I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (7) and Dylan (5). Prior to August 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy photography, comic books, R-rated movies, and things that smell like coconut.
There's been another strange development in the tragic death of 25-year-old Bollywood actress Jiah Khan. Khan was found hanged in her Mumbai home on June 3, and a week later, Suraj Pancholi, Khan's boyfriend and the son of famous Bollywood couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested on suspicion of abetting her suicide. It's alleged that Khan took her own life because of the troubled relationship she had with Pancholi, and a six-page suicide note released to the public by her mother seemed to confirm the notion that Khan was distraught, heartbroken, and in fear for her mental and physical safety.
In a twist straight out of a dark romantic thriller, Khan's suicide note itself is now under scrutiny -- with some claiming that the handwriting on the letter does not match letters previously written by Khan.
Is your kid into Legos? Like, really, really into Legos? If so, he or she is going to be incredibly excited to hear that Warner Bros. has created The Lego Movie, an upcoming animated film based on the popular building blocks. Written and directed by the folks behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the film's described as the "first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego adventure" -- and the good news is that it looks like one of those rare family movies that's as entertaining for adults as it is for kids.
According to a New Zealand gender researcher, the practice of airlines banning late-term pregnant women from flying has very little to do with public safety. Associate professor Annick Masselot says that the reality is that airlines have no scientific reason to limit a pregnant woman's freedom to travel by air, and in fact, it's not only an invasion of a woman's privacy to ask personal medical questions before granting access to a plane -- it's a form of gender discrimination. Masselot says airlines that impose pregnancy guidelines are furthering "harmful gender and cultural stereotypes" and may even be breaking the law.
Gosh, what great news for anyone nearing the end of their pregnancy! Don't you want to exercise your God-given right to lumber onto a plane where you'll be hideously uncomfortable and without medical attention for hours at a time? Because nothing says feminism like doing something incredibly stupid.
Well, it's finally happened: one of Taylor Swift's famous exes has retaliated -- musically speaking, that is -- for being on the receiving end of her lyrics. For anyone who's ever been sick of the constant scrutiny over who Taylor Swift is singing about, this is great news! Now we can scrutinize someone else's equally crappy music for potential references to Taylor Swift!
God, it's like some sort of crappy vortex of immature public whining delivered via acoustic guitar, isn't it? But I have to hand it to her onetime lover, he's nailing headlines for producing a mostly blah-sounding song that people are eagerly deciphering like it's the friggingDa Vinci Code.
There's one surefire way to get publicity in this country, and that's to "accidentally" expose an intimate part of your naked body during what's now commonly referred to as a wardrobe malfunction. The second way, apparently, is to be caught on video stepping all over an American flag. Lil Wayne may be under fire for the latter, but let's just take a brief moment to heave a collective sigh of relief he's not making headlines for the former, okay? (Lil' Wayne's probably-tattooed, gold-toothed penis: NOW YOU CAN'T MENTALLY UNSEE IT.)
So if you missed the flag freakout, it's all centered around the music video Lil Wayne was filming in New Orleans over the weekend. In the clip, an American flag falls to the ground behind him, then he proceeds to walk back and forth on it while singing "God Bless Amerika."
Predictable, plenty of people went insane with rage. In fact, reactions may have been a Lil too much for Wayne -- because wait until you hear his excuse for the flag-trampling.