Last week was something else. Wednesday was A Day Without Women, our President released his health care “plan” and so many things happened. I missed a lot of it due to being out of town because Southeast Michigan, where I live, was hit with a huge windstorm and myself, along with around a million others, lost power. I have power again and it’s very nice. It was a sharp reminder how quickly our world can change. Stay safe, everyone. Stay warm (or cool, depending where you are).
Here is week 17.
Due to the above mentioned issues, I haven’t read many articles recently, so here are more old ones. Including one about one of my most favorite movies, Chungking Express. If you haven’t seen it, please do, it’s fantastic.
- In Dreams: 20 Years of ‘Chungking Express’ (mxdwn)
- William Gibson Sees the Future: But he’s not trying to predict it. (Slate) Note: Gibson is my favorite author and I loved The Peripheral, which is what this article is partially about.
- Did My Best Friend Really Know Me? For 27 years, the writer had a dutiful relationship with her most devoted friend. Only later did she question who needed who more. (Dame)
Tony Leung Chiu Wai in Chungking Express
Faye Wong in Chungking Express
Last week, huh? I’m ready to watch Hunt For Red October or some Sean Connery as James Bond movies. Anyway.
Each week things get worse and worse: Week 16
The links. Please enjoy the story of Keanu Reeves and then read Gail Simone’s Grand Unified Keanu Theory. And yes, I am a fan and have been for quite some time.
- The Myth of Police Reform: The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force. (The Atlantic)
- Scorched Earth, 2200AD: Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive? (Aeon)
Two things about this week’s links. The first is that I will forever have a huge soft spot for the movie Hackers. I know that it’s not really a great movie, but I adore it and I cannot imagine growing up without having watched it. My sister and I still quote it to each other (along with another cult classic from our youth, Empire Records). There is something endearing and enduring about Hackers, it was in many ways such an innocent time, too. The second thing is that I adore the late Oliver Sacks and his writing. If you’ve never read any of his books, do yourself a favor and read one. It could be one of his science books, or something else of his entirely. Please, go read his writing. It’s great way to remember him.
Week 15 is all about Russia and intolerance.
- ‘Hackers’ at 20: How a 20-year-old, mostly inaccurate flop predicted the future, reshaped sci-fi, and won over the real hacker community. (Passcode/Christian Science Monitor)
- Hoax hunter: I bust people who fake illnesses online (Fusion)
- The Website MLB Couldn’t Buy Meet Durland and Darvin, the Hummer-driving, rock-and-roll-playing, real-life twins keeping Twins.com in the family and out of Minnesota’s baseball mitt (Grantland)
- How Oliver Sacks Helped Introduce The World To Autism Autism and its many forms may be widely discussed today, but it wasn’t until the famed neurologist and writer told the story of identical twins George and Charles Fin in his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. (Buzzfeed)
B1A4 on 02/17/2017 at The Copernicus Center outside of Chicago, IL (taken by me)
All of these links, aside from the one immediately under this paragraph, are from 2015. There will probably be more of these as I plow through my backlog.
Week 14 was a hot, hot mess.
Onto the links.
My birthday was Sunday and my friend and I went out for Korean BBQ. It was as delicious as it looks in the photo below.
Today’s links are all about the media. I still haven’t decided which media outlets to support and I am taking suggestions (note: I’m not subscribing to WAPO or NYT). Anyway, the links.
- What Normalization Means: And so we should remain suspicious of efforts to welcome Trumpism into the fold of mainstream American ideas, particularly when normalizing him suggests the privilege to pick and choose, to infer the existence of another’s decency and humanity, to laugh, and to think that, at the end of the day, we all just want the same thing. (New Yorker)
Hey, I’m back! I’ve gathered lots of links over the last year I’m finally going to share them. I’m sure you’re all excited. Here are this week’s four.
Color Tour … September Ivy by Ken Scott
Happy Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade Day! I wish I was in Cleveland. Onto the links.
2016 NBA Champions (c) Cavs