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Andrew Lincoln: Actor

Posted in Films, Hotties, Photos, TEEVee, Trivia with tags , , , , on November 28, 2011 by effingjro

I sometimes forget that the characters in my “stories” have had previous acting jobs. Which means that this adorable Brit:

Went on to become this Georgian corpse-killer:

While we can all agree that Andrew Lincoln is totally dreamy (even if he’s grown a bit skeletal himself since he started his Walking Dead stint) I think after tonight’s episode I’m firmly on Shane’s side – if you’re not busting zombie heads, you clearly have no interest in survival anymore.

Thermal Thoughts

Posted in Photos, Soul-Crushing Materialism, Stylez with tags , , , , on November 19, 2011 by effingjro

High-fashion onesie

This morning I had to take two dogs for a walk when it was 37 degrees. I know that’s not exceptionally cold if you’re Canadian or a penguin, but I could barely get myself out of bed, much less find enough layers to ensure I wouldn’t freeze the second I made it outside. For whatever reason, I get cold way faster than the population at large, and until I can afford winter trips to Cabo, it’s all about thermal shirts and long johns for me. I’ve been scouring stores, and the only real options are the AA thermals, the Uniqlo HeatTech line (oooh, science), or this stunning one-piece Fair Isle contraption from Japan…

(How do you go to the bathroom in this?)

One of the nice things about quitting smoking (I’m on my third week) is that I’m setting aside all the money I would  have spent on cigs, and instead buying something as a reward. So my plan is to buy a pair of long johns for every day of the week, and laugh in the face of the bitter elements.

April joined me for a photoshoot

Say hello to my weekend uniform.

Better Luck Next Year: A Coming Out Wish List

Posted in Hotties, Man Appreciation Post, Photos, Role Models with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2011 by effingjro

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day, a great opportunity to stand up and be counted. Sadly, the following people forgot to mark their calendar. Damn! Technically, these boys could come out any day of the year. So here’s hoping.

Warning: Nude dudes below. It’s PG-13 though. You can handle it.

Levi Johnston, Author? - Because “Getting Levi’s Johnson” was so good (and his Playgirl shoot was such a tease), it had me thinking about the real thing.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Actor - Because I can’t separate fact from fiction, and I just can’t quit his star turn as doe-eyed cowboy Jack Twist.
George St Pierre, UFC Fighter - Because I can’t separate fact from friction, and it’s hard not to think dirty when he executes a Rear Naked Choke on a sweating, muscled man.
Prince Harry, Royal - Because whenever he’s in the States, I wish he’d take a break from flying helicopters, lose the fatigues and let me show him some American hospitality.
Dylan McDermott, Actor - Because he’s nude (and breathtaking) three times in the pilot for American Horror Story, and I bet he’d fill out that leather suit real nice.
Bear Grylls, Adventurer – Because I can think think of several ways to stay warm in the Sahara that DON’T involve disemboweling a camel.
And I’m sure I forgot some fantasy-inducing beefcake. Let me know in the comments.

The Good Things In “Pan Am”

Posted in Hotties, Muzak, Photos, TEEVee with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by effingjro

First off, this is an excellent song. I mean, it’s not exactly Eartha Kitt, but it gets across the slow, sultry vibe where the high hat sounds like it’s steam rising off the sidewalk. Did you guys see Pan Am yesterday? I had to, since Mad Men is so far away and I can’t survive indefinitely without weekly doses of Mid-century Modern.

It’s not fair to compare an ABC show with AMC’s output, so I won’t. Let’s just say it’ll do the trick for now. The score was a little hokey (not the pop songs, I mean the reheated Titanic strings that started soaring during take-off) and I don’t see why they felt the need to include espionage in the first episode. They spend a lot of time talking about how airline attendants are a “new breed of woman,” and they do all sort of act like sex-savvy polyglot models, so maybe that’s an accurate statement? I also can’t wait to learn more about Christina Ricci’s character, as she’s sort of a Boho Joan Holloway type who name drops Marx and Hegel.

This scene was really nice: if you’re going to be a runaway bride, may as well travel the world.

Also I’m speculating that the pilot and co-pilot are gay for each other. You can’t tell from this picture, but all that lingering eye contact and flirty banter speaks volumes.

If you’re interested, ABC (who are packaging the show pretty nicely) have made a Pandora station, which they’re calling the “tunes of the Jet Age.” Has a nice ring to it, right?

A parting question: Would this show have been made if a.) Mad Men weren’t postponed and b.) the TSA hadn’t made air travel completely hellish and sterile?


Posted in ART, Hotties, Photos, Soul-Crushing Materialism, Stylez with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2011 by effingjro

Well, this is  how I want to look all the time. I don’t know if I’m more into the idea of britches or calf-high boots, but almost every look in Balmain’s Fall 2011 collection features these things (well, technically not britches, but the rolled jean with a bit of sock showing looks just as good). There are a whole lot of these vaguely military jackets with shiny buttons, as well as big ratty scarves and layered shirts and sweaters, which gives the collection a very sexy magpie feel. In fact, sexy magpie might be the look I go for this fall.

To be fair, my coworker was pretty on point when he said “All you have to do is accessorize with a chain that carries the One Ring.” Some of the looks are a bit Middle Earth, but I think it’s because the model looks like he just left the Shire.

Scarves as scarves, scarves as belts!

Leather jacket, fur collar. Rough and tumble luxe.

The designer responsible for Balmain’s comeback, Christophe Decarnin, recently left the company. He was, after all, making $6,000 jeans. I just hope whoever takes his places maintains this level of cool. Actually, maybe you can decide for yourself when you take a look at Balmain’s 2011 Spring collection. Not sure if that’s Decarnin or not, but you can find it here on

Seriously, where can I get those boots?

Your Retro Fix

Posted in Advertisements, Hotties, Photos, Rag Mags, Stylez, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by effingjro

While I’m blathering on about magazine ads, here’s a fantastic one from Guess. Usually their ads are extreme and oversexed, and while this girl is certainly dressed to the nines, it’s sweet, not salacious.

Did people look like this in the ’40s? I mean, I know they weren’t constantly styled for photo shoots, and their waists weren’t the same circumference as telephone poles, but boy are those clothes great. It reminds me of the kind of photo The Sartorialist would shoot today (as opposed to the usual Guess fare – shirtless man in low-slung jeans humping on a woman in a studded bra with a beehive). Here are some genuine street style photos I found on The Fashion Spot.

That’s what the Guess ad is missing. HATS.


Tell me you’re not getting a Sex and the City vibe here. I think I spot a Samantha on the right…


Banana Republic: Too Mad For Mad Men

Posted in Advertisements, Found Item, In the News, Photos, Rag Mags, Rage Blackout, Soul-Crushing Materialism, Stylez, TEEVee, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by effingjro

I was enjoying my normal Saturday routine: G&Ts on the lounge chair in the back yard with the latest men’s mags, when I came across this Banana Republic ad in GQ.

OK, fine, Mad Men. I dig that just as much as any of human being out there. I love the show, I LOVE the costumes – I even went so far as to download the characters’ individual playlists on iTunes – that’s how taken I am with a mid-century modern lifestyle (no, I didn’t not craft a personal Mad Men avatar, but I was tempted).

The thing is, Banana Republic has been going Mad  for three years now. They started out with a ‘casting call’ promo in 2009. Then they rolled out their capsule collection in 2010 (I remember this in particular because I urged a straight friend to glean his whole wardrobe here). And now, in 2011, they’re putting out a third collection, even though the next season of Mad Men likely won’t materialize until 2012.

This show caused a bit of a style revolution, and I’m totally in favor of gents getting more dapper. The looks – a few of which I’m posting below – are still great, if extremely grey.

No arguments here, even if they are eschewing some of the preppier, Pete Campbell flourishes for The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit-style tailoring and homogeneity.

I just think it’s a bit lame that BR hasn’t come up with anything more exciting for the past three years than Mad Men. If I think your novelty capsule collection is starting to look familiar, maybe it’s time to change it up.

And for those of you trying to cultivate a little MM panache – try a vintage shop. It’ll be a whole lot more fun.

Time For A Care Stare

Posted in Cartoons, Films, Hotties, Man Appreciation Post, Photos, Pop, Role Models, Trivia with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by effingjro

You may know Chris Evans as the Human Torch: the superhero with gayest catchphrase of all, ‘Flame on!’.  His Aryan looks and healthy teeth have also gotten him roles like the ‘Harvard Hottie’ in The Nanny Diaries and the jock in Not Another Teen Movie. Most recently he starred in Captain America: The First Avenger. I’ve heard the movie is pretty good until the special effects consume all the actors and plotlines like a CGI black hole. Still, I’ll see it for the pecs and the 1940s drag everyone will be wearing.

