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Other Ten Percent 7/31/13

Jul 31 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

I wanted to write up some summaries of these things like I used to but I’m also writing this all up quickly before I head out for a concert that’s likely to end late enough that I won’t be able to write up OTP before I get home so….if I just suddenly stop writing things in the middle of this that’s why.

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Other Ten Percent 7/30/13

Jul 30 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So I’ve kind of tried to figure out a single thread for this entry and I thought I had it covered because my copy of To Be or Not to Be arrived and I thought I could just do a straight up review of that for OTP but then it turns IT IS EIGHT HUNDRED PAGES LONG BECAUSE RYAN NORTH IS AN INSANE PERSON. I mean that in the best way possible but Jesus I do not have a handle on this thing yet. For a while I was going to do a thing about how it’s a brilliant piece of Shakespearean criticism because it actually says a lot of the things about the characters that don’t get touched on a lot but then I realized that’s just because I was choosing paths that are about how everybody’s attitudes towards Ophelia are insane and she should get the hell out of dodge (the storyline where she goes on vacation and ends up in a dating simulator parody is pretty amazing) and that getting his only son to commit murder is a pretty dick move by the ghost of Hamlet Sr. The book IS a trenchant commentary on Hamlet but that’s like just one way the wave-form can collapse and I’m not ready to talk about it as a total work yet.

So then I was going to talk about this new Sasha Frere-Jones article about the new Jay-Z album and how it is FUCKING INSANE. Like, I feel compelled to ask this every time I bring up this article to anybody but it actually does equate Jay-Z putting out a mediocre album with the Zimmerman verdict right? I’m not having a stroke or something? Is there a more emblematic piece to represent how ridiculously self-important music criticism is in human history? I’m going to put forth what I think is a not at all controversial premise: not only is the new Jay-Z album not bad enough to bring to mind the same unnamable emotion brought forth by a court case that has laid bare the sorry state of race relations in modern America it isn’t even PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE for Jay-Z (or anybody else for that matter!) to put out an album that bad. I mean I really like TV and people I’ve really liked have put on some pretty bad TV shows but I don’t think I’ve ever been like “that Dr. Who series finale was such a mess that it really felt exactly like 400 years of systematic racial oppression distilled into one incredibly depressing day. Am I right folks?”

But then I was like, “hey, you know what’s kinda depressing? All those things you just thought” and I decided to find one or two links that DIDN’T totally depress me. One is kinda inside baseball-y about television which is maybe dangerous after how I ended that last paragraph but honestly I think it sticks the landing especially in its later points. It’s a grand unified theory of how we got the modern TV landscape by Javier Grillo-Marxuach which is a little bit “let’s generalize about entire generations” but is mostly a really good commentary on how the things that have created the modern TV landscape mostly have to do with things besides TV. If you enjoyed this essay you might also enjoy his series The Middleman and the upcoming show he writes for, Helix, which is best described as “that guy that did the Battlestar Galactica remake is doing a show that’s basically John Carpenter’s The Thing crossed with…well…the remake of Battlestar Galactica.” Not an efficient description but it’s kind of a weird show.

“David,” I hear you saying “that last link didn’t bring me enough joy to offset the awful music criticism one.” Yeah okay, fair enough. Here’s Commander Riker talking about jamming with Phish and the beard and being on Adventure Time and just generally being awesome.

You’re welcome.

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Other Ten Percent 7/29/13

Jul 29 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Great news! I don’t have Jury Duty today…though I may have it at any point this week. I’m reserving the right for some interuptions of service just in case but the last few times this has happened I haven’t even had to report so we’ll see.

Macrophotographs of ant warfare are downright epic

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July 28, 2013 at 11:25AM
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Did you know that the Saturn V’s fuel economy was 7 inches per gallon?
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July 27, 2013 at 02:48PM
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High Speed Photo Shows Water Forming Logarithmic Spirals As It Flies Off a Tennis Ball
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July 27, 2013 at 06:00PM
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Gang of feral cats attacks woman in France
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July 27, 2013 at 04:00PM
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A Game of Chairmen
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July 27, 2013 at 09:58AM
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Compilation of Predictions For the Future from Films of the 20s and 30s
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July 27, 2013 at 03:38PM
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Art inspired by “Wired Love”
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July 26, 2013 at 08:00PM
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Acrobatic robot with parkour moves
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July 26, 2013 at 06:10PM
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Vintage electron-related ads
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July 26, 2013 at 04:51PM
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Huge gender gap in opinions about drone strikes
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July 26, 2013 at 04:30PM
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Mysterious countdown on “Pronunciation Guide” channel
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July 26, 2013 at 03:05PM
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NASA Scientist to Scour Kepler Data in Search of Alien Technologies
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July 26, 2013 at 02:40PM
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PIN-punching $200 robot can brute force every Android numeric screen-password in 19 hours
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July 26, 2013 at 01:59PM
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The history of LA told through 232 objects
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July 26, 2013 at 01:30PM
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Other Ten Percent 7/26/13

Jul 26 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey guys. Here are the links. That’s…that’s my commentary. This really isn’t working and I gotta figure something out.

