The usual roundup of interesting things from the depths of the internets, because Mad Max won’t watch itself later tonight and I’d like to be around for that.
- “I Am Not Backing Off Anything I Said” – This interview with Seymour Hersh (about his questioning of the Bin Laden story) is utterly weird:
Chotiner: OK but here is my question about journalism, since you have been doing this longer than I have-
Hersh: Oh poor you, you don’t know anything. It is amazing you can speak the God’s English.
It’s not the Onion, I swears, and this is pretty indicative of Hersh’s crankiness level throughout the interview.
- Anne Hathaway will meet a Kaiju in Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal – If you don’t know who Nacho Vigalondo is, you should (though I still haven’t seen Open Windows, because I’m the worst). This new effort is described as “Godzilla meets Lost in Translation”. Sold!
- What Is Your Dog Telling You? – Pretty interesting read about dogs’ body language:
For the same reason that Eskimos purportedly have 50 different words for snow, dogs have a vast repertoire of gestures for appeasement and propitiation. The Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas has identified some 30 “calming signals” – movements offered to deflect trouble (which may also relieve stress in both giver and receiver). Supremely subtle, sometimes so quick we don’t notice them, these appeasing signals include a flick of the tongue; turning the head or gaze away; suddenly sniffing the ground or sitting; yawning; shaking off; or approaching on a curve.
We’re pretty bad at interpreting doggie language…
- Marty McFly is a diabetic – A strangely fitting fan theory for Back to the Future.
- Why can’t we read anymore? – I didn’t really finish the article because it was too long. Just kidding, of course, and I’m not sure I even really buy into this notion that digital media makes us want to read less. Even the author admits that when he forced himself to sit down and read, it was surprisingly easy to do so. As with a lot of things, it’s getting started that’s the difficult part.
That’s all for now.