Nat Johnson’s new song, “Dog,” is a sweet ode to how lovely it is to have a dog, inspired by all the happy dogwalkers she saw in the park near her home. The just-released music video is a beautiful animation that perfectly illustrates the song’s central theme: dogs can teach us so much. My favorite line: “It’s important to walk/there are friends left to meet.” Perfect. [Brain Pickings]
There’s a disturbing buzz building in Nashville right now. It’s reminiscent of the sound of the T-Rex approaching in “Jurassic Park.” At first, it’s just a faint vibration, then a loud, sickening THUMP, then a deafening roar, and suddenly you’re stuck between its jaws, being eaten alive, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The advancing predator I’m referring to in this case, though, isn’t a dinosaur; it’s a country song called, “Donkey.” Keep reading »
Fashion blogger GabiFresh deals with her fair share of haters. As a plus-size woman in the fashion world, getting passed over for opportunities, being judged for her size, and dealing with vicious comments about her body are par for the course. After hearing Beyonce’s song, “***Flawless,” and seeing the video, Gabi was inspired to use Bey’s empowerment anthem to make a major statement of her own. She said: Keep reading »
Mindy Kaling: Billy, this is truly the last question I have. … Do you think that Harry and Sally would still be together now?
Billy Crystal: Yes, well this is funny. This is what Meg and I talked about on stage, I said, “Well, where are they now? What do you think?” And Meg said, “I’m very optimistic about them.”
Mindy Kaling: Yes, perfect.
Billy Crystal: And the audience just laughed. I think they’re great. You have to believe in happily ever after. It does exist sometimes. And for them, I know that it’s true.
Noted romantic comedy enthusiast Mindy Kaling interviewed Billy Crystal for Entertainment Weekly, and their back-and-forth is jam packed with hilarious anecdotes, fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, and sweet thoughts on love and movies. I just finished reading it, and now my mouth physically hurts from smiling. It’s THAT adorable. My favorite exchange is the one above, in which Billy confirms what we all already knew: Harry & Sally made it. Sigh. After the jump, read Billy’s account of how that famous orgasm scene, ahem, came about… Keep reading »
Twitter data analyst Simon Rogers used the geotags on all Tweets that mentioned the word “sunrise” to create this animated map of the sun’s first light — and people talking about it — moving across the world. Sure, it’s not quite as breathtaking as watching an actual sunrise (OK, not even close), but it’s still pretty cool. [The Guardian]
“I counted his legs and I thought I was seeing things. Then I called my neighbour to make sure that I am not crazy.”
Croatian farmer Zoran Paparic, describing his reaction to this 8-legged goat that was born on his farm recently. My response would have been more along the lines of, “WHAT THE FUUUUUUUCCCKKKKK?!??!!” but hey, to each his own. After examining the octo-goat, vets determined that the extra legs belonged to an underdeveloped twin that hadn’t fully separated. It is unknown whether or not the newborn will survive longer than a few days, but Amelia is rooting for it, according to this message she just sent me: “I really want the octo-goat to survive so it can master galloping around on eight legs.” [You can do it buddy!!! -- Amelia] How’s that for a visual? My stomach hurts. I’m scared. I’m signing off the internet forever. [Mirror]
Growing up with hippie parents in Oregon, I thought I’d had more than my fair share of tie dye, but alas, this season’s tie dye trend has thoroughly renewed my fondness for the look. I love some of the more subtle tie dye styles that are cropping up in stores right now (it’s less “my dad at a Grateful Dead concert” and more “impossibly chic young woman on holiday in St. Barths”). The best part? There’s no need to go out and buy new tie dye stuff — just give some of your existing pieces the DIY tie dye treatment! Here are 10 fun projects to get you started. Some are actual tie dye (jeans! shoes! scarves! pillows!) and some just give the illusion of tie dye (cupcakes! manicures!) but they’re all very on trend and very, very cool.
My current strategy for identifying my unremarkable black suitcase at baggage claim consists of picking up other people’s unremarkable black suitcases, realizing it’s not mine when someone yells, “Hey, that’s my suitcase!” and then repeating the process until, by process of elimination, I’ve alienated everyone at the conveyor belt and am triumphantly holding my own bag. This is a terrible system, but I’ve been putting off buying luggage tags because I wanted to find the perfect ones. I think I finally have: these Flight Libs luggage tags and passport holders, which are not only bright and easy to spot, but so cute and clever, adorned with travel-themed Mad Libs sentences. And at less than $20 a pop, you can buy a tag for every piece of luggage you own, an unforgettable passport holder, and still afford to order an extra bottle of wine at your first dinner in Rome. Check out all the designs at Flight 001!
Student loan debt in America currently totals $1.2 trillion, and is rising quickly. As graduation day approaches, the class of 2014 might be feeling less than hopeful about their future, faced with a less-than-stellar job market and tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars of debt accrued in the process of getting a degree. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is working hard to give those students a chance at a life that’s not defined by endless interest payments and constant phone calls from debt collectors. On Tuesday, she filed a bill in the Senate that would allow students to refinance their loans at the current rate (which is 3.86% right now).
“This is an economic emergency, and we can’t ignore it any longer,” she said. Keep reading »