Archive for September, 2010

heidi klum retires her bejeweled victoria’s secret undies

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Wow.  It’s the end of an era.  After 13 years of strutting in lingerie and other elaborate costumes, Heidi Klum has decided to hang up her Victoria’s Secret angel wings.

The supermodel and mother of 4 said during Paris Fashion Week: “All good things have to come to an end. I will always love Victoria’s Secret. It has been an absolutely amazing time.”

She has been the main face for the brand for as long as I can remember.  I don’t generally care one way or the other about super models, I don’t own their trading cards or anything.  Wait.  Do super models have trading cards?  Well, I didn’t tape pictures of them up on my mirror manically doing jumping jacks anyway.  But, as far as models go, I really dug Heidi.  I think I decided to when I saw her priority on Halloween.  No, seriously, her costume parties each year are EPIC.  The woman has a sense of humor and a spectacular flair to her (and her husband Seal is always game to participate in the elaborate costume theme …love them).  You also never hear stories about her snorting coke with champagne at parties or throwing phones at people’s heads.  Classy.

She also knows when it’s time to quit while she’s ahead.  Don’t get me wrong, that woman ROCKED a diamond bikini and 50 lb. wings right after giving birth.  She’s a hot mama.  BUT, it’s nice to know when to know when enough time (and births) have  passed to put your top on and move along with other life endeavors.

Thanks for the mammaries memories!

a fossil of a really old and really huge penguin found ..including colors!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A fossil was recently discovered of a type of penguin that was twice as big as an Emperor penguin.

This fossil was discovered in Peru and has been called the Water King. Along with being 5 feet tall, twice the size of the largest living penguin, this one has a mix of reddish-brown and gray feathers.  Although some may might think that the color of this ancient penguin is irrelevant, however it happens to give insight into how penguins developed. As we look at penguins development, it turns out the the structure of the Water King’s feathers were basically identical to those of modern penguins.

Going back to the feather colors, they are created by melanosomes, which can make many different colors depending on their size, shape, and how they’re put together. The library of melanosomes made by researchers was what enabled them to figure out the Water King’s color.

Researcher Jakob Vinther explained the importance of the discovery,

“Insights into the color of extinct organisms can reveal clues to their ecology and behavior. But most of all, I think it is simply just cool to get a look at the color of a remarkable extinct organism, such as a giant fossil penguin.”

FIFTH gay youth suicide this week…

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Gay, lesbian and transgender youth have a MUCH higher suicide rate than their heterosexual peers. Fact.

Billy Lucas, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Tyler Clementi and now Raymond Chase, 19, from Monticello, New York.

We have just lost a 5th young soul this week – that we know of – who is either gay or the victim or gay bullying. The 5th suicide in less than three weeks and the 3rd death just this week alone!

It is just devastating to report that I have learned that Raymond Chase, an openly gay sophomore at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island , studying culinary arts committed suicide on Wednesday.  The 19 year old is believed to have hung himself in his dormitory.

Ronald Martel, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, sent the following email to students on Thursday.

Today I contact you with the deeply sad news of the passing of Raymond Chase, sophomore, 19, culinary arts major. The campus community is mourning the loss of this vibrant young man who leaves many JWU friends and teachers, and a loving family of Monticello, New York.

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time. As we obtain more information that can be shared, we will do so. Ray’s JWU friends and the university are planning a memorial service for the campus community. Those details will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, I encourage anyone who is having a difficult time to seek the services available at Student Counseling. Our staff of professionals is here to work with all of you during this sorrowful time. Their help and confidentiality is a benefit that you should consider.

Student Counseling services are available at the The Friedman Center, 2nd floor, Harborside Campus and at Wales (formerly Plantations) Hall, 2nd Floor, Downcity Campus. Call 401-598-1016 to reach both locations.

By expressing the university community’s condolences to Ray’s family, I join you during this time of bereavement.

THIS HAS TO STOP!  Please, TALK to your sons, brothers, cousins, friends, roommates! If someone you know is gay or questioning and going through a hard time, OFFER YOUR HELP.  Sometimes people just want to know someone is there to listen.  And, if you need someone to talk to yourself, please call the trained professionals at The Trevor Project and speak anonymously!

RIP tony curtis

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I couldn’t let the day go by without paying a little respect to the passing of legendary screen actor Tony Curtis.  He died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning in his Las Vegas home.  Curtis was 85-years-old.  The actor leaves behind two daughters, Kelly and actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

While they might not have always seen eye to eye, Jamie Lee Curtis and her father, Tony Curtis, respected each other professionally.  During her early childhood, Tony had a substance abuse problem. Coupled with an acrimonious divorce from his wife Janet, Jamie was never able to understand her father, “I understand him now, perhaps not as a father, but as a man.”

Releasing a statement yesterday, after his passing, Jamie Lee seemed to have forgiven her father, “He leaves behind children and their families who loved and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He leaves behind fans all over the world.”

I shall watch Some Like It Hot in his honor.

‘the munsters’ gets remade.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

When I first read that NBC ordered a pilot of the remake of The Munsters, I was fully prepared to throw one of my “I HATE REMAKES!” tantrums.  Then I read a little further.  They signed on creator of Pushing Daisies, Bryan Fuller. The series is being described as Modern Family meets True Blood. Guillermo del Toro is rumored to be attached to the project.

Um …well, now I’m just not sure what to say.  This is going to be a very tricky line to walk bringing this series back and having it not be hideous.  BUT, given the people creating the show …I have some optimism.  I will reserve judgment until I see the pilot myself.  I am too curious not to see this…