Things of note for the week ending Sunday July 24th, 2016.
Good evening. It’s 21:30 on a Sunday night as I start this week’s belated edition FToF (hence the title change) and I am quite sleepy. Having spent the weekend on a narrow boat somewhere in and around Banbury to say I am the epitome of chilled out would perhaps be an understatement.
1. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE?
If you didn’t do it, you certainly know someone that did (I did it, obvs) and for one summer, it was all your Facebook feed would show you (YES it went viral and YES it was awesome but let’s all remember Facebook made an algorithm decision just at the right time eh?).
In September 2014, the BBC reported:
There have been in excess of 2.4 million ice bucket-related videos posted on Facebook, and 28 million people have uploaded, commented on or liked ice bucket-related posts. On image sharing website Instagram there have been 3.7 million videos uploaded with the hashtags #ALSicebucketchallenge and #icebucketchallenge. Justin Bieber’s has been the most popular – with about one million likes.
But did it actually do anything?
In the same year, ALS received $98.2m – compared with $2.7m donated during the same period last year. Pre-ice bucket, the MND Association would receive on average £200,000 a week in donations. From 22 to 29 August, it received £2.7m.
An immediate and undeniable impact. Hurrah and hurrah again.
Two years on, The New Yorker has taken a look to see if that impact has lasted.
2. KEYNOTE SPEAKER TIPS
Speaking of good reading. Stephen Waddington has been at it again. This time around, sharing his twenty tips on how to present like a keynote speaker.
There be gold in dem hills.
3. THROWING A BBQ?
Buy some bananas and some chocolate – and do this.
Then tweet @markofrespect and tell him I said to say thank you.
4. STRANGER THINGS
I’ll put this simply: if you have Netflix, watch STRANGER THINGS. If you don’t have Netflix, borrow someone’s log in and watch STRANGER THINGS.
Evocative of everything from GOONIES to D.A.R.Y.L. to POLTERGEIST to EVIL DEAD to THE TWILIGHT ZONE to even GARTH MARENGHI’S DARK PLACE. If you’ve ever loved any kind of 80s supernatural / sci-fi film or TV show then you must, must, must watch STRANGER THINGS.
If you’ve never watched or seen any of the above things then just watch it anyway; the music is fantastic.
5. BECKY WITH THE GOOD HAIR
What to say?
First, I lifted this from Matt Muir’s newsletter – Web Curios (go sub).
Second, I had no idea what ‘Beck with the good hair’ meant, let alone implied.
Third, as Matt mentions, to see a ‘legacy fashion’ magazine, such as ELLE (in this instance) take so much time to critique its own mistake(s) is heartening.
6. SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON HAPPENED
Historically this is where you get the best and newest trailers for some of the most embed them all here and let you click through to the ones you want. This time around, I made you a YouTube playlist of the best ones.
7. FILM CRIT HULK ON THE FORCE AWAKENS
FILM CRIT HULK is one of my favourite film reviewers. The last time I featured his words here it was his STELLAR review of EX_MACHINA (there be spoilers there, so only read it if you’ve seen it). The thing about FCH is that he makes you think differently about the films you (think you) have seen.
This is a long read but a good one.
Then let’s talk.
Bonus items this week are as follows:
- There’s a super cut of all the time Game of Thrones alluded to Jon Snow’s destiny at this link. I really rather enjoyed it.
- Speaking of crows, when a crow dies other crows investigate the crime and report it to their friends and family. TRUTH.
- Need a gif? I got you a gif machine.
And that’s it.
Thank you to all of you who hit reply last week, it was so awesome to hear from you and what you’re working on / finding exciting. My task this week is to reply to you all!
It’s 22:20 and I’m going to find you a comedy gif and then I’ll hit send.