What seems like a long time ago, I used to do a weekly feature called the Throwdown, where I snarked on the news. It became harder and harder to do over time; internet snark is never in short supply, and I got tired of participating in that kind of negativity. I didn't like putting it out into the world. So I stopped doing it. I also stopped doing my weekly links post, mostly because I didn't think anyone cared and most of the people whose blogs I followed migrated over to Facebook and the long-form blog more or less died off. As I've become more and more agoraphobic, I've retreated more and more from really talking to people, addressing comments, putting myself in the position to have lame arguments over matters of opinion, etc.
My therapist told me I should use Fridays on my blog to maybe talk about good things going on in the world. One of the things that's made my depression worse the past couple months is all of the bad news in the world. I internalize too much and it makes me feel hopeless, makes life seems pointless. I sort of tried to do it, but my heart wasn't in it. I'm still disconnected from the world and I have to process that a little more.
So, since I don't do anything regular here on Fridays, I'm going to do this for a while and see if I dig it. It's just stuff that I liked this week that I want to post here. Stuff that made me feel good, feel engaged, feel good to be alive. My interests are almost all pop cultural, anyway, and this was always meant to be a more pop culture-oriented blog, so what they hey. Here's the stuff what I found neat-o this week.
:: Sacha Goldberger's gallery of superheroes, Star Wars characters and Disney princesses in Flemish style is pretty great. (I particularly love the Superman.)
:: Yo-Yo Ma playing Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold," my favorite piece from his The Good, the Bad and the Ugly score.
:: Dark Seduction, a fashion film for Woman's Secret lingerie. Not for everyone, and honestly a little bit cheesy, but it's Elsa Pataky in under for seven minutes, and that's totally for me. God, I love Elsa Pataky.
:: I don't know if anyone's checked out the new Rocket Raccoon comic by Skottie Young, but it's the kind of fun I love in comics.
:: Yes, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a show for really little children.
:: Fan theory right now that Ahsoka Tano could be appearing on Star Wars Rebels after all... not much to say about it, just very excited for it to be true.
:: Sesame Street has a series online called Welcome to the Furchester Hotel, which is British but also features Elmo and Cookie Monster. It's cute, and there's a new 11-minute episode each Friday.
Cameron Arrigioni created this "modern" style trailer for The Empire Strikes Back. With all the talk of the Episode VII teaser trailer coming soon, I've been curious what the regular trailer might look like. Will it look like this, or will it continue in the similar style of the older trailers? I always liked the ones that just featured the Star Wars theme and a bunch of seemingly random shots. But this is a pretty darn good trailer.
:: I love what people are doing with Go-Pro cameras and animals. Here, someone attached a Go-Pro to an eagle and launched it over London.
:: Hollywood will not top Bricknerd's Lego Batman vs. Superman video for me no matter how many fanboys cry "But, but, but, planning!"
:: Dat ass, tho.
:: And finally, this magical video of a beluga whale enjoying a mariachi band.
Just float away on that music while you head on over to Amazon and maybe purchase Kelly Sedinger's Stardancer, in paperback or for Kindle. JS.