Jolly Roger Telephone Company

“Tired of telemarketers calling your landline or mobile?

Now there’s a way to fight back!

We provide friendly, patient robots that talk to these rude telemarketers for you. They love to chit-chat, and will often keep nasty callers engaged for several minutes.

By keeping the bad guys busy, you keep them from pestering other innocent people, and you hit them where it hurts most…their wallets…because no matter how hard they try, our robots won’t ever buy anything.

https://jollyrogertelephone.com/

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

“Of all the things you can read on the internet, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is one of the only good ones. In perpetual conversation with itself, ever growing and expanding—perhaps threatening, in its accumulated obsessions, to become self-aware—this index of the fantastic documents possible pasts and futures alike.”
—M.H. Rowe. “The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is the Best Place on the Internet
Self-Referential, Argumentative, and Never Dispassionate.” Lithub.com. August 16, 2018.

M.H. Rowe’s article is a love letter to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The whole thing is fantastic. If you aren’t interested in diving in after reading it, you’re never going to be.

My favorite entry, thus far, is infodumps. Also, I appreciated the reminder to read Ted Chiang on my first dive in.

Today’s Experiment

“‘But I hear the voices,’ he tells me. ‘I hear people say, ‘Why doesn’t he just be funny?’ That stuff has just never mattered to me. To me, it’s like, this is the experiment tonight. If you enjoy it, great, if you don’t, that’s cool, too. There’ll be another one tomorrow.'”

—Jim Carrey quoted in Lacey Rose. “Jim Carrey’s (Reluctant) Return to Hollywood: At Home With an Actor, Artist and Trump-Era Agitator.” Hollywood Reporter. August 15, 2018.

Obesity in America 2018: 7 charts that explain why it’s so easy to gain weight – Vox

“Sure, it’s possible to have a small, healthy meal at a restaurant. But researchers have found that people typically eat 20 to 40 percent more calories in restaurants compared with what they’d eat at home.”

—Eliza Barclay, Julia Belluz, and Javier Zarracina. “Obesity in America 2018: 7 charts that explain why it’s so easy to gain weight.” Vox. August 9, 2018.

Key take aways: eat at home, reduce portion sizes, drink water, eat a variety of foods, and reduce sugar intake.

Steven Seagal’s Tears

“I once heard a story about Steven Seagal—this is another reason that I love this motherfucker—I heard a story from somebody about Steven Seagal, that a producer came into his—I think this story’s out now, but I heard it years before it came out—that he called his producer into his home, and he said, ‘Come here, you have to come here,’ and the guy came into his home, and Steven Seagal had a 10-foot wooden desk, and on the desk was a script and a gun. And Steven Seagal was sitting at the desk and he was crying and the guy said, ‘Steven, what’s wrong?’ And he looked up and he said, ‘I just read the best script I have ever read in my life.’ And the producer said, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Who wrote it?’ And he said, ‘I did.’ Like, Steven Seagal is batshit, fucking insane.”

—El-P. Interview with Eric Thurm. “Run The Jewels on the brutality, music, and magic of Steven Seagal.” avclub.com. December 4, 2014.