Whedon-y Link and other stuff (Link-o-rama)

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- Joss Whedon’s top 10 writing tips http://dannystack.blogspot.com/2009/01/joss-whedons-top-10-writing-tips.... It’s mostly predictable, but “Cut what you love” is surprising.
- This article has me wondering if all the nonsense-science supporting Global Warming is perhaps a backlash at the Bush administration’s treatment of the Scientific Community http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-01-18-obama-scientific-climate...
- It’s a week since Patrick MacGoohan died, but the media is still talking about his amazing 40-year-old Spy Fi show http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123241810530696607.html Why? Because it’s just that good! Here’s another one about the man, personally http://www.avclub.com/articles/patrick-mcgoohan-son-of-a-bitch,22428/
- Whoever does the marketing for Kentucky Fried Chicken (Poulett Kentuckie A’la Frie in france) really should have thought this promotion out better http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/01/kfc_has_no_frakkin_clue_what_frak_me...
- Since we’ve got a brand new president, this might be a good time to reflect on the Top 5 most Badass presidents: http://www.cracked.com/article_15895_5-most-badass-presidents-all-time.html In fact, I disagree w/ a lot of this. John Quincy Adams was in no way a badass, he was a crotchety weird old sorehead and an embarrassment to the presidency (Though not nearly as bad as his father). JFK was unquestionably heroic in WW2, but did nothing at all badass during the rest of his life, however the stuff about Andrew Jackson is all true, and if anything kind of understated, the man was simply nuts, and the stuff about Teddy Roosevelt is true too, the stuff about George Washington’s apparent invulnerability is true, too, and his rages, but it leaves out his penchant for breaking down crying in public for no reason (Which was a huge embarrassment to the Army in the midst of a battle, I can tell you!). So the article is, you know, a bit spotty, but it’s worth the price of admission just for the stuff about Jackson alone. Thanks to Iceman for the link!
- The Behind-the-Scenes folks over at the New Galactica talk a bit about their decision on who to kill off and who should be the 5th cylon here http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/01/final-f...
- The European Space Agency’s new automated space station resupply spacecraft, the “Jules Verne.” Has been in service for nearly a year now, without incident. http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMSGE5QGEF_index_0.html and more specific info here http://www.astronautix.com/craft/atv.htm The Verne is essentially the ESA’s answer to the Russian “Progress” spacecraft that have been resupplying space stations since the early 1970s. This will take some of the pressure off the Russians, and us as well, since now there are three avenues to get boiled-beef-in-a-bag to orbit.
- Did you ever notice how all the planets in Trek and Stargate tend to be exactly like earth, but the ones in the real universe tend to be like this http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/01/top-exoplanets.html (Thanks to Republibot 1.0)
- Homer Simpson: Idiot or Idiot Savant? This fun little article discusses wether he’s an out-and-out moron, or a brain-damaged guy who’s developed some particularly astute compensation skills, and it uses phrases like “single nucleotide polymorphism” http://www.scifi.com/sfw/column/sfw16454.html (Republibot 2.0 found this one)
- It’s hard for me not to be impressed by this Robotech Cyclone costume this dude built, even if it is made out of cardboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBkYcCXOwpE&translated=1
- They’ve been telling us that Monorails are a thing of the future for about a century now, despite the fact that Disney’s had an extensive network of them running since the late 1950s, and it turns out this town in Germany had a bicycle-powered one running in 1901! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwebebahn_Wuppertal Personally, I don’t think we’ll ever see these things in day-to-day use. Maybe in Europe where they’re more forward thinking about mass transit than we are, but actually, I think that bike-o-rail is kinda’ cooler than the more standard modern monorail, don’t you?
- The new X-Men cartoon is getting only barely-adequate reviews http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117939439.html?categoryid=32&cs=1
- Are you ready for The Beverly Hillbillies Casino? No, I’m not joking. It’s Max “Jethro” Baer, Jr’s project. It’s got a Ceee-ment pond and everything: http://jethroscasino.com/
- I’m still kind of digging this weird little strip http://www.thisisme-comic.com/archive/2009/01/LifeOnTheTube2.html
- Ok, we’ve got two one-panel comic gags from Republibot 2.0 this time out: # 1 is “Who Watches The Watchpeanuts” which seems only fair with the movie theoretically coming out sometime soon, maybe, possibly, someday. http://bp0.blogger.com/_A7D_OxH4p1A/R94NieKz1RI/AAAAAAAAAgU/8McnQ_0W3Ic/... and the other is a sight gag http://spacecoyote.deviantart.com/art/John-Calvin-and-Thomas-Hobbes-6833... Yeah, I’ll explain it if you need me to.
