1) The 50 Dorkiest Songs You Love. NB: you don’t have to tell me you personally don’t love some or all of them. I know.
2) Edgar Wright – How to do visual comedy. Video. This is excellent and shows why I find modern comedy so incredibly boring.
3) Joaquin Phoenix’s Forehead (Rotated). Video. So weird and funny.
4) Anonymous Gods. The computers at Google automatically blur the faces of famous religious statuary.
5) Netflix’s new spoiler website. #spoilers
6) Malkovitch Malkovitch Malkovitch Malkovitch.
7) Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, Charles Manson & the Birth of Cults
Guy writes interactive novel about mystery-solving teddy bears in Venice, which is apparently not for children(?)
Reviewer gives it a mildly negative review.
Author loses his mind in comments.
This is from last May, and I’m not sure how I missed it. It’s the perfect example of the ABM, Author’s Big Mistake, in which an author takes great pains to try to school the reviewer in all their numerous errors but ends up looking like a complete tool. As it so often is, Dunning-Kruger Effect is in full swing here. The writer thinks his book about teddy bears is on the level of Keats or Fitzgerald, and nothing can convince him otherwise.
This train wreck comes to you courtesy of @Hello_Tailor, @Stacia_jones_, and @jamesdnicoll.
1) Gambit’s costume is completely ridiculous, so this guy made one. h/t James Nicoll.
2) If David Lynch directed Dirty Dancing. Video.
3) Black leather dragon backpack. I’d get this, but it would make the toddlers in the Starbucks cry.
4) What your favorite 80s band says about you. This is better than it has a right to be.
5) More dice shaming!
6) Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie: the same movie.
7) Was HP Lovecraft a good writer? Nick Mamatas makes the argument that he was.
Maybe other people are talking about this all over the web and I’m not seeing it, but LAST WEEK TONIGHT has been really great right from the first episode.
Net Neutrality is an incredibly important principle and Oliver drives that point home while being 100% hilarious. He really is great.
Vox.com has a series of their explainer cards laying out the subject, and I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post these two links:
Yes, Your Internet Is Getting Slower: Your provider likes it that way. And the government doesn’t care.
Why The Government Should Provide Internet Access.
But even if you don’t agree that the internet should be treated as a public utility, you should watch the video. It’s damn funny.
I’ve already shared my opinion with the FCC right here.