Posts Tagged ‘humor’
Regina Spektor has a knack for turning simple chord progressions into ethereal expressions of joy, longing and sadness – sometimes all three in the same breadth. Her intonation alternates between whimsy and passion. This was all on display at her recent Town Hall show when she took the stage with a string quartet plus bass and drums.
Dear Hillary: I’m an Independent, former Republican, and I’m voting for you. I have disagreed with some of your political views, but I’ve been a fan of yours since your “baking cookies” comment in 1992 . If we are lucky enough to dodge the catastrophe of Donald Trump there is no going back to politics as usual.
A suspected serial killer in South Carolina may have made veiled references to the alleged killings in a series of Amazon.com product reviews. Todd Kohlhepp, who is linked to up to seven deaths, was leaving the reviews under the name “me,” NBC News reports. In a 2014 review for a lock, the account linked to Kohlhepp claimed to have five of them on a shipping container
If you don’t plan to vote because you think your vote doesn’t count please consider this: The world needs you to be their proxy. Polls show that most of the world passionately hopes that Hillary Clinton becomes president. Non-Americans can’t vote for her, but you can, on their behalf
The latest of Hogarth’s retellings of Shakespearean plays by eminent authors is a match made in dystopian heaven. (If such a thing could exist.) Margaret Atwood, the author behind great ecological speculative fiction like the chilling MaddAddam trilogy, meets William Shakespeare’s most climate-obsessed drama: “The Tempest.” Not, of course, that Atwood goes with the obvious, stormy angle. Instead, Hag-Seed leans into the elements of theatricality, imprisonment and deception within “The Tempest,” telling the story of Felix, a once-ambitious artistic director who’s been living in grim isolation since his righthand man stabbed him in the back and took over the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival in his place
Moundsville, West Virginia There are two types of Halloween mounds: One is the delicious coconut candy bar. The other is the tumulus or Hügelgräber , a.k.a. the burial mound.
Paul Beatty was on Tuesday named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for “The Sellout,” a biting satire on race relations in the United States. The narrator of “The Sellout,” an African-American called “Bonbon” tries to put his Californian town back on the map, from which it has been officially removed, by re-introducing slavery and segregation in its high school. The 289-page novel begins with “Bonbon” facing a hearing in the Supreme Court, looking back over the events that led up to that point.
So we had the final presidential debate this week, and Donald Trump went right on being Donald Trump, which should have surprised precisely no one by now. Our subtitle today, of course, refers to the two most amusing (or horrifying, take your pick…) things Trump said during the debate. Since then, both “bad hombres” and “nasty women” are trending online
Leave it to The Economist. The British magazine known for its wry humor summed up the candidacy of Donald Trump in a single cover image released on Thursday: Just in case it wasn’t obvious what they were getting at, the magazine posted an animated version on Twitter: Donald Trump has taken a knuckle-duster to American political culture https://t.co/fDJdgUuQtF pic.twitter.com/cBKOS2abYv — The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 13, 2016 “ Healthy democracies depend on unwritten rules ,” the magazine’s lead article stated. “The Republican nominee has trampled all over them.” Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar , rampant xenophobe , racist , misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S
“I would get on the bus thinking, maybe he’ll stop today,” Jessica explains, holding back tears as she speaks. Her words haunt me. Jessica, along with 3.2 million other kids in the United States are bullied every year.
Ruby Elliot was a teenager when a constellation of mental health complications disrupted her life. When an eating disorder , depression and long hospitalizations forced her to stop going to school, she began to draw. http://rubyetc.tumblr.com/post/134930674472/what-fun One one the most intense struggles Elliot faced with mental illness was the inability to articulate what she was going through , which led her to feel even more isolated and self-destructive, she wrote on Rethink.org . Her drawings helped her communicate problems without verbalizing them. “You lose a lot of autonomy when you’re that ill,” Elliot, who lives in the U.K.
