Gerry Canavan

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Quentin Tarantino’s Favorite Film of 2010

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…was Toy Story 3. Mine too, maybe, though it’s probably actually Scott Pilgrim (and I need to see True Grit).

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January 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Links for the Day after Christmas

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* I consider myself extremely skeptical about the overall theoretical usefulness of object-oriented ontology (see Vu’s excellent Polygraph review for a primer)—frankly I consider claims like these to be so preposterous as to be self-refuting—but nonetheless I’ve downloaded the PDF for new anthology The Speculative Turn at the terrible risk of someday having to writing a conversion essay.

* Hippeism: pray for a cure.

* They Shoot Porn Stars, Don’t They? Informative, almost-SFW essay via this AskMe thread about the violence and ugliness of contemporary pornography.

* Biden says gay marriage is inevitable, and Obama is teasing that he may even soon stop pretending that he opposes it. Progress!

* Where Obama failed: Nearly One In Nine Federal Judgeships Are Now Vacant.

* Republicans say they just won’t bend on the DREAM ACT. Obama’s eleven-dimensional strategy of aggressive deportation hasn’t brought them around at all; maybe it’s time to give it up.

* UNC plans to take the fight to grade inflation. There’s a pretty dramatic collective action problem here; more informative transcripts would disadvantage UNC’s own students while doing little or nothing to combat any larger nationwide trends.

The Scott Pilgrim Alternate Ending That Was Never Shot. The DVD also has the surprising original ending in which Scott goes back to Knives after all. I’m shocked this was really considered, much less lasted long enough to actually be shot.

* You had me at “Michelangelo painted a UFO.”

* And, at long last, the death panels are real.

Tuesday Night Links

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* The Daily Show rally backlash has begun in earnest, with worries that the rally will sap GOTV efforts alongside well-founded attacks on its basic premise. Still, I think we’re going, if only as an excuse to see my D.C. friends.

* How segregated is your city? Via MeFi.

* “In 1946, 53 percent of articles mentioning a research university were about that university, focusing on its research or activities,” the authors wrote. By 2005, “Just 15 percent of articles mentioning a university are about that university: the remaining 85 percent simply cite high-stature faculty for soundbite commentary on current events.”

* Being Franklin W. Dixon, author of The Hardy Boys.

* Kos, Josh Marshall, and Nate Silver see possible good news in Democratic poll numbers. Still, Democrats will lose big this November.

* Mad Men vs. the civil rights movement?

And Amazon is having a huge sale on the entire run of Scott Pilgrim. Enjoy.

Thursday Night

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