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A few trailers that caught my eye a few days ago:

Landfill Harmonic, a documentary about a rather unconventional orchestra in Paraguay.

Upstream Color, from the director/producer of Primer. Don't expect to understand the trailer. =:)

The Sorcerer and the White Snake, starring Jet Li in a fairly epic scale fantasy, with some stunning visual imagination.

Sons of the Clouds, a documentary about the wretched and persistent state of the Western Sahara's people.

A Werewolf Boy, a Korean fantasy/drama, beginning with an orphan rescued from the wild.

Oblivion, which I'll see despite Tom Cruise, balanced by the inimitable Morgan Freeman. With Earth all but abandoned in the terrible aftermath of a nearly final war, only a few people remain, monitoring and cleaning up. Until.. =:)

The ABCs of Death, a horror anthology, with each of 26 directors given a letter of the alphabet to signify their theme. Interestingly, there's an anthro fox in one of them..

Hecho en México, a look at the vibrant and diverse music, art, and culture of Mexico. Seems like it'll have a killer soundtrack to boot.

Beautiful Creatures, a dark fantasy/romance from the director of The Fisher King.

Which of these might interest you? Have you perhaps even seen some of them already?

A vignette you might like to read, by jakebe: Matthew Prepares for his Birth.

Curiosity du jour: Björk's Solstice app is currently free (normally $1.99).

Well, it's not every day something like *ahem* contour-based image/video encoding hits Slashdot via ExtremeTech.

I should be able to return to replying and commenting on Thursday. It's been an extraordinarily stressful day and a half on the family front, more or less starting to get back to normal now, I think.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Of course, that's all not helped by so much of the web's tech press being less about information than opinion, giving rise to a never-ending flow of link-bait headlines, fueled by tech "politics".

Indeed! And Slashdot is a big part of that; most of their stories are written to inflame rather than inform. It's definitely a tabloid site, not a place for reasoned discussion.

I'm not sure about Hacker News; I never really read it, and the reactionary comments you mention were part of why I didn't get into it. In fact, I think these are symptomatic of a larger problem: people who are experts in one area sometimes have a tendency to assume that they're experts in all other fields, too, and those who are aware that they are of above-average intelligence (far above, indeed) sometimes believe that their intelligence automatically makes them more insightful as well.

In reality, we all have our blind spots, of course, and the ability to say "I don't know anything about this subject", or even just "I haven't read up on this, so I don't feel qualified to form an opinion" is something that too many people are lacking.

Of course, I also think that commenters on these sites – any sites, really – aren't necessarily representative of readers. Quite the opposite; the crazier comments get, the less likely it'll be that saner people will participate in the discussion. Youtube comments are probably a good example, and they're usually sufficiently lowbrow for just about everyone to see that comments and their craziness needn't be representative of anything. :)

As for Slashdot, BTW, when I was hanging out there, you'd frequently see people told not just to RTFA but also to RTFS. Says it all, doesn't it? And the lack of quality control by editors and the tabloid angle the site deliberately takes makes it difficult to use it even as a source for stories, without the comments. They just take the most outrageous stuff they can find elsewhere and spin it so it's even more outrageous.

Ah well. :)