No, really, says Michelle Dockery, there is kinship between Lady Mary Crawley, whom she played on Downton Abbey , and Letty Raines, whom she plays on TNT’s upcoming Good Behavior. More..
Kate Beckinsale is a performer who has always ably jumped between such bombastic Hollywood fare as Total Recall and her signature Underworld series, and smaller offerings such as her latest project, Love & Friendship .
Divorce after 60 may be painful, but, at least it is no longer a taboo subject.
One year ago, today my wonderful father, Martin Sydney Greene, passed away, 8 days before his 87th birthday.. But what happened over the next few days would confirm to me that, indeed, neither my beloved father, or anyone, ever really dies, or goes away
The news industry today is all about experimentation. In the face of great change and opportunity, news outlets are constantly developing fresh strategies, offerings and partnerships to further engage with audiences, communities and advertisers.
Poor Mrs. Hughes. Just when it looked like she’d won her Hundred Years War not to have her wedding overshadowed by the Crawley family, she got upstaged anyhow
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT : The Force Awakens is a brilliantly manipulative piece of film-making meant to reel in everyone who loved the first three Lucas films and rightly despised the next trio. And make them bring their kids, too
Your partner should bring out the best in you, inspire you to grow and make you laugh like nobody’s business. If that’s not happening, you’re probably with the wrong person. Below, experts share nine signs the person you’re with might not be right for you. 1. She doesn’t see your full potential. The right partner sees your worth and won’t make you feel anxious about where you are in life, said Washington D.C-based psychologist Alicia H.
Firstly, I must make this much clear: I am not a Republican. However, I do respect those who champion fiscal responsibility as an ideological platform, as well as those few GOP candidates who have proven their political mettle and entered the arena with more than just empty promises (John Kasich, for example). No matter whether I agree or disagree with their policies, at the very least they make concrete statements about what they plan to do in office via their respective “On the Issues” statements and comments on the campaign trail.
BY KARA I. STEVENS Being “broke” seems to be a recurring theme among Black women despite our collective levels of education, resources, and salary. In order to break up with “broke,” we have to first answer the question, “Why am I broke?” If you happen to fall into the being broke category, here are four reasons why you might be struggling to make ends meet
Whenever I have my children’s full attention, meaning they are only performing two simultaneous tasks on their cell phones, I attempt to offer fatherly advice on subjects ranging from drugs to fashion choices to not spending money like a Kardashian. So far they seem to be listening, although I know the day is coming when one bursts through the front door and excitedly screams, “Dad, don’t you think this tattoo will be perfect for my job interview?” Recently my eldest and I were discussing her chosen college major, physical therapy, a vocation that I wholeheartedly support for it meets the criteria I laid out during one of my advisory sessions: Do not choose a career that can be replaced by a computer. Physical therapist has only a 2.1 percent chance of becoming automated in the next decade or two, if one is to believe “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization,” a 2013 study authored at the University of Oxford
There’s a meme going around, the one with two precious little girls in frilly, white matching outfits.
Jesper Just, True Love is Yet to Come , 2005. A Performa Commission
As a major fan of all things Halloween, there is a lot to celebrate about living in Los Angeles in October: zombie-filled mazes, transformed theme parks, and an abundance of creepy live shows. As one who dares to check them all out, you will not find anything quite as delightful, original and spooktacular as Ghoulmaster’s Haunted Playhouse playing through October 31 at Hollywood’s Hudson Theatre. A curious mashup of Pee Wee’s Playhouse , Rocky Horror Picture Show , Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, Marilyn Manson music videos, a dash of Cirque Du Soleil , and yes, even Thriller -inspired dance-stravaganza sequences, Ghoulmaster’s Haunted Playhouse is a must for every devotee of the Season of the Witch
Moonrise, 1884 Stanislaw Maslowski A little over two years ago, I went to the closet where I kept a hidden stash of pills, carefully packed them among my things into a small weekend suitcase, made reservations at an inn I had stayed at with my mother when I was a teenager and left for the beach town of my childhood without telling anyone. I was headed towards the place where I had had my happiest years, those golden, magical summers when I was young.
