Tim Burton related: Tim Burton on Craig Ferguson last night.
Inn at the Crossroads adds Pentoshi Honey Duck with orange snap peppers to the menu.
Some casting news from Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Stephen Fry has been cast as The Master of Laketown and, possibly better yet, Benedict Cumberbatch will be the voice of Smaug. I expect you already know his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins.
There: The official movie blog for The Hobbit. Peter Jackson reports from the set.
Back again: If you haven't seen Sherlock.
People Like Us - The Actor: Including Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Geoffrey Whitehead and Tamsin Greig (via Ace).
Considered four glazed mini-donuts then, with some dithering, rejected them.
---> Realized I had succeeded at Willpower save vs donuts <---
Understood in this way, all future decisions take on a new perspective.
Next: Must consider dice modifiers. For example, -2 save vs sourdough glazed.
The newly crowned Miss USA says she is "obsessed with the Tudor and Stuart era.” And Games of Thrones.
"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
The single greatest first line of any novel I have ever read. Sadly, my grad students were dumbfounded rather than struck dumb in awe of it. None of them have ever seen a dead channel.
"Cyberpunk" is a 60-minute documentary, the ad for which states: "What started as a book became a literary movement. What was a literary movement became a subculture".
I am beginning to think he has fallen into a bit of a rut, trope-wise.
On the other hand, Sasha Grey.
"When Danny Hillis first started talking about his 10,000 year clock, many of his friends worried that he was going through some kind of mid-life crisis. I was one of them. But eventually we all started listening. A group of Danny's friends, led by Stewart Brand, got together and created "The Long Now Foundation" (http://www.longnow.org/) to build the clock, and also to begin to address the bigger issue involved: how to get people to think in a longer term, how to stretch out their sense of time."
Stewart Brand works on the Clock of the Long Now, a timepiece that counts down the next 10000 years.
"20 years ago computer scientist Danny Hillis thought up a monument scale slow moving mechanical clock to serve as an icon to long-term thinking. 10 years ago a first prototype was completed and put into the Science Museum of London. 5 years ago the full size clock project began design. A few months ago that project began construction. Project manager Alexander Rose will discuss the process and methods underway in the Clock of the Long Now."
Stewart Brand was a friend of Gregory Bateson. This makes sense of the project. I heard the same story about the oak beams of New College, Oxford twenty years ago from one of Bateson's students, the professor responsible for the doctoral theory course I still think with every day.
"In an interview, Celentano explains that the song is about incommunicability in modern times. He added that the only word we need is prisencolinensinainciusol, which is supposed to stand for 'universal love'."
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Time to check if my Voight-Kampff machine is still working.
Until now, AKB48 was limited to long established cloning techniques.
To underline my point.
Paroles / lyrics: Mitsou, On vole. Dansez / chantez avec moi!
Allongez votre siège en position confort
Nous sommes prêts à décoller
Vous pourrez bientôt vous lever
Et danser à l'arrière, au centre et à l'avant de l'appareil
On monte plus haut, plus haut
Jusqu'à la fin du monde
Loin des armes et de mes larmes
Come on baby let's go
Cachez l'or et les lingots
Tout au fond du cargo
Barrez à double tour
On 'jet' à pleine vitesse
On oublie la détresse
En première classe, les Champagne glasses
Ta santé, ta richesse
J'entends comme un écho
Pretend that I don't know
Loin dans le ciel
C'est la scène
Loin de la haine
'Till the end
On vole si bas si low
Si bien dans nos Polos
Hors du bocal c'est trop brutal
Oublie tout àça let's go
On change de fuseau
Le même scénario
Terre en douleur
Mes frères et sœurs
On regarde de haut
Plus de délicatesse
Je regrette mes faiblesses
Et mon chèrement payé
Billet en classe express
On monte plus haut, plus haut
Et gonflent nos égos
Loin dans le ciel
C'est la scène
Loin de la haine
'Till the end
Par les hublots de gauche
Vous verrez la montagne d'interdits
Les bas fonds de l'infortune
Mais à droite...
Nous vous souhaitons un excellent vol
Et rappelez-vous: tout ce qui monte redescend
Slavoj Zizek: What the hell is Laibach all about?
Directed by Rob Zombie (via Five Feet of Fury).
One of six glitches that accidentally created modern video games.
Related: Five reasons it's still not cool to admit you're a gamer.
"In addition to my wanting to create a fun and memorable tool to help the British public get to know their Members of Parliament, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to hold the first ever parliamentary beauty contest and find out once and for all which MPs and Parties have the most sex-appeal."
I am not only a fan of Game of Thrones, I am something of a fanatic. With this caveat, I am pleased to direct your attention to Rick McGinnis' assessment, the best negative review of George R.R. Martin's story I have yet to read. It is the latest in what is becoming an increasingly weighty body of criticism directed not only toward the book but toward Martin's read on fantasy.
