Parks and Recreation just released the OFFICIAL best of Jean-Ralphio video. Five minutes, J-R, dancing up on you. Thank you to HitFix for writing a really nice article and sending the video my way. The fourth season of Parks premieres on September 22nd!
Archie Comics just keeps surprising us these days, so it would probably be better if we just rebooted our image of them as an ancient all-American comics franchise that’s dedicatedly filling the niche it’s always been able to captivate and that other comics publishers have been unable or unwilling to dive into: pre-teen romance comics that parents don’t mind buying because they are tame to the point of absurdity. After introducing their first gay character to great public attention and a record breaking print run (it’s the only Archie comic that has ever been given a second printing) they didn’t let the haters make them nervous (like some companies I could name) and instead made a very savvy business decision.
Every night owl you meet will tell you the same thing: there is something magical about those late night hours when the rest of the world is sleeping. It’s your time, unscheduled and undisturbed, to spend as you wish. To some, this perspective may seem lazy and immature, a luxury afforded only to those who don’t have real adult responsibilities. And this may be partially true - many would-be night owls have few opportunities to enjoy the later evening hours because of work, kids, and other demands. But new research suggests that even these non-practicing night owls may be hard-wired to want to stay up late. Though sleep preferences are due in part to non-biological factors like culture, and family environment, at least 50% of the variance seems to be driven by genes, specifically something called the "after-hours mutant" which appears to prolong the circadian rhythm. As a result, evening people may find the traditional work schedule a constant battle with the snooze button, regardless of how much sleep they get.
Jezebel has put a well-deserved spotlight on Jessie Knight, who was Britain’s first female tattoo artist and had a very successful career from the 1920s through the 1960s. Her father was a tattoo artist, but instead of studying under him, she took her own route (starting work at Charlie Bell’s) to becoming a legendary artist in her own right. And the subject of a high school term paper that I totally should have written.