1. I was going to hold off on the Star Trek links for a while, but Jim Emerson's vaguely contrarian (he liked it, but not THAT much) opinion is worth a read. He particularly has it in for J.J. Abrams as director.
["Don't get me wrong—it's a fairly pleasurable if less-than-engaging trip, but Abrams has no idea of what to do with the camera other than to keep reminding you that it's always there, always screaming 'Hey, look at me!,' always obtrusively inserting itself between you and whatever it is you'd rather be looking at. I came away from this movie feeling frustrated, like I'd spent the whole time trying to peer over, under, or past a camera operator who was constantly standing in my way, blocking my view of the action. (See clip above. Actors: fun. Camerawork: annoying beyond all logic. However, there is a good reason Spock is so full of emotion in this scene—and it's not just because he has a headache from that Costco lighting, which was on Kirk's dad's ship, too.)"]
2. Those damn fool kids on the Internet. First, they have to kill the print media, and then they have to trick it. Srsly, tho, press, I used to work for you as a copy editor. And the first rule of Internet fact checking is no Wikipedia. So what gives?
["When Dublin university student Shane Fitzgerald posted a poetic but phony quote on Wikipedia, he said he was testing how our globalized, increasingly Internet-dependent media was upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news. His report card: Wikipedia passed. Journalism flunked."]
3. So there's a new summer movie opening this weekend, and it's the sequel to the tepidly received The Da Vinci Code. Ron Howard and Tom Hanks have gotten the band back together to make Angels & Demons, and Sean Burns has some issues. I can say only to Burns that the answer to his question ... is "Yes."
["I've never read any of Dan Brown's massively popular Robert Langdon novels, so you must forgive me for asking: Are these books as ridiculously fucking stupid as the films they've inspired?"]
4.100 Things to Try in LA Before You Die. Not gonna lie. This blog sometimes feels a bit East Coast to me, like we're all just mumbling and muttering as we draw up our trench coats around our throats and wander through the rain. So let's get some West Coast action going here.
["I don't pretend to be the ultimate expert in all things in L.A. but a reader had put this challenge to me after reading similar lists on San Francisco's 7×7 and on a San Diego food blog. So here's my very personal list of recommendations of how I think one could best enjoy L.A.; what every Angeleno should eat/drink/do in our fair city before you die (or move)."]
5. Normally, I try not to make fun of stuff like this since there are clearly some real emotions on display here, but, dammit, I just can't help it here. This is so ... uh ... well ... watch it. And then check out the blog Psychotic Letters from Men, where there's a lengthy thread about the story behind this (there's also one at Cracked.com, but it's 47 pages(!) long). Also via PLFM, check out this weird "marriage contract" from Iowa. (All of this is courtesy The Drunken Housewife, whose blog you should really be checking more often.)
["Got it? Nice enough. Now here's the video that took him nine months to produce. If you have any tortilla chips, please prepare them now, because this video is fucking dripping with cheese."]
Quote of the Day:
"Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny." -Robert A. Heinlein
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): Time to check in over at The Big Picture. Kentucky Derby hopeful General Quarters rubs his head on his stall after his early morning workout at the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Louisville, Kentucky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
Clip of the Day: Our very own Steven Boone shares his short film. *sniff* I'm so proud!