No Linky last week on account of storm! We had no power for 12 hours and no internet for 48 hours. Apart from our woodshed and a few other minor things, our house made it through just fine, which was a relief! Anyway, my linky backlog just got bigger.
James Gandolfini reads ‘In the Night Kitchen’
Does the Dog die? A website for very specific spoilers: find out if the cute animal in that movie you want to watch will make it through the film alive. (via Conan)
Classical sculptures in contemporary clothes – you probably saw this already but just in case.
Did you know that action figure collectors make review videos? Here’s one for the Agent Coulson action figure (from the Avengers film). It’s… special. (via Dave Chapman)
Why I am no longer a skeptic (via the other moose)
Here is what happens when you cast Lindsay Lohan in your movie. (via Blair R. The more I find out about Hollywood-right-now, the more this resonates.)
For some reason a revelation in a 2005 film magazine article started making the rounds online this month. I’m pleased it did, because it was news to me. It involves Dame Judi Dench, crafts, and extremely bad language.
Fathers of girls are more leftwing than fathers of boys. (Note, the article presents the causality as straightforwardly cultural, but includes at the end a more complex suggestion about relative testosterone levels; there’s room for both levels of causation to be active at the same time.)
Re: Nigella – here’s an intriguing, sad little analysis of why no-one directly intervened – and why that might have been for the best. (I’d sign my name under the first bit, but I wouldn’t go so far for the second bit, but definitely worth thinking about.) (via Brian Nisbet)
Google Poetics: found poems from google search predictions. (via Michael Upton)
And Michael also sent me something with the note: “Social change activism, SF (including Star Wars reference), writers seeking funding, perks involving speculative hip-hop (!?) – I think this link goes here?”
Dan le Sac writes perceptively on crowdfunding – what we lose, as well as what we gain
Outstanding micro-doco about two very young boys who made their own metal band. Inspiring and fun.
GZA. School science classroom.
Phil Sandifer, who has been writing an incredible, delightful redemptive analysis of Doctor Who’s entire history for several years now, has started publishing his next project: an account of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. It starts here.
At least once a year, NZ media headlines some international creative (advertiser, toy manufacturer, fashion designer etc) who has made use of Maori imagery and symbolism, to the consternation of Maori. This happens for American First Nations too of course, as recounted in the excellent blog Native Appropriations. And sometimes… rarely… it all works out really well and everyone is happy.
Tetris Hell (via Scott A)
The Before Watchmen project gets eviscerated in this spectacular takedown at the Hooded Utilitarian. Works for me.
And finally… Justin Giger