Link Dump

Apologies for the extended absence from the blog, but there were technical difficulties that have since been resolved and tonight was a busy one, so here are some fun links I've run across recently:
  • 15 Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions Every Book Club Should Ask Themselves - I'm totally going to steal some of these for my next book club meeting at work. Sample awesome:
    Do you think it signifies a lack of imagination to picture characters as popular film and television actors? Sometimes there are a lot of characters to keep track of, or you're really tired from a long day of tax law, and can't picture one in your head so you just go, "Okay, Sir James is Tom Hardy." And then later when they describe Sir James as tall, with flaxen hair, aren't you like "Noooooo, ignoring! Tom Hardy" ?
    Heh.
  • Pixar Studio Stories - Apparently some of the recent Pixar blu-ray releases have had these awesome anecdotal stories from pixar on them, and they really are wonderful stories. Well worth your time.
  • Pentagon Declines to Loan Joss Whedon a Fighter Jet - Apparently Whedon wanted to get some military assistance for the Avengers, but the Military had some questions: "“To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything..." Seems fair, but as Josh Gross puts it: "And any comic fan will tell you, that's a dumb reason with an obvious answer. S.H.I.E.L.D. answers to Nick Fury, and Nick Fury answers only to his optometrist. Duh." Brilliant.
  • How To Survive A Robot Uprising - Handy guide.
That's all for now...