Several months ago, Leo Brin kicked off a bun fight in the sf&f corners of the blogosphere, attacking the "bankrupt nihilism" of contemporary fantasy writing or, more properly, fantasy writers including George R.R. Martin. Between Brin's critique and a reply by Joe Abercrombie, another of Brin's nihilists, we have two poles of a debate sparked by HBO's television adaptation of Game of Thrones. The show's $45m budget and unprecedented marketing has proven to be as significant for Martin's (ostensibly) nihilistic inclination in the genre as it has been for event television. This is a lot of attention for fantasy; genre fiction is rarely taken quite so seriously.
What McGinnis offers that Brin's argument lacks is a coherent perspective. If you do not find HBO's forays into bare breasts and bad language appealing - are perhaps troubled by them - then Game of Thrones is most probably not for you. If you think this sort of impropriety is symptomatic of the culture, it probably is. And if your idea of fantasy is defined by the Christian teleology of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, two of the the genre's defining masters, you won't find it in Martin's book or HBO's television adaptation. Fair dues.
But if you are Leo Brin, you want to excoriate today's nihilism while holding fast to the family values of Conan the Barbarian. Well, Crom laughs at that. He laughs from his mountain.
McGinnis' critique, by contrast, is leveled against Martin's story for what it is, not for failing to meet an expectation for what it should have been. As such, the review takes the work seriously while doing the job it needs to do for the readers of a "life and family" newspaper.
Most criticism has not met this standard. This last week has been an education as Game of Thrones' TV-only fans, baffled and offended at the prospect of reading a book, have spluttered their indignation at the death of a central character nine episodes into a ten episode season. "That's nine hours of my life wasted!","I will never watch Game of Thrones again!" and the like has cluttered by Facebook wall. Spare these darlings the rigours of Titus Andronicus, it would give them the vapours.
The most important thing to understand about Martin's apparently shocking treatment of his characters - trust me, you do not want to read the third book - is that the death at the end of episode nine in HBO's television adaptation is effectively the end of Act I in A Song of Ice and Fire, the climax of the first volume of a story spanning an anticipated seven volumes. And yet, the outrage. It is as if Gandalf never fell from the Bridge of Khazad-dûm.
We are only 4000 pages into Martin's work so far (ahem), with another 1300 manuscript pages on offer for the fifth volume to be published next month. As incredible as it is to type the following, with 4000 pages in print we don't yet know where George R.R. Martin is taking us.
It may be Martin really is doing something new with fantasy. Not because this is fantasy with bare breasts and bad language, Robert E. Howard offered something along these lines getting on a hundred years ago, but in terms of structure. In a genre rigidly determined by frankly cretinous tropes (the trilogy form being the worst offender) drawn from decades of misreading Tolkien, Martin has gone off the elven reservation. While there are clues we may yet get a standard fantasy genre resolution by midway through book seven my sense is - my hope is - we don't. Martin's take is new to the genre precisely because he does not (appear to) follow conventional character or story arcs. Instead, the more we learn about his characters, the more we learn about his world, the more we come to understand the appalling futility of this "game of thrones" and any moral certainty as to who should win and who should lose.
Is this a Christian sentiment? It is not. Nor should it be.
George R.R. Martin has been called "the American Tolkien". This is a mistake. Writers are told to "kill your darlings" and Martin has taken this advice, applying it in deadly earnest. He is the William Faulkner of fantasy.
Are you a playa? Yeah. Live action role playa.
Have you ever seen the man-penguin walk after an intense mating season? Have you?
I have had the same problem with space octopus lava fog.
Captain Vancouver is posting brief biographies, with images and links to video, in an effort to publicly name and shame Vancouver rioters, a move likely to prove more controversial than, for example, rioting.
Update: Tremble ye riotards, Michael Buble is on the case.
Sometimes, the opposite of what you know to be true might also be true.
That said, the bit about traditional Chinese medicine might be an old school Orientalist flight of fancy. Or another way of thinking about private health insurance...
Hat tip to Beautiful Atrocities.
Fagli capire quello che vuoi.
Nello stile antico.
And so it begins: "This much-needed franchise reboot introduces a radically different Lara Croft – aged 21, on her first archaeological escapade, she is shipwrecked and must develop her famous skills."
Tomb Raider: Survival of the fittest.
Introducing the story, Tomb Raider global brand director Karl Stewart.
Note to the interviewer: It's Lara. Not Laura. Lara.
On the one hand: Lovers in a dangerous time.
On the other hand: The mob.
The gripping hand: You fling off the shackles of social restraint and the law and decide to loot... Sears?
Update: The couple.
Live in Paris 2010. And not a fuck was given about the Masquerade that day.
Also: Prince on Lopez Tonight. Serious footwear is featured.
