"The sales figures for the Experiencer are in."
"Great! How are we doing? Lots of 'orgy' and 'winning fight' sold?"
"Some. The runaway hit is 'calm safety hug', the calibration exp."
"Because it's free?"
"Even people who bought other exps return to it."
"Make a premium version."

I definitely enjoyed Us, but it didn't stick with me. I liked how the actors played demonic versions of their characters, especially Lupita Nyong'o's performance which was SUPER INTENSE.

Us (2019 film)
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_(20

We rewatched this short film tonight, after remembering it, googling for it, and finally ing it. The tone was as I remembered it but it wasn't as mysterious as my memory. Don't read anything descriptions of it, just watch it.

Red Rover
vimeo.com/153418170

Wired 1994: "Is God a computer?"

Wired 2019: "Which Amazon Fire tablet is best for you?"

This short story about a certain type of charming, boundary-pushing man is very very good. My skin is crawling.

“This Is Pleasure” by Mary Gaitskill
newyorker.com/books/novellas/t

When we started watching Black Monday I thought it would be a grim Chernobyl-but-for-finance docudrama. I could not have been more wrong. It is a very goofy comedy that I enjoyed just so much.

Black Monday (TV series)
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_

[target acquired] . . .
[triangulating location] . . .
[calculating launch velocity] . . .
[calibrating traction control] . . .
[testing launch systems]. . .
[NYOOOOM]

So sorry to hear of 's passing. It seems like he was given the best lines of every project he was in, but I suspect that was a large part of his talent.

I'm tempted to start crossposting every new Mastodon post to Facebook (which I've "left"). (And I wish there were an easy and safe way to automate this!) It's disheartening how many people aren't willing to bother with social media posts that aren't or .

Super Mario games no longer have koopa troopas as enemies because real-life kids were stomping on real-life turtles, right?

I wrote NO DESSERT on my phone and pointed it at the waitress when she got near and subsequently did NOT have to have a ten-minute conversation with my child about why tonight was not a dessert night.

why do dumbass parents take their gormless toddlers to the fire house to gawk at fire trucks? what can they learn? instead, take them down to the ambulance bay at the emergency room and let them smell the stench of shit and vomit and despair, let them stare death in the face, let them learn what true terror is and what it is to lose everything

I like how the first act is mostly just an extremely unpleasant tourism experience. The rest of the movie is entertaining thanks to its absurd outrageousness as long as you don't think too hard about anything. That last shot, though... 😳

The Perfection

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pe

Things we didn't do:
- Start the fire
- Shoot the deputy
- Steal the cookies from the cookie jar

Things we did:
- Tried to fight it
- Shot the sheriff
- Put the sham in the shama-lama-ding-dong

Things we will do:
- Survive
- Rock you
- Walk 500 miles
- Walk 500 more

Things we won't do:
- Get fooled again
- Back down
- That

Things we will never do:
- Give you up
- Let you down
- Run around
- Desert you

(Oops:
- I did it again)

Notice how Batman never makes any systematic changes even though he doesn't agree with the cops methods, he still feeds them a steady stream of incarcerations. A real vigilante would overthrow a government you know is corrupt and abuses power, not help it.

Season 3 of Easy is 💯 . Every episode makes me uncomfortable in a different way and I love it.

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