Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Guys From Robot Chicken at NYC Comic Con

A Short Soup Clip

If you are scared easily, move on because this portion of The Soup includes not just Tyra, but the always frightening Kathy Lee Gifford as well. Don't say I didn't warn you.

A World Without Tiger

You've got to beleive that this isn't far from the truth.

Friday, February 27, 2009

This Week's Drag Race

It was an emotional one for me and most viewers as well. The big challenge was for MAC cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign and the winner had a big surprise for everybody. We have all had friends affected by HIV, watched people die and felt powerless to help. I cried but I'm going to buy a tube of that lipstick. It's the least I can do. Here is the link to my latest recap.

How to Spot a Liar

My boyfriend has taught me a thing or two about how to tell when someone is lying by watching their facial expressions and body language. I can be a bit too trusting so any little bit will help if I can figure out if someone is trying to pull the wool over my eyes. This Gretchen chick from The Real Housewives of Orange County is a classic case. Watch her, she's completely unable to keep her mouth from trying to jump off of her face, she continually shifts her eyes to the left when she's speaking and her posture is alternately defensive and attacking. Her legs remain tightly crossed throughout and I bet you could crack walnuts between them. Even if you don't watch this show or simply hate the housewives on principal, it's still an amazing case study in mendacity. She would have better served herself by telling Tamra it was none of her business instead of making herself look like a fool. Painful to watch.
By the way, the Bravo channel website is one of the worst TV websites out there. Their videos only work part of the time, the design sucks and they need to get full episodes up like most of the other ones do. There is no rhyme or reason to when they post pictures and I pity anyone who has to recap these shows without them. They need a new web designer, stat.

Tobie Giddio Interview

Tobie is an amazing artist that has been a close friend of mine since I first met her in NYC in the 80s. She has evolved from doing those iconic Bergdorf ads to a gorgeous and totally original abstract sensibility in her fashion illustration today. Diane Pernet has posted her interview with Walter Cessna and here's the link:

There are a lot more illustrations there for you to check out and drool over. I need to get mine framed. Love you, Tobie!

Portrait of Tobie by the fabulous Billy Erb.

New Media Douchebags

We've all been there. Someone you know thinks that their life is so bloody fascinating that they do constant Facebook updates and Twitter like there is no tomorrow. It's like a high school popularity contest, only more meaningless. Andy Warhol is proven a genius, once again.

Thanks, Tobes!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama's Girls Have a New Puppy on the Way

They have selected a Portuguese Water dog, a breed first suggested to them by senator Ted Kennedy who has fallen in love with the hypoallergenic puppies that have been a part of his family for years. The girls want to name him Frank or Moose but Michelle isn't happy with those names. I like Frank, like FDR or Benjamin Franklin. I think it's perfect and the breed is cute, lovable and full of energy. They'll pick him up after Spring break and I can't wait to see him.

The wait is almost over! I am a sucker because I've been waiting for this ever since he said that the girls earned a new puppy after being so good on the campaign trail.

Dogs are proven stress relievers and they are going to need it. He has a hard road ahead of him, as do all of us. But here's the thing: Let's hope that all the copycats that decide that they can't live without the same dog that the First Family has adopted, actually take care of the dog, love it and don't get rid of it when the shine has worn off.

Ovechkin is Insane

If he were my friend I would have jumped him so fast and knocked out a few of his remaining teeth.
Yeah, right.
Anyhoo, here's the death wish video where he almost decapitates himself and Mike green.

Mark Fast Show

He's a Canadian who went to Central Saint Martins in London and he does fab knitwear. Very short, very sexy. Not everyone can wear this and when it gets copied, which it inevitably will, the pieces are sure to be longer or simply marketed as sweaters. His inspiration is thunderstorms, don't you love that? Truly one of my favorites so far.

Paid Not to Kill

The government is working on a plan that would pay land owners not to kill endangered species that wander onto their land. They will be compensated if the numbers increase but will receive nothing if they go down, just like stocks. There will be titles to these contracts, just like bonds that can be bought and sold. The government will take on the initial debt until people decide to buy and trade them.

Here is the article in

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Can Cuteness be Explained?

Maybe. Someone decided to compare our attraction to what we like in other people to what we find irresistable in animals. What I like about animals is that they aren't like most humans. They are innocent, don't try to be what they aren't and are often nicer to me than most people. There is something pretty effed up about that, but I'm not giving up on us humans just yet. I don't feel like living in a cave with my pet rats, eating berries and nuts or bear poop like Bear Grylls, but people need to start being more humanist and less ego-centrist.
The baby is super cute, by the way. Who hasn't done that with a little kid? Wubba wubba wubba. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbuhbuhbuhbuh. Ha! Adorable.

