Category: Link Sausage

Lunch Links: Staffing changes, Tarantino and E3

Posted by – June 9, 2012

Chuck Klosterman has joined The New York Times Magazine as the publication’s new ethics columnist. Like most of his readers who have followed him for more than a book or two and around the Internet, I’ll read whatever he has to say about anything, so watching him hit an ethics piñata around on a regular basis should be fun.

• Meanwhile, Laura Hudson announced that she’s leaving ComicsAlliance as editor-in-chief. The site will be in capable hands with Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner, both of whom are outstanding wranglers of news and commentary. Laura really elevated the conversation on numerous occasions at CA, though. She’ll be missed.

• It’s hard to imagine a more credible duo to pair for a hip-hop record than GZA and Neil deGrasse Tyson. In fact, this is probably the best collaboration I’ve heard tell of since Tom Waits united with Kool Keith.

• Quentin Tarantino’s new trailer for “Django Unchained” arrived. Race relations have always been a minefield for criticism in this guy’s films. It looks like “Django” won’t be an exception.

• Ray Bradbury’s death cast a shadow over the the week. The history of his perspective on e-publishing and how he ultimately decided to allow his works to be published digitally was nice to read, however.

• I had hoped to add something E3 related that I was excited about here, since the show concluded a few days ago. “Watch Dogs,” the WiiU and Microsoft’s SmartGlass were definitely the most interesting topics to emerge from the show, but I really can say for sure yet whether or not I’ve got a personal interest in getting my hands on any of them.

Breakfast Links: ‘Games of Thrones,’ Spotify and Dark Energy

Posted by – April 2, 2012

The New York Times did a laudable job assembling this interactive piece on the Trayvon Martin shooting.
• Do you want to see how to take Facebook’s Timeline feature and use it to your media company’s advantage? Look no further than Spotify’s page. It’s one giant historical rundown of landmark music events, complete with clickable links to play tracks in Spotify.

• “Game of Thrones” returned to HBO last night for its second season, and I’m currently just over one book ahead of where the story is at right now. Stannis (played by Stephen Dillane) seemed understated, and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) bore a much closer resemblance to Celine Dion than I’d pictured while reading A Clash of Kings. Nevertheless, “The North Remembers” really nailed the drama and essence of its scenes one at a time and at the right pace. Meanwhile, I recommend checking out the commentary of a couple of old colleagues of mine, Josh and Sean, over at Sean is also covering the new season for Rolling Stone (and I’m in the same boat as he is in regards to the baby killing).

• Ashton Kutcher has reportedly been cast as Steve Jobs. I just recently completed Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio, so this choice took a few minutes to play out in my head. I can definitely see Kutcher capturing Jobs’ more manic moments. However, I’m just having a tough time envisioning how he’ll deliver some of the more condescending scenes that are going to have to be a part of the story.

• The “Girls Around Me” app is one of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard of, but if you’re into innovative API use, it’s definitely a case study (on use and user policies) worth being aware.

• My new favorite acronym is BOSS (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey), and think you’ll agree that it certainly is when you see what kind of cosmic measurements it’s taking. I’m pretty much all for most things that involve better understandings of dark energy.
• If you like bite-sized Men’s Health-style advice and spunky insights, I recommend checking out my friend Patty Hastings’ new blog at She’s full of practical suggestions for nutrition and yoga novices such as myself.

Breakfast Links: a BSG trailer, a ‘Doctor Who’ companion and the NYT paywall

Posted by – March 21, 2012

• Syfy debuted their trailer for “Blood and Chrome,” the new “Battlestar Galactica” prequel project, which may be a Web series or a pilot/TV movie. My first impression from this trailer is that it’s all action and “Immigrant Song,” so I worry that they’re trying to overcompensate for “Caprica” ditching outer-space dogfights for character development and just turning “Blood and Chrome” into a low-budget, Michael Bay-styled, run-of-the-mill, direct-to-Syfy movie. “Blood and Chrome” looks like an adrenaline-charged Syfy original project, which isn’t the same thing as saying it looks like a good BSG spin-off. I’ll reserve judgment until Adama starts talking. (via io9)

• Producer Steven Moffet dropped some bombshell “Doctor Who” announcements, revealing that actress Jenna-Louise Coleman will be Matt Smith’s new companion and join the show’s cast in this year’s Christmas special. The Christmas special will be the sixth of six episodes released in 2012. The fifth one will be Amy and Rory’s last and feature the Weeping Angels, according to a Moffet quote on the DW Twitter account.