What drove them, "in the latter stages of the Oil Age, to create the largest replica of the human body ever seen on Earth — a reclining female figure a quarter of a mile long and weighing 1.5 million tons"?
"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that defines us and makes us unique."
To the tune of Led Zeppelin's "Achilles Last Stand".
While presumably rife with heresy (spelled "midichlorian") the packaging is superb.
"Hardcore Star Wars fans can now obtain The Jedi Path, a text book handed down through generations of Jedi masters. The concept for the book is that it is the only copy in existence. So how does it come pacakged? In a silvery, vault-like box produced by Becker & Mayer. How do you get at the book within? You press a button and... well, watch this little film."
Peter Molyneux wants you to know that you can steer your horse using Kinect to control the reigns and use spellcasting gestures to make magic but that the next iteration of Fable is not on rails.
Brian Crecente says... it's on rails.
Exit observation: Thankful Team Bondi hadn't thought of Kinect for L.A. Noire.
Machines should work. People should think.
"In 1967, Henson was contracted by IBM to make a film extolling the virtues of their new technology, the MT/ST, a primitive word processor. The film would explore how the MT/ST would help control the massive amount of documents generated by a typical business office. Paperwork Explosion, produced in October 1967, is a quick-cut montage of images and words illustrating the intensity and pace of modern business. Henson collaborated with Raymond Scott on the electronic sound track."
"You are good at blowing job, aren't you?" NSFW, unless your workplace is a cockpit.
Even his sentences come out as an arpeggio.
Possibly suffering from late onset Stendhal syndrome. Every once in a while I hear something and I am frozen, arrested in place and find it difficult to breath.
Africa is a rather diverse place and is home to diverse peoples with diverse musical traditions. But such is the write up and in fairness neither the album nor the film worries itself about these distinctions either.
Another odd claim as the album is lacking in rock and/or roll. And, while invoking Campbell and Jung works for undergraduate film students, it is important to note the particular myths being invoked viz Stanley's search for Livingstone and, of course, Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
The main feature: The video is a bit wobbly to start but stick with it.
Poking around: I had never heard of Peter Weir's The Last Wave either. It sounds beautiful, an artifact from an alternate universe where Tehran hosts international film festivals.
Botas picudas: Human
psychology culture biology is almost depressingly straightforward if you stop complicating it with wishful thinking.
Vice: Look at these fucking boots!
Also: I want the black curly toed version.
The fabrication process.
The next step: "New and improve Tribal Boots"
1. DJ Alan Rosales - Hasta que salga la luna
2. DJ T3's Ft. Los Costeños - Fandango La Revolcada
3. Sex Sax - 3Ball Refix
4. Erick Rincon & T3's - I wanna Dance (AiguanadensMix)
5. Erick Rincon - Loituma (3ball Experimented)
6. DJ Alan Rosales - Muchacho Loco
7. DJ Mouse - Muchacha Loca
8. Erick Rincon - Canto Obachere
9. Erick Rincon - Sandungueando (3BALL MTY)
10. Erick Rincon - Viva México Cabrones
11. Schlachthofbronx - Mad Instrument (Erick Rincon mix)
12. Toy Selectah + Erick Rincon - Por La Carretera Refix
13. Erick Rincon - Viaje Prehispanico
14. Erick Rincon - Orelei (Trib-Tonik Mix)
Found in: The Assassin's Creed: Revelations trailer.
Sounds like: A soundtrack for The Blade Itself.
Steve Jobs' presentation to the Cupertino City Council avoids empty bromides about sustainability in design by calmly, clearly explaining the benefits of what Apple proposes for its new main campus. These include and acknowledge Cupertino's tax base alongside a power plant whose environmental benefits are advanced alongside Apple's productivity and the need for a power source more reliable than California's public grid.
Jobs is gracious in deflecting a grasping councilor, oblivious to what she has just seen and after "free" wifi (she doubles down and asks for "free" iPads), as a quid pro quo for giving Apple the go ahead. Not only is the project inspirational, the presentation is a reassuring example of municipal government working properly alongside a business magnate who understands his civic responsibilities in light of his responsibility to his employees. Glassy eyed Apple enthusiasts annoy me to no end but I tip my hat to Steve Jobs regardless. You could use this presentation to teach rhetoric.
For example: Mac cultists are suffering cognitive dissonance about the mothership, claiming the building planning process is broken when a business can make decisions about where to locate. Cult of Mac's love of Apple is pure (tragically, at a distance) but Cupertino city councilors are just fanboys (who got to meet Steve Jobs).
Video available in full HD at the link.
"Battlefield 3 will feature the maximalist combined arms battles that made the series popular across single-player, co-operative and multiplayer modes. It will reintroduce several elements absent from the Bad Company games, including fighter jets, the prone position and 64-player battles on PC."
Yet more: Twelve minutes of game play in 720 HD.
