Top 100 Cheesiest Movie Quotes of All Time
It's mostly Arnold. I totally disagree with including Braveheart in this, and where is "I'll never let go, Jack!"
40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes
For those times when you're about to fight an army that just came out of a Trojan horse, or the Iceland ice hockey team in the Olympics.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Top 100 Cheesiest Movie Quotes of All Time
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
"Don't drink too much, as a man expects you to keep your dignity all evening. Drinking may make some girls seem clever, but most get silly."
At least being silly would liven up this horribly boring date they seem to be on.
The caption for this one is simply, "don't do this." Hahahahaha.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Several months ago, blogger Heather B. Armstrong, who writes Dooce, started a separate site called Monetizing the Hate. On this site, she posted all of the horrible, vitriolic comments that readers sent her and she plastered the entire page with ads. It's since been taken down, and I can only assume she made plenty of money off of it because she has so many regular readers that revenue from her blog supports her entire family. When she created the site, though, Kate Harding wrote about it for Jezebel. She was surprised that Armstrong got so much hate mail, because she rarely ever voices political or religious opinions- she mostly writes funny stories about her kids and dogs. Harding discussed the levels of hate mail both her and any female blogger that she knows receives for simply voicing their opinions.
I've got a fraction of Armstrong's readers, and I've heard versions of nearly every single complaint on Monetizing the Hate, minus the ones specific to her parenting, Utah, etc., more times than I could possibly keep track of. (My personal favorites so far are the people who believe I should be ashamed of myself for promoting my own book, on my own blog. So unseemly! If I had any real confidence in my writing, I'd trust that the book would find an audience without my having to brag about it. IT IS NOT FAIR TO ABUSE YOUR PLATFORM LIKE THAT.) Every female blogger I know whose traffic exceeds the number of her friends and family members has gotten this shit, and I know a lot of female bloggers. The second some people actually start listening to you, a ton of others become deeply invested in reminding you that it DOESN'T MAKE YOU MORE IMPORTANT.
This isn't the first time I've heard of women bloggers getting vast amounts of hate mail. Lena Chen, best known for her sex blog Sex and The Ivy (which is some of the best sex and relationship writing you'll find out there by someone so young, by the way), now writes at The Chicktionary, and I constantly see some flat out disgusting and insulting comments thrown her way, even though she rarely writes about her sex life anymore, and if she does, there's very little detail. Here are some examples of comments after a post about her vacation in Switzerland with her boyfriend, Patrick:
well, here she goes again. living a life of spoiled indulgence on someone else's nickel (unless mom got a promotion at the motel job). i think i've got her figured out: a spoiled, wannabe-rich brat who needs to flaunt her body, her sex life, her glamorous travels and her ivy pedigree. and all in the name of feminism and social justice! btw, i feel for the 'roomie'. he must only get sex when our princess is "so inclined". here's hoping the parents of these two read this blog: how proud they must all be of little lena's generosity in sharing TMI!
And this one...
I actually would give her the benefit of the doubt for living such a life of leisure if she was hot, but after I saw her nude pictures and I threw up all over my computer screen, I realized her life if pathetic. She has deep issues that are unresolved from her childhood which have caused her to act out like she has. She needs counseling and help.And next...
She acts like she is so hot and so desirable to guys. Barf. Seeing those naked pictures of her pat and mushy body, combined with her ugly face, show just how disgusting inside and out she is.
Is it any wonder all of her boyfriends are ugly as hell and losers? No guy in their right mind would choose to date this fat, ugly, morally reprehensible beast. She is scum.
Her body is all fat and mushy and her face looks like a monster. On top of that she is a worthless whore who has no redeemable value to society. Her lack of morals make her a piece of shit above all else.A lot of Chen's posts have some type of comment about how she needs psychological counseling to face the childhood demons that turned her into such a whore and ruined her life (when really, her life looks to be pretty great to me). Yes, Chen did voluntarily open her life up to comments when she put it on the Internet, but the level of harassment that she faces because of it makes me wonder about the level of cretins who troll the Internet just to harass women like this. Obviously if these commenters didn't like Chen they could just click away, but instead they would rather take the time to spew vitriol her way and try to cut her down each chance they get.
Chen and Armstrong and Harding are all really fantastic writers, all succcesful and widely read. With large readerships anyone is bound to run into some god awful species, but these comments are not someone just disagreeing with their writing, they are attacking the individuals.
