A few things of note that I honestly can’t be bothered to write too much about, or I just can find anything funny to quip or I just don’t know what to do with, but they are interesting nonetheless and deserve to be noted.
1. 5,000 birds mysteriously fell from the sky and died and 100,000 fish did as well. Both instances took place in Arkansas, which surely means some preacher will castigate the state for loving Satan too much. Or being teh gayz. Either way, since no cause is known yet, this is surely a sign that the world really is going to end in 2012, right?
3. Matt Zoller Seitz discusses his ten favorite movie scenes of 2010. Every year this is the one essay I look forward to. It’s insightful, specific, and usually agreeable to my own tastes. This year his favorite was from Matthew Reeves’s “Let Me In,” a remake of the exceptionally great Swedish vampire flick.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the aborted kidnapping sequence highlighted here. Shot for shot, beat for beat, it’s the scene of the year, laying a foundation of succinct but meaningful shots and then building a madhouse on top of it. The pièce de résistance — you’ll know it when you see it — is one of the great recent examples of show-off filmmaking in service of story. The universe has been turned upside-down.
4. The commercial for Pajama Jeans is so present everywhere on television right now. It’s ridiculous, absurd, stupid, banal and pretty much sums up America in the early 21st Century. And yet, I’d be lying if I didn’t secretly want a pair to sleep in. Only $35.95!
5. Fuck yeah! Doctor Who nesting dolls, featuring all eleven doctors and the TARDIS!
6. Goldman Sachs invests in Facebook, valuing the company at a cool $50billion. You know what’s cool…
7. “Google is rumored to be working on a digital newsstand for its Android mobile platform that would sell magazines and newspapers from major publications. In order to entice publishers, Google would apparently take a smaller percentage than the 30% that Apple charges for iTunes sales.” More evidence of Google looking at the trees and not seeing the forest. [via]
8. iSPEC — “2003 short by Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, presenting a futuristic iPod that allows the user to enter an immersive virtual reality recreation of settings from feature films. The user’s choice in Kosinski’s demo: The Overlook hotel from Kubrick’s The Shining.” [via]
9. I love, love, love Joanne McNeil’s article on the state of the blog in 2011. Here’s the money shot:
The word you are going to see over and over in 2011 is redundancy. We all hate it and we all fall for it — reblogs, retweets, things you’ve seen a million times before. It’s more than filter failure, it’s having your time wasted.
A number of bloggers might take care to be concise with words and value the time of your readers. The second worst thing you can do on the internet is waste someone’s time.