The trailer everyone is talking about is available in full HD at the link (hat tip to Gilles).
And game play.
Also: "Take a look Behind the scenes from Ghost Recon Future Soldier Live Action Trailer."
Easy Meal Ideas of The Ages
In undeath, Finland and Brujah are made to rhyme.
Ares describes arms show reaction to a new French submarine with an unusual profile and unusual mission.
Call her a missile ram and name her Polyphemus.
Seven seas related: Calling her a "Potemkin carrier", David Axe suggests worries about the Shi Lang are misplaced.
The six most WTF moments from Shakespeare plays. Courtesy of Cracked, obviously.
People complain about Toronto traffic. NYC shows us how it's done.
"A day in the life of the tow truck driver who calls himself "Two-Ten". No car is safe."
"NSFW, explicit language. ... Shot on a Canon 7D. Regarding the grain and camera shake: it was dark out and the truck was shaky."
Watching this, I discovered my talent is peeling onions at my computer.
The real tip off should have been all those Phrygian caps.
A thought: I am pleased with the title for this post. It was that or Smurf Nazis Must Die. Close call.
Think of it as the work of France in the age of mechanical reproduction. It's the Mona Lisa experience over 9000.
Le Corbusier reinvented himself in the 1920s. Alongside the new moniker, he adopted "what became known as his uniform: a wide-lapeled double-breasted suit, a hand-tied bow tie, and thick, round spectacles."
Naomi Schaefer Riley suggests college is a waste of time and money, taking college dropout Mark Zuckerberg as a for instance.
It is exactly the wrong for instance (via Five Feet of Fury).
I have no doubt this is true at Harvard. But then, having had the opportunity to compare Harvard graduates with students from the University of Chicago, Berkeley, McGill and many more on a long list (including a number of humbler institutions on my resume), I have no doubt this was always true at Harvard. Of course, were we to follow this line of reasoning, Zuckerberg would have been better served by an undergraduate curriculum forcing him to study Economics 101 and the history of the Peloponnesian War rather than wasting his time founding a trillion dollar empire. But Shaefer Riley's argument isn't just wrong, it is beside the point.
You don't go to Harvard to get an education. You go to Harvard to meet other Harvard students. The whole point of The Facebook was to create an electronic equivalent of a Harvard print tradition. Initially, you could only join Facebook with a Harvard student email address and gradually the magic circle was extended first into other Ivy League colleges and then in an ever expanding arc in the greatest feat of brand stretching in history.
I am sympathetic to Peter Thiel's warnings about an education bubble but Shaefer Riley could not have picked a worse case to illustrate her point. Try dropping out of a college without a Harvard pedigree - or the family money and connections that got you there in the first place - and see how far you get.
Theorum: Gormless graduates lack basic workplace skills in "communication, problem solving, presentation, customer relations and even punctuality."
Corollary: Fourteen "star professors" are launching a private £18,000-a-year university to rival Oxford and Cambridge.
But not for me.
Art Uncut have decided to make weekend June 24/25 'Bono Pay Up!' weekend.
"The dying of things—of art forms and civilizations as well as people—seems to me the inevitable and steady state of the world: a point of view that leaves me prone more to melancholy than to panic. What I really care about now is the immortal parts of mortal enterprise."
"An excerpt from the tv program 'Durch die Nacht mit... (Into the Night with...) Henry Rollins and Shirin Neshat'. Henry gets mocked by local hipsters at the record store and fights back immediately."
Henry Rollins on selling out.
They were all wrong about her, of course.
"In ancient Japan, a kensei (剣聖?, sword's saint; sometimes rendered in English as Kensai, Ken Sai, Kansei, or Kenshei) was an honorary title given to a warrior of legendary skill in swordsmanship. The literal translation of 'kensei' is 'sword saint'."
"Sensei (先生?) is a Japanese title used to refer to or address teachers, professors, professionals such as lawyers, CPA and doctors, politicians, clergymen, and other figures of authority. ... The two characters that make up the term can be directly translated as "born before" and implies one who teaches based on wisdom from age and experience."
"Victory Through Air Power is a 1942 non-fiction book by Alexander P. de Seversky. It was made into a 1943 Walt Disney animated feature film of the same name."
Featuring Veronica Lake's "victory roll". Followed by a variety of domestic concerns and a thousand bomber raid on Bremen.
And: The new Unreal physics engine was made for gymkhana.
Related: "I like the part where he was drifting."
"Shot at London's iconic Battersea Power Station, transformed for one day only into a hoonigan's paradise, DiRT 3 Technical Consultant Ken Block hits the dirt hard in his specially prepared Ford Focus."
I don't care what they say, Mean Girls was a great movie.
I have recently purchased one of your Analytical Engines and my cycle apparatus is consistently off by unity.
More faithful to the Mythos than any H.P. Lovecraft film adaptation.