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The Internet: Week 20

Hello and welcome to another week of the internet. Right now, as I type, a solar eclipse is happening. At least I think so. It's been nothing but blue skies the whole week, but today? Today is cloudy. That, I'm told, is what they call 'life'. Luckily, with 36 years on this lump of rock, I am used to this 'life' business, so I'm not surprised at this turn of events. The next significant one won't happen until 2026 (in the UK, anyway). Hopefully I'll still be around then. And in the UK. Anyway, enough about me, what about you?

Discussions about art are wonderful. I have zero education in art, but I love getting in to not-quite-sober discussions about what is art. I once saw a programme about an elephant who bashed a brush about the canvas creating, well, a mess. They then put that painting in a gallery, said it was by a new artist, and people went nuts about the hidden meaning, or how it deconstructs today's society with a hint of postmodern sarcasm, or whatever. It was partly hysterical, and party maddening. Art. I dunno. 

If films are more your kind of art but you can't decide what to watch, check out Flixfindr. It will help you. 

Guns are bad, mmm-kay? This is a good idea to drum home that guns aren't just things you should own because you can. 

Still in America, but on quite a different note, Vincent LaFloret has captured stunning aerial shots of San Francisco. Check out the others here. It's really worth a look. 

Next time you're bored, try Google Feud. "Google Feud is a web game based on the Google API. We select the questions, then the results are pulled directly from Google's autocomplete."

Still bored? Watch Jurassic Park in LEGO.

It's the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. If you don't know what that is or how it affects you, watch this, because it does affect you, and everyone else. 

OK, history lesson over, and in fact, post over. 

I sat and watched somewhere in the Faroe Islands go completely dark, while Copenhagen remained relatively light and sadly very cloudy. It looked very exciting from YouTube. I hope you managed to catch a glimpse, wherever you are. 

Bon weekend!

Internet. Chapter 4

This week I rant about Jurassic World (which was almost about human-dinosaurs hybrids soldiers). That's at the end so you don't have to sit through it, but you should read it anyway and agree with me, because I'm sure you'll agree. 

Let's start with something really depressing. Here's some dude from One Direction 'meeting' his fans. I've only ever asked one famous person for their autograph (Tracey Ullman. She told me I'd made her day). 

Do you agree with these 80 moments that shaped the world? I think I do. 

Women can't play football.

Centipedes and millipedes. Never liked either of them, and now I really don't like millipedes.  

The Snowman is sacred to me. I watch it each and every year without fail, and usually cry too, because I'm a big baby. This should make me furious, but it doesn't. 

Well, I mean, why not. 

Lovely, lovely, lovely art deco ads for Rolls Royce

They say this is by a man called Simon Beck, but I'm sure it's aliens. Just like crop circles. Apparently Simon walks 20 - 30 km a day to create these patterns. They're very nice. 

That now very famous note from LEGO (which is real).

OK, here's my rant. 

The trailer for Jurassic World came out this week. Now, you might recall me saying that I went to see Jurassic Park eight times in the cinema. This is true, but not entirely my fault. It came out during the summer holidays, and I just so happened to be going through a popular phase when lots of people came to visit me at my parents house in the countryside. All my friends lived in London, so I'd basically grab any chance for a visit. My social life Anyway, every time some came to visit they'd ask if we could see Jurassic Park, and I, because I was so nice, said 'but of course'.

It was never boring. Not once did I get tired of seeing it, and I am perfectly happy to watch it today. In fact, I am willing to watch it and might watch it again soon, come to think of it... It is an excellent film. The effects are spectacular, the shocks and scares real enough to make adults clench their buttocks (but not too scary for children), and the lack of gore - something hard to do in films that want to shock today - isn't noticeable until you notice it and then it's quite surprising for a film which features a fair few people getting eaten. The dialogue might not win any Oscars, but it works. The actors work, the roles work, the chemistry works, and it's a great split between content for adults and content for kids. There are many stand out moments - the water on the dashboard, the whole kids trapped in the car scene (constricting iris to glass roof - Christ the whole thing is brilliant, not to mention seriously bum clenching), the 'clever girl' moment, the entire raptors in kitchen scene, basically any scene with Jeff Goldblum, but especially the chaos theory one, the first time we/they see a dinosaur, and of course, the moment the T-rex kills the raptors, and a banner reading 'When dinosaurs ruled the earth' floats down. I actually wanted to clap when I saw that, and I'm not a cinema clapper. 

I'm pretty sure there are more great scenes, but let's face it - you might as well just watch the film. I absolutely loved the fact that the park's shop featured Jurassic Park merchandise that of course you could later buy in real shops in the real world. Life imitating art...or...something even more profound. In short, I love this film. I've actually never really thought about it so much, but there you go. 

So you can imagine my disappointment when I saw the Jurassic World trailer. There seems to be far too many rip offs from the original, and as much as I love Chris Pratt, he just doesn't quite come across....right in this trailer. Obviously, what annoyed me the most is the fact that the big bad is a genetically modified dinosaur. What in God's name do we need that for? One of the biggest - if not the biggest - reasons the first film worked so well was because dinosaurs are basically really bloody scary. They have lived. We know they're big, scaly, toothy and essentially just made for killing and eating and other bad stuff you don't want to be at the wrong end of. The idea of them unleashed on us is really bloody scary. As soon as you bring in something man-made, the fear factor drops about 90%. It's not real. It's never lived. It's all make believe. It's just another monster movie - not necessarily a bad thing at all, but why the need to make something believable, unbelievable? Why bring in something fake when there are so many good things to work with? Presumably it's because if they didn't, it would basically be a complete and utter rehash of Jurassic Park, instead of a 90% rehash of Jurassic Park.

I, as you might guess, am unimpressed. I'll see it, I'll definitely watch it, but I'm telling you now - I won't see it eight times. 

See you next week. 

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