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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.

Video games don’t have to be fun

Weird hidden levels of the Kanye West computer game

The unpleasant truth about climate change

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.

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  1. Stephanie | May 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    “Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. I liked it. I could probably write a lengthy blog post about it but, who cares, right?”
    Watching it in a movie theatre I found it incredibly overwhelming, but with a lot of stuff to unpack later. I suspect that I’d enjoy it as a movie more watched as a DVD in the comfort of my own home with the sound at reasonable levels, where I can pause it, or fastforward through a fight scene, and they have all the deleted scenes put back in. (There’s supposed to be something like an hour cut out of the shooting script – I think the bits that felt too fast for me would work better if the movie had some time to breathe.)

  2. morgue | May 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I agree with all of what you say. I think it’ll be a film that will reward rewatching, especially with character stuff reinstated.

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