With When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time. I’m as guilty as anyone of occasionally framing issues of onscreen representation in terms of how they might impact hypothetical kids watching and internalizing the messages. Yet I was also a kid who grew up having absolutely no problem juggling a deep love of Disney princesses with a staunch belief in gender equality. In fact, far from being something toxic I had to overcome, I see my early (and ongoing) love of Disney princesses as a complete net positive in my current career as a feminist pop culture critic. It inspired my love of film history and musical theater, and I still think fondly of each and every animated heroine I idolized as a kid. Whatever “just sit around and wait for a prince!” messaging Disney princesses theoretically brainwash into young girls clearly didn’t happen to me. Which isn’t to say … [Read more...] about Enchanted, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Disney princess
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Death This week Gizmodo explores death and deadly things, in all their forms—the physical, the digital, and the fantastical. Consider the ladybug. Our polka-dotted little friend spends its days munching aphids, climbing leaves, occasionally alighting upon a delighted child’s outstretched finger, and generally beetling around being adorable. It’s one of nature’s most inoffensive critters, which is perhaps why the Dinocampus coccinellae wasp is such a troubling one by comparison. See, in order to lay her egg, the mama Dinocampus must attack a ladybug with her stinger, and deposit an egg—and a virus—into her precious little abdomen. As the baby wasp grows, it sustains itself by eating the ladybug’s insides, until the virus—which has infected the host’s entire body—hits the brain and shuts down the central nervous system. This conveniently paralyzes the ladybug while the larva erupts from her abdomen and spins itself into a … [Read more...] about Real-Life ‘Zombie’ Animals Walk the Earth Thanks to Thousands of Parasites
There are 3 things you must be when buying and selling cars for a profit: observant, cheap, and above all, sneaky. It's not enough to know where to look and how to get a good deal on some hot metal, you have to be able to stroll into an auction house full of potential bidders and make sure it's taken off the market before anyone else gets their grubby mitts all over it. In preparation for some new Art Of The Flip articles, in which I chronicle the process in which I buy and sell cool cars, I figured I should post one of my earlier ones in its entirety in case some people were having trouble accessing the website, as I know some of you were. If you'd like to see more of these types of stories, check us out here.*here Part 1: Porscheology 101 Raise your hand if you've heard this one before: "The Porsche 911 has its engine in the WRONG PLACE!" Ever since its inception, the flagship Porsche 911 has been a staple in the sports car industry for a multitude of reasons - one being that … [Read more...] about How much Porsche does $800 buy?
As gas prices fall, more people are considering larger displacement vehicles to drive to and from the buffet. Newsflash, Cletus - it makes more sense than ever to buy a car that gets great mileage, while still giving you a swift kick in the back every now and again. Here are the ten best cars for less than $4,000 that you chose and voted for. 10. 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe In the '80s, Ford had some revolutionary ideas that fell flat because they were 15 years too early. They took one of their best looking cars on the Fox Body platform and paired it with the four cylinder engine that was originally used in the Ford Pinto - the Lima 2.3 liter. However, this wasn't any run-of-the-mill iron dud, it was a turbocharged, intercooled, and fuel injected beast. Its power figure didn't boast world-beating numbers, but with its insanely stout agricultural construction, it had an absolutely insane potential. This '87 Coupe is no different. Although it may need some work overall, it's a … [Read more...] about Here Are Ten Of The Best Four-Cylinder Cars On eBay For Less Than $4,000
Food is such an important part of our lives, so I’m always curious about its portrayal in games, especially the stranger dishes. This piece originally appeared 11/23/17. I’ve had a lot of strange food (like the earlier mentioned Resident Evil 7 Brain Cake from the Capcom Cafe), seen weirder ones that I was too scared to taste like a boiled ant dumpling soup and scorpions climb snowberg. A few years back, I wrote about some of the strangest foods in JRPGs. For this Thanksgiving as I get ready to eat way too much food (we usually eat Korean BBQ rather than the traditional turkey), I’m revisiting this list with many of the selections taken from suggestions by Kotaku and TAY’s hungry readers. Baten Kaitos The title comes from Arabic and means “belly of the whale.” Jonah, Baten Kaitos is not. But the game’s mechanics mix everything up when it comes to RPGs, from leveling and saving, to making money, which requires photos of enemies that you … [Read more...] about 12 More Of The Strangest Foods In Gaming