Lunch Break Reads: Wes Anderson's "Forrest Gump," Railhead, the Dark Side of the Market, How to Survive a Lightning Strike, Sleep Deprivation, and Mor(e)rissey! / by Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

What would the opening credits of Forrest Gump look like had Wes Anderson directed it? Probably a little something like this:

Until last night, I'd not heard much about Philip Reeve. Now I'm going to add a number of his books to my summer reading list, and am rather jealous of the younger folks in his intended audience growing up with all of these wonderful steampunk-inspired stories.

GeekTyrant reports that Doug Liman, the man at the helm of Edge of Tomorrow, has been tapped to direct an adaptation of Reeve's upcoming novel, Railhead. The book doesn't hit shelves until late next year, so details are scant. According to the Hollywood Reporter

The novel is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals. The main character is a petty thief hired to steal an object that happens to be more important than he was led to believe, setting off an adventure that could change the course of the galaxy.


Hopefully Liman's film won't suffer any of the stagnation afflicting Reeve's other optioned projects.

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After the Silk Road was shutdown, it was only a matter of time before someone improved upon the failed digital black market. Welcome to DarkMarket... well, not quite yet, but soon. And, umm, maybe it won't be DarkMarket, but, like, as one of DarkMarket's architects says, "...this is going to happen. If not us, someone else will do it."

Read the full story at Wired UK.

"How to Survive a Lightning Strike."

Having witnessed the terrible power of lightning up close as a child, this has remained one of my irrational fears. Lightning and getting salmonella from just handling raw chicken. I wash my hands like 30 times when preparing any chicken dish.

Morrissey has compared Canadian seal hunting to the Holocaust.

Responding to the assertion that seal hunting provides jobs for rural Canadians, Morrissey wrote, "...building and maintaining the concentration camps of Auschwitz also provided livelihoods, but this hardly made the camps warranted."

Anyone else and I'd be surprised, but Moz has developed a real knack for this.

Full story at the Guardian.