Ten Things You Missed This Week #13

1. An online quiz in which you have to guess whether a given quote came from a member of the Taliban or the Republican party sounds like partisan trolling, but I gave it a shot – answering in a genuine, non-snarky manner – and only got four questions out of about ten right. How will you do? (via Ian Andrew Bell)

RT @ieatanddrink A lot of times I don’t even swallow my drinks, I just pour them in my mouth and walk around like that forever

2. If there was anything good to come out of US comedian Daniel Tosh’s rape joke controversy, it’s the commentary and reactions that have turned outrage into a pretty fascinating conversation about where the line is and why. We’ll never reach a consensus, but I think we can all agree that some of the responses have been incredible, from The Onion’s incisive takedown, to Jezebel’s enlightening How To Make a Rape Joke, to comedian’s Curtis Luciani’s brilliant analogy. All definitely worth the time. (via Lindy West and Em & Lo)

RT @meganamram I hate always being picked last for the Human Centipede :(

3. I genuinely judge books by their covers. Well, when I say “judge”, I don’t mean in terms of a qualitative evaluation, but in terms of whether I’m going to buy it. It’s as good a method as any if you want to go in to a new book blind, and I’ve had some incredible discoveries (and one or two abysmal failures). But, to my dismay, I’ve never made the presumptive leaps that Sunny Chanel’s six-year-old did when asked to describe the plots to books based solely on their covers. It’s quite literal, but very amusing. (via Jess Lomas)

RT @MelissaStetten I do this thing where I cry in my car, it’s called cryving.

4. When I got sick the other week, it helped illustrate to me the enormous gap in attitudes between Australia and the US when it comes to healthcare. I’ve been watching the ongoing Obamacare debate with a deep fascination and, more often than not, horror. Is 83% of doctors considering quitting their profession thanks to Obamacare? This piece on Politifact suggests not. Meanwhile, the New York Times refutes five commonly-repeated myths. Come on, guys, it shouldn’t be this hard! (via Eric D Snider and Roger Ebert)

RT @serafinowicz A famous actor is attached to my script. I think my stapler is broken.

5. It’s difficult to get a handle on how something as intangible as internet industries can generate such vast fortunes, and depending on how you read it, this piece will either help explain it or create further confusion. Those of you sick of Facebook constantly tweaking its format will be interested to see how its changes have killed a multi-million dollar industry. (via Andrew Kaczynski)

RT @Lawrence_Miles Popular singer-songwriter Labrinth is only doing twelve live gigs in the UK this summer. So it’s a Minor-Tour for our Labrinth. BAM!

6. You wouldn’t think outer space has a smell, would you? You’d be wrong. (via Chas Licciardello)

RT @ovandenberg I WILL SLAM THE TRAIN DOORS BEHIND ME BECAUSE I AM AN IMPORTANT BUSINESSMAN #business

7. Child abuse is never funny… except when it comes in the form of white trash names. (There’s actually one name in here which really shouldn’t be, and not just because friends of mine used it when naming their youngest. But the rest are hilarious and terrible.) (via Dave Lamb)

RT @scullymike Took kids to Pearl Harbor today to remind them of tragedy of where “Battleship” was filmed.

8. Are film critics entitled babies? Actually, a few are. I’ve seen some pretty horrible behaviour in my time, and I do think that, collectively, we tend to overstate our importance in the grand scheme of things… but… there are few things more misguided than a filmmaker sounding off against critics when he feels they’ve turned against him. Just like US film critic Scott Weinberg, I remain a fan of Kevin Smith, even amidst some of the ridiculous rubbish he’s been spouting about what critics do. Take a read of Weinberg’s articulate destruction of Smith’s argument. (via Scott Weinberg)

RT @spc1965 What part of “What part of what don’t you understand?” don’t you understand?

9. I know this is going to sound achingly hipster of me, but my favourite on-screen adaptation of Batman remains the brilliant animated series from the 1990s. So what would The Dark Knight Rises look like if it was performed by that series’ voice cast? (via Flickering Myth)

RT @robfee What if Mitt Romney is actually a cool guy & is hiding his tax returns because they contain Batman spoilers?

