2014 Tag

With the late and great Philip Seymour Hoffman passing away, all of a sudden EVERYONE is a fan of his work.  My Facebook feed is flooded with people posting up long sonnets about how he truly was one of the greatest actors of his generation. The whole situation is very reminiscent of when that drug addict Amy Winehouse – who was simply living on borrowed time – passed away.  Or Whitney Houston, who I thought was dead a few years before her “untimely” passing away in 2012. It saddens me that weRead More
This weekend was dominated by Brits and Seahawks. Massive forehands and aggressive blitzes. Beating the favored team and… beating the favored team, in both cases. In tennis, Great Britain took the Davis Cup tie over the United States with only one player ranking inside the top 100. How? They hit the ball really really hard. On Friday, James Ward shocked the crowd at Petco Park by defeating the much higher ranked Sam Querrey. The match that needed to be won by the United States was lost, and there was noRead More
It’s that time again, when multiple American sporting events collide to make February ‘National Sports Patriotism Month’ (that’s my phrase, consider it copy written). Allow me to break down the national contests YOU should know about…   1/31-2/2 DAVIS CUP TENNIS: USA VS GREAT BRITAIN Normally I wouldn’t include this event as being something you should check out, since I am the only one in America who ever watches Davis Cup (usually by myself, in a dark room). But these are pretty special circumstances. For the first time in tennisRead More

Posted On January 28, 2014By Brian WrayIn Sports, Sports Takes

How Stan became ‘Stan the Man’

Spaniard man vs Swiss man in a tennis match. Without saying anything else, you’re thinking of Nadal vs Federer. Well sorry to disappoint…. because the Swiss man of the moment is none other than 28 year old Stanislas Wawrinka, beating Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final, and breaking the stranglehold of the Big 4 who have dominated tennis the past several years. So, how did he get here? What makes him so good? What is in the drinking water in Switzerland that makes people such good tennis players? Okay,Read More

Posted On January 14, 2014By John O'NeillIn Music, Music Reviews

Reviewed: R. Kelly’s “Black Panties”

R. Kelly just released an album titled simply and tastefully titled “Black Panties” – yet again proving there are things in this world that only R. Kelly is allowed to do. His latest work of lyricism isn’t music for the family so much as it is music for making a family. With songs like “Crazy Sex,” Kelly ensures the making of many, many more seasons of Teen Mom on MTV. “Black Panties” is 17 continuous tracks of rousing sexuality that will pin you to the bed – or, as theRead More

Posted On January 7, 2014By Anthony KozlowskiIn Music, Music Musings

10 Artists to Watch in 2014

The ball has dropped, the champagne has been poured and it’s time to cleanse ourselves of all things 2013.  With all the twerking, tweeting, vining and seflie-ing we’ll wash from our shamed public consciousness, we’ll also say goodbye to an admittedly interesting year in music.  From Kanye’s cracked-out messianic Yeezus to the zeitgeist of Random Access Memories and the latest in Lil Wayne’s steady decline, there was much to listen to and even more to avoid.  2014 has a lot to live up to.  Good thing there are quite aRead More

Posted On January 4, 2014By Shannon FolsomIn Buzzworthy, The Scene

In Case You Missed It: WTF Stories of the Week

Happy Weekend! It’s been an interesting start to 2014 so far.   Wal-Mart has announced a recall on killer card table sets: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Walmart is offering a refund for all Mainstays five-piece card table sets sold between May and November of 2013 because the damned things just won’t stop amputating fingers. The chairs, which are manufactured in China, collapse easily, causing finger sprains, breaks and amputations. This gives a whoooole new meaning to “Chinese finger trap”. (Yup, I just said that)       Wal-MartRead More
So, on December 31st of every year, I make a list of things I intend to do differently in the upcoming year.  What I almost never do (besides actually maintaining my resolution), though, is determine a plan of attack for each new goal.  So here it goes, the New Year Resolution: demystified.  Oh, and if you have any additional suggestions  for how I can go about successfully accomplishing the feats listed here, feel free to tweet me at @femmedroid5000 or email me at brandib@writtalin.com.  Getting the strong and sexy bodyRead More

Posted On January 2, 2014By Ascher RobbinsIn Advice For Men, Manzone

Five Manly New Years Resolutions

I get it bros. Most of us think we’re the most badass dudes in the world and that the only thing we need to change about ourselves is the car we drive or the money in our bank account. But no matter who you are, there is always room for improvement. Here are five easy, productive changes for men to make in 2014. Get it done.   #5 – Be a Fucking Gentleman Too many dudes these days don’t care enough about chivalry. No, you don’t need to give theRead More

Posted On December 31, 2013By Shannon FolsomIn Advice For Women, Girlzone

A Practical Guide to Happiness

With the New Year approaching, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of self-help articles appearing on my Facebook Timeline. I wish I could say that I’m not the type of person to get suckered into reading them all, but I am, because I’m a girl and we love to read that crap. Here’s what I’ve noticed, though—Most of these articles focus on attaining peace and happiness through meditation, weight loss, shopping, and spiritual outings. They feature photos of upbeat-looking women doing yoga, shopping, climbing mountains, eating vegetables and runningRead More