1. Ebert’s review of Transformers 3 is up, and I think that it’s mostly correct. The disembodied voices during the actions scenes bothered me, too. It’s like Bay suddenly realized that the viewer has no idea what the fuck the motivation for these characters are and has to remind us through a quip. I also particularly liked this:
There is more of a plot this time. It is a plot that cannot be described in terms of structure, more in terms of duration. When it stops, it’s over.
I think that the Transformers films are incredibly ripe for talking about, but goddamn are they terrible.
2. This Mother Jones article on the acculturation of Indian people who work in call service industries is mindblowing. The strangest part about it, for me, is that they have created a lingo around it. The idea of the MTI, or “mother tongue influence,” is so strange to me–it’s essentially the becoming-pathologized of an entire culture, which is both sad and scary.
3. This HTML Giant post contains quotes from the GZA on process and writing. They’re all amazing, but this is my favorite:
Wu is the sound when a sword swings. Tang is what you hear when it hits an object or another sword. The tongue is a sword, when in motion it produces wind, just like when I speak. Everything is connected.
4. The language of bravado in this article about Sen. Lori Klein and Arizona gun control laws is really strange. Klein, at the end of the article, implies that, were someone to come into the Senate room and start shooting people, she would stand up straight and murder them. That’s great and all, but I think there’s a casual bravado there that is frightening. Like Klein, I also feel that gun control laws are often presented in a way that implies they are to keep the “hicks” from being too huntin’ crazy, but I also think that someone who says that she wouldn’t protect someone’s “sorry ass” in a Senate debate is probably a massive idiot who fuels the hick argument.
5. This Museum of Arts and Design exhibit involves the creation of small things worlds and integrating them with our world through photography. I think that is what it is about, anyway.
6. I have a lot of conflicting feelings about this story of a woman who took the severed head of her would-be rapist as a public trophy.
7. Finally, I have been playing a game called Realm of the Mad God, and it is one of the most addictive experiences ever. You should read this article about it, but suffice to say that it is quick to take over your life. I just lost 30 minutes and had no idea that it was happening. I think I’m going to have a lot to say about this game at some point. Play it.