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Item 1: I’ve been threatening to write something about Twitter, but I’m still digesting. Until then, I will say this: every time I think Twitter might be pointless, I come across something like Anti Records’ link to Beck interviewing Tom Waits: http://beck.com/irrelevant_topics
Item 2: The triumph of the nerds gets its voice in John Hodgman, who focused his White House correspondents dinner speech on Obama’s “Spock-like calm” and what that might mean for America (bonus points to Obama for knowing the name of Superman’s Kryptonian father; negative points for not remembering that Conan worships Crom): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY
Item 3: Not exactly a music review, but a few albums I’d recommend: the new Wilco album; Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “It’s Blitz” (I am constantly amazed by their ability to create an album full of individually interesting songs that coalesce into a singular tonal-thematic sound); and Peter, Bjorn and John’s “Living Thing,” which is far better than I expected it to be – more nuanced and experimental than their last album and yet potentially more poppy and listenable.
Item 4: Even in spite of the studio’s decision not to screen G.I. Joe for critics, I think I’m willing to cut it a little more slack. No, I won’t be going to see it, but ultimately, the plot as reviewed over at io9 (some silliness about nanobots) sounds a lot like an update of the GI Joe cartoon’s ludicrous master-villain plots (weather dominators and the like), and so I’m willing to accept that they’re just doing their best to recreate the 80’s cartoon, rather than the far more awesome, more military-minded comics of the time. http://io9.com/5315524/will-gi-joe-be-the-worst-movie-of-the-year (And here are some more of Cobra Commander’s most idiotic schemes.)
Item 5: Comics Should Be Good asked the fairly simple question, “What’s the worst thing Batman has done?” Currently 66 comments in. Top contenders seem to be “Building a spy satellite to stalk superhero activities, then not feeling all that bad when it goes berserk,” “Telling Superman the last time he inspired anyone was when he died” (which, yeah, harsh, Batman), and a great many variations on the “Toying with the emotional states of teenagers.” http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/07/15/715-curious-cat-asks-2
Item 6: Lastly, I’m not sure if this is already a widely-known phenomenon, but in case it’s not, I’d like to direct you to the current YouTube trend of “literal videos” – music videos re-dubbed with soundalike lyrics that interpolate the action of the video into the lyrics. Quality varies depending on who does the dubbing, so I’ll direct you to DustFilms, and recommend you start off with “Take On Me” (“Piiiipe-wreeench fiiiiiight”), before moving on to “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” which is as epic as it is baffling: http://www.dustfilms.com/literalvideos