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Pill Advised: know what you’re taking

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By Jordan Galland in Cool Websites on Tuesday 25 October 2011

I won’t explain entirely what Pill Advised is since the video below will show that. Rather I just want to take credit for naming it and mention the coolest thing it does. If you type in a prescription or over the counter drug you are taking, it will actually recommend natural supplements that can a) either strengthen the effectiveness of the drug, and / or b) that can lessen the negative side effects of the drug.

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The trailer for Goddard’s Masculine Feminine

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By Jordan Galland in New Film on Tuesday 25 October 2011

I speak a little French, but when I watch French films, I always have to read the subtitles. So, yes, I may be more forgiving of them than English films, where I’m not constantly lowering my eyes every five seconds (some might say like talking to a girl with giant boobs). But this film, and more importantly, this trailer above, was a big influence on me.

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Cinemetal t shirts from the IFC Center in Manhattan

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By Jordan Galland in New Fashion on Tuesday 25 October 2011

I grew up making t-shirts to promote my bands, and then later, to promote my films. I always liked referencing a design that had, at first glance, no connection to what I was promoting (music or film), like an extinct fast food chain or obsolete computer company or Mexican vacation resort.

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Blood Orange: musical side project of Devonté Hynes

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By Jordan Galland in New Music on Tuesday 25 October 2011

Devonté Hynes is a magician in my eyes (and ears.) I fell in love with him as the all denim wearing, yankee hat sporting Lightspeed Champion – an interesting enough sounding band name, which I thought, wrongfully, referenced one of those weird creatures from The Never Ending Story.

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Jaw dropping paintings of Robert McGinnis

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By Jordan Galland in New Art on Saturday 7 May 2011

Just like the way spaceships and monsters will never feel quite as cool in CGI as they do in stop-motion animation (Mars Attacks by Tim Burton was supposed to be all stop-motion, imagine!), so the femme fatales will never feel quite as seductive and men holding guns never quite as spy-like in Mac-generated Photoshopped splendor as they did in the paintings of old posters and paper backs. The brilliant eye behind most of these drawings? Robert McGinnis.

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Trashmaster: a movie made entirely in Grand Theft Auto

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By Jordan Galland in Video on Saturday 7 May 2011

I mention this, not because it is something I watched the whole way through and enjoyed, but because it succeeded at something I tried to do and failed. Years ago (in 2004) I tried to do this. I got cheat codes for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and turned the main character into a six foot tall stripper in a red white and star spangled blue bikini, then recorded the game-play of her with my camera, as she went running around town with a machete.

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Beautiful Darling: documentary about Candy Darling

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By Jordan Galland in New Film on Saturday 7 May 2011

Walk On The Wild Side and Candy Says being among the most influential songs in rotation on my Walkman during my formative years, and having had a deep fascination with Warhol and the New York of the 70s and early 80s (I moved here in 85, so I caught the tail end as a kindergartener), I was drawn to this documentary and laughed and cried the whole 90 minutes.

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