Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Too right


Time for some more mid 1960's nostalgia. In this week in September 1965, the number 38 song on Melbourne radio station 3DB's chart was You've Got Your Troubles by The Fortunes. It was a number 2 hit in the band's native UK, and reached number 7 in the United States. It peaked at number 8 on the 3DB chart.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Information is power

As well as being community hubs, and helping people to develop research and critical thinking skills, libraries can also be used to dig up dirt on your political enemies.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/24/how-the-gop-is-digging-up-dirt-on-hillary.html

Monday, August 24, 2015

I want my one hour and 36 minutes back

American Ultra poster.jpgJesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are two of my least favourite actors. Having previously appeared together in Adventureland (2009), they are back in the action stoner comedy, American Ultra.

Three things put me off seeing this movie. The first is that on the face of it, it makes light of recreational marijuana usage. The second and third things are the fact that these two are in the lead roles. He may very well be affable away from the public eye, but Eisenberg doesn't come across as particularly pleasant or engaging in interviews, and Stewart's limited acting range has been parodied in the amusing Speak Like Kristen Stewart videos on YouTube.

It makes me nervous about next year's Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which Eisenberg will be playing Lex Luthor, Superman's nemesis. I hope to enjoy the film as much as I did Man of Steel, even if he is in it.   

"American Ultra poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Barbarism


Just when you thought that the Islamic State could not possibly be any more barbaric, comes news of another prominent victim of their murderous rampage. Khaled Asaad was a 82 year old archaeologist working for the Syrian government's antiquities department. He was working at a site in the ancient city of Palmyra, now under Islamic State control.

According to a hand written note left next to his decapitated body, he was killed because he was "tending the site’s “idols”, attending “blasphemous” conferences, visiting Iran and communicating with generals in the Syrian regime."

What will it take to stop them?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bombs away

Some thirty years after the release of Potty Pigeon on the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum computers, comes Sploot. The game has a very simple premise. You play as a seagull that flies around a seaside town, pooping on people, cars and buildings.

It's available for download on the link below. It will appeal to children, and adults with a puerile sense of humour.

http://edgeofprophecy.itch.io/sploot

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Smashing stereotypes

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl
Source: Wikipedia
Actress Yvone Craig has passed away at the age of 78. She was best known for playing Batgirl in the 1960s Batman television series. Her most famous character's secret identity was Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City's Police's Commissioner Gordon. She also worked as a librarian. It's doubtful whether she inspired anybody to become a librarian, but it's fun to think that perhaps she did.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/65173-11-of-the-coolest-librarians-from-pop-culture-because-not-every-librarian-is-like-the-one

http://comicbook.com/2015/08/19/batmans-yvonne-craig-has-passed-away/

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What's wrong with this picture?

Within the geek subculture is a large cohort of action figure collectors who are usually of adult age. Factory production error figures are often highly sought after by this collectors. Either there are mistakes made with the manufacture of the figure itself, or it has been packaged incorrectly. I have no children of my own, nor am I an uncle. That doesn't stop me from looking at toys occasionally.

I was in a department store the other day when I came across this. I didn't buy it as I try to avoid impulse purchases. Any Star Wars fan will know that this is not Luke Skywalker. Either that, or Star Wars has jumped on the transgender bandwagon. This is actually Toryn Farr. She helped coordinate the Rebels' evacuation of Echo Base in one scene in The Empire Strikes Back.  

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Toryn_Farr