“'Talent' in screenwriting is being able, I think, to effectively see a movie in your head. To be able to see each scene clearly play out, and then write down a blueprint to create what you see in the head of somebody else. I've found most of my worst ideas can be dismantled before they ever hit the page just by forgetting that I'm 'writing a script,' and just staring at the movie as it plays in my head.”—some writing advice by Max Landis, writer of Chronicle
are there places around new york worth getting out to? Do y’all have camping somewhere? Can I go to Boston or Maine or somewhere really green? Anyone in New York wanna run away from New York during my Run Away From LA trip
It’s two hours by train to beautiful Beacon, NY, a little town of upstaters and gentrifiers. Rach and I spent a weekend there. There’s an art museum (Dia:Beacon) mostly filled with ridiculous ughs, but there’re some giant sculptures worth walking around and through.
My favorite current TV shows are Archer, The Thick of It, Girls, Fresh Meat, Peep Show, and Community. My favorite playwrights are Tom Stoppard and David Ives, plus just the David Mamet ones where men are shouting at each other.
“I like a community. You know what is not a community, though? The twelve people forced to sit around this rustic-chic butcher block busily ignoring each other. That is miserable. That is miserable if you are with companions. That is miserable if you are dining alone. There is no place in the world lonelier than sitting unhappily at the community table. At the community table, you are literally surrounded by people who *could* be talking to you, but are not talking to you. It is lonely, in the way that New York City is lonely”—Can We All Just Acknowledge Communal Tables Are Terrible? | The Date Report
Do you know what people listen to podcasts for? The podcast. Not 2 and a half minutes of monotonous droning from some nasal ass. I don’t give a flying fuck about your website. I don’t give a fuck about your book. I don’t give a fuck about anything else! Know what I give a fuck about? The podcast. THAT’S ALL! Podcasts are about putting out a product. NOT SELF ADVERTISING! Every fucking time I find a decent podcast, it starts self advertising. Do you know how fucking stupid self advertising is? Nah, I’d never have figured out I was listening to this podcast I specifically searched out and downloaded. Never would have figured that out.
Please do not listen to our no-cost, sponsor-free podcast if the intro is bothering you this much. It’s important to take care of yourself spiritually and emotionally. Light some candles. Draw a bath. Breathe with intention. It’s you time.
Welcome to Night Vale
I honestly don’t want to diffuse any listener’s positive or negative experience with the show. Intro too long? I honestly am sorry. I empathize. I’m not being even a bit facetious. But when we vocalize our displeasure, what do we want out of our communication with strangers? Is the person to whom we are writing a human? Is it possible that they have similar complexities of emotion and feelings as we? Have we ever used a hammer, but the hammer was made of words and disgust?
Hey, readers (all of you), are you doing okay? Are you eating well, stretching (stretching is very important), striving for the best without beating yourself up? Are you breathing with intention? Are you breathing naturally? Are you even breathing? That is a serious question. Are you so angry you are not actually breathing?
Take care of yourselves. All of you. This is not directed at all at the above emailer, but to anyone reading. I am also talking to myself.
Let’s use this weird email for good. Let’s use this awkward moment to remind ourselves to get foot rubs from lovers/friends, to eat all the free pepperoncinis, to take every hug we can get, to write poems, to use bubble bath. Be good to you, and being good to all will follow.
That listener email is especially obnoxious because Night Vale has the best podcast intro. It’s the only one I never skip. Outro too. It’s informative and witty. Even if it weren’t, podcast apps have 15-second skip buttons; a listener can bypass an intro with fewer taps than it takes to type “nasal ass.”
From the little I’ve learned about Jeffrey Cranor from Night Vale, he seems like an especially kind person. And I’m glad that the vast majority of Jeffrey’s fans seem much more like him than like this nasty listener. Because Jeffrey and his colleagues deserve kind fans.
And of course most of us do care about the site, and the shows, and the book. I downloaded the live episode mentioned in a few intros, and it’s one of my favorites. I hope to attend a live performance this year, if they have one in NYC.
I won’t bother explaining the practical marketing reasons that Mr. "Why Wasn’t I Consulted" is wrong. You know them. You are probably smart and nice.
when you decided this waS AN ACCEPTABLE WAY TO PARK YOUR VEHICLE BECAUSE I SAW IT OKAY I FUCKING SAW IT YOUR CRAPPY PARKING JOB IS ON GOOGLE MAPS IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
This (obviously tongue-in-cheek) post is a perfect symbol of how the internet has felt to me lately: people yelling at other people for “crossing a line” that no one cared about and had no ill effect. And then getting loads of positive attention as an A+ good yeller.
It seems kinda sad that you continue to post pictures of yourself with captions in order to come across as funny when in reality it seems like you're surfing for compliments / self worth? Use your brain and write more. I'm sure you are funny but it's not coming across in these pictures of yourself. This continuous selfie montage is depressing.
1. very much dig the use of “surfing” for compliments over “fishing”
An anonymous user of 4chan has come up with a brilliantly harebrained scheme for their personal banking. They use video game retailer GameStop as a bank.
Here’s how it works: whenever a paycheck comes in, this person goes to GameStop and pre-orders a bunch of upcoming video games. Whenever they need money, they go to the GameStop and cancel a game or two to make a withdrawal. Here’s the entire scheme:
Does anyone else use Gamestop as a bank?
I got really pissed off with US Bank because I kept overdrafting my account even though I opted out, and the same thing happened with my credit union when I got a debit card.
Now whenever I get paid I go preorder a whole shitload of games. Whenever I need money, I go to the nearest gamestop and ask for my money back on a game I don’t want and make a withdrawal. The lines are shorter at gamestop than at the bank and I can trade in old games and have money go straight to my savings account. Gamestops are just as prevalent as banks in my town and I work at a mall so it’s even more convenient than running an errand to the bank or using an ATM and getting charged.
The gamestop people are starting to catch on that I’m just moving money around and only buying one preordered game a year, if that, but there isn’t shit they can do about it. The best part is, since I always preorder every game coming out I’m still guaranteed to get all the exclusive content whether or not I’m sure I want a certain game. It’s like they’re rewarding me for banking with them.
I love the bits about the trade-ins and the rewards. (via @caseyjohnston)
God I love this shit. I’d read a whole book of true lifehacks like this.