Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Large bodies in local politics

What I like best about this Daily Beast article on Robert Fisher (founder of the "Red Pill" subreddit) is it makes you interested in the makeup of New Hampshire's state legislature.  The New Hampshire House of Representatives has hundreds of members400 seats!  I had no idea it was that big.

I also like the profile pages they have for each state representative: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/member.aspx

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Trending

If you see a celebrity trending on Twitter, but they're not in the top spot, then you know they're safe.  Right now there are 13.7k tweets about Jack Nicholson, and he's in the #9 trending spot for New York City.  And the reason he's trending is because it's his birthday!

It's good to be a trending topic.  But it's not good to be the #1 trending topic.

Monday, April 10, 2017

AARP

I clicked one of those content recommendation widgets, and wound up on an AARP article titled "9 Stars Who’ve Surprisingly Appeared on ‘Star Trek.’"  The fourth slide was Whoopi Golderberg, which...isn't really that surprising?  I mean, she was a recurring character on the series:
Inspired by Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura in the original TV series), Goldberg lobbied the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation for a role. They came up with just the thing: The wise (and fashion-forward!) Guinan dispensed cocktails and counsel from shipboard bar Ten Forward in 28 episodes
What does all this have to do with AARP?  And what's the background of the author, Justin Kirkland?  And why did I wind up on that AARP page to begin with?

Those are rhetorical questions.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Movie quote compliations

Is there a term for those commercials where they insert a bunch of movie quote to advertise a product?  You'll often see them before the trailers at the movie theater, and it's presented as if the characters are reacting to an amazing new cable offering or audio development.

So, you'll have that part from Wonder Woman where Chris Pine is lying in a boat and he says: "Well that's neat."  Or you'll have that part from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World where Knives says: "Amaaaazing!"  The classic example would be the part from Gladiator where Maximus shouts: "Are you not entertained?"

I've always wondered how they put those commercials together....