russell davies - the internet with things →

Fascinating post about the approach of the ‘internet of things’ - the idea that, with a little bit of hacking, you can shape the internet to do what you want it to and make it more personal and magic. (Incidentally, I think if this then that is pretty close to magic already). He gave this as a talk on the BBC’s Four Thought radio series.

21 forgotten TV subplots - The A.V. Club →

You could almost do an entire article about the many forgotten subplots in Lost alone. I particularly like their write-up of the Tori Scott episodes of Saved by the Bell

When NBC ordered more episodes of the show’s already-wrapped senior year, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley were already committed to other projects. So, employing its signature logic, Saved By The Bell allowed the characters to disappear completely, bringing in Leanna Creel’s motorcycle-riding tomboy Tori to replace them—and thus creating the “Tori Reality,” a parallel universe centered on Zack and Tori’s awkward courtship, a place where Kelly and Jessie simply did not exist.

Infographic: The Rise of E-Readers →

Pretty interesting stuff - overall, people who own e-readers read more books each year than those without. Although I’m curious about the 1% of e-reader owners who read 0 books a year. What are they using it for?!

Transom » Radiolab: An Appreciation by Ira Glass →

A fantastic article by Ira Glass discussing all the things that make Radiolab so great.

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There are plenty of examples of movies with similar plots or themes coming out around the same time as each other. Dante’s Peak and Volcano, Deep Impact and Armageddon, Coco Chanel and Coco Before Chanel. A lot of these can be dismissed as just coincidence. Deep Impact and Armageddon both have giant asteroids coming to wipe out life on earth, but that’s where the similarities end.

As the trailer mash-up shows, there’s no way you can write off Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached as just coincidence. They’re just so similar, there has to be something more to it. So, having now seen both these movies, here’s what I think.

I think what happened is that after Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Black Swan, and Mila Kunis got nattin, the two of them got into a scrap and decided to see who was actually the better actress. And what’s the best way to do this? With both of them making the exact same movie.

Because there’s no other explanation.

Also, the Natalie Portman movie is better, by virtue of the fact that it’s vaguely coherent.

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The Gauntlet (1977)

I remember being fascinated by the cover for this video, with this poster, when I’d see it over in Xtravision (or, more specifically, Dano’s Video Shop - Edenmore represent!). Then I was slightly disappointed by the film afterwards. Not that The Gauntlet is a bad film. It’s just not the film I imagined from the poster.

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El Shaddai‘s plot summary, according to Wikipedia:

The story is inspired by the apocryphic Book of Enoch, and follows Enoch (イーノック), a priest seeking seven fallen angels to prevent a great flood from destroying mankind. He is helped in his quest by Lucifel (ルシフェル)(voiced by Jason Isaacs), a guardian angel in charge of the protection of the world who exists outside of the flow of time, and by four Archangels: Raphael (ラファエル), Uriel (ウリエル), Gabriel (ガブリエル), and Michael (ミカエル)

Hello to Jason Isaacs.

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