Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Link roundup

1.  Grantland:

True Detective is an impressive vision of television's bold, unconventional future. Yet its bleak subject matter and the punishing grimness of its tone are a familiar and unfavorable reflection of the worst excesses of TV's blood- and testosterone-soaked present. It's not a pretty picture — in fact, it's often extremely unpleasant.
2. Taste test of the burritos from LA's burrito vending machine.

3. "mass-surveillance could be the logical outcome of our dream of the ever-increasing empowerment of the individual."

4.  Geoff Trapp, a NECA painter, has a new t-shirt design up for vote at Threadless.

5. The Witcher boardgame revealed.

6.  I made the mistake of giving Agents of Shield another try last night since I hoped the reveal of Coulson's miraculous survival would be interesting (Scarlet Witch?  LMD?).  The "reveal" was about as disappointingly mundane as could be AND was surprisingly disturbing.  What age group is this show intended for?