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A Weekend Roundup and a Goodbye

This week was my final week editing this NASCAR fan site. READ MORE

1 Thing You Don't Know About Who? Weekly

Hairpin pals Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber released issue #8 of Who? Weekly today, and this Us-inspired graphic should be the 1 Thing you need to see to go subscribe. (Full archive is here.) [Who? Weekly]

Remote Control Birth Control

The fingernail-size microchip implant holds enough 30-microgram daily doses of levonorgestrel—a hormone already used in several contraceptives—to last for 16 years. Women who received the implant under the skin of buttocks, upper arm or abdomen would also get a remote control that allows them to halt or restart the implant whenever they like.

"When mommy was a girl, we had something called a pill": MicroCHIPS, an MIT startup funded in part by the Bill Gates Foundation, has "a possible market debut in 2018." [IEEE Spectrum]

ManServants Is "Not a Joke," Definitely "Real"

A startup in San Francisco called ManServants aims to give every woman exactly what she wants: a man who does exactly what she wants. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, wants to unleash your inner lady of leisure by providing you with a gentlemanly tailored-to-order mashup of butler, bodyguard and cabana boy. READ MORE

Janet Looks at 89 Dicks

Janet had not looked at a dick pic until she sat down to film this video, and then she looked at 89 dick pics in quick succession: "It's like, kind of like... Like a Dementor." (SFW!) What say you, Madeleine? [via]

Azealia Banks, "Heavy Metal And Reflective"

Many moons ago, Azealia Banks blessed us with "212"; three years later we don't yet have a debut album (and she dropped herself from her label), but we do have movement. Here's "Heavy Metal And Reflective," an extended, bouncy, guttural boast released by Azealia Banks Records. Elsewhere: "Video Girl," a new leak from FKA Twigs' forthcoming album, and Jenny Lewis' Newport Folk Festival set.

"You inherited a Caucasian nose. Your nose is nice."

As they traffic in all these modified body parts, even the most esteemed surgeons in the field can come across as almost blasphemously politically incorrect in casual conversation. (I had never thought Mongoloid was anything other than an insult until a black surgeon used it to praise a mouth, and even the term “ethnic plastic surgery” confuses most accepted distinctions between ethnicity, which is tied to culture and language, and race, which includes physical appearance.) These exchanges can be jarringly retro but also oddly refreshing—discussions of race with strangely post-racial specialists who choose to see beauty as something that can be built, à la carte, with features harvested from peoples all over the world. It feels like science fiction—but utopian or dystopian, I can’t decide.

The New York cover story this week is from our pal Maureen O'Connor, who checks in on the world of "ethnic plastic surgery" and is told, diagnostically, "You inherited a Caucasian nose. Your nose is nice. Your eyes have a little bit of Asian mixed in." [The Cut]

MNEK, "Wrote A Song About You"

MNEK, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from the UK, continues to quietly challenge the new Sam Smith order. Here's the video for "Wrote A Song About You," which Kaytranada already flipped into understated techno. The video treatment is one-part Saved By The Bell, one-part "Rude Boy." READ MORE

"I’ve been booed in over 30 countries": The Ronda Rousey Story

Kelefa Sanneh profiles Ronda Rousey, the former Olympian judoka and currently star of the UFC's mixed martial arts circuit, in this week's New Yorker. The UFC's female division essentially exists because Rousey does; the 27-year-old has never lost and is known for a punishing, unique arm bar that she brought over from her judo training. She's both the sport's star and "heel" (her walk-up music in one match is Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation"), and no other woman can compete with her. "In order to keep the attention of a restless audience," Sanneh writes, "Rousey needs to find another Rousey": READ MORE

RIP, Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, the famed actress and singer, died today at the age of 89. The clip above is her performing "The Ladies Who Lunch," from Company; this clip of her struggling to record the perfect take for the cast recording is worth watching, too. Shoot Me, a documentary about Stritch that came out last year and is available for streaming on Netflix now, includes this perfect anecdotal tribute from the late James Gandolfini: READ MORE