Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Strange Horizons, Inside TV, Jonathan McCalmont, Hollywood and Technology)

In today's edition:

* Several interesting pieces from Strange Horizons, including an interview with Nightwatch author Sergei Lukyanenko, and two recent reviews, the first of a pair of anthologies of Robert Howard's writing, and the other of Charles Stross's recently released novel, Rule 34.

* James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly's Inside TV on the "winners and losers" of the fall 2011 season. Rather predictably, NBC's remake of Prime Suspect didn't last, while FOX's Terra Nova isn't looking as strong a performer as it seemed prior to airing (though its Nielsen numbers have been decent). Also of interest here: the results of a poll looking at the likes and dislikes of recent television shows among Democrats and Republicans, respectively. (I'm still wondering at the implications.)

* A trio of recent pieces from Jonathan McCalmont's Ruthless Culture on our "culture of passive-aggressive friendliness," Occupy Wall Street, and personal ambition (or to be precise, the lack of it).

* And finally, from April, an amusing bit from Cracked about "8 Scenes That Prove Hollywood Doesn't Get Technology." (Five of the eight are actually from crime dramas on CBS – with NCIS accounting for two all by itself, the original and New York spin-offs of CSI for another two, and NUMB3RS rounding out the group. However, the 1995 film Hackers, well-known for its unique attempt to convey the experience of computer hacking on the big screen, also appears here.)

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