Profile for Amelia McDonell-Parry

Play DJ — Or Just Listen To A Stranger’s Rad Music All Day — On Turntable.fm

Hot new website alert! Turntable.fm is a new website — accessible to anyone with a Facebook account — where users get to play DJ for thousands of online listeners. So, how does it work? When you log in to the site, you have a choice of either entering an existing “room” or creating a “room” yourself. Each room can have a max of five DJs playing music that fits with the room’s theme at one time, but even if you’re not DJing, you can sit and listen. If you do want to DJ, you upload songs into the queue and when it’s your turn, your top song will play. Users can then vote if the song choice is Awesome or Lame — for each “Awesome” vote, the DJ gets a point which can then be put towards other site privileges, like fancy avatars. I haven’t had the balls to play DJ yet — users can chat online while the songs play and sometimes their assessment of a DJ’s picks can be harsh — but I have been hanging out in various “rooms” all weekend, listening to a mix of songs that I either haven’t heard in awhile or wasn’t privy to before. So far, my fave rooms have been “Indie While You Work” and “Just Dope Tracks” which plays a variety of hip-hop tunes from all eras. If you love music and are looking to mix up audio routine, check it out! [Turntable.fm] Keep reading »

James Franco Didn’t Think His Oscar-Hosting Performance Was Very Good Either

“For three or four weeks we shot the promos and the little film that played in the opening. In the last week, when we really started focusing on the script for the live show and did a run-through, I said to the producer, ‘I don’t know why you hired me, because you haven’t given me anything. I just don’t think this stuff’s going to be good.’ … As far as having low energy or seeming as though I wasn’t into it or was too cool for it, I thought, Okay Anne is going the enthusiastic route. I’ve been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to the people I’m working with, and not force anything. So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that’s how I was trying to do those lines. I felt kind of trapped in that material. I felt, This is not my boat. I’m just a passenger, but I’m going down and there’s no way out.”

James Franco finally dishes on his infamously low-energy Oscar-hosting performance, which he was clearly and, now admittedly, unenthusiastic about, in an interview with Playboy. Find out what skit he was particularly unhappy about appearing in, after the jump… Keep reading »

Piglet Gets A Warm Bath


It’s Monday, which sort of sucks. I think we need a little pick-me-up. Check out this video of a chilly little piglet getting a warm bath. I love how blissed out he is. That’s how I would feel if I were sitting in the sunshine right now instead of my freezing cubicle. Keep reading »

Prince William Molds A Willy Out Of Clay

Before heading back across the pond after an exciting trip to North America, Prince William and Kate Middleton spent some time getting crafty with the kids at Los Angeles’ Inner City Arts yesterday. Dare I suggest that Prince William seems to be constructing a giant dong out of clay? Oh Willy! Keep reading »

15 Reasons You Should Be Banned From The Internet

Over the weekend, my brother from another mother — and The Frisky’s Mind of Man — John DeVore posted a link to a funny slideshow on Dumb as a Blog called “10 Reasons You Should Be Banned From The Internet.” Such reasons include “you still check your MySpace account,” “you stalk your ex,” and “you obsessively Google yourself.” Fair enough, DeVore. I guess I’m banned. But before I accept my fate and disconnect from the internet entirely, here are 15 other reasons why the rest of you should be banned from the Internet (too). Keep reading »

“Paletas” Is Spanish For Heaven On A Stick

On a recent boiling hot summer day, we were on a stroll, dripping with sweat from head to ass to toe, craving something cool and refreshing. An answer to our prayers came in the form of a woman selling what she called paletas (also known as “Mexican ice pops”). Not your average popsicle, these babies are packed with fruit and other fresh flavors in wicked combinations like mango-chile, horchata-strawberry, and dulce de leche. We were in heaven. Imagine our delight when we discovered that there was a cookbook — called Palepas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas — filled with recipes for these easy-to-make treats. Now all future cravings can be satiated in our — and your! — own kitchen. Hallelujah!

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