The Fight For Baby Tinslee

I got to tag along recently to an impromptu press conference called at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth by Texas Right to Life — you can read about the unfortunate circumstances here. We were expecting Kassi to speak to the legal issues involved, but she wasn’t questioned at that time.

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→ Slavoj Zizek on The Joker

He’s not a fan of the new Joker, though he greatly admires Nolan’s version.

The truth is in your mask. The truth is in what you are doing.

Interesting take.

Paradoxically, a mask means I can be who I really am.

His point, based in some psychological theory, is that our plain faces are the real masks; that in our normal lives we artificially conform ourselves because of social convention, expectations, etc; but that “our mask” allows us to break out of those restrictions, inviting the true self – the inner or even unconscious self – to emerge.

Zizek is at his most entertaining and thought provoking when doing this kind of movie criticism, IMO.

→ Hermione's Spiel

She went on: “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

The only story here is how much Emma Watson uses the Hollywood word spiel.

→ A History of the Puffy Toilet Seat

I always considered those things the grossest of the gross. But did get me thinking about alternative “comfortable” materials. A gel toilet seat? Cushion of air? Water? Yeah, like a water bed — but instead it’s a toilet seat.

And if you don’t already follow the bro-science blog of Dollar Shave Club, you should. Way better than The Onion these days.

→ COPS: Flushing Drugs Could Create “Meth-Gators”

The Alabama Meth-Gators is my new favorite college football team.