Linda Sharps


I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.

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    Have you seen the video of Kristen Bell losing her mind about sloths? You haven't? Listen, go watch it. Start at the 2-minute mark. No really, I'll wait. You have to -- just watch the damn thing, okay? Okay. Are you back? Yeah, that was worth it, wasn't it? So, I've got another video that's almost as entertaining, and oddly enough, it also happened courtesy of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and it's centered around Bell's husband Dax Shepard.

    It turns out Shepard also has some very strong emotional feelings about something, but instead of sloths, his obsession is with … Brad Pitt. Yes. I mean, who isn't obsessed with Brad Pitt, right? Shepard revealed that his man-crush resulted in a deeply awkward moment at the Oscars, but what was cringeworthy for him at the time is now comedy gold for us.

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    Last I'd heard anything about how the Fast & Furious franchise was going to incorporate Paul Walker's partially completed scenes in the most recent film installment, rumors were flying that the studio was planning to add "key footage" of the late actor via computer graphics.

    Personally, I thought that sounded a little sketchy, from the possibility of an uncanny-valley version of Walker digitally ghosting his way through the movie to the ethical murk of reproducing an actor's exact likeness after their death. However, yesterday an announcement was posted to the Fast & Furious Facebook page confirming how they're planning to complete the movie -- and their decision is surprisingly touching.

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    Whatever Easter may mean to you personally, I think we can agree that it's one of those photogenic holidays of the year. Consider the many pleasant themes: the glorious renewal of spring, family feasts, adorable animals, colorful eggs, delighted children, cherished spiritual traditions. Why, with all these Pinterest-worthy possibilities, Easter almost seems like the sort of holiday that's impossible to mess up.

    Notice I said almostHere's how to make Easter deeply uncomfortable for everyone in just 8 easy steps.

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    I've been on a handful of flights where the crew puts a little extra effort into the safety presentation. They want you to pay attention, after all, and people are more likely to watch when the flight attendant isn't visibly bored out of their minds while they're going through the motions of demonstrating how the seatbelt works. Still, I've never seen ANYTHING like Southwest Airlines employee Martha "Marty" Cobb, whose viral YouTube video makes me want to book a flight just to see her perform in person.

    If it seems hard to believe that a three-minute pre-takeoff safety speech could turn emergency exits and oxygen masks into topics of pants-wetting hilarity, well, you need to take a look at Marty in action.

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    Have you been looking forward to the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl? Man, I sure have, and ever since we got a sneak peek at Ben Affleck in character as Nick Dunne back in December, I've been dying to see more.

    My wish has finally become 20th Century Fox's command, because the first official Gone Girl trailer was posted to the web yesterday. It's largely dialogue-free, set to an intriguing soundtrack, and features a truly spooky image of Rosamund Pike as Amy. But what's really great about this trailer is watching it knowing that even fans of the book will have no idea how the movie will end.

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