Eyes of Laura Mars

The collection below reminds me of this movie starring Faye Dunaway and real models from the 70s, including Lisa Taylor, Sterling St. Jacques, Anna Anderson and Patty Oja. I was a kid then and any movie with models and fashion in it obsessed me no end. I was the youngest girl I knew that had a subscription to Vogue magazine, and I had big dreams of moving to New York, most of which were fulfilled, lucky me. Many thanks to all my friends who brought back copies of the foreign versions of Vogue on their trips overseas in the early 80s. I still have them!

Issa Fall 2009

It is fashion week in London and I have seen some utter shit so far. Here is an exception. This collection by Daniella Helayel for Issa has the black and white and bold color of old Yves Saint Laurent and the hair of Studio 54 in 1977. It's a sad commentary when something so derivative is more inspired than supposedly 'modern' stuff that is being churned out there. It's still early, though. We'll see.
I love the fringe clutch purses. Please tell me they are not fur.

A Shirtless Post

The theme this time is hockey so we have Jordan Staal of the Pens, Bryan McCabe, formerly of the Maple Leafs, now with the Panthers, Taylor Kitsch aka Gambit who played hockey all his life, and Paul Newman who was in the best hockey movie ever, 'Slapshot.'
I need to do this more often.

Collector's Item for a Lucky Yankees Fan

This beauty is up for sale at Grey Flannel Auctions right now, so if you have a couple grand lying around it could be yours. According to Deadspin, if you caught Mantle when he was hungover or still drunk from the night before he would write pretty much anything you asked him to on whatever you asked him to write it on. How about 'Lou Gehrig had it coming' or 'Elston Howard is a rascist?' No? 'Roger Maris is a pussy?' Still no? I'm just not funny today. Oh well.
Unfortunately, the only way you can get him to sign a ball now is to wear a Red Sox jersey to a Yankees game, in which case you deserve to die. So go ahead. I think the world just might be a better place with a few less Sox fans crawling on it.

This'll Do

Have you lost your Bluetooth? Or just misplaced it and can't afford a replacement in these difficult economic times? I think I have a solution for you, and it doesn't cost a dime.

Boobie Scarves

Japan's fashion week has a bold new item this season, sure to be copied the world over. Move over, Marc Jacobs, there's a new Sherriff in town. The Kyoto women's coffee klatsch knitting circle has a sure-fire hit on their hands.
Thanks, Jill!

What is This Woman On?

Watch this weirdness before it shows up everywhere by tomorrow. Who does she remind you of? It's on the tip of my tongue, dammit!

The Godfather Photo Album

Who doesn't love The Godfather movies? So much talent in one movie is a truly amazing feat, and can you imagine directing all those egos? I'd have an ulcer the size of Lake Tahoe.

I just ran across a book by Steve Shapiro, the official still photographer for the first two movies and it's full of great behind the scenes pictures. It came out last year and for those of you in London, he has a show at Hamilton's Gallery running from tomorrow until March 28th.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Chandra Levy Case May Finally Come to an End

Remember about eight years ago when all the media talked about was Gary Condit and Chandra Levy? Did he kill her when she threatened to expose their affair? Or was it an attack by a psycho who follows women joggers in the park? Turns out to be the latter. Police have a man, Ingmar Guandique, who is already in custody for attacking two other female joggers. It turns out that his DNA matches some of the evidence the police found. The authorities aren't being any more specific than that, probably because it took them so long and they don't want another media feeding frenzy. Last time the media cost Gary Condit the Primary in California, though he did win money from three news outlets in court, and sadly, 9-11 happened and wiped the case off of the front pages forever.

I hope this gives her parents closure and they get what they want, a life sentence for her killer instead of the death penalty. Her father says that he wants the guy to suffer for life.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yay, George Mason University!

Drag queen Reann Ballslee/Ryan Allen won the Homecoming Queen title at the very diverse George Mason University. The school is located just outside of Washington DC and is the largest University in Virginia. They are one of the few campuses that are growing at an exponential rate and even have plans to open a site in the United Arab Emerites. They have Division I sports teams and a strong computer sciences program.
It seems like everyone was a good sport about Reann winning the title, so if you are a young cross dresser getting ready to head off to college, this may be where you'd be most welcome. Who knows? Perhaps you too could be Queen someday!