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New post up at Symposium: on regional releases and disrupting international fandoms.

In other words, on those pesky "not available in your location" videos ;)

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The reason why this talk delights me beyond anything I can express is rather long and convulted, so I've put it after the video. tl;dr version: It's Jurassic Park for real, and Jurassic Park pretty much made me.

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken (16min)

Summary from TED:

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
Video under the cut )
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There's been so much squee about the Thor movie that I'll probably go see it, even though movie tickets in Japan cost an arm and a leg. In the meantime, the only thing I have an opinion about is the ridiculous casting imbroglio. Via Sociological Images, here's a video that explains clearly and in brief why casting a black actor to play a white character is not the same as replacing all the Avatar kids with white actors.

(While we're on this topic, allow me to draw your attention to Racebending.com's campaign about the Hollywood adaptation of Akira, where they apparently want someone like Brad Pitt to play Kaneda. FYI, this is Kaneda. And just to spread the awesome of Akira a bit, here's a an Akira vid (some violence and gore) set to the absolutely thrilling song "Kaneda" from the OST.)

MovieBob: The Big Picture: Skin Deep (5 min)


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