A selection of what I’ve read and watched this week
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In the meantime, here’s a selection of things that I’ve watched and read this week:
Demi Lovato – Anyone (Live From The 62nd GRAMMYs ® / 2020) – I’m a fan of Billie Eilish’s new album (and her performance of when the party’s over at the Grammys). I don’t know much of Demi Lovato’s music. But this is an excellent performance, and I appreciate the emotion and skill that she put into this performance.
Film Theory: How One Man BROKE Jeopardy! (Jeopardy is Rigged Part 1)
Film Theory: How Jeopardy CHEATED Its Best Player! (Jeopardy is Rigged Part 2) – These are from a few months ago, but the Jeopardy GOAT competition (which was phenomenal) got me thinking about these videos again. James Holzhauer is an impressive competitor!
How Flapjack Changed EVERYTHING! – I never really watched The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, but my love of American cartoons is telling me that I should find it all to rewatch. Did you know that the Emmy winning episode, “Sea Legs”, was written, storyboarded, and creatively directed by Pendleton Ward, Alex Hirsch, and JG Quintel? That pretty much hits some of my top favorites of Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, and Regular Show respectively.
Game Theory: Is Link the STRONGEST Video Game Character? (Legend of Zelda) – I love how in-depth Film Theory and Game Theory go to calculate out their theories. I didn’t realize how insanely heavy items in the Legend of Zelda series were that Link moves around!
A Theory of Flight | Better Worlds – Part of a series on better sci-fi worlds by The Verge. A short little story about escaping a corporate dystopian Earth for better worlds. Pair with A Model Dog for absurdity.
Undercover Boss: Where Are They Now – SNL – Okay, Boomer. Okay, Boomer.
Weird Internet Careers by Gretchen McCulloch – A seven part series on how to create and maintain what Gretchen describes as jobs that make a living from the internet, generally as a creator of content. I admit, this is a place that I would like to be one day, and her tips are a good place to start.
Something Is Broken in Our Science Fiction by Lee Konstantinou – I never had the thought that cyberpunk was less a view of the future than a technological story of the past and present.
I was reading The History of the Web newsletter from Jay Hoffman this week and was introduced to several posts that I didn’t see last year including these posts by Abid Omar on the modern web becoming user-hostile, Anil Dash on walled gardens killing the web, and Desirée García on how hard it can be for underrepresented people to create tech, let alone consume it.
There’s Nothing More American Than Native Mascots by Nick Martin – Just in time for the Super Bowl mashup of two racist team names, a reminder that this is a multi-billion dollar industry that exists and is able to make the ridiculous “heritage” arguments because people really love watching others throw balls around and living vicariously through them.
That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend, and share any good finds of your own with me!