Jun 12, 2012
commented on The Largest Eye in the World...
(Mild spoilers:) I'm not convinced Melancholia needs to be scientifically rigorous to work. But even as I was watching it the first time (yes, I've seen it more than once) it seemed already to explicitly raise the question about whether the scientists were telling the truth or whether the online cranks were right that Melancholia would hit earth.
To me that's one of the most true things about the movie: if, right now, scientists were to begin tracking an object, too big for us to destroy or deflect, that they knew for sure would strike and destroy earth, I am *extremely* skeptical that the scientists would (be allowed to) inform the public. And I think that any that did would be labeled online cranks. So how is the movie version inaccurate (other than a brief glimpse of a rather farfetched orbital diagram)?
Aug 16, 2011
commented on Tao Lin Lands a $50,000 Book Deal with Vintage Books
See, this is the problem with the book publishing business starting to recover: it starts throwing money at self-impressed hacks.
(Seriously, though, please would you guys just get over Tao Lin already. Just because you unwisely had him write for a you couple times doesn't mean you have to talk him up every time something happens to him.)
Apr 8, 2011
commented on What Planned Parenthood Actually Does—Besides Prevent Nearly a Quarter of a Million Abortions Every Year
I want to believe this, and probably do believe this, but it has to be noted that this is a chart put out by Planned Parenthood. Would you believe a flattering chart about Tom Carr put out by Tom Carr? What about a chart provided by the city council showing how great the Tunnel is going to be?
It would be nice to be in a world where organizations always tell the truth about themselves. They don't. And you don't look good when you only believe the organizations you agree with.
Nov 18, 2010
commented on Girl, Resurrected
Lord, can we please get a few posts here *without* seeing Tao Lin's name? He's a no-talent egomaniac hack. (Egomanihack?)
Just because he was willing to write a couple things for The Stranger doesn't mean he's any good. Please, I'm begging, just let him slip beneath the surface.