Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Link roundup

1.  Maybe directors keep quitting because they realize The Stand has a good set up (although overdone at this point), decent middle, and truly lousy ending.

2. The Bank of England:

The vaults are huge and include three disused wells. In fact, the floorspace is actually larger than that of the City's tallest building, Tower 42. Keys three-feet long are needed to open the gigantic vault doors. 
They look ceremonial, like something used for a state occasion, but these keys are in fact entirely functional. 
As they are inserted into the locks, the person attempting entry also has to speak a password into a microphone before the vaults are opened.
3.  Train paper toy by Matt Hawkins for GE.  Via.

4.  Post-its marking all the deaths in Game of Thrones.  Now do the same thing for all the sexual assaults.

5 comments:

  1. Typical Stephen King - massive story and character development building up, up, up, and then squandered at the end.

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    1. I don't know about that. I like the endings for the dark tower and salem's lot, for example.

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  2. The Stand was quite ambitious for its time, and it does have a lot of failings (certainly the ending among them), but the thing it does best is setting. The world feels real, the horror of the plague is very palpable, and the shrunken sense of "society" is handled well. But the plotting is really obvious, and I don't think many of the characters are actually that interesting. And then there's the ending. Not his best book at all.

    I wonder if it would be better if it were to have been an epic series on the scale of Game of Thrones?

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  3. Yes, the Stand's ending certainly puts the "Deuce" in Deus Ex Machina...

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    1. I was going to describe the ending as godawful

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