NY Times: A Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’.
Sunday. The previews have pretty cheesy effects; don’t know if I can stomach it if they’re all on this par.
NPR: Movie Review - ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ - Gore, Glamour, And A Goth Warrior Maiden.
“Indeed, Rise of an Empire is so campy that it might work better as a musical. All those topless Greek hunks could sing, “I’m too sexy for my shirt,” and Artemisia could share a duet with a severed head. “It Ain’t Me, Babe” might work.” But … but … Eva Green.
Mother Jones: Matthew McConaughey Is Right - Science Does Prove the Value of Gratitude.
“A decade of research has defined gratitude as a social emotion that, while related to empathy, is nonetheless distinct from it. Feeling gratitude helps bind us to our groups and communities and enhances social relationships.” An unexpected messenger.
FirstWeFeast: 25 Quotes About Whiskey from the Famous Drinkers Who Loved It Best.
ArtDaily: “Craft in America: Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy” to premiere on PBS.
“Craft in America: Industry explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. INDUSTRY highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy. ”
The Dissolve: Film preservation 2.0.
“Archivists can use whatever media best suit their needs. But right now, there aren’t any great options.” Punched paper tape, perhaps? I was lamenting this just the other day. Via MeFi.
CNet: New ‘Godzilla’ already gets my roar of approval.
The face of Lady Liberty leaves me a little doubtful; looks like a technical-school 3D job. That Juliette Binoche is in it … flabbergasted. I suppose we just have to wait and see.
Later: IMHO, Godzilla isn’t as much fun without the flaming ‘bad breath’ and the glowing back-plates. Making him a mindless beast removes everything that makes Godzilla, Godzilla. I want Mothra and the singing twins back.
Ash.Vickers/Tumblr: We miss you, Egon.
NJ.com: Jon Stewart remembers his days as a bartender at Trenton punk rock club.
He probably served me. Dead Kennedys, 10,000 Maniacs, Nash the Slash, The Groceries, Regressive Aid, Men Without Hats … just to name a few. Not quite as dangerous as he makes it out to be. I once got in a heated argument about Reagan (what else would get me so worked up?) with another person there, and *walked* through the miserable streets of Trenton all the way to Lawrenceville before my friends found me and picked me up.
PS Mag: Why Are TV’s Talking Heads So Angry All the Time?
“misrepresentative exaggeration.” New phrase for my vocabulary.
ChicagoTrib: Harold Ramis dead at 69.
And the Ghostbusters lose a troop. RIP, Dr Spengler.
Later: Kevin’s got the better obit.
PolicyMic: Experience Just How Big the Universe is, in One Mind-Blowing Interactive.
NY Times: Maria von Trapp, ‘Sound of Music’ Daughter, Dies at 99.
Ghost in the Machine: Scorpy, Get Your Drums|Doctor & Danny.
A Farscape TV movie? Cool.
Side note: Do NOT watch Farscape epis serially when you are feverish in the thrall of flu. I made that mistake a couple of years ago; it makes for very technicolor, frightening fever-dreams.
ArtDaily: “Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette: Picasso and the Model” opens at Kunsthalle Bremen.
Historic Aircraft Collection Limited.
Great to hear and see them flying, as they were designed to.
Tumblr/What I say occasionally: Steampunk R2D2.
LA Times: Congress in middle of Hollywood copyright clash with Silicon Valley.
“Now, however, Congress has begun an update of the nation’s copyright law — most of which predates not just the Internet, but even widespread use of computers. And as the legislation proceeds along a lengthy path, the Hollywood lobby is struggling not to get outmaneuvered by an emboldened and increasingly sophisticated coalition of Silicon Valley technology firms, digital rights groups and free marketeers.” Keep up to date on this one.
NM Film: ‘Cosmos’ free premiere screening events.
March 4, if you’re in one of the major metro areas.
OpenCulture: Watch the Experimental Short Films by Tezuka Osamu, the Walt Disney of Japan.
Brilliant man. A friend from high school who lives in Japan sent me the 80th anniversary book with an overview of his works [Thanks again, Helene]. For those of us in America, most of our memory is centered around Kimba the White Lion and Astroboy.
Rope of Silicon: First Look at Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ in Olympic Trailer.
WSJ: Sochi 2014 - Olympic Broadcasts Are 24% Action, 33% Commercials.
I tried. Honestly I did. NBC’s coverage of the Opening started off terribly rude and condescending … I lasted one more day for a little slopestyle and figure skating, but the commercials and commentating were so bad I switched off audio. The high volume blathering minutiae that accompany every bit of action suck all the joy out of athletic performance. I haven’t turned on a single Olympic broadcast since Day Two.
I simply don’t care anymore.
Movie trailer; press ‘play’.
LA Times: John Henson, son of Muppets founder, dies at 48.
Youtube: Season 1/Episode 1 - The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour.
I think I need to do a podcast session like this.