Link Dump

As per usual, interesting links scrounged from the depths of ye olde internets:

  • Make the Censors Watch ‘Paint Drying’ – A wonderful Kickstarter for the best kind of censorship trolling. The basic idea is that the British censors have to watch whatever you send them, so this guy made a 10 hour video of paint drying and forced them to watch it. (via Chizumatic)
  • That Time Ronald Reagan Visited Star Trek: The Next Generation And Took The Captain’s Chair – These sorts of things are always funny. I like how Reagan reacts to Klingons “I like them, they remind me of Congress.” Also, Reagan was correct, Star Trek III sucked.
  • How to Cook Prison Spread – Delving into the culinary delights of prison food.
  • What Errol Morris Thinks of Making a Murderer – Morris is always interesting, and immediately gets at what makes Making a Murderer worthwhile:

    I think it’s a mistake to assume, however, that all of these stories are doing the same thing, because they’re not. They’re doing different things. And… you see more and more criticisms of Making a Murderer because they say it’s biased-it leaves out this, that, and the other thing. To me, it’s a very powerful story, ultimately, not about whether these guys are guilty or innocent-but it’s a very powerful story about a miscarriage of justice.

    There’s so many themes in it that are relevant to investigation. But what is powerful in Making a Murderer is not the issue of whether [Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey] are guilty or innocent. It’s the horror of the courts and how that story was handled the first time around and subsequently. I can never ever forget Dassey’s attorney and the investigator. The attorney with the catfish mouth and the investigator crying—unforgettable.

    If you liked Making a Murderer, do yourself a favor and check out The Thin Blue Line (it’s on Netflix streaming).

  • How to Make Eggs – A simple subject, but this is a great little reference…
  • PHYSICIST: Here’s why blowing up the Death Star would have killed all the Ewoks – The trend of Star Wars revisionism that’s been sweeping the internets is amusing, and it’s funny that people keep finding new angles. This one is interesting, though it’s also exactly why Star Wars isn’t really Science Fiction (and why that’s ok).
  • Grandmaster Maurice Ashley plays NYC trash talker – Grandmaster vs. Chess Hustler, and they trash talk. It’s glorious.

That’s all for now, see you next week for the Oscars!

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