Links for Friday

January 15, 2009 Categories: Books , Movies , Videos , Writing | 2 Comments  

The snow has given us a break this week, and I am so extremely grateful. There was one day that I clicked on the weather and saw “Severe Weather Alert” and freaked, but it was only to let us know that the air wasn’t going to move for a while and to watch out for pollution. Which isn’t really a problem for our teeny, rural community. :) Of course, if the snow continues to hold off, I may not win my bet with Kevin and then I won’t get to collect my foot rub.

This was our week of appointments. Natalie had her 12yo well-child and tetanus booster on Tuesday morning. Wednesday she had her braces tightened. Today, I had my chiropractor appointment – finally! I felt my sacral ileac (I have no idea if that is spelled correctly and I’m too lazy to look it up.) joint pop into place, and he also pushed me around in a bunch of different places. I currently feel like I’ve been mowed over by a steamroller, but my hip doesn’t hurt – yay! – and my mom assures me I’ll feel better by tomorrow. I go back for another adjustment Tuesday – and hopefully that will fix it once and for all, since we’re paying out of pocket.

Tomorrow, Natalie takes her yearly assessment in the morning. Our afternoon looks to be boring, since Michelle’s kids are either just getting or getting over either a bad cold or minor flu, but oh, well, ’tis the season. Saturday, I’m taking the kids to see The Tale of Despereaux, and hoping the film-makers didn’t totally screw it up.

Some links for your weekend:

~ The estate of A.A. Milne has authorized a Pooh sequel. Hmmmm….. Not sure how I feel about this. I guess I’ll reserve judgment until I see the finished product.

~ Writing in the Age of Distraction: a column by Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother.

~ Author Shannon Hale on the value of picture books – and graphic novels – even when we think our kids should have outgrown them.

~ How’d you like $105,000 to be caretaker of a tropical island off the coast of Australia? Apparently, a lot of people really wanted the job.

~ Some cool Coraline wallpaper. The kids and I are really looking forward to the film version.

~ My brother-in-law Hans, who is currently taking Biblical Greek in seminary, sent me this hilarious video: All Things Are Better in Koine.

~ The inability of people to recognize satire and sarcasm really scares me. Remember the Where the Hell is Matt video is on YouTube? The one with the adorably dorky guy dancing with people all over the world? Well, apparently, some people thought it was Photoshopped or in some way faked. Which means they really have no idea how Photoshop works, but whatever. Well, Matt made a tongue-in-cheek video “explaining” how it really was an elaborate hoax, everything was done on green screen. That the scene where he dances in weightlessness was accomplished by hollowing out a Boeing 727 and submerging it in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. That the other dancers weren’t really world citizens, but they were an army of animatronic puppets. And you know what? People thought he was serious. They completely missed how ludicrous his presentation was – puppets, people? – and were shocked that the video was a hoax. This satirical “confession” was posted on Digg by someone, and then picked up by a writer on Associated Content and posted as a legitimate news story. Matt then appeared at MacWorld to set the record straight and explain that it really wasn’t a hoax, that he did travel and dance around the world. The fact that he had to explain his false confession because people don’t understand satire just astounds me.


  1. Joy

    I’m so glad you finally got a chiropractor appointment. I really hope it gives your relief. Keep us posted. :)

  2. Mom

    I loved the Matthew Harding video – WE WERE MADE TO DANCE!