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Linkblogging For 09/06/10

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on June 9, 2010

And after that heaviness, a few links:

I’m through to the FINAL!!! in the Pop World Cup, but unfortunately from the comments it looks like I’m getting thrashed by Nigeria. Please go there and vote for Germany.

Obverse Books, who publish the Iris Wildthyme Doctor Who spinoff books, have announced they will be working with Lawrence Miles on a new series of Faction Paradox short story collections, the first coming out next year. News will presumably be up soon on their news page.

Jennie wants people’s views on the Fantastic Film Weekend in Bradford, which I’ll probably blog about tomorrow.

Andrew Rilstone wonders whether, as a Doctor Who fan, he’s allowed to like Doctor Who.

And if you want the world’s single greatest timesink of all time, go and play The Wikipedia Game

Linkblogging for 23/09/09

Posted in films, linkblogging, music, politics by Andrew Hickey on September 23, 2009

Posting will probably be light for the next few days, as it’s a busy time at work. To tide you over, here are some links.

Al Ewing is reviewing Beatles: Rock Band one song at a time. The interesting thing here is that Ewing – as he admits himself – knows almost nothing of the band’s music and is using this as a way of getting into them…

In other Beatles posts, Jog has a post on the comic insert in Magical Mystery Tour, along with some thoughts on how this would translate into the digital age in comparison with the film and album.

Todd Alcott continues his look at Kubrick with A Clockwork Orange part 2 .

For those of you who think I’m too hard on the anti-immigrant propaganda coming from people like racist UKIP, this is why.

James Graham has more on the ridiculous events at conference, which appear to involve the leadership briefing against the party…

And Chris Dillow has an interesting post on a fundamental disconnect in the debate between the religious and ‘new atheists’.

Linkblogging For 17/09/09

Posted in films, linkblogging, music by Andrew Hickey on September 17, 2009

Only a quick set of links today – we’re busy at work at the moment – but I’ll do a spotify playlist on Friday, my next Beatles review on Saturday, and probably a BFAW on Sunday. I may well post a lot this weekend actually – my wife’s going away for the weekend, and a good chunk of my friends won’t be online because of the Lib Dem Conference.

One other thing before I do that – I’ve noticed quite a few people subscribing to my shared items in Google Reader. Just to give you fair warning – I share a LOT of stuff, because I use the ‘shared’ feature partly as a reminder-to-self thing, so don’t be surprised if you get overwhelmed with the stuff I share…

First up, BCB Radio now have a music blog. While I’m outside their area, living as I do on the correct side of the Pennines, I know several of their DJs (those who know my band The National Pep will have heard several of them on our stuff, for a start, and you’ll have seen a few in the comments here).

Tilt Araiza, my songwriting partner, is one of those DJs, and he put together this Spotify playlist which is the first music I’ve listened to other than the Beatles mono box for a week – covers of (almost) all the White Album, by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to The Breeders to Youssou N’Dor. Good stuff.

And speaking of Tilt, I don’t believe I ever linked this, but he and I used to do a podcast, partly to promote The National Pep (for which he used to be vocalist/drummer and is still involved with the songwriting) and partly just to play some obscure music. I think they’re surprisingly listenable.

In other stuff – Todd Alcott continues his look through Kubrick’s work.

Steven at Unspeak has a brief spoiler-free review of Dan Brown’s new thing, while the Daily Mash has a different take on it.

And Hayden Childs is exasperated with eMusic after the Sony deal.

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Linkblogging for 05/09/09

Posted in comics, linkblogging, music, politics by Andrew Hickey on September 6, 2009

Odd… I posted this yesterday, but it disappeared. Here it is again. Working on the first of the posts mentioned below now…

I’ve had to take a few days off the hyperblogging, as some of you have probably noticed, because it’s been a tough week at work and my brain’s not been up to it. But for those of you who’ve been enjoying this series of posts on (as Millennium Elephant so delightfully put it) Quantum Comic Dynamics , they are returning tomorrow. I plan to do one a day for the next week, and that should finish the series. They will be:
Sunday – Can You Rewrite History, Even One Line? Doctor Who, The Web Of Time, And A Response To Millennium
Monday – Degrees Of Freedom – Mister Miracle, Darkseid, and Morrison Doing Kirby (or Why Kirby Matters)
Tuesday – Modernism Vs Post-Modernism – Why Can’t Comics Reviewers Define Terms?
Wednesday – Crisis On Multiple Blogs – A Response To Pillock’s Response To Me (this and subsequent posts may be delayed by my Big Beatles Post which I plan to make at some point)
Thursday – A Bit Of Fun – the briefest possible outline of the fanfic giganta-novel this sparked off in my brain.
Friday – Canon And Fugue – A return to the subject this started with – canon and continuity
Saturday – In Conclusion – I’ll link all the hyperposts separately, plus Pillock and Millennium’s responses and any other interesting thoughts people have had along these lines, plus links to various other resources on these subjects. I must say, the response has been hugely gratifying – I thought this stuff was going to be seen as grounds for dismissing me altogether as a navel-gazing moron. Thank you all.

