Author Archives: Palmer Huff

Crush This: Replace Awkward Family Dinner Silences With Disney Movies

Crush This: Replace Awkward Family Dinner Silences With Disney Movies

Crush This is your weekly guide to what’s coming in music, movies and TV in the week to come. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finally hit theaters today, and we’ve already made you a list of reasons to go see it. But if you can’t think of anything to do between now and Thanksgiving, don’t fret. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday to stress about. It’s time to relax, watch TV, go to movies, and potentially drink…I mean eat too much. More »

How To: Use ‘Pregnancy’ To Get A Seat On The Subway

How To: Use 'Pregnancy' To Get A Seat On The Subway

Over at The Hairpin, Hallie Kiefer has written a post about how offended she got when someone mistook her for a pregnant woman on the subway. While I can see how this might be taken as an insult, I think she is overlooking the obvious benefits of being mistaken for a pregnant woman on public transportation.

First of all, do you know how hard it is to get a seat on a crowded subway car? And while I’d never try to scam an actual pregnant woman out of a seat on the train, there are plenty of people who don’t need all the space they take up on the subway. And pretending to be pregnant on the subway is one of the most reliable ways to get people to treat you better on public transportation. More »

Crush This: Weeds Says Bye, Norah Jones & Rihanna Say Hello

Crush This: Weeds Says Bye, Norah Jones & Rihanna Say Hello

Crush This is your weekly guide to what’s new in music, movies and TV. As Thanksgiving and the holidays creep closer and closer, we see a lot of season finales. This past Sunday was the season finale of East Bound & Down, but there were no tears in that one (Danny McBride doesn’t really do tearjerkers). This is going to be a diverse week, and we’ve got you covered on what not to miss in the magic, sex and pop music departments. More »

Crushable’s 2010 Holiday Movie Guide

Crushable's 2010 Holiday Movie Guide

The weather is changing, it may start snowing this week, and we’re already stressing out about family interactions. What does that mean? The holidays are almost here!

But before you start stressing about Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Or Hanukkah. Or Kwanzaa. Or Christmakkah. There is something to celebrate at the movies. Whatever you like or don’t like about the upcoming festivities, there’s no denying that Hollywood saves some of its best films for the fall season. There are so many movies coming out over the next two months, that we thought we’d help you navigate this year’s slate of holiday movies. Check out what’s coming out this fall, poke around, and watch a few trailers, courtesy of Crushable. More »

Surviving What I Think Might Be the Real World

Surviving What I Think Might Be the Real World

New York is supposed to be a city where dreams come true, but I’ve yet to see that side of it yet. I’m sneaking into college by taking classes part-time before I apply, I work in retail, and I have a part time-internship. Part-time usually means 30%-50% of your time. So if my calculations are correct I spend a minimum of 90% of my time working somewhere.

At first, I was a total brat & crybaby (toxic combo) because I was so stressed out. For example, if there weren’t any seats on the subway I would either: a) pretend to be pregnant until someone got up or b) just start to cry silently. I am by no means complaining, but if you’ve ever been in this position you know how I feel. I slowly got used to being on-the-go and have even got some tips and advice for those of you who are entering this stage. I’d like to extend a helping hand. More »

Crush This: More Hamm And Buble Please, Lorne Michaels!

Crush This: More Hamm And Buble Please, Lorne Michaels!

Crush This is your weekly guide to what’s coming up in music, movies and TV in the next week. CMJ is over and New York will certainly miss the buzz of a million concerts going on, but there is a lot to look forward to in the following week…espeically on television.

For those of you who are still grieving the loss of Mad Men, there is a faint light at the end of the tunnel. Jon Hamm is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend with Rihanna as musical guest! I mean, it won’t be just like watching Don Draper, but sometimes in hardships one must make sacrifices. But that is not all SNL has to offer this upcoming week… More »

Facebook Experiment: What’s My Age Again?!

Facebook Experiment: What's My Age Again?!

Yesterday as an experiment, I changed my Facebook birthday to read October 28th. How many of my friends – close or not – would recognize that it was not in fact my birthday? Distant connections can’t be asked to remember things like my birth date. But what about close friends? The answers were surprising.

After checking my profile for the first time all day, I found that 82 of my friends believed it was my birthday, and had written messages on my wall. Decent turnout! But then I did some research, only to find that a mere 56 friends wrote on my for my actual birthday. I am a very vocal person and, since on my last real birthday I turned 20, wouldn’t you think that friends would know it was my 21st before glancing at it on the right hand side of a website? More »

Crush This: Emma Stone on SNL This Weekend

Crush This: Emma Stone on SNL This Weekend

Crush This is your weekly guide to what’s new in movies, music and TV. We’re still in the midst of CMJ, so stay tuned for band interviews and more show recaps this week. For those of you outside of the city, we’ve got a list of exciting things coming up this week, most especially we’ve got our fingers crossed that Emma Stone does well Saturday night… More »

Guess who’s coming to dinner?! - No, but seriously. You’ll have no idea if you let Sweden persuade you to try out their new neighbor dining idea. Am I being too introverted or is letting any of your neighbors invite themselves over for dinner using FourSquare a bit weird? (Creativity-Online)

CMJ Artist: Lily & the Parlour Tricks

CMJ Artist: Lily & the Parlour Tricks

Last night I developed a massive crush (real, not boredom induced) on the lead singer of Lily & the Parlour Tricks. I went out for what I thought would just be a quick drink with my roommates to Williamsburg’s charming whiskey bar, the Lovin’ Cup Cafe. Lucky for us, a quick drink turned into a few drinks so we got to witness a miracle. Lily & the Parlour Tricks were playing that night for CMJ Week!! Usually at the Lovin’ Cup, everyone focuses most if not all of their attention on the people with whom their sharing a table. But when Lily & the Parlours took the stage, the bar went from cliques to Tricks. Everyone in the room was captivated by the lead singer – whose name is, oddly enough, Lily Claire. She was the kind of artist who had everyone in the room convinced that she was singing directly to them. More »

Crush This: Hello CMJ, Goodbye ‘Mad Men’

Crush This: Hello CMJ, Goodbye 'Mad Men'

Welcome to Crush This, your weekly guide to what’s new in movies, music and TV. This week, we’re getting jazzed for the start of the annual CMJ Festival in New York. For those of you outside the city, we’ll be interviewing bands and highlighting some of our favorite shows throughout the week. And also, we’re not really prepared for the season finale of Mad Men, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be happening this Sunday night. More »

My Boredom Crushes Are Bordering On Creepy

My Boredom Crushes Are Bordering On Creepy

Today at NYU Local, writer Annie Werner tackles the issue of “boredom crushes”, when students acquire crushes on people nearby when they’re bored in class. Annie is not alone in witnessing this phenomenon. But they’re not limited to the class room. I get boredom crushes all the time, and I take them with me all over the city.

My most fruitful boredom crush hot spot of late has been delis. For example, when I’m up late catching up on tivo’d Grey’s Anatomy, I incentivize myself to go out into the cold for the requisite cry-while-I-eat Haagen Dazs with a boredom crush or two. The Egyptian deli guy around the corner is definitely hot – and was definitely flirting with me last time I went in. But this might be becoming a problem. More »