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Reviving My Love for the NBA

It’s 1997. I’m six. And two nights after Michael Jordan’s improbable “Flu Game,” I watch as Steve Kerr sinks the game-winning shot to give the Chicago Bulls their second-straight NBA title, the team’s fifth in seven years. The Bulls’ league dominance started before I was even born, but I feel a part of it nonetheless. … Continue reading Reviving My Love for the NBA

Why Blink-182 is Back

Amanda Petrusich writes about Blink-182's nostalgic resurgence: The grievances and pleasures Blink-182’s songs express—the dumbness of adults, how weird sex is, how cool jokes are, how lonesome life can be—are the kinds of things that get worried over most loudly from ages twelve to eighteen. It’s tempting to think that our emotions become more complex … Continue reading Why Blink-182 is Back

What We Love About Guy Fieri

I think Hua Hsu has uncovered the perfect explanation for why we are drawn to Guy Fieri like potatoes to a vat of grease: “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” is the opposite of destination dining. It’s a travel show about going nowhere. It is the precise opposite of fomo: I never feel like I’m missing out … Continue reading What We Love About Guy Fieri

NBA Buzz: Finals MVP

Last night's game in Cleveland was a disappointing one for Cavaliers fans. And for LeBron James. James seemed frustrated toward the end of the game, exchanging words with Curry near the scorer’s table as the teams went to the bench for a timeout. Shortly before, James also had words with Draymond Green after knocking him to … Continue reading NBA Buzz: Finals MVP

Beyoncé and Sweatshops

It turns out Beyoncé's sportswear line, "Ivy Park," is made in a Sri Lankan sweatshop where workers experience "abominable working conditions and very low pay." The Frisky: In a breathless lede, Page Six reports on a facet of the fast fashion business that anyone with common sense would understand, writing that “Multi-millionaire singer Beyoncé reportedly … Continue reading Beyoncé and Sweatshops

The Extraterrestrial Lobby

Stephen Bassett is very excited. Bassett is the United States' only lobbyist dedicated to extraterrestrial issues, and his world has been rocked in the past couple of weeks. I hope that this is only just the beginning. This is the biggest news story in history. After presidential candidate Hillary Clinton discussed the possibility of human-alien … Continue reading The Extraterrestrial Lobby

Blog Love: Lady Geek Girl and Friends

Lady Geek Girl reminisces nostalgically about Return of the Jedi. She also picks apart the themes of the infamous golden bikini scene. An excerpt: There is a part of me that wants to dismiss the slave Leia issue. As Carrie Fisher herself has pointed out, Jabba forces her into a sexualized and objectifying costume and attempts to enslave … Continue reading Blog Love: Lady Geek Girl and Friends

Baseball (Reprise)

It's worth bumping this post from April of last year, because it's (sadly) still relevant. No, I didn't take the deep dive into baseball I said I was going to. But, surely I will this year...? What am I doing to make that happen? Following some baseball personalities on Twitter. Watching a couple Opening Day games … Continue reading Baseball (Reprise)

Emboldened by the Internet

Two days ago, I sent out (what I thought was) a pretty benign tweet: Sure: it's a criticism of two popular actresses; but they're actresses in a thriving series that frequently is subjected to reviews both positive and negative. I didn't think anything of it. This morning, I opened my Twitter feed to find 15 … Continue reading Emboldened by the Internet

Spite the Misogynists. Go see Mad Max: Fury Road.

I was about halfway through writing a post about this, but it appears Aja Romano at The Daily Dot and David Futrelle at We Hunted the Mammoth beat me to it. I'm not even mad. Go read Aja's and David's hilarious takedowns of the misogynistic reaction to "Mad Max: Fury Road." Here are a couple highlights: As … Continue reading Spite the Misogynists. Go see Mad Max: Fury Road.