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Bits & Bobs: Pop ephemera, Snarky’s love, Wonder Woman 2K10, Scarls’s new hair and hot Aussie action!

July 31, 2010

Wherein I share little bites of pop culture deliciousness for you to snack on while larger posts are brewing in the LiTS cauldron, all full of boiling, bubbling, toiling, troubling, etc.

– The fabulous image you see to your left of 1940s era Wonder Woman in bondage – a state she was often found in thanks to the wacky machinations of creator William Moulton Marston (pen name Charles Moulton) who had a lot of theories about how human beings benefit from “loving submission” – comes from the newly discovered blog of pop ephemera titled Lady, That’s My Skull. The blog is full of vintage pop wonderfulness, wry musings and lots of eye candy. Go check it out!

– Speaking of pop ephemera, my roommate and I were having a breakfast conversation of pop ephemera (i.e. something short-lived and possibly prone to fading away) vs. long-lasting pop. We were specifically speaking about music – in this case how a song like Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” seems like a substantial enough pop song that we’ll still want to hear a decade from now (p.s. it’s fucking brilliant, in my opinion, that Chi-Lites sample owns) whereas something from the heinous entity known as Ke$ha (seriously, that dollar sign makes me want to hurl) feels like it will be forgotten when the next version of her comes along. Or the auto-tune craze – will it have a lasting, nostalgic feeling the way disco can or will people who hear an auto-tune-riddled track in 2025 wonder what the fuck we were all thinking? But beyond music, what iconography, what imagery will someone like the blogger mentioned above be cataloging and reminiscing about in 20 years time?

Snarky’s Machine, a sister-in-blogging and the founder/editor-in-chief of I Fry Mine In Butter (which I have been lucky enough to be a part of and seriously, you need to go check the blog out because we are all turning it the fuck out and there are more, more, more fantastic posts on the horizon) has a delicious audio interview over at Bitch magazine all about action movies, race, class, the diversity of roles for women and, of course, her love for the inimitable Dame Judi Dench. The interview is quite engaging as was her guest blogging run over at Bitch. But we’re all thrilled she’ll be free to write more for her own totally badass blog so if you follow all of those links your life will be a rich tapestry, dig?

In news of the world that is not so much news, Scarlett Johansson “debuted” a “tousled bob” haircut at San Diego Comic-Con (meanwhile, a lot of nerds who live in their parents’ basements most likely debuted some boners). And I find myself conflicted about this actually being deemed newsworthy. As a hairstylist, it makes 100% total sense that I got an email about this from my email subscription. It’s good to know what’s on-trend in hair and clients will no doubt come in wanting this look. And it’s cute! I totally approve even if I find Scarls (I like calling her that instead of “ScarJo” which seems dreadful) rather dull since she grew up and turned hot. But it seems a bit dubious for it to be news for the wider world. I mean, my friend Brittan rocked this cut earlier this year, so Scarls is totally behind the times, yknow? I don’t know, I think it’s just the way I get a bit tired of celebrity hair/style ruling so many people’s lives and choices. But I am at least thankful she doesn’t have long, boob-caressing extensions in.

As much as I lamented the debut of Wonder Woman’s new look, I must admit that I am enjoying the alternate timeline story that J. Michael Straczynski is writing for her. There’s some tension, some action and what could be a compelling storyline as Diana tries to find her way back to the appropriate timeline she is slowly figuring out she belongs in. I still am kind of bummed about her not having all of her powers “activated” yet in this timeline but it could be interesting to see how that comes about. And it has felt like the book has needed a shot in the arm for awhile now, even after Gail Simone’s capable run. But lord, I still cannot stomach that costume. My eyes have stopped trying to leap out of my head whenever they encounter it (mainly because they know it will be around for a bit and they need to stay firmly lodged in my skull so I can do things like cut hair and cross the street without doing grievous harm to myself and others), but it seriously blows huge chunks. It is, as Justin Pierce, creator of the hilariously genius Wonderella comic says:“Wonder Woman’s new ‘Markie Post sells crack cocaine in a 1987 John Mellencamp video’ look.” I also still stand by my allegation that it’s what Jubilee of the X-Men would wear back in 1991 if she decided to stop dressing like an L.A. mall rat version of Robin.

Finally, I have been sucked in to the current cycle of Australia’s Next Top Model by my friend Aaron who insisted we watch it on YouTube last night while we hung out. And now I am hooked like a filthy junkie! It is heaps better (as the Aussie’s are found of saying) than the original ANTM and I can’t imagine watching that show ever again now that I have been introduced to the joys of a model competition that doesn’t involve the insane, egomaniacal antics of Tyra Banks and her troupe of horrible community theater players. It actually seems to be about modeling, the girls are fairly serious about it, two of the judges crack jokes about their Botox usage and Mr. Jay’s orange skin and lilac hair are nowhere in sight. There is, however, several things in sight that I approve of. They are as follows: 1) Judge and photographer Jez Smith who is all kinds of shaved-headed, muscle-y, daddy hot, 2) Geeky-cute Model Mentor Josh Flinn, whose haircut I kind of want to steal and 3) More daddylicious hotness in the form of bearded, silver fox Nikola Coke, who assess the girls’ walks in episode one of the cycle.

And besides, who couldn’t love a show with promos as ridiculously fab as this?

Gaaah! So amazing! And hilarious! Cycle 5 , Cycle 4 and Cycle 3 have equally fantabulous promos. I am so ex-pat when it comes to model reality shows! Although I will always love you, Nigel Barker (link maybe NSFW), and I am available whenever you decide to come out of the closet and onto my face. Heyo!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aaron permalink
    July 31, 2010 2:10 pm

    im glad it also gives you the gay screams.

  2. August 2, 2010 1:40 pm

    The Aussie Top Model must be the most accurate metaphor for models (and maybe women in general) I have ever seen. Good on ’em.

  3. August 2, 2010 11:35 pm

    I totally want to see The Aussie Top Model. It actually looks like it delivers on the frolic and hilarity promised by the Americanized version! Also, thanks for the shout out.

  4. August 4, 2010 6:47 pm

    @anna: Do you mean the horse race one? It’s kind of amazing, right? They should do a rollerderby one for their next season! Hehe.

    @snarky’s: AusNTM is totally delicious TV junk food. It is lots of fun and not insanely trashy/weird/Tyra-centric like USANTM has become. The judges are really funny and have tons of self-deprecating humor but seem to not to try and totally destroy the girls’s self-esteem. And you’re welcome! I loved, loved, loved your interview – it was fantastic.

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