Morning ya’ll. It was a quiet weekend and I’m running a bit behind this morning. So I’m going to give you a handful to links to chew over before I begin in earnest. The site’s still running slowly, so until I can fix that there won’t be as many posts per day. Kinda sucks, but we’ll do our best until things get Billie Dee Williams smooth again.
– USA Today has a first look at Tim Burton’s upcoming 3-D Alice in Wonderland project. What’s interesting about the project, aside from the visual look and feel of the whole thing (face melting!) is that this is a sequel to Alice and not a direct adaptation. Above is Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
– Beck is teaming up with friends on something called the “Record Project.” It’s where they get together and record a classic album in one day without rehearsal or practice. The first project is the seminal Velvet Underground & Nico record. Here they are singing “Sunday Morning.” I just hope the sessions are downloadable or purchasable and we get more than one song per week, as promised.
– I love this beautiful spiral staircase. The woodwork contained therein is pretty spectacular. As unpractical as they are, my goal is to live in a house with an interesting spiral staircase feature. I’ve loved them ever since I was a little kid, when I would read books hidden away in my town library’s spiral staircase.
– Forget about that 60-foot Gundham statue protecting Tokyo. Some guy in Wasilla, Alaska built a working mecha robot. It took four years to build and cost a staggering $25,000, but it can do sit ups and um, it’s a working fucking mecha!?! I’m equal parts scared, excited and titillated by the possibilities.
– Breathing Earth is a real-time map updating the birth rates, death rates and CO2 admissions by country. It’s a little daunting to see this information presented in this manner.
– Scrubs is really turning into the Cher/cockroach of television. Not only should it have retired and gone out on a high note a few years back, but after getting saved post-cancellation by ABC it’s returning again next year. But, instead of being a hospital comedy Dr. Cox and Dr. Turk are going to be teaching medical school. All I can do is shake my head and wonder why.
– Krugman tackles healthcare and makes the case that reform of some sort is needed. This quote hooked me in, “I mean, we’re spending 6 or 7 percent of GDP more on health care than other countries — call it a trillion dollars a year — without any clear advantage. That’s not the sort of thing you wave away with a casual suggestion that maybe we have bad habits.”
– Shocking, but the results of the Iranian election probably were hijacked. Lost in the see of support for the Iranian uprising, led in part by Mir-Hossein Mousavi, is whether or not things would be all that different with him as president. It’s worth asking. Not that I don’t support fighting for democracy but it just seems curious when both candidates are hand-picked by the Supreme leader.
– Here’s a trailer for the upcoming BSG movie The Plan. Obviously, I’m excited as all hell.
– Some guy created a USB device to read and play SNES games on his computer. Gotta love that geeky DIY spirit.
– Scott Douglas and his wife had a library themed wedding. Tasty.
– And finally, in 1909 Russian photographer Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky set out to record – in full and vibrant color – the vast and diverse Russian Empire. Behold a selection of his century-old color photos, including ones of Leo Tolstoy.