Eyelid restraints

EYES WIDE SHUT an essay by Jamie Stuart

Sort of like the best of the Matrix retrospectives, it’s at times just valuable for the inherent ideas contained within, because you can’t always believe that this interpretation is the right one. But, we revere these structures without proven foundation in literary analysis — why not film? (And this, by the way is one of the ways that “borrowing” media, which the author’s final two paragraphs pillory, can become a dependent but distinct work of value to society.)

(Via a “see also” on DF)


Broadcast Network Score Report (2009-10)

Here’s the list of Broadcast network shows that I was watching, and will be watching, and how they faired in the Upfront Slaughter this year.
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Bryan’s Restaurant Classification System

Taken From Bryan Lambert. Reprinted here primarily because I like referring to it, but not having to re-find it on the message board. Also because I keep meaning to revise it for my own analysis purposes.

  • LEVEL ONE FAST: McDonalds, BK, Bell, KFC… the standbys. Cheap. Greasy. Traditional.
  • LEVEL TWO FAST: Counter-service “meal replacement” trend. Boston Market, Chipotle and ilk, Punch’s, probably that Potbelly place, Baja Sol. The ingredient quality is a notch above Level One, as are the prices.
  • LEVEL TWO POINT FIVE FAST: Counter Service ordering and paying, but they bring the food to you. Wild Noodles, Noodles & Company.
  • LEVEL ONE SLOW: Applebees, TGI Fridays, Ruby Tuesdays
  • LEVEL TWO SLOW: Expensive chains (PF Changs, Cheesecake Fucking Factory)
  • LEVEL THREE SLOW: Real restaurant.
  • LEVEL FOUR SLOW: Real restaurant where you drop a wad.



A child

Deftly, Ms. Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers -?? by disguising herself as a vending machine. [From Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place – New York Times]

Oh, dear LORD I love Japan.


He’s a pistol

WiReD Science is airing (check your local public TV listings). Here’s a fun clip for you to play along with at home. What’s he making? Will you listen to me now?


Likelihood of Nausea

Examples of Dilution: Tarnishment can be a little hard to find, or to really explain the danger. Behold Lanham educators, your example:

Britney Spears’ New Product Stealing from mondonation and Charities (via: Young Go Getter)


Introducing the me White Floridian.

Check out White Floridian on ExtraTasty!

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Whistles innocently

Killer of Sheep, a 1977 student film by Charles Burnett,… (kottke.org):

Killer of Sheep, a 1977 student film by Charles Burnett, is on the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and was selected as one of the 100 essential films of all time by the National Society of Film Critics but has never been shown in theaters because of music rights clearance issues. This year, the film is finally being released in theaters (it’s showing at IFC Center in NYC through April 12) and will be available on DVD in the fall. Watch the trailer and read a bit more about it in the NY Times.



Super Link Entry: More than a little Flickr-heavy edition

Another batch of snarky geeky stuff to distract you on Friday afternoon. And as always, Be careful of the bee.

  • Would you like your teenage daughter to read the bible, but they prefer secular media like Cosmo? Why not hide one inside the other? There’s a bible that looks like the syndicated parts of a yearbook for you whether you’re a young lady just blossoming into a woman, or an older girl ready to move up to more advanced patronizing texts. And don’t worry boys, there’s an extreme version of the new testament that will show you how to attract godly girls with your radical faith! (I’m not making up a word of that.)
  • People say that Irish food is bad. Don’t let them get away with that. This St. Patrick’s day learn about the greatness of Irish Cuisine. Or at least buy some grassy Irish Butter.
  • Some people think they’re good a Wii sports. They should not spend too much time investigating that feeling. Scary things lie that way.
  • Harper’s brings the fascinating story of hunting for a Russian Bride.
  • This story of vacationing in a different time-speed-zone is very cool, but only because I did not have to live through it. Poor, poor kids. If that piqued your interest in physics, why not take some time to imagine the tenth dimension? It may come in handy for a future trip. And if the current wave of anti-intelectualism turn around again, you could be a star!
  • Chandelier of gummy bears. ‘Nuff said.
  • Re-creating Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It’s not perfect, but they hit the high points! Ha HA! Points! I’m wonderful. Flickr set.
  • We must have more glossy web 2.0 logo revamps!
  • Music for robots has done their annual editing of the SXSW music torrent
  • Links for language nerds: Heroin was a trademark. Pokemonitize is genius.


Your Argfest 2008 Wardrobe

On a side note, a lot of people had been admiring/inquiring about my t-shirts. Most of me t-shirts come from threadless, an online design competition where people can submit designs to be judged by the community and possibly printed. They feed my need for ironic and bear-related clothing quite well. I saw no fewer than 5 other threadless shirts so it seems popular in the ARG community. Still if you don’t know it and I said I’d get you the link, or you were curious here they are: (And they are on sale right now)

Stuff I was wearing
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