My Thumped review of Doctor Strange
There are two types of Marvel movies, it seems: the entertaining ones, and the rest. This one fits in the former category, thankfully. #screen   ·

No Wave Is Boring
‘Weaponised ennui’ is a great way to describe it. #sound   ·

The secret of taste: why we like what we like
There’s no accounting for it, that’s for sure. #aux   ·

How do I create a book cover spine in Adobe InDesign?
Filing this for future reference. #aux   ·

Social justice, shipping, and ideology: when fandom becomes a crusade, things get ugly
If the concept of shipping makes you go ‘huh?’ then you’d better also read Canon, fanon, shipping and more: a glossary of the tricky terminology that makes up fan culture. (Better make that youth fan culture, where everything has to be a competition. If only you young’uns were more philosophical about shit.) #aux   ·

Take it with a pinch of salt – the food marketing myths we’ve swallowed whole
It’s tempting to fall into the trap of ‘it’s all marketing blah blah’ but healthy scepticism goes a long way. Like, there’s nothing wrong with having bacon for breakfast, or drinking a glass of milk if you enjoy it; just be aware of why you might be doing it in the first place. #food   ·

The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History
It’s one that turns out to be not so much strange as particularly complicated, as copycat acts in the pre-video age were all the rage. #sound   ·

The Story of Vince McMahon
I saw some ragging on this piece for being a lift from Vince’s infamous Playboy interview, and not even a lift of the juiciest quotes. But the point of it is more as a sampler for people to go read all of these sources in greater depth, is it not? Take it for what it is, not what you think it is, people. #wrestling   ·

NJPW World live events calendar
For keeping track of upcoming events when I catch up from being weeks behind, again. #wrestling   ·

Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steaks
Via a ‘healthy eating for wrestling fans’ group I’ve joined, believe it or not. It’s getting to the time of year to try something like this, that’s for sure. #food   ·


Read more blogs
Blogs are still going, even if the denizens of the internet have moved to social media apps and all that noise. On a related note: The Favelog Writes Itself — on building a self-updating website that archives and catalogs your personal collections of favorites, saves, stars, and likes around the web. It’s something I’ve wanted for a while but haven’t technically been able to do, what with not using Wordpress and all. #aux   ·


The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies
It’s like something from a movie — as a matter of fact, the story inspired a TV series — but it’s real, and I can’t even begin to imagine the existential crisis these guys are going through. #aux   ·

Will the Left Survive the Millennials?
If the spirit of what she’s saying is sound, Lionel Shriver doesn’t help her case with hyperbole like ‘shrill’, ‘fraught with danger’ and ‘weaponised sensitivity’. (And that headline? Sheesh.) She also (wilfully?) misses the point of what Abdel-Magied was trying to get across, as much as I rolled my eyes at her pained prose: that it’s really no longer acceptable for the relatively privileged to write about others less so, when the latter are given fewer — or no — opportunities to do it themselves. #comment   ·

The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs
It’s funny because it’s probably true. #screen   ·

How to Center in CSS
Or ‘centre’, depending on your version of English. Here’s one of those ‘one thing well’ sites that will always come in handy on occasion. #aux   ·


The Decline Of The Irish Metal Civilisation, Yet Again
“With all the clubs, gigs and activity happening in Dublin, you’d be under the illusion that there’s actually a real, thriving scene here. There’s not. There’s a disparate number of different groups all struggling to do something for their respective audiences. The only thing that really sells is nostalgia.” #sound   ·


My Thumped review of De Palma
This masterclass in cinema is showing exclusively at the Light House in Dublin from today, but you might be able to stream it already. #screen   ·

Chickpea, Butternut Squash and Spinach Curry Recipe from Blazing Salads
This looks relatively easy to do, even for me. #food   ·

Nigel Slater’s halloumi with beetroot and sesame bread recipe
Keeping it simple with this delicious-sounding sandwich idea. Love me some beetroot, love me some halloumi. I know it’s more of a summer snack but I’d have this any time of year. #food   ·


My Thumped review of Swiss Army Man
Going against the grain with this one; it seems to be getting good reviews, but I found it insufferable. Sensing some Emperor’s-new-clothes-ism. #screen   ·


My Son, the Prince of Fashion
It’s not even about fashion, really; it’s a touching tribute by a father (the novelist Michael Chabon) to his son, a young man he doesn’t fathom at all and yet understands profoundly. #aux   ·


Gabe Sapolsky talks EVOLVE with Rolling Stone
The pop culture bible (as it were) continues its dalliance with wrestling in this quick-enough read; nothing really new for serious fans but that’s okay. #wrestling   ·


My Thumped review of The Magnificent Seven
Plus a few words on the atrocious gardening biopic Dare To Be Wild. #screen   ·

My Thumped review of The Girl with All the Gifts
A kitchen sink zombie drama that’s all about the relationships at its core. #screen   ·

My Thumped review of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
If you’re a hardcore fan, you already know the story, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching. #screen   ·

My Thumped review of Hell or High Water
A classic Robin Hood tale retold with modern complications. #screen   ·

