Putting together a weekly list of my top ten links has weirdly changed the way I process content. Usually, I click on a link and… well, I like it or I don’t or whatever. Now, that “hey, this is cool” or “hey, this is really interesting” feeling is followed by me deciding if it’s “top ten worthy.” It’s just funny the way we train ourselves, and how those behaviors become internalized. This was kind of a lean week, but it is what it is.
1. This Fan-Made Doctor Who Opening Is So Awesome Stephen Moffat Stole It. I stopped watching Doctor Who a few years ago; I was at my sister’s house and when the show came up, she told me that she’d stopped watching it because, in her words, “it’s juvenile.” I went home, watched the Matt Smith episode that was next on my queue, and said “my God… she’s right!” and that was it for me and the doctor. My first (and only) Doctor Who convention was during the Tom Baker years; I purchased a 45 of the Doctor Who theme, which I listened to again and again. Even if I’ve kind of abandoned the show, I still dig the theme, and this is a nice take on it.
2. Ever Feel Alone in a Crowded Place? This Artist Gets You. I don’t know about the title, but I really like the work. My only problem is with the length of the gifs, but if you follow it back to Adam Magyar’s site, there’s a longer video. There’s something simultaneously calming and disturbing about just watching people in black and white. Is that how I look? I think we all look like that.
3. I Love This Kittens Learning to Walk Compilation. Kittens are just awesome, aren’t they? I was a dog person growing up, but having apartments… and not wanting to walk the dog… has really converted me into a cat person. *sigh* Some parts of the internet are really nice.
4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO, and Police Militarization (HBO). John Oliver is always spot on. This has been a rough week, in terms of news: Iraq falling apart, ISIS, Syria, the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. The most stunning thing about all of it is the way it’s part of a news cycle: what seems incredibly important will fall away in a week or two, but there are actual people still living it, after the cameras move on.
5. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Dancing Groot. SPOILERS! Well, mild ones. At any rate, if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, what’s wrong with you? Go see it! This is the actual clip from the movie. Charming.
6. Watch Pixar’s Up, as Directed by Michael Bay. In my opinion, Bay is a directing train wreck, but I’m sure he makes a ton of money for the studios. I found Up to be quite a nice film, and this clip does a pretty good job of touching on how Bay would have ruined it. I especially dig the last few seconds, which kind of say it all.
7. Watch Pierce Brosnan Play GoldenEye 007 with Jimmy Fallon. I was expecting something cooler, along the lines of Fallon and Brosnan actually, you know, playing something. On the other hand, I can’t shake the idea that this was all about Fallon wanting to pwn James Bond. At least he didn’t make any rude gestures over Brosnan’s corpse. This link stands as a symbol of the leanness of this week.
8. Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments. I lived in a former Soviet satellite for a while (Czechoslovakia/The Czech Republic) so I think I find this extra amusing. Of course, I want the Bulgarians to vandalize MORE Soviet monuments. I’m not sure what Santa, The Joker, Superman and Cap are all doing together, but whatever it is, you can bet that it’s damned important.
9. The Condensed Version of “Spock’s Brain” is Better than the Original. I remember watching the original episode, and along with “Requiem for Methuselah,” thinking that the show was really in trouble. Both of these episodes were from the third season, which (true fact) was written by chimps. At any rate, the condensed version of “Spock’s Brain” is indeed better than the original, but still somewhat painful to watch.
10. The Princess Bride: A Horror Trailer. I really like the way this trailer turns Cary Elwes into a vicious stalker, and Chris Sarandon into the lead. Great stuff. I’m pretty sure that if he were still alive, Andre the Giant would have won an Oscar by now – and he doesn’t even exercise!