Author Archives: MaryChen

This is your brain on tanning

Tweet New brain research! Scientists have now shown that people’s brains light up in the “oooh, drugs!” and “oooh, sugar!” parts of the brains when they’re on a tanning bed. But only if it’s a real tanning bed; if the light is filtered for UV rays (aka, the cancer kind) without their knowing it, they […]

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New Gus Vant Sant – Restless

Tweet 1) Gus Van Sant 2) Mia “Jane Eyre” “Alice In Wonderland” etc Waiskowska 2) Dennis Hopper’s (adorable) son 3) Teen romance Sold. (Well… I admit to having slight reservations about the whole ghost issue buuuttt… #1 calms my fears.) You know what? It’s been way too long since I watched My Own Private Idaho. […]

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I don’t think it’s cute when girls are mean to their boyfriends.

Tweet Hi. Here is a list of things that are wrong with this picture that I saw on tumblr:

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Constance McMillen all over again.

Tweet It’s Constance McMillen all over again: a high school principal in Corpus Christi, Texas has decided that if the law requires him to allow students to start a Gay Straight Alliance at Flour Bluff High School, he’ll just ban all extra-curricular clubs to avoid complying with the law. Thankfully, it looks like senior Nikki […]

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I feel bad for Cassy Herkelman.

Tweet I mean, not that I pity her; I don’t think she needs my pity. Also, she could probably tie me in a Windsor knot but what I feel bad about is that: She makes the friggin’ Iowa state tournament in wrestling. She and one other girl (Megan Black) are the first two girls to […]

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Question: Do you think it’s creepy when authors start fake blogs/tumblrs/etc to lure you in?

Tweet So, a friend recently showed me this blog-type-apparatus of a writer friend of hers. The blog portends to be written by a teenage girl living in a unique circumstance and the author is definitely a great writer; I got totally sucked in. But you know, it’s not really written by a teenage girl. I […]

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OMG, peers, stop like pressuring me!

Tweet Interesting NYTimes post about a new teen brain study… The take away is basically that “peer pressure” often comes from within, rather than from your peers. In the experiment, teens playing a driving game made riskier choices when they were told that two of their same-sex friends were watching in another room. So it’s […]

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I like music.

Tweet Two records about which I am psyched came out yesterday! A veritable cornucopia — that’s like, almost a FEW! The first is Men: Talk About Body Men website is here. $8 album download on amazon is here If you like: Le Tigre, dancing, genderfucking, feminism, or this video: And the second is The Go! […]

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Why do guys only like Oompa Loompa girls?

Tweet [Old The-N.com post, July 2007, preserving it for posterity.] “There are these guys I have crushes on: 3 and a half to be exact. The half is my best guy friend, that I really can’t have a crush on but I do anyway….. While I’m setting him up with one of my close friends. […]

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Old-ass Aubrey Graham (Drake) Interview

Tweet [I did this interview with Aubrey Graham over IM in 2005, for The-N.com. I have no idea if he’d be upset that I’m keeping it alive over here as part of my portfolio, but I think it’s kind of hilarious and awesome. I remember asking him (I think twice) afterwards if he was really […]

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