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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Morning Links pt. 29

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the 29th and final Sunday Morning Links

Yes, the Collective(ly) Unconscious is officially coming to an end. I have elected to focus on my Backdrop writing and my weekly baseball blog. I will not be shutting down this URL and I will certainly be keeping the name Collective(ly) Unconscious to myself, as it is my favorite thing I have ever thought up.

Through this 140-something post experiment I feel that I have learned a little bit away blogging and the way online writing works.

I have a new blog in the works that I will be launching soon(ish). I know it will have a much more specific angle than this winded beast. That's not to say I didn't love this winded beast, but I know there is no demographic out there specific enough to enjoy reading about Meningitis one day and enjoy reading about the Oscars the next. 

So thank you for indulging me in my little experiment and I hope my writing has become all the better for it. 

Now enjoy your final links.

- For all you Nintendo fans out there.

- Well now I feel like a huge douche for picking the Diamondbacks to finish 4th in the NL West.

- Cinematical lists the 25 best movies for conservatives ... I mean besides Birth of a Nation.

- This has to be the only time Ted Nugent and Michael Moore concurred on anything. 

- Hmmm, I wonder what this is all about ... 

Well that's all for now.

And by now, I mean forever. Enjoy!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Nobody Knows Anything

If you have never read anything by William Goldman, now would be the time.

Because Fast and Furious's opening proves once and for all that Goldman's credo of "nobody knows anything" is undeniably true.

$72 million for Fast and Furious?!?!?!??! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ... ? On Friday, news came out that Fast and Furious was hovering around the $30 million off. I thought that number was pretty high for a weekend gross. Then I realized that that was no projection. $30 million was merely the movie's Friday numbers.

Looks like we were in for a long weekend.

If I was forced to guess four months ago, which would be the highest grossing movie of 2009, I would have certainly guessed Watchmen. The fourth installment of a tired Vin Diesel franchise would not even enter my mind. But they did it, and props are much-deserved. I would have thought that Adventureland would even make more money than it did this weekend. It looks like it suffered from Freaks and Geeks syndrome though (kids don't want to see a movie about the 80s, adults don't want to see a movie about kids).

I guess I don't know anything.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Morning Links pt. 28

You know what the best part about being home is?

Not the family, not the food, not even my precious cats! No, the best thing about being home is HD television. I just finished watching David Letterman in HD and I can honestly say, I have never been more attracted to a man solely on the basis of the clarity of his face. Now I am watching Catch Me if You Can and I am starting to feel the same way about Martin Sheen. Why aren't there more women in HD? Oh I don't care, Tom Hanks is on screen now. By the time you read this, I will be back at OU anyway.

Back down to brass-tacks. I have now gone through three days of my blogging semi-retirement. I felt some pangs of guilt on Wednesday. But once I got through it, I slept free of guilt. Apparently, I have a conscience of steel. It is probable that if I were to ever commit a murder, I would get over it in a week.

Enough about my tarnished soul ... let's bring on the links.

- Here is the best thing about a bad economy.

- I am always fascinated when a staunch partisan political puppet gives a personal interview. The best part is that they often come across as, you know, a person.

- I now know whose style I will be shamelessly stealing for the next fifteen years of my career. Michael Lewis revolutionized the way we watch baseball. But apparently that wasn't enough for one of our finest non-fiction writers. I know this story is pretty old, but I read it for the first time this week.

- I love stories like this.  What happens when two of the best in their respective endeavors meet? Not much exciting...but interesting nontheless. 

- And finally, this has to be good news for E.W Scripps News Writing students graduating this year. 

That's all for now. Enjoy the upcoming baseball season!