This is our final links section of the year. Doesn’t mean it’ll be the best one of the year or anything. But it is the final one.
* I saw Zero Dark Thirty this week. Intense. Intense. Intense. The Washington Post had a story on the real-life woman behind Jessica Chastain’s CIA character in the film. The employee is not the most popular person at the agency, though they do credit her for the work she did in finding Osama bin Laden. And here’s a Jessica Chastain interview where she talks about the movie shoot.
* Speaking of controversial movies, Grantland spoke to Tarantino about Django Unchained.
* Here’s Dave Kindred on the death of Jack Klugman, who famously played sportswriter Oscar Madison.
* O.C. Register writer Kevin Ding, one of the best beat writers in the NBA, has not been impressed with Dwight Howard. Who has?
* Why does NYC drop a big ball on New Year’s Eve? It’s because of the New York Times (which, if you didn’t know, is also why it’s called Times Square.
* What’s the hot new pickup line for singles? “What’s your credit score?” Man, that’s sexy.
* No podcast of the week this week. Why? Because iTunes wasn’t updating podcast feeds on my iPhone. Either it’s a glitch in the system or people shut down their pod machines during the holiday. Either way: Weak. Am I the only one who throws away double-digit vacation days every year?
* Instead, we’ve got video to scratch your multimedia itch. Sioux Falls is home to one of the longest-running teams in minor league hoops. You don’t survive in that industry for almost a quarter century without some ingenuity – like social media night. The second edition is coming up Friday (and might feature four NBA players on assignment, led by the fabulously named Fab Melo). The team will wear special jerseys with their Twitter handles and fans can snag gear, food and seat upgrades via social media. Here’s a preview: