Monday, April 27, 2009

Julia: Rosie O'Donnell Thinks She's a Creep




From Roger Friedman's gossip column:

ROSIE TWITTERED BY HER OWN MRS. KRAVITZ

Remember Gladys Kravitz? She was Samantha and Darren’s nosy neighbor on “Bewitched.” She was always spying on them, and then trying to report it to her uninterested husband. Thank goodness she didn’t have Twitter!

Last week, Rosie O’Donnell and her wife, Kelli, got a taste of Kravitz from Julia Allison, a self-promoting Twitter addict who’s on a campaign for fame at any cost. She heard the O’Donnells fighting in their apartment, then sent the world out a Twitter blast. (If there’s a co-op board in that house, I wonder what they’ll make of this.)

Rosie and Kelli are nonplussed. They’re used to it. Tonight, Rosie’s Broadway Kids has a big fundraiser at New World Stages, Kelli is working on her seven day family cruise from Seattle to Alaska in July. (Check out www.rfamilycruises.com.)

Says Rosie, with a laugh, via email: “we r ok
life with 4 kids in the spotlight isn’t easy / but we always come thru.”

She says of Allison, who came to the O’Donnells’ door with at midnight with “a bottle of wine and a puppy”: “I wouldn’t know her to look at her…Creepy.”

167 comments:

  1. Fucking hooray, looks like Jowly once again got exactly what she wanted, MORE ATTENTION.

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  2. Poor Jules no more nice PR

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  3. HA HA*! she got called "creepy" by someone she desperately wanted attention from!

    *in the vein of Nelson

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  4. so next JA stunt show up at Ophra's house??

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  5. I don't get it -- she showed up with a bottle of wine and a puppy? When?

    Sorry if I'm thick...

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  6. Summer Predictions for Jabakong!

    I'm sure next stunt is that Julia is trying to get a talk show going in Chicago since she has been unable to line up a writing gig of any kind. Not even the free pubs want anything to do with her. She'll probably try to write a book but get bored after 3 chapters.

    After six months she will have to move in with a roomate after Mumsy gets sick of her being a useless sponge in the condo.

    Dan will probably stop speaking to her after she "crosses the line" in one of her constant privacy violations.

    RANDI ZUCKERPIMPLES will stop speaking to her when Mark finally makes it clear that an association with Jankerchief isn't doing facebook any favors.

    Meghan will stop speaking to her when the Thwarted One finally turns on her as her only target left for venting her passive agressive ragetweets.

    Expect her to really amp up the being seen with famous/semifamous dudes as she desperately attempts to up her marriage market value.

    She'll lose 20 pounds and abuse our brains with at least 20 blog entries on the subject.

    Her new wave of OMGBFFs will include SHIRA LAZAR, LEVEN RAMBIN (she needs someone with hot guy access), THAT GIRL ALLISON (hey any port in a storm).

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  7. Shira Lazar thinks Ja is an idiot..watch the twit videos when JA is mentioned in front of Shira..its priceless

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  8. "Planning actual vacation: where should I go?? Must be warm, lovely, not more than 5 hours plane ride from NYC. Bias towards islands. Help!!about 8 hours ago from web "

    VACATION FROM WHAT???

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  9. I've worked with Rosie before on a non-profit project for foster kids. She has no patience for JA's kind and probably cackled at the sight of Allison with puppy and "apology" wine in hand. She's a get yourself dirty and go to work type. Allison? She's an eat a cupcake and watch someone else work type.

    Couples that fight well, stay together. Allison wouldn't know that, however.

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  10. Vacation from taking photos of herself? No that will continue on vacation.

    Vacation from lying? No that will continue on vacation?

    Vacation from travelling? Vacation = Travelling.

    Vacation from WTF?

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  11. Yeah i read the thing about her vacations, and thought the same thing. WTF does she need a vacation from?

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  12. Hey Jules why not um vacation in that school break away vacation spot called Chicago?

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  13. I wonder if this is her way of trying to get a free island trip out of one of her sugarfans. "Help! Need free plane ride and accomodations in tropical island resort location where I won't give you sex, but will post 1 pic of myself in a bathing suit (from a 45 degree angle at 4 feet away in a snap pose) to silence the fatjokes, and mention over and over how awesome you are for giving me free shit!!!! lol! tweet me!"

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  14. People, she needs a vacation from cardboard lecterns.

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  15. "where should i go?? help!!"

    julia thinks "crowd sourcing" is a synonym for "being boring and lazy"

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  16. Did an archive search of Julia's site for Rosie's name and this popped up. In retrospect, I'm suggesting this sort of signals the beginning of her delusional idea to blow off her high-profile job and take over the Internet.

