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This Week 10: December 6th, 2009

It’s that time again.  Check out this weeks collection of journalism blunders, John Woo, The Sims 3, Rogue Warrior, Earth and other planets and pointless ghost hunter TV shows:

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A TV station used their Twitter feed to make a live billboard that always displayed the most recent message beside a picture of their news team.  That’s all well and good until your Twitter message seems to be accusing them of something unsavoury.

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The Guardian had an interesting piece about John Woo’s relatively quick rise and fall in Hollywood and how he has now essentially retreated to China to make historical epics. As the article points out, he only ever really found his place with Face/Off, and everything else he worked on either wasn’t that special or actually wasn’t good at all.

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To promote the Sims 3 World Adventures add-on, EA parodied New Moon:

(via VG247)

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GiantBomb’s quick look at the mediocre Rogue Warrior was a lot of fun.  They really capitalise on the game’s gratuitous swearing and create a review that isn’t safe for any workplace that frowns upon bad language, making something that’s both informative and funny.

I’ve only recently discovered the site’s Quick Looks and have been impressed with them. It shows the game being played pretty much unedited, they chat about its strengths and flaws and really do a good job of showing what the game is like in a way that conventional previews (or even reviews) don’t.

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Somebody decided to model what the Earth would look like if it had rings like Saturn, more specifically what it would look like for us down on the planet:

(via BoingBoing)

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Sticking with the solar system, Gizmodo has a recording of what planets ‘sound’ like, taken from electromagnetic radiation picked up by the Voyager I and II probes as they passed Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune.  The Gizmodo entry calls the sounds “bone-chilling” and “blood-curdling”, but I thought it actually sounded peaceful and soothing. You can listen to a short one through the link, but the article also links to this page with a ten minute version which I’ll embed below:

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Cracked sums up why all ghost hunting programmes are pointless. Quote:

Despite how scary some of the locations appear to be, and no matter how shaky the hand held cam is, these shows all share on common flaw….. they never, ever, ever discover any ghosts, and every single viewer knows that before they even turn on the show.

The actual discovery of paranormal activity, or life after death, or anything of the like would be considered the most incredible discovery in the history of mankind. We would finally know a little of what happens after death. Religious beliefs would be proven right or wrong. The Bible, the Quran, etc might all have to be re-written. It would be such a monumental shift in what people believe and the way we live that every single person on Earth’s life would change forever.

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Film of the Week: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

TV of the Week: Dexter (S04E10) – It seems like a cop out to put Dexter here every week, but it really is consistently excellent and nothing else competes with it at the moment.

Game of the Week: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

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