David Rees over at Good posted a wonderful piece on our fascination with celebrities and how social networking on the internet interacts with it: How Tall Is Jake Gyllenhaal?.
I’m not the sort of person who thinks much about the height of celebrities. (I’ve always assumed most famous people are about seven feet tall.) The fact that I caught myself wondering about Gyllenhaal’s height suggested there was something uncanny about it, in the way an unsettlingly warm afternoon can bend one’s conversation toward the topic of global warming.
Beautifully written and my guess is that any of us who have ever used the web to get to the bottom of some obscure fact (pre-wikipedia) have experienced this sort of thing.
Note: wikipedia has nothing on Gyllenhaal’s height.
The Princess Bride is one of Rob Reiner’s early movies and while it didn’t do all that well in the box office when it came out in 1987 it has gathered a cult following over the years, including our family. The movie is entertaining for both kids and adults and that’s part of its appeal.
I loved Tetris and watching this preview makes me want to go out and get it for my iPhone and iPad. Yes, I think I’ll do that. Tetris and it’s Macintosh offspring Columns was the only game that really caught my fancy and got me addicted.
This is a fantastic piece in Vanity Fair by Michael Feeney Callan about how Robert Redford, Alan J. Pakula, and others made this still incredibly good movie. It’s still one of my favorite political thrillers. What’s great about this piece is that it illustrates just how tough it is to get a movie made, it took Redford’s push over many years to get it done.