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    New York dating columnist Julia Allison has a flamboyant and provocative personality that has made her the subject of numerous gossip blog postings in recent years. Through a combination of skill and luck, Julia has catapulted herself to national media prominence. Over time, she has positioned herself as a talkative celebrity news pundit, and her blog (http://juliaallison.com) keeps readers up-to-date on her newest projects—and some areas of her personal life. She’s now Star Magazine’s Editor-at-Large and runs a dating column in Time Out New York. It is estimated that she made as many as 250 television appearances in 2007 alone.
    When she showed up to be interviewed for this book, she was wearing a bright yellow dress and her face had a slightly orange glow. (Fresh out of a morning television appearance, she hadn’t yet found time to wipe off the make-up.)
    If you’re a morning TV addict, it is almost impossible to go a week without seeing Julia. She’s frequently on Fox & Friends, The Today Show, and many other A.M. chatterfests. One of the things that immediately struck me about Julia, aside from her confidence, was an almost encyclopedic knowledge of what other well-known people were doing. More specifically, people who had risen to fame in a dynamic or underground way.
    “Have you interviewed Obama Girl yet? You need to interview her,” she said. Aside from her fascination with the celebrity culture, and her belief that there is a “direct correlation” between fame and influence on others (I agree), Julia is interested in the concept of credibility. I would use the word authenticity: What you’re saying on blogs, what you’re mentioning on radio shows, and so forth should have a more or less consistent feel. People should grow to trust you.
    “Paris Hilton is screwed,” she explained to me. Basically, her argument was that recognition alone is never enough. Yes, in the short-term you can endorse products and “sell shit,” but credibility is crucial. People don’t necessarily trust anything Paris Hilton says; it comes across as superficial or contrived.
    Aside from the items written about Julia Allison on gossip blogs, the fact that she edits her own blog to keep fans posted on upcoming television appearances is crucial. For those who missed certain shows, she provides screenshots and funny recaps. Also, her blog is at times self-deprecating and endearing. In a recent post in which she recommended books to her Time Out New York column’s readers, she wrote: “Like Oprah’s [Book Club] but instead of the power to rocket your book to the NYT Bestseller List, the power to … uh … rocket your book to … uh … yeah, pretty much no power at all.” This is what blogging is all about; creating interest and then winning people over with a specific voice. It lets someone emerging as a public personality let their guard down and allows for real communication with fans.
    Her blog keeps her relevant: It becomes primary source material for gossip blogs—in a sense, Julia Allison’s blog has made her a story, rather than just the celebrities she dishes about on-air. This is important because it “diversifies” her image: She isn’t tied to any one news story in particular. Instead, she is discussed as a personality.
    Where This is Headed: Julia Allison Gets It

    This is an email I received from Julia Allison a few weeks after interviewing her. I had asked her if she had any additional thoughts on social networking and dynamic fame. What she says makes a lot of sense!
    On Dynamic Fame

    First, let’s define Famous. Famous, adj “known by many people.” So how is being known by many people helpful?

    Well, it must be. Otherwise, why the hell does vh1 & E! exist?!

    If there were no evolutionary benefit to fame, no one would chase it – or certainly not as doggedly as they do now. To be well-known gives many people (perhaps most people?) pleasure, and generally things that give us pleasure have their roots in something that at one point helped us. There could be no other reason for the proliferation and (exponentially accelerating) mass obsession with fame.

    Ultimately, I think it has something to do with the fact that people will DO things for you if you’re famous or well-known. It’s a type of power. So let’s say, back in the day, you were famous amongst your little tribe, well, people would be more likely to bring you back nuts & berries & shit. They’d be more likely to give you the better cave, the better cave women, the better spot in the hunting pack, whatever (I hate these stupid “back in the cave days” examples, but still, I can’t think of anything better). Thus, fame was a type of currency very early on.

    In any case, how does this relate to web fame? Well …

    Fame is funny. If you REALLY think about it, it doesn’t MATTER whether you’re famous throughout the entire world, like Brad Pitt, or all of America, like Mandy Moore, or famous just at your college, or famous in your chosen career (maybe you’re the most famous electrician in Des Moines!) In any of these cases, you’re going to accrue the benefits of fame – the adulation, the sense of false familiarity, the reassurance that people you don’t know personally will treat you well and help you out when you need something.

    As long as you’re surrounded by people who think you’re famous, it doesn’t matter where they are. So the web, in a sense, has created billions of heretofore nonexistent opportunities for people to become famous in their own niches - whereas before they were limited to real world communities.

    One more thing - the internet also leads many people to believe they are famous and, as such, begin acting in fame-addled ways. As anyone who is familiar with E! or the celebrity newsweeklies, such as my employer, Star, fame often goes hand-in-hand with rampant and unrestrained egotism. Rosie O’Donnell explained the phenomenon quite well:

    “It is a shift that happens in the head and that very few celebrities will ever really speak about. … One begins to believe in the specialness, and a dangerous sense of entitlement takes over. … When celebrity addiction starts, you become impatient with, and even angry at necessary obstacles. You think could run a red light or two. And then you do.”

    Therefore, due to the internet, a huge (and growing) number of people have acquired what a good friend of mine termed “situational narcissism.”

    In terms of whether online tools like Facebook were valuable in creating dynamic fame, I’d say of course, in certain ways they were invaluable. Namely, they facilitated dynamic fame amongst smallish cyber-groups that would never have formed otherwise. But it’s important to note that while they were accessories to the crime, but they were not the genesis. The genesis was the internet in and of itself, the internet as a medium with which to display and familiarize personalities. Prior to the internet, your options for achieving fame were as follows: acting, athletics, politics, royalty or sure, you could get a little attention by killing a few people in a dramatic way. Other than that, you were probably doomed to the dim twilight that knows neither MySpace nor YouTube.

    Now, on the other hand, you need merely a T-1 line and a digital camera and three days from now, you could sit opposite Matt Lauer on the Today Show as 10 million people watch you give the director’s commentary on your poorly lit, badly edited 3 minute viral video.

    Welcome to Dynamic Fame! The anarchy which, at its most delusional, believes itself to be a meritocracy.

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  17. Um, yeah, Total Jing. It really sucks that you would involve yourself with a non-profit project for foster kids. Oh, wait, no it doesn't!

    Total Jing for PCGC Homecoming Queen nominee!

