Fifty Shades of GRAY
I didn't misspell the title of book, Fifty Shades of Grey. I did this on purpose to show something I saw last night on social media that misled me into believing an interview was about the book. But instead of arriving at a web site that talked about books, I wound up at some unheard of interior decorator who decided to capitalize on the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, in order to promote her wares.
In a recent SheKnows exclusive interview, designer and Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott stated that his favorite neutral color is gray. Creating a "crisp, fresh and clean" effect, the shade is easy to accessorize. Best for more permanent home decor, gray is an easy color to match and combine trends with. Scott recommends keeping larger surfaces in varying shades of gray so that you can change out other smaller home decor items with the seasons. Larger items like walls, furniture, rugs and even pillows are great in grays, and you can add in more accent items in bolder colors and designs.
Jonathan Scott is on a TV show called Property Brothers, along with his twin brother, Drew Scott. There's also another brother, JD Scott, I think you'll be hearing about more in the future. The shows aren't bad if there's nothing better to watch, and they clearly are portraying these guys more as "hunk" material than serious real estate people. But it's all harmless, and it's fun to watch. I didn't even mind the other day when Jonathan Scott posted a photo of himself on Facebook and said he decided to "dawn a suit today." Of course the comment thread went wild with people correcting him for using "dawn" instead of "don." But those things don't bother me on social media at all. I'm not the grammar police and I don't think we should all be as serious as we sometimes are on social media. Just for future reference: if I make an error on social media like this someday, the odds are I was working fast, I DO know the difference, and by correcting me you're only going to look like an asshole. No one is perfect. Seriously. It's social media and when we're typing with our thumbs mistakes happen.
In any event, I just thought this article about Fifty Shades of GRAY was interesting because it's yet another example of how popular the title of the novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has become. Even interior decorators are using it to get attention now, not just authors who want their books to stand out in search engines. Is it a smart move? I'm not too sure about that. So far I haven't seen one single rip-off of the fifty shades title do anyone any good. And frankly when I found out this article was about color and fabrics I didn't even bother to read it. If anything, it annoyed the freak out of me.
You can read it yourself, if you are so inclined.
Penis Quiz !!
Speaking of fun, this next link is something you might want to try a couple of times. My straight male friend, Jordan, sent it to me the other day as a joke and I thought it was hilarious. There are a series of questions that are basic and simple, but somehow draw the conclusion of how big your penis is.
I rated in with "Yes Y'all." I think I could have scored higher if I hadn't listed Beyoncé as my concert choice.
You can read it here, and take the test yourselves.
Russian Protester Arrested
Let the games begin. This next link is to an article that talks about a Russian protester who was arrested for flying the rainbow flag in his hometown not far from where the Russian Olympics will be held in February.
Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the flag and then being detained by Olympic security personnel, who wrestle him to the snow as they wait for police to arrive. Lebedev, reached by The Associated Press on the phone, said he was still in the police station and undergoing questioning.
You can read more here.
I can't even imagine how frustrated gays in Russia must be right now. And the best we can do here is boycott the entire event based on the hatred of gays in Russia. I wish someone would call for an online flash mob where the Internets light up during the opening ceremony in support of a complete boycott. But more important, there are gay people who have continued to support this I'll never forget. Johnny Weir, for example, who thinks sports are more important than human rights:
"I've come under so much hate and scrutiny from within my own LGBT community for my views on the Olympics," two times Olympian Weir told Reuters in a telephone interview from his home in New Jersey.
"But as somebody who watched my parents sacrifice everything so that I had at least one chance of making the Olympics, I could never boycott the Olympics whether they be in Pyongyang (in North Korea), in Uganda, in Iran or Mars.
I don't hate him. I don't get him and I think there's something fundamentally wrong with him, and the way he was raised, if he thinks the sacrifices his parents made even remotely trump what's happening to gay people in Russia right now.
You can read more of HIS comments here.