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In 1991, Brian Eno Predicts YouTube, Reality TV

Venezia 042 Tez - Brian Eno predicts YouTube

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Interview: “Warren Ellis Thinks Newt Gingrich’s Space Ideas Are Full of Shit”

Over on Motherboard , Abraham Reisman interviewed Warren Ellis about Newt Gingrich’s aspirations for a USA moon colony. We figured Mr Ellis might have a word or two on Gingrich’s obvious vote grabbing statement. Mr Ellis did not disappoint.

The following excerpts are just a few choice moments from the interview. It was a bit difficult deciding which thoughts were best.

Abraham Reisman: What kind of merit is there to Gingrich’s proposals — which he’s self-described as “grandiose” — for developing a rocket that can reach Mars, establishing a permanent moon base, and so on?

Warren Ellis: Well, let’s start with the “51st State” bit that’s being bandied about. Speaker Gingrich knows as well as the next political mammal that the Outer Space Treaty forbids any one nation from claiming sovereignty over the moon. So, not so much with the 51st State crap.


Going to Mars is important. Going back to the Moon is, I think, important. But his plans and reasons for going make about as much sense as if he had said we had to go to Mars to find him something new to marry. I’m genuinely interested in seeing the human race escape the planet and go exploring. Speaker Gingrich would like to be elected.

Are there other technological goals on the scale of space travel that you think humanity should be pushing for, right now? If so, do you see models for us achieving them?

I’m not sure where everyone got the idea that the human race can only do one thing at a time. “What about here on Earth?” people say. “Shouldn’t there be other goals here that we should be pushing for?” Sure there are. But at this late date I’m fairly sure we’ve mastered walking and chewing gum as a simultaneous operation.

I’m not suggesting that we can’t do two things at once. But if there were things in addition to space travel that you think could have a similarly massive effect on humanity’s ability to grow as a species…

Curing cancer. Increasing quality human longevity. Induced pluripotential cell treatments. Nailing down that weird neutrino anomaly that seems to allow for faster-than-light communication. The usual shopping list. Also I want an orbital death ray.

You will read the entire interview on Motherboard.

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In Afghanistan: Memorial Day 2011

“We reflect on those who have gone before us. We reflect on their service and their sacrifice on behalf of our great nation,” said Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, who commands a Marine division in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. “We should also remember those serving today who embody that same commitment of service and sacrifice. They are committed to something greater than themselves and they muster the physical and moral courage to accomplish extraordinary feats in battle.”


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Tweet Quotes: Clayton Cubitt Talks About The Future

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Quote of the Day: On John mayer Deleting his Twitter Account

We normally would not bat an eye to the news of John Mayer giving up his Twitter and all ideas that he’s funny in any way shape or form.

This remark from @BuzzFeed was way to funny to pass up.

Now if we could only do something about Rivers Cuomo.

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Futurama! They’re Back, Baby! Plus, Interview with David X. Cohen

If you thought this event was passing without us taking some kind of notice, you were sadly mistaken.

Have a taste of the AV Club Interview with Futurama executive producer and head writer David X. Cohen.

AVC: In the first two episodes, as with the movies, it seems like the writing staff is having fun not being beholden to network censors.

DC: [Laughs.] Notice that there were some pretty small fig leaves on Leela and Zapp in that second episode?

AVC: Yeah, that made me think of a commentary track where you guys are talking about having to make Leela’s outfit longer, or show less cleavage.

DC: Right.

AVC: Obviously that’s not as much of a concern for you anymore.

DC: Yeah, the Comedy Central broadcast standards are definitely looser than Fox’s. So it’s become an interesting challenge for us, because we have to be our own censors a lot of the time. And for me, an important thing is that I do think it should feel like the same series as before. Just because perhaps we could show more skin and say more words, I don’t necessarily want to do so. So I like to think we may have pushed that edge a little bit—just a little bit more than we used to, but I don’t think there’s any one particular thing we couldn’t have done in the old days. And that’s very intentional. We have not greatly expanded our vocabulary, for example. So I would say on the whole, there’s just a bit more episodes that are PG-15 instead of PG-13, but nothing radical. It’s not at the South Park extreme.

AVC: Just a lot of nudity.

DC: Yeah. Nudity never hurt anybody.

Calm yourselves parents who’ve forgotten the unique fun of clever, risque television. Cohen talks about more than self-censors and naked Leela. He also waxes about the direct to DVD Futurama marathon events and what’s it’s like to rise from the dead more times than a Romero zombie.

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Sam Rockwell is Obsessed. Like a Polite Wolf.

Rockwell has a slight air of having been raised by wolves, but very considerate wolves who write thank-you notes after they’ve eaten all your sheep.

Considerate wolves that write thank-you notes? This was such an odd quote that we couldn’t help making an effort to remember it. Throw in a photo here, a You Tube clip there, and you’ve got a light afternoon post.

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