Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Links!

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As yet unmade series of Star Trek is shit, say Trekkies. I’m excited but trepidatious — and I think the anthology model might really be the way to go.

* As yet unmade Greatest American Hero reboot is shit.

All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online.

Accelerationism Without Accelerationism.

The Man Who Brought Zombies to America.

New Data on Adjuncts.

* The end of Twitter.

“Unusual claims like evidence for alternate universes require a very high burden of proof,” Chary noted in the study.

John Boehner: ‘God told me’ Paul Ryan becoming Speaker was part of his divine plan. Truly, he moves in mysterious ways.

* Entering the “living parody” stage of the campus culture debate: Amid controversy, ‘Stonewall’ screening postponed.

* I’ve seen this movie, and it doesn’t end well: Man finds his doppelganger sitting in his seat on a flight.

* This one either: The Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Heading Towards Irreversible Collapse.

Why does Facebook want the machines to win at Go?

* Join the AAUP, people!

The Idea of a “Male Brain” and a “Female Brain” Is Likely a Myth.

* The arc of history is long, but Disney May Be Officially Retiring Slave Leia From All ‘Star Wars’ Merchandise.

* And you had me at hello: famous statues reimagined as action figures.

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A Bunch of Links for Thursday

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* In the future, you can make telephone calls from inside your email. Also, in the future Google knows everything there is to know about you.

* Oh, crap: My adjunct story starts with the highly self-indulgent decision to pursue a PhD in comparative literature. To me, this meant I’d get to study great writers who happened to express themselves in different languages. To hiring committees, it meant I had GENERALIST tattooed on my forehead—the academic equivalent of a scarlet A.

* Vimeo has a sneak preview of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.

* Happy 35th birthday, global warming. Personally, like the first commenter, I count from Arrhenius.

* How the Pirates make more money losing. Via the MetaFilter thread on accounting tricks in Major League Baseball.

* Surviving and Thriving in Durham: a Tumblr blog.

* Slayage has a special double issue on Dollhouse.

* Pynchon on plagiarism.

* Sarah Palin, kingmaker.

* There’s a new Grow game, Grow Valley. (Here’s the walkthrough.) You may also Metagun, which Rock Paper Shotgun describes as “a game about a man who fires a gun that fires men who fire guns. At you.”

* The eleven most scandalous stories about Saved By The Bell from Dustin “Screech” Diamond’s autobiography. Not a hoax, not an imaginary story. Via MetaFilter.

* And you had me at “Rod Serling action figure.”