10. I’m fascinated by the emergence of 3D printing – commercially-available printers that can print physical, three-dimensional objects – mostly because we can’t possibly imagine all of the applications it will have in the future. And printing out keys to get out of police handcuffs is the hilarious tip of the iceberg. (via New Scientist)

RT @nice_mustard god made man in his image. he was like “apparently i am a fucked up ape creature who makes weapons out of everything & gets boners a lot” 

And that’s it for this week. Feel free to promote this article. Send it out there! Grab the attention of celebrities in the hope that they’ll make your year by replying to or retweeting you! But not just any celebrity; the biggest possible celebrity tweeter ever, and one that’s not shy of replying. (via Bianca Hall)

Ten Things You Missed This Week #5

1. Even if you’re not a fan of the brilliant US sitcom Community, you have to be concerned about the willingness of NBC to basically fire its creator and head writer Dan Harmon. This is what’s happened ahead of Community’s fourth season return (and given its 13 episode order and bump to Friday night, it’s safe to call this the final season). Dan Harmon didn’t find out before the rest of us, by the way. A press release was issued whilst he was on a plane, and he landed in LA to a barrage of text messages and tweets. This is his response. (And if you get a moment, this memo NBC sent Community cast members about how they should respond to questions about the controversy in interviews doesn’t make NBC look much better.)

RT @mrbeaks Dan Harmon got bounced from COMMUNITY? Great news for fans of AIRPLANE 2!

2. Hugh Jackman is keen to be a teacher. This is his attempt. (via Australian Screen)

RT @maskedscheduler A board game, a pregnancy manual and a thirty year old soap opera….welcome to the wonderful world of motion pictures.

3. Are you a little confused about the chronology of the Marvel Studios films? When did they find the Tesseract from Captain America in that scene in Thor? At what point in the Iron Man chronology does Tony Stark meet with The Incredible Hulk’s General Ross? Marvel’s got you covered. (via Jon Favreau)

RT @ovandenberg 6 MONTHS AGO: (to mirror) “You did it buddy, you’re the star of two big summer movies. Things are finally lookin’ up for ol’ Taylor Kitsch.”

4. Star Wars fans can’t do anything without Star Trek fans responding in kind. Only a few weeks after this column pointed you to a study showing a Death Star would cost US$852 quadrillion, we now have a more practical and affordable option: build the USS Enterprise. At US$1 trillion, it’s a steal at twice the price. Here’s how we do it. (via Marc Fennell)

RT @Jamwa Liam Neeson’s cock is so big the opening credits of Dr Who were filmed inside his urethra.

5. With Mark Zuckerberg currently enjoying All The Wealth, and Facebook being floated on the stock exchange this past week, it’s hard to talk about the social networking site without bringing it back to money. And now you can find out how much you are personally worth to Facebook. (I clocked in at $71. Before Facebook’s stock went public, this figure was $3. Which is why I’ve been going around saying ‘Three dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Seventy-one dollars.’) (via Chas Licciardello)

RT @paulbyrom Why is Facebook going public?Could they not figure out the privacy settings either?

 6. I like high concept ideas. The idea behind HBO’s Girls is ‘What if we made a version of Sex and the City that Lee actually liked?’. Girls, created, written by, mostly directed by, and starring Lena Dunham is honest, funny, dramatic and engaging in a way that I wasn’t expecting. This brilliant article in the New York Review of Books gives you a good idea why.

RT @AdrianMartin25 I found page of my notes from 1982: titled GIRLS, it reads: “faces – songs – plots – fashions – youth culture”. So see, I invented that show

7. There’s an art to everything, even opening a book. This diagram instructs you on how do it properly. I can only assume the same principle applies to Kindles and their ilk. (via Martyn Pedler)

RT @sexenheimer Weird how the Zodiac murders really tapered off after Neil Diamond got a soundproof home recording studio/kill room. Hashtag Just Saying.

8. These days it’s rare that we see the best example of a political leader: one who takes an unpopular moral stance on an issue, doing so simply because it’s the right thing to do. This is what happened when Barack Obama came out in support of gay marriage. What’s even more remarkable is that the expected backlash never really came. Republicans knew that fighting him on it would galvanise Obama’s base, but the public? Well, they seem to have had their minds changed. In six years, the number of American citizens supporting gay marriage went from 36% to 51%. Obama’s announcement may not have had any immediate legislative effect, but it’s undoubtedly a big step. (via Max Denton)

RT @beatrixcoles The FRIENDS theme would make more sense if it was “hasn’t been your year, your week, or even your day”. Days are the easiest to achieve.

9. Before Braille took off, the blind were catered for in very literal but fascinating ways. Have a look at this atlas designed for the sight-impared back in 1837. (via On The Media)

RT @scottEweinberg Why can’t we have a black Ian Fleming, anyway?

10. Remember that Apocalypse that was supposed to happen last year? May 21, 2011 was the date the world was going to end, and its proponents were adamant that it was a definite. One year on, how do they feel? (via Leigh Paatsch)

RT @dissolvedpet What I have learned from Twitter on #Cannes: folk have many diverse views & opinions, none of which tell me anything

If any of you Melburnians are in the city tomorrow (Saturday 25 May), feel free to swing by the Emerging Writers Festival (Look! I’m pulling a silly expression on the front page of the website!) to hear me speak unintelligibly about writing graphic novels. I’ll be talking with Mirranda Burton at 12:30pm at the Melbourne Town Hall, so come on by and heckle. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to listen to an 8-bit recording of Radiohead’s OK Computer.

