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10 Microlog entries tagged with ‘geekery’

The Dummies’ Guide To Cosplay Photography in¬†2014
There’s a lot here about cosplay specifically but it’s also about the ethics and etiquette of public photography and behaviour in general, questions of which are often misunderstood on both sides. That some of this shit has to be explained might beggar belief, but there you go. #   ·

Doctor Who to Sherlock: TV franchises now have such devoted followings that casual viewers are alienated
The headline maybe overstates things a tad, but I’m very much behind the notion that ‘fan service’ — which Mark Lawson identifies in other words on his Guardian blog — can make for an impenetrable, elitist experience. Compare with the likes of Star Trek’s various series, or even a show like The West Wing, which all come with rich backstories that colour in every episode, especially in their later series, but aren’t difficult to get into at any stage; indeed, they encourage watching what came before as a pleasure, not a chore like revising for an exam. Fuck, even compare Sherlock with its far superior American counterpart Elementary. It’s a balance, but TV writers seem to be finding it harder to strike, more so I think since the likes of Battlestar Galactica (which seems to be praised as much as derided for its deliberately labyrinthine plotting). #   ·

Cult films: just bad movies in a good disguise?
I can’t get with Queenan over Big Trouble in Little China (I just bought it on Blu-ray!) but he makes a good general point that cult films “are neither as bad as the general public and critics said they were upon their initial release, nor as good as their fans maintain.” He’s also spot-on about certain films being released in the wrong place at the wrong time (but you could say that about most ‘world cinema’). #   ·

Jonathan Lethem on the subversive power of comics and science fiction
I like Lethem, but I hope Dissident Gardens is better than his last novel Chronic City, which was fucking terrible. #   ·

An introduction to Rush, the biggest cult band in the world
Rush put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. You should see it too. #   ·

Cooking for Geeks
I need to get this at some point. #   ·

The Restart Page
Geek alert: you could easily lose an hour with these simulated start-up routines for various OSes. A lovely little piece of computing history. #   ·

Gateways to Geekery: Giallo
I love The AV Club’s Gateways to Geekery - this one on giallo is a very handy primer - and I’m thinking it’s an idea that would lend itself very well to print… #   ·

Gateways to Geekery: Kurt Vonnegut
Confession time: I’ve never read any Vonnegut. But he really seems like my kind of writer. #   ·

Gateways to Geekery: Japanese Noise-Rock
Bit of a genre mash-up here, as none of the bands really sounds like the others, but still a decent introduction to underground and experimental rock in Japan. #   ·

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