My Thumped review of Don’t Breathe
Bit late posting this one, and a few more to come; Fede Álvarez makes up for his horrid Evil Dead remake with a film that has its own problems. #screen   ·

A podcast from NPR about going deep into news stories one might otherwise breeze over on a given site or in a given paper. Doesn’t look like there’s been anything new since June but hopefully it’s just been on a summer pause. #media   ·

Justice, finally: a Hillsborough survivor’s story
Another one from the summer backlog, here; an emotive story from someone who was in the thick of that nightmare. #aux   ·

Life Lessons from a Lifestyle Business
An interview with MetaFilter founder on the rise and fall (and rise?) of the multi-user blog and hive mind retreat. #aux   ·

Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here’s What Happened When It Hired Some.
Ugh. It’s all I can say. #media   ·


My Thumped review of Captain Fantastic
A little bit Brady Bunch, a little bit Little Miss Sunshine; a lot of issues but also a lot that makes it worth a watch. #screen   ·

Facebook is wrong, text is deathless
Can’t add any more to what Tim Carmody says here. #words   ·

Don’t Trust Your CMS
It all boils down to this, from the final paragraph: “King’s editors had a responsibility to ensure that his accurate sourcing was reproduced when published, no matter the vagaries of their CMS. (King, too, should probably have been reading his articles once they were published.)” #media   ·

It’s broodin’ time! case file #59: Fantastic Four
I’m with Nathan Rabin, more or less; I said much of it myself at the time. #screen   ·

My Thumped review of Jim: The James Foley Story
I’ve seen some criticism of the technical aspects of this documentary, made by a childhood friend of the slain US combat journalist, but I had no issues with that side of things — perhaps because I’ve seen a lot worse. #screen   ·


My Thumped review of Lights Out
Problematic themes detract from this better-than-average modern horror #screen   ·


My Thumped review of Bobby Sands: 66 Days
Martyr — or artist? Brendan J Byrne’s documentary proves a convincing argument can be made for the latter. #screen   ·


How Japanese Wrestling Is Body Slamming the American Mainstream
Just in time for the G1 Climax tournament that’s five days old as I write (and has another three-plus weeks to go). Could have done with a more judicious edit (apart from the odd typo, there are quite a few factual errors a quick Google search would fix) but it’s still nice to see wrestling get attention from non-wrestling media, and especially attention of the ‘this is cool’ rather than ‘this is stupid’ kind. #wrestling   ·

The Rise of Victimhood Culture
I’m not sure using terms like ‘victimhood culture’ helps, as they seem as needlessly aggressive as the term ‘microaggression’ is itself. (It’s onomatopoeia, isn’t it? The word ‘aggression’ has an aggressive sound and mouth-feel to it.) But that’s a distraction from the purpose of this piece. While there is indeed a very real, subtly oppressive quality to the widespread use of terms historically used to diminish society’s minorities or quasi-minorities, it’s also been contorted into a weapon wielded in a kind of cultural gamesmanship. And that’s none more clear than the exchange this article uses as example, where the actual problem, if it exists at all, is lost in the rush to gain sympathy or kudos from peers, which quickly descends into childish sore-loser name-calling. I mean, the sheer irony of believing only one’s own intersectionality matters, and if one’s ‘enemy’ claims similar they’re acting in bad faith. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so depressing. #comment   ·


My Thumped review of Ghostbusters
It’s not a good movie, but that’s got nothing to do with the main cast being women. #screen   ·


Interview with John Mulvaney on Fractured
My friend John talks the process behind his ongoing video series on Irish underground music. #sound   ·

Confessions of a Curator: How one longtime music critic gets the job done
For whatever reason it’s easier for me to develop the kind of split mindset Justin Farrar describes when it comes to film, rather than music. Great food for thought here, anyway. #sound   ·


My Thumped preview of the 2016 GAZE film festival
Here’s what I spent Pride weekend writing up while my LGBT friends were partying it up, probably. Tickets on sale now. #screen   ·

Roe McDermott: He Said Nothing
“Men’s right to not discuss rape has taken precedence over women’s right not to be raped.” #comment   ·

How a global board games giant exploited Ireland’s Magdalene women
And I had more than one of these games in my childhood. We all did. And we didn’t know. Our parents didn’t even know. Because it was in the establishment’s interest that it was nothing for the people to be concerned with. #comment   ·


My Thumped reviews of Suburra and Elvis & Nixon
You’ll probably want to see a movie this weekend after all that happened today, but you don’t need to see the new Independence Day if you can help it. #screen   ·

I’m on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones
This is Brazil come to reality, it really is. #comment   ·

Swallowing the Red Pill: a journey to the heart of modern misogyny
Don’t read this unless you’ve got a unicorn chaser at the ready, it’s depressing as all hell. #aux   ·


My Thumped review of Independence Day: Resurgence
Man, the critics round here really HATE this movie. I mean it’s not good, and it’s got serious issues, but it passes the time, and the 3D isn’t wasted for a change. #screen   ·

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