This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

"Twin Peaks" returning to TV?

Posted by: James Lileks under Praise, Technology Updated: January 3, 2013 - 12:28 PM

That gum you like may be coming back in style. Uproxx  says:

For years, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost have discussed the possibility of Twin Peaks, which aired on ABC from 1990-1991, returning to TV, most recently in SciFi Now, where Frost said bringing the show back is “something we talk about from time to time…If we ever do decide to move forward, I know we have a rich trove to draw from.”

Is it going to happen? Did David Lynch meet with NBC to talk about bringing Twin Peaks back?As far as I can tell, the rumor is based on a tweet. Which seems to be based on a screencap from some board.

I’m not clearing out space on the DVR yet.

If it happens, that's good news. This is where you say "no, it's bad news, because the show was stupid and overrated Yuppie tripe and Lynch is overrated and I hated it so you should too." Noted. But there are still fans, as much as that may bother youu. Sorry! Have some pity for people who had to live with tbe worst cliffhanger in the history of TV: your hero is trapped in the underworld and has been possessed by an ancient murderous spirit. The end. 

If they picked it up 20 years after the show ended, that would mean that Agent Cooper had been harboring the evil spirit for two decades while working as an FBI agent. A rich trove indeed - but would we really want the show to return if Dale’s the bad guy? Most people want the old ticks and traits, the damn-good-coffee and pie-fetish conversation, the creepy quirky locals, Audrey tying cherry stems, and so on.

Wouldn’t be opposed to a “Gravity Falls / X-Files” crossover. Not at all.

 

WEB CULTURE  Today's site you probably can’t get to load: the Beat. Giz says:

As if Instagram wasn't already an amazing way to snoop on what people are doing around the entire planet, a new website called The Beat lets you see exactly where the photographs were taken, too.

Put together by Rutgers' Social Media Information Lab, the site uses Instagram's API to tie geotagged photos to their physical location captured in Google's Street View.

They seem to have crashed the server, so bookmark it and go back in a few months. If you care, that is. If you have friends who are on Instagram but don’t give much thought to things like “settings” and “privacy,” you may want to tell them to rethink the wisdom of adding geotags to everything. Or posting everything on the Internet.  

In related news: Years ago I kidded Jason DeRusha for being on Tumblr - man, that was fun in 2007 or ’08, but no one’s there anymore. You’e going to be the last man on it when they turn off the lights. Brilliant prognosticating, eh? Last year tumblr had 86 million blogs and a 39 billion posts, total. THIRTY-NINE BILLION. I’d guess that half the 86 million blogs are ghost towns, and half the remaining amounts are full of pron gifs, but it’s a great platform for people who aren’t very good with words, or putting lots of words together. Pictures, quick hits, quotes - it’s good for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time tending Facebook, or want a hole they can climb into and carry on conversations in the dark with like-minded people. It’s mostly 25 and under. If you’re older, and female, there’s Pinterest. If you’re older, and male, there’s . . . I don’t know. I’m on tumblr, and use it for old amusing advertisements. Others can use the exact same platform for gifs of cats reacting to pictures of oral surgery. It’s rather flexible. But how can it make money? some ask. That’s the internet today: 39 billion posts, and no clear path to profit.

 

From Forbes:

This is Tumblr’s make-or-break year, where it needs to prove three things: That it can continue the growth. That it can actually make money. And that David Karp, the creative genius and quintessential minimalist, is the right guy to lead Tumblr to glory. “The road is littered with dead companies that made the wrong move at the wrong time, the MySpaces of the world,” says Gartner analyst Brian Blau. “They’ve got to be really careful.”

A consultant will probably take a big pile of money and tell them to A) charge money, or B) sell ads. If they charged money, everyone would go away. If they sold ads, everyone would complain, and stay. Whatever they do, they need to do it soon:

Tumblr spent an estimated $25 million on its operation last year and will likely have to shell out up to $40 million this year.

On what? Bandwidth, sure. Salaries, yes. But it’s not like they have a huge team of crack developers beavering away at wonderful new features; as far as I can tell, it hasn’t changed in a few years at all, aside from being slightly more reliable. Queued posts still have a way of vanishing in a puff of incorporeal bits, which is one of the reasons I left for Posterous a few years ago. I thought I was part of the vanguard, too: hey, everyone’s going to Posterous! C’mon, guys! It’s the next Tumblr! A year later tumbleweeds were blowing through the site. It was bought by Twitter, which doesn’t seem to know what to do with it - except wait for all the people who leave Tumblr when it asks people for a dollar a month. Which would be an OUTRAGE. I mean, that’s like, one-fourth of a cup of coffee.

 

URG Flu season is one thing; norovirus season is another. We used to call it the “stomach flu’” until we wised up; there’s no such thing. It’s either food poisoning of something like the norovirus. This article details why it’s such a nasty virus, and how it works its magic. Bookmark it. Read it two hours from now. Fun facts:

The name norovirus comes from Norwalk, Ohio, where it was first isolated from a school during a 1968 outbreak.

Also:

While healthy people can clear out a norovirus after a couple of exhausting days, the virus can cling to people with weak immune systems for months or even years.

That’s it. I’m never leaving the house again. “How long have you had this stomach bug?” “Oh, gotta be going on six years now.”

That's it for today; off to write the column. See you around. 

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