Twist Street

Sam Westing, Barney Northrup, Sandy McSouthers, Julian R. Eastman, & Me

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While emergence of intelligent life could be rare, the silence could also be the result of intelligent life emerging frequently but subsequently failing to survive for long. Might every sufficiently advanced civilisation stumble across a suicidal technology or unsustainable trajectory? We know that a Great Filter prevents the emergence of prosperous interstellar civilisations, but we don’t know whether or not it lies in humanity’s past or awaits us in the future.

For 200,000 years humanity has survived supervolcanoes, asteroid impacts, and naturally occurring pandemics. But our track record of survival is limited to just a few decades in the presence of nuclear weaponry. And we have no track record at all of surviving many of the radically novel technologies that are likely to arrive this century.
What I read about at lunch, to relax.

Filed under Civilization is Doomed. Science.

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ca-tsuka:

Grand Budapest Hotel VFX demoreel by Look Effects studio.

Filed under Youtube Gives Me Feelings.

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The Trip to Italy— season 2 started in the UK (and they put out a trailer for the movie version; I never saw the movie version they made out of season 1).  I like these so much, just how they boil things down:  you go somewhere— you eat— you go somewhere else— you eat some more; maybe the person you’re with laughs at your jokes, or maybe they’re annoyed with you. It’s nice; it’s a nice show.  They’re at these amazing places and people are bringing them this beautiful food, and they just don’t care cause they’re busy making fun of Jude Law or Morrissey or whatever.  I like that it’s both food porn and at the same time, kind of shows how silly food porn is because no matter how beautiful that food is, it’s still going to be Rob Brydon sitting there, doing impressions of British people I’ve never heard of… I like it just as a show about getting older and aging, that kind of thing…

The Trip to Italy— season 2 started in the UK (and they put out a trailer for the movie version; I never saw the movie version they made out of season 1).  I like these so much, just how they boil things down:  you go somewhere— you eat— you go somewhere else— you eat some more; maybe the person you’re with laughs at your jokes, or maybe they’re annoyed with you. It’s nice; it’s a nice show.  They’re at these amazing places and people are bringing them this beautiful food, and they just don’t care cause they’re busy making fun of Jude Law or Morrissey or whatever.  I like that it’s both food porn and at the same time, kind of shows how silly food porn is because no matter how beautiful that food is, it’s still going to be Rob Brydon sitting there, doing impressions of British people I’ve never heard of… I like it just as a show about getting older and aging, that kind of thing…

Filed under All I Ever Write About on this blog is Television...

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I went over to GQ to read about Louis CK.  That is such a weird magazine, GQ.  As a straight person, I don’t really feel like I’m GQ’s target audience— but then something about GQ makes it seem like it’s pretending that I’m in its target audience, which I find… just very odd.  GQ’s picking a “Woman of the Week”? Uh, why?  ”Our Woman of the Week is a Hypothetical Concept"— I bet it is GQ. GQ’s article on threesomes— the first thing you see is a photo of a woman standing outside of a diner where three ripped men are hanging out with each other, wearing sleeveless shirts…?  I’ve been more convinced watching Def Jam comedians doing impressions of what white people sound like using the telephone.
There’s an article about topless ladies in Hollywood movies that’s like sub-Mr-Skin level jokes (example: Wild Things, “For once, Matt Dillon’s trademark dumbfounded expression seems justified, in the face of Denise Richards’s…well, er, wild things”)…?  But it sounds like someone put a Maxim article through Google Translate and it came out sort of off and wrong… Example, Phoebe Cates in Fast Times:  ”The cable arts channel Bravo included this scene in its Sexiest Moments in Film—in which the model-pundit Roshumba Williams helpfully explained, ‘In the male world, boobs are huge.’” Bravo Channel???  ”Model-pundit”-??? There’s a photo of Glenn Close topless in this article…? 
I just never really understand what GQ is pretending to be, or why.  I guess it’d be potentially offensive to just flat-out say “it’s a gay publication” because what does that even mean.  (Well, I once got a gay publication in the mail sent to me by accident— it was just wall-to-wall naked men, doing Superman-poses next to, like, doric columns, ancient greek shit.  Pretty sure I can safely descibe that as “gay publication”…?  Maybe?  I don’t even know what’s offensive or not anymore— thanks, tumblr).  This is probably offensive to say anything about because sexuality is a nebulous sprinkler that we should all run through like children running through a sprinkler, or whatever the appropriate metaphor is, and we shouldn’t draw hard borders around things and what have you.  I agree with all that.  But I don’t know.  It’s just a weird magazine— GQ’s just weird.  

I went over to GQ to read about Louis CK.  That is such a weird magazine, GQ.  As a straight person, I don’t really feel like I’m GQ’s target audience— but then something about GQ makes it seem like it’s pretending that I’m in its target audience, which I find… just very odd.  GQ’s picking a “Woman of the Week”? Uh, why?  ”Our Woman of the Week is a Hypothetical Concept"— I bet it is GQ. GQ’s article on threesomes— the first thing you see is a photo of a woman standing outside of a diner where three ripped men are hanging out with each other, wearing sleeveless shirts…?  I’ve been more convinced watching Def Jam comedians doing impressions of what white people sound like using the telephone.