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Other Ten Percent 7/25/13

Jul 25 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

So this is really just a note to make sure nobody’s worried when OTP doesn’t go out but I’m afraid I just plain don’t have much to say in today’s entry. I’m going to be spending thursday trying to sort some stuff out and get OTP and some of the other writing project’s I’ve got going back on track because clearly just waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t really working and right now everybody I know seems just as busy if not more busy than I am so the correspondence plan hasn’t really been playing out the way I’d hoped. The Bryan Fuller stuff on Hannibal continues to be interesting if you really need something to read.

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Other Ten Percent 7/24/13

Jul 24 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

Guys, what IS the deal with airline food? Let’s really break this down. I think it’s time to just dig deep and figure this shit out. Personally I think it’s probably a combination of an attempt by airlines to maximize profits, the space and preperation limitation of modern day aircraft and the imperfect nature of chemically altered foods but I’m ready to hear some alternate theories. Maybe today’s links have some ideas. No? Alright then.

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Other Ten Percent 7/23/13

Jul 23 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

The website’s being incredibly annoying today but that’s alright because I have tragically little to say for myself at the moment. In fact I feel incredibly lucky that somebody else has something interesting to say so please enjoy Brian Fuller talking about Hannibal which is quickly racing up the charts with Orphan Black as my other favorite new show of the year.

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Other Ten Percent 7/22/13

Jul 22 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

A lot of comic-con news today naturally. It’s weird what ended up exciting me though…okay not that weird, but I really didn’t go in expecting to be excited by Avengers 2 announcements this far out. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 7/19/13

Jul 19 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

And now: the news.

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Other Ten Percent 7/18/13

Jul 18 2013 Published by under Daily Posts

And now, a brief history of my interactions with machine intelligences that have probably caused them to take a darker view of humanity and resulted in hastening the development of Skynet, and for which I thoroughly apologize.

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July 2013– I attempt to correct Spotify’s bizarre belief that starting a radio station based on M83’s Midnight City means I really love the Red Hot Chili Peppers but I’m too lazy to switch programs and actively downvote the choice and instead just skip it. This eventually leads Spotify to such an unshakable belief in my love for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and now, somehow, Lana Del Ray that no amount of actively voting against them can sway it from it’s new opinion of me.

June 2013– Spotify begins to suspect I don’t even know what I want since I keep skipping Dubstep songs like I don’t enjoy them but I just upvoted Skrillex’s Bangarang.

November 2012– A column I’m writing on Streaming Media has so thoroughly confused Netflix about my taste that it basically just gives up and only gives me suggestions based on me liking Joss Whedon.

October 2011– I buy an iPhone 4S and begin teaching Siri about the proper use of curse words.

May 2011– I do a Google Image Search for “Google images” because I don’t want to take the time to edit a screenshot for a story I’m writing. The uncanny accuracy of the results leads me to believe I am not the first journalist to have become this lazy.

June 2009– I get an iPhone and begin regularly texting for the first time. I am constantly annoyed that my phone believes I am planning to type “furniture” when I type “fu.” It is quickly disabused of this notion.

March 2008– I search for “Robot Chicken” in Google and am naturally given results relating to the Adult Swim show of the same name. I am actually searching for information on this quest in World of Warcraft. I change my search to “Robot Chicken wow” and from this point forward Google learns that if I appear to be showing enjoyment of or amazement at anything in the world I am probably looking up tutorials for a video game instead.

January 2007– As an insufferable new fan of the series I begin searching for Doctor Who under the character’s actual name “The Doctor” until Google eventually stops thinking I mean actual physicians or something.

April 2005– Like millions of other Americans I extend the definition of “friend” on Facebook to people I actively despise.

October 2004– I suddenly get over pirates but have previously liked them SO MUCH that it is 2009 before Google stops giving me ads for pirate related things.

October 2001-June 2003– For a little under two years I am convinced by a friend that the breakdown of a Fatboy Slim song I heard one time and kinda liked was actually a remix of a Beastie Boys song off of Hello Nasty. I spend this time periodically searching for things like “Hello Nasty: RARE” and “BEASTIE BOYS REMIX” until I eventually just start yelling at Google for being stupid and not finding what I want. This is how I first begin teaching Google about how to use curse words.

November 2000– My affinity for writing sentences with four or more clauses along with my inability to use commas has turned every microsoft word document I write into a sea of green “grammar corrected” text. Eventually I tell Word to ignore enough of these issues that it effectively gives up on the comma as well.

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