I may not have a boyfriend/husband/significant-other-type-person, but lately, I have found myself at the center of so many relationship dramas that I feel like I should be declared an honorary spouse by association. Thrice over. Maybe more. I really can’t even keep track any more.
From GossipGirls.com With all the celebrity couples getting hitched and having kids these days, you’d think that Scarlett Johansson would be getting wedding/baby fever. But quite the contrary is true, according to reports that she feels “too young” for that scene. The “Lost in Translation” actress has been dating Ryan Reynolds since April, fresh from his broken engagement to pop singer Alanis Morissette. And though he’s a big fan of moving foward, Johansson says she’s not quite ready. Tango’s Take
From The New York Times By Brad Stone The age-old business of breaking up has taken a decidedly Orwellian turn, with digital evidence like e-mail messages, traces of Web site visits and mobile telephone records now permeating many contentious divorce cases. Jolene Barten-Bolender says she discovered a tracking device in a wheel well of the family car. Spurned lovers steal each other’s BlackBerrys. Suspicious spouses hack into each other’s e-mail accounts. They load surveillance software onto the family PC, sometimes discovering shocking infidelities. Divorce lawyers routinely set out to find every bit of private data about their clients’ adversaries, often hiring investigators with sophisticated digital forensic tools to snoop into household computers. Tango’s Take
From PC World By Oliver Garnham Over a quarter of a billion people will be using mobile dating and chatroom services by 2012, according to a new report from Juniper Research. The U.K. research firm said revenues from the two sectors will pass US$1 billion by 2010, while strong growth from India will contribute to 260 million users globally by 2012. "Major brands such as Match.com and Webdate have recognized that customers are willing to pay a mobility premium for 24/7 access to these services and are increasing deploying mobile applications to complement and enhance their existing offerings," said the report author, Dr Windsor Holden. Tango’s Take
Remember the Jennifer Aniston-Vince Vaughn movie, The Break Up, where Aniston’s character, Brooke, is furious that Vaughn’s character, Gary, only brought her 3 of the 12 lemons she needed to make her 12-lemon centerpiece? Since that movie, and since seeing a friend of mine actually put lemons in a bowl and use it as table décor, the whole concept of a 12-lemon centerpiece really amuses me.
In 2000, I made an album with 2 girlfriends. We had a band called Dame Station. All of the songs on the album were originals, written by the three of us (with help from some great musician friends of ours). Anyway, as you can imagine, most of the songs had to do with relationships – from the perspective of three women in their thirties. One of us (me) was at the end of a marriage, one was just divorced and the other married for about 15 years.
From People By Marla Lehner Jaime King's romance with fiancé Kyle Newman is like a fairytale – but she describes their engagement as "a scene out of a romantic comedy." The couple, who had picked out an engagement ring together, were expecting the jewelry to be delivered via FedEx the day before leaving for a getaway together. "Somehow we missed the FedEx truck, and I freaked out," King tells In Style Weddings for its October issue. "I wanted to go on the vacation engaged, with my ring! So I got in the car, and I stopped two FedEx trucks, saying, 'Do you have my ring?' It was like a scene out of romantic comedy, with me literally chasing down trucks!" Tango’s Take
From The New York Times By Saul Hansell One thing I’m actually enjoying about the surging popularity of Facebook—at least among the people I tend to know—is that it serves as a way to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances. I get a slow and steady stream of contact from people I’m glad to hear from. A two-year-old social network called Quechup seems to have developed a new twist on the market: putting you back in touch with people you never want to speak to again. For example, it recently enabled Liz Murray to get an e-mail from her ex-boyfriend’s mother. “I wish I were kidding,” Ms. Murray said in an e-mail to me. Quechup, in fact, helped me reconnect to Liz, who had approached me about a potential article a month ago. On Monday, I got an e-mail from her inviting me to join “Quechup… the social networking platform sweeping the globe.” Tango’s Take
From The Sydney Morning Herald By Hilary Burden Apparently A-pride is the latest new sex club. But the difference is that this A stands for asexual. According to a recent New Scientist report in the US, it's seriously cool to be asexual. You can buy the T-shirt, join the messageboards at http://www.asexuality.org with 1700 or so registered members, shop online, or wear the slogan-printed G-string. Although only limited research exists, one survey suggests that just 1 per cent of the population are asexual. Apparently these are people who don't experience sexual attraction; never have, never will.