Pop Culture

11th September
2009
written by Steph
Three things I feel compelled to post on a Friday: 1) First, a question to all of you diners out there (by which I mean restaurant patrons, rather than greasy-spoon dining establishments.  The difference is subtle, but important, I think.).  Two nights ago, Tony and I went to a newish Mexican restaurant, since our old standby switched management and we can no longer go there because the food is no longer any good (RIP El Palenque).  So we go to this new place and it's fairly busy for a Wednesday night, but keep in mind it is your run-of -the-mill Mexican place so none of the entrees require much finesse or time (read: most of it is probably pre-cooked anyway).  We wound up waiting for OVER AN HOUR for our food, and it became clear that either our waiter had neglected to turn in our order, OR the kitchen had overlooked it.  People who had been seated after us had eaten and left before we saw anything more than chips and salsa at our table.  After many apologies (and about 75 minutes after sitting down) we finally got our food.  In such a case would you expect your meal to be comped, or at the very least, for a free dessert to be sent out?  Is this not pretty much the universal way that it is understood any sit-down restaurant deals with snafus that are clearly their fault?  I wound up asking if I could speak to the manager, but he never showed... and we wound up paying for everything.  Needless to say, we won't be going back!  Sorry, Nacho's!  Your guac may be good, but your service was muy abysmal.

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8th September
2009
written by Steph
For people who own a television but who don’t have cable (or even rabbit ears), Tony and I do pretty well when it comes to keeping current with must-see tv.  Just to be clear, we don’t eschew cable because we’re those snotty folk who turn up their noses at television; far from it!  Mostly we don’t have cable (or as we refer to it, “don’t have tv”) for two reasons: 1) the local cable provider here is SUPER expensive (in Toronto, I recall not having to pay more than $60/month for cable AND internet; here a comparable package would set us back some thing like $100… I am not willing to pay that kind of money for tv... or really any monthly service); 2) it is probably for the best we can’t just watch tv whenever we want, because we would literally watch it all the time.  Buh bye reading time.  Say hello to the glazed look that I inevitably take on after having watched 5 hours of HGTV or Animal Planet straight. (Seriously, so little is my self-restraint when it comes to watching the idiot box, I will watch hours worth of “When Animals Attack”, which pretty much no one should watch.)  Essentially, it’s in our best interest to have our tv watching limited to what we can rent through Netflix, or watch online (and with Netflix’s “Watch It Now”, Hulu, and all of the major networks streaming their stuff, we’re not doing too bad!). Anyhoodle, normally Tony and I take the summer to purge bad shows from our repertoire that we no longer enjoy, and to seek out potential replacements.  Often times this involves us cottoning on to shows that are long since done, but that’s what DVD is for, right?  This summer found us watching: (more…)
26th May
2009
written by Steph
Back during my senior year of undergrad, I got into the Ellen Degeneres show in a big way.  Whenever I could catch the show, I would (generally in my pyjamas, if at all possible!).  I loved Ellen's humor and her playful approach to her show, and really, she just came across as a really cool lady.  Her frequent references to drinking didn't hurt either... 😉 We don't have tv currently so I haven't been able to watch Ellen's show for quite some time now, BUT recently, Ellen gave the Commencement speech at Tulane University, and the results have been posted to YouTube.  Some of you may be feeling a bit low having to return back to work after the long weekend, so do yourself a favor and watch the speech below as she lauds the class of 2009.  It's both funny and touching and down to earth.  In essence, it is Ellen at her best. Also, I hope that when I graduate from Vandy that we get a commencement speaker half as cool.  Tulane gets Ellen; Harvard has had JK Rowling...  I realize Jane Austen is right out of the question, but come on,  Vanderbilt! Don't let me down! YouTube Preview Image
18th March
2009
written by Tony

The end is near, I can sense it.

The end is near, I can sense it.

Steph and I were out at one of the malls in Nashville the other night wandering around aimlessly (as we do) when Steph said she would like to stop in BCBG and see what's the what. We were immediately off-put by the rather garish, 80s inspired window dressings, but decided to press on... until we came to the front entrance and saw the sight above. DEAR GOD what is this? Max Azria really, really thinks women will, or even should, wear this? If women start wearing these at all, even once, I'm going to lose my shit. Seriously. And these would be the perfect pants to be wearing if that were to happen.

I mean, maybe, if I was 70 years old and required an enormous adult diaper to contain the vast amounts of incontinence that wearing these pants would cause me to have all the time (from shame) then perhaps I would consider these mutated hospital bottoms as outerwear.

