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My responsibility to myself is always, Am I going to be the commodity that people want me to be, or am I going to do the shit that interests me? I have a lot of trouble with material. I don’t like most comedies because I don’t like characters who try to win me over. I don’t like being ingratiated. I don’t like obsequiousness. I also have issues with movies where two people fall in love just because they’re the stars and their names are above the title. I could maybe do some gigantic mythological Hero With a Thousand Faces–type movie, but so many other people are doing that.

— David Fincher - Interview with Playboy

I remember the week that death and my personal views toward it began to seriously affect me. It started when a colleague committed suicide during a long weekend. It wasn’t anything too shocking. This was probably the twentieth or so person in my extended community who had killed themselves, and later I stopped counting once that number passed 30. After a short but somber memorial service, I went to the office with my division and did what we usually did when there wasn’t anything to do – cruised the Internet until it was time to leave. This particular day, someone decided to bring up YouTube videos of air attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. For about two hours, we watched AC-130 gunships tearing human bodies to pieces with their cannons, bombs and missiles obliterating houses and buildings, and snipers shooting insurgents in the head. Somewhere in the middle of this particularly graphic form of entertainment we were indulging in, I found myself paying more and more attention to my friends and their reactions to the videos. The laughter, hooting and exclamations about how “awesome that head shot was” or “dude, did you see how far his leg flew away” seemed perfectly normal to us. To all of us. We had just attended a memorial service to honor a fallen comrade, and now we were reveling in death in all its glory.
‘Closer’ by FKA twigsThe most interesting album I’ve heard this year.

‘Closer’ by FKA twigs
The most interesting album I’ve heard this year.

Links 16/09/14

I left it a while. All this crap kinda piled up. Enjoy!

The architecture of violence

Interesting Al-Jazeera piece on the intersection between architecture and politics.

Dystopia Is the New Western: ‘The Rover,’ ‘Doomsday Preppers,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ and Our Obsession With the End

Nice Grantland piece on the current cultural obsession with the “end of the world”. Hat tip to Ales Kot for digging this, and the previous link, up.

Edge Of Tomorrow and the growing overlap between cinema and videogames

I would add Snowpiercer to this list.

He Said, She Said

David Fincher on the upcoming Gone Girl.

On Death and iPods: A Requiem

An ode to obsolete tech.

I Am Overencumbered: Why Game Inventories Matter

Really great RPS article on game inventories - a nice mix of the personal and the analytical.

Living Simply in a Dumpster

A professor experiments with minimal living.

The Future According to Stanisław Lem

Nice overview of the author’s work and worldview.

The case for open borders

Interesting to consider from an economical viewpoint at the very least.

rferrier:

Hey everyone, the super cool MONSTROSITY II anthology is now in Diamond previews! If wicked comics and horror and sci-fi and gross fun is your bag then you should pre-order this book at your local shop. Just tell ‘em you want this and use order code: SEP14 0967 (page 254 in September Previews). I believe the order cut-off date is September 24, so run, don’t walk, to your shop.
I’m super proud to be a part of this anthology, and being able to work with the tremendous J. Bone was amazing. Our story, titled “S.T.D." is something to be seen. It’s hilarious, gross, sexy, and a little bit insane.
The book also features a ton of stories from some amazing creators. Plus, just look at that cover by James Stokoe. Legendary.

rferrier:

Hey everyone, the super cool MONSTROSITY II anthology is now in Diamond previews! If wicked comics and horror and sci-fi and gross fun is your bag then you should pre-order this book at your local shop. Just tell ‘em you want this and use order code: SEP14 0967 (page 254 in September Previews). I believe the order cut-off date is September 24, so run, don’t walk, to your shop.

I’m super proud to be a part of this anthology, and being able to work with the tremendous J. Bone was amazing. Our story, titled “S.T.D." is something to be seen. It’s hilarious, gross, sexy, and a little bit insane.

The book also features a ton of stories from some amazing creators. Plus, just look at that cover by James Stokoe. Legendary.

Fascinating and horrifying in equal measure.

Fascinating and horrifying in equal measure.

Returning the gaze: everyone’s a war reporter in an always-connected world →

On Bellingcat, citizen journalism and Eyal Heizman’s Forensic Architecture.

All kinds of fascinating.

Joe Casey (Comics Reporter Interview) →

Excellent and lengthy interview with one of the most interesting writers in comics.

todorhristovartist:

It’s a fragment of a comic page. Turned out good … I think .

todorhristovartist:

It’s a fragment of a comic page. Turned out good … I think .