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Aliens: How Burke takes his coffee

Jim Cameron’s Aliens (1986) is a meticulously-assembled thrill ride, absolutely loaded with enriching details. My favourite of all of them is in the coffee scene. It’s early in the film, and Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has returned to normal life after her horrific experiences in Alien. In this scene, the smiling corporate functionary Carter Burke […]

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Twin Peaks Rewatch Schedule

How to get ready for the new series! Join the hashtag #TwinPeaksRewatch  15 Jan: Pilot 22 Jan: Eps 1 and 2 27 Jan: Eps 3 & 4 5 Feb: Eps 5 & 6 12 Feb: Ep 7 * 19 Feb: Ep 8 26 Feb: Eps 9 & 10 5 Mar: Eps 11 & 12 12 […]

Trump/psyc

For the memory banks. Minor tweet storm about Trump support and the underlying psyc principles. Starts here: https://twitter.com/mr_orgue/status/819265590363729920 (I can’t generate the embed code on the app it seems. If I can be bothered I’ll update this later with the embedded tweet.)

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The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost (2016)

Well. It’s a hefty tome, and a beautiful physical object. Engaging, frequently a page-turner. Often funny, and pleasantly studded with familiar voices. But whatever I was hoping for, I didn’t really get it.  The book is presented as a dossier about the town of Twin Peaks, including notes by an archivist and reproductions of original […]

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Twin Peaks (USA, 1990)

Twin Peaks is widely regarded as a missed opportunity. Made by David Lynch as the pilot for a planned TV series, it was salvaged into a film by adding an ending sequence. The film’s roots in television are obvious, introducing a sprawling cast of characters – some of whom don’t even get lines of dialogue, such […]

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Small Group Action: Getting going

I need your help. I’ve been working for a bunch of years now on an idea to help us turn our feeling that things aren’t right into real action that has an impact on the world. It’s a toolkit that I call Small Group Action. It’s been used in workplaces and in classrooms and by […]

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Diving Under The Sea

The sun was shining bright and clean, which was part of it. The warming day felt like memories, not so cold you’d flinch, not so hot you’d ever slow down. Just right, and you squinted as you checked the sky was still blue, and you were a kid so the blue went up and up […]

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Chilcot

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Me in 2004: “But that’s what he deserves: to fall from grace, spectacularly, hugely, humiliatingly, with all his self-delusions laid bare.” We knew all this years ago of course. Again, me in 2004: how come no-one has pointed out the most damning fact to come to […]

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Infrequent linky

So regular linky readers will have noticed my frequency of posting has decreased. I’ve decided not to fight this tendency, so for the time being linky will be coming only on an occasional basis. Several reasons: Declining readership: I threw in some basic stat counters when I did my Buffy series, and readership here is […]

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Rapper’s De-Linky

Lots going on but I’ll quickly share some linky goodness: Via Pearce – an excellent ten-minute breakdown on how rappers execute rhyme and wordplay. Great for anyone interested in words and rhythm – poets & English teachers will like this! And related: Hamilton and the glory of language “America’s economic illness has a name: financialization. […]

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