Links to the Present – 4/24/12
We here at the Infusion are taking Tuesdays to share a little of what’s caught our fancy over the preceding week. We call it “Links to the Present.” Peruse our offerings and give the article titles a click.
A Point of View: In Defense of Obscure Words – BBC columnist Will Self derides the paucity of personages amenable to engaging with obstreperous parlance (the lack of people willing to read works that use difficult words).
Insane ‘Tube Transport’ Will Zip You From New York to L.A. in 45 Minutes – This brief animation lays out the general schematic for an energy-efficient travel system that could probably make your commute shorter than the time it takes for you to key your car’s ignition.
Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: Eight Experts on Who’s Greater – Tired of seeing endlessly reductive internet polls and rankings that unfairly simplify legitimately complex debates? Me neither! Seriously though, some heavy duty Russian scholars tackle the age old question while simultaneously giving me a hankering for Borscht and The Brothers Karamazov.
Five Things Alfred Hitchcock’s Films Taught Me – On the lighter side, the British Film Institute’s Heather Stewart (no relation to Jimmy, presumably) noted recently that Hitchcock might deserve to be on Britain’s national curriculum alongside Shakespeare. Ann Billson contemplates what the Master of Suspense can teach us.
This is just horrible. In another sector of “British film,” this couple pays 750 pounds for what some are calling the worst wedding photos ever. As you will see they are…shockingly bad. According to this source for the same story, part of the reason for the blurry photos was a self-proclaimed “epileptic photographer” who couldn’t safely use a flash. There is nothing funny about epilepsy, but maybe, just maybe, that guy is in the wrong business.
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