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Links 30/09/14

An Open Letter To Fox News About ‘Boobs On The Ground’

Because, in the words of Jon Stewart, fuck your false patriotism.

Race, Class and Iggy Azalea

Berlatsky on racial appropriation.

Which Habits Should I Focus On?

Great catchall article on the science behind forming habits. The author mostly uses Michael Phelps schedule and routine as an example of what persistent habits can do, and how they can be formed.

"Small wins are exactly what they sound like. A huge body of research has shown that small wins have enormous power, an influence disproportionate to the accomplishments of the victories themselves. "Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage," one Cornell professor wrote in 1984. "Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favor another small win." Small wins fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach."

Here’s Why The New York Times’ Television Criticism Is So Bad

Interesting Buzzfeed article (they exist!) on the slow and steady decline of TV criticism at the New York Times. That said, does any old media have sterling examples of TV criticism now?

The myth of religious violence

Interesting Guardian think piece on the separation of church and state, and the history of ‘religious violence’.

"When Napoleon’s armies invaded Prussia in 1807, the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte similarly urged his countrymen to lay down their lives for the Fatherland – a manifestation of the divine and the repository of the spiritual essence of the Volk. If we define the sacred as that for which we are prepared to die, what Benedict Anderson called the “imagined community” of the nation had come to replace God. It is now considered admirable to die for your country, but not for your religion."

In David Fincher’s movies, relationships are here today, gone tomorrow

Nice essay over at The Dissolve on the relationships in Fincher’s filmic canon.

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away

Clay Shirky laying down some truths about distraction and multi-tasking.

"People often start multi-tasking because they believe it will help them get more done. Those gains never materialize; instead, efficiency is degraded. However, it provides emotional gratification as a side-effect. (Multi-tasking moves the pleasure of procrastination inside the period of work.) This side-effect is enough to keep people committed to multi-tasking despite worsening the very thing they set out to improve."

Brenden Fletcher and the Youth Movement of DC’s “Batgirl” and “Gotham Academy” [Interview]

I’m looking forward to both of these titles.

My E-mails with Ales, Part 2: On Clandestine Retaliators, Steely Nationalists and Colder Guerillas [Interview]

Ales giving good interview as usual.

Game Industry Myths: Women and the Game Industry

Again, these myths are very much interchangeable with the worst kind of behaviour that goes on in comics too.


Plenty of food (and spin!) for thought here.

An excellent 15 minute Canadian short by Tony Elliott, one of the writers of Orphan Black.

It’s a nice spin on time travel.

Also, watch Orphan Black.

John Carpenter Talks About His Storied Filmmaking Career, Creative Differences, and the Term ‘Slasher’ →

There’s some interesting stuff here, but the highlight is the discussion around working with Nigel Kneale on Halloween 3.

Well I hit the target of doing it in under two hours. 7246 taking part. Crikey.

Well I hit the target of doing it in under two hours. 7246 taking part. Crikey.


Changing pathway of the Mississippi and Ohio River at their junction at Cairo, Illinois - 1944


Changing pathway of the Mississippi and Ohio River at their junction at Cairo, Illinois - 1944

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I hear you, Pete.


I hear you, Pete.

Bit of medal, bit of hand, bit of leg.

Bit of medal, bit of hand, bit of leg.


Worm eating worm


(Source: sandandglass, via bookoisseur)