Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Link roundup

1.  There's some hope of a new Twin Peaks series from David Lynch?  Relatedly, there will be a Clue-themed episode of Psych this season.  (My favorite movies in elementary school (aside from Star Wars) were Murder by Death and Clue.  I even loved the Clue VCR Mystery Game.)

2.  No, the major record labels were not caught faking billions of  views on Youtube.  (Just 1.5 million, maybe.)

3. Gawker:

After discovering a secret palace hidden in China's first emperor massive burial complex, Chinese technicians are nervous. Not because Qin Shi Huang's tomb is the most important archaeological discovery since Tutankhamun, but because they believe his burial place is full of deadly traps that will kill any trespassers. Not to talk about deadly quantities of mercury. 
Or, maybe not:
There are no reports of traps in any tombs in any ancient culture. According to Emily Teeter—University of Chicago's Oriental Institute's curator of Egyptian and Nubian antiquities—traps are a legend as much as curses:
 I am really sorry to report that if curses are out, then there is really nothing devious. Hollywood has turned standard architectural features like sliding portcullis blocks, shafts, and sand filled chambers into objects of horror. Sorry that the Egyptians were not more evil.
4.  Top science longreads of 2012.


  1. Clue is a great movie, but Murder by Death is just fantastic. So great to hear someone else bring it up. Peter Sellers' Inspector Wong is racist as shit, but not much could be funnier to me. Keep up teh great work on this wonderful site!!!!

  2. I loved Murder By Death in middle and high school as well. Truman Capote was an actor before he was a writer for me because of that movie. It's a shame it doesn't hold up well seeing it as an adult (at least to me).

    And I also used to play the Clue VCR Mystery Game in college with 2 friends of mine there all the time. Like to the point that we ordered extra scoresheets. Still friends with them, and we also played the Star Trek: Next Generation VCR game later in grad school. That was actually really good too--not quite as fruity, but still way over the top acting on the tape.