Ten Things You Missed This Week #1

Content creation is all well and good, but content aggregation is where it’s at! The plan is to post a weekly piece on this site every Friday afternoon (AEST) so you can blow off work and read fun stuff. Here are ten pieces from the past week you’ll definitely want to check out…

1. When he was five years old, an Indian boy named Saroo became lost, and was unable to find his way back to his home. He was adopted by an Australian couple and grew up in Tasmania. Now, twenty-five years later, he uses Google Earth to find out where he came from. (via Chas Licciardello)

RT @martynpedler: What if PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is the original, and a time-travelling Austen stripped out the undead for mainstream appeal?

2. After you read that article about Saroo, read this one about a woman who discovers her father on Facebook, twenty-seven years after he ran out, and her struggle over whether or not to ‘friend’ him.

RT @incrediblemelk: The first person who had a bag or box dropped over his head & went, “Hey! Who turned out the lights!” must’ve been a real wise guy, huh.

3. This flowchart cleverly details the Evolution of the Geek. (via Kelly Paxino)

RT @ovandenberg: I’d like to pitch a comedy double act starring Jason Bateman and Jason Schwartzman, and call it Bate & Schwartz.

4. The Cannes line-up is incredibly exciting, and I wish I was there to see all the new works from Wes Anderson, Ben Wheatley, John Hillcoat, Andew Dominik, Michael Hanake, Abbas Kiarostami, David Cronenberg, Alain Resnais… but where are all the female directors?

RT @scottEweinberg: I can’t believe that nobody in Australia has ever made a film called King Kongeroo. Shameful.

5. Johnny Depp is playing Tonto in the new Lone Ranger movie (it’s okay, his great-grandmother might be Cherokee), and many eyebrows were raised when this image of Depp in costume was released. Now we understand why.

RT @EncoreMagazine: Will the prequel to the #Lego film be a Duplo film?

6. After my initial distrust of Pinterest, I’ve now taken to it with a fervour. I’ve been on there less a week, and I’m not entirely convinced I’m using it correctly. And I’m not sure I completely agree with this piece about Pinterest, but it’s very interesting and worth a read. (via Luke Buckmaster)

RT @simonpegg: One of the brilliant things about the film Sunset Boulevard is that unlike its main character, it just doesn’t get old.

7. In 2011’s The Bazura Project’s Guide To Sinema (buy it now on iTunes!), we gave a “completely real” award to Frank Welker, one of the greatest and most prolific voice-over artists on the planet. His animal impressions are beyond compare, and we can now see a video of him recording a roar for The Lion King. (via Thom Holland)

RT @megananram: There’s no such thing as a free lunch/the Holocaust

8. If Android users want to see their Twitter and Facebook feeds presented like a Star Wars opening scroll, they can now do so. (via Steve Sparke)

RT @simonmiraudo: I know I’m the last person on the internet to say this, but, texting in cinemas? Those kids can go right to hell.

9. I didn’t like Russell Brand when I first heard him speak, and assumed I never would. But I was slowly won over, and now find him one of the smartest and funniest people in popular culture. If you’re not convinced, watch this video of Brand – a former heroin user – speaking eloquently and hilariously to the UK’s Home Affairs Committee Drug Inquiry about addiction and criminalisation.

RT @AdrianMartin25: Just saw reference to academic piece on “Structure, Corruption and Syphilis in SINGIN IN THE RAIN”. Mighta missed the syphilis on last view!

10. The Avengers is out this week (have you read up on the history of all The Avengers films yet?), and it’s all kinds of great. Particularly impressive is Tom Hiddleston, whose performance as Loki is dripping with villainy without losing the sly humour that’s so essential to his character. Not content with being an amazing actor (also see him in Terence Davies’s incredible The Deep Blue Sea), he’s also written a beautiful and articulate piece for The Guardian about the place of superheroes in our culture.

RT @mrpaulnelson: Gaspar Noe’s Upfield line now boarding… twitvid.com/5FQIF

Oh, and go have a look at Paul Cornell’s blog. Cornell is a writer of television, comics and novels (and wrote some absolutely brilliant and wonderful episodes of Doctor Who). I mention his blog not because he posted anything particularly remarkable this week (although he is always a great read), but because I stole the idea of a ‘ten cool things’ from him, and wanted to give him credit right out of the gate. And I stole the retweeting thing from Drew McWeeny’s The Morning Read column in his Motion/Captured blog on HitFix. Like I said, aggregation!