morning after the film director uttered a profanity while comparing violence to sex in his movie.
The show’s presenters, who had just interviewed legendary hellraiser Shaun Ryder about his autobiography without incident, apologised following the remark.
British actress Carey Mulligan, who stars in the new film, Drive, opposite Ryan Gosling, was on the Breakfast couch with director Nicolas.
Asked about the violence in the movie, about a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a criminal getaway driver, he said it was “a bit like f******”.
We can’t vouch for the veracity or substantive importance of Joe McGinniss’s new Sarah Palin book, but damn it, is it ever entertaining. Via Politico’s Playbook, here’s a story told by an unidentified Palin houseguest:
‘I get real dry in the winter,’ the houseguest tells me, ‘so I keep a bottle of baby oil by the bed. I’ll come out of the shower, put it on, and go to bed. One day, when we’re staying at the Wasilla Lake house, Todd says, ‘I gotta talk to you guys. Sarah’s pissed. She found that big bottle of baby oil in your bedroom and she knows you guys are rubbin’ it on yourselves and havin’ sex.’ My husband was like, ‘She uses it on her skin, dude.’ But Todd says, ‘Sarah wants you out. She’s really upset thinkin’ you’re in there having sex with baby oil.’ We left. We went to a motel.”
The best part about this story might not even be that Sarah Palin couldn’t fathom a non-sexual use for baby oil. It’s that she sent Todd to kick the couple out. What was that she said once about cojones?