Friday Link Roundup 01April2022

Yesterday I said I’d write about inauthentic selves, and I did! But the post isn’t quite ready yet, so today is a link roundup.

Here’s a very cool short essay about creepy images from movies.


“The things you see in images like these aren’t brandishing a chainsaw or baring a mouthful of fangs, but something about them feels completely terrifying anyway. It’s not just scary, it’s wrong, like you’re seeing something that should not be.”


I appreciated this quote from cartoonist Edward Sorel.

“Right-wing forces are still ignoring facts and promoting divisiveness. Liberals are still gutless. Religion is still the greatest threat to peace and self-expression. … The only big difference is that I am now old. My sense of outrage at the stupidity and cruelty of those in power remains the same, but my desire to do anything about it has atrophied.”


Long, but utterly fascinating essay by Jo Walton about dreams: Wages for Dreamwork.

“How plausible is such collective dreaming technology? Shared dreams that are vast games? Certainly events in the sleeper’s environment can influence dreams, and dreams can manifest in sleeptalking and otherwise, so there is at least a little bandwidth to play with. Last year dream researchers conducted two-way communication with lucid dreamers during polysomnographically verified REM sleep. They had them solving sums. Eight minus six. Two plus two.”


Wil Wheaton’s lengthy introduction to analog horror, a genre of horror on YouTube I did not existed until this post.

in which i discover analog horror

“Last night, I spent the evening watching analog horror videos on YouTube. I love the familiar, nostalgic, VHS feeling. I love remembering, from the safety of 49, how I felt every single time I heard the Emergency Broadcast System when I was 9 and a Cold War Kid. I don’t know what the modern day equivalent of walking into a room lit only by the static from a TV with no signal that you are positive you turned off an hour ago is, but if you know in your guts what I just described, that’s how these videos make me feel. It’s fantastic.”


Here’s a killer cover of Jefferson Starship’s “Jane.” Mostly trombones.

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