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May The Fourth Be With You!

* Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

* Happy early birthday wishes to vyrdolak, pseudoanorexic, and lyria_theringer. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

* I'm getting ready to head up to Washington, D.C. If all goes well, I'll be filming five lectures that will go online in the near future. *fingers crossed*

* Article recommendation: Peter Monaghan's review of Steve F. Anderson's new Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past: "What Do Rocky and Bullwinkle Have to Do With History?"

* I'll leave you with the trailer for "The Day We Died," the season finale of Fringe. (Yes, that's Brad Dourif. Awesome, no? His character's name is Moreau. Very H.G. Wells, don't you think?)

"The past is routinely being remixed, reimagined, rescripted, and reappropriated in powerful and eccentric ways, often by individuals—fans, geeks, hackers, teens, and artists—who do not necessarily see themselves as engaged in the discourse of history at all."

Anderson elaborates in an interview: "It is very likely not the book by the Harvard historian that 300 people in the world read that gives us a historical sensibility and becomes part of how we behave in the world," he says. "It's The X-Files."

- Peter Monaghan, "What Do Rocky and Bullwinkle Have to Do With History?"


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May. 5th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Love the Fringe trailer but unless I heard wrong there's a pretty big spoiler in there. The show continues to fascinate me... always takes us in new, unanticipated directions. -m-Joshua Jackson is so cute.-m- Oh, er, what did I just mumble? I meant to say (and I mean it) that the acting on the show is so wonderful from all parties, esp. John Noble, of course. ;o)

Owe you a msg... still in the grips of being sick so haven't written... probably tomorrow.

p.s., re Anderson, no digs at Harvard historians, please!

Edited at 2011-05-05 12:33 am (UTC)
May. 10th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I was really surprised at how much the trailer revealed! Wasn't that an awe-inspiring episode? They went on a path I hadn't anticipated at all. As you say, it's always going in new and fascinating directions... all due to John Noble, of course. Yes, that's it. Of course. *nods in total agreement* LOL!

To be honest, I had my doubts about Joshua Jackson when I first saw him on the series - based on absolutely nothing concrete or informed, mind you, just the knowledge he'd been a teen sensation back in the day - and he's gone on to make quite the believer out of me. He repeatedly nails his performance and shows such subtlety, especially with the father/son dynamic. It's just wonderful to watch.

Seriously, Anderson, lay off the Harvard historians! ;)
May. 10th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Thank you.
May. 10th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I hope it was a great one!
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