The only Martin Luther King link I want to offer is from the Onion.
Star Drunk: a film written by drunk people, then acted by drunk people. It is… very watchable.
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in compelling fashion of his ongoing mission learning French in Paris. Speaking as someone who is 95% monolingual, this feels very truthful to me. (The whole series of Paris dispatches is worth a read.)
What happened to those new words added to the dictionary in the 90s? Here’s a great antidote to the news coverage about “twerking” and “selfie” going in the dictionary – a smart, funny, generous look at the fate of some 90s additions like “e-tailing” and “netizen”.
An oral history of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. I remember the stage of childhood when you learned about horror movies only through playground rumour; the Killer Tomatoes sounded exactly as terrifying and serious a proposition as the killer shark in Jaws. We knew there was a joke in the very idea of killer tomatoes – but it sounded like a pretty scary joke.
Marvellous article by Charlie Stross on how Generation Y have been molded by Western capitalist culture in such a way that they will readily betray the secrets of Western capitalist culture. [I skipped the Linky last week (still busy) and since then this essay has been reworked into an article in Foreign Policy.]
Detailed account (from 1898) of Robert Louis Stevenson’s development of a wargaming system and the battles fought thereby.
What 200 calories looks like in different foods (via Damon) (no of course I don’t give a hoot about calorie counting but this still interested me enormously)
A 1-minute horror movie – this worked on me, that’s for sure. (via Frank N)
Scooby-Doo reimagined (via Pearce)
And finally, via Nick Tipping, sheep protest: