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1. GEN XENNIALS
I don’t REALLY have to repeat how much it makes my gut reach whenever I read some of the latest guff around generational ‘cohorts’ now do I?
For those of you that didn’t throw up the moment you read the above thing title, keep reading!
The ‘micro-generation’ of people born between 1977 and 1983 (and the reason that this, ahem, research is appearing in this edition MAY WELL BE because I fall into said category) now have their own name.
— passes the sick bag —
It says here:
Look. I get it. That is definitely me. And the full definition makes a lot of sense.
But it’s still a massive wang-a-thon.Â
I’ve said it before, if you want a decent take on all things cohort, you could do a lot worse than read this excellent piece by Jed Hallam – ‘Millennial is a useless term‘Â
Xennials. I mean, really.
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2. WETHERSPOONS DELETED ITS ENTIRE EMAIL DATABASE – ON PURPOSE
I AM SO HERE FOR THIS.
WIRED* is reporting that UK pub chain (and oft-favourite haunt of student-Whatley) J.D. Wetherspoons has deleted its entire email mailing list and says it will stop sending newsletters via email completely.
JDW’s CEO, John Hutson, wrote to its subscribers last week and said –
â€œMany companies use email to promote themselves, but we don’t want to take this approach â€“ which many consider intrusive. Our database of customersâ€™ email addresses, including yours, will be deleted.â€
BECAUSE WHO WANTS MORE EMAIL, AMIRITE?Â
This is nothing short of superb.
Like I said, WIRED has the full story.
Worth a read.
*Incidentally, I subscribed to WIRED magazine this week. Â£28 for 24 issues. That’s Â£1.10 per issue. Not bad.Â
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3. THE SECRET HISTORY OF PIXAR’S CARS UNIVERSE
Shit’s about to get weird.
Earlier this week, I read the following:
“One of the beauties and dangers of the internetâ€™s ability to dilate fandoms so that they never begin and never end is that people get to spend too much time thinking about stuff. For instance, Cars 3 â€” the latest kid-friendly Pixar film â€” is out today, but it will likely not address the fact that a car genocide happened in which Car Hitler exterminated 6 million Car Jews during Car World War II. It is very easy to prove that Car Hitler is real, using canonical Cars lore.
The general line of thought is something like this: The Cars-verse includes a World War IIâ€“era Jeep named Sarge, who explicitly references events like the Battle of the Bulge. In the direct-to-DVD film Planes (made by Disney but not Pixar), there is an actual WWII flashback in which the plane Skipper recalls losing his entire squadron in the Pacific Theater. Assuming that Car WWII occurred, and that it contains the same contours as the actual WWII, we can assume that there were Car Axis powers, and thus a Car Hitler.”
The problemÂ with this stuff is the more you read it, the more you just want to keep scrolling…
Which you’re going to do once you click through and read the whole damn mind-bending thing.
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4. A SECTION ABOUT MOVIES + STUFF
There’s a whole bunch of film-based news/knowledge/trailers that I’ve missed while away so I’m bunging it all under one section (save running a whole FToF dedicated to movies – but that might still happen one day – maybe).
In no real order whatsoever:
- I am all over this BLACK PANTHER trailer. It looks AMAZING. And you know the music will be KILLER. Watch this with YOUR EYES.
- How David Fincher uses special effects. Surprising and awesome.
- Speaking of Fincher, he’s just signed on to direct the sequel to the forgetting Brad Pitt vehicle, WORLDÂ WARÂ Z. Colour me interested.
- I’m going to see the fantastic-looking (and highly rated) BABY DRIVER (watch the trailer). Directed by Edgar Wright (he of Cornetto Trilogy fame), it looks super fun and super stylish. Interesting side note about Wright, back in 2014 he famously ‘exited’ director duties on the Marvel movie ANT-MANÂ – with BABY DRIVER finally out and doing the rounds, Wright has finally gone on recordÂ and spoke about why.
- Location scouting for Wes Anderson. Not really but still, gorgeous pics.
- Josh Brolin went to a GOONIES-themed party and went as himself. Amazing.
- Speaking of Josh Brolin, his transformation into CABLE for DEADPOOL 2 is coming along VERY NICELY.
- WONDER WOMAN. It’s amazing what happens when you give young girls incredible role models.