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  18. "So let’s say, back in the day, you were famous amongst your little tribe..."

    Except, idiot, in the cave days you were 'famous' because you brought home the most food, or built the best weapons, or killed the most enemies in another tribe. In other words, then as now, you were famous for DOING SOMETHING. When you were no longer useful to the tribe, guess what? They'd sure as shit let you sit outside in the rain and get eaten by a wolf, since you no longer contributed to the well-being of the tribe.

    Oh...I guess things haven't changed much after all, have they peanut?

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  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX1w1EyquBc

    Check out this very unfunny clip from Fox news Red Eye where the panel reacts to Rosie's exodous from The View. At 2:32, JA announces:

    "I'm perfectly willing to gain weight if they need me to fill in to fill Rosie's enormous biker shorts."

    Even the host of a Fox news program was appalled.

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  20. Have you ever watched Red Eye? That is pretty par for the course.

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  21. Interesting that "Total Jing's Number One Hater" links to JA's blog. Lots of credibility there, you tool.

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  22. She lowered the bar. Up to that point, the conversation was above board. Even the host was like "ohhhhkaaaay. Next topic!"

    Regardless. I just think she's a mean girl. And this clip reminds the world of how "sad :(" she really was about the O'Donnells. Without even being pushed, she'd cackle publicly about what a lard ass Rosie is.

    Very nice!

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  23. Every time someone signs off with "Very nice!" I crack up. With Mary marching onward towards blog acceptability and Julia devolving into some kind of juvenile horror show, Meghan is that perfect nougat center of aggressive mediocrity. Her non-updates are almost stunning in their lack of substance and abuse of the English language. In this regard, she never fails to disappoint, and that's kind of hypnotic to me. WOOT!

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  24. Wow. She made a fat joke about Rosie. Hey Jankles: How are you enjoying your karmagram?

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  25. partypants, I like your predictions. I really think JA is secretly dying to get out of NYC ASAP, but her pride at the moment just won't allow it.

    I'm surprised we haven't heard any more about her supposed new roommate. You'd think she'd enthusiastically blog about what fabulous two-bedroom condo they'e going to rent together.

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  26. I have fucking worked with Rosie and no I'm not like Julia Allison. My point is that knowing rosie, she could give a shit about JA or her ridonkulous statement.

    I've written grants for her, organized a foster care event in the city, and helped her raise money for "4 all kids."

    Go fuck yourselves. I'm not here to promote myself or seem cool. Rosie doesn't exactly have a pristine rep. I don't know why I would be trying to seem cool etc. by throwing her name around. I have personal experience with this matter. Give me a fucking break.

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  27. Gracias, Jacy! I've been an "Anon" for quite a while, but "Sad :(" was just too perfect not to immortalize forever. That tweet perfectly captured JA's bipolar persona: blatantly heinous behavior with a side of "I'm such a nice person!"

    People who saw the Tweet: 10,000+
    People who saw the Tweet and thought JA was really sad: 0

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  28. Don't you mean her high school science partner who is graduating from Yale?? Or was it her high school debating partner who is graduating from Princeton????

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  29. ah the rumour is JA moves to Chitown by fall..

    you watch JA will be condo searching in May in Chitown..

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  30. TJ: How anyone can accuse someone of being here to name-drop when you post, I am assuming, under a made-up name is beyond me. It makes no sense. That fucker can suck it.

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  31. I agree with Dahling; partypants is right on.

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  32. 12:11

    Yes, my name is not total jing or kate jabs. It's not even close. Nor do I even have an anon email address attached to my blogger account. So the accusation is completely crazy.

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  33. "Hi, I'm Julia, your next door neighbour and seriously number one fan! I was so disappointed when you left The View! Just wanted to drop by and apologize for all those internet haters who are trying to ruin our lives. I was really only namedropping to remind people of the great apartment we both live in! It got blown way out of proportion! I was just kidding!!! Sheesh huh? It's so hard to live in the spotlight, isn't it?I hear ya! My life is just the same! You've probably seen me on Star TV or in TONY or Cosmo. I was on the fourth best selling cover of Wired Magazine too! Do you have a copy? Anyway, I know we can be BFFs now! We have so much in common! And here's my dog Lily. Isn't she adorable? See? By carting around a puppy that's so cute, it makes me look cute too! Try it! Free tip! A very famous friend of mine who runs a blog site about wine gave me this, but I don't drink so I thought who better than my new BFF neighbour to give it to! Oh, you don't drink either? Um ... maybe Kelly?"

    SLAM!

    [crickets]

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  34. do not feed the troll as it might be JA..

    If you must feed the troll, use Skyy Vokda!

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  35. PP, I think the majority of the summer will consist of time off, travel, and early trust fund distributions. It's going to be a very "So. Happy!!!" time.

    Yack.

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  36. "Wow, ok, so you guys don't drink either, it's cool. Hey no need to yell at me! It was just a twitter about a private couples moment happening in the privacy of your own home, no big deal!

    OH CALM DOWN!"

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  37. "Jeez Rosie, I was just kidding. Plus, that was almost a week ago, nobody cares now. Stop being such a victim."

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  38. When someone accuses me of something that outlandish, I will absolutely respond and I don't need to be told not to feed the troll. I think it's clear that I've never engaged trolls but this just crosses the line. I said my peace but I don't need my response policed. Fuck.
    12:13-HYSTERICAL!

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  39. Total Jing stop being such a defensive, inappropriate nasty self-hating toad.

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  40. Partypants, you want to talk about inappropriate? I don't think you want to go there.

