In my life this week somebody used my credit card information to buy $300 worth of shit at a Chevron in Florida, my interview with gay former congressional candidate Trevor Thomas was picked up by Towleroad and the hair gel I use was out of stock at Walgreens.
Through all of that I still managed to unearth some seriously share-worthy shiz, which I've posted below.
BOOK: Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Tomorrow marks my second anniversary in San Francisco, so I find it fitting that I finished the first installment of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City earlier this week.
The story, which inspired a TV miniseries, two concerts and a musical, follows the lives of a colorful bunch of San Franciscans through one of the most wild and amusing eras in the city's history. Prior to its novelization, Tales of the City was serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle beginning in the late 1970s.
EXHIBITION: Matchstickmen by Wolfgang Stiller
While living in Beijing several years ago German artist Wolfgang Stiller acquired several head molds and large pieces of wood. After experimenting with the various components the artist struck on an idea to create several large-scale burnt matches where the charred remains of each tip appeared as the face of a human, a series he calls Matchstickmen.
HEADLINE: Toddler Cured of HIV
It's a potential game changer in the fight against HIV, and doctors say it happened almost by accident.
A baby with the virus that causes AIDS was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs within 30 hours of her birth. Doctors knew the mother was HIV positive and administered the drugs in hopes of controlling the virus.
Two years later, there is no evidence of HIV in the child's blood.
The Mississippi girl is the first child to be "functionally cured" of HIV, researchers announced Sunday. They said they believe early intervention with the antiretroviral drugs was key to the outcome.
INTERVIEW: Mila Kunis talks to Chris Stark
Although she runs a close second to Pope Benedict's crazy fine boyfriend, I have a huge crush on actress Mila Kunis, who plays a witch in the new film Oz the Great and Powerful.
My favorite part of the interview above is when Ms. Kunis tries to satisfy her off-camera publicist by rattling off a load of PR bullshit as fast as possible so she and the adorably nervous reporter interviewing her can get back to their casual conversation.
"Let me just give you answers that I know you're gonna ask. So I play a character named Theodora. She's the youngest out of the three witches. She's very naive. She's very sweet, actually. You see what happens is, she's the first character that Oz meets when he lands in this magical world. She falls madly in love with him, he breaks her heart and, um, and she doesn't know how to deal with the pain so her sister provides the easy way out—to numb the pain. She accepts it and she has an emotional transformation that has a physical one that mirrors it. I never looked at it as two separate characters. It was never like a good versus evil for me. It was very much a one transitional character. Um, I rooted her in honesty and I looked at her as like a young girl who just has her heart broken. I loved working with James Franco, he was great. Um, Rachel was an amazing older sister. And, uh, and Michelle and I, you know, didn't really have very many scenes together so our only complaint was that we wish we worked together more."
MAP: Average Rent Prices in San Francisco
SFist posted this map detailing, by neighborhood, the average rental price of a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco, and let me just say, the numbers are mind-blowing.
The average price of a one bedroom apartment in the Castro, the neighborhood I've called home for the past 18 months, is well over three times the price I paid for the adorable one bedroom I rented in Chicago's most expensive neighborhood two years back.
PHOTOGRAPH: Evening Commute by Laura Lynch
A close friend of mine captured this shot on her way home from work on Tuesday evening and it reminded me of how beautiful Chicago can be in the winter.
Also, how shitty.
SONG: "Glitter in the Air" by Pink at the 2010 Grammys
This will never get old.
TWEET: Fat Camp by @andrewmason
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was ousted from his position this week after earnings failed to meet expectations two quarters running. True to his frat boy ways, Mr. Mason beat the press to the scoop by announcing his exit in a hilariously self-deprecating blog post, which the above tweet references.
For those who are concerned about me, please don't be - I love Groupon, and I'm terribly proud of what we've created. I'm OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I'll now take some time to decompress (FYI I'm looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I'll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive.
I'd like to note that I found myself alone in an elevator with Andrew nearly two years ago, a day or two after he made headlines for his wit at the D: All Things Digital conference, and he had me laughing before we'd traveled even one floor.
I wish him the best.
VIDEO: "Michel & Sven - Der Tischdeckentrick"
Bevan thinks this is staged and I think it's damn hilarious.
We're both worried about Michel.
Every week I see Debra Messing on an episode of Smash and every week I wish I were watching Will & Grace instead.
I guess I'll just have to settle for this.
Note: (Almost) every Friday I gather an assortment of the most bizarre, heartfelt, hilarious, inspiring and thought-provoking bits of media I can find and share them on this web log. Past editions of "Friday Faves" can be found here.