Here's what I learned me on der web today:
Pop Music Stars Don't Pay Attention to After School Specials
Amy Winehouse was a pretty good singer. After receiving the obtrusive breaking news alert I had to Google "Amy Winehouse" to find any of her music. I was pretty sure that I'd heard it, and of her name, in the fleeting pop news of the past few years that I frankly pay scarce attention to by default. Honestly I expected to hear unimpressive generic cool-chick vibes but instead found a genuinely distinct and captivating voice. Here's a You Tube if you've never heard anything she's done or just haven't associated it.
Salt Re-Animates Some Dead Water Critters, Make for Horrific You Tube Videos
If you put salt on some dead water creatures, squid and toads to be precise, they re-animate. I don't really get the science behind it but I don't need to to be freaked out by those videos. There is a scientific discussion deep within the thread of this Reddit discussion where I discovered these. Also somewhere in that discussion thread is a link to this horrific cuisine.
Poop Fly, You Bother Me
Flies don't do anything when they land on your food other than step around (usually) although that's only if we're strictly talking about a common house fly. Turns out the word "fly" is an umbrella reference for an incredibly diverse species consisting of thousands of variants. While the common house fly doesn't "do" anything when it lands it's still dangerously creepy in that it carries poo and stuff on its feet from wherever it may have landed previously. Like on poo and stuff. My Source.
Jenny Wright, not a young Patricia Clarkson.
Jenny Wright is Not a Grown-Up Patricia Clarkson
I got curious after seeing "Friends With Benefits" this weekend and thinking to myself that Patricia Clarkson looked an awful lot like an older version of that cute groupie in Pink Floyd's "The Wall". The one trying to seduce "Pink" in his hotel room just before the concert and just before he goes ape-shit. You can see who I'm talking about by watching this through to 04:48 where she makes her first entrance (be aware that the entire clip is NSFW due to a moment or two of toplessness -- I guess the video is getting past YT censors for now). A little Googling determined that it wasn't and that the true actress was Jenny Wright. Wright was a flaring star in the 80s who walked away from Hollywood 15 or so years ago. In a rare yet relatively recent interview (on the Jimmy Star Show, March 30, 2011, listen to it here) she alludes to Hollywood's invasion of her privacy as her departure prompt. She's actually known best for her role in a movie called "Near Dark" and, despite my own fixation on The Wall, is her work that most people are excited about.
And speaking of the movie "Friends With Benefits", I finally got to see the final product from its shooting day when I happened in just as they were setting up in Grand Central. Kinda cool. Here's my blog post last January about that and here's a Flickr Set of randomness there.