Chen, though, proves time and again to be tougher than her critics. This post details how she dealt with an ex posting nude pictures of her on the Internet, and how she never again trusted that people are inherently good:
But outside of HBO world, no one needs to nearly get their life ruined in order to emerge triumphant. The reality is that people are often mean without justification, you may or may not learn from this stuff, and the guy you end up with in the aftermath is not necessarily the pay-off for putting up with bullshit. Though I survived my ordeal more or less intact, with a boyfriend and a puppy dog to boot, I have never regained my former faith in others’ inherent goodness. Which is good, because I was really just being naive. The crazy ex who posted those photos could have easily been written off as a psychotic exception to the generally sane population at large, but what happened in the aftermath demonstrated to me how thoughtless, judgmental, and unkind normal individuals can be and that this tends to be the rule, not the exception, and that Harvard kids with all their privilege are not exempt from moral failings despite being in a position where they should theoretically “know better”.
It's a really great reflective post on the past couple of years of her life. The single comment?
You need to get therapy for your issues from your childhood which have ruined your life. Seek help.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
According to a new study, women talk less about themselves and are more uncomfortable when they felt men were looking at their bodies instead of at their faces.
Saguy found that women talked about themselves for less time than men, but only if they thought they were being visually inspected by a man, and particularly if they thought their bodies were being checked out. They used the full two minutes if they were describing themselves to another woman (no matter where the camera was pointing) or if they were speaking to a man who could hear but not see them. But if their partner was a man watching their bodies, they spoke for just under one-and-a-half minutes. Men had no problem talking about themselves, no matter who their partner was:
They used the full two minutes regardless of whether they were being watched or listened to, and no matter the gender of their partner. The fact that men didn't react in the same way is important. For a start, it shows that it's a man's gaze and not just any downward glance that affects a woman's behaviour. It also puts paid to the false equivalence arguments that are often put forward when discussing gender issues (i.e. "women look at male bodies too").What causes women to react this way?
As Saguy explains, "When a woman believes that a man is focusing on her body, she narrows her presence... by spending less time talking." There are a few possible reasons for this. Saguy suspects that objectification prompts women to align their behaviour with what's expected of them - silent things devoid of other interesting traits. Treat someone like an object, and they'll behave like one. Alternatively, worries about their appearance might simply distract them from the task at hand.
If it were me, I'd stop talking so that the dude would stop looking at me. Obviously he wouldn't be paying attention to what I was saying anyway, and maybe if I stopped talking he wouldn't focus his attention on me anymore. Anyone else have a different theory?
Monday, January 11, 2010
Ted Olsen, a lifelong and prominent Republican, is leading the legal case to overturning Proposition 8 in California (that would mean he fighting to get gays and lesbians the right to marry). He makes the conservative case for same-sex marriage in Newsweek, something I found through Andrew Sullivan's emotional post. The whole thing is well worth a read, but here is a money quote:
Conservatives and liberals alike need to come together on principles that surely unite us. Certainly, we can agree on the value of strong families, lasting domestic relationships, and communities populated by persons with recognized and sanctioned bonds to one another. Confining some of our neighbors and friends who share these same values to an outlaw or second-class status undermines their sense of belonging and weakens their ties with the rest of us and what should be our common aspirations. Even those whose religious convictions preclude endorsement of what they may perceive as an unacceptable "lifestyle" should recognize that disapproval should not warrant stigmatization and unequal treatment.
When we refuse to accord this status to gays and lesbians, we discourage them from forming the same relationships we encourage for others. And we are also telling them, those who love them, and society as a whole that their relationships are less worthy, less legitimate, less permanent, and less valued. We demean their relationships and we demean them as individuals. I cannot imagine how we benefit as a society by doing so.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
In Salon last week, Kate Harding gave us some perspective on the so-called "healthy body image" trend the lady mags are "endorsing." Especially Glamour, who thinks they've done such a great thing by using a few "plus size" models in a few issues of their magazine (plus size in fashion speak starts a size 6, by the way).
Let's pause for a little reality check. Prominently featured on Glamour's website at this writing is the headline "Sign Up for Body By Glamour and You Could Lose 5 Pounds This Week!" Further down the page, "How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner," "When I See a Woman This Skinny, It Just Makes Me Mad," and "10 Ways to Reverse Holiday Weight Gain -- Fast!" This is the ostensible leader in the ostensible trend among women's magazines to promote healthy body image -- apparently, crash dieting and criticizing very thin women will make you like yourself even more? A rash of TV shows featuring larger people last summer was also heralded as evidence that more realistic beauty standards and less body shame are on their way in, but upon closer inspection, as I wrote then, they did "little to dispel the myth that fat people's lives are built around dessert and desperation." While people fretted that new plus-size clothing lines could promote obesity -- because giving young women who can't fit into mainstream sizes the opportunity to dress like their peers might make them forget just how much their bodies are reviled -- several retailers started reducing their offerings above a size 14. Despite a handful of baby steps and dozens of trend pieces inflating their significance, I'm pretty confident that 2009 will not be remembered as The Year of the Happy Fat Chick.
