I have a nephew going through the "i'm sorry i'm sorry i'm sorry" dramatic phase with this tone of voice and aggressive glare like he's backing me down. I don't really expect him to get why that's different from a real apology, but he WILL get that I'm a big dumb jerk that'll be all over him like white on rice for NO… » 12/16/14 10:04pm Tuesday 10:04pm

The biggest part of comedy is timing. I remember once when a guy carrying a ton of gear slipped and tumbled down a LONG staircase in front of a crowd of people. Pretty much everyone waited a beat, and then once you saw he was totally okay, there was a huge burst of laughter. Except for one guy who was already laughing… » 12/16/14 8:26pm Tuesday 8:26pm

Don't forget Hannah Roisin, who I guess has taken over the charge at Slate and promptly jettisoned Allison Benedikt from her byline — probably much to the latter's relief. I also call BS on how they pretend that the Washington Post is actually a separate entity and boo on the dumb way they report on each others… » 12/11/14 2:58pm 12/11/14 2:58pm

I read the article last night, immediately pinging on the double byline it ran under, which is a little unusual. The tone throughout is VERY careful, so at first I wasn't sure exactly what I was looking at. I thought they might just be throwing a little mud at a rival journalist or publication, kind of like the… » 12/03/14 3:04pm 12/03/14 3:04pm

I went to see Vicky Cristina Barcelona not on a first date, but way early in a relationship, and that butthole Javier Bardem was up on the big screen being his most impossibly charming and handsome. I'm sitting there watching him pull off this effortless bit of smoothness that I'm never going to be able to match, and… » 12/02/14 11:54pm 12/02/14 11:54pm