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This Week 09: November 29th, 2009

I realise that the link dumps have been the majority of blog posts lately (and the only thing I’ve posted this week), thanks to the novel project.  That ends tomorrow though (and I actually concluded the story today), so things should be back to normal now and I have a few things drafted that just need formatting.  Anyway, this week we have Lego, The Matrix, Cthulhu, Blade Runner, water, leopard seals, love letters, lovely letters and hippos:

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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of The Matrix, some people got together and recreated the “Dodge This” scene in LEGO, bullet-time and all:

That was via io9, which also has a comparison video of the the two scenes side by side.

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I came to the conclusion recently that Blade Runner may in fact be my favourite film of all time.  It wasn’t a resounding moment of clarity or anything like that, just the realisation that I seem to watch it at least once a year, and seeing it referenced or shown (as in that Golden Age of Video that I’ve linked in the past two link dumps) makes me want to watch it again.  Letters of Note has a letter from Philip K. Dick, who wrote the original story that the film was based on (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).  After seeing a TV preview of the film he wrote about how important he thinks it is going to be:

The impact of BLADE RUNNER is simply going to be overwhelming, both on the public and on creative people — and, I believe, on science fiction as a field. Since I have been writing and selling science fiction works for thirty years, this is a matter of some importance to me. In all candor I must say that our field has gradually and steadily been deteriorating for the last few years. Nothing that we have done, individually or collectively, matches BLADE RUNNER.

The same site also has another Dick letter where he tells somebody about a book he saw in a dream but could never quite make out the title, which led to a search of many months for what he was sure would be an important, revelatory book.  The ending was quite amusing.

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It’s never too early to learn about about the Cthulhu mythos, and this Lil’ Cthuhlu animation presents it all in a child-friendly manner.  In a similar vein is the The Littlest Shoggoth webcomic story, which is both Lovecraftian and seasonal.

(via BoingBoing)

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Multiple album covers assembled into images (mostly making full people).  They join really well, even if it’s mainly just attaching men and women together for “he’s wearing lady clothes” giggles (via the Defeatist).  Be careful though, there’s one cover in there that makes it all Not Safe For Work.

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From Discovery HD, a look at what actually happens when a water drop hits a water source.  It’s much more complicated and interesting than I ever would have guessed:

(via Mental Floss)

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“I want to crawl inside you.  Like Luke Skywalker crawled up inside his tauntaun…” – Bizarre love letter with Star Wars references.

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A touching letter from a father to his two-year-old daughter, while he served overseas during World War II.  Letters of Note doesn’t know if he ever came home, but some investigating in the comments makes it seem likely.

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National Geographic photographer finds a large leopard seal to photograph, and instead of being aggressive it tries to teach him to hunt penguins:

(via BoingBoing)

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I dislike hippos.  I don’t know why, but perhaps it has something to do with them looking quite goofy but actually being quite dangerous (I actually think it originated from Michael Crichton’s book Congo, where the team are attacked by territorial hippos).  This Tetrapod Zoology entry has pictures of hippos biting (and likely killing) a crocodile.  Linked in the comments are these pictures of a hippo chasing a man, which repeats the fact that hippos kill more people than any other animal in Africa.

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Film of the Week: None (no films watched)

TV of the Week: Dexter (S04E09) – The whole season has been excellent, but this episode had some real stand-out moments, not least of which was the Thanksgiving scene.

Game of the Week: Left 4 Dead (Crash Course DLC)

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