Recommended daily reading – 19 October

Hey, two days in a row:

First, a quick report on Arsenal’s dismantling of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League today.

From the world of webcomics, John Allison starts a news series featuring Esther from Scary Go Round (yaye!), and ComicCritics takes on APE in a strip featuring Shannon Wheeler and Too Much Coffee Man.

Finally, I may find the time to do my own Mad Men review, but in the meantime, Daynah Burnett at PopMatters considers Sunday’s finale to be a brilliant close to a season marked by “dark ideas”, while Amanda Marcotte on Pandagon sees it as a mess of an episode that, among other things, seems to duck the abortion question for Joan.

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Recommended daily reading – 18 October (mid-day, better late than never edition)

A few things I have collected over the past several days:

First, a recent Radio Open Source podcast with Harvard History Professor, Jill Lepore talking about her book, The Whites of Their Eyes, which puts the current ‘Tea Party Revolution’ in historical perspective. The interview is seriously entertaining and Lepore is smart and engaging.

Next, via Anne-Marie on delicious, is Overthinkingit’s “Female Character Flow Chart”, which guides readers through a set of criteria that can be used to distinguish ‘strong’ women characters in prose, comics, film and television (and maybe video games). Illustrated with examples.

On Top Shelf 2.0 is a short, funny play on Greek/Roman mythology and social media from Erik Bergstrom.

Last Saturday was Arsene Wenger’s 800th game with Arsenal (a 2-1 win over Birmingham City).

Finally, yes, this would be cool (via MTV’s Splashpage).

Recommended daily reading – 28 September (cleaning up edition)

Some selections from the past few days:

Comics Alliance is featuring a teaser for an animated short film of Atomic Robo and a view of the animation process. Robo is one of my favorite titles right now, and this certainly looks cool, and clearly made by people who are fans.

In other comics adaptations news, MTV’s Splash Page has some interesting discussion with Joss Whedon about the opportunities and challenges of directing The Avengers.

Champions League today, and Arsenal earns another win, this time over Partizan Belgrade.

Finally, renee french has a truly strange rodent for your consideration.

Recommended daily reading – 15 September

A few short items today:

First, the Arsenal.com match report on the Gunners 6-0 thrashing of Sporting Braga in the Champions League today.

Next, a nice feature on Metric by Jer Fairall in PopMatters. An excerpt from the conversation with Emily Haines:

“[New Wave] was just where we were at. That’s what we heard, that’s what we wanted: my synth dreams that will one day come true of truly expressing my inner synth geek one day will happen. It’s not like you make a strategic move, it’s like you do what you wanna do and what feels right to you. I love the garage rock stuff but I wasn’t gonna suddenly just drop what Jimmy and I have been developing, which is this total love of electro and dance music and trying to bring those New Wave sounds and the songwriting and the energy of rock and roll all together. Dance rock is not a new idea now, but it’s hard to try and express that in front of 20 people, it feels kinda stupid, but that’s part of the test. You just keep doing it. I’m glad we didn’t give up. It was hard to make a synth look rock and roll for a minute, but it worked out.”

The article provides a condensed history of the band, with a particular look at Metric’s place in the world of digital music and their recent Hollywood entanglements.

Finally, this from Inhabitat is just cool.