“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”
Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered so indispensable to the film that when he went off to do Conan the Destroyer (1984) first, they were prepared to wait, rather than recast him in the interim.
I like that it’s fun behind-the-scenes trivia that anyone wanted Schwarzenegger in a movie enough to not immediately replace him.
Where can I get the entire story of “How I Met Your Mother” spoiled for me in under three minutes?
UPDATE: Y’all must think I ever watched the show. I mean the whole story.
OK but the video for “Tumblr Pro” really had me going the entire time and I was so ready to make fun of it so like finally an internet April Fool actually got me
We got this email from a Night Vale fan this eve:
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.Best,Jeffrey CranorWelcome to Night ValeI 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.As Cecil taught me: “Keep it cute.”
This is beautiful. /via Dylan Marron
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.
Taco Bell’s new ad is ruining my life (by Nick Douglas)
I’m getting addicted to making stupid news-hook characters. This one went over really well in the home office. (That means my girlfriend laughed.)