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.
Can you imagine the Herculean effort of removing a particular topic from the Internet altogether? It doesn't just seem difficult, it seems downright impossible -- but if anyone could do it, it seems like Google could. On Saturday, Google announced that it's dedicating millions of dollars and a massive new technical effort to rid the Internet of one of its seediest aspects: child pornography.
Google has taken a lot of criticism over the years that the company hasn't done enough to prevent the spread of child sex abuse images, but developers are aggressively stepping up the fight now. Thanks to their "hashing" technology, child pornography images will be able to be tagged, blocked, reported ... and ultimately eradicated from the web.
It must be a paparazzo's ultimate dream to have the good fortune to be present with camera in hand when a celebrity gets involved in an incident of shocking public behavior. That's one explanation for why no one intervened when famed chef Nigella Lawson's husband Charles Saatchi got physical during an altercation between the couple a week ago, but it sure would have been nice if whoever kept snapping photos had taken a moment to approach Saatchi and, oh, I don't know, maybe politely asked him to stop violently choking his wife?
At any rate, the ugly fight has been splashed all over the media now, thanks to the images that document how Saatchi squeezed Lawson's neck and viciously pinched her nose while they were at a restaurant together. You won't believe the explanation Saatchi gave for what happened -- and I'm hoping Lawson isn't buying his outrageous excuse either.
A recent post over at the CafeMom forums asked, "Do you forewarn your children when they are getting a shot?" The overwhelming response was yes, most parents do tell their kids ahead of time if a pediatrician visit is going to involve a needle. Reasons vary from wanting to prepare the child to not wanting to be dishonest, and I'm more than a little hesitant to confess this but here goes: I have totally lied to my kids about shots.
I know, I know. It's deceiving and awful and I'm eroding their trust and … I know, okay? But let me try and explain.
I've been trying to eat better lately. I'm including the caveat that I'm "trying" rather than "consistently succeeding" because, well, let's be real. *Glances down at belly pooching over waistband, brushes cookie crumbs off chest* While it's not easy for me to completely commit to a healthy eating plan, I can tell when I've been on the right track for a while because not only do my clothes fit better, but I feel better all over -- more energy, improved moods, more confidence.
That said, there are SOME "healthy" foods that absolutely do NOT make me feel like my very best self. At all. In fact, given the choice between these superfoods and a super-sized rear end, I think I'd choose the extra booty every time. For instance:
Daryl Dixon is our favorite character on The Walking Dead. FACT. Okay, I guess it's theoretically possible that someone out there prefers Rick or Michonne or Lil' Asskicker or Carl's hat or something, but that person would be wrong. Horribly wrong. There's a reason for those billion-plus web memes that read IF DARYL DIES WE RIOT, and that reason is Norman Reedus, the only man on television who can pull off that ratty-looking hairstyle and still make every female on the planet want to climb him like the rope in gym class.
Norman Reedus isn't classically handsome. He's not a clean-cut guy meant to play the lead in a lighthearted rom-com. He's a little dirty, a little rough-looking, and so sexy it's downright ridiculous.
For the diehard fans and every other carbon-based lifeform, here are 12 examples of why Norman Reedus is the hottest guy on television.