Link Dump

The usual links from the depths of ye olde internets that you might find interesting:

  • Evil in the Mirror: John Carpenter’s Revealing ‘Prince of Darkness’ by Joshua Rothkopf – An interesting retrospective on John Carpenter’s career and an in-depth look at one of his more unsung films.
  • My HALLOWEEN Audience Reaction AUDIO (1979) – Somebody took audio recorded at a screening of Halloween in a Hollywood Boulevard movie theater in 1979 and then spliced it together with the film. This is only a short clip, but it’s still fun.
  • A Defense of Mrs. Bates – Maybe Mrs. Bates was, in fact, a good woman and mother smeared by her son, one of cinema’s great unreliable narrators.
  • Man arrested for putting fake arrow decals on the floor in IKEA and for creating a labyrinth with no exit – Man is also a genius. “Police received dozens calls from people reporting that they were locked in IKEA and they couldn’t get out.”
  • Video Game Blacksmith Struggling To Compete With Random Chests Full Of Free Armor All Over Kingdom – The Onion is still great.
  • Panasonic designed human blinders to block out open-plan office distraction – More evidence for just how bad open-plan office designs are.
  • You’ve been granted one wish by the Douchebag Genie. – Some guy on Reddit asked people to make wishes, and then, acting as genie, he “takes advantage of people’s poor wording when making wishes to screw them over.” And he does a pretty good job of it too. Someone asks for “pefect memory recall” and he responds “You’re given a new copy of the DVD ‘Total Recall’ but the shitty one with Colin Farrell.”
  • The Apathy Party – A interesting, but perhaps too glum examination of why so many people avoid politics.

    that’s why most political polls in the United States of 2018 don’t mean much. So many people have joined the Apathy Party, turned off the television news, purchased apps promising “you will never again see a Donald Trump pop-up on your phone,” and plunged instead into the worlds of erotic macramé, Japanese baseball-card collecting, lesbian fetish cruises to the Dominican Republic, and every form of escapist fiction from gothic horror to Bigfoot porn, that a large chunk of the population never gets polled at all. They don’t take polls. They decline. They don’t wanna talk about it and they don’t wanna think about it. Their mantra is “I don’t do politics.”

    They’re disgusted. Disgusted by the people, disgusted by the issues, disgusted by the language used and the way the world is constantly divided into Us vs. Them. They turn it off at 8 a.m. because they want to feel good at 9 a.m. They’ve read the Harvard Business Review article that says “individuals who watched just three minutes of negative news in the morning had a whopping 27% greater likelihood of reporting their day as unhappy six to eight hours later compared to the positive condition.”

    And who can blame them?

And that’s all for now…

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