Linkblogging for 05/09/09

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

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4 Responses to Linkblogging for 05/09/09

  1. Zom says:

    Wow, you’ve got a heap of stuff lined up there. Dunno how you find the energy but I’m glad you can.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I actually *can’t* find the energy – I can barely find the energy to stand up at the moment, quite unwell physically and hugely depressed. Each of these posts is a massive effort of will on my part, saying “I will *NOT* let depression stop me from writing”. I’m not actually sure I’ll be able to manage tonight, but I’m going to do my best.

      • LemmusLemmus says:

        Hope you’ll be better soon!

      • Alex Wilcock says:


        Good luck with feeling better. And, as I’m in a similar state, I’ll take your posts as an inspiration! Even if I’ve only recently been inspired to write about The Twin Dilemma…

        Looking forward to them all, though one biggie a day sounds very ambitious. Hope you manage it!

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