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fortunately the times' editors are working off of a strong precedent! the last time they interviewed a therapist about his second career/hobby horse, they used his real--

they used--

    But for someone who has launched a political campaign largely based on garnering publicity, Mr. Moss has taken great pains to protect his real identity. He is frugal with the details of his life, saying only that he is in his 40s and comes from Massachusetts. Like other anonymous crusaders — Batman, say, or Banksy — he claims he feels most comfortable acting under an alias: one that in his case blends a penchant for apocalyptic bombast with the crustiness of a curmudgeon.

    A therapist and a writer, he says he is worried that clients might object to his activism.

they used his real--

uh--

flagamuffin  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 387th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

i listened to every social distortion album this weekend

flagamuffin  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 17, 2020

you are measuring the hell out of that stretch of pavement!

veen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The conversation that led to that was something like this:

"so we were gonna do a two page spread with you meeting the person living there, but that guy didn't want to cooperate. Can you go there at 1pm and bring something to show, like your calculation on something?"

"uh that's not really possible but I can bring some stuff for the photographer to work with, like rulers n shit. Or is that too cheesy?"

"no not at all! People love cheesy."

I was thinking of creating a cross on the pavement, but the photographer wanted some depth so he came up with this. It makes little to no sense but it's a fun picture.

flagamuffin  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

the effect also applies to kleinbl00, interestingly enough

flagamuffin  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

sorry, sorry

flagamuffin  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

it was also a miracle because despite being a lifelong fan, jackson showed every indication of not really understanding the source material (extremely common among lifelong fans). the extended cuttings are a rape of tolkien's vision. but somehow the majority of that stuff got left on the editing floor, and the remaining changes, while untrue to the author's vision, are for perfectly understandable hollywood reasons.

the biggest one is something the essay talks about a lot -- aragorn is given a character arc, because in recent fiction and fantasy, there are no perfect protagonists. this was necessary for the idiocrats. in tolkien's book, of course, the hobbits are the main characters, and they have excellent character arcs. but hobbits aren't hot, and tolkien - the fool - didn't write any hobbit love stories into existence. so what we saw was what we got.

of course, this author also said some things that are just wrong. i'm reminded of the old line -- any time you read journalism on a subject you know well, it's clearly wrong in lots of places, so why trust any of it?

kleinbl00  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My wife is a Tolkien purist. She has similar beefs about this that or the other omission. Here's the thing, though: no one gives a fuck about Tolkien purists. And they shouldn't. I watched the chairman of DC Comics tell a room full of Warner Brothers execs "Look - there are about two and a half million comic book buyers in the United States. If we have to steamroll the wants and desires of every single one of them in order to get people to watch Green Lantern that's just a sound business decision."

If I ask Google "how many people have read Lord of the Rings" it tells me 150 million people. Take my $300m budget, add in 50% for P&L and divide by three because if each movie doesn't make its money back opening weekend it's a failure and I'm at "I need fifty cents from every Lord of the Rings fan, living or dead, at each and every premiere." Movie tickets were eight bucks back then, give or take, so now it ain't so dire - if one out of every fifteen-sixteen Lord of the Rings fans will commit to coming out and seeing the movies on opening weekend, every opening weekend I break even the Hollywood way, in which the trades don't call me a failure. They don't call me a success, either... and considering what was riding on LOTR, we kinda need that.

Now - those figures represent the number of people who have read Lord of the Rings 20 years after the movies premiered and they're still impossible. Far better to get in every 20th person who has ever heard of a Hobbit. Or every 30th person who thinks Liv Tyler is hot. With any luck, you can satisfy the "idiocrats" while also making a good movie because I'm here to tell ya - there is no universe in which I give the first fuck about Tom Bombadil. And you don't really either you just insist on his presence because it's fucking canon.

For the record? Gilgamesh has a character arc. Tristan & Isolde have character arcs. Coyote the Trickster has an arc. This was pretty much Campbell's argument: the Monomyth is an arc. It's not stupid to want character development, it's human.

wasoxygen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dropping the name is the whole point of citing the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.

flagamuffin  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·  

the effect also applies to kleinbl00, interestingly enough

flagamuffin  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·  

sorry, sorry

flagamuffin  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poking around

ha! i was going to suggest a merger of a particular ongoing email thread a couple of days ago but forgot

here's to 2021

flagamuffin  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poking around

found it

flagamuffin  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poking around

hey what where'd my goddamn tarantula go

flagamuffin  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·  

found it

flagamuffin  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: Are you easing back in to less distant socializing?

cross-country road trip babyyy the traffic was a tad better than usual, but if otherwise unaware i would not have drawn the conclusion that something was rotten in the state of america.

nice time for a cannonball run record, i guess

flagamuffin  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

i'm just commenting for the ghost of minimum_wage

mk  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·  

tips 40oz

flagamuffin  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

hubski dot com wants to know your location

i'm armed, hubski dot com! i'm armed!

mk  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, yeah. Not sure if it's much better if you enter your location. I suppose I could go with a city.

flagamuffin  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i'm just commenting for the ghost of minimum_wage

mk  ·  65 days ago  ·  link  ·  

tips 40oz

flagamuffin  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘A Bargain With the Devil’—Bill Comes Due for Overextended Airbnb Hosts

bill comes due for overextended [everyone]

kleinbl00  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Bear markets return capital to its rightful owners

- market aphorism

flagamuffin  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Negative Oil Prices?

HA! perhaps bismarck said it best -- god protects fools, americans, and The Bet. truly a ways to go, though.

flagamuffin  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 15, 2020

thank you both