- With 35mm film dead, will classic movies ever look the same again?
- Furthering that pretty good Prometheus theory (though still not redeeming the whole thing because that’s goddamn impossible): The Second Coming of Space Jesus
- On that, here’s a really great theory on Blade Runner and the whole Deckard/Replicant thing
- Fuck me, a developed ‘auto-targeting’ sniper rifle for anyone to use (and probably shouldn’t)
- King David: Why generals shouldn’t run the CIA
- Trevell Coleman: The Man Who Charged Himself With Murder
- The 72-year-old grandpa who models for teen-girl clothing (and totally rocks it)
- Live From the Inside: a radio show run by psychiatric patients
- The Aokigahara Forest: the world’s second most popular suicide destination
- The average person glances at their phone 150 times per day
- Website: Virtual Piano (and keyboard friendly)
- Also, the hosts of some show called NFL Kick Off crammed as many Princess Bride references as they possibly could into their half hour show and it’s been compiled here
- Pareidolia: A Bizarre Bug of the Human Mind Emerges in Computers
- How text messaging became a humanitarian technology
- The internet as a hive mind
- How Mat Honan had his digital life dissolved by hackers and multiple security flaws
- France has backed away from it’s three strikes downloading law
- John Birmingham on the real cost of Curiosity
- From a NASA contractor: a conceptual video of the Dream Chaser space vehicle
- The ‘spray on’ skin that heals wounds
- The perfectly legal ‘heist’ of $95,000 from a bank
- House cats kill more critters than thought
- Returned to Family: Outlaw Ned Kelly’s Remains, 132 Years After His Death
- Trojan’s PR stunt: hands out 10,000 dildos today from hot dog carts
- From NPR: Dean Norris On Playing Good In ‘Breaking Bad’
- Prometheus (2012) – Calvinball Mythology and the Void of Meaning
- 21 links between unexpectedly shared TV universes
- Tumblr: People Dying Like Marion Cotillard
This also looks interesting: aupcoming HBO documentary called About Face that speaks with former supermodels and talks about plastic surgery and the business of beauty.
- The Science of Illusion
- MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces
- Neuroscience + Supercomputing + Nanotechnology = Human Brain
- Here’s the translation of what David asked the Prometheus Engineer
- Ai Weiwei: to live your life in fear is worse than losing your freedom
- Suprise! Slow media months turn nothing news into scandals
And because you can never have too much Community related things on the internet:
- Prometheus, Viewed as a Roleplaying Game (contains spoilers; but seriously good fun read)
- What If Beethoven Gave Your Commencement Speech?
- ‘I Just Want to Feel Everything’: Hiding Out With Fiona Apple, Musical Hermit
- Anatomy of CGI: A Scene from “Tangled”
- 20 Things Fantasy Characters Should Do More Often
- Germany’s Ambitious Energy Plan (here’s hoping it works)
- Most Internet trolls are probably trolls in real life, too
- Photos: Behind the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back
- How We Talk About A Bacon Sundae
- How Anthony Bourdain became Anthony Bourdain
- Amazing 1:1 Scale Replica of the Mines of Moria Built in Minecraft
- Film Crit Hulk Smash: THE DAMON LINDLEOF INTERVENTION
- Trying to purge London of sex workers before the Olympics is having an adverse effect
- New Pixar film not teeming with truculent piss-artists
“It would be nice if Brave was a little more authentically Scottish but then they would have to change the name to Fuck You, Ya Prick and it wouldn’t get a PG rating outside of Scotland.”
- J.D. Williams of ‘The Wire’ Says Stop-and-Frisk Cops Forget He’s Not a Real Drug Dealer
- Infographic: The World Without the Internet
And then this:
I keep telling myself that the last post about Prometheus would, well… be the last post about Prometheus, but this concise list of 43 ‘lessons’ learned from the science from the film, then led to this post-viewing analysis that is now my official favourite response to the film.
Caution: spoilers somewhat ahead.
- Backstage gossip from touring Guns N Roses roadies
- The Necronomicon-Thin Crust pizza (I like to call it a Necronominom)
- How a Boiled squid inseminated a woman’s mouth
- Stoya on the difference between a prostitute and a porn actress
- Yanis Varoufakis on becoming Valve’s economist-in-residence for their virtual economies
- Why smart people can be so dumb
- Is Creativity Sexy? The Evolutionary Advantages of Artistic Thinking
- Singularity University Rule #1: The best way to predict the future is to invent it
- Lifehacker’s guide on how to tie your running shoes
- New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza on reporting and how Twitter has fostered a crisis in political journalism
- These are the books that will make you totally undateable
“Eat Pray Love. Elizabeth Gilbert isn’t a bad person, but if this book is your choice, you are.”
- Interesting discussion on How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read
“Non-reading is not just the absence of reading. It is a genuine activity, one that consists of adopting a stance in relation to the immense tide of books that protects you from drowning. On that basis, it deserves to be defended and even taught.”
- A visual summary of Michael Fassbender’s role in Prometheus
- Oh Christ, I thought I could avoid posting a “call me maybe” cover thing, but this MC Chris version with bath salts zombies is catchy.
- Also, Star Wars subtitled with existential philosophy
And for your funny late show segment of the day, here’s 30 Rock’s nice guy Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visiting the Weiner Circle, Chicago’s infamously hostile hot dog stand.
So, this weeks internet appears to have been brought to you by the letter ‘Prometheus’ as pretty much every site or blog I go to has some opinion, or reference to an opinion about it.
I’m definitely a fence sitter in that I love pretty much every single technical/design aspect of the film, while finding the story and thematic concepts wholly underwhelming in contrast. I also just realised that on reflection, I could also be disappointed with the ‘science’/realism of the film (like the fact the entire plot revolves around journeying to a star formation that in all probability, has shifted position/alignment since being first painted 35,000 years ago); but now I’m slowly realising that my new understandings of physics has ruined the potential to ever fully enjoy another action (or sci-fi) film.
Anyhow, the online reactions and discussions have been quite illuminating; from literary analysis and theological allusions to simple hilarious hate, but my current favourite is probably this video where a group of friends decided to watch the entire Alien/Predator chronology of films and record their ratings before heading off the Prometheus itself. Good fun.
Must also add this short making-of featurette on the fantastic soundscape of Prometheus.
- Boy Wakes Up at His Own Funeral (to lie back ‘dead again’)
- US Navy hopes super-stealth ship answers a rising China
- Turns out binary was invented in 1617
- An incredibly in-depth (and well argued) examination of Prometheus
And fuck yes, Robert Zemekis returning to live-action films has me excited.
A few years ago I made the conscious decision to stop watching trailers. Avoid them at all possible cost. For me, the state of movie advertising has gotten so bad, that by the end of watching a trailer, chances are, you’ve already seen over half the movie’s plot*.
Thanks, but fuck off, no thanks.
That has been the norm for years up until this very week, where I just clicked that I’ve watched the trailers for The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises and now Ridley Scott’s Alien-esque prequel Prometheus. Granted that they’re all teasers, yeah it’s just images and impressions of what the final film will be like, and hells yeah do I feel excitement for all of them, but man, do I feel very wrong in watching trailers again like that.
Anyhow, here’s the one for Prometheus, definitely more and more becoming my most anticipated flick for 2012.
* best example is the trailer for Drive. DON’T watch the trailer for Drive before you see Drive.