Elsewhere: Motown Nickelback, Serious Ninja Movies, and Skyrim

Elsewhere: Motown Nickelback, Serious Ninja Movies, and Skyrim December 2, 2011

Every week, our writers will be sharing some of their favorite finds from around the internet. Check back every week for great articles, insane news items, and interesting diversions.


If this story is actually true, this may be the luckiest, craziest thing I have ever read.

A few evangelicals offer differing perspectives on the “most important voting issue.”

Nickelback does MoTown. All this video needs is more tambourine.

Best Review of a Game Review…EVER!! Go! You go now and look at it!

There is a difference between stealing when you are rich and when you are poor. Can you spot the difference?


Andrei Tarkovsky is considered by many — including me — to be one of the greatest directors of all time. And now, you can watch many of his films online for free.

Michael Idov’s article about his visit to the set of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s Dau, a film about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Lev Landau, has to be one of the more interesting film-related articles I’ve read in awhile. Imagine a real-life version of Synecdoche, New York, and you’re getting close.

As a long-time fan of martial arts movies, it’s nice to see Hollywood starting to take the genre a little more seriously.

“The impulse to invest significance in the bodies of the dead has usually been a religious one. Yet even my atheist father cared about the treatment of his remains, says Sarah Murray.” Does it really matter what happens to our bodies after we die?

The Kansas City Star recently posted a fascinating profile of Megan Phelps-Roper, who is quickly becoming the “face” of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.

Do neuroscience’s discoveries signal the death of free will and by extension, true moral responsibility, or can they help us better how free will works?

Peter Enns has begun a series of articles listing “recurring mistakes in the Adam/Evolution discussion”.


Kurt Warner says Tim Tebow should tone down his religious rhetoric.

Colin Dickey on the American way of death.

John Walker recently wrote a pretty damaging critique of Modern Warfare 3, Brendan Keogh responded with an article that I think does a great job of illustrating why “player freedom” doesn’t necessarily contribute to a game’s value.

Craig Lager on “Game Logic versus Choice and Consequences.”

Tom Bissel wrote a really interesting review of Skyrim for Grantland but a lot of people took offense to a comment he made in the article — Bissel apologized in an open letter in Kotaku.

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