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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #5: The Cocaine-Fueled Japanese Ear Candy Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #5: The Cocaine-Fueled Japanese Ear Candy Edition

Wear: Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Jeans

I was really unhappy with the state of my jeans. So much so that I decided to try on some at Uniqlo, despite the fact that I didn't really have high hopes for them. I mean, it was desperate times. If they were even just ok, I'd have thrown my money down and said, "FINE." But in fact, the jeans I tried on were awesome. So awesome that I bought two pairs: One dark wash and another in gray. I love them, and I can't wait till fall when it's cool enough for me to wear them without my legs feeling all stifled and sweaty. Summer! It's the worst!

Watch: The Knick

I wasn't planning on watching The Knick. I didn't really know what much about it, and who watches shows on Cinemax, anyway? But the pilot was available on HBOGo and I watched it and fell in love in about four seconds. The Knick is now officially what I'm calling my Unexpected New Favorite Show. It's about New York City's Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900, and the surgeons and staff that work there. The show deals with turn of the century race and class issues, but what I'm particularly drawn to is the nasty medical stuff. I love medical history, and gross stuff is general, so this is right up my alley. Some of the surgical scenes on the show will make you wonder how humanity managed to survive this long because shit, man. But at the same time, it makes you think about what current medical practices will seem completely insane 100 years from now. (I talk about this a lot: Doesn't it make sense, for example, that 100 years from now someone will be talking about those nuts in the olden days who used radiation (radiation!) to treat cancer?) Warning! If you're the squeamish type, this show may not be for you. In the first episode Clive Owen has a nurse inject cocaine into his penis, and recently we've seen a woman who's nose fell off due to syphilis have a pretty insane skin graft procedure to give her a pseudo-nose. Also, this poor woman (as well as ol' Dr. Clive) thinks her problems are going to be solved by this weird nose-surgery, but the audience at home is like, "GURL, you have syphilis and your doctor doesn't know about penicillin yet, so yeah, your new nose will probably fall off too."

Want: Over-Ear Headphones

I don't actually wear headphones that often, but when I do, I want them to look cool. Sad to say, at this point my headphone game is pretty weak. These headphones from Frends are my dream 'phones, but even though they're currently on sale, the sale price is still $100. And that's 50% off. WHAT. Maybe if I wore headphones all the time, but I'm just looking to seem unapproachable when I'm working in my office (aka various coffee shops). Anyway, these are what I'm dreaming of lately. I doubt this dream will ever become a reality, but you never know. I'll be stalking you, gorgeous headphones. Watch your back.

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I Got Free Candles, and You Can Too!

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