In haste, so have some links, mostly entertainment:
About recent-ish entertainment releases or news:
- veejane: [handling of daemons in live-action adaptations of His Dark Materials]
- Brandon Sanderson Blog: Brandon To Finish Wheel of Time
- Slate Magazine - Katherine Heigl's Knocked Up: The demise of the female slacker. :: "If Apatow tries, in Knocked Up, to suggest that guys need to grow up a bit to meet women's high expectations, he, like his own characters, doesn't seem to get that maybe there's a lot more to women than these expectations."
- cofax7: NEW (SPN): Her Tracks Are On The Land (PG, Gen) :: Summary: The boy she's spent twenty years searching for, in memory of her dead sister, turned out to be a serial killer. How's that for a kick in the pants? Could be read as AU, but not yet entirely jossed.
- Slate Magazine - I Am Legend :: One review saying what seems a pretty solid consensus: an hour of Will Smith and his dog in post-apocalyptic Manhattan = good. Subsequent monsters, bombast, and illogic = bad. As long as I'm expecting the bad parts, I suppose it's bearable . . .
- Amazon.com: The Fairy Tales of J.K. Rowling :: Reviews and pictures of the handwritten "Tales of Beedle the Bard" bought at auction.
On the launch of the Organization for Transformative Works (nb. I have been mostly staying away from the discussion threads because I do not have the energy):
- Organization for Transformative Works: defend fandom! - Boing Boing :: Two-for-one announcement post: main body links to a useful 101-level discussion of why OTW is needed, and comments contain pungent TNH remarks in support.
- naominovik: more about the OTW :: "many of the concerns I'm seeing raised are about the commercialization of fanfic, and we really do want to clarify that this isn't what the OTW is about" (why so many people jump to that conclusion I have no idea)
- merryish: Can't stop the signal :: "While the discussions of the merits of fan fiction are ongoing in the pro writer community, I have a couple of responses to some of the recurring theories and arguments:"
- ithiliana: Anti Fanfic Bingo Card
- "Passing the Elbow Test: Which picture books are so good that Carolyn Hax's three rambunctious little boys sat still long enough to listen to them? Read on to find out." Reviewed by Carolyn Hax
- Freedom Keychain GPS Receiver Review
- Spider attacks shuttle - Boing Boing
- rachelmanija: Super-delicious apple or apple-pear crumble
- Books: None of the Above: Books: The New Yorker :: "An I.Q., in other words, measures not so much how smart we are as how modern we are." Or, why I.Q. fundamentalists fail at science.
- morgandawn: Moving LJ Memories To Del.Icio.US En Masse :: requires Firefox and a couple of extensions
How did it get to be less than a week before I go off on holiday treks?