Brian Raftery profiles Primer director Shane Carruth, and what he’s been up to for the past nine years. (via Jason Kottke)
World number one chess player, 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen this week competes in the Candidates tournament for the right to take on Indian world champion Viswanathan Anand later in the year. Stephen Moss in The Guardian has a good primer on his career thus far:
Chess, which has been marginalised since the heyday of Bobby Fischer in the 1970s and Garry Kasparov in the 80s, is desperate for a new story to tell, and an intergenerational clash between Carlsen and Anand would provide one, especially in India, where Anand is feted as much as any cricket star.
We’re thrilled to announce that after 15 months of public beta, Letterboxd is no longer invitation-only. Today, deep in the Letterboxd HQ bunker, we threw the switch to remove the invitation code requirement during sign-up: Letterboxd is now open to all!
The social film site I and a few colleagues have been working on for the past couple of years is all grown up, and as of Friday, open to anyone to use. We’ve been thrilled with both the response to going live, and the support we’ve received for the site via our just-announced paid membership tiers. There’s plenty more good stuff coming, so if being obsessive about film is your thing, give it a go.
I missed Dave Perillo’s contribution to Mondo’s set of alternative ParaNorman posters last year, produced for an outdoor campaign. They’re pretty much all great but I particularly like his. Check Dave’s blog for more recent work including Moonrise Kingdom and Freaks & Geeks.
“Steve Zissou” (acrylic on black velvet) by Bruce White.
Mikey Burton closes out 30 Reasons on polling day in the US. Have your say.