Just the usual link dump of interesting things discovered in the depths of ye olde internets:
- “Who Censored ‘The French Connection’?” Is A Case That Only Popeye Doyle Can Solve – Glenn Kenney provides a good summary of the controversy, though to my knowledge, the mystery has still not been resolved. But it’s another booster for owning physical media.
- Kenneth Branagh Needs to Make 10 More of These – He’s talking about the Poirot films. Agree!
- The World’s Most Popular Painter Sent His Followers After Me Because He Didn’t Like a Review of His Work. Here’s What I Learned – It used to be that artists responding to their critics in any way was seen as poor form. I guess that’s not a thing anymore. Critics can be annoying, but this is just sad. I don’t know much about this artist, but his response gives off pure loser energy.
- Brian Eno on art – This explains some things:
“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit – all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”
- What’s Happening To Android? – It’s a good question, curious to see if these trends continue…
- A Cautionary Crime Data Tale – There’s a lot of talk about disinfo out there, but it’s worth noting that much of it isn’t intentional, though that doesn’t really make it any better. It just means that we need to do some basic vetting of the sorts of numbers we see put out there, perhaps especially when they confirm our priors.
- Stephen King stories that could work as I Think You Should Leave bits – Absolutely perfect execution on this.
- This is not an I Think You Should Leave bit – But maybe it could be? I don’t know what this is.
That’s all for now!