- ALSO WONDER WOMAN. The Amazonian fight scenes are BAD ASS (such a good read).
- MORE WONDER WOMAN. If you’ve not seen it, I recommend you do. It is not only the best DC expanded universe film to date but also the FIRST DCEU film that is better than some of Marvel’s efforts (I’m looking at you, Thor 2). And that is something I never thought I’d say. So yeah – GOOD JOB.
And that’s that section done. While we’re here though, let’s throw in another bit. Being off work for as long as I have, I’ve been catching up with a number of box sets I’ve had my eye on:
- 13 REASONS WHY (Netflix). Hard watching. But very good.
- AMERICAN GODS (Amazon Prime). Made by the same team that brought us the HANNIBAL TV series (still my favourite TV show of all time ever – not kidding), AG has some stellar performances but overall suffers from assuming too much knowledge on behalf of its audience. EXPLAIN MORE STUFF PLEASE AMERICAN GODS. THANKS.
- PREACHER (Amazon Prime). I started this AGES AGO but with S2 arriving I figured I’d revisit. It is gruesome, weird, messed up, and (unlike AMERICAN GODS) includes a decent plot. I enjoyed it.
- HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix). Do I really need to talk about this?
- Over to you, dear reader…â€‹
5. OMG – COMPETITIVE PUNNING
This week, on ‘RANDOM THINGS I HAVE WATCHED ON THE INTERNET’, this video utterly killed me.
Go. Watch it. Then come back.
So yeah, found that video via this AMAZING article on Fast Company that explains how Joe Berkowitz spent a year exploring the culture in and around COMPETITIVE PUNNING.
â€œThe best pun I heard during the course of writing the book was: â€˜I went to go shopping for cherries and microphones the other day: bought a bing, bought a boom,’â€ Joe told me. â€œThe worst pun I heard was: â€˜If steaks canâ€™t satisfy you, can ribs?â€™ where the words â€˜Can ribsâ€™ were somehow supposed to form a pun on â€˜Cribs.â€™ This was 15 minutes into a pun duel about furniture and all the good puns were taken, but still: wow,â€ Joe recalled.
If you only watched the video at the start of this section then I will be happy but this whole thing, in general, is so mentally brilliant, I can’t impress it upon you enough to go read, explore, and enjoy/cringe/laugh.
BONUSES THIS WEEK ARE AS FOLLOWS:Â
HERE BE THE BONUS SECTION. AKA: ‘THE SELECTION OF LINKS THAT JAMES FOUND INTERESTING ENOUGH TO SHARE BUT NOT INTERESTING ENOUGH TO ADD A WHOLE PARAGRAPH OR FIVE OF THOUGHT ABOUT’
DON’T SHY AWAY, MIND. THERE BE GOLD IN DESE HILLS.
HERE WE GO.
- Snap Spectacles advertising on THE IMAX. WHAT. Related: I have a pair. AMA (on Twitter or whatevs).
- The smartphone is now the default mobile device for UK adults (good thread w/ great charts).
- Musk has got his Mars colonisation plans DOWN. They’re fluffy (on purpose)Â but still a good read.
- I love this Basketball court.
- Everything wrong with Advertising in one lousy award.
- I ï¸ this Channel 4 News Anchorman spoof.
- UK General Election / EURef age data. Telling.
- Best life tip you’ll read today?
- Looking for new games for your iOS device? Look no more.
- The MONUMENT TO THE UKNOWN ARTIST is a five-minute walk from my work and people have never believed me when I’ve told them I’ve seen it moving. TURNS OUT I WAS RIGHT.
- Not a short read but a pair of merging black holes 3bn light years away sent ripples of spacetime through Earth is enough to make your mind wobble.
- Tracking Trump.
- British social attitudes.
- Should Apple buy IBM? (the first commenter doesn’t think so)
- There are a bunch of ships buried underneath San Francisco – who knew?
- Everything Wrong with Planet of the APPS – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
- E3 came and went. The games that I’m looking forward to are:ANTHEM, SPIDER-MAN, GOD OF WAR, ASSASSIN’S CREED: ORIGINS,UNCHARTED: LOST LEGACY, SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS, and METRO.
What’d I miss?
And I think that just about wraps it up.
WHAT A WEEK.Â
I’ll try not to leave it so long next time.