November 17-23: Onlineby Fiona Rae
Zombies, Nate Silver and inventions.
DAY OF THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING WALKING DEAD: Aren’t zombies a lot of fun? If you love The Walking Dead – and the genre generally – like we do, then you’ll love Doc of the Dead, a doco-in-the-making about zombie culture. The makers (who were the, ah, brains behind 2010’s The People vs George Lucas) are calling for support via Kickstarter, but the trailer is online now.
TALK THE WALKING: Entertainment Weekly writer Dalton Ross is a massive fan of The Walking Dead and has recently interviewed both Michael Rooker (Merle) and David Morrissey (the Governor) on his Inside TV podcast. Because our series is reasonably up-to-date, it’s not spoilery, but watch out for spoilers on other shows. Also, a bit Survivor-heavy. If you’re a real geek, there’s the Entertainment Geekly podcast with EW writers Jeff Jensen and Darren Franich. Subscribe via iTunes.
IN THE HOBBIT: You don’t have to take a flight to view the Air New Zealand Middle Earth-themed in-flight safety video, An Unexpected Briefing. It is very sweet and even features appearances from Peter Jackson and Gollum, although we’re sure the Witch-king’s helmet wouldn’t make it past security.
SILVER STANDARD: US author and blogger Nate Silver has become the guy to whom everyone defers when it comes to statistical analysis of political polls, and he is definitely be the guy to turn to for post-election analysis. In 2008, he correctly predicted the winner of 49 of the 50 states and this year, he topped that with 50 out of 50. His blog, Five Thirty Eight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus, is at the New York Times. You may also enjoy: isnatesilverawitch.com, also the Twitter parody account @nateDRUNKsilver.
INVENTION TEST: The 2012 retrospectives will soon be coming thick and fast – Time has just released the Best Inventions of the Year 2012, which includes an indoor cloud, the Mars Rover, and something that will help us get all the tomato sauce out of the bottle: Liqui-Glide.
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