This is amazing – spot-on riff on the sitcom format assuming a family of Muslims who are “not that kind of Muslims!” – beautifully done to highlight some of the challenges & injustices faced by Muslims in the US today. And funny! Four very short episodes, and I loved them all.
Via theremina: communes where no-one turned up
New blog you want to read: watching 1970s Coro Street.
Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. I liked it. I could probably write a lengthy blog post about it but, who cares, right? Anyway, you can basically reverse engineer my opinion by reading this Wired piece about how Marvel’s killing the popcorn movie, and assume I think the writer is wrong about every single thing.
Via Billy: the Chewbacca hoodie.
Via Peter A: lovely close-ups of Star Wars original trilogy models. (I feel like some of these models are old friends, but I’ve never seen them in this level of detail before!)
Apparently there was a medieval English colony in the Black Sea? Fascinating piece of history, lining up evidence from various sources.
Nerd culture world exploded about some comments from Simon Pegg. The reaction was dumb. Pegg’s explanatory blogpost is good.
How the media didn’t talk about the WACO shootout. (Hint: race.)
And finally, via Pearce, a job ad that provides a very special opportunity. Full of wonder. “I sometimes just quickly write movie pitches that are 200 pages long so I just need an assistant who isn’t overwhelmed by 200 page movie pitches.” That’s about the most sane thing in there, too.