The New York Times recently announced that they’re closing the iris a bit for unpaid readers from 20 to 10 articles per month. Meanwhile, as of Q1 2012, they have upped their digital subscription count to 454,000. This was interesting to me, since Steve Jobs touched on these numbers in the Walter Isaacson bio that I recently finished. Jobs thought the The NYT could charge $5/month and net about 10 million subscribers. Right now, they’re charging way more than that and reaching far fewer digital subscribers. Nevertheless, Ryan Chittum has a great post up at The Audit where he notes the paper’s success and predicts they will pass the 500,000 mark before October. He also points out the big question on everyone’s minds, which is quite simply, “When will digital revenue start appearing on the company’s quarterly earnings reports?” (via

The Wall Street Journal took a look at the iPad 3’s data usage over LTE networks. Download speeds may be 10 times faster, but $30 a month for 2 or 3 gigabytes can go fast when you’re using that Retina Display screen. I think everyone can see the writing on the wall, as content access costs are increasing and Verizon and AT&T are the ones getting the cash. (via Brian Stelter)

• Wallpaper images, meanwhile, only need to be downloaded once, and Cult of Mac shared some gorgeous iPad-ready mosaics from graphic design artist Stephen C. Page. I put one on my throwback first-gen iPad. (via Russ Frushtick)

• This video from Nature about a camera that uses scattered photon detection to see through walls and around corners may blow your mind a little bit.

Link Sausage: 10/16/2011

Posted by – October 16, 2011

• If there’s a new English translation of a Haruki Murakami novel coming out, chances are it’s already on my read it ASAP list. After reading this perspective piece by Yuka Igarashi at Granta today, I think the priority level for 1Q84 has been upped. The reworked and recycled motifs of Murakami’s writing are a big part of what keeps me coming back to him. Terror and religion are two topics I’ve wanted to see him explore more deeply, so I’m really looking forward to diving into this book sometime in the near future.

• I’ve been wrestling with Craig Thompson’s Habibi since I read it a few weeks ago, and Robyn Creswell obviously did in her New York Times review as well. I agree with G. Willow Wilson that the review discounted Thompson’s art to a huge degree, but I also share Creswell’s frustrations with the neo-Orientalist style and tone. For me, the underlying question at the end of the book was much the same as hers in regard to whose fantasies were being expressed and how to parse them.

• As far as I’m concerned as a reader, the announcement that there’s more of Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy on the horizon from Dark Horse was the finest news to emerge from the New York Comic Con weekend.

• If you’re a Wolverine follower and Sabretooth fan, you may have found the news that Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi are bringing him back to be a bigger deal.

• Oh, and then there was that new phone from Apple that came out. The premise of Siri is definitely something I can get behind, but when it comes to my capacity for skepticism, halfway decent voice recognition software rivals UFOs and Bigfoot. Nevertheless, this guy got Siri to run on an iPhone 4, which was fascinating.

Link Sausage: 9/3/2011

Posted by – September 3, 2011

• Well, first off, I’m really excited to be hitting up SPX next weekend for the first time in a few years. The show just announced that it’s going to be partnering with the Library of Congress to archive comics.

• I read Haruki Murakami’s new short story, “Town of Cats,” earlier this evening. It’s over on There are cats and powerful human experiences distilled through absence (go figure, right?). I of course loved it.

• The Rum Diary trailer has landed, and it was worth the wait.

• Lastly, I’m not opposed to a giant tablet kitchen table for reading my news in the morning, but that’s going to be quite a dining room commitment for a lot of people if it ever takes off.

Link Sausage: 6/29/2011

Posted by – June 29, 2011

• Terri Schwartz, Kara Warner and Josh Wigler presented a fine speculative casting call for “Game of Thrones” Season 2 on MTV Movies Blog. Terri makes a great point there about the show being a potential opportunity for some Harry Potter kids to transition on to new things on solid footing. Also, I would like to see Christopher Eccleston as Stannis Baratheon more than anything else on their list. It would almost make up for him accepting his Destro role in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”

• I wrote up a list of the worst teachers in film for IFC last week. I’m always grateful for the opportunity to bring up “Torment” in discussion.

• I’d previously speculated offline that it would only be a matter of time before the Twitter jokes about Japanese radiation leaks and Osama bin Laden being buried at sea resulted in a fully realized comic book tale. Erik Larsen appears to be on top of that, according to his Twitter post from last night:

• This post about video from Netflix and the user reviews of the “Example Short” films is exactly what you need to be informed and get your LOLs on today. (via Metafilter)

Link Sausage: 6/17/2011

Posted by – June 17, 2011

• I would like to use this Link Sausage installment to express solidarity with YouTube commenter jasonportizo and appreciation for the good old fashioned Muppet special effects being used in this Muppets “Green Lantern” parody trailer.