Apparently these $88.00 pants of shame are known as the Jersey Harem Pant. There aren't enough capital letters on the Internet to describe how much I hate these extra-ugly sweat pants. If you really want to throw up all over yourself, you can go check them out. You could pair them with this, and then change into this for the weekend. And then you could throw yourself into a ravine full of rabid weasels.

Normally I try to minimize obscenity in my posts (for all you sensitive souls out there) but...

Fuck you Max Azria.

p.s. I apologize for the quality of the camera phone image, I didn't have my nice camera with me because I never expected to see THIS at the mall. Or ever. JESUS.
12th January
2009
written by Steph
Apparently they never truly saw each other as a sibling...

Dexter? I hardly knew her!

I understand that Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are not actually siblings in real life, but this picture, as well as the fact that they recently got married really gives me the wiggins.  I suppose it’s just a testament to their acting skills that they so convincingly play brother and sister on Dexter. [This is really not surprising, because if you watch Dexter you know that everyone at that show is effing amazing.]  And maybe I’ve been reading a few too many novels this year that have featured incest in some way.  I’ve heard that the smart thing for actors and actresses who get involved with co-stars is to pick one who you have essentially no chance of being paired up with onscreen, so that if things should go awry offscreen, you at least don’t have that awkwardness to face.  Still: <shudder>. I guess this turn of events is better than Michael and Jennifer (really though, aren’t they just “Dexter” and “Deb”?) actually being siblings and then being paired romantically for the show.  Now that would be creepy. [Unrelated, yet I can't help pointing out - Jennifer, that dress is beyond unflattering.  Next time, try to pick something that doesn't look like you've simply wrapped a towel around yourself to keep your lady bits in check.] [Also: WTF is up with Hall specifically, and Dexter in general, being shafted for awards?  Tony & I have watched Mad Men, and it's a great show... but if I had to pick between it and Dexter?  I'm picking Dexter hands down.  And who is Gabriel Byrne and what is this show In Treatment?  Is it something I should be watching?]
30th December
2008
written by Steph
WTF, Teri Hatcher?!?!

WTF, Teri Hatcher?!?!

I know that Hollywood can be rough for women of a certain age, but I cannot think that the work Teri Hatcher has had done is going to help her get roles.  I mean, sure she's stick thin (she could cut things with her collarbone) and her face is apparently incapable of wrinkling, but when one has so much botox injected into one's face that it is impossible to convey happiness, and one must instead grimace ghoulishly?  Come on.  That's ridiculous.  She looks like she's in pain, and her eyes have gone all wonky.  Do people in L.A. really think that this is a graceful way to age?  Or that women like this look good?  What's even worse is that Hatcher apparently denies that she has ever (never mind currently!) cosmetically altered her face.  Uh, sure, Teri.  She is not nearly so good an actress that anyone is buying that line (perhaps if she could actually, oh, I don't know, EMOTE with her face, that would help matters).  I have seen natural female faces; Hatcher ain't got one. In the end, I realize it's fully her decision to make, but it's really sad that she (and many other actresses) felt this step was necessary or somehow enhances/retains her beauty.  I particularly find it a distasteful move because I know Hatcher has a daughter on the cusp of puberty, and I only wonder what inadvertent pressure her daughter might feel given the unhealthy body image and standards promoted by her mother. She may not be a housewife, but she's got the desperate down pat.
28th December
2008
written by Steph
The first ever (and likely last) Stylista.  Surprised?  No?  Ok, good.

The first ever (and likely last) Stylista. Surprised? No? Ok, good.

I admit, the title of this post might be overly optimistic – as of now, I am not aware of any talks of their being future seasons of this show, which is probably just as well given that it was not very good. Then again, my go-to guilty pleasure, America’s Next Top Model, has become nigh painful to watch (no longer campy fun, it’s just embarrassing) and it’s unclear when the next season of Project Runway will air, so Stylista was my fashion filler tv show. And so, as I predicted from about the second episode, Johanna wins the dubious title of Stylista. Is anyone surprised? I mean, she was going up against Dyshawn (sp? I don’t really care enough to look it up), who had already been taken to task at least three times for copy errors. And I don’t care what Anne Slowey & co. would have us believe, we all know a junior editor at Elle (or any fashion rag) ain’t gonna be designing the layout or styling the photo shoots, since those positions are held by people like “graphic designers” and “fashion stylists”. Junior editors are primarily going to be performing those menial administrative/secretarial tasks (i.e., getting coffee, picking up Anne’s secretary’s dry cleaning, making photocopies) and copy editing text. So if you’re not a good fact checker, don’t have an eye for details, and are a poor proofreader? You’re not going to be an effective junior editor. Ergo, Johanna had to take the competition, especially when it came down to her and Dyshawn. (more…)