Right, but why is Chris posing with a Care Bear?

Because he’s looooves them. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“’To be completely honest, I was watching like Care Bears and like My Little Pony,’ Evans said… But, he had his reasons for playing with the typically girl-centric toys. ‘I had older sisters, I had to, I had no choice.’”

Excuses, excuses, Chris. Those were my favorite toys, but at least I had a plastic dinosaur or two around to butch things up.

You can watch Chris’ video interview here.

And just to be gratuitous, here’s my favorite scene from Not Another Teen Movie. It happens to be a musical, which I know will be a shock to you all. I swear there’s an uncensored version of this out there somewhere which includes not just breasts but a scatalogical joke delivered on a high note, but maybe it’s just too much fun for YouTube to handle.



Channeled Whelks In The Cape May Canal

Posted in Food, Found Item, I do stuff!, Photos with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by effingjro

The other day I took a walk with my housemates and our dog Odin along the Cape May Canal. Nothing too miraculous happened, but since I can’t walk along the shore without my eyes glued to the sand, I noticed the rounded tip of a big shell poking out of the ground. When I pulled it out, I discovered this:

It’s called a Channeled Whelk, so named for the spiral gully that runs along the top of the shell, I’d guess. The fact that I found a Channel Whelk in a canal gets me jazzed in a nerdy linguistic way I have to mention, if only in this sentence. It turns out the New Jersey state shell is actually the Knobbed Whelk, which is a bit more spastic looking. I’d been calling these animals ‘conchs’ all my life. In fact, conchs live in mostly tropical water and feed on vegetation. Whelks are carnivorous, cold-weather mollusks.

There it is in all its slimy glory. The calcified, mussel-shaped thing over the snail is called the operculum, or, more colorfully, the sailor’s toenail. When whelks lay eggs, they come in long strings called mermaid’s necklaces. No one’s going to mistake this for a land animal.

Due to overfishing of conch in the Caribbean, several restaurants in Cape May have switched over to using whelk, which has a similar – though slightly tougher – consistency. Italians, which call the snails scungili, have been eating them forever in salads and pastas. While not as glamorous as calamari or eel, scungili used to be one of the go-to dishes during the Christmastime Feast of the Seven Fish.

Here’s one in action, courtesy of Trinixia.


Congress Hall Veranda – Cape May, NJ, 1870s

Posted in ART, Found Item, I do stuff!, Photos, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2011 by effingjro

I recently discovered a great blog, Vintage Everyday, which had a post on animated gifs of old colorized stereoscope cards of Japan.

I really wanted to try one of my own, as I’ve heard making a gif is easy as pie. Here’s the original card I used, featuring the Congress Hall veranda circa 1870 (courtesy of Don Pocher).

And here’s the gif I was able to make. Not quite as polished as the Japanese ones, but a good start. Especially if you don’t have the stereoscopic glasses necessary to view these cards in 3D, as they were intended…

And just for reference, here’s Congress Hall today (one of the poshest spots in town).

Anoushka Luca

Posted in In the News, Muzak, Photos, Role Models with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by effingjro

In February I took a trip to London to visit a best friend of mine by the name of Lizzie Breiner – you can find her blog to the right under a list of links naming incredibly talented people. We did a lot of things famously, but one sojourn in particular deserves mention – a trip to see the very skilled Anoushka Lucas at the Half Moon Club in Putney.

Oh, friends. It was just so good. This girl sings like Norah Jones with a much more sardonic edge and a little more heft to her voice. Please enjoy the two tracks below and tell me she’s not the second coming.

02 Runaway w_ me – Fmix1

03 Track 03 17

When Playboy Was Hip

Posted in Advertisements, Found Item, Hotties, In the News, Man Appreciation Post, Photos, Rag Mags, Role Models, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by effingjro

Yes, there was a time when Playboy was fodder for a wider audience than truckers who can’t access porn on the internet.

