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Weekly Review #74: Birdman raves, Chess livestreams, and table-flipping competitions

I watched the movie Birdman this week, and all I can say is Wow. It’s a startling look at the human condition, as one man struggles to remain significant and yet remain happy with what he has. I’m usually no fan of magical realism, but this was just done so well. Plus the whole thing is shot in what looks to be one unbroken shot, which makes it even more mesmerizing. Plus it used this great quote:

“A man becomes a critic when he cannot be an artist, the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.” -Gustave Flaubert

This must be the first week ever I don’t have any Tech for you!


Max Ogles shares how an esoteric chess streamer got famous – not by being really good at chess, but by being decent at chess, editing, and talking. It’s combining talents, and you can do it too.

Scary NYT article showing the difference between one twin who exercises and the other who doesn’t will make you want to get moving.


This well-written article lays out why the EU should just accept English as a common language already, and hints at how English beat French for the title.

Here’s the highlight reel of a table-flipping competition. Yes, it’s a thing!

This fun little flash post shows how dangerous even a little bit of segregation can become.