Five things on Friday #149

Things of note for the week ending November 6th, 2015.

Things of note for the week ending November 6th, 2015.

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Hey there everybody and HAPPY FRIDAY to you. It’s been a lovely old week, hasn’t it? The weather turned, the fires burned, and the Internet (and Canada) learned some more.

But that’s not why you’re here. You’re here for FIVE THINGS ON FRIDAY.

So… here they are then.



PREACHER is an incredible series. Those of you who have read it will know exactly what I’m talking about. Those of you who haven’t, well, either borrow it from someone or go out and buy book one immediately – you won’t regret it.

The reason this is a thing this week however is not just a simple book recommendation, oh no. AMC – the American cable channel behind amazing TV such as The Walking Dead – has commissioned a series based upon PREACHER and the first trailer for the show dropped this week.

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(click image to view trailer, yo)

And it looks ACE.

Bring it.

The ‘they’ in this context is ESPN and Grantland, if you’re unaware, is/was a phenomenal sports and culture website that featured some of my favourite articles of recent history – many of which ended up in an edition of Five Things or three.

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From Fincher, to Hartman, to the America’s Cup – Grantland was an EXCELLENT publication. To read about its demise, I suggest you head over to Deadspin for the 411.

However, if you’d rather not make yourself sad about the loss of such amazing writing, why not head over to The Grantland Archive where all of the goodness linked above (and more) is there ready and waiting for your consumption.

I can’t believe it’s over.


For reasons I shan’t go into, this passage speaks to me…

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The image itself I nabbed from the Instagram channel of one Rishi Dastidar – aka, Betarish. A talented and kind individual who, where asked when said quote was taken, not only updated the post with the title but then also sought out, purchased, and subsequently sent me a copy to read myself.

Sir, you are a gent.

Friends, the book is known as ‘Microserfs‘, it is beside me as I type – and I recommend it to all of you.

Go get.

Every time I thought I had the fourth thing cracked this week something else came along and nudged it over. So here, in thing four of this week’s five things, I present to you several things that all come under the fairly rough banner of ‘film stuff’.

First up is a trailer for Charlie Kaufman’s latest ‘Anomalisa‘ – aka ‘The most human film of the year that doesn’t star a single human’.


(click image to view trailer, yo)

Next up, we have this rather snazzy compilation from those wonderful folk at Screenrant regarding MOVIES THAT STOLE FOOTAGE FROM OTHER FILMS.

For example:


Amazing, right? I mean, it’s just so blatant.

Full video available here [4mins].

And finally, while not strictly a film thing it is an interesting film. This next video is of two daredevils (read: crazies with balls of steel) flying jet wings next to and around an Emirates A380 airliner.

That’s right, the smallest human flight and the largest – next to each other.

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I mean, it’s not like that plane has got jet intakes or anything, right?





This one is definitely this week’s must watch.

And now, after all that, we come to…

CALM, in partnership with LYNX, launched its ‘BIGGER ISSUES’ campaign this week and you can get help raise awareness to this cause quite easily by simply going to the BIGGER ISSUES website and signing up to the impending Thunderclap…

But wait, what is CALM and what are BIGGER ISSUES?

Take a look:


As the website says, people are talking about the wrong things. There are BIGGER ISSUES at play here.

You can help.

Happy Friday, to all of you.

Bonuses this week are things that you should know by now but if not here it is anyway just in case:

Whatley out.


Ps. FTOF #150 next week. EXCITING.

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Author: James Whatley

Chief Strategy Officer in adland. I got ❤️ for writing, gaming, and figuring stuff out. I'm @whatleydude pretty much everywhere that matters. Nice to meet you x