Things of note for the week ending Friday October 16th, 2015.
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It’s Sunday night as I write to you. Truth be told I had the things lined up earlier this week but I couldn’t find the oomph to pad them out with enough of stuff to warrant publishing/sending. Then, when I did have the get up and go to crack it out, I didn’t actually like said things.
So I re-wrote them.
Like, just now.
SO LET’S GO!
1. BEING A MAN – BAM
The BAM conference is back next month and tickets have just gone on sale. Last year, said event got superb write-ups across the board and this 2015’s efforts are expected to hit the same high standard (if not better).
Tickets for a three day pass are literally a mere THIRTY-FIVE POUNDS. Social Media Week was ten times that and then some. For reals.
I urge you, dear reader, get yourself to London for the last weekend of November and go to BAM to learn about the challenges and pressures of what it means, and takes, to be a man in the 21st century.
Men are important. Men’s health is important.
This. Is. Important.
2. CRIMSON PEAK
It looks good. And y’know, it’s out now and stuff.
Brucie bonus? Click on that poster and your internetty browser thing will bring the trailer for said film up and into your eyes.
AND GUYS. IT’S BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO.
You should see it.
What happens when an ex-video-games-website-designer sees his love killed by its parent [company]? Well, he cries a bit, then he grows, he learns, he completes his hero’s journey, and he creates something new.
And that my friends, is PLAAAYED.
Like video games? You’ll probably like Plaaayed.
We all have busy lives, and more and more the things we want to entertain us feel like another job â€“ keeping up to date with everything in the games world is impossible when we have careers to further, kids to look after, and lawns to mow (or, TV to watch, homework to do, and people to party with). Plaaayed is here to take that job from you â€“ let us pick out the important stuff thatâ€™s happened while youâ€™ve been busy and feed it back to you.
4. MORE HALLOWEEN STUFF
As your protagonist’s favourite holiday of the year creeps ever closer, the continual posting of related linkography (yes, that is a word) increases with it.
First up, here is a list of I KID YOU NOT, actual ‘Halloween’ costumes that have been banned from schools.
No spoilers but number one on this list is Jesus Christ. I mean, if you’re going full Zombie Jesus then I can see why some people would get offended. But legit Jesus? What’s he ever done? Why’s he so offensive?
Oh wait, Superheroes are banned too. Yeah. This is rubbish.
OK, but I promised you another Halloween link! Earlier this week, someone had the bare-faced audacity to retweet this next item into my feed.
It’s a Buzzfeed item. And, if you’re a regular reader you might already know that sometimes and only sometimes I like to Buzzfeed articles. You’ll also know that when I do I tend to apologise for doing so.Â I apologise because there are some awful, awful posts on Buzzfeed and this, dear reader, is one of them.
Are you sitting down?
FEATURING SUCH ZINGERS AS:
THE SEXUAL BASES
Â (not kidding, this is a real thing)
NETFLIX AND CHILL
(ZOMG! Like, sooooooo creative)
They’re literally wearing two different coloured t-shirts.
Kill me now.
‘Insanely creative’ my bum. Boring, sterile, and guaranteed to get you kicked out of any party for sheer lack of effort alone – more like.
This is the worst thing I’ve read this week.
Next week: Halloween INSPIRATION.
5. BRAIN CRUNCHINGLY GOOD CONTENT
This is pretty chunky. I wrote about Oliver Sacks’ recently, back in FTOF #138. His last article for the New York Times, Sabbath, moved me in a way that I find hard to describe (if you haven’t read it, then please do so – at once).
His passing, shortly after… He knew it was coming.
His words, his efforts, his life is/was incredible.
Much of that work is hidden behind University firewalls and research servers etc but, on December 1st, that will change.
Mark it in your diary and then go download some humdingers.
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Ps. Thanks to all of you that seemingly voted for me in The Drum’s Digerati Top 100. I didn’t even know it was a thing and SHAZAM! out of nowhere, I’m in at number 22 and the 21 above are unbelievable!