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Samstag, Mai 29th, 2010

Der Trailer für NBC’s neue Superhelden-Serie “The Cape”

Freitag, Mai 28th, 2010

jetzt wo die letzte Folge von Lost ja leider ausgestrahlt wurde (ja ja, ich weiß, die Serie war nicht jedermensch’s Sache, ich war jedenfalls süchtig!) und HBOs Adaption von R.R. Martins Game of Thrones noch auf sich warten lässt, muss ich mich wohl oder übel nach anderen Serien umsehen. The Cape scheint hier zwar kurzweilige Unterhaltung zu bieten, aber allzu große Hoffnungen braucht mensch sich nach diesem Trailer wohl nicht zu machen.

via watchman

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Freitag, Mai 28th, 2010

links for 2010-04-20

Dienstag, April 20th, 2010
  • As I sat there, trying to put into words my sheer shock at being the top hit for a string combination like "gay kid" and "high school movie," I found myself basically saying, oh fuck, if the movie I'm looking for doesn't exist, the only thing I can do about this is try and fucking write it.

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Montag, April 19th, 2010

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Dienstag, April 6th, 2010

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Samstag, April 3rd, 2010

links for 2010-03-29

Montag, März 29th, 2010
  • I don’t mind the vomit, s**t, and piss gags. Some of that is mildly amusing here.

    But do the main characters have to be, yet again, a bunch of jerky, homophobic, middle-aged male losers? And literally every single female in the movie is either the generic “girlfriend” or a total adolescent sex fantasy.

    Talk about going back in time. Wow, have we been there, done that.

    Is this really where American film comedy has gone?

    If so, put me in a hot tub time machine to the future, because I’m bored with the present.

links for 2010-03-23

Dienstag, März 23rd, 2010
  • "Vor einiger Zeit berichtete ich darüber, dass der amerikanische Sender Fox den Autor der britischen Serie Torchwood, Russell T. Davies, damit beauftragt hat, ein Skript für eine US-Version der Serie zu schreiben. Allseits wird erwartet, dass Hauptdarsteller John Barrowman als Captain Jack Harkness auch in dieser Version von Torchwood zu sehen sein wird."
  • Last month, Arundhati Roy decided to visit the forbidding and forbidden precincts of Central India’s Dandakaranya Forests, home to a melange of tribal people many of whom have taken up arms to protect themselves against state-backed marauders and exploiters. She recorded in considerable detail her face-to-face encounter with armed guerillas, their families and comrades.

meta: kleines päusschen

Montag, März 22nd, 2010

ich habe ein paar stressige Tage vor mir und werde wohl nicht mit der gewohnten Frequenz zum Posten kommen.

Aber ich bin mir sicher, spätestens in ein bis zwei Wochen wird meine Langeweile wieder Überhand nehmen und AntiTerra sich quasi von selber reaktivieren.

The Story of Bottled Water

Montag, März 22nd, 2010

Nach dem Trailer nun die ganze Geschichte vom Wasser in Flaschen, von Annie Leonard (hier bei Colbert), der Macherin des konsumkritischen Youtube-Hits The Story Of Stuff. (via)

In related News: “Unsafe water kills more people than war.” (via)

links for 2010-03-21

Sonntag, März 21st, 2010

Charles Stross über Politik, Freihandel und Gewalt

Samstag, März 20th, 2010

Der sozialistische Science Fiction Autor Charles Stross setzt sich anlässlich des gewaltätigen Übergriffs von Grenzbeamten auf seinen SciFi-Autor-Kollegen Peter Watts an der amerikanisch-kanadischen Grenze (mehr Infos hier auf Metafilter) und seiner anschließenden Verurteilung deswegen mit den dem kapitalistischen Grenzregime auseinander:
Politics, free trade, violence:

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But there’s a more alarming moral to be drawn here.

I note with some alarm that the saucepan of free international travel we’ve been swimming frog-like in for decades is now steaming.
It’s not just the USA where border agencies have quietly acquired vast, unaccountable, and draconian powers. Here in the UK, the government is responding to anti-immigration sentiment by erecting a near-iron curtain around all ports and airports, monitoring all traffic, and dealing harshly with anyone who wants to travel for reason other than tourism or business. Ditto most of the EU (within the EU things are as different as they are within the United States, for much the same reason — it’s a free trade/movement zone). The barriers are going up all around the developed world, and while the spikes are intended to point outward, other developed world travellers get caught on them.
Capital can flow freely, but labour is in shackles world-wide.

Walled World (Information is Beautiful)

If you don’t see a very specific political subtext here (being sold to the voting masses on the back of crude xenophobia and racism), let me be more explicit: labour wants to migrate where working conditions and pay are best. Capital wants to invest for growth where working conditions and pay are worst.

By penning us (the labour) in, capital can maintain, for a while, the wage imbalances that maximize profit. (Take raw material. Process as cheaply as possible. Sell for as much as possible.) In the long term, it’s unsustainable — labour in the high-cost developed world is taking a hammering due to being uncompetitive, and wages will be forced down until it is competitive, while labour costs in the developing world are skyrocketing. It’ll end when American and EU wages meet in the middle with Chinese and Indian wages … unless American, EU, Chinese, and Indian wage-earners are forced to recalibrate their expectations against the DRC or Somalia.

f you don’t think this affects you, if you don’t think you’re on the same side of the barricades as the sweatshop workers in Bangladesh and the marine biologists in Toronto, you’re deluded; unless you’ve got a seven-digit trust fund to dine out on, the tidal flow of globalized capital is running against your class interests.

Welcome to the future that globalized capitalism has bought for us (and see also the vital, pressing need for election funding reform in the USA, which is the pivot on which this whole mess revolves). I’m beginning to think that, regardless of his prescription, Karl Marx’s diagnosis of the crisis of capitalism was spot on the money. And crap like this is going to keep happening as long as we’re workers first and citizens last.

links for 2010-03-20

Samstag, März 20th, 2010

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Freitag, März 19th, 2010