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On The Love-Hate Relationship Between Science Fiction and Technology

"Tales from Super-Science Fiction" has a serious Venture Bros ring to it. Or, obviously, vice-versa.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On A Curated Selection of Wonderfully Gruesome Sentences from Wikipedia

Re. Scaphism, see also Mellified man :

After a century or so, the contents would have turned into a sort of confection reputedly capable of healing broken limbs and other ailments. This confection would then be carefully sold in street markets as a hard to find item with a hefty price.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm 1

On The "Real" Rosie the Riveters

I particularly like how the woman in the photo above is all "yeah, I may be operating power tools here, but it's no big deal. Shoot, I don't even have to take my -ring- off for this."

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:44 am 0

On "What Made the Universe Bang to Begin With"

@j-i-a : The coffee-cup bit on the Times explainer is pretty awesome.

Also, here is a good older piece on Guth, which frames his work nicely in the arc of his career : http://www.esquire.com/features/copernicus-galileo-hubble-guth-1199

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0

On How to Make a Successful TV Drama

Let's see how this matches up with my favorite show currently on TV.

Teenage girls and/or women with astoundingly fantastic hair, check.
Rituals with masks, metaphorical check.
Plaid, check.
Teenage girls and/or women with astoundingly fantastic skin, check.
Vast quantities of alcohol, check.
Men with amazing forearms, check.*
Taxidermy, check.**
Unusual teeth, check.
Amazing breasts, check.
People or things being underwater, check.***
Hot guys with secrets, OH YES CHECK.
Women with scratchy voices, DOUBLE CHECK LIKE ALL OF THEM.

It's official, RuPaul's Drag Race is the best drama on television right now. You heard it here first.

* Cf. "Pit Crew"
* Stuffed crows, "Game of Thrones" outfit.
** Last season premiere, "I was giving Helen Keller drowning realness". Don't ask.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm 2

On Every Dress Worn by Best Actress Oscar Winners, 1929-Present

@Katyola : The dress that Cotillard wore in '08 was at the Brooklyn Museum's Gaultier show! (I'm pretty sure that was it -- after 6 or 7 rooms,* you kind of hit peak Gaultier.**)

* Approximately 120 ensembles, with two or three more rooms to go. God, it was a lot of Gaultier.

** Peak Gaultier is characterized by symptoms including blurred vision, nausea, visual hallucinations of horizontal blue-and-white stripes, involuntary smacking motions with the hands, and an overwhelming urge to raid your grandmother's underwear drawer.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm 0

On Not True Detective But

@cmeggles : Since "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race" is on my bedside table RIGHT NOW, I should watch this thing, huh?

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm 0

On The Twelve Days of Female Vengeance: Week One

@mochi : I have! I'm sorry to say it's not very good.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm 0

On The Twelve Days of Female Vengeance: Week One

@mochi : Oh, absolutely agreed. Lady Snowblood is awesome, and grim as hell.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 4:19 pm 0

On The Twelve Days of Female Vengeance: Week One

I suppose Sympathy for Lady Vengeance was too on-the-nose, but, c'mon BAM, not even the version that slowly desaturates over the course of the movie? That's some serious art-house-meets-revenge-flick convergence right there.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm 1