The Unemployed American
Time has nominated The Unemployed American to be Person of the Year. And today, CNN.com published a supercool cartoon called "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," a parody of the classic superhero comic in which our jobless hero and his team of down-but-not-out friends battle the invisible forces of the bad economy. Check out the official site of creators Erich Origen and Gan Golan. In the real world, there was much buzz about jobless benefits and just how much that's cost the U.S. so far. But, as this Washington Post story and others reports have reminded us, the job forecast is improving.
Speaking of spending money you don't have... Ever imagine a world where you never have to go to a store again? A world where you can stay in your apartment, cower in a dark, cool corner with a can of Pringles and click on your mouse until you build a wardrobe of such piecemeal perfection, such haute originality at bargain-basement prices, that Kim Jong Il calls and asks for the secret to your evil fashion surfing genius? Apparently, Google has had the same fantasy. Boutiques.com uses algorithms to help people dress like Ashley Olsen. More precisely, the site "uses computer vision and machine learning technology to visually analyze your taste and match it to items you would like," according to Munjal Shah, Google product management director, PCmag.com reports.
Guess who's feeling extra sexy today? Scarlett Johansson's husband. Like this guy needs the ego boost, but start the ticker-tape parade, it's Ryan Reynolds' year! He is People's "Sexiest Man Alive." Apparently, his "mean omelette" and abs helping to nab the title. The 34-year-old "Green Lantern" star will probably trend high on Google, Twitter and supermarket waiting lines this week as everyone flips open the mag (we know you do it!) to judge whether Reynolds is truly worthy. Disappointingly, unlike past Sexiest Men - Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt - Reynolds is not planning to reproduce anytime soon.
Eva and the Big D
From good news to bad: Scarlett and Ryan, in love. Eva and Tony, not so much. "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from her NBA-playing husband, Tony Parker. Not-so-nice tweets about Tony are appearing on Twitter. The couple were married for three years, after getting hitched in a ritzy, star-heavy extravaganza in Paris.