This is correct, and I wish that Freddie hadn’t written it. It’s damn useful if it’s less well known. That is: damn useful, to me. The fewer people who know about the Hustle, the better.
And, no: I got two books out, and I ain’t making any money, either. Hence the need for the Hustle. I say that without heat.
Whatever you do, be weird. As a consumer of writing, please, for me, be weird. Whatever this profession needs, it does not need more hall monitors or commissars and it does not need more writers who seem to have nothing to offer beyond looking down their glasses at the world in shrill derision. That territory is covered. That corner has been taken. The whole point of writing, the only reason to have an alphabet, is to say what no one else is saying. To be singular. What is the value of replicating words that have already appeared in the same order? You can’t choose to be good and you can’t choose to be successful. But you can choose to be your own.
You would think this would eventually stop being funny:
“There is Zack Snyder’s Justice League ‘Justice is Gray’ edition, which is the black and white version, which I’m a huge advocate of and huge admirer of. For me, it’s my favorite version of the movie. I understand that people want to see it in color, and that’s great, and I really want them to enjoy it in color. But for me, the ultimate version is the black and white IMAX version of the movie, which is sort of the penultimate ridiculous movie that shouldn’t exist at its highest most fetishistic level, and I really, really love that. And of course, the black and white version of Justice League will be released on HBO Max, at some point after release, I believe, and you’ll be able to see that somehow on, I don’t know how you’re gonna get to it but that’s the plan.“
Continue reading Quote of the Day, Zack Snyder Still Has A Few More Birds Left To Flip At Warner edition.
I think these two sentences are at least slightly contradictory.
A 2010 market research survey found that candy corn was in fact the least popular Halloween candy of all those polled. Despite being the consolation prize of confections, candy corn is a ubiquitous part of Halloween and continues to sell billions of kernels each year.
…Somebody eats this stuff. Obviously, I’m not the only person in America who goes through a couple of bags of it every Halloween. Heck, I’m going to go grab a handful of candy corn right now.
PS: Yes, something has to be the least popular, sure.
Elon Musk, discussing his prototype neural implant device:
“I think it’s going to blow your minds,” Musk told viewers.
…Did you run that line by your PR people first?
You’re hardly surprised, surely. Anyway: Tycho, from Penny Arcade:
Maybe there’s some range of infragood i’m not currently aware of; maybe Good as a descriptor is richer and fuller than I previously knew. Maybe there are some kinds of good that are bad! No doubt I’ll be able to find the answers to these and other pressing questions on Twitter, a place which asks the question, “What if there were a place for people who thought a junior high cafeteria wasn’t brutal and Darwinian enough?”
What he’s referring to is the word that the Twitter Bitcoin fraud thing was due to a compromised insider, rather than an actual hack. Some people call that… ‘good.’ But it’s not, really. It really and truly is not.
Continue reading Quote of the Day, Because I’m Trying To Sell Books On That Hellsite edition.
I almost don’t want to interfere with their grift. Professional courtesy, and all that. This is impressive, in its way:
Continue reading Quote of the Day, That’s Some Jolly Good Bullsh*te There, Old Chap edition.
George Lucas, on how he nearly sold the Star Wars franchise instead of going into debt to make The Empire Strikes Back:
Continue reading Quote of the Day, …Alas edition.
“At first I was contemplating selling the whole thing to Fox… I’d just take my percentage and go home and never think about Star Wars again.”
And the Champlin, Minnesota police department is ready:
If anyone sees the animal, please call the police department, with the post adding, “Our community service officer has studied and trained diligently for years for this exact situation, and he is ready to take this creature safely into custody.”
Via @fadeaccompli. Note: I am in no way, shape, or form making fun of the Champlin police for being enthusiastic about tracking, finding, and securing an escaped monitor lizard. If I was on that job, I’d be enthusiastic about it, too. I mean, are you doing anything cooler than that this afternoon?
I liked CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, both as a book and a movie, but I wasn’t thrilled with how the movie wrapped things up. The below would have been a better ending. Hell, I suspect Tom Clancy was kind of kicking himself that he hadn’t got input from Milius earlier.
Background: there’s this Cannonball thing – yeah, just like the movies – and somebody took advantage of the fact that the country’s shut down to shave two hours off of the (illegal) cross-country trip. Now the illegal-cross-country-race people are debating if this record should be allowed to stand. Well, some of them are. The others have a bit more awareness:
Continue reading Quote of the Day, This Happens In Real Life? edition.