I picked up this magazine in June, because I can’t let a vintage rag go unpurchased, and was pleasantly surprised by how urbane Playboy used to be. Read the text at the bottom of this cover: Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein were both contributors, something that would never happen today. This edition features a big panel discussion on religion in America, a nice satirical piece that stereotypes the readers of Esquire, Playboy, Reader’s Digest and other magazines, and a pretty comprehensive installment on nudity in film.

A little excerpt from Shel’s piece.

Since Playboy‘s visibility is mostly relegated to reality TV and tabloid stories these days (Did you HEAR what Crystal Harris said on the Howard Stern show? Hef only lasted two minutes??) it’s nice to look back at a time when the magazine was actually a bastion of sexual liberation. For all the claims that Hugh Hefner is a misogynist, he was a big proponent of loosening sexual mores – and birth control, too. Also, there was a time when Hef wasn’t so wrinkly.

And if you’re looking for something a bit raunchier, click here for a NFSW peek at June 1967′s Playmate of the Month. I bet SHE wouldn’t spurn Hef’s marriage proposal.

Frankie and Ricky

Posted in Hotties, Muzak, Photos, Pop, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by effingjro

I found this song apropos, given my current financial situation.

But I meant to pair it with a good-looking picture of Frankie Avalon, and let’s face it, he’s kind of goofy. Instead, I present you with…

Ricky Nelson. Fox. Also a singer of some catchy tunes, such as “Hello Mary Lou,” my personal pick-me-up favorite.

Snap, Crackle, Rock.

Posted in Found Item, Hotties, I do stuff!, Man Appreciation Post, Muzak, Photos, Pop, Role Models, Stylez, Vintage, Vinyl with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by effingjro

(This is a pretty hi-res image, so if you want an up-close-and-personal view of Elvis’ suggestive post, go ahead and click the photo.)

I’ve been using my record player a lot now that my favorite radio station has basically stopped broadcasting. I’m listening to a lot of Rimsky-Korsakov (random, yes), but I also found this “Jailhouse Rock” single and I couldn’t resist ripping it to my computer.

And here’s my favorite part of the song:

Number 47 said to Number 3
“You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see
I sure would be delighted with your company
Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me.

I have a real talent for picking out the gay subtext in anything. He does seem awful happy to be behind bars though, right?

And, as a bonus, I leave you with the B-side of the record, “Treat Me Nice,” along with a pic of Mr Presley looking especially foxy.


Posted in Authors, Hotties, I do stuff!, Photos, Role Models, Soul-Crushing Materialism, Stylez, Uncategorized, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by effingjro

You know, the last time I bought glasses I was 16. It’s definitely time for an upgrade. I just ordered a box of sample frames from Warby Parker, which is my recently discovered and now favorite purveyor of eyewear. For one thing, they make relatively cheap, not-too-obnoxious retro frames ($95 with the prescription), and for another, for every pair of glasses you buy, they donate a pair to someone in the world who needs them.

Which, if you think about it, is way better than one of those ‘Buy one pair, get one free’ deals at Lenscrafters. I mean, how many pairs of glasses do you need?

And without further ado, here are the five frames (they have evocative preppy names that I will riff on to distract from my face)…

The Felton: These guys are really square, like an architect’s glasses. Kind of like that cute engineer from Love Actually that “Just Judy” never gets to sleep with. Not the worst association to go with.

The Pierce: Like the Felton, but a smoky gray version, with those fun metal rivets on the side. President Pierce never wore glasses like this, but he looked damn fine on a horse.

Now on to our third selection…

The Preston: These are pretty much Clark Kent glasses, which is awesome, because there’s nothing I like more than pretending to work for a newspaper while on the sly I’m performing heroic, muscle-flexing feats of bravery.

The Roosevelt: A front-runner, along with the aforementioned Preston. I like the color and the shine on the frames, and they’re mostly square, which is good for round-faces (me). If you were to ask me, I’d say the my favorite Roosevelt wasn’t Teddy OR FDR – it was Eleanor.

The Webb: I think these glasses are way too small. I feel like Truman Capote and while that’s fine when I’m writing, I’m not taking my fashion cues from that guy. Also, aren’t glasses supposed to stop you from squinting? What is up with my eyes?

And yes this is the most vain post ever, but if I keep these glasses as long as I’ve kept my last pair, I might as well get a few opinions. Plus, hey! Polls!


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