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1."Simpsons Scenes and Their Reference Movies (Updated)." By Joey deVilla of The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

Scroll down for more Simpsons/movie comparisons and linkage. (Hat tip:


2. "The 57th History Carnival is Here!" The official blog of Osprey Publishing compiles links to articles on history-themed subjects. Offerings include "Letter to a Future Historian," by Nathaniel Robinson of Europe Endless; "Who Really Writes History?", by Robert McHenry, former editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia Britannica; The Primate Diaries publisher Eric Michael Johnson on "The Grassroots of Scientific Revolution"; and David Mills of Undercover Black Man analyzing the American folk song, "Run, N----r, Run."

["There is much documentary evidence that this was a popular song amongst colored folk."]


3. "Blogs get the old media habit." By Joshua Chaffin of Financial Times. In which The Huffington Post is held up as a model for new media.

["Perhaps the the most dramatic—and revealing—recent move was to hire a handful of well-known journalists to do old-fashioned reporting. 'Our goal,' [publisher Arianna] Huffington says, 'is basically to become an online newspaper.' Others blogs, such as Gawker, Talking Points Memo, PaidContent and the Drudge Report, have also matured into fully fledged businesses with multiple staff on the payroll, advertising revenues and regular conferences. They are moving to the mainstream just as traditional news companies are making a determined effort to become more 'new media.'..."It gets confusing when The New York Times starts launching a ton of blogs, and the Huffington Post starts offering news," said Jonah Peretti, a 33-year-old MIT graduate who is the company's resident tech whizz. 'Things start to blur.'"]


4. "Ian McShane Tells Cinematical that HBO Has Scrapped those Deadwood movies." By Ryan Stewart of, well, Cinematical, a site that lately seems to be illustrating principles outlined in Link #3.

["'I just got a call on Friday from ... a dear friend of mine, who told me that they're packing up the ranch," McShane said. 'They're dismantling the ranch and taking the stuff out. That ship is gonna sail. Bon soir, Deadwood.'"]


5. "Brian De Palma Explains Himself." By Anthony Kaufman, for The Village Voice.

["De Palma's assault, like much of his past work, comes at a level of self-conscious remove, with the action mediated through various video platforms. 'Much of the movie is making you aware of what you're watching,' he notes. 'It's saying, 'Beware of the filters.' 'This is all a lie, but you're going to believe it.' It's very Brechtian. We're going to set you up and manipulate your emotions, but keep your mind working, too.']


Quote of the Day:

"I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn." -- Dorothy Parker


Image of the Day (click to enlarge):From Jacques Tati's Playtime (1968).


Clip of the Day: Ennio Morricone conducts a section of his score from Casualties of War in Warsaw, Poland.

"Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.

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