things you should be reading, end of the year edition

I actually have a Google docs spreadsheet that lists all the movies I need to get around to seeing, which is not as detailed as this list of movies you should've seen in 2011, but does include several of these. BAM. I win at pop culture. Because... well, because I just said I did. If it's on the internet, it's true.

I don't think this actually happened, but it would be amazing if it had.

Yes, it is super twee, but that doesn't stop it from being adorable: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel being TOTAL BESTIES LOL and making music together.

Do you need a new job? Are you the biggest nerd ever? Well then, you should know that Stephen Hawking is looking for an assistant. Are you listening, fictional kid from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? Dream job ahoy!

I love Overheard in New York, and especially the ones that include kids. I'm not sure if it's that people talk about weirder things in New York, or if it's just that we all feel like the entire city is our apartment, or if we're all just used to the near-anonymity of living on a relatively small island with a few million people - but the quotes on that site are very often hilarious.

Everyone is loving Doctor Who right now! Even the Bloggess! I am not sure if I'm just obsessed with her (I am) or what, but this totally makes my day.

"Pro-tip: Any bit of advice that starts off with “I hope this advice doesn’t sound rapey” is advice you SHOULD NOT FOLLOW." - ManBoobz, excellent, always.

This has been making its way around the internet (or at least, the feminist-genderqueer internet that I personally inhabit, but, tomato tomato, you know what I mean?) but just in case you haven't read it yet, it is a really excellent post about how to deal with talking to kids about gender. Man, gender! Why you gotta be all full of constructs, ruining everything for everybody? Sheeeesh.

A good friend of mine recently started a blog, which is sort of a reboot of an earlier blog, except not? I don't know, it's mildly confusing to describe but anyway it's basically her whole coming-out story. Sometimes NSFW content, but a very interesting perspective, as she was married to a man and near/at 30 when she finally realized that she wasn't really into male-identified persons. Also, it is pretty juicy, and feels like you're finding out all the good gossip, which I personally love.

There is plenty of stigma surrounding mental/behavioral health issues for most people anyway, but those problems are more pronounced in the black community. This (this meaning "the Siwe Project") is a really important step in the mental health world, and you should keep an eye on it.

Oh, also, if you're into music and queer-ity, this podcast/mixtape site dedicated to queer music may be the place for you! Semantics question: is it still a mixtape if it's a podcast?

Yayyyyyyy reading things! I'm hoping to get my first TV thing put up by the end of the day, so, you know, WATCH OUT FOR THAT.