Morning Links: James Franco’s World, The World’s Most Interesting Man, Illinois Legalizes Civil Unions, etc.

So much to get to today and it’s snowing, which means.  Ugh.  More fucking snow.  Not like there’s anywhere to put it around Boston.  Here are a few things that caught my eye on the overnights.

1. Turns out, the actor who plays “The World’s Most Interesting Man” in those Dos Equis commercials, Jonathan Goldsmith, 72, is also interesting.

A montage of highlights from the real life of Jonathan Goldsmith might include (had there been cameras present) footage of him rescuing a stranded climber on Mt. Whitney, saving a drowning girl in Malibu, sailing the high seas with his friend Fernando Lamas (the inspiration for his Interesting persona and, according to Goldsmith, “the greatest swordsman who ever lived in Hollywood”), and starting a successful network marketing business (“I was a hustler, a very good hustler”), which, for a while, anyway, enabled him to flee Hollywood for an estate in the Sierras. Among the outtakes might be glimpses of his stint as a waterless-car-wash entrepreneur. “I love the old philosophers,” he said. “I have a large library. I am not a die-hard sports fan. I love to cut wood.”

2. Illinois legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples.

3. How awesome is this NatGeo photo of a baby Alaskan King Crab?  It’s going to be so tasty, dripped in butter, one day.

4. Now that the internet is out in Egypt, and the people are still protesting the Mubarek government, Google and Twitter have teamed up to launch Speak2Tweet, which will allow Egyptians to tweet by phone.

5. Related to the story above, the notion that this is a Facebook/Twitter revolution in Egypt must go away.

6. Rivers Cuomo from Weezer will release a book called The Pinkerton Diaries in March.  He’s also working on another volume of his Home Recordings series.

7. The Henderson Bridge, which connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park in Singapore is striking in both it’s functionality and beauty. Wish more bridges, pedestrian or otherwise, in America were designed to be beautiful.

8. More proof that we are just living inside of James Franco’s world — the actor has launched a college course on … James Franco.  Naturally.

The Tarzana-based Columbia (school motto: “No, not that one”) has announced via press release that it is launching a course entitled “Master Class: Editing James Franco…with James Franco,” in which students will come to a deeper understanding of Franco by compiling a 30-minute documentary on Franco, using footage of Franco supplied by Franco, all in the academic pursuit of Franco.

9. I love this WordPress theme: Grid-A-licious.  I don’t think it’s right for this site, or it could be with a few tweaks, but regardless, it is a clean and beautiful theme. See the demo site here. [via]

10. Finally, no, I don’t know why actress Shannon Doherty is starring in a series of web shorts about insomnia.  Which are apparently produced by the Better Sleep Council.  Sorry, it makes no sense, but I guess that’s where her career has ended up.

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