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Some NY links:

I have a couple links to share, all NY-related.

First: The NY Times has an article about turning garbage into fuel. It's a strange article, focusing mostly on the venture capital aspects of the story--can these startups make the process feasible? Which is a legit angle, but I'd like to see them factor in other considerations, like "mining" landfill and reclaiming trash dumps.

And wasn't there a city in the midwest that was drawing power from sewage treatment? Akron, maybe? I'd like to hear how that's turning out.

Second: The NY Yankees confiscate all sunblock from fans to protect against terrorist attacks. But don't worry! If you need protection from the sun on a 98-degree July day, you can buy 1 oz of SPF15 sunblock inside the stadium--for five bucks.

Security theater=Good business.

Third: A.O. Scott hopes superhero movies begin to bust. Frankly, I think he's missing the point. It's not the fact that they're big-budget superhero movies that make them thematically simple. It's that they're big-budget movies, period. Yeah, I know that there have been big-budget films that would meet his criteria for "lofty, serious themes," but blockbuster superhero films have only become successful as a genre in the last few years. Give it time to mature, dude. And learn to accept the compromises that big financial risks require.


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Jul. 24th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Security theater=Good business.

I'm so envisioning you doing Marlon Brando doing Sakini from Teahouse of the August Moon when you say that.
Jul. 24th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
You know, I've never seen that movie. Is it funny?
Jul. 24th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
It's well-written. Glenn Ford is appealing, as is Eddie Albert. Seeing a white guy do Okinawan grates a little these days -- though not as much as Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Jul. 24th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Rooney is embarrassing.

I like Glenn Ford, but I've never been a big fan of Brando. I know most everyone loves him, but he always seems to be Acting! and I can never enjoy the movie.

I'll give ... August Moon a chance at some point, though, if only to see something equal good business. :)
Jul. 28th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Um, I thought the Spiderman movies were pleasantly thematically complex. But maybe I'm just a simpleton who likes to have fun at the movies.
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. Considering it was a big-budget summer tent pole movie, they had plenty to chew on.

Not as much as you'd find in an Iranian kite movie, maybe, but it was much better than I expected.
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