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  41. Rosie could wave her little finger and get Jowlia kicked out of that building toute de suite.

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  42. Sorry TJ. I forgot to add HAR to the end.

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  43. And yes, Jing & PP - moving to Chicago!!! Ack. I am here and DO NOT WANT!!!! However, my Chicago and JA's Chicago are two totally different places.

    Do you know that Julia's house in Wilmette is down the street from the North American Baha'i temple, one of the most magnificent architectural structures on the continent? Seriously, it's like the Taj Mahal of North America. From their website: "One of only seven Baha'i temples in the world at present, this unique structure symbolizes unity and invites prayer to God." It is breathtaking.

    I keep thinking: this chick is from Wilmette, she's supposedly so into God, wouldn't this be a great photo op to show her readers? Like, it's the ONLY one in NORTH AMERICA! And it's down the street from her parent's home.

    But she isn't that interested in the world around her, unless it involves her likeness. So, yeah...if she moves to Chicago, it's going to be more of the same: headbands, cupcakes, condo interiors, Sub 51 and other upwardly mobile hangouts. (If she posts a photo op @ the Baha'i Temple gardens, we'll know where she got her idea from.)

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  44. Sad :(

    "blatantly heinous behavior with a side of "I'm such a nice person!"

    Ooooh, I think it's time for the Julia Allison Menu! And I do not mean 7-Layer Lunatic Dip with Guacamole & Cranberries.

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  45. The Ba'hai building is AWESOME and beautiul. I'm surprised she's never mentioned it. No, wait, I'm not surprised. She literally could walk to it from her house.

    God, I just know she'll want to move to my hood. I hate my neighborhood but it's so JA-Wanna Be "trixies" and future soccer moms.

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  46. Anonny 12:18 --

    "Jeez Rosie, I was just kidding. Plus, that was almost a week ago, nobody cares now. Stop being such a victim."

    Total zing!!!

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  47. Sorry, Party Pants. I assumed wrongly. I kept thinking, she must be sarcastic right? I mean, aren't we in the pathetic cool girls club together?

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  48. I know! And I totes voted you for homecoming queen. I think you'd look GREAT in the PCGC Homecoming Headbandwithbow.

    And back on topic, maybe she never mentioned her proximity to the temple out of fear of stalkers or something. She's famous, ya'll.

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  49. The thing is, Julia really, honestly does think that showing up at Rosie's door with a bottle of apology wine qualifies as her being an "incredibly, disgustingly nice person". She's already all but forgotten about the heinous behavior that necessitated the apology. It's cognitive dissonance at it's finest.

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  50. What pathetic is the way I spelling Baha'i. That's shameful.

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  51. To Julia, seeing a couple fight means they are IMMEDIATELY GOING TO BREAK UP NOW. She seems to have a flight/fight response and ends all her relationships on a dime--at least when she's done the leaving. And her parents appear and seem like the types with stiff upper lips that abstain from arguments to ultimately be unhappy and unsatified with each other. Yes, I'm guessing a little here but there's enough facts to make this type of guess not that absurd.

    The reality is that couples that learn to fight well and efficiently stay together. Mr. Jing and I argue with the best of them.

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  52. TJ - hmmm... Where would she live? I'm picturing a 2,000 square foot Old Town/LP loft. You know - something cozy! No - wait. Gold Coast brownstone? $2800/month goes a long way in Chicago! Such bargains!

    I am far, far away from anywhere JA would ever deem worthy to live.

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  53. If she's actually going to try to spend less then 2,800 (which is easy in Chicago), she could get a place double her size in almost any neighborhod she wants with more ammenities in some than others. I picture her on the edge of Lincoln Park, Lakeview proper. Or, maybe North Center/River West/Bucktown. She's a little too lame for Bucktown which I rather like and would consider.

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  54. @Dyspeptic - re: The Julia Allison Menu

    Every dish contains ham and/or cheese.

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  55. Sad :( --

    "But she isn't that interested in the world around her, unless it involves her likeness."

    This is what astonishes me the most about Julia Allison. And that's saying something. I guess I would append to "her likeness" the totems she wants to associate with her "brand" (cupcakes, lip dubs, Little Mermaid statue, Deep Thotz biz books) or the products/services of a potential sponsor (e.g. slankets, airport imagery). And that's pretty much the extent of her universe.

    It is so deeply weird to me that she wants to think of herself as a journalist.

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  56. Not forget the ace choice of a time to pay the neighbours with a busy schedule a visit, crazytrain.
    How self absorbed does a person need to be to seriously think MIDNIGHT would be a good time for that?
    I keep wondering if she finds a way to include her acquaintance with Rosie O'Donnell into the bogus CV she uses to get invited to obscure conferences overseas...

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  57. Dyspep - 'Twould be a yack-worthy list of offerings on that menu!! Nastay.

    And, yes, TJ. Something must be up with Ma & Pa Baugher otherwise why would their daughter go ape shit & publicly post their every declaration of love and adoration? We get it, Julia. Your family is supportive and wonderful. Yes, they're perfect. OK, then.

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  58. When she moved into her last apartment she was supposed to have a roommate. But that "friend" backed out too. Wonder why no one who knows her will go through with living with her. Who wouldn't want a roommate who is SO incredibly NICE. SO NICE!

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  59. http://votepartypants.blogspot.com/2009/04/menu.html

    Ok, start adding suggestions.

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  60. this is kind of funny, from mary's site:

    "New fun feature on the blog!