Anyway, today’s links…

The 10:10 Project wants people to sign up and try to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 10% in a year. It’s an obviously worthwhile idea (even if you’re one of the libertarian minority who read my blog, and who tend to dismiss global warming, most things that one can do on an individual level to cut emissions tend to make sense *even if you don’t accept that carbon emissions are dangerous per se*). Unfortunately, almost all their suggestions are aimed squarely at middle-class homeowners who go on several foreign holidays a year, like to keep their house ridiculously hot, and are in the habit of throwing away food, none of which applies to me. But if it does to you, please do sign up (I did anyway, just to show willing).

Just noticed that someone had put Ghostwatch up on Google Video. This is by far the scariest drama I’ve ever seen, though I suspect its effect will vary a lot based on age and nationality. It’s a pitch-perfect recreation of the kind of light-entertainment pseudo-documentary that still fills up the TV schedules – a live investigation of ‘Britain’s Most Haunted House’ along with interviews with parapsychologists, audience phone-ins and so on, broadcast on Hallowe’en. Except of course, this being fiction, stuff starts happening…
The power of the show (for me at least) comes from the fact that the people presenting it are *exactly* the kind of people who would have presented a real documentary like that – people who were in fact all over the TV in programmes just like that at the time (early 1990s) it was broadcast. If you’re used to those faces being in ‘non-fiction’, to them telling you the truth and being ‘themselves’, then this breakdown of the walls between fiction and reality is absolutely terrifying.
I’m not sure how much anyone who wasn’t around in the UK in the late 80s/early 90s would get out of this, but I suspect Orson Welles would have approved…

33 1/3 have posted a great ‘mix tape’ featuring the Monkees, the La’s, Johnny Guitar W atson and Larry Williams, and other such good stuff.

Chris Bird points out how the rich benefit disproportionately from taxation.

Archive Binge is a service that will supply you an RSS feed of a webcomic you’ve just discovered, so you can catch up a few strips at a time rather than have to read through the whole thing.

And pillock lists ten things Star Wars got wrong

Linkblogging for 25/08/09

Posted in comics, linkblogging, politics by Andrew Hickey on August 25, 2009

I’m too tired today to write the next hyperpost, but the posts for the next few days are planned out in my head, and will probably be:
Tomorrow – The Kingdom, and the storytelling possibilities of Hypertime
Thursday – The End Of Time – a look at Julian Barbour’s book (with reference also to Deutsch’s The Fabric Of Reality) and the theoretical possibilities of Hypertime really existing.
Friday – Can You Change History, Even One Line?Doctor Who and the web of time, especially the novel Spiral Scratch.
Saturday – Seven Soldiers and modular storytelling
Sunday – 52, The Diary Of Ralph Dibny, and canon vs ‘fanon’

There will be more after that, I think, but that’ll give you some idea where it’s going. If you’re hungry for more, right now, pillock’s comments to the last two posts are well worth reading.

Meanwhile, some links:

Over at Seebelow, Matt Rossi has a post on why he doesn’t like the attitude Geoff Johns displays towards fans in Final Crisis: Legion Of Three Worlds. I *may* cover that series in a future post myself, but I agree with him on this one…

A few people have done interesting reviews of Inglourious Basterds (which I’ve not yet seen as Holly doesn’t like violent/disturbing films – I may go without her when she’s off at Pride this weekend) – anagramsci and Jog probably have the most interesting for someone who’s not yet seen it.

J.H. Williams III takes us through the creation of a Detective Comics cover.

Mark Kennedy has a Disney comic artists guide from the 70s scanned.

Nina Stone found Barbara Gordon far more interesting than the new Batgirl, while Debi enjoyed the comic but saw an arrow.

And Millennium talks about the difference between compassion, justice and vengeance. He really is a very wise little elephant, you know…

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