International Object

Jul 23

The Mouth of the WWE -

Two great things stuck out of Shoemaker’s newest article. The first was how he structured his critique of Heyman’s monologue from Monday. Through footnotes, he was able to commentate without superimposing himself on the text. This is where pop-out footnotes on a website would have given it layout perfection.

The second was the line that summed up the entire article.

A paragraph from Heyman is better than a match from most wrestlers.

No question.

Dean Ambrose’s chair shot

Loved it. Brutal looking, and a great way to end a match. That’s how you strike with an international object.

Dean Ambrose's advice -

How is Stephanie McMahon? Has anyone heard from Stephanie McMahon? She’s in jail tonight. Stephanie! I have a message for you. I hope you can hear me. I’m gonna try to get a hold of you tonight and get some phone numbers, some guys who have gotten me out of some similar situations. Their names are sneaky Pete and Fat Tony The Good Guy. They’re…good at what they do guys, and they’ve helped me out.

See exhibit A on why exclusive interviews are 1000% better than the ones they actually air on Raw.

Jul 22

Wrestler, Statesman, Hostage Negotiator, Legend: The Life of Antonio Inoki -

How the storied Japanese professional wrestler went on to influence diplomacy with North Korea, Iraq, and Pakistan — and fight Muhammad Ali and Ric Flair along the way.

There’s your afternoon gone.

Summerslam 2014 “grindhouse” promo video

Played originally during Sunday’s Battleground PPV, the Summerslam 2014 promo video exhibits a certain grindhouse feel. I originally tweeted that 2013 had it as well, but then I looked up last year’s video and found something altogether not grindhouse. The video package that opened Summerlam 2013 was absolutely grindhouse-styled, but for some reason I remember them doing videos leading up to the event using the motif. I can’t find any, however, so obviously I’m nuts.

Either there’s some laziness on the part of WWE’s production team (I’ve seen very little evidence of this in history) or they’re deciding to coat this show’s show with the same aesthetic. Cool either way.

“This malpracticing Doctor of Thuganomics is in for the beating of a lifetime.” —

Paul Heyman

Are we discrediting the entire school of thuganomics now, or just Cena’s upkeep on his licenses?

Divas Champion AJ Lee & Paige def. Natalya & Emma -

Looks like you can take the “fr” out of “frenemies”

Get the fr out.

But seriously fun scene. Maybe lower the volume a little when you watch it.

If you’re gonna chant CM Punk at AJ, you might as well chant Maryse at The Miz.

(Source: confirmed--bachelor, via alluctor)

Jul 21

Ziggler def. Miz -

Stealing the show? Check. And Dolph Ziggler stole the new Intercontinental Champion’s thunder to boot as well, knocking off The Miz in some well-deserved retribution after the underhanded Battle Royal elimination of The Showoff that returned the vaunted title to Miz’s clutches.

It’s been a running joke for a long time, but I think we can finally call it: being the Intercontinental Champion guarantees you will never win a non-title match.

I think I missed doing this

There’s a giant four-month hole here that won’t get fixed. A whack of links are broken, the podcast is on hiatus/hibernating, and a great deal of IO’s 4-year history is missing. Still, Tumblr feels like home like nowhere else.

Mar 04

International Object Podcast 106: Joseph Parking

Zach Domer (@puregristle) joins Rich Thomas and Sawyer Paul to discuss the WWE Network and a ton of other topics. I’ll update this as I have time today, but wanted to put the episode up so people could hear it as soon as possible.

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Mar 03

Essential Crimea Reader: 7 Must Read Stories

Om Malik:

Last night, John Lilly, partner at Greylock and formerly chief executive at Mozilla tweeted and asked for recommended links about Crimea-Ukraine-Russia crisis that is unfolding in Eastern Europe. Instead of recommending the usual news bits-and-bobs, I shared some with him that give more context to the situation. Here is a list of seven I have found in past few days that I think are worth your time. 

Bookmarked all of these for the next few days’ worth of reading. You might want to do the same. 


David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact

Never comfortable in his role as a reporter, Wallace printed a preface to the Roche questions: “I’m not a journalist—I’m more like a novelist with a tennis background.” Wallace had a history of anti-credentialing himself both in person and in print, and while this reportorial and rhetorical maneuver may have disarmed sources it also created a calculus for Wallace to write under. He saw clear lines between journalists and novelists who write nonfiction, and he wrestled throughout his career with whether a different set of rules applied to the latter category.

I love Wallace’s non-fiction journalism more than his fiction, not because it was all true (it certainly wasn’t, by the majority of third-party accounts), but because it focused his creative process into something you didn’t necessarily need to study to enjoy. That’s not to say I enjoy them more because they’re easier—though that’s perhaps exactly what I’m doing—but because in there I find the exact kind of writing I like to both read and create. Most of my “non-fiction” writing is laced with a heavy dose of made up things, largely because I talk about made-up things in real life for the most part. I find I can’t talk about something like politics or pro wrestling while sticking with just the bare facts. Neither could Wallace, which makes me feel kind of good.


Mar 02

International Law on Russia’s Ukraine Intervention

Ashley Deeks:

Russia’s invasion of Crimea provides the latest evidence of two recurrent themes in “use of force” law: That many of its concepts remain malleable on paper, and that certain forcible actions fall within the core understandings of those concepts, such that most credible observers would agree that those actions violate international law.

Deeks searches for reasons for Russia’s moves into Crimea under several laws and precedents, and comes up with this.


Miles and Miles of No-Man’s Land

Libba Bray:

Other times, it’s as if a hole is opening inside you, wider and wider, pressing against your lungs, pushing your internal organs into unnatural places, and you cannot draw a true breath. You are breaking inside, slowly, and everything that keeps you tethered to your life, all of your normal responses, is being sucked through the hole like an airlock emptying into space. These are the times Holly Golightly called the Mean Reds.

I’m beginning to know more and more people dealing with depression. It sounds strange to say, but I honestly don’t know if I do or not. The way Bray writes, I feel like I do at times, but only at times, and I have an array of weaponry to combat it, and a stack of good content to help me through if I need to defend until morning comes. I feel it, but I also feel in control of beating it. I know other people don’t feel as lucky. I thought I’d share this piece, which I found on Tumblr looking through research, as it may comfort some of the increasing amounts of people I know in this situation.