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So, Colonialism and the price of Ghee [Dec. 28th, 2013|03:36 pm]
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Via a Cory Doctorow tweet I discovered the awesome tumblr lol my thesis, which contains such gems as

so when I went to post that on facebook (and got detoured by a feminist critique of the Kung Fury trailer), I saw a suggested link to this food blog which grabbed my attention with its title. There I ran across the word Burpee, the wikipedia article for which linked to Hindu push-ups which are a form of exercise prevalent in Indian and Pakistani physical culture and Indian martial arts, particularly Pehlwani.

And the next thing you know I’m watching a documentary about traditional Punjabi wrestling. Basically a bunch of old guys complaining about how back when the Rajahs and Maharajahs supported the sport all the wrestlers were upstanding and respectable and trained and ate well, but now the government isn’t supporting them, and kids these days are watching movies instead of training, doing drugs and drinking tea (even first thing in the morning!) instead of milk. And then they start bitching about how the wrestlers don’t get enough butter, and how expensive almonds are, and how cows only eat wheat waste products, nobody bothers mixing in cotton seeds, and how much hay costs, and I feel sad.

See, Pehlwani wrestlers were fed a sort of Paleo diet: Ghee, milk, almonds, meat. Whenever I read about Paleo diets, I get a queasy sense that it’s this first-world, privileged-western fad that is economically and environmentally unsustainable. And here you have people who know how much feeding a cow costs complaining about being too poor to feed wrestlers properly and maintain their traditions.

Speaking of wrestling, I’ve got this in another tab: A Mongolian Wrestler Princess who is so deserving of her own Disney movie (via N. K. Jemisin.

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Jackie Chan fight in a glue factory [Dec. 18th, 2013|04:18 pm]
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Mark E. Smith’s Audio Guide To Ripon Cathedral [Dec. 15th, 2013|07:29 pm]
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I liked Mark E. Smith’s Audio Guide To Ripon Cathedral more than Werner Herzog’s Note To His Cleaning Lady (through which I found it). Lots of Mark E. Smith love on that site, and that sent me down memory lane. I bought lots of The Fall albums until I understood they’ll just keep coming out as long as MES is breathing.

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Wendy Pini’s college project: an Elric animated film [Jul. 15th, 2013|06:51 pm]
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When I was in high school (like, 15?), a friend made the suggestion, fueled by a mutual enthusiasm for Ralph Bakshi’s animation and Am Oved’s Hebrew editions of Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, that someone make a movie version of the latter, maybe with a Deep Purple soundtrack. I’m not even sure if “someone” was supposed to be us, but I’m sure a similar notion occured to many a young Michael Moorcock fan.

Anyway, Wendy (ElfQuest) Pini had the same idea when she was in high school, and when she went to college she made an honest attempt at it. Her efforts are lovingly detailed in this wonderful art book called Law and Chaos which is available in its entirety online.

(Although, my 15-year-old self would probably find that she drew an awful lot of ornate architecture and pretty dresses and barely any sword fights with demons. What a girl)

It’s remarkable to think that Moorcock gave her his blessing, and what technical difficulties she had to struggle with in those dark pre-computer days. These days it might be possible for a rabid fan to actually create something like this, except that nobody would be able to get the rights these days.

[via Tor.com]

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Recent movie thoughts (Fright Night, Captain America) [Aug. 22nd, 2011|05:51 pm]
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Brief thoughts about two random movies seen this weekend-ish:

Fright Night 3D – First, I don’t like 3D movies because they are kinda dark compared to 2D ones. For some reason, the makers of the Fright Night remake thought that filming long scenes in the dark will make this acceptable. It doesn’t.

Second, why hire David Tennant and then have him play Russel Brand?

Captain America: The First Avenger – seen in glorious 2D, with an annoying audience. At least they all cleared out during the credits, before the Avengers teaser trailer. There were a lot of bits I liked about this movie, but it did suffer from a certain lack of suspense – Bo found himself nodding off. Were they terrified of losing their PG rating if the villain actually did something more villainous than stockpile weapons and look slightly cross? Did they figure that since we know who won WW2 they can recap things in a montage instead of showing a real struggle? Frankly, if you can’t make an exciting movie about Nazis with Death Rays, your script needs work…

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A brief dialogue, in alphabetically sorted movie titles [Aug. 2nd, 2011|02:51 pm]
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A:I am Legend!”
B:I am Love.”
A:I love you, Man!”
B:I love you, Phillip Morris.”
A:I love you too.”
C:I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry!”

Source:

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Best Part of the Job [Jul. 19th, 2011|06:06 pm]
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From David Brothers’ series of blog essays on Frank Miller doing Batman

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‪The Pirates! (Aardman animation) Trailer [Jul. 14th, 2011|03:36 pm]
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‪The Pirates! Band of Misfits Trailer HD‬‏ – YouTube.

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the realist: origin story [Jul. 5th, 2011|06:16 pm]
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The Realist: Origin Story – This installment of Assaf Hanukah’s exemplary comic sent a shiver down my spine each and every time I read it.

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Trailer for The Rabbit and the Chocolate Carrot Cake [Jun. 10th, 2011|03:57 pm]
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We made this!

(Well, Guy did all the hard and creative work, I just wrote some code).

If you have young kids, give it a go. Hebrew version coming soon.

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