By Ralph Benko Some of us are sick of the vilification of political adversaries, whether right-wingers insinuating scandalous conduct by Hillary Clinton or left-wing agitprop against the Koch brothers. We can disagree with our adversaries, even passionately, without attributing sinister motives or magical powers to them.
The cast of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen Martin McDonagh–the British/Irish author of such mordantly fine plays as The Beauty Queen of Leenane , The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lieutenant of Inishmore –has returned from a dozen-year absence in filmland with his new play, Hangmen . I won’t necessarily opine that Hangmen is McDonagh’s best; I imagine that if I saw a good production of Leenane or Inishmaan tomorrow, I might switch allegiance. But walking away from the Royal Court last night, I would gladly head back for another visit to Hangmen tomorrow
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The charming family comedy from sister-and-brother filmmakers Geeta and Ravi Patel opens on September 11.
“A man can laugh a woman into bed, but funny females aren’t attractive .” At least that’s what the Daily Mail made of a provocative new study on the role of humor in romantic attraction. The University of Kansas study , which was published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, found that men who are able to make women laugh are more likely to win their affection.
Photo by Vlad Semen Maramures is probably the most wonderful hidden secret of Romania. Traditions are still preserved and local tourism boards promote treasures that cannot be found elsewhere in the country.
(I wrote this letter several years ago, and now the college student is a successful man with a family, a career, and a mortgage.) Dear Son, What do you mean you mailed a college application? Get back down on the floor and play with some Legos.
A dazed couple stands stiffly beside one another. The man wears a stethoscope and stares blankly ahead; the woman gazes distractedly off in the distance.
Embassies around the world focus on some very important issues – bilateral trade negotiations, helping American citizens abroad, reporting on political developments. And then there are the things that come up that can drive you absolutely bananas. Theodore Wilkinson was Chief Political Officer in Mexico City in 1993 when he received an interesting phone call.
#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter is a trending hashtag on the internet and one which Jodi Picoult, Amy Tan and others are having fun with…so I thought I’d chime in. After three decades of living the writer’s life, I have many more than ten juicy possibilities for this list.
It has been said that people “come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime,” but some are just seasonal lifetimes. It has also been said that you cannot make new old friends. True friendship is born by having shared experiences, and only time will tell if a friend stands the test of that time.
As someone who is neither black nor white literally, I usually see racial issues in terms that are neither black nor white figuratively. I do not believe every claim of racism. I also don’t disbelieve every claim related to race.
I realized as I set down to write this review that Pixels is one of those flicks that’s pretty much impervious to any kind of critical analysis. Director Chris Columbus’s ode to the bygone arcade culture of 1980s — when Donkey Kong was king — isn’t egregiously offensive, but it’s also not even remotely memorable.
Abraham Maslow is the leading figure in the tradition of humanistic psychology and the modern Positive Psychology movement owes a huge debt to his theories. His ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ remains widely recognized and used. Nonetheless, the layperson knows surprisingly little about the pinnacle Maslow wants us to aspire to- Self-Actualization
A Joyous Eid In Somalia: Ugaaso Abukar Boocow’s Instagram Photos Capture The Celebrations In Mogadishu
As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Friday, Ugaaso Abukar Boocow was in Somalia, capturing the festivities in the country for her more than 90,000 Instagram followers. Boocow, a 27-year-old civil servant living in Mogadishu , sees herself as an ambassador of sorts for Somalia.
If you’re stark naked, a few blocks from the Empire State Building, and an agitated NYPD officer says, “You need to put underwear on right now, bro,” the man you want by your side is Andy Golub. Golub, a body painting artist, has been at this too long to get angry when a shocked cop tries to shut him down. New York City is one of few places where the law protects your right to involve nudity in art created in a public space, and Golub’s legal battles over the last five years are infamous.
