Top Ten #6

Top TenIt’s kind of interesting to me, the way compiling links really does provide a window into what’s kicking around my head. Admittedly, there are only ten, and though they do represent things that interested or amused me over the last couple of weeks, there are links that don’t make the cut because they’re not of broad enough interest (I care about the best build for a Guardian in Guild Wars 2, but I don’t kid myself that anyone else does), or the content is intriguing but poorly executed (this happens constantly). So here we go.

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We Should Embrace Our Robot Overlords!

Robot OverlordsImagine sleeping late, every day. You wake up to the smell of pancakes and bacon – it’s your robot servant, standing next to the bed. “Young master,” it says (even though you’re almost fifty), “it’s time to get up.” Sometimes you stay in bed. Sometimes you watch something on the Holo-Telly; there are new shows generated constantly, and brought to life by digital actors and actresses who’ve never passed through the uncanny valley. Sometimes you meet friends for lunch, or maybe a board game. All of you remember what life used to be like, before, and at least once during the meal, somebody raises a glass. “I don’t know about you,” they say, “but I love our robot overlords.”

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Top Ten #5

Top TenAnd with this, the Friday Top Ten becomes just the regular old Top Ten, free from the constraints of a specific day! Essentially, I’ve decided to alternate Top Ten lists and more meaty posts, to free up a little more time for other stuff, but still keep the blogging ball in the air each week (it seems that I… can’t… do… everything!). The extra week of link accumulation will hopefully also result in better top ten lists, i.e. an actual top ten, as opposed to “hey, I managed to get 12 links that I really liked this week, which 2 should I drop?”

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Why “Beauty and the Beast” is a Story We Need to Stop Telling

Beauty and the BeastI remember looking forward to the original Beauty and the Beast television show, circa 1987. What I was hoping for was an urban fantasy/adventure, complete with an underworld. What I got was a romance, featuring the handsomest beast I’d ever seen, riding on the top of subway trains. The Beast’s feral good looks were what killed the show, for me, long before it took a nose-dive into sap: I wanted an ugly beast, loved for his character. Unluckily, that’s just not the way things work: in our culture, ugly and love don’t mix.

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