So I pre-ordered the new iPhone 4S the other day, and I have to say I was a little dubious about the voice-activated personal assistant, “Siri.” But now that I know she’s programmed to make Hal and “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” jokes, well, it may be too early to say, but I’m pretty sure she’s going to be my best friend. (/Film)
But I’ve read enough science fiction to know I shouldn’t let her discover my Achilles heel. So don’t tell her about my crippling fear of heights, okay? That fear made me sort of gulp at this woman who scaled the Great Wall of China in order to avoid paying an entrance fee.
(Blame It On The Voices) That gulp was followed by a sort of choking noise at this story of a group of Xtreme hot-tubbers. Oh, you hard-hatted douches. (Laughing Squid)
Then again, I’ve got a weak stomach. I couldn’t even read Dustin’s most recent post on Uproxx about the Ten Most Disgusting Meals In Cinematic History. Read it and report back, okay? (Uproxx)
True hipster darling Miranda July (she eats Zooey Deschanels and Greta Gerwigs for breakfast) wrote a charming piece in “The New Yorker” on shoplifting. (The New Yorker)
Speaking of free things, MovieLine is giving away a copy of Tree of Life to the best ten word review. Mine goes something like this, “Dinosaurs rawr, no seriously, why are there dinosaurs? Sean Penn.” (MovieLine)
Speaking of large beasties, archeologists have discovered a Kraken fossil. Or a Cthulhu fossil. Or, quite possibly, The Godtopus itself. (Physorg)
Neal McDonough, one of my all-time favorite but not quite famous yet actors, will be squaring off against Timothy Olyphant in this next season of “Justified.” I couldn’t be more delighted. It’s a glare-off! (Warming Glow)
Somebody who loves me made a TARDIS out of balloons. (Live Laugh Love Listen To Heavy Metal)
Speaking of lovable, “Movies On The Radio” is streaming the music of Pixar in honor of Steve Jobs. (Movies On The Radio)
You like observational humor? What about observational humor from the perspective of a backwoods Christian fundie? (Snide Remarks)
Hey, what’d y’all think of that Spanish Hotel-California-y song in the “Breaking Bad” finale? Bad ass, right? It’s from the Taalbi Brothers, and they’re like 12 years old. That one kid doesn’t even look old enough to be watching “Breaking Bad.” (Dave Chen)
As a nod to the wholly unnecessary The Thing prequel, io9 has a list of Which Ten Classic Sci-Fi Fantasty Movies Must Never Have A Prequel. I’ve got that list too. It looks like this: “All of them. Ever.” (io9)
There’s something really sweet about this photo essay of old school superhero costumes. (How To Be A Retronaut)
This Live-Action Voltron short is far more hilarious than it has any right to be. NEVER QUESTION THE LOGIC OF VOLTRON.
Finally, I almost didn’t post this, because I wasn’t sure how many of you were NPR nerds like me. But if you are, and you want to hear a fairly decent Ira Glass impression, some naughty but clever Teri Gross editing and some heavy breathing, then hit that play button.