Precious jewels have provided fodder for drama practically since drama was invented, with precious stones and trinkets used as plot devices in plays written as far back as 100 B.C. As man-made substitutes such as rhinestones , moissanite , and cubic zirconium started making the market for seemingly-precious stones more, well, precious, so did the real thing become more dramatic to seek out on film. Here are a few of the most sought after, revered and iconic pieces of jewelry dramatized for our viewing pleasure.
Jordan Passman founded scoreAscore in 2009 in Los Angeles, and today, his platform has become internet’s leading sound marketplace to find custom and original music, voice over and sound design. Jordan was featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2014, and companies who have hired scoreAscore composers include Google, Disney, Pizza Hut, NBC, Universal, College Humor, Reebok and Verizon among several others! More…
In just two seasons, ” Broad City ” has become one of the funniest comedies on TV. But beyond its daring humor, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Comedy Central show is also a source for discovering some of the best new indie music around. Besides last season’s epic Drake parody and Abbi’s naked Lady Gaga lip-synch , it’s also is filled with gems you’ve likely never heard before from dance and hip-hop producers, DJs and Brooklyn-based bands.
When Mary Nelson started working at a restaurant in Honolulu last year, she hid in the back as a dishwasher. Despite her lively personality and quick humor, she was too intimidated to interact with the customers, so for the first six months of the job, she washed dishes. More..
The recently released GoDaddy 2015 Super Bowl ad generated a whole lot of outrage from animal advocates and was quickly retracted Tuesday. The ad, called “Journey Home,” features a golden retriever puppy named Buddy who bounces out of the back of a truck before traveling through a series of harrowing environments to get to a bright red barn. More…
According to Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse . People born this year are said to be full of personality, enjoy socializing and have a great sense of humor. But, there’s nothing funny about the fast food nightmares this year brought
Ted was a self-proclaimed insomniac. His cure? A lullaby of gratitude
Deconstructing episodes of TV’s The X-Files , cancelled over a decade ago, just got very meta with Episode 9 of Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files new series, because he brought in the first series alumnus. Fellow comedian and actor Dean Haglund , most famous for playing long-haired, bespectacled Langley, a member of The X-Files conspiracy theorist trio The Lone Gunmen, sat in with Nanjiani for this episode.
One of Britain’s most famous journalists has written that his reporting in Gaza has affected him as nothing he has ever witnessed. Jon Snow, who has anchored “Channel 4 News” in the UK for 25 years, recently traveled to the Palestinian territory to report on the Israeli invasion. In a blog post on Friday , he wrote, “I feel guilty in leaving, and for the first time in my reporting life, scarred, deeply scarred by what I have seen, some of it too terrible to put on the screen.” More…
Congrats go out to Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson ! The longtime couple, who have been engaged since 2010 and have two children together, finally tied the knot at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California on July 5 in front of family and friends, E! News reports. More…
There aren’t many contests where the worst dancer wins, but that was the case Saturday night at the Brooklyn Cyclones game in New York. The team honored the 25th anniversary of “Seinfeld” with a “Salute To Seinfeld Night” featuring an information table for fans to “air grievances,” a mailman throwing the first ceremonial pitch, and an Elaine Dancing Contest
Thanks to some kind rescuers, one dog escaped an awful ordeal. In the video above, Chris Ouwerkerk, of the Michigan Human Society, rescues a dog with a plastic jug stuck on her head, who was found living in an abandoned house.
CANNES, France – Maker Studio, the giant multi-channel network of some 50,000 YouTube creators, is finding a majority of its views, as much as 60 percent, coming from mobile, says Erin McPherson , Chief Content Officer of Maker, in this interview with Beet.TV This amount of mobile consumption is higher that the 40 percent that YouTube ascribes. More…
The summer solstice arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT, bringing us the longest day in the year — which means lots of extra sunlight for festivities. The day is also considered to be sacred by many pagans and Wiccans around the world who celebrate the solstice among their other yearly holidays.
By Seth Vertelney , Goal.com Mexico won the battle, but lost the war in a 3-1 friendly win over Ecuador at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. More…