- Undoubtedly I’m pretty late getting to the party on this one, but damn this is a cool site! You can zoom in on anywhere on earth more or less, from space in amazing detail. Yes, there’ve been many other ‘interactive satellite photo’ sites, but this one trumps ‘em all, and it’s so easy to use! http://www.wikimapia.org/ or better still, start out here http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=28.62725&lon=-80.620972&z=19&l=0&m=a&v=2 and you can zoom out the map and pretend to be an astronaut! Yes, I’m a happy geek! Look at this! Look at this! It’s a Zodiac in the water at Bondi Beach, Australia! http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=-33.892028&lon=151.277584&z=22&l=0&m=a&v=2 and here’s some sunbathers on the same beach! http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=-33.891155&lon=151.277573&z=22&l=0&m=a&v=2 I have to point out here, that these pictures are taken from a satellite at least 300 miles above the earth! Here’s the big globe in front of the some random Florida condos http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=27.991036&lon=-82.737316&z=19&l=0&m=a&v=2 – seen from ORBIT! I mean, here’s the freakin’ USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii! http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=21.36485&lon=-157.950268&z=19&l=0&m=a&v=2 This is just so freakin’ cool!
- You know, I get it in my head that Prog rock was a semi-illiterate waste of time and pomposity for all involved, and then I stumble across something like this that redeems it for me for a minute: Emerson Lake and Palmer take on Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo,” one of my absolute favorite 20th century orchestral pieces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0FuFfcCZiE&NR=1
- It appears John Cleese doesn’t really approve of America. John Varley cautiously agrees w/ him on a couple points, but vehemently disagrees on others, God bless his Texas Liberal Atheist soul that he doesn’t believe he actually has. http://www.varley.net/Pages/VarleyYarns/VarleyYarns%20-%202008/An%20Open... (Course language, probably not entirely safe for work, particularly if you work with chicks who get touchy about off-color names for wedding vegetables)
- Lobo! Remember Lobo? Turns out there was supposed to be a DCAU Lobo series back in the 90s – he was so popular on Superman, after all – but Fox got cold feet and pulled the plug literally at the last minute. Warners did so much preproduction that they decided to dump some of it into a flash-animated web-series, I guess in an attempt to amortize their losses or maybe increase the visibility of the character or whatever. Obviously, it failed as here we are a decade later and I’m just now hearing about it for the first time, but here’s an episode of Lobo for you: http://www12.asphost4free.com/GothamCat/episodio01%20-%20Lobo%20is%20a%2... and here’s part two: http://www12.asphost4free.com/GothamCat/episodio02%20-%20Market%20day.swf and part 3 http://www12.asphost4free.com/GothamCat/episodio03%20-%20Pit%20stop.swf and if you want any more than that, you’ll need to look ‘em up yourself or ask me. Since it’s Lobo, it goes w/out saying that this stuff isn’t safe for work.
- Here’s an interesting piece about finding a way to pick and choose the aspects of mass-culture that suit you, and the differences between government influence and personal drive and stuff. It’s a bit vague, really, but still interesting: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2008/pulpit_20080328_004611.html (Thanks again to Republibot 2.0 for the link)
- I’m afraid I have to rescind my longstanding maxim about how “Brain Transfer Plots are Always Comedy Gold.” It’s true, the Tick Vs. Science is one of the funniest things ever seen on American TV, and the Kim Possible Brain Transfer ep is hilarious, and the Brain Transfer episode of Gilligan’s Island is the best episode of the entire show, and let’s not forget that “The Turnabout Intruder” episode of the original star trek is so damn (unintentionally) funny that they really had no course but to cancel the series immediately after it aired. Alas, last night I saw the Flintstones episode where Fred and Dino visit Dr. Frankenstone and have their brains switched, and it was just terrible. Terrible. Awful. Utterly without humor. Therefore, my whole “Brain Transfer = Comedy Gold” axiom is, alas, unaxiomatic, and I hereby humbly withdraw it. Sorry to bother you with it for the 30 years or so. And for those of you who’re just tuning in and never heard me rant about that before – nevermind.
- “fish” can be spelled “ghoti” in English. It’s true (Though you have to read a bit to find it) : http://www.varley.net/Pages/VarleyYarns/VarleyYarns%20-%202008/An%20Open...