We've got a long, long way to go before the media actually tries to make women feel good about their looks.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
First, a little background. For over ten years, my parents subscribed to Comcast for their cable service and Internet. Comcast had, at that time, a monopoly in our area. My mom, at heart a true free market capitalist and loather of all monopolies (even the game Monopoly, but for different reasons), hated the fact that we had no other choice. She was also generally unhappy with Comcast’s pricing, slow Internet, and lousy customer service. Then, one day only a few years ago, we started to notice tiny brightly colored flags on our neighbor’s lawns. They were sprouting up everywhere, and yes, it was true, Verizon FioS had come to town.
They were running a fantastic deal at the time, bundle offer pricing and something in the area of $250 back if you order the Triple Play (that’s home telephone, Internet and cable). My parents signed up immediately. In no time we had super fast Internet and clear FioS T.V. When the bill came, however, it was much higher than it should have been. The reason, my mom was told, was because the offer she was given never existed, and they assured my mom that no employee of theirs would have offered that. So, my mom replied, someone must have walked into your call center, sat down at one of the desks, and picked up my call where they just made something up, right?
It took many, many phone calls and hours of my mom’s time to get the situation resolved. I remembered all of it when it came time for me to move out.
For awhile I went without cable, and I didn’t really miss it. Then, after realizing that I had very poor cell phone service in my apartment, I decided to go back a decade and get a landline installed. I already had Verizon FioS Internet (which was fast and reliable- and cheaper than Comcast), so I called about the phone. And wouldn’t you know it! They were running a great deal: super low Triple Play pricing for the first six months, which would be raised to a still reasonable price that I was guaranteed for the next 18 months. Plus a $150 Visa gift card. Remembering my parent’s debacle, I wrote down every single thing this rep said, and I confirmed it all multiple times. I got her first and last name, wrote down the time and date we spoke. I asked if I would receive an email confirmation of everything we talked about (she said yes, but the email I got just thanked me for ordering FioS- no details). I said, will this all be on my file? Of course, she replied, I'm typing this all in now!
Then, the bill comes. It’s all wrong, of course, which I expected it to be. When I called and asked why, I was given an answer that didn’t shock me: that offer never existed. Not only that, the original rep never wrote in my file the offer she gave me. It was nowhere to be found! How convenient for them, and sucky for me.
A supervisor was only able to offer me the higher pricing the original rep promised wouldn't kick in for 6 months. I refused to accept it. Why should I have to pay for Verizon’s mistake? It’s entirely their fault, whether they hired someone incompetent or gave her the wrong information. The supervisor said she was unable to give me the offer I was originally promised, but if I wanted to I could speak with the original rep. What in God’s name would that accomplish? If YOU are the supervisor and YOU can’t give me the deal, what will she do? And, I asked her, why should I even believe you and this offer you’re giving me? I was, after all, a woman scorned.
After one hour of arguing (although I kept calm- important in these situations), I pleaded with the supervisor to check back on my original call (since they are usually recorded) or to at least speak with the original rep. She said she would and that she would call me back, which I figured meant I’d never hear from her again.
But! She called me within 15 minutes, and gave me my original deal. Plus gift card. I can only assume she tracked down the original rep and found out I wasn’t lying. I’m still counting on having to call up again each month to correct my bill, but for at least the next 30 days I’m happy.
So, my big question here is: what the hell is going on over there? Why can’t these people get their shit together and know what offers they are running or not running? Who keeps hiring these fantastical liars who obviously enjoy creating happiness in new customers only to force us to spend hours of our time talking to supervisor after supervisor to fix their insane mistakes?
The worst part, and the main reason why I’m sharing this story, is that in no way am I alone. Over the holidays when I recounted my story, every other adult had a long, spiraling complaint about their cable/Internet provider, no matter who it was. There is even an entire website devoted to stories like mine. In no way am I going on a Heather B. Armstrong type crusade here, and I’m glad the supervisor came through for me, but the poor customer service of these companies is no mystery.
So, now that I’ve vented, please feel free to use the comments to share your own customer service horror story.