• Goodness knows I’ve enjoyed the performances and plot twists in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” TV adaptation thus far. To only a slightly lesser extent, I have also enjoyed Sean T. Collins and Megan Morse reviewing each episode at The Cool Kids Table. Additionally, I would like to thank Mr. Collins personally for pointing out that (and I quote): “‘Game of Thrones’ is certainly shaping up to be for UK character actors what ‘Law & Order’ was for New York theater veterans.”

• 27-year-old Bill Stiernberg’s 2001 pre-order receipt for “Duke Nukem Forever” has since become the stuff of Internet fame, and Tracey John interviewed him about it for The Daily.

• Nearly all politics aside, the legality of the ways by which the U.S. exercises war powers is a complicated knot of practice, law, context and definitions. I thought this debate between Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Reagan administration attorney Robert Turner parsed the opposing arguments well on Democracy Now! this week.

• Lastly, a belated Happy Picard Day to one and all reading this. (Via Newby)

Link Sausage: 5/12/2011

Posted by – May 12, 2011

• Medill still owns the bulk of my time right now, but work has been interesting lately, what with today’s story about ChicagoQuest (a.k.a. Chicago’s new video game charter school), this video story I did about a teddy bear built to fight diabetes and other such things.

• Andersonville has a new comics shop, and it’s called AlleyCat Comics. It’s less than two blocks from my place, which is exactly what I need at this point in my life. The location kind of reminds of Neo down in Lincoln Park, but with out the big sign out front. use the alley between Starbucks and Potbelly if you get lost looking for it.

• Kiel Phegley and Ben Morse have been churning out an epic emo ballad of “Smallville” posts at The Cool Kids Table this week in honor of the show’s ten-year run. I’m a sap for reading any and all of whatever they post referencing our old lunch table conversations at Wizard or the ridiculous TV show that I screen-tested for when I was still in high school.

• A Reddit comment thread led me to this incredible video about how Swedes see Finns. If you speak neither country’s language, this may be utterly meaningless to you. But if you do, I assure you that it is amazing:

• Then there was this Atlantic photography feature about atomic testing. This was sobering.

• And then Geektrooper pointed me to this terrible real-world Deadpool story.

Link Sausage: 4/11/2011

Posted by – April 11, 2011

• I’ve been busy doing all manner of things recently in my graduate student capacity, but I have slipped in some time to look at some dandy artwork by Jack Teagle, Justin C. Orr and Hebru Brantley recently in my daily posting at ComicsAlliance.

• And speaking of ComicsAlliance, I’d seen Gail Simone and Marjorie Liu tweeting about this piece of Greg Horn art, but I didn’t see it until Laura Hudson brought it up today.

• Sean T. Collins and Matt Wiegle’s Destructor continues to be one doozy of a visually potent narrative. It’s motion and color at their finest, and I can’t recommend it enough.

• And speaking of comics available online, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton and their colleagues over at Four Star Studios have kicked off a new series of 99-cent downloadable comics called DoubleFeature that kicked off with a bang a few days ago.

• Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to return to Twitter-Wood on Movies Blog back at MTV News, but newly installed editor Josh Wigler has picked it up in my absence, and he’s doing a fine job. I am still doing the Twitter Report at Splash Page, though.

• Lastly, I discovered that someone posted Adam Keker’s 2008 short film “On the Assassination of the President” to YouTube. I think I must have watched this about 30 times by now over the last few years:


Link Sausage: 1/2/2011

Posted by – January 2, 2011

Link Sausage: 1/2/2011

Happy New Year, everyone. Stuff’s going to be changing gears on my end Monday as I step into the MSJ program at Northwestern’s Medill School for 2011, but just because I’m not freelancing full-time, it doesn’t mean that the gears are going to come to a complete stop pay-work-wise (thank goodness!). Anyway, here’s what’s been up in Internetlandia the last few weeks:

• I weighed in for Splash Page’s Best Comic Books, Webcomics and Graphic Novels of 2010 rundown, as well as Comic Book Resources’ epic Top 100 Comics of 2010 list.

• My friend and colleague Kiel Phegley showed up at a state-of-things interview for The Comics Reporter, and his candid perspective on shifts and evolutions is worth your time.

• I don’t know how high the Winklevoss twins in “The Social Network” ranked on your list of favorite on-screen effects at the movies in 2010, but this little feature that Sony Pictures posted is fascinating:

• This Los Angeles Times photo feature about homeless people living along the L.A. River has kept me coming back whenever I think about it.

• Whatever you thought about “Tron: Legacy,” it inspired great things at Three Frames.