Ten Things You Missed This Week #2

1. Australian Federal politics is currently embroiled in leadership woes, which has basically been the norm since the late 1990s. But, obviously concerned for the government’s current state, Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten has clearly decided to form a backup plan by auditioning for a revival of Yes, Minister. (via Armando Iannucci)

RT @BrianLynch I like to think when WAS (NOT WAS) broke up, it was after a long awkward silence, and then someone in the band muttered, “Guys…not was.”

2. When scientists firmly insist we should find other planets to live on as soon as possible, it has the effect of a flight attendant taking to the PA system to casually ask if anyone knows how to fly a plane. Not scary at all.

RT @murraygold Where can I meet other recluses?

3. At the risk of making light of a tragedy, this is the sort of method acting that could never (and should never) be matched. In Brazil’s Itararé, during a performance of The Passion of the Christ, twenty-seven-year-old Tiago Klimeck performed the scene in which Judas, ridden with guilt over his betrayal of Jesus, hang himself on stage. It was four minutes before the rest of the cast discovered that Klimeck had, in the course of the on-stage “suicide”, died.

RT @ThatLynchyGuy I’m starting to think Space Jam wasn’t based on a true story

4. This is simultaneously the saddest and sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. A policeman in China comforts a scared baby panda during an earthquake as it clings to his leg.

RT @WolfpackAlan Nascar would be so much more entertaining if they threw banana peels and turtle shells.

5. I’m a proud member of the cult of Game of Thrones, the big-budget fantasy show with a rich and ever-expanding mythology. Most intriguing is how they created the language of Dothraki. We’ve all heard the stories of how Elvish was created for Lord of the Rings, or Klingon in Star Trek, but it’s nice to see that linguists are being employed by showrunners who take this stuff seriously.

RT @meganganz Now I’m just hoping they renew NBC for another season.

6. I often think the level of anger aimed at public transport is a bit hyperbolic, right up until the moment a late tram makes me late for an appointment, or a train is cancelled for no discernable reason. This guy felt the anger as well, and wrote this scathing-yet-hilarious letter to Yarra Trams. What’s remarkable about this? The reply Yarra Trams sent back. (via Tara Judah)

RT @morrbeat I don’t want to be rude, but how thick to you have to be to still say “why should I listen to your views, you’ve never made a film” in 2012?

7. So worried is the UK about potential terrorist attacks during the London Olympics, that they are going to extraordinary lengths to stave off any potential threat. The latest plan? To house surface-to-air missiles in residential buildings close to Olympic Park. It looks like Ken Loach’s K-13 Come Home really had an impact.

RT @Twistedlilkitty No time to watch the Avengers movie? Stare at a picture of them before you sleep to enjoy a free Avengers movie created by your subconscious

8. You probably don’t think a review of a One Direction concert is something you should read. You are wrong. This blisteringly funny review by Nick Taras in Beat shows why.

RT @mrtonymartin ‘Elia Kazan on Directing’ is a must-read for actors and directors. Although he does name four suspected communists in the introduction.

9. A new form of glass that doesn’t fog, doesn’t get dirty, and doesn’t glare? If this takes off, it could have an enormous, impossibly wide-ranging effect on nearly every aspect of our lives. (via Chas Licciardello)

RT @PunxsutawnyPhil #RED have announced new series of monitors and kit collections as options. Sadly the Breaks When You Touch It function is still mandatory.

10. I know we really shouldn’t judge world leaders on their ability to deliver comedy, but my own skewed priorities make it hard not to. The White House Correspondents Dinner is a wonderful tradition for fans of political humour. Although no one’s matched Stephen Colbert’s incredible takedown of George W Bush, this year Barack Obama himself came close. (Keep a window open to Google the references as he goes. And don’t forget to watch Jimmy Kimmel’s speech that immediately followed Obama’s.)

RT @TeganMH A man just headbutted the tram I was on & despite being very happy with my life…I kind of wanted the tram to explode.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and continue the celebrations of my annual incremental departure from the glories of youth. To hide the ravages of age, I may have to go in disguise.