There’s an article about topless ladies in Hollywood movies that’s like sub-Mr-Skin level jokes (example: Wild Things, “For once, Matt Dillon’s trademark dumbfounded expression seems justified, in the face of Denise Richards’s…well, er, wild things)…?  But it sounds like someone put a Maxim article through Google Translate and it came out sort of off and wrong… Example, Phoebe Cates in Fast Times:  ”The cable arts channel Bravo included this scene in its Sexiest Moments in Film—in which the model-pundit Roshumba Williams helpfully explained, ‘In the male world, boobs are huge.’” Bravo Channel???  ”Model-pundit”-??? There’s a photo of Glenn Close topless in this article…? 

I just never really understand what GQ is pretending to be, or why.  I guess it’d be potentially offensive to just flat-out say “it’s a gay publication” because what does that even mean.  (Well, I once got a gay publication in the mail sent to me by accident— it was just wall-to-wall naked men, doing Superman-poses next to, like, doric columns, ancient greek shit.  Pretty sure I can safely descibe that as “gay publication”…?  Maybe?  I don’t even know what’s offensive or not anymore— thanks, tumblr).  This is probably offensive to say anything about because sexuality is a nebulous sprinkler that we should all run through like children running through a sprinkler, or whatever the appropriate metaphor is, and we shouldn’t draw hard borders around things and what have you.  I agree with all that.  But I don’t know.  It’s just a weird magazine— GQ’s just weird.  

Filed under I am Pointless!

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Over a 13-month period in the late 1980s, [Pervert Dave] killed two people. One was a guy known as Wheelchair Skip, an amputee roommate in Inglis he shot six times during an argument over money.

Six months earlier, [Wheelchair Skip] had fired a sawed-off shotgun at an imaginary intruder, instead hitting a 5-year-old girl in the face; she was not seriously injured.

Though [Pervert Dave] never had children, he married at least three times, including a short-lived marriage to a 17-year-old when he was 32. (While this seems to be a potential source for Pervert, friends say he was given the name much earlier in life.)

He was adept at engraving images into wood, including a skeleton riding a motorcycle.
Vietnam veteran David W. ‘Pervert Dave’ Cummings led colorful, tragic life.

(Source: uproxx.com)

Filed under Alert Ira Glass immediately.

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We sent it to focus groups; they didn’t love it, but anyone who’d seen our show knows that it’s probably not the type of thing that’s built for a focus group. Everyone involved was kinda like, “Yeah, well, it woulda been nice if that did go well, but none of us expected it to.” We have a bit in the pilot where we’re just being electrified by dog collars over and over again, and I’m like, “Yeah, that’s probably a little bit more on the fringe than what you usually see if you sign up for a focus group in LA.” These people were probably expecting sitcoms with jokes, but instead, they’re watching me and Michael Cera fistfight a pro wrestler in the first act.
Chris Gethard, re: his Comedy Central pilot.

Filed under comedy nerdery

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gutsanduppercuts:

Gareth Evans (director of “The Raid” and “The Raid 2”) discusses his top five action scenes of all time.

I can’t say I agree with all his choices (especially his number one) but it’s amazing to hear how much he respects these scenes and action in general. He has legitimate reasons for enjoying each one he picks and hearing him discuss why is a genuine pleasure. Evans is a top bloke in my eyes. He sees beyond the kicks and punches but can appreciate a truly good fight when he sees one.

Filed under Daniel San made it in Taiwan

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Can something beggar belieb, or does the term not accommodate variation? ie can Beiber belieb? Or is the term a way of distinguishing us from Him - of denoting adherence? Or is about a QUALITY of belief (belieb)? If you belieb you can fly, does that mean that you believe you [could] fly in the same way HE would (ie privately)? Bieber not Beiber. My intention is to clarify and not enrage. I guess the power of tweeting can make anyone fatally over confident. Perhaps even Bieber…? Most of these thoughts will be developed in my new paper, ‘Beyond Belieb: How to Believe, Post-Bieber’
Richard Ayoade, contemplating Justin Bieber on twitter.

Filed under comedy nerdery

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Reading Irish people bickering in the Youtube comments for a video from that movie The Guard, which I felt like watching (their new one just came out in the UK, McDonagh and Gleeson, but it’s not till August in the US).  Geebag.  Geebag.  According to the online slang dictionary, it’s a pejorative about women ala bitch— “Geebag:  vagina. ‘Gee’ meaning vagina, and pronounced with a hard ‘G’. ‘Bag’ meaning idiot, as in you handbag.  Geebag means vaginabag or ctbag’.”  I have so much to learn.  About the world.  From Youtube comment sections.  Rather than going to sleep.  The world is my oyster.

Reading Irish people bickering in the Youtube comments for a video from that movie The Guard, which I felt like watching (their new one just came out in the UK, McDonagh and Gleeson, but it’s not till August in the US).  Geebag.  Geebag.  According to the online slang dictionary, it’s a pejorative about women ala bitch— “Geebag:  vagina. ‘Gee’ meaning vagina, and pronounced with a hard ‘G’. ‘Bag’ meaning idiot, as in you handbag.  Geebag means vaginabag or ctbag’.”  I have so much to learn.  About the world.  From Youtube comment sections.  Rather than going to sleep.  The world is my oyster.

Filed under Youtube Gives Me Feelings.