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I’m pleased to say that Jerad got to see Scott Pilgrim and gave it his seal of approval. If you haven’t seen it, please go. As a movie, it’s just well crafted from the bottom up (from sound design to fight choreography to casting to the script). With a reported budget of $60m, it’s probably about halfway to breaking even. If we, the awesome people of the internet, could get it a little closer towards even- it would help send the message to Universal that they were right. That it’s a great movie, and that they shouldn’t be afraid to take risks with unique films.

A neat gadget! Gizmodo might think it’s lame, but as a busy mom, I think that the Boil Buoy is a neat gadget. You set it in your pot of water you’ve set to boil, and when it comes to a boil, it shakes in the water making it chime.

Yes, you probably should be keeping an eye on water, but honestly- things happen. While I’m cooking, if I leave the kitchen, it isn’t to surf the internet (I do take the computer in with me). It’s because a kid in the next room has a diaper that needs changing, spilled something that needs to be cleaned up, or I have two children that are beating each other with train cars. I’m not about to turn off the pot of nearly boiling water to take care of that. An audible reminder that my water is boiling is quite welcome. This is actually available for pre-sale right now, so if you think it’s neat, buy one! It’s $9.99. (And no, I don’t get anything for it. I just think it’s neat)

I started a bunch of blog posts that never really went anywhere this week. Here’s what was on my mind that didn’t make the final cut:

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Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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In an update to a previous post, a British TV watchdog group (Clearcast) is saying that the PSA “Cut” starring Keira Knightley is inappropriate to air because it is too violent. Of course, the irony here is that the PSA is about domestic violence.

The whole reason that the PSA was effective was that it demonstrated the brutality. Most display the after effects alone, and show a woman crying, covered with bruises. And because of this, there are still people out there who believe that a woman who was abused must have been “asking for it.”

If you happen to read this, and live in the UK- please try to find a way to speak up for the PSA. Violence for the sake of violence is one thing- but this is violence for the sake of education. An entirely different matter.

Originally published at Whitney Drake. You can comment here or there.

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Here’s a PSA from the UK starring Keira Knightley. I’m not sure if I commented on the Chris Brown & Rihanna case here - but the thing that’s saddened me the most has been the reaction by American teenagers. That somehow she must have asked for it, that she deserved to be beaten. And that studies showed that a surprising amount of teenagers in urban areas expected there to be some level of violence in any relationship.


Link in case the embedded video isn’t showing up

Nobody asks to be abused. Nobody deserves to be beaten. No matter what someone says, you have value as a person. And someone who says you are worthless, someone who beats you… it’s them who is the problem. Not you. If you know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, please help them. Help them see that they are important.

Originally published at Whitney Drake. You can comment here or there.

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