Link Tank: International UFO Congress Conference and Film Festival Go Virtual

The International UFO Congress Conference, diving into Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, and more in today's Link Tank!

International UFO Congress Conference

The annual International UFO Congress Conference and Film Festival (organized and MC’ed by Den of Geek UFO contributor Alejandro Rojas) are happening virtually on September 8 to 13, 2020!

“As everyone knows by now, COVID-19 has made large gatherings ill advised if not prohibited. But don’t worry! You won’t miss out on meeting new friends or connecting with old ones. With our live-streaming platform, Whova, you can upload your picture and personal information, look for others, join chat rooms, create your own, host a virtual meetup, and even allow the app to match you with like-minded attendees if you choose.”

Click here tickets and more information.

Check out these fifty perfect movies—perfect according to Rotten Tomatoes scores, that is.

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“If you’re envisioning a list comprising solely Citizen Kane, a few Charlie Chaplin comedies, and other longtime classics, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There are movies in the so-called ‘100% Club’ to appeal to just about every kind of viewer.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

As gyms around the United States open back up, consider the pros and cons of returning to them.

“Many of the gyms that closed in the winter have been reopening — a New York Times overview lists 44 states as having opened their gyms. Even gyms in New York City, once a Covid-19 hot spot, resumed business on September 2nd. But is it even worth going? Home workouts versus at the gym is a long-running debate in strength circles (seriously), with current events giving us a real-life test case.”

Read more at Inverse.

Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising is a fascinating look into the Star Wars character and his race.

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Star Wars races, by and large, aren’t really all that alien. The ones that are tend to be there more for background flavor, because the races we do spend time with are either humans, or just human-ish enough that what little we learn about their cultures already feels familiar. But the Chiss, the people of Thrawn (Mitth’raw’nurodo if you’re nasty), have always been anything but.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings claims that he doesn’t see the positives of permanent telecommuting.

“In an interview with the Wall Street Journal about his new book, Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings compared his company’s culture to a sports team: Bosses speak candidly, employees are expected to take big risks and prove their value, and under-performing employees are cut from the team.”

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The live action remake of Disney’s Mulan seems at odds with itself, according to this The Mary Sue review.

“The original Mulan is a film that many people, myself included, love despite its many flaws. Released in 1998, it is not a top-tier Disney project; the songs are, with one notable exception (you know the one), just okay. The animation is clearly inspired by the minimalism and lines of Chinese art, but lacks the detail and depth of other Disney films.”