    My friend and extreme tech geek will be writing a weekly article giving insight into technology we actually need to use.

    There are so many new sites and software entering the market we have no idea about, but somehow Sandy does. And he’s willing to share his inside scoop with us so we can go along our merry way without worrying we’re falling behind on the digital frontier."

    mary is giving meghan competition on her own blog by employing a legitimate tech geek! I can't wait for her to get a dating columnist not named julia allison to guest post.

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  61. @Dyspeptic - "It is so deeply weird to me that she wants to think of herself as a journalist."

    She said somewhere before that she thinks of herself as like a "personal journalist" or something (I don't remember whatever buzzword or portmanteau she made up for it) - basically it's a new form of journalism, she claimed, where the journalist herself is the subject.

    Of course that is not new, nor is Julia actually doing it. Journalists from George Orwell to Hunter Thompson to effing Al Roker have done the thing that Julia would like to think she invented - that report on the story of their experiences. The difference, of course, is that talented journalists who are not solipsists manage to tell a story that is about their experiences yet not all about them; they manage to make their story relateable and meaningful to a wide audience, they share insight about the world that extends beyond their particular circumstance.

    Julia has no idea what that means.

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  62. I think that Red Eye clip is insane. She is so freekin' mean!? What's that you say, Jules?? It was a joke?! Oh nooooooooooo...no no...you're disgusting.
    And you know what? Making fun of your fat ass has me no longer feeling bad. Sad :( indeed.

    Go to hell.

    op

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  63. Moolia:

    ham and cheese definitely must predominate on the Julia Allison Menu. Also there will be at least one of those molecular cotton-candy dishes, cloyingly named, perhaps with a sushi emulsion drizzled over it. There will be NO MEAT, and only virgin cocktails. Diners will be allowed one glass of red wine, or two glasses of champagne. Also: I am thinking savory cupcakes as first courses.

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  64. Yes, Julia and Hunter S. Thompson have SO MUCH IN COMMON! Exactly! Ha. Good points 12:49.

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  65. Is it just me - it must be - who thinks that the JA midnight visit to Chez Rosie happened months ago?

    Maybe not, but I thought I remembered her blogging about it on her old blog.

    HA!! I just did a search for "Rosie" on NS and found the gem below.

    People like YOU, Julia??? yuk yuk yuk!

    _________________

    Next time she’s at her place, I’m going to knock on the door with brownies and have a nice long chat with her about “other people’s opinions” (and people telling us we’re fat!).
    __________________

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  66. Actually, I take that back. I think she may know what that means, actually, but she make just be stupid and self-absorbed enough to really think that is what she is doing.

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  67. Seriously, Anon12:45- can you imagine having a roommate constantly on her laptop and up all hours of the night who sleeps until noon or so every day? Noooo thank you. I don't know of any normal working stiffs couldn't handle that, unless she moved in with a musician or something!

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  68. She once twittered or blogged about Rosie's door being left WIDE OPEN for a number of hours and going to the door and knocking. Rosie was taking a nap or something and was startled and came to the door with a T-shirt on (per Yoolio). Who knows if that's the case but Julia absolutely blogged that previously. She's always been obsessed with the fact that she lives across the hall from Daytime TV greatness. lolz

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  69. Yeah, for some reason I pictured the wine-bottle-and-Lilly incident at Rosie's door earlier in our narrative, like a "Hi, I'm your neighbor Julia Allison, fellow famous person, nice to know ya," gesture. If that's what it was, obviously it didn't go over too well.

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  70. TJ, your ego is getting the best of you.

    You just revealed a lot of information about yourself. Not smart.

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  71. Dyspep - What Crazytrain 12:49 said! Yeah!

    No, seriously. Well said, Crazytrain. (Are you really Ozzy Osbourne?) It isn't journalism. It's narcissism.

    And "solipsists"? 10 points for good vocab!

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  72. Yeah, I saw that on Mary's blog last night & had a good chuckle. The Handmaiden of Passive Aggression is back at what she does best.

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  73. All I revealed was that I live in Chicago. That was revealed long ago.

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  74. Back off on TJ, asshole. Seriously; it's tiresome.

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  75. I dont think so. it's her turn :)

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  76. Put a cupcake in it, 1:15.

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  77. *Yawn*

    TJ, did someone say something? I don't speak troll.

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  80. I am not going to say because I respect my fellow commenter's privacy; especially those I may have corresponded with in the past, prior to this blog being set up.

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  81. I'm trying to imagine what kind of person would go on a site specifically to attack a commenter.

    Would I do it for a celebrity I hate? Like, would I go on to a Miley Cyrus fan site and start hurling insults at people who love Miley just because I think she sucks?

    Would I do it for a celebrity I love? Would I go on to an anti-David Sedaris site and start attacking people because they dared to insult the greatness of one of my literary idols?

    It's hard to wrap my mind around either case. So it's puzzling to me why people would take time to come into RBNS to attack commenters here.

    The only explanation that makes sense is that they are NS interns.

    Other possible explanations:
    - They are rabid super-fans. (less plausible)
    - They are just angry, random internet surfers who somehow found this blog (even less plausible)

    So, knowing that they are JA's interns, let's just ignore them, shall we?

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  82. sad :(, You can bet a few of them ARE rabid fans/wannabes. Trust.

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  83. No JA will get a condo in Hammond/Whiting Indiana so she can claim to be a commoner

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  84. sad :(, can you imagine the level of self-loathing required to be one of JA's interns? That makes me sad :(

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  85. they're interns.
    And what a lesson in the biz they're getting

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  86. True. If you really want to start at the bottom, it doesn't get much lower than that.

