Metsfilter May 30 Edition

“Stuff I Like” doesn’t quite seem like a good thing to call posts about music I heard, and articles I’ve read since it’s likely that at some point, I’ll find a well-written piece about something horrible. So for the moment, I’ll pun on metafilter for the title here. At some point, I’ll probably just call it something like “Stuff I Find Interesting.”

Andrew Sullivan had a link to a brief Turner Classic Movies video in which Michael Caine discusses the appeal of little-known actor Cary Grant.

 

Sullivan also mocked the legislative achievements of departing Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann.

Tom Bondurant of Comic Book Resources discusses short runs in comic books in an era in which the most notable runs tend to be obscenely long.

Joe Keiser of Gameological compares backwards compatibility in video games and video. I love the header “Shunning support for older games isn’t just bad for players—it denigrates the entire art form.”

However, “Allentown Prostitution Ring Offered Excellent Maternity Leave” remains the best headline I’ve seen in some time.

The explanation for Patrick Stewart’s famed first slice of pizza involves the actor and his fiancee being a little hung over. And that makes the story even better.

A self-help writer in Saudi Arabia has suggested that his followers should molest female cashiers. This did not surprise my father, who worked in the country for two years in the 1980s.

With some tea parties wanting to undo the 17th amendment, it’s worth considering why legislators gave away the power in the first place.

Support for direct elections was, at least in part, a result of the rise of ideologically coherent, national political parties. The development of national parties meant that state legislative elections increasingly turned on national issues, from war to currency policy to international trade, as voters used these elections as means to select Senators. State politicians and interest groups supported direct elections as a way of separating national and state politics. Federalism was not invoked against the Seventeenth Amendment because state legislative appointment was frustrating a precondition for the variety of benefits that come from republican federalism, the ability of state majorities to choose state policies. Modern advocates of repealing the Seventeenth Amendment, from Justice Scalia to Gov. Rick Perry, claim the mantle of federalism, but they have the case almost entirely backwards. Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment would reduce the benefits of federalism, as it would turn state legislatures into electoral colleges for U.S. Senators.

Brian Michael Bendis offers a wannabe comic book writer useful advice.

if you truly want to do what you say you want to do get the fuck over yourself, get over this list of crap you have put in between you and a piece of paper, and just start writing

Finally, it’s no longer available (and neither is the link) but I did like this Doctor Who T-shirt.

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About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. Currently, I’m writing a few comic books about my grandparents’ experiences in Soviet Estonia for Grayhaven comics. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com
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