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  87. Sadface, I think you're over thinking it. People are bored and causing e-fights is something to do. There are tons of well-trafficed blogs and discussion boards all over the web full of silly, pointless commenter in-fighting. People think this site is silly (admittedly, it kind of is), and they feel the need to tell us that. I highly doubt most of the "trolls" are interns. Hell, I was accused of being JA when I disagreed about the importance of the facebook fan page incident. Just because people hate you/disagree with you/contribute in a way you disapprove of, doesn't mean they've got ulterior motives.

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  88. To be clear - I don't condone attacking commentators or contributing in a way that degrades the dialogue around here (ha). I just don't that all the people who do are JA's interns.

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  89. I'd LOVE to see intern Charlsie return to this site to dish more. Seriously, her input about Julia's crazy antics and what went on in the NS circle while she was there was just priceless. And I love the fact that unlike those other self-loathing dimwits who worked as NS interns, she actually had the balls to speak up about how she was treated.

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  90. Here's Julia's reaction to the commenter infighting:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3405/3471079745_85e6161748.jpg?v=0

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  91. Attacking other fellow commenters at any website is rididulous and sad. Even more ridiculous and sad than this website itself. Retards fighting retards as to who is more retarded. Who cares?

    It's like that online saying, "Winning an argument online is like winning the special Olympics..."

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  92. 1:43 - I would seriously love her if she did move to Hammond/Whiting. She seriously needs to do something like that to jolt her career back to life. Reinvention, Jaba. Surprise us!

    Smokey - NS interns might enjoy this part of the job because being one of JA's sycophants must create shitloads of repressed rage. They can let it all out here. JA prob acts as puppeteer from time to time, too. "Oooh - say this!"

    It's funny because we're all slopping in the pig pen together! I love it when people try to point fingers around here. Tres amusing!!

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  93. Crazytrain - Perhaps you're right. It's just hard for me to imagine because I've just never done it, personally. And I'm a bad person!!! Seems like it would take a lot of motivation to stir the pot over something unless you were personally invested. Otherwise, why do you care?

    Eh, nevermind. Me no understand.

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  94. Hey, of course this site is silly. That's why I love it. Doh.

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  96. Sad :(...what you failed to address above, is why anyone here would come to a blog just to rip on someone you dont like. It all sounds a bit crazy to me. I dont know.

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  97. Julia even looks more and more like Atoosa Rubenstein.

    Now if she would just go away like Atoosa Rubenstein...

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  98. Anon, if she takes the Atoosa Route we'll have to listen to her refer to herself as an Alpha Cupcake for a while before she vanishes completely.

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  99. To change the subject... why does Julia look so SHINY in all of her photographs? Like, excessively shiny and greasy? Most of her photos look like she's sweating profusely and just finished an extra cardiovascular cupcake binge or something. It's really weird.

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  100. Panty thief, she uses this weird mineral reflecty powder shit, I think, and she's said a couple of times that she uses some kind of glittery grapefruit lotion that gives her a sheen.

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  101. Wait, Nonsociety still has interns? It's hard not to follow this up with something insulting, so I'll simply marvel at the fact that there still seem to be young impressionable people who think this might be beneficial for them and/or their future career. Although I seriously think that Julia Allison is one of the last people to be around young impressionable people, but that's a different story.

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  102. I know, I know, "living differently" is like swine flu of the mind.

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  103. Stay away, evil one, from Rosie and her family:

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/odonnell%20slams%20nosy%20neighbour_1101754

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  104. "Journalist Julia Allison"

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  105. My cousin just sent a transcript from Julia's talk at Harvard. Here's an exceprt:

    "...Pimply-faced Hardvard freshman: Ok, ok, everyone settle down. Welcome to the Non-Motivational Speakers’ Series... I know, I know, I still laugh every time I say it, too! Hooo! Non-motivational! Like just for fun!! Like hey, Eff-you seriousness!!!
    Anyway, as many of you know, I’m freshman Dave...

    Skinny Harvard sophomore: ... And I’m sophomore Steve! And we’re your hosts. Dave maybe you could tell us about oour next speaker... Julia Allison.. an internet media personality from New York City.

    Dave: Sure! Julia Allison is one of the pioneers of a new form of web logging - or “blogging” - and part of a Manhattan-based scene of writers and video artists and documentarians forming a new media sub-genre. The user-generated, intensely-personal content is geared to engagiong readers as traditional magazines and broadcast mediums cannot.
    Julia first gained prominence as an editor at Manhattan humor site Gawker. Her decision to turn her back on the gossip-flavored website and deveote her time to her own writing quickly led to a New York Times Magazine cover and a book deal with.... What? Wait, what? Really?

    Steve: I’m sorry, it appears Dave is mxing his web vixens. Dave, you were thinking of tatooed scribe oof the disaffected Emily Gould.
    Our speaker is Julia Allison. When many of us were stiull taking private oboe lessons to pad our resumes and having our dad smoot over that thing with the car and the Schnapp’s from Nana’s summer cottage, our next speaker was blazing a new trail in internet-based media.
    Julia Allison first came to promimence as the host of Rocketboom, one of the first web-based news program. Viewers quickly latched on to her critical, yet warm, take-downs of emerging web trends and were charmed by her cross-country journeys documented on ..."

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  106. Uhhh, there are some truly retarded assholes on this blog. Do you idiots know how huge Chicago is? There are thousands of people with TJ's credentials. Even if she did post her full name, address and alma mater -- so what? Are you going to go knock on her door? Who cares if she reveals who is she is, purposefully or by accident?

    I am a Chicagoan, I live in Gold Coast (although am moving shortly) and I do not want Julia Allison in our city. She is the poster child of aspirational New Yorkers who still think cosmos are chic and feel like their self-worth might plummet if they ever ventured into Brooklyn. Can someone confirm whether Julia has actually deigned to leave the Manhattan proper? She strikes me as the kind of idiot who still doesn't know what Williamsburg is all about.

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  107. Julia Allison's fans only seem to be either young impressionable girls (like the college girls she hung out with Saturday night) or creepy old men. Not much to brag about, but I guess Julia will take whatever fans she can get (or force herself upon). What I don't get is WHY these young girls look up to her. Once glance at her blog and she looks like a creepy old stepmom trying to be cool (college party photos) or a mental nutjob (slanket photos). Really ladies... is this the person you want to emulate? I'd call these girls stupid, but the one she befriended over the weekend went to Harvard, so they have to have an ounce of common sense... right? RIGHT???

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  108. OK, I think it is time to give it up for our fine associates at Next New Networks (NNN). In the latest TMI Weakly, which is rather weak (spoiler alert: Alex is name-dropped, Meghan doesn't understand the topic), I did not hear one mention of the term "gold digger"; yet, "gold digger" is the last tag in the panel on the right. Grab a screen capture before it goes away!

    http://www.tmiweekly.com/episode/TMI_20090427

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  109. "Look at Demi Moore. She has hot flashes and a hot man." Smart comment, Fooilia, if you're hoping that Demi or her hot man will answer your umpteenth twitter. More likely they'll be joining Rosie in a class action suit against your ever expanding ass.

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  110. Um, unless I know an entirely different species of women than julia, I would think jokes about menopause are best left to the woman herself and her closest friends. Not weirdo cyber-stalkers.

    But go ahead Julia. Demi's hot flashes. Rosies' fat biker shorts. Let it unfold.

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  111. Dahling, I live close by. Sort of. Over in Lakeview. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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  112. This is what she wore to speak at MIT: http://julia.nonsociety.com/post_images/NB8YioMLimt32hznjspPFupmo1_500.jpg

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  113. @Dahling: Woof! Mutton dressed as lamb dressed as Jane Jetson.

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  114. Oh my sweet god! That SKIRT! Those TIGHTS! I've said it before but she really does make me weep for her generation.

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  115. Oh dear God, that skirt she wore at MIT!


    Stop with the poofy short skirts. Noooo, noooo, nooooo.

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  116. Oh God Meghan looks so fucking awkward when she makes those hand gestures at the end of their intro.

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  117. That outfit is stylish and appropriate for a speech on getting attention. It also flatters her *very* slight weight gain. Any of you would be lucky to look that good!

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  118. Dear Julia,

    Please step away from the shiny tights.

    Love,

    Smokey Cupcakes' Bleeding Retinas

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  119. If Julia's waist gets any larger, she'll have to hike the skirt up to her neck area.

    That skirt looks like it might have fit 10 pounds ago, and, as someone with an ass, skirts only get shorter in the back...So, MIT had a view.

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  120. Is it just me or is she trying to hide half her body behind the Tiffany Hearts Julia girl?

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  121. That seems to be her new strategy, partypants. You can see it in several of the Boston photos.

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  122. The leg contortion is a total fail. I bet that skirt was so hiked up in the back that it revealed a full moon. Why bother covering her cleavage with the blue shirt under the wrap sweater (hello, odd layering) if only to reveal the cooch and arse?

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  123. 3:14 PM,

    You want Meghan looking awkward? Please watch the following clip in which she wears a Slanket incorrectly (like her mentor), acts as though she has no soul, and demonstrates how she manages to break numerous technological devices (hint: it involves an assumption of touchscreen ubiquity).

    http://meghan.nonsociety.com/lifecast/100689447-0-2

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  124. The top is too tight, it looks like it might burst open at the back if she makes a wrong movement. The skirt is WAY too short and poofy. I think her leaning back might be an attempt to stretch herself for the camera because if she was standing up straight it would look even worse.

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  125. The sleeve of the sweater, over the oxford (WTF??!) looks like it's made of SCUBA fabric b/c it's stretched SO TIGHT.

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  126. I think she's wearing Danskin Ultra Shimmer tights. Anyone else dance when they were little? Those were costume tights.

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  127. I just can't get over the tights. With that skirt. I dunno. The whole outfit looks like she's on her way to perform in "Secretaries on Ice" or something.

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  128. 3:15 - That outfit is not stylish in any definition of the word, it is not at all flattering to "her *very* slight weight gain" (imagine the thigh acreage that would be on display if the photo hadn't been shot from above), but you're right - it is appropriate for (a speech on) getting attention.

    Just saying, we've all been at the point where you stop trying to squish yourself into your old teenaged clothes and start buying a size larger. Stop delaying the inevitable with the sartorial equivalent of a sausage casing. Wearing tighter, shorter stuff doesn't make you thinner.

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  129. Stuffed sausage on ice, extra grease, hold the tutu.

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  130. that last bit was addressed to JA, ofc

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  131. Julia, stop getting your clothes at 5,7,9 or DEB or Limited 2.

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  132. Julia is suffering from Mariah Carey syndrome... ie mistakenly thinking that stuffing yourself into ever increasingly tighter clothes makes you look thinner. Conversely, wearing huge maxi dresses does not hide your "problem" areas... it just makes you look like a tent. Too tight, too loose... Julia Baugher just NEVER gets it right. If only she had a "fashionista" friend. Oh wait....

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  133. She's not pretty.

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  134. Pardon me if this was covered previously, but does anyone else think that Mary took her designer clothing borrowing privileges with her when she left? I think what we're seeing is Jules dressing out of her own outdated ill-fitting wardrobe because no one will loan her the good stuff anymore.

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  135. Where do you even buy a skirt like that? Is it for adults?

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  137. I think in theory she'd be a perfect candidate for What Not To Wear (oh, the genius of Clinton and Stacy), except I think she might even be too oblivious to benefit. I don't think she *gets* how to flatter herself with her wardrobe - probably because she's always had a pretty slamming body previously and as such could skate by with pretty much any garment selection and look pretty ok.

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  138. That Julia travels so much is proof she doesn't actually own a business.

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  139. PP, "Secretaries on Ice" had me cracking up. you nailed it.

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  140. Uh yeah, trust me, I feel very lucky to "not look that good"(bwahh!!), Anonymous3:15. If your opinion on looking that "good" entails wearing what looks like a black costumey poof skirt/petticoat with an ill-fitting tight shirt, then I'm very happy to look bad in your opinion.
    Homegirl looks ridiculous in that goofy get-up.
    But then again, if that's your idea of an appropriate ensemble for getting attention, mission accomplished: now an entire audiance at MIT can see how a grown woman gets all the negative attention her failed sense of style can accomplish! Yay.com.
    Also, nice weave, Julia.

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  141. The tights make those cankles of hers look like elephant legs. And the skirt is just beyond comprehension.

    I would really like to hear what those MIT students thought about that talk, but more importantly about the outfit.

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  142. You guys are killing me. I'm elephant cankles and "secretaries on ice." Too much!

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  143. They probably thought "My god, way to make the world your gynecologist."

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  144. Total Jing: 5,7,9 - ha! That was my fave store when I was like, 8. I think she buys the majority of her clothes from places like forever 21. Except she fails to realize that the majority of those clothes should be deemed unwearable if you are actually over the age of 21. She thinks she can get away with all of it still.

    Seriously, I don't get the short skirt poof style. Was that EVER "in?"

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  145. She probably orgasmed into her shimmer tights at the sight of all those boys! Talk about May December relationships.

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  146. I guess part of Julia's advice for business success is to dress like a hooker from Star Trek.

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  147. Julia Allison is:

    a) A hooker from Star Trek
    b) A performer in "Secretaries on Ice"
    c) Brain damaged
    d) A refugee chorus girl from a vaudeville act

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  148. f) Naughty Businesswoman Bratz doll

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  149. A couple of things:

    On the TJ issue, she has stated that she lives in both Lakeview and she has stated that she owns a downtown condo...I didn't believe the downtown condo.

    She also stated where she works, she also stated where she went to grad school, and her work has a website,

    TJ: I think you are pretty nice, you have always been pretty sweet to people on these pages, but I too think you should be careful with too much personal info if you don't want it out there.

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  150. g) Slanket detritus

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  151. Smokey Cupcakes, you are right -- it has been brought up here that when Mary left, she most likely took the PR contacts with her. It seems like she did all the legwork with showrooms, etc. and I could certainly believe that besides borrowing some dresses from Ilus, Julia Allison's free stuff gravy train has dried up, hence the same too-small and outdated dresses and skirts in heavy rotation. The only new clothing items that Julia Allison has recently acquired appear to be some billowing tent dresses and huge circle skirts from an Alice + Olivia sample sale. Of course, Ilus may no longer be loaning her dresses. She posted about borrowing a dress from them for the Boston gala but showed up in her own bridezilla nightgown.

    http://julia.nonsociety.com/post/98976935-0-0

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  152. i) SO HAPPY!!!

    ... and, according to her twitter, in a bit of a fangirl frenzy right now:

    # OMG. OMFG! Sitting 10 feet away from Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of THE INTERNET. What should I say to him!?!25 minutes ago from web

    How about: When you look at people like me, do you still think it was such a good idea?

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  153. That post above about Ilus is hilarious. Julia blames the bad photo on "the dress not photographing well." Yeah, it's the dress. Not you. Swear. Blame the dress! Did that white monstrosity also "not photograph well?" Did the secretaries on ice costume "not photograph well" either?

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  154. ironic slanket: she should probably take that last statement to her parents as well.

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  156. Julia:

    TBL invented the Web, we all know that Al Gore and Vint Cerf invented the Internet.

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  157. partypants: hell yeah, but i think those have settled for the one seemingly well adjusted kid they have.

    There was a nice reply to Julia's tweet:

    sleepytimeninja: @juliaallison "I'm sorry, Mr. Berners-Lee."
    1 minute ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

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  158. This is someone who lives in New York City, fashion capital of the US?

    Sigh.

    I don't think Julia is fat, but short, poofy, pleated (eek!) skirts should only be worn by toothpicks with long legs. Nearly everyone else looks ginormous in them.

    And black opaque tights in Spring just look silly.

    But even more grating than her stupid outfit is that smirky, pursed-lipped look on her mug, like she's o-so-pleased with herself.

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  159. Hilarious MIT outfit discussion continues in a great post above by RG

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  160. i hope that slampig catches hoof in mouth.

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  161. My God this string of comments got funny. I am killing myself. Comedy